So I’ve Been A Little Bad

28 07 2008

I swear it’s been for the greater good though. Honest. Otherwise, how could extol the glories of this goat roti for you? Hmm? On my trip to Toronto, the first thing I did when I got in was to find some roti. I missed roti so much being up in the not-so-great white north, and the amazing goat roti I got from Real Jerk was almost enough to convince me to say damn all the waiting and move right back down ASAP. The meat was cooked so perfectly; if there is a place between rare and medium rare, that’s where goat heaven is. It was perfectly spiced–not too spicy but enough to remind you that it’s curry– and the potatoes and chickpeas were cooked excellently al dente. There aren’t enough words to tell you how good it was, but allow me to visually interpret it for you in drool. Really.

Oh, Thai Express, how I love thee. Thai Express is consistently my favorite fast food chain, period. And they just don’t have it up north. *Sigh* I recommend the shrimp pad thai; I must have had it at least four times in the week I was down south. I had big plans, oh yes! Big, big plans. I was going to go for class, for variety, for experience. But the beautiful succubus that is the Thai Express sunk her teeth in me and my old flame was re-kindled. I’m sorry, I am weak and she is strong.

I did, however, manage to make my way to Dufflet one day and pick up dessert. I apologize for the poor quality of the photo, but I was pretty excited to eat it. However, it was just okay. The bottom was a thin layer of chocolate sponge cake, topped with a layer of chocolate mousse, topped with a layer of raspberry mousse, and covered in dark chocolate. I was expecting something, I don’t know, more impressive. Though I’m aware that it’s not the kind of thing that just anyone can or is willing to make at home, it was the kind of thing that I could have done in an afternoon. There’s something about us culinary folks that demands a certain level of Oh My God factor in desserts and meals purchased at establishments of acclaim, and this didn’t do it for me. Don’t get me wrong, it was in fact good, but I would have rather just made it myself. More on that another day, because I just might…

And that’s that. I apologize for the lateness of this entry but I’ve been busy pretty much every day since I got back. I also went camping this weekend and damned if you can find a DSL connection in the woods. I did, however, cook in said woods, so hopefully tomorrow I’ll have regained my ambition and will let you all in on it.


A Consolation Prize

6 07 2008

I haven’t made anything exciting for a while.  Sorry, but it’s true. Though all hope is not lost! I’m going to try and buy your love with some pictures of a cake I made for my mom’s birthday last month. Enjoy!

Flowers made with gumpaste and gumption, ribbon made in China.

I promise to make at least one exciting thing to share with you all before this Friday, when I go on vacation for a week. I shall then regale you with restaurant reviews and things of that nature upon my return. Huzzah!

Raw Pasta Puttanesca

3 07 2008

Sometimes, I just don’t feel like cooking. Especially in the summer. Common sense will eventually step in and remind me that it’s probably not a good idea to sit there with my laziness and starve so I better turn on the oven, but sometimes I punch common sense right in the face with ideas. Take that, common sense! Think you’re so smart, I’ll show you…

I’ve been toying with the idea of going “half-raw” for a while. I doubt that that’s the technical term. I like the idea of the raw food movement, but I’m still quite attached to certain things. Like my stove… Pies… Steak… Cheese… I could go on for days. So, though I like the general idea behind raw food, I’m just not ready(nor do I think I ever will be) to give up all the tasty things that are allowed in a normal person’s diet. So I’m gonna phone it in and go half-raw. As much as I can. I will have my cheese and eat it too.

Tonight, I decided to test the waters and stick my toe into the shallow end of the raw food pool. I’ve heard of similar dishes to the one I made-zucchini “pastas” are quite plentiful in the raw foodist’s recipe roladex-but I haven’t seen them with much more than just tomatoes and celery thrown in a blender. Well, that just doesn’t cut it for us here at Rockaberry. Boring is NOT the new black, and I demand a certain level of taste and excitement in my food. Especially vegetable dishes, which I am honestly not too fond of with the absence of heat. However, this dish exceeded my expectations. I can’t possibly begin to explain how good it was except for to say that I would have run to the grocery store for another zucchini had it been open because I wasn’t ready to let go of the experience. See for yourself! Recipe to follow.

Also: The house beside my building was on fire, again, this evening, reaffirming my desire to move. And for some reason, it made me crave Fritos. Interesting…

Raw Pasta Puttanesca
Serves one.

1 Zucchini
3 Campari tomatoes(or other medium-small tomatoes)
3 sun-dried tomatoes, the dry kind not oil packed
3 kalamata olives, pitted
1 tbsp olive oil
3 basil leaves
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 tbsp crumbled feta(optional if you’re a true raw foodie. I’m attached to my cheese)
dash of cayenne

Soak sundried tomatoes and bay leaf in boiling water for ten mintues. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zucchini into strips, all of it. Cut the strips lenghwise into a long julienne. Drain the tomatoes and discard the bay leaf, reserving about 1 tbsp of the water. Place all ingredients into blender except(!) zucchini and feta. Blend until smooth, adding reserved water to thin if needed. Top zucchini with blended sauce, and sprinkle with feta. Best enjoyed while gawking like a yokel at a burning building, or possibly while watching So You Think You Can Dance, if you happen not to be lucky enough to have a towering inferno to gape at.

Sidebar: why aren’t firemen attractive in real life? Oh Hollywood, will the lies never cease? *Sigh*