Friday, November 13, 2009

I think I'm moving....

Check me out at Carpenter Street Eats instead. I think I like Wordpress better right now, but may come back to blogger when I get overwhelmed with technical crap.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pickle Master!

I am the pickle champion!!

more to come soon....

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dash Bicycle Shop and Delectible Edibles!

Coming soon to a Bike shop near you!!!

267 Broadway Providence RI 02903

Sunday, October 4, 2009

a day in the life....

This is a day in the life of last weekend. We begin with some lovely locally made kefir, which is a lightly effervescent yogurt drink. It's supposed to be good for you.

We then moved on to an omelette for lunch with local ricotta, tomatoes and pesto. A few hours go by filled with weekend shenanigans and then we commence again for dinner...

We have grilled matunuck oysters with chive butter, and a giant burger.....

Meet the spicy pork burger made with local ground pork, chiles and red onion. Accompanied by locally made queso fresco and our own homemade pickles! Delicious.

This was actually the final meal for the latest edition of the local eating challenge we take part in. Everything has to be local except for things like oils and vinegars. Oddly enough we're burgering again tonight as it's beautiful and we have got to take advantage of this weather while we still have it!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Saturday Night is Dumpling Night

Obviously I have not been doing very well at keeping up with the meals we create. I was supposed to be writing this up last weekend when it was made.
These are a weekend favorite. Chicken dumplings. It's been a few years that we've been perfecting these. It used to take a cookbook and a long time. We've got it down to a science now. No cookbook, no measurements. We have gone through a couple bamboo steamers, but they are pretty inexpensive.

Dumpling night is by all means a joint effort. Nathan steams the cabbage leaves to line the steamer so it's easier to fit the 8,000,000 little purses that will soon fill it. I'm in charge of mixing the meat, which consists of beating one egg white with some soy sauce, sesame oil, and cornstarch. Nate shreds the carrot and cabbage, minces the garlic and ginger and I get to get my hands all sticky with ground chicken goo. Once the prep is taken care of the assembly ensues. I lay out the wonton wrappers, Nate quickly wets the outer edges to ensure a good seal, I get to spoon the meat mix teaspoon by teaspoon onto all the wrappers. Nathan purses them all up and pops them in the bamboo basket.
To cook them, it takes about 7-9 minutes per steamer layer. We usually have two stories to our dumpling fiasco. Normally we steam off some baby bok choy on the side, make a spicy thai chile soy dipping sauce and plop some hot chinese mustard on a plate and then proceed to eat the 8,000,000 dumplings in front of the T.V. most likely watching Cops (if nathan has anything to do with it).

Saturday, September 12, 2009

winner winner birthday dinner

So Friday was dear Nathan's birthday. I like to do fish on birthdays so I brought home a monster swordfish steak. I wanted to keep it pretty simple so I didn't have to spend all day in the kitchen making side dishes and such. So the swordfish with white beans, arugula and pesto was born. The sword was cooked beautifully, thanks Nate.

And this is what he got himself for his birthday. Bike #5938477239949. And he rode it in the kitchen. Notice the dog running away in fear.

And this my friends is the coconut cake that I made for him. I've been promising this cake for what he says is 10 years. I beg to differ. We've only been cooking well for 4 or 5 years. It was good. Probably could have used cake flour to make it a bit more tender. It had a pretty big crumb to it, but with enough frosting it was better. I'm also very critical of myself, at least when it comes to cooking. I will say not bad for my first "from scratch" cake.

grilled pizza and a copycat eggplant

Grilled pizza is a fantastic thing here at our house. It is hands down the best pizza ever. In fact we never ever order pizza out anymore because nothing ever compares to ours. Not to toot our own horn or anything. (toot? we don't even own a horn). Nathan is our resident dough master. I have been left to make pizza dough once and it came out very bad. I blamed it on the 400% humidity and 98 degree weather of that day, however Nathan isn't so sure. Funny though I can make a mean baguette, ciabatta, or any other yeasted bread without a problem. But I

This round consisted of a "taco pizza" and an artichoke heart, green olive and chicken sausage variety. The taco had salsa, smashed black beans, ground beef and queso fresco courtesy of Narragansett Creamery. The latter had artichoke hearts, green olives with marinated in lemon and garlic, hot italian chicken sausage and fresh mozzarella also courtesy of my favorite cheese people, Narragansett Creamery.
If you've never tried grilled pizza I highly recommend it. It takes some skill to get the crust right, but my good god it really is quite fantastic.

For the weekly eating experience I tried to recreate an eggplant dish that Last Night's Dinner
inspired me to try. The eggplant and cheese did me in and I had to have it for myself. So my version took eggplant sliced lengthwise, roasted for a few minutes to get soft. I also tossed some more chicken sausage in the oven (it was on sale at Whole Foods) because Nathan really likes his protein. Once the eggplant was softened sufficiently I topped it with slice fresh mozzarella, again Narragansett Creamery, and some grated pecorino romano and popped those babies in the broiler to get super toasty. Nothing is complete in this house without some kind of sauce. To satisfy that I chopped up a whole mess of garlic, softly sauteed it in olive oil and right as the eggplant was done threw in some chopped fresh tomato. To give it all a bed to lie on until being devoured I cooked a bunch of swiss chard, because I could eat greens with everything.