Insomnisnack

orecchiette, honeyed rosemary carrots, anchovy January 20, 2008

Filed under: beer,food,golden natural foods,golden produce,holiday,lambic,pasta — insomnisnack @ 8:27 pm

I have been poking around in the kitchen here and there, but I haven’t made a meal worth blogging in a while. This one is in celebration of my favorite vegetable purveyor (Golden Produce) opening their new grocery establishment — Golden Natural Foods!!! I truly love this family, and am very happy for their success. I also should note that I am grateful for the MLK holiday, and appreciative of what it took of others for me to be who I am today.

This new store is beautiful, and if you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting their produce market, GP, you should. That is, if you enjoy fresh, organic, low cost, high quality, abundant produce. I picked up some orecchiette pasta, some fresh parmesan, and anchovy fillets. There was rosemary in the refrigerator, and honey on the countertop. I spied a carrot in the crisper, and took all these ingredients as a sign. I sauteed the carrots in a couple tablespoons of olive oil, added the honey and rosemary, and seasoned with salt and pepper. When the pasta was done, I added it to the pan, along with the anchovies, and topped with peels of the parmesan:

orechiette w/ carrots and anchovy

By the way, have you ever tried Lindemans‘ lambic/gueuze called Cuvée René?

Lindemans Cuvée René

It is delicious, my new favorite beer ever. I mean ever. And I like many beer flavors. Long story short, it is available at GNF, along with a pretty nice selection of beer and wine. I was pleased. Go find out for yourselves!

PS. I love the GP family.

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Ice cream sodas w/ jalapeño simple syrup September 8, 2007

Filed under: drinks,dutch chocolate,floats,food,honey,ice cream,lavender,ricotta — insomnisnack @ 10:15 pm

I made an amalgam ice cream today. It was a simple ricotta cheese ice cream recipe (no rum), and I added Lavender, lemon zest, and honey (RLLH). Very tasty – rich in texture, but light at the same time, if you can imagine. This was the guest star for drink #1: Puree jalapeño in a simple syrup. Add 1 oz of mixture to glass, and a small scoop of RLLH ice cream. Fill remaining with seltzer. Drink #2: Add 1 oz of jalapeño simple syrup mixture to glass, add a small scoop of chocolate (Straus Dutch Chocolate) ice cream, and fill remaining with seltzer. These were both really good! I think all tasters were in agreement that it could be spicier – my thumb-sized jalapeño selection was surprisingly mild. I even blended in the membrane and seeds! Next time I’ll blend the pepper in a bit of water, instead of simple syrup, and add that mixture to the drink. I’m sure it’s plenty sweet without the extra sugar. Other than that, the RLLH + jalapeño soda was the winner! Who knew?

ice cream

Slightly ominous green liquid in an old honey jar…

jalapeño puree

Finished product!

ice cream soda!

 

veggie pesto pizza ‘n beer September 5, 2007

There are forces in this world I don’t understand. Not a very profound statement, but I am confused! Am I supposed to just follow signs, “understand”, and live life for what it seemingly brings me or wants of me? Or do I react to messages that run counter to my wishes and wants? Don’t know. Can’t she just stick to the food?, you might wonder. Uh, yes. ‘Cause that I do understand. That, and lemon colored lion t-shirts (see end of post).

So the pursuit of life’s simplicity brings me to today’s post: pizza ‘n beer. This is one of my favorite pizzas! Partially because I was hungry for dinner and didn’t have to make the crust, but mostly because this is really tasty bread. I used a flatbread available for purchase and immediate consumption. My second favorite pizza involves homemade crust with olive oil and cornmeal baked on the bottom. I went again to my loving, family run, local grocer Golden Produce on Church St. For about $10 I got organic components to make my dinner and lunch for the remainder of the week. Today’s toppings: fresh mozzarella, pesto, basil, heirloom tomato slices, and mushroom. Today’s beer: Hoegaarden

veggie pesto pizza

Today’s t-shirt: Raaawwr!!!!

leash - Roar!!!!

 

Summer Refresher part II: korean BBQ kebabs September 4, 2007

Filed under: dessert,food,friends,herbal spritzer,kebabs,savory,seitan,vegan — insomnisnack @ 12:38 pm

I have often been welcome at the family table of one of my best friends – there his mother shared exquisite meals and family recipes. Although my friend has moved away from home, (he now lives with me in SF) his mom still sends foodlove, double ziplocked and tupperwared for safe travel all the way to her son’s tummy. He’s 35! It’s really sweet. The best part is that on many occasions, once she learns your favorites, she’ll send a sizable helping of those, too. Thank you, Mrs. Kim!

I found a marinade online for vegan seitan Korean BBQ, but next time I’ll try this one: “Seitan cut into strips, marinated with tamari (soybean sauce), garlic, ginger, brown sugar, sesame oil, scallions, and [toasted] sesame seeds”. I used hunks of marinated seitan, slices of corn ears, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and orange bell pepper. Very “meaty”! Served over a bed of brown rice.

korean bbq seitan kebabs

Also, as promised, a second summer refresher!! Cold brewed “Black Cherry Berry” tea with hibiscus yummy, slices of lemon from our landlord’s tree, and a splash of grapefruit pop. Ahhh…

hibiscus black cherry berry spritzer

Leah stopped by, and is shown enjoying a dessert (I will catch hell for this!) of grilled white peaches, honey drizzle, and mascarpone.

leah + peach

I do the best I can as a friend, in my ability to forgive others, in my willingness to forgive myself, and in eeking my heart open a little for those around me. This b-b-q is dedicated to my friend Andy – I’m not always a good friend, but I love you.

 

Egg creams and Summer Refreshers September 2, 2007

Filed under: dessert,drinks,egg cream,floats,food,ice cream,Limonata,sorbet — insomnisnack @ 10:39 pm

I had the most wonderful evening, and am experiencing a flood of emotions right now. But since this blog is about food, I will express myself through libations. Our recent weather has been pretty hot, with clear skies and the occasional breeze. Perfect for egg creams or Summer Refreshers! I eyeballed the egg cream recipe, using seltzer, milk (I forgot that I’d taken my soy milk to work for cereal consumption, so I actually used cow’s milk and it was pretty good), and a stream of chocolate syrup. MMMM-delish!

egg cream

For the Summer Refresher, I used a memory of this drink Haagen Dazs used to carry years ago. It was a sparkly, citrus-y, sorbet-ey, and creamy float. All that and it came with a long handled spoon! Enjoy –

summer refresher