Monday, October 12, 2009

lobster mushrooms et al

saw some lobster mushrooms at the co-op and, having never made them before, bought a couple to give 'em a go. I sliced them into slabs, browned them in butter with shallots and salt/pepper, then added chicken broth and braised them until done.

we also roasted some Brussels sprouts (olive oil, salt, pepper; when done, tossed with balsamic vinegar) and dragged some frozen garlic-scapes pesto I made months ago out of the back of the freezer and put it on some tortellini.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


made some salsa with fire-roasted tomatoes, dried red chilis, garlic, etc. sauteed together & then pureed. then we ate it for dinner (baked a casserole, of sorts, with layered corn tortillas, cheese, salsa, and shredded chicken leftover from chicken-soup-making):

then we ate it for breakfast, with eggs:

Saturday, October 10, 2009

$3.50 Chinese buffet

50 feet from my school, a new "4 items for $3.50" buffet opened up. They have a lot of weird, creepy-looking seafood I can't wait to try. I took it easy my first trip and got eggplant (good, except for one not-quite-cooked piece), long beans in black bean sauce, fried tofu triangles, and slabs of pork fat.

brunch at Egg

seared duck breast on a baguette with mustard, onion jam, and greens. was supposed to have duck liver pate, but I couldn't discern it, so I asked--sure enough, they were out. kind of annoying they didn't tell me that beforehand and/or charge me less.

Priya got a fried chicken breast sandwich that also seemed to be missing something--the spicy cucumber relish. when she asked for it, they brought it out. again, kind of sloppy!

the duck sandwich was absolutely delicious, though.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

birthday dinner #3: sailing & Roberta's

on Sunday, Priya & I went sailing on the boat owned by Katie & Chris. It was a wonderful day (maybe the last good day of the season) and very exhausting, and when we were done we went to Chris' restaurant Roberta's for dinner. As usual, the meal was outstanding. Roberta's has really moved past just having great fancy pizza, and there were half a dozen menu items I was itching to try. I settled on the orechiette with duck ragu, while Priya had Carolyn Bane's fried chicken (reportedly, with Pies 'n' Thighs opening soon on S.4th & Driggs, her chicken will soon vanish from Roberta's). We split a Good Girl for the table (pizza with taleggio, sausage, and crispy kale), and I had a nibble of Matt's lamb and Dave's skate wing (both superb).

A+ duck ragu! I detected a bit of citrus--lemon zest, possibly?--that gave it a delicate flavor, balanced with the dark fatty meatiness of the duck. And I was glad to get one last bite of the fried chicken before it went away for a while.

birthday dinner #2: Delhi Palace

we headed out to Jackson Heights on Saturday night for some Indian food. I had never been to Delhi Palace but had read some positive things about it, and I didn't want to hit the usual Jackson Diner.

it wound up being a great choice! the food was delicious and plentiful (they hooked us up with some extra appetizers and such, and the seekh kababs came with a surprise order of dal makhani), the lamb vindaloo was good and hot and not rubbery and cheap (like some of the 6th street Indian places...)...overall I was very happy with it and have an eye toward returning for a buffet.

I had one thing I'd never had before--paneer-stuffed chili peppers deep-fried in chickpea batter, almost like chile rellenos samosas. Jason ordered them and let me try one...delicious!

one downside to the restaurant...the lightning was SUPER weird. our order of mango chutney came and Priya was like, "Why is it GREEN?" Then I realized that our skin was greenish, too. Just very strange lighting that gave all the (delicious) food an unappetizing color...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

birthday brunch: PRUNE

Prune in the East Village. hourlong wait. not inexpensive, but quite good.

huevos rancheros:

croque monsieur, custard-style, with red current jelly:

potato rosti:

the waitress didn't bring my "prune juice" (meyer lemon juice, orange juice, lime juice, etc. all mixed together) for like a half hour, and never brought Priya's. oh well.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

birthday dinner #1: Ichi Umi sushi buffet

all you can eat sushi on 32nd street...$31.95 for an adult on a weekend. I definitely ate my fill. the buffet was like 150 feet long and included every kind of sushi imaginable + lots of delicious hot items, a gyoza cabinet, a crepe station...

I fulfilled my desire to eat something absolutely horrible by eating a sea squirt. It tasted like the bottom of an aquarium, complete with chemicals.

P.S. one of these pictures was stolen from someone who is actually good at composing pictures. guess which one.