It’s been a while…

So, it’s been over 2 years since my last post.

A food blog is supposed to be about food. Although, I may sneak in a few things about art here and there. Mi dispiace.

Let’s catch up!

2012: I enjoyed really good beer at the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, MD (great tours, book in advance, complimentary tasting glass, and yummy sandwich place 5 blocks away); ate some green eggs and ham (JUST KIDDING); tasted juicy burgers and great iced tea in cute mason jars in NC; discovered I can make some CRAZY good guac; got my braces removed and paid FDB another visit; had EXCELLENT AUTHENTIC DELICIOUS Korean food in Seoul and Jejudo; and so much more.

2012 food

2013: I finally made it to Birch & Barley, and soon after discovered that Churchkey would be my go-to bar; scarfed down the best HOMEMADE poptarts EVER at Ted’s Bulletin alongside ADULT milkshakes; tried gin and homemade tonic at New Heights; discovered baby mason jars; indulged in a limitless tapas brunch at Cuba Libre with my bff; quickly learned that donuts and fried chicken were meant to be made in the same place and devoured at the same time; HAD THE BEST FRESH OYSTERS EVER IN OBX; roasted 2 whole chickens Ina Garten style; among many other highlights.

2013 food

And so far this year? I have some Korean food planned for tonight. There’s cucumber kimchi marinating in the fridge along with chopped zucchini, potatoes and carrots for jjigae and pajun. Mmm, I’ll have to make some rice. So glad it’s a snow day. 🙂

OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA

Omnivore’s Dilemma

Have you heard of it? I was first introduced to this book when a D.C. friend picked it up as a Berkley alum. The author, Michael Pollan, is a professor at Berkley University. I wasn’t interested then, but increasingly heard more things about it and finally picked it up as a next good read for my small and intimate book club.

I seriously recommend it as it’s altered my perception on food (for the good) and improved my consciousness when shopping for food in terms of organic vs. non-organic. So, in celebration of reading this delicious book, I purchased ingredients from my Whole Foods here in Friendship Heights.

Mixed Green Salad: Mixed Lettuce from a local MD farm ($2.99) with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon juice (1 for $.79 and used for the fish as well), salt, pepper.

This was good local salad. I wish I had my own garden area in which I could farm my own vegetables. I think it’s fairly easy to grow seasonal veggies, and in a way, therapeutic. I mean, don’t you feel proud of yourself when you can see the fruits of your labor? The salad was a bit drenched in oil and lemon… moderation is key! ;P

Appetizer: Demi Country Bread ($1.49), Organic Green Pepper ($1.41), and Cava Mezze Eggplant ($5.49)– Cava is a local Mediterranean restaurant in … Rockville?

The hummus was a bit bland, the green peppers quite fresh, and the bread was decent.

Side Dish: White Loose Mushrooms from Lady Moon Farms ($1.80) with dried herbs, EVOO, salt, pepper

These were quite excellent. E* did a good job of sautéing, while maintaining the flavor of the mushrooms. Although I did not forage these myself as Michael Pollan does in his book, I would say they were good enough for our purposes.

Garlic Fries: Okay, so this is cheating. I had bought these from Trader Joe’s like a month previous. I thought it’d be a good side for the fish, and now as I write this I realize even more that we had way too much food for two people. These were frozen fries. I could’ve done without the prepackaged garlic mix and just made my own. Still, they were pretty good. I loved how crispy the fries were after baking them! And I don’t remember how much these cost when I purchased them.

Tilapia Fish: Tilapia Fillet ($4.19) with lemon, evoo, salt, pepper. Again, too much salt. Still, these fillets were so fresh and so delicious. Good job E* for not overcooking. They turned out just perfect and unfortunately, they were not local. They were from Ecuador… so my shopping trip was not perfect, but we still made a great meal! The other seafoods were just so expensive, I had to go with whatever was on sale.

Dessert: Mississippi Mud Brownie ($1.99) So decadent, so delicious, so rich… yum.

The meal came out to ~$25 (including the garlic fries at an estimate of $4) For 2 people at home? Not bad. I think I partially succeeded at creating a local meal, but it was a decent attempt and a wiser approach to my food purchases.

The fish, salad, and mushrooms were thanks to E*star who immediately picked up the pan and spatula upon entering the kitchen. She cooked as I ranted on about the book and my mini journey through Whole Foods and a close encounter with one of my professors from school! D.C. is all together too small.

This post is dedicated to Michael Pollan who wrote this wonderful book in attempting to answer the question of what’s for dinner, and to E* who attempted to answer to that calling by cooking the ingredients I attempted to shop for as locally as possible. Is that a mouthful or what? Yum, I love food, I love books, and I love good company.

Hearts

V-Day Special

I know Valentine’s Day was 2 weeks ago, so this is long overdue. I had to at least get it in before the  month was over. Me and my arts management ladies celebrated by doing a rom-com fest of 2 movies, a trio of pasta, and heart shaped sugar cookies. 🙂 Tada!

Above is my version of Paula Deene’s Pasta Carbonara. I used bowties instead of spaghetti because this is what I had. I also used organic bacon from Whole Foods instead of pancetta. Kristin put together a delicious and fresh spinach salad with strawberries, mushroom, and goat cheese.

The 2nd pasta I created is a veggie medley with rotini, broccoli, fire roasted red peppers, onion, and garlic. The 3rd and final pasta I made was the elbow macaroni with basil tomato sauce.

All together with Megan’s garlic bread, we had an Italian feast before our paired movies!

Our icing was a little goopy, but not bad, right? They were quite tasty if I do say so myself. Thanks Brie for the yummy heart shaped cookies ❤

Eggs in a Basket

My turn to try! 🙂

This is incredibly simple. I just copied what Shek did and cut holes in the middle of two pieces of bread. I heated up the frying pan, put in two pats of butter, and waited for the first sides to toast.

Then, I flipped both slices over, but combined them into 1 stack. The eggs I have are grade A large brown eggs. I figured 1 egg would be too much for my thin slices of bread.

After the egg cooked a little, I then flipped it over and voila, I burnt the toast a bit.

After that, I quickly sliced up small red potatoes, drizzled extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkled salt/pepper. I waited a few minutes and flipped them over. I didn’t cook them for too long because I didn’t want them to get too crispy.

Here’s a close-up of my “egg in a basket”. I topped it off with some grated mozzarella cheese. Oh! And I used wheat bread. It was pretty yummy.

Excuse my red thumb in the picture, I was trying to hold it up to the kitchen window for the best light! Just showing off my breakfast plate which took only a few minutes… egg in a basket, fried red potatoes and fresh red seedless grapes. Yum!

Cucumber Kimchi

aka Oi (cucumber) Kimchi. This is an easy and straightforward kimchi recipe. In case you’re unaware, kimchi is a Korean staple that goes with EVERY DISH. The most popular version of kimchi is spicy fermented cabbage. There are dozens of variations as you can pickle any vegetable and spice it up with gochujang (red pepper paste) and gochugaru (red pepper flakes).

I didn’t want to mess this up, so I looked up a recipe on the blog below. It’s a great go-to blog for Korean recipes! I highly recommend it if you want to try some Korean dishes. 🙂

Eating & Living blog (<– click the link to get connected)

So, start off with some cucumbers. I used 4 short local farm cucumbers (from Whole Foods). Sprinkle with a good amount of salt and leave in a bowl for 20-30 minutes. I think I left mine alone for about 25 minutes.

Her recipe calls for Sesame Oil, Rice Vinegar, Green Onions (scallions), red pepper flakes, minced garlic, ground up sesame seeds, and a little sugar.

Dump all those ingredients in and mix with the cucumbers.

I tried not to bruise the cucumbers, but they’re sliced fairly thin, so be careful!

Above are zucchini egg omelet and brown rice to go with my yummy cucumber kimchi. Because the kimchi marinates in the spicyness, it gets better with each passing day. But be wary, as it is fresh and you do not want to leave it in the fridge for too long.

Thanks, Eating & Living blog for a good kimchi recipe 🙂

At Home Edition

Infused!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil w/Fresh Oregano & Garlic

I was hoping for some fresh Rosemary, but the grocery store was out. I’ve always wanted to make flavored olive oil. I even bought these nice tall clear bottle vases from the store I used to work at. Unfortunately, I put in a little too much garlic. It ended up overpowering the Oregano. Still, it tastes REALLY good. All you need is some nice baked bread and you’re set. MM. I think I’ll be experimenting with other herbs. 😀

The Ingredients.

Doesn’t it look like a white rose? 😛

And this is separate… from when I made pasta for mie amice:

Rotini with various spices including garlic, chopped up bacon, broccoli, and parmesan. I think everyone enjoyed it.

And this was while I was waiting for my Stickybuns. Felix (the wondrous greyhound) and I made chili with many spices (not the packaged kind), beans, diced tomatoes, hotness, and sour cream/cheddar. Oh! and ground beef of course. Yum, I love chili.

Wine & Cheese Reunion

It was long overdue…

Wine & Cheese w/LaNDMAsS

With only two ladies missing from our group (because of distance), we held our wine & cheese reunion at my new casa. Per usual, we ate too much, laughed too much, talked too much, BUT did not drink too much. Now THAT is unusual. A sure sign of age, I believe. How sad…

It was a happy night to be reunited with my UMCP ladies. Yeay Terps! It almost felt like Tipsy Turtle Night…. you had to be there. Enjoy the pix as I won’t bore you with any more words… just your typical fruit, crackers, dip, cheese, meats, pasta (alla Liz), white wine, red wine, juice, and of course, dessert (ice cream-not pictured).

CHEERS!