What's for Dinner #278 - It's Not Over Yet Edition! [through Feb 27, 2014]
Despite a warming trend here this weekend, we are being told that winter is far from over and that we are to expect more of that white precipitation and arctic temperatures. But this morning is lovely, and we'll take what we can get!
Are you as tired of warming foods as I am? I want cooling foods, and things in glasses with parasols! With rjbh20 off to Las Vegas for a conference (blast him!), my son and I have plans to put our parasols in hot chocolate. We can dream, can't we?
What's on your table these days?
It was nice to have a taste of early spring yesterday, I guess.
Ridiculous week in store with work deadlines and multiple events per night so WFD will be easy, easy, easy. Tonight, Costco rotisserie chicken, oven roasted green beans and some starch TBD (naan?). Tomorrow, meatball subs.
I've been craving a vodka and lemonade, but to me, that's just screams summer, and it certainly ain't that in our neck of the world! Besides, I think I'm craving the V&L *because* it screams summer.....and I want summer to get here already!
Tonight's dinner will be the rest of the Frankenchicken breast sliced up and served over some mesclun lettuce with some radishes (I think I have some in the crisper), some shaved carrots, and sugar snap peas, drizzled with a maple-balsamic vinaigrette. Oh - and I'll make some croutons from a slice of Nashoba Bakery's sourdough bread.
Lunch today will be some more of the meatballs in roasted red pepper sauce. I'm thinking they would make a most excellent sub sandwich with some melted provolone. I might have to get some sub bread on the way home from work today...
"I've been craving a vodka and lemonade" lol plus!
It's a true Monday morning in late February in New England. I remember standing in line at a greasy spoon on a dreary Monday waiting to order and this guy says "scotch rocks" and the whole place fell apart laughing- there was actual snorting but the floor was too dirty to roll on. You had to be there. :-)
Food! The long awaited chicken pot pie is WFD tonight! House of Cards has become an obsession and I haven't made much for dinner beyond leftovers or burgers. High of 23F right now is the best we can expect this week.
While I'm dying for Spring to get here, at least the cold, blustery day we're having here is appropriate for Chinese hot pot tonight with friends (hot pot is always better with friends!). Pork bone stock is ready, most of the meats are sliced. Just need to slice the steak and prep the veggies. On the hot pot menu:
-green onion pancakes
Hot pot choices:
-baby bok choy
-Taiwanese BBQ sauce
-garlic infused sesame oil
-chopped green onions
-tang yuan (mochi balls) filled with black sesame paste in a sweet ginger soup
And we're doing a sake tasting with 3 different junmai ginjo sakes and a nigori sake.
I had the singular honour of chowing with TorontoJo in TO last year. If she had a Recommend button, I would click it repeatedly :-).
We are experiencing day two of *snow* here on the left coast of Canada. This being a highly unusual event, I thought I should mention it.
WFD tonight is a snuffle through the fridge to ID any "rotting carps" in there and use them up -- the veggie crisper in particular needs some attention. Thinking I might do a Thai veg curry for one, as the SO is still in SF.
There's nothing quite like the contented stomach you have after hot pot on a cold night! This was our friends' first hot pot dinner and they loved it. Even the two young teens were totally into it (one even loved the BBQ sauce).
As always, one of my favorite parts is the little bowl of soup I have at the end made from the remnants of sauce in my bowl mixed with the hot pot broth that has been simmering all dinner absorbing all the goodness that's been cooking in it. So good.
This was my first time making tang yuan. I took a shortcut and bought frozen rice balls (because who has the patience to make these by hand?!), but made a really delicious syrup from green tea, ginger and coconut sugar.
If the WFD crew were ever to break bread together, it should be over hot pot!
Trying to tighten things up (bellies and thighs, for example '-)) this week in view of my upcoming double whammy gig weekend....
Thus, chicken piccata, our trusty old friend, is on the menu again @casa lingua tonight, sided by mâche with orange grape tomatoes & walnut dressing as well as minty creamed peas.
Between the lemony white wine caper sauce and the minty peas, it's almost like spring has arrived on our plates. Or not.
More snow on Wednesday. Gah.
It was quite tasty, even though I kinda rushed the whole cooking b/c I was working late. I have a Friday deadline to meet and, as usual, am playing catchup. Gah.
The walnut dressing came out particularly well (maybe because I used roasted hazelnut oil instead of roasted walnut), as did the peas. I managed to overcook the chicken breasts ever so slightly, but the piccata sauce helped "make it go down" :-D
Food did not agree with me, but what else is new. Sashimi out is likely WFD tomorrow, and finally catching up with Sunday's episodes of TWD and True Detective at a friend's place. Woot.