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Luna, [livejournal.com profile] beckyh2112, and [livejournal.com profile] ravynfyre, provided I can get a reservation, I will be having a ridiculously expensive dinner at Craft while in Dallas. I will get gussied up all fancy and take a cab, because even though it's under two miles away, I'm not walking in heels.

I have wanted to eat in one of Tom Colicchio's places for years, and I'm not going to pass up the chance to eat there when I'm that close. All I need to know now is, do I make the reservation for one, two, three, or four? >_> If neither of you are interested in going with, I understand; it's pricy and fussy and all. But gods, look at that dinner menu. So much food porn! And if someone comes with me, we could even split the decadent Bone-in Ribeye, Bone Marrow & Bordelaise for two!.

Yes, I am silly, silly person. But, but.... so much food!
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I will admit, I don't think much of birthdays as a general rule. I long ago trained myself to think of them as just "any other day" because, well...disappointment gets old really quick.

That said, I decided to do nothing yesterday that was not a treat. Well, almost nothing. I had to wash clothes if I wanted clean clothes for work for today. But really, that's no big deal. Up at eight per the current norm to get Yin fed and give him his shot. I was still pretty tired, as the past week was very stressful, and from Tues to Fri, I got...maybe five hours sleep each night? Maybe?

I've been meaning to get down to the Memphis Farmer's Market since it opened at the end of April, but lately I've been opening on Saturdays. So I decided to go find it yesterday morning. Headed out about 9:30. I kinda lost an hour, because the mapping software had me turn left when I should have turned right. But other than time and a dollar (parking) nothing major was nice, and I had a nice walk down the Main Street Mall. Finally found one of the maps and figured out where I should have been.

Side Note: Peabody Place Mall is really, really sad now. A pity, given how much went into it, and how nice it actually is.

At any rate, I did find the market and it was made of win and pie. Well. Win and rows upon rows of gorgeous produce some of which could become pie, so same thing. All the growers are relatively local, and many of them are organic/sustainable so that made me happy. My hope was to find my birthday dinner ingredients at the market. West Wind Farms is usually there, and I wanted to get a steak. Had to get two steaks, actually, since they cryovac them in pairs and freeze them for transport, which meant I spent 43.00 on two beautiful grass-fed, organic rib-eyes, each of which weighed over a pound. Yeah that seems expensive to some people I know. But that's four steak dinners for me, because I cut the steaks in half. A little over ten bucks a meal for an 8oz ribeye dinner? That is cheap, considering you'd pay almost three times that for a steak that size of lesser quality at even some chain restaurants.

I also spent a little over twenty-five on side things. Six bucks at one place got me a couple heads of oakleaf lettuce, a huge bag of shisho leaves, and some chocolate mint, all organic. Three-fifty got a nice bundle of firm shitake mushrooms. Five bucks netted a large bunch of organic baby carrots, greens and dirt still attached. Three for some green tomatoes, three for some organic eight-ball squash, and five for a loaf of semolina rounded everything out. Oh! And my squash blossoms. Two bucks got me six squash blossoms. I've always wanted to try those.

After that, I trotted on down to the Half-Shell for brunch, shrimp and grits Benedict with pain perdue. Headed home, put my close in the wash, put away my goodies, and then crawled back in bed for a nice nap.

And now, to the food porn! )

So yes, I had a good birthday. Thanks so much for all the good wishes, everyone.

OMG want!

Feb. 24th, 2009 11:29 pm
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www.flickr.com/photos/dlayphoto/3304530576/.

Creme Brulee.  Chocolate.  And bacon.

*droooooooooool*

air_n_darkness: (tea addict)
For those who have been asking, here is the recipe for the curried lentils:

www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/lentil-soup-with-a-curry-crema-and-lentil-crackers-recipe/index.html


I didn't make the lentil crackers, because I just ran out of time the day I was doing the cooking.  I cooked the veggies down in olive oil, and threw in some smoked ham, instead of using bacon fat, and instead of frying the carrots for the garnish, I shaved carrots using a peeler and and roasted them in the oven.  Sprinkled them with a little salt and some coriander.  Better than potato chips, and just as addictive,  

air_n_darkness: (tea addict)
Juiciest apples ever!

Whole Foods has these pre-bags of Organic Gala apples. You get about 5 apples in the bag, 2.99 for the bag (maybe 3.99, not sure). They're small apples, but oh my gods they are tasty! I like Gala's and similar types for out of hand eating because they are sweet, but still have a slight tartness. The flesh is usually firm and juicy, and the skin is easy to bite through.

These apples are so juicy, the juice runs down my chin when I take a bite, and the flesh practically dissolves in my mouth. If I didn't have to chew because of the skin...wow. They're just amazing. They also pair fantastically with my new tea, which has licorice and fennel, among other items. Who needs doughnuts and coffee? Apples and tea are sooooo much better!

Since I'm talking food porn, I'll mention my next recipe attempt. I have a recipe for a curried lentil soup with homemade lentil crackers. The only issue I have with it is the cook/prep time. It's going to be a 2 plus hour project. However, it should make enough to feed me for several days. >_> I hope I like it. If it comes out well, I'll post the recipe here. On that note, if I ever post something in the Food Diary that sounds nummy to you, ping me and I will attempt to post the recipe. I say attempt, because I have a habit of just winging it in the kitchen.

So, I've not been totally faithful to the whole Detox Diet thing. Without a nutritionist to actually plan out/give me recipes, I do have food cravings. I wasn't eating enough salt oddly enough. I had cut back considerably, and while I still cook with it, I'm not adding it to my meals at the table, so to speak. However, a lot of what I've been eating didn't require salt in the cooking. Hence the butter and crackers the past few days. Not the best choice (and boy did my GI tract let me know that) but there are worse. I've determined it's better to give into the cravings, but only if they last past my attempts at derailing it (drinking water, eating fruit, etc). And even then, I'm not giving in to excess.

Now, tomorrow, I'm baking my famous chocolate chip cookies. I'll be taking some to coven for snack, and the majority of the rest will go to work. A very small amount will stay here, because I will want a few. I won't lie. There will be at least one breakfast of cookies and milk. I know there will. But that's ok, because I'm paying attention to what and how much I eat, and will adjust the rest of my food intake to account for that splurge.
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Not detox-locked, because it's a recipe, kinda, and who doesn't love a good recipe?

I goofed and picked up chocolate whey instead of vanilla, but it's all good. I loosely (and I do mean loosely) followed a recipe suggestion on the back of the protein powder can, mainly for the powder amount. Here's what I did:

8oz (1 cup) fat free milk
2 large tablespoons of low-fat plain yogurt for tangyness
1/3 cup of the whey protein
half a small bag of organic frozen berry whole mix (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc)
Blend the hell out of it.

I actually wind up with 2.5 glasses of the smoothie, which would be roughly equal to one of the large Bolthouse drinks. This smoothie isn't sweet at all- well, not in the way I think of sweet. It's thick, mind you, but it doesn't have that cloying taste on the palate that I've come to associate w/ protein drinks of any type. I may actually increase the fruit content, because the tangy yogurt is masking the actual taste of the fruit.

Oooooh the possibilities before me now! I will admit, I have some small Bolthouse drinks in the fridge still; I really do enjoy them. But, I'll likely phase the protein ones out of my diet and just stick to their juices. Mmmm, prickly pear lemonade....

I think perhaps I might want a juicer at some point as well. >_>
air_n_darkness: (tea addict)
First, the food porn!

Last night was our coven's Lughnasadh feast/rite. Since this festival is centered around the harvest, we went with a veggie and grain theme for our feast, centered around a Vegetable Curry. Which meant that I, as the resident Curry Goddess, got to make the main course.

I tried out a new yellow curry recipe, and it was wonderful! Easy to prep, and only about 10-15 minutes of cook time. The heat in the sauce can be very easily controlled, and the sauce is actually very refreshing to the palate. What's more, you can use any vegetables you'd like, really. So, for the interested, I'm linking the recipe.

Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry

I highly, highly suggest that if you want to use eggplant, you don't use American eggplant. Search out Chinese or Japanese eggplants instead. They're denser, crisper, and hold their shape. American eggplant tends to be too watery for these types of dishes. Plus, the Asian variety's skins aren't as bitter or chewy as "regular" eggplant. Also, this is not a thick, cooked down curry sauce like many Indian curries; it is a thinner curry and you will want plenty of rice to soak up the yummy goodness. I personally prefer Thai curries over Indian if going veggie.

Cutting the rest, so as not to clutter your f-list )
air_n_darkness: (magical)
I have fresh from the oven, made from scratch chocolate chip cookies!

With dark chocolate chips...

Best cookies ever.

Ummmmmmmmmmmmm

Cookies make everything better.
air_n_darkness: (dressed)
I now own asuper-sexy dishwasher! It's so shiny and pretty and OMFG so very, very quiet. Brushed stainless exterior, all metal interior, I love it! It makes me happy. Plus we got a $200 discount for taking the last one, which happened to be the floor model.

Yes, right now, it doesn't take much to make me happy:p! But the old one was evil, evil pure and simple, from the 8th dimension!

Tonights food porn: Fajitas with grilled peppers and onions. And Lynda's iron skillet chocolate pie.

Don't look at me that way! She made me bring it home this afternoon. Forced it upon me, she did!
air_n_darkness: (magical)
The Chocolate Soup recipe

4 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (don't skimp here, get the best you can. I suggest Scharffen-Berger or Valrhona)
5 tablespoons cornstarch
5 tablespoons cold water

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla bean. Bring the mixture almost to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and let it steep for 20 minutes. Strain and return to the pan. (Rinse and dry the vanilla bean and save it for another use.)

Put the pan on low heat, add the chocolate, and whisk until the chocolate melts. Combine the cornstarch and water to form a slurry. Add the slurry a little at a time, whisking constantly, until the soup is thick and smooth. You will know it is ready when the bubbles are gone and the chocolate has thickened, about 5 to 7 minutes.


At this point, I like to have additives, so people can doctor their "soup" to their liking. STuff like candied ginger, cayenne pepper, salt (chocolate loves a little salt), flavored oils-like orange or hazelnut, mint, etc.

WARNING!!! This stuff is VERY rich!

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