Hi All! Happy Friday! So everyone good week? bad week? Looking outside as I finish off this post the sun is shining, snow is melting and birds are chirping. So it would be hard to say bad week with that type of weather in February! Not to mention T. was home for four whole days. Yay someone to cook for!! After a night out on Saturday, we stayed in Sunday night to watch our favorite British TV
Top Gear (for him) and Mr. Selfridge (for me) and I made for us the fish stew I shared in last weeks Friday Favorites post. All I can say is yum! Make this stew you won’t regret it. With the left over shrimp we adopted meatless Monday and enjoyed Shrimp Fried Rice for dinner. It has actually been meatless around here all week, that’s what happens when I miss my weekly trip to the butcher. Thankfully I did have some pancetta in the fridge and made Spaghetti Carbonara for the first time. Carbonara is one of my favorite pasta dishes, I ate it just about every meal when we were Rome (well dinner, lunch was reserved for potato and rosemary pizza.. ahh the food memories…), so I can’t believe I have never made it before. It is also probably not a good thing that I now know how easy it is to make.
This weekend the cooking plans include a beef chuck roast I’m braising on Sunday for a week of leftovers and attempting to make Irish soda bread – yes St. Patrick’s Day is coming! Wish me luck!
Now that I have been acquainted with millet I’ve been keen to experiment a bit more with this grain.. oops I mean seed. My relationship with millet is a work in progress. But while working on it I am going to try these millet cakes with carrot and spinach from Love & Lemons. Spiced with garlic and curry the little cakes look like a delicious meat free (and gluten free) dinner.
Favorite Cooking Tip.
This is not exactly a cooking tip, more like a series of tips to help you become a better home cook. BBC GoodFood recently posted this article from Tom Kerridge with 10 steps to being a better cook. Each step presents a useful skills to work through. I’ve bookmarked this page and plan to take my time working through step starting this weekend with #6 making bread.
The 2015 Piglet – Tournament of Cookbooks has started over at food52. Given my love of cookbooks
it should come as no surprise this is one of my favorite competitions of the year! And this year’s lineup looks fantastic. Bookmark the bracket and when March Madness starts in a few weeks you will have a much more interesting bracket to follow!
Favorite Pretty Detail.
Zara Home could be my downfall. Or at least the downfall of my wallet. I first stumbled upon Zara Home while we were in Paris in October. It was like a revelation, a dangerous revelation. We, by we I mean T. followed behind reluctantly reminding me at every turn that we did not have room in our luggage for the napkin rings, blankets, sheets, coasters, plates… yes I wanted it all. Now I almost dread getting the emails. Like this pretty table setting from their Spring/Summer collection. It is whimsical and rustic. Now to figure out how to get more dishes in the house without T. noticing… Shoes are so much easier to hide than plates!!
It was a chilly here last weekend, and cozied up at home our favorite sip was Clément V.S.O.P. Rhum Agricole Vieux (Martinique). This rum is aged a minimum of four years in virgin Limousin barriques and re-charred Bourbon casks.
By no means would I consider myself a rum drinker, but this has certainly changed my mind. We were introduced to this rum our first night in Paris last October. Dining at a small restaurant on the Rue Mouffetard the Greek owner warmly welcomed us and treated us to a fantastic evening. To end the night as we were sharing a creme brûlée, Michel the owner joined us and brought along his favorite a bottle of Clément to sip on while he regaled us of stories from his trip to Canada.
I was pleasantly surprised by this rum, which Michel referred to as ‘green rum’. Meant to be sipped like a whisky, it is definitely not something you would be mixing with coke. I found the rum to be refined and slightly spicy, with smooth, long-lasting flavors of coconut, apple and caramel. Now each sip reminds me of that first night in Paris, in the cozy bistro.
Lately I’ve been loving smoothies. Healthy, easy way to start my day – thank you Nutri-Ninja! The fur children are always waiting around hoping I will share. They love fruit and veggies. Don’t ask. They are weird. Anyway I thought I would treat them to their own smoothie, which was a big time tail wag. Mr. Barksmith Smoothies for Dogs (Peanut Butter) are an all natural no sugar, wheat or dairy treat. Just freeze and serve. I’m definitely going to get a few more for them come summer.