Daily Archives: 04.29.2011

Friday Food Round-Up!

The cooking technique I’ve been vogueing this week: Grating garlic.  I LOVE fresh garlic.  It belongs in most of the dishes we make.  But this week I just had zero energy to go through the obviously epic effort of mincing it.  So, I peeled the cloves and rocked the finer-grade cheese grater (NOT our zester) with great results.  If you’re looking for a way to make garlic prep easier, I HIGHLY recommend this one.

Tuesday – Chickpea Salad with Lemon, Parmesan and Fresh Herbs

I got a subscription to bon appetit as a part of my birthday gift last year, right?  And while I’ve saved every issue (I mean, some of the stuff going on in there looks delish!), the April issue was the first one where I had the overwhelming urge to MAKE THIS DISH NOW.  So as soon as we got home from Green Mill on Tuesday night, I set Marcus to mincing parsley with a vengeance and in 10 minutes, I had the issue of What To Eat For Lunch taken care of.

We didn’t have any fresh basil around, so that didn’t go in (though I could have chucked in a spoonful of pesto, you know?), but otherwise I basically just guesstimated on the ingredients (translation: did not use 1/3 cup of cheese…it was more like 3T) and made it happen.

The end product? Was like eating hummus…that you could shamelessly scoop up with a fork!

I’m sure you could have lots of fun using a different sort of cheese, zesting a lemon in addition to juicing it and all sorts of other merry-making, but in the meantime, PLEASE just make this now.

Wednesday – Chicken with Greek Herb Sauce from Nigella Kitchen

This week, it was really enough to survive grocery shopping on Easter weekend with our sanity intact.  Plus, when you’re in the middle of the Passover-haze, it’s really hard to try to envision what you could possibly make once the holiday is over.  Because otherwise, suddenly, the next few days look REALLY long.

So I had Marcus grab a couple of jalapenos and a bunch of parsley and cilantro at Cub, figuring that as they’re in basically everything we make lately, we’d be safe.

Obviously that was an inspired move as I’ve been craving the tzatziki-type sauce Nigella instructs you to make with dish this since the last time we made it.

So we listened to The Universe and went for it.

We were not disappointed.  The yogurt in the sauce was basically there to stick everything else together.  I mean, you could eat minced cilantro, jalapenos and garlic as a sort of salsa, but this is SO much better.

Friday – Olive Oil Cakes with Lemon and Thyme

Yes, this one was extra glaze-y because it was my “tester.”

…Once again, I probably shouldn’t have waited so long to make this recipe.  It was super-easy to make, looked adorable coming out of my mini-bundt pan and was absolutely delish.

Not that any of those things should have been surprising – when you mix olive oil, lemon and thyme, you kind of know you have it coming.  It’s all in the specifics, really.

Plus, they were absolutely the perfect size to be a part of our royal wedding extravaganza.

Since I’m not exactly the Queen of Baking, I’m more than happy to add these to my arsenal – especially since they’ll just be to die for as a summer dessert!  And they have a rather lovely look about them that would compliment any shower or potluck-type dessert tray.

Friday – German Breakfast Provisions

God, the eats we enjoyed this morning as a part of the royal wedding were absolutely wonderful.  I don’t think we could have had a more enjoyable go of it if we had tried.

In the mix: salami, brie, cheddar, pickles, olives, apples, water crackers, spinach dip, strawberries, lemon cakes, croissants, toast, raspberry fruit spread, cherry preserves, orange marmalade, Nutella.  Champagne.  Orange Juice.  Diet Coke.  Coffee.

Amen.

Did you eat/make anything special to celebrate the royal wedding?

What “crave” did you cook this week?

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So much better than words.

It seems bizarre to post a food round-up without editorializing on today’s events, so let’s put that one on hold for now, yes?

Holing up in the basement with Sue and Mom (Marcus, true to form stayed in bed) for some girl time was an absolutely wonderful way to enjoy the royal wedding.  For the total lack of planning that we put into the affair, it turned out to be just lovely (how can you go wrong with champagne, cheese, cakes and croissants?).  It was the kind of perfect morning that everyone deserves to have.

That being said, I ended up not wearing the fascinator (though I was true to the rest of my super-sweet uniform).  At 2 AM when I pressed the brew button on the coffee pot, I couldn’t think of anything that held less appeal.

So, here are thoughts in pictures (and no, I didn’t take any of them myself)…

The trees? Were a wonderful idea (and I'm an 11/10 fan of the fact that the Duchess is a flowers-minimalist comme moi). But seriously? It kind of kills me that they'll be planting this grove of trees somewhere on an estate as a wedding day keepsake. I mean, I thought I was living on the edge wanting a sturdy pair of shoes for crying out loud.

Absolutely beautiful.

Pippa may not be the new Duchess of Cambridge, but her dress? Is the one that all of the dressmakers will copy. Homegirl knocked it out of the park in that dress.

This is probably one of the nicest arrangements I've ever seen Chelsy Davy in. She made some great choices for the wedding and I'm thinking that the press feedback will be extraordinarily positive. THIS is the kind of clobber that another future Princess of England would wear.

Fail-fail-fail-fail-fail. In what world do you wake up in the morning, think to yourself, "My cousin is getting married in front of 2 billion people and I will be sitting in the front row behind my grandmother, the Queen." and then proceed to put THAT on? Like, there's bad, "worst dressed" and all of that. But this? Was outright horrifying. YOU CAN'T UN-SEE THAT.

Oh God, the parade with the carriages and the horses and the sun bursting forth from the clouds? Straight up fairytale. Watching the footage, beyond the flashbulbs in the crowd, this parade looked just timeless.

What were Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie thinking?!

Do you think that Catherine’s dress or Pippa’s dress will catch on more quickly with dress makers?

I’ll be honest, when I saw Catherine get out of the car (so we could see her dress in full-view) I thought it was absolutely GORGEOUS (and am quite pleased I’m not the only one who was thinking Queen Elizabeth-Grace Kelly).  But Pippa’s dress?  That’s a dress I can see people actually wearing.