Monday, February 15, 2010

Love is braised meat

We ate our weight in braised meat this weekend. Friday night we met G's family at Corduroy where we celebrated belated birthdays for the ladies.  I LOVE Corduroy. It's our occasion place, and where we had our proposal dinner.

Birthday Friday

I had the braised pork belly, G had the beef cheeks.

Art Saturday

Saturday we went to David and Laurie's (our gallerist friends) to pick up the Lou Reed piece and have dinner with them.

Little did we know, Laurie had been slow cooking beef short ribs since the night before. Served with pureed parsnips, it was amazing. She's such a good cook! We got on the subject of eating meat, and our hosts recalled the year that they stopped eating it. They said they aged quite a bit, got grey hair, his eyebrows turned white, and they experienced hair loss. Their friend, a doctor, told them that there are trace elements in meat that cannot be gotten anywhere else, so they returned to eating and got their pigment and hair back. Interesting, non?

Valentine's Sunday

Sunday, Valentine's evening, G made beef Bourguignon, authentically I might add, starting it the night before and marinating it with aromatic vegetables, bouquet garni, and an entire bottle of wine.

It was delicious. The recipe even called for heart-shaped croutons. Haha!  He gave me a tongue-in-cheek-"never"-cliche box of chocolates and a single red rose. I won this episode of the Bachelor!

I made a card for G.

Presidents Monday

Then today, President's day, we had Augustin (who's French) over to eat the leftover stew. He said it tasted great and authentic (I think). This time I served it with boiled potatoes. We also had last night's bread pudding that I made from the bread scraps of the crouton hearts.


Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's day!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Winter Vegetable Shhooup (Soup)

Again with the snow. We're supposed to get 10 MORE inches this evening. Offices were closed for the second time this week.  There's only one thing left to do: make soup.

I love the ideas guy who thought of packaging leftover bits of vegetable together. It's brilliant because you don't have to think too much about what to get and it's the perfect amount. In this pack was parsnip, onion, turnip, celery, carrot, a leek, a bit of parsley and fresh dill. That's all you need!  I just added potatoes, some kale and seasonings. It's really hearty--even your carnivore friends will like it.


Winter Vegetable Soup
3      tablespoons    Vegetable or Oil
1      medium        Carrot 
1      medium        Parsnip
1      small         Turnip
3      medium        Potatoes 
2                    Ribs Celery -- Coarsely Chopped
1      medium        Onion -- Coarsely Chopped
1      small         Leek -- Coarsely Chopped
2                    Cloves Garlic -- Crushed
1      teaspoon      Dried Thyme Leaves -- Crumbled
1      small bunch   Fresh herbs (parsley, dill, etc.)
5      cups          Chicken Broth
6      ounces        Fresh Kale -- Chopped
2      dashes        Worcesteshire or Soy Sauce
1      tablespoon    Seasoning salt or mixture of equal 
parts paprika and celery salt  
                     Salt And Pepper To Taste
Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium 
heat. Add carrots, celery, onion, garlic, leeks, herbs, 
and thyme.  Cook, stirring frequently, until slightly 
softened, 5 minutes. Add potatoes and seasoning; stir 
to coat.  Stir in broth, 2 cups water.  Cover and bring 
to boil. Reduce heat to medium low; simmer covered, 1 
hour. Stir in kale, Worcesteshire (and salt and pepper 
to taste); simmer covered 10 minutes. 

Monday, February 08, 2010

Super Bow-el Sunday

I'm not a fan of football. Didn't even know who was playing (let alone what this Who Dat? business was about--but congrats, Saints, congrats). It was a lazy Super Bow-el Bowl Sunday in the DCEat home. Lots of eating and staying in. A (rare) big breakfast morphed into a lazy lasagna dinner. And G claimed the only reason to stay tuned was to watch the half-time show...when you turn it up real loud for the Who.  Apparently, we weren't the only ones who could care less.

Having said all that, I admit that I loved this ad:

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Apocolypse S-Now

SnOMG! We survived Snowpocolypse, Snowmageddon, Apocolypse S-Now! Panic! Hunger! Falling skies! Craziness!


A ton of snow on our roof!; our blanketed street; a walk in the street; lunch at Saint Ex (it was open!)--had the pupusas and fried green tomato BLT (and fries)--DELISH; monument snow sculpture at True Hardware (it was open, too! Whole Foods and Logan Hardware were not); droopy limbs weighted down by the snow; a felled tree branch (we saw one fall on some guy); an ENTIRE tree fallen; ...on a car!; Dupont Snowball Fight. (Above photos from my craptastic iPhone; video by my friend, Jonathan--who got closer to the action than I dared to.)

And that night, we went out to Adams Morgan (which, though we live nearby, we never do because we are old and not cool). But on nights like that, it's quiet, and for the locals. We walked to Cashion's (they were open!), brought a Spanish red, Finca Sandoval 2005 (corkage was only $20, and they gave us a locals' discount, to boot).  I had the scallops with spicy and delicious scalloped potatoes; G had the braised goat--very Med/North African with yogurt sauce and pita.  I love the food at Cashion's (they're closed for the Super Bowl tonight). The streets were quiet and aglow. We stopped by that poor fallen tree we saw earlier. And it was a pretty walk home. Good times!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Storm of the Century and Spicy Hot Cocoa

National Weather Service has upgraded the Winter Storm 
Warning to a Blizzard Warning, beginning at 10PM tonight,
and continuing until 10PM tomorrow. The Winter Storm 
Warning will remain in effect until 10PM. A Blizzard 
Warning means wind gusts will exceed 35 mph, snow is 
likely to be extremely heavy, and visibility will be 
reduced below 1/4 mile. Please make sure to secure all 
loose objects on your property. This extremely dangerous 
storm is expected to produce record snowfall for the 
Washington D.C. metropolitan area.   Travel conditions 
tonight will be extremely hazardous and life-threatening, 
and all citizens are urged to remain indoors.

Pink skies and beautiful, fluffy, sideways-blowing snow. 
We had drinks and leftover bolognese by the fire, then G 
shoveled snow as I made hot cocoa. We're supposed to get 
20 inches!


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