My Week in Food
Favorite meal of the week was this shoot-from-the-hip noodley (is that a word?) Asian salad built on leftovers. The fixings? Udon tossed with shredded cabbage, pickled vegetables, roasted peanuts, and a splash of rice vinegar, fish sauce, and cilantro.
This was where it all started the evening before when friends gathered around a Saturday night Banh Mi Bar (I know, wild night). It was a hit, in large part because of that jar of crazy good pickled veggies and a lemongrass marinade that went on the meat, both courtesy of the Banh Mi Handbook.
On the subject of handbooks, I’m positively smitten with this one all about lightened up Southern classics written with enormous heart by Virginia Willis. If you’re interested in food from the South or appreciate good writing that will make you interested in food from the South, it’s worth a gander.
Looky here: the world’s tiniest butternut squash (posing with a bosc pear for perspective). Couldn’t pass these babies by at the farmers’ market and nearly couldn’t bring myself to put them into the oven.
But alas, I did. After halving and roasting them until tender, I filled them with a Tex Mex turkey mash up, added shredded Jack cheese, and stuck it all under the broiler until bubbly.
Also done in the oven was this roasted romesco, cooked whole at 400 degrees until a knife inserted into the center met little resistance. Then, I brushed it with olive oil, sprinkled it generously with Parmesan cheese, and put it back in the oven to brown. It went onto the center of the table and the child barbarians took the whole thing down in no time. You can find instructiosn for something similar using cauliflower over on Cooking Light.
I’m trying to keep my chin up with the ongoing parade of winter produce, but I’m getting antsy for spring, which is probably why I caved and bought not local, not seasonal, shipped from who-knows-where blackberries and blueberries and relished every bite.
This was the prettiest meal of the week from one of my favorite lunch spots in San Francisco: 20th Century Cafe. The food has a decidedly feminine touch (thanks to its female owner) as evidenced by this plate of buckwheat crepes, smoked salmon, and the craziest good deviled egg ever.
I’m nearing the home stretch on my cookbook manuscript and this week involved more experiments with waffles than a person should have to endure. If you need waffles, come raid my freezer, I could feed you, your children, and their classmates for an entire week.
A simple breakfast quinoa with all the fixings was a welcome change. You’ll find the how-to for that by going here.
Took the girls to see McFarland, a touching movie with a message about perseverance and beating the odds, I especially appreciated a secondary story line about immigrant farm workers and the hard labor (even by children) involved in getting food from our fields to our tables. Highly recommended.
Also recommended is My Milk Manifesto, an article by physician and writer David Katz who touches on the ideological divide of so many nutrition topics . He digs deeper into controversies around milk than I covered in my Five Trendy Foods post. Worth a read.
On a far lighter note, I’d like to discuss champagne, which I felt obliged to pop open this week when I learned Mom’s Kitchen Handbook was named one of three “best blog” finalists in the International Association of Culinary Professionals awards. It’s sort of like the Golden Globes of food professionals (minus the cleavage and Harry Winston). Whoa!
I’m floored by the nomination, largely because there are so many inspiring food professionals doing beautiful work. Case in point is Family Style Food by chef and food stylist Karen Tedesco. Go have a look-see. It will make you want to cook, starting with those Double Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies.
How was your Week in Food?