Archive for October, 2006

fall back

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

It’s unseasonably warm today and it’s so tempting to pop out of the office and go get some gelato. Alas, I won’t do it since I want to leave on time so I can hand out candy tonight.
Saturday night I made pumpkin soup from the CSA pumpkins we got a couple of weeks ago. Peeling a pumpkin is no easy task, but the end result was worth the effort. We ate some soup Saturday evening and my feeling was “it’s an ok soup”. A little time in the fridge did the the soup a world of good and it’s really very delicious now. Besides that, we’ve been eating our greens in a tasty, uncreative fashion. Fine by me!

Here’s what we got for Week 20:
CSA Week 20

Acorn Winter Squash-2
Gold Turnips-1 bunch
Winterbor Kale-1 bunch
Collards-1 bunch
Carrots-1 bunch
Austrian Crescent Fingerling Potatoes
Mint-1 bunch
Kohlrabi-1bunch (I’ve given up on liking kohlrabi so I traded it for an extra kale. Smart)
Golden Delicious Apples, JonaGold Apples, Anjou Pears, Bosc Pears.

CSA Week 20

Delicious foods and a wee glimpse of our new counter tops.

So guess where I had dinner Sunday night? Babbo! Guess who else was there? Gwyneth Paltrow. La di da. I was really looking forward to dinner and it did not disappoint; the food was fabulous. Ordering with 5 people was a challenge but it was good trying things I wouldn’t have normally ordered. On our waiter’s recommendation I went with the duck for my main course and it was the most incredible duck I’ve ever had. Perfumed with rosemary, it was tender where it should be tender and crisp where it should be crisp. The pastas, main course and dessert were all very good. The weakest spot, in my opinion, was the antipasti but even that was good. I’d definitely go back.

chill in the air

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t posted any CSA pictures in a couple of weeks. Two weeks ago, the reason was: we got new countertops, a new sink, a new faucet, and a garbage disposal! The kitchen was still kind of a mess so I quietly put away the vegetables and didn’t take any photos. Last week the reason was: I was in Ann Arbor! Yay, Ann Arbor. Jeremie picked up the vegetables and he didn’t take any pictures. Tomorrow we’ll be back on the plan and I’ll take some photos. We’ve been getting a lot of hearty greens the past couple of weeks.

Fall is in full swing and the trees are just beautiful. I need to buy some big pumpkins. Don’t get me wrong, carving is fun and all, but for me it’s all about the seeds. Oh, roasted seeds, I love you so!

Plum Cake and Panko

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

We’re dog-sitting this weekend and I’m delighting in the company of one Mr. Panko. He’s a handsome little poodle and we’ve had a lot of fun so far. Yesterday we went to the farmer’s market in New Canaan and took a walk around town. We played and he napped a little in the afternoon and then we took a long walk in the evening. This morning I got up early, early, early and we took another long walk.

Last night, Panko afoot, I realized that there’s no way we could eat all the luscious plums in the fridge so I decided to make Jeremie’s Mom’s plum cake. It freezes beautifully and that’s what I intend to do.

getting ready for the oven:
Plum Cake - unbaked

apres oven:
Plum Cake - baked!

Jeremie’s Mom makes this cake pareve and often serves it for Shabbat dessert but I made it dairy, so it’s sticking to coffee time or dairy meals. I love dairy meals. Later this morning we’re heading off to Forest Hills, Queens to meet up with some family and have brunch. Hopefully we’ll hit up some Kosher markets afterwords so we can stock up on el Kosher chicken. I can’t find kosher chicken wings around here. Can you believe it? Oh – ps – it’s yontev so no markets. Silly me.

The new countertops & sink come on Tuesday. I’m very excited. I’m a little worried that I won’t be able to take good pictures on the counter anymore, but such is thus.

Total Insanity, continued

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

I haven’t been writing (or taking many pictures) because I’ve been cooking. I took pictures of last week’s CSA share with Jeremie’s camera but I’m not quite sure where it’s hiding in the house. I took pictures of this week’s haul with my camera but I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of veggies and I’m afraid it’s not very artfully arranged. After eating a little something, I got so caught up in cooking and putting the vegetables away that I forgot to take pictures of the fruit. Maybe later. Anyway, here’s the haul:

CSA Week 17
Loads of collards, broccoli, turnips with greens, garlic, chili peppers, habanero peppers, summer squash, beets, potatoes, and two pumpkins. Holy cow. Last night I made garlicy kale with kale from last week, roasted a bunch of beets for the fridge & freezer, roasted the turnips and also roasted some kohlrabi from a couple of weeks ago. We also tried to dry some peppers in our convection toaster oven but it was taking a really long time and I needed to go to bed, so I turned it off overnight. I should’ve just stayed up with it since I didn’t fall asleep until 3:30a anyway.