Bean salad with dill
Ah, beans. Just when I have learned to like them as a regular part of my meals, a new diet (excuse me, “way of eating”) crops up that tells me beans are bad. Must not eat them for 30 days to allow my body to heal. Pffft. What’s next? Spinach is evil?
But I will not succumb to the madness. I will put my faith in real food, and I will eat the beans. In a salad with celery and vinaigrette with lots of dill, for instance.
Filed under Legumes, Salads
Chicken and radish salad
Mondays are slow around here. The day starts early so the husband or I can catch a train and the brain fog never quite lifts after that. By the time dinner rolls around, I just want to close my eyes, which is dangerous during meal preparation. So easy and quick food comes in handy. This chicken salad with radishes for instance. A chunk of meat left over from Sunday’s rotisserie chicken, yogurt mixed with a bit of mayonnaise for sauce and lots of radish halves. Crunchy, creamy, and meaty, it makes for an excellent Monday dinner.
Filed under Chicken, Salads
I rarely feel like a domestic goddess. With fingerprints on my windows, an endless pile of dishes in the sink and water stains on my shower door, any illusions in this area crumble before they even get going. Unless, that is, I am stirring risotto. Standing over the stove for twenty minutes, swirling rice grains in hot liquid and seeing them transform into plump, delicious food never fails to make me feel divine. It doesn´t hurt, of course, that after twenty minutes of stirring I usually end up with a tasty meal.
Up there is tomato risotto with oregano and feta. I used this recipe from the WednesdayChef, but with canned tomatoes squished through my fingers instead of grated fresh tomatoes (what with it being only spring) and no Pernod (what would I do with the rest of a bottle of booze I do not like?). Maybe a little too salty, but certainly good enough to allow me my halo moment. What more can a non-deity ask for on a weeknight?
Tartine with herbed cream cheese and dried tomatoes
For a city that prides itself on being on the equator (almost), Quito is surprisingly chilly. I spent eight days there, and only once did I walk around in a t-shirt. For ten minutes, before I got cold and put my cardigan back on. Sure, I was cooped up in an office building for six of the eight days, but no airco was necessary and I had a perfect view of the grey skies and rain that are, apparently, Quito in March. Not quite the antidote to the Parisian “spring” that I had been hoping for. So when I got back home and found the thermometer stuck around three degrees, I did the only sensible thing: I made a meal to pretend it was high summer. Continue reading
Filed under Bread, Salads
Chocolate orange cake
If you spend two days a week for two months updating a database, you deserve more than thanks. You deserve sugar. So I baked a chocolate-orange cake for the intern who was leaving today. (And we weren’t complaining about joining him for a cup and a slice.) Continue reading