Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Nutella time! ...


Here's how I spent this past week, bitches.

Polenta Terrine: This concept piqued my interest when I saw it done on "Top Chef," and I immediately started Googling recipes. We go through a lot of polenta in this place and the idea of burrito-ing a bunch of veggies in a polenta casing sounded like an excellent art project.

I never settled on a specific recipe, so this was an even better adventure. Chuck bought a bunch of veggies: Zucchini, red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, onions. I just chucked them in a pan and got to work. It turned out super duper good. We didn't top it with any sort of red sauce, which I think could have been a nice finish. Maybe next time.

Spanakopita: I got a wicked case of the food envies when one of my Facebook friends said she was serving up Spanakopita at her place. I didn't stand a chance against the force of my crave.

Someday I want to start a support group for people who work with phyllo dough. So frustrating, even under the best of circumstances. I didn't consider making an angry confetti of phyllo dough pieces. This time. But that doesn't mean it still wasn't annoying. It's all about personal growth.

Anyway, this Spanakopita casserole-ish style of food was super good and totally did the trick. 

Chickpeas in Spicy Tomato Gravy: This one comes from this month's issue of Food & Wine. Man. This made the house smell so good. I said to Chuck, "There is no way that this will taste as good as it smells."

My favorite part was mixing up garlic, a hot pepper and a bunch of ginger in the food processor. It was like whoa.

Mix that with canned tomatoes and chickpeas and a bunch of spicy seasonings and go nuts. 

Mine didn't end up as red and gravy-ish as the one in Food & Wine's photos, but it was still yum with good spice.

Nutella Party In My Mouth: I think it was Eating Well that featured this delicious snack that has become a staple here. It's simply Nutella on a Graham Cracker with a couple slices of banana and topped with coconut.

Somehow it manages to come out tasting like a big explosion of pie in your mouth. Yum.

Whenever I eat this, I like to send Chuck a text that says: NUTELLA TIME! But you don't have to do that.

In other food news: I'm sparing you photos of the anatomically correct pancakes we made on Valentine's Day. But the cakes were delicious. Buttermilk, who knew? Then Chuck did this super weird thing and gave the leftover batter to Chuck's Fannie, who will henceforth be known as The Great Archivist. I'm not sure what I would do if someone gave me their leftover pancake batter, but I'm guessing I'd eat it with a ton of syrup.

Karaoke Terror: The Complete Japanese Showa Songbook: Here is a universal truth: Movies made from books by Ryu Murakami are always, always, always delicious. In this one, 20-something misfit boys take on 30-something women in an epic battle. No one wins.

Just Kids by Patti Smith: I’ll say this for Patti Smith: Homegirl certainly knows how to write lifestyle porn.

Full review here

Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli: Totally dug this graphic novel about the reformed blow hard named Asterios Polyp.

Full review will be here.

What I'm reading right now: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis and Gryphon: New and Selected Stories by Charles Baxter.

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