Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Burgers, Vegetables, and Fries

We found a free grill on the roadside this weekend, and today bought a propane tank. Tonight we tried it out! Rare burgers accompanied by peaky asparagus and mushrooms and garlic in foil.

I did the grilling, which is most unusual; inside, Bean fried up some potatoes. Things he would like to share:

1. The secret to frying foods is: fry them once....and then fry them again.
2. Frying in olive oil is possible (and delicious).

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lull Farm -- Greens

In Hollis, New Hampshire, there lies a beautiful and aromatic farm stand named Lull Farm. They have everything one could need in the way of freshness.

On a mission to buy cucumber plants last weekend, I bought a bag of their (mixed):

collard greens

and I have been using it for every meal since. So for work-lunch, I made a sandwich with:

Lull Farm greens mix
Grey Poupon mustard
fresh-baked saloio roll (Hannaford)

And it will hopefully be as scrumptious as it looked.

Thai Try (3)

When we lived with Ma'am, Bean and I would often concoct suppers that allowed us to pootle together in the kitchen, but did not overlap (ingrediently) in the least.

But since we've moved to the new (old) house, we've made nearly every dish together. It's a strange change. Some things are still different (that second dish is mine, and much more vegetable-laden than Bean's peanutinferno) but it does feel like our own home.

Tonight we made a simple Thai-style stirfry:

olive oil
fresh basil
kale & collard mix (see above)

And when this was nearly done, Bean boiled up some rice noodles, and mixed them in a bag with Panko bread crumbs. This is the stuff they make Japanese tempura with; they're like less hefty bread crumbs.

Add these to the stir fry; top with chopped peanuts and Goyoza sauce, and mmmmmm...

Martha's Vineyard Lobster

Friday, June 17, 2011

Beet Greens & Eggs

A Friday.

I took a sick-day and worked-worked-worked until exhaustion set in. Our house is beginning to look lived-in!

And so beauteous, and.....oh, I cannot even describe how joyous I am about the entire thing.

There is a small (and friendly!) farmstand on my drive home from work, and I often feel inclined to stop there and get something. So tonight: steamed beet greens with eggs (sourdough bread and gouda cheese and relaxing beverages not shown).

Monday, June 13, 2011

Scenes from a New House; Or, Our First Dinner.

New House (and Lobster)!!

Bean had a deadline to meet for work, so I spent the night alone in the new (but old, and so beautiful) house. I made myself a martini and cleaned and sipped and had a delicious lobster roll from the local grocer down the street. It was a perfect picnic supper in a vast expanse of creaking, intricate, beloved building.

I love this house.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Moving, and Burgers.

Today we moved the first of our things into a giant, beautiful colonial.

And it ended with a (finally) rare burger!! Perfect with corn and a glass of Cabernet.

Summer is nearly here.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Asian Pizza

We are moving this weekend.

Away from Ma'am (as much as I love her) and Nii and Morgue, and into a gloriously big, old, rotting and beautiful house. It is the house Bean grew up in, and we spend tomorrow waiting (im)patiently for a call that tells us the current tenants have gone.

And so, I spent the night trying to cook dinner, but being inevitably drawn into packing all of the things we had acquired over the various years of our relationship. There are plates and cups and utensils, and there are things that have sat in the house but are used by no one but us. What to take?!

So dinner was late.

It was an Asian-inspired (I loathe that word) pizza. I made a lil' bit of dough, and spread it with:

sesame oil
seaweed sheets
fermented cabbage & carrots

(Ma'am has been experimenting with fermented vegetables, and these were perfect.)

When it was done baking I added some of Morgue's frozen fish eggs.

And after cleaning the entire kitchen (likely to be messied by various boys in our absence), it was scrumptious.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Eggs in a (Basket)?

Today Bean happened upon an Argentinian delicacy; grilled whole vegetables with eggs inside of them. He chose green pepper, and I tomato -- both of us love one and hate the other (can you guess which is which?).

Hollow out, crack an egg in, and plop it on the grill. We had no idea what to expect.

The tomato descended into a fit of instability, and the peppers (though they held up well) were charred inedibly.

I am glad we tried it out, but I doubt we shall ever repeat.