Monday, June 27, 2016

June 26, Lax and goat cheese on Pita bread, a Polish dog at Costco, and Grilled Chicken thighs and Sautéed Onion and string beans

June 26, Lax and goat cheese on Pita bread, a Polish dog at Costco, and Grilled Chicken thighs and Sautéed Onion and string beans 

I rode 8 miles, then watched the news programs while switching to the EUFA Soccer match.  While the shows were on I cut two pita breads in half and toasted them.  When they were toasted, I smeared them with California goat cheese from Costco and then slices of Gravad lax and onion and a few capers.  I took Suzette’s to her in the garden where she was reading the Sunday Journal.  

At 10:00 Suzette and Willy went shopping for stuff for his apartment and they returned a little after noon.  We were hungry,  so we drove to Costco to eat.  Willy and Suzette ate pizza and I had a polish dog with all the condiments, relish, mustard, and ketchup and chopped onions with lemonade.

Then we bought Willy a toaster, a Britta filtered water pitcher, a message board, a tea kettle, and a few small items for his kitchen, such as dish soap and sponges.  Earlier in the morning Suzette and Willy had selected a 6 foot high rack, a bar stool, a kitchen rack, and a small book shelf.

After we shopped at Costco we went to Willy’s apartment at 205 Silver and unloaded all the stuff and spent several hours assembling everything.  Also Suzette strained the bed frame that Robin gave Willy for his bed.

Finally, we went home around 4:30.  Suzette was tired from her day of shopping so I volunteered to fix dinner, which means that I plan the menu and start the prep and then Suzette helps cook dinner.  I defrosted eight chicken thighs in the microwave and we decided to put a paprika rub on them and grill them and then finish them in the oven. We are running down on vegetables and are carbohydrate adverse so I decided to sauté onion rings and string beans with garlic.  I de-stemmed the green beans and blanched them in some water with a sprig of fresh mint.  I then sliced a yellow onion and two cloves of garlic and put them into a large skillet.  Then after a few minutes I added the string beans.  

The propane ran out but the chicken was almost cooked so Suzette cooked the chicken in the microwave for 5 minutes more.

I opened a bottle of Nessa Albariño and chilled the glasses of wine with ice, put out the mint sauce,  and we had a wonderful dinner.

Bon Appetit

June 25, 2016 Brunch – BLT Sandwich Dinner – Tapas at Cynthia and Ricardo’s a ham, asparagus, pimiento, artichoke heart and saffron Tapa

June 25, 2016 Brunch – BLT Sandwich  Dinner – Tapas at Cynthia and Ricardo’s   a ham, asparagus, pimiento, artichoke heart and saffron Tapa

We planted radishes and lettuce in the garden.  Suzette worked for several hours getting the garden ready for the big party next Sunday while I edited a brief due next Wednesday in the Court of Appeals.

When we both finished around noon Willy and Suzette made BLT sandwiches for which I went to the garden to pick lettuce.

Then I prepped the ham, asparagus, pimiento, artichoke heart and saffron Tapa we were taking.  Instead of Serrano ham, I diced two smoked pork cutlets.  Instead of frozen peas I used fresh asparagus diced finely.  Suzette chopped a canned pimiento and a can of artichoke hearts and we Sautéed the ham and then added the other ingredients in a large sauce pan.  It was a little dry so I added 2 or 3 T. of Amontillado Sherry and a bit more olive oil.  Finally I added about 1/2 T. of ground saffron pedals and flowers.  

We grabbed a bottle of La Granja a 50% Tempranillo and 50% Grenache blend from Rioja and the tapa and drove to Cynthia and Ricardo’s.  The band “the Lost Souls of Mardi Gras” were practicing so we took our tapa and wine into the kitchen and got a drink and went back outside to listen to the band.

In about an hour the band finished and food and wine was served.  Cynthia had made a kale salad and canapés of slices of smoked salmon on Bosque Bakery walnut bread garnished with dollops of Crema and black Danish lumpfish caviar.  Cynthia also made a lovely cool cucumber and yogurt soup garnished with julienned fresh green onion.  Others brought chicken and chow Mein noodle wraps in green flour tortillas that we cut into ¾ inch thick rounds and dressed with the sweet vinaigrette, there was an olive medley and a lovely store made salami and tortellini pasta salad.  We enjoyed the tapas and salads accompanied by chilled La Granja.  

Cynthia had sliced a watermelon into slices, but we did not eat any of it.

We left around 5:00 and went home.  We were so full we could not even think about dinner. 

Bon Appetit

Saturday, June 25, 2016

June 24, 2016 Lunch PPI Vietnamese Noodles. Dinner Joseph’s Table

June 24, 2016 Lunch  PPI Vietnamese Noodles.  Dinner  Joseph’s Table

Always looking to balance the perfect food for my body with the new and the interesting.

I started with my favorite breakfast; granola with Fage Greek Yogurt, fresh blueberries, and a splash of milk.

I fully intended to make a Miso Noodle soup for lunch, but I opted for the PPI Vietnamese rice noodles, lettuce, and mung bean sprouts from yesterday’s lunch at Vietnam 2000.  The noodles tend to get soggy tasting after sitting for a day in the sweetened fish sauce they are served with,but today they still tasted surprisingly fresh.  The grilled pork was fine also, but the fried egg rolls were inedible, soggy and falling apart.  I actually enjoyed the noodle with the still fresh and crisp bean sprouts.

Suzette arrived around 2:30 and we left for Santa Fe at 3:00.

We first went to Stephen’s Consignment and found a nice Mid-century wrought iron floor lamp for Willy’s apartment and two inter-locking drop leaf tables.

At a bit after 5:00 we drove to Nedra Matteucci’s, which was having an opening, to pick up Jessie’s Fremont Ellis.  I had never been to an opening at Matteucci’s before and was amazed by two things.  First, the size and beauty of the gardens behind the gallery.  The garden must be the most beautiful in Santa Fe and even more so because it sits at the corner of two busy streets: Paseo de Peralta and Acequia Madre.  We said hello to Ann Brown, who invited us to go outside and get a beer.  When we went out to the garden we found lots of folks and two open bars.  This was a peek into old Santa Fe of the 70’s and 80’s, to the extent it still exists.  The trust fund children enjoying the good life in Santa Fe.  Suzette ordered a hand shaken margarita and I ordered a gin and tonic with a slice of lime and we soon began to feel as though we fit in a bit.  After we drank our drinks and looked at the Art we put Jessie’s Fremont Ellis into the car with the assistance of Victoria and drove to Andrew Smith’s Gallery parking lot beside the Georgia O’Keefe Museum at the corner of Grant and Johnson and walked the long block to 128 Palace where Jane Phillip’s 20 photographer group show was being held.  It was upstairs give a gallery in an un air conditioned room filled with two photos by each photographer.  We quickly looked at the photos and left to meet Max at the Palace Restaurant bar, which has been renovated back to its original décor after the prior ranch house theme. 

It was 6:51 and still happy hour, so Suzette and I each ordered a Sauzo Silver margarita for $8.00 and a wedge of iceburg lettuce salad with a three bean salad garnish (garbanzo, string, and red kidney beans) with a tangy Italian vinaigrette for $5.00.  We enjoyed both and met Lydia and Karen, who were with Max.  Lydia is a business partner of Max and thus Oneida my clients and Karen lives in next to Max and Jane in the same condo development.  

We talked and drank until 8:00 when Jane’s opening ended and she joined us.  We discussed dinner and I suggested Joseph’s Table, which met with approval by all.

So Suzette called and made a reservation for 8:15 and we re-grouped at Joseph’s Table at a table next the front door.  The wine prices were outrageous, so we all decided to drink beer or pear cider.  Suzette and Lydia ordered Cassoulet served with a tomatillo sauce,  I ordered duck served with a sweet glaze, a ramekin of a fresh red grape in Crème fraiche cold salad.  The 1/2 duck confit was laid on a bed of Sautéed red cabbage that was seasoned with red chile powder that gave it a really zippy flavor (joseph’s indulgence to Southwestern cuisine that I really liked after I got used to the concept of spicy cabbage.  I was able to make well balanced flavorful bites by combining duck meat with cabbage and dipping them into the glaze sauce.  If that still left as icy taste in my mouth I would take a small bite of the fresh grape crème fraiche salad.  Before I ordered I noticed that the three people at the next table were all eating the duck entrée, so I asked them if they liked it.  The man of the group named Dan told me to order the duck with the glaze on the side, so I did and was happy I did because the duck had been sauteed under a weight that crisped the skin and the glaze would have interfered with the skin’s crispness.  Dan also recommended the duck at Ma Mamou on Palace across the street.  It turned out that An and his wife were just as enamored with roasted duck as I am.  They mentioned the duck at Torino’s @ home as their favorite duck stop in Albuquerque.  If they read this, I wish to let them know that East Ocean at 3601 Carlisle also serves a killer roasted duck.

Karen and Jane ordered the Grilled Swordfish special with a tomato cream sauce and a crème fraiche sauce.  I liked the thickened tomato cream sauce, another thing I have not ever eaten.Max ordered Free range chicken.  I also tasted Suzette’s Cassoulet and loved its rich meat and herb flavors.

Everyone was ordering the Italian Cloud Cake, so I requested our waiter to save one for us.

Hot rolls fresh from the oven were brought that were so delicious that I ordered another basket of them.

After we had finished our entrees, the waiter brought the Cloud a Cake and it elicited its usual impressive reaction, a six or seven inch high wedge of baked sweetened egg whites that was as light as a feather surrounded by puddles of caramel sauce, crème Anglais, and grapefruit and orange slices.  The ultimate dessert.

If you want to eat at the front of the wave, I suggest Joseph’s Table.  I have been enjoying his cooking since he and his ex moved back from the south of France to open their little restaurant in the old house in Ranchos de Taos years ago and can only remember memorable meals.

We said goodnight at 10:00 after a lovely two hour two course dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Fe.  

Bon Appetit

Friday, June 24, 2016

June 23, 2016 Lunch. Vietnam 2000. Dinner Grilled Rib Steak with Eggplant Provençal

June 23, 2016 Lunch. Vietnam 2000.  Dinner  Grilled Rib Steak with Eggplant Provençal

Willy, Suzette, and I met Luke at Vietnam 2000 for lunch.  We ordered three No. 21’s.  Suzette and I split one.  Luke and Willy did not finish their bowls of noodles, so we boxed their for later consumption.

I went through the fridge and found a steak I had bought at Sprouts a week ago,so we decided to grill it with slices of eggplant.  We sliced the eggplant and tossed the slices in a freezer bag with a bit of olive oil and the Suzette dusted them with large crystals of sea salt and pepper.  I sliced a tomato and Suzette laid a slice of tomato and slices of fresh mozzarella on each piece of eggplant. 

This the first time we have grilled an eggplant topped with a slice of tomato and cheese and it turned out to be delicious.

I sliced baby portobello, white and white beech mushrooms in butter and olive oil and three small cloves of garlic from the garden.  After the mushrooms were coated with butter and softened for about four minutes, I added 2 to 3 t. of Amontillado Sherry and a small 2 T. of fresh chopped oregano and cooked the mushrooms on low heat until Suzette finished grilling the steak.

The steak was delicious a hand trimmed 1 inch thick steak from Sprouts for $6.99/lb; well worth the money.  

We drank glasses of La Granja 50%Tempranillo and 50% Grenache from Rioja. ($4.99 at Trader Joe’s), which is still my favorite bottle of wine priced for less than $5.00.

Bon Appetit

Thursday, June 23, 2016

June 22, 2016 A perfect Day of Food. Breakfast yogurt, mango, and granola Lunch Grand Buffet in Las Cruces, Dinner Curried Chicken Sandwich

June 22, 2016 A perfect Day of Food. Breakfast   yogurt, mango, and granola   Lunch  Grand Buffet in Las Cruces,  Dinner  Curried Chicken Sandwich

 Had to drive to Las Cruces for a hearing today and back.  I made a breakfast of yogurt, mango, and granola with a splash of milk.  I then packed a few things for the road, such as a bag of seedless red grapes, an apple, a sandwich on two pieces of German sourdough rye  Landsbrod with mayo curried chicken Willy had made, a bag of corn chips, a plastic container of pumpkin sprouts, and a bottle of water.  I never make a trip without packing some food.  

I left at 7:45 and arrived in Las Cruces a little after 11:00.  I met Sammy and Scott at the Chinese Grand Buffet for lunch at 11:30 after getting lost for a few minutes.  I decided to try to eat intelligently.  I started with a small salad of iceberg lettuce, tomato wedges, croutons dressed with thousand island dressing and filled the rest of that plate with five pieces of salmon sushi and three tofu bags, two stuffed with seaweed salad and rice and the other with imitation crab and a cone of nori filled with seaweed salad and rice.

I also filed small bowls with wasabi and soy to dip the sushi into.  After the salad and sushi I got three gyoza  and a bowl of dipping sauce.

I then finished lunch by eating two bowls of miso soup.  Since I dipped the soup, I made sure to get lots of tofu and Wakame.  I added some mushrooms from the hot and sour soup that did not taste very good because they were covered with red pepper. I also added some interesting rice balls filled with meat floating on a clear broth.

The next and last bowl of soup I  again loaded with tofu and seaweed to and added a rice ball.  

Then I stopped.  The hearing started at 1:30 and went until 4:30.  As the hearing went on I felt better and better.  I deposited a check as I drove out of town a few minutes before 5:00 feeling better than I had all day long so drove back to Albuquerque, arriving by 8:00.  On the way home I ate some grapes, few sprouts, and the bag of corn chips.  When I arrived home I ate the curried chicken sandwich with the last of the sprouts and a beer.

I ate good quality food and did not over eat.

I felt like it was a good day of food.

Later in the evening I ate a few spoonfuls of chocolate ice cream.

Bon Appetit

June 20, 2016 Lunch – Vinaigrette Dinner – Shrimp with chard and Mushrooms over Spaghetti

June 20, 2016 Lunch – Vinaigrette  Dinner – Shrimp with chard and Mushrooms over Spaghetti

Willy and I went to Vinaigrette for a late lunch.  I ordered my usual, Frisée salad with crisp lardons garnished with a poached egg and dressed with a balsamic vinegar vinaigrette dressing.  Willy ordered a Cuban sandwich with a side of a Cobb salad, which I like at Vinaigrette because is a chopped salad. 

Wily ordered a carrot and turmeric drink.  We enjoyed talking to Joseph Tapia and his wife, who were sitting at the adjoining table.

Neither of us could finish our meal so we took home boxes filled with leftovers.

Suzette brought home some PPI shrimp from Saturday’s feast.  She decided to make a simple meal of sautéed shrimp, chard, and mushrooms in a cream sauce over spaghetti.  I went to the garden and picked a basket of chard and de-stemmed it and cut it into bite sized pieces. Suzette boiled spaghetti and I sliced an onion and three cloves of garlic and Suzette sautéed them in olive oil and butter.  Then she added the shrimp and chard and then heavy cream to make a sauce.  I sliced slices of Pecorino Romano from a fresh wedge we bought at Costco last week and lay the slices on a pile of hot pasta,in a pasta bowl.  The we scooped the shrimp, chard and mushroom mixture onto the pasta and cheese and drank PPI Gruet Brut champagne with it.

 Another wonderful instant meal.

Bon Appetit 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June 11, 2016 Lunch – Polish Dog at Costco, Dinner – Green Chili Enchiladas

June 11, 2016 Lunch – Polish Dog at Costco, Dinner – Green Chili Enchiladas 

Suzette and I drove to Costco and ate Polish dogs and then bought lamb chops, chicken thighs, asparagus, yogurt, and a few other things.

When we got home I made enchiladas.  Suzette went to the basement and fetched two packages of roasted green chili and mixed it with oregano, garlic, chicken broth to make a chili sauce.

I boiled eIght chicken thighs.  Then I chopped up three baby Bok Choy, 1 ½ onions, a cup of oregano, and a head of garlic.  I sautéed the onion and garlic and when they were softened, added the oregano and the Bok Choy.  When they were all mixed and softened I put them aside.

We then grated Queso fresco started cooking red chile tortillas in the chicken stock in a sauce pan to stew them.  We then lay six tortillas in the bottom of a pyrex baking dish. 

We then added a layer of cheese and some of the chicken, then six more stewed blue corn tortillas,  then the onions and vegetables, then another layer of red chili tortillas and covered that with cheese. Then Suzette filled the pan with the green chili sauce.  

We then baked the enchiladas for about ½ hour.  They were spicy with the green chili sauce, but we suppressed the heat with Crema and beers.  

Bon Appetit