Monthly Archives: October 2009

WE STAND IN THE ATLANTIC + WE BECOME PANORAMIC

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i have been staying in so much more lately, enjoying the increasing cozy-level in my apartment, watching many movies and trying in vain to fix my record player. cooking, too. so much cooking. these are the leftovers i ate for lunch today, hovering over my desk and doing a million things at once. pan-fried potato discs that were parboiled for 10 minutes and then loudly fried in a skillet full of butter and rosemary. classy breakfast potatoes.

kale that was torn into tiny tissues of leaves and thrown in a very hot saucepan with (yup, more) butter. the lid was put back on so they could wilt into tiny, chewy ribbons, parts that were charred black and crisp. a few turns of the pepper mill and the juice of half of lemon, and it was one of the tangiest, most satisfying sides i’ve had in a while. it was mixed in with a loose pico de gallo into a black bean/kidney bean mash.

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food of the gods. delicate red lentils are transformed into something extraordinary with the help of tumeric, cumin and cinnamon sticks. a yellow onion, bell pepper, swiss chard and can of pinto beans made this a more bastardized version of daal, but it’s still one of my favorite things to eat on a cold, dreary day.

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comfort food. whole wheat rigatoni with a homemade spicy tomato sauce and chickpeas and parsley. obviously went overload with the cheese but the way it fluttered onto  the mounds of steaming pasta felt like falling snow.

more food photos to come.

DOUBLE FANTASY

OH GOD, I’M SORRY. WHERE HAVE I BEEN? PLEASE ACCEPT THESE JAMS AS AN APOLOGY. PROMISES TO BEGIN WRITING MORE, AND SOON. XOXOXOXO

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HAIR POLICE

wow. this is one gorgeous hairstyle (um, killer hair too). i want to see it from the front, and then i want to get married in hair like this, with a big fat peony spilling out, or a glittering broach shaped like a starfish. perfectly messy and shamelessly elegant. [photo via nienie]

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while we’re on the topic of hair, i’m in a flickr group called braid wednesday. i’m too chickenshit to submit any of my own (haphazard) creations but it’s a luminous, inspirational place, full of small moments of feminine beauty. to wit:

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headband braids.

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braids with bows and stripes.

// WEEKEND WARRIOR //

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joni probably has the softest fur of any cat that i have ever met in my life, no joke. it is hard not to take photos of her every 5 minutes because i love how viscerally sumptuous her fur still looks in 2-d photos. she is as cuddly as she looks, folks. i like her impressive white beard of marshmallow fluff.

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all my damn cat does is sleep all day. tough life.

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she’s so fluffy i like taking these really abstract shots where she is not so ‘cat-like’ and more of an amorphous, fuzzy blob of orange.

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random leftovers hoovered by my mouth at work. red cabbage, squash and wax bean salad with stewed lentils and summer corn, with baguette + hummus.

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cabin fever.

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most people agree that freshly baked bread is one of the best smells in the world. now imagine those smells, multiply it by 50, add 9am, a farmer’s market, and crisp fall air. DOI i totes bought a loaf of brown bread. perfect for sandwiches and random nibbling.

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the shades of honey glowed like rare amber jewels, when lit behind from the early saturday sun.

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i can vouch that the incredibly rich pesto bialys with goat cheese (center) and rivaled only by their sundried tomato counterparts (right). a little too heavy for morning fare, but perfectly chewy with a cup of soup.

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see that bin in the upper left? watermelon radishes!! my first time seeing them in the flesh, so to speak. a delicate, creamy pink palette – truly one of the sweetest vegetables around. i bet they would be lovely braised with a knob of butter and splash of white wine…

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the horse flies, viewed from the streets of trumansburg. i wish this window opened!

happy monday. xo

SLAW-TERHOUSE [AWFUL PUN]

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WHAT’S THIS I SPY?

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[LOOKS BESEECHINGLY] I CAN HAS SOME, PLS?

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A FORK. THAT’S BETTER.

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MMMMMM. NOM NOM NOM. THX.

yeah, i have too much time on my hands. clearly. went to the farmer’s market early saturday morning and whipped this up for lunch, a loose, light slaw that i sorta copied from similar things that i like at greenstar. absolutely everything in this salad – except for the lemons, cos we ain’t in california anymore – is from the market.

i grated two carrots and tossed with 1/4 of a head of red cabbage. after finely dicing some flat leaf parsley, i squeezed in about 3 tbsps lemon juice and just a dash of olive oil. several shakes of salt and pepper later, i was done! except i wanted some crunch, so i added a handful of roasted tamari almonds roughly chopped for some much needed bite. i’m obsessed with super salty, crunchy food – anything that closely mimics potato chips, basically – and this did the trick.

i ate this with a heel of brown bread and hot jasmine tea. the way saturdays should be enjoyed. xo

A LOVE FROM OUTER SPACE

i very desperately need to own all of these pieces by jeweler esther k from her andromeda line. if i ever get married, i want to wear 3-4 of these pieces loosely clinking together, draped over a billowing ivory gown. [esther k via oh joy!]

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BEAN THERE, DONE THAT

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it’s friday! i’m in good spirits. i’ve been listening to kurt vile all week, and surprised myself by liking the new califone record. i went to a mindbending lecture about fruit on wednesday and have been getting back into hard caramels since thursday. i cooked a very spicy chicken curry on monday and had peach cobbler for dessert. and as usual: cooking a lot of legumes throughout, and savoring their results. on tuesday i cooked a gigantic pot of organic white navy beans, which i’ll talk about today.

[as an aside, i'd just like to say that all photos are the next day - the leftovers. they were much prettier the night before, although i think they still look pretty tasty here. i guess beans dont photograph that well.]

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this meal, like many of mine, was planned around a productive farmer’s market visit. while i was there (and had no idea what i was going to make, yet), i bought a handful of glowing, jewel-like red onions, a quart of fingerling potatoes, a bundle of rainbow chard, and a fragrant fan of flat leaf parsley. i stopped by the grocery on my walk back and picked up a few lemons and a bottle of dry white wine.

the potatoes were quartered and thrown in a very hot oven (400 degrees) with 1/4 cup of white wine, squirt of lemon juice, glug of olive oil, a handful of chopped parsley, and about 1 heaping tbsp of smoked paprika. the paprika: it makes ALL the difference. after about 25 minutes (and a couple of shakes of the pan in between), they were done. these roasted taters were so fresh, they had this bizarre potato-ey essence to them, like they sort of tasted like french fries? they were so freaking delicious.

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i had a huge pot of navy beans that had been soaking overnight in cold water. i drained the beans, added new water, and brought them to a rolling boil with 4 bay leaves, a halved lemon, 1/2 cup white wine, 1 diced red onion, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and black pepper. i salted as i went along, and in retrospect i think i salted a little too much. it’s hard to know with uncooked beans.

after about an hour, i had a pot o’ beans! slightly al dente, but we were starving! i added ribbons of swiss chard (saved their ruby red stems for roasting another night) and cooked them down.

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my mouth is watering thinking about this meal.

i turned off the heat, added a few more squirts of lemon juice,  and a big handful of diced tamari almonds. we served this over some leftover cold quinoa and it was a perfect complement. if only every meal were this comforting and healthy!

happy happy friday. xo