Friday, February 26, 2010
I am working from home today, so Jude treated me (and Ruby) to breakfast in bed.
Chorizo-and-egg scramble, served with black beans and warmed corn tortillas. Yum.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Jude came home from work late tonight and knew he was going to be taking a cab anyway, so he picked up some food for us to try. He got us a roast beef and au jus sandwich, holding the cheese (since I can't have it right now because of Ruby's allergy), and a pastrami sandwich with coleslaw and mustard on it. And delicious hand-cut fries. The sandwiches were pretty delicious, which is saying a lot since they really should be eaten at the counter there rather than 20 minutes later after a cab ride to Brooklyn!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Jude created tonight's dinner with the intention of using up a bunch of random odds and ends we had in the kitchen: cabbage we had bought for tacos last week, proscuitto from our picnic dinner, cannelloni beans, macaroni noodles, and breadcrumbs.
I don't usually venture into the kitchen while Jude is cooking, but tonight I snapped some pictures while he was hard at work. He had started soaking the beans in water on Saturday and cooked them yesterday with water, garlic, thyme, bacon, and an onion. Tonight, he "sweated out" (which means he cooked it lightly in some olive oil) some onions and bits of proscuitto in a pan, then added shredded cabbage and dumped in a dark beer to steam and wilt the cabbage a bit. Once the beer cooked off, he added chicken stock and some tomato paste and cooked it until the cabbage became soft.
He cooked up some macaroni noodles and used another pan to toast the breadcrumbs in olive oil.
Jude used a little pot to put together each serving of soup separately before plating it. He does it this way so that he can control how much of each of the parts of the soup we get in our bowls, and also so that we can keep all of our leftovers separated so the noodles don't get mushy.
Final verdict: delicious!
Just a simple morning with a simple breakfast. I used to eat "instant" microwave oatmeal in college, before I knew Jude. It sure is a whole lot better to have the real stuff, cooked on the stove! This bowl just has some Maine maple syrup. Yum.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
And here is Ruby coming in the door after the little trip with Daddy.
Friday, February 19, 2010
We got a good chuckle out of this burger when Jude first put it down in front of me. He called it "inedible" because of its ridiculous size. My favorite burger topping of all time is a slice of juicy grilled pineapple, (which I first tasted at Kua'Aina burger place in Hawaii). The slice below is too big, though, so I ended up eating it on the side and Jude made me another skinnier one.
Even with the big patty, pineapple, avocado slices, raw red onion slices, lettuce, mayo and mustard, I was able to smash it down enough to eat it!
As a side, Jude made roasted fingerling potatoes, seasoned perfectly and with just the right amount of crunch.
If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be a burger. This meal was delicious!!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Today's lunch: leftover sesame peanut noodles from Monday night (complete with a baggie full of pickled veggies), carrot sticks with a container of homemade curried lentil dip, a salad (not pictured) with goat cheese and hazel nuts, and a little container of apple raspberry sauce.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Another of my pregnancy favorites: Mexican chocolate pudding made with silken tofu (you'd never know it!). We got the recipe last spring from Mark Bittman in The New York Times and I was completely addicted. Tonight, I made the pudding (desserts are often my domain)--it is super simple, so not much room for me to screw it up! We were out of cinnamon and I went a little light on the chili powder, so it didn't have its usual kick to it, but it was still chocolately and delicious. We use good dark chocolate (not cheap milk chocolate chips) pieces (which also end up being vegan since there are no "fillers" like milk fat to produce it cheaper) and it is heavenly.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Ruby meals also come from our local green markets. Jude started making her purees and sauces in the fall when there was more local produce around and freezing it in BPA-free trays in our freezer in anticipation of her starting to eat this winter. So far, her local samplings have included: honeycrisp apples, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, celery root, and carrots.
Quick and simple dessert of juicy pineapple slices drizzled with honey, sea salt, and a little chili powder. There is clearly nothing "local" about pineapple, but the honey is a yummy jar from the Hamptons (a gift from our friend, Liz).
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Jude went out and bought a pork shoulder (the last one they had at our local butcher!). First, he seared it to get a nice golden-brown crust all around and then smoked it (yes, we have a smoker in our tiny apartment thanks to our friend Emily who bought it for us and our friend Josh who carried it as a carry-on bag from Wisconsin for us) for about 45 minutes or so with hickory wood. Then he braised it in a sauce of charred tomatillos, charred scallions, garlic, oregano, cinammon, honey, cumin, coriander, onions, chili powder, bitter orange juice, vinegar, and a little bit of beer. After it was braised for about 5 hours, he shredded it and had a big pot of juicy meat on warming on the stove for tacos. He also had black beans warm on the stove and he pickled a bunch of red onions for some tang. To pickle the red onions, he heated up water and vinegar together to dissolve sugar with a couple crushed garlic cloves and bay leaves. He poured that over the sliced red onions and--voila!--a delicious and simple concoction!
Our friend Tamy (also a great cook: check out her blog) brought homemade guacamole and we had other friends bring corn tortillas, salsa, limes and cilantro for the taco bar and a pineapple that Jude grilled slices of.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Jude got home late again tonight and we wanted something quick so we could watch a movie. Since I had had lunch on my own during the day, Jude wasn't 100 percent confident that I had eaten any greens yet, so he whipped up a simple stir fry of rice, broccoli, snow peas, and peas.
Ruby and I woke up at 8:00 this morning to find that Jude had already been up for a few hours working in the kitchen and getting ready for work. When I got out of the shower, I had this breakfast waiting for me at the table. Holding an almost-seventh-month-old (and wiping her down after her grabby paws get a hold of your jelly toast) while eating is difficult, but this breakfast was yummy nonetheless.
This is a pretty darn complete breakfast that is a lovely way to start my Saturday and give me the energy I'm going to need to trudge through the snow storm today to bring Ruby to music class. Two sunny-side-up fried eggs from Knoll Crest small farm in Merrimack, NH. A small lightly dressed salad and a half of an avocado seasoned with salt and pepper and a hint of dressing. Two pieces of toast with hibiscus jam that our friend Adam brought us as a gift from Senegal. All this finished off with a glass of juice (half orange-half carrot, which is a great combination that Jude started making after spending five weeks traveling through Mexico studying their markets and foods and falling in love with this juice blend that you could buy fresh on the street).
Jude was long gone by the time Ruby allowed me to finish my breakfast, but she is now napping and I am feeling very well-satiated. Thanks, Jude.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Jude got home late from work tonight, at about 9:30. He'd already eaten at the restaurant, but he whipped me up a great meal still. Below, my late dinner of braised beef short ribs with roasted fingerling potatoes and red cippolini onions from Rick Bishop of Mountain Sweet Berry Farm via the Union Square farmer's market. Delicious.