Tuesday, May 6, 2014

cinco de mayo dinner

This dinner actually has nothing to do with Cinco de Mayo except for that's when I made it. The Garden recently starting carrying chicken breasts, which usually I would not gravitate towards but bought on a whim this weekend. I knew I wanted to make some sort of chicken and rice dish since we have so much grain backlog in the cupboard from the Quinciple. Most of the Arroz con Pollo recipes I looked at required too many ingredients for Monday night and also recommended using thighs and legs in addition to the breast. This recipe for Chicken with Herb-Roasted Tomatoes jumped out at me because with the exception of a couple of fresh herbs, I already had everything I needed to make it and knew it would pair well with the brown jasmine rice. If you have extra time and can stand to wait for the chicken to finish cooking before adding the shallot and vinegar to the sauce it is also a one pot meal. My one regret is that I did not pick up some greens to go with it.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

birdfood: winter

Here are some of my favorite things I've made to eat this cold, cold winter --

 candied kumquats in syrup

 rolled oats with dates + candied kumquats in milk (quinciple recipe)

 farmer's breakfast - potato pancakes, steamed apples, fried egg + salami

 curried lentil soup with balsamic + chives (recipe from super natural every day)

roasted japanese sweet potato with greek yogurt, balsamic, fresh pepper + chives

Thursday, January 16, 2014

winter read

I read Doris Lessing's Love Again quite slowly. I would pick it up, read a bit, enjoy what I was reading and then not pick the book up for days in between. Sometimes when reading this way I trick myself into thinking that I must not be enjoying the book - and that same thing happened here, nearly until I was halfway through. But I kept coming back and I never really dislike anything by DL. It was more that this book does not want to be devoured, rather it's a slow build with a confined (but large) group of characters - almost like working on a play itsself (that's part of the subject matter) - by the time you realize how immersed in the people you are, once they have become your whole life - it's time to say goodbye.