I have been incredibly lazy with my cooking. I'm not thinking up new recipes. I'm not really blogging about anything important. I'm just eating.
I thought I'd still do a catchup post. What have I been cooking and eating if I haven't been playing Mad Chef in the kitchen and inventing recipes.
Sunday night I missed the Super Bowl in favor of a birthday dinner for my mother-in-law. I took lots of pictures thinking I'd do an entire blog about it. I went to Trattoria Tre Colori in NYC (theater district). It was a nice restaurant, but I decided the food wasn't worthy of an entire blog. Not exciting. Nothing wrong with food, decor, or service, just didn't excite me. I ate antipasto,chicken Scarpariello, and chocolate mousse cake and then trashed the photos I took of them.
Monday I had a huge craving for chicken cacciatore and very little time with which to shop for the ingredients and prepare it. I realized I had no wine in the house.* I tried to find something in the supermarket that would substitute. I found these.
Pouring about 2 tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar into a cup of white grape juice gives you the taste of a sweet cheap wine (like a white version of the Manischevitz stuff they serve at Passover). Hey, grape juice, wine, and vinegar are just 3 phases of the same substance. I mixed pre-wine and post-wine to make wine.
The cacciatore wasn't too bad. It was a little sweeter than I like it, but totally edible. I'd prefer it with real wine though.
When the snow rolled in, I made chicken pot pie. I decided to sub out the milk in my original recipe for homemade chicken stock for a different taste in the sauce (and less stress on SPP's stomach). I was out of sherry, so I used tarragon and sage (dried in both cases) for flavoring. Quite good. Definitely a good winter day meal.
My theater group was doing it's annual Mardi Gras party on Saturday night, the same night that Kevin's best friend was having a birthday party for his wife. We decided to go our separate ways that night as we both felt rather committed to our separate engagements.
I decided to send him off with a pan of brownies so our friends would know I was thinking of them. I had leftover buttermilk from the pot pie, so I chose this recipe. I wasn't impressed with it and won't make it again. I tried to make the recipe a bit more interesting by adding shredded coconut and coconut extract to the batter and cacoa nibs to the icing. They didn't add much. I won't make this again.
For Valentine's Day, rather than go somewhere fancy and sit among huge crowds and pay too much money for an overpriced price fixe meal, we are opting to have dinner at a place that isn't necessarily Valentine-y, but is always tried and true for us, Rani Mahal. It's our favorite local restaurant.
I think this will win the prize as my Most Boring Post. There are no long stories about how I was inspired to create a recipe, no geek references, and no bad puns.
I need some inspiration soon!
*I know I'm about to get a dozen comments about how unthinkable it is to not have wine in the house. Yes, it's true. I don't habitually have wine around. Kevin and I don't drink much alcohol. He is prone to random migraines and he never knows if alcohol will trigger it. I am prone to bouts of insomnia and alcohol tends to aggravate it (I may fall asleep faster, but as soon as the alcohol is metabolized, my eyes fly open and I can't go back to sleep- and that usually happens at 3AM). We really only drink on weekends. I will buy a bottle if I need it for recipes and will try to make as many recipes as possible with the bottle - and I admit to an evening tipple when I have it around, but in general, wine is not a household staple.