I adore roasting whole chickens if only for the copious amounts of leftovers that litter my refrigerator for the following week. I roasted a small 3lb chicken the Ina Garten way — with softened butter + a cavity stuffed with lemon wedges, garlic and thyme — and served it with a mixed green salad and a handful of roasted vegetables, including some beautiful purple baby potatoes and quartered carrots. It was delicious, but now that I seem to make it all the time, also felt a little bit boring.
Far more fun was the lunch I had the next day — shredded leftover roast chicken sauteed quickly with fresh summer corn, halved grape tomatoes, ribbons of basil and minced garlic, tossed with whole wheat penne and a light white wine vinaigrette. I inhaled the contents of my plate, and then served myself a second helping. I’m intrigued by this savory corn pesto with bacon that I saw at Lottie + Doof — will be making that next!
The idea of food as ‘trendy’ is anathema to everything I love about eating and cooking, but doesn’t it seem like avocado on toast is so ‘in’ this summer? I feel silly just typing that, but I keep seeing it everywhere: here, here, here and here (love her additions of mustard and mayo). Maybe it all started with the infamous ‘diet’ avocado-sardine toast that everyone loved.
It’s one of my favorite snacks of all time — embarrassingly simple, savory and fatty. Everyone likes their avocado toast different, but for me the key is a tissue-thin layer of butter as the base, topped with firm wedges of avocado (not a mash), exuberant amounts of freshly cracked black pepper and expensive, flaky salt.
Thanks to plentiful Oregon varieties — which taste extra spicy and crisp — earlier this year I renewed my love for tiny red radishes, sliced raw into small coins and tossed in salads or scattered over rice. So for lunch one afternoon, I fried two cups of soaked + boiled chickpeas in a few tablespoons of butter, tomato paste and a minced shallot, and finished with cumin, lime juice, garlic, hot sauce, minced parsley and leftover diced golden beets. A friend — who claimed to have a lifelong aversion to chickpeas — said that he actually really loved these. The key is to get the chickpeas crispy in the pan by frying them at medium/high heat, and then deglaze with a little white wine or lime juice to create a sheer sauce. Then they won’t taste mealy or mushy (the worst). I ate my warm chickpeas over a chilled spinach salad dressed with mustard and vinegar and those little kicky radishes.
Happy Friday…. it’s supposed to hit 95 degrees here this weekend! If you’re a Portland reader, please come see Mark McGuire (Emeralds), Tenses (Smegma), and Eye Myths play at WORK/SOUND on Saturday night at 10pm. More information here.
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Tagged chickpeas, concert, emeralds, lunch, mark mcguire, portland noise, radishes, smegma
I really love making pork tenderloin but somehow I usually pass it by in the supermarket. I prefer a smaller 1-1.5 lb tenderloin as opposed to the much larger and fattier loin, if only because it’s easier to make in small quantities, and I couldn’t pass up a recent sale at Whole Foods on local tenderloin. I made an ancho chile, cumin, paprika and white peppercorn spice rub and roasted the tenderloin for 25 minutes at 500 degrees, or until the insides register around 160 degrees. Sticky golden crust and juicy tenderness within, and just enough pan juices to make a nice, spicy sauce. I served this with quartered purple potatoes roasted for 45 minutes with rosemary from my friend’s backyard, and quickly sauteed kale with diced garlic and lemon. The leftover pork was perfect on a split kaiser roll the next day with spicy mustard, sweet red onions and arugula.
[Images via Ermie] Also I HAD to repost Ermie’s images of the incredible Isabel Marant palm necklace from Net-A-Porter. It’s so gorgeous. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while then you’re familiar with my infatuation with the open palm.
The first week I returned to Portland from Singapore, all I wanted to eat was small, simple meals prepared in as little time as possible. Whole wheat penne strewn with basil confetti, boiled French green lentils, toasted walnuts, shaved Pecorino, a little starchy pasta water. Fluffy baguettes cleaved in half and smeared with local salted butter. Medallions of golden beets dressed with vinegar and cilantro. Bowls of juicy cherries for breakfast with tea. It took me an unusually long time to get over my jetlag — I was going to bed at 9pm and waking at 6am for at least a week — and it was a nice culinary respite from the excesses and decadence of Singapore.
Some tail end highlights from my trip to Singapore included a crucial visit to Tiong Bahru Market for crispy, amber-skinned whole roasted suckling pig over steamed rice and a flimsy styrofoam plate of chai tow kway, or diced carrot, scrambled eggs, diced garlic, spicy soy sauce and scallions fried in peanut oil. Simple, addictive and super salty, I have never had anything like it in my life and probably never will again. We went back for our second dinner to the trendy waterfront restaurant Indochine, and while its postcard-ready location was superior its pricey, Thai-influenced offerings were so bland and forgettable compared to the woozy, cheap delights at Tiong Bahru.
I made a last-second stop by the luxury mall ION Orchard and picked up heart-printed stockings and an indigo tie-dye silk jumpsuit with deep pockets at Topshop which is total Mom style and also officially my first item of clothing with spaghetti straps. I’m a convert! Final Singapore note: Meredith, I thought of you when I took the last photo of LGF‘s feet at the Home Club on the riverfront!
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Tagged chai tow kway, home club, singapore, suckling big, tiong bahru market, travel, vacation
[Photos from PULSE exhibition we visited in Singapore.] Helloo + sorry for the long-ish blog silence. After what feels like an eternity posting photos from my trip, I’m so eager to share post-Singapore Portland recipes — failed blueberry crumbles, addictive raspberry jam scones, cherries for breakfast, tomato and red onion salads, salmon on grilled bread, fried lamb livers in bacon fat.
Bali is an easy place to fall in love with, but I don’t mind working a little harder to find the magic in Singapore — like the three-story bookshop Books Actually, the fish ball noodle soup at the Maxwell Food Centre, the rooftop flowers at the Esplanade, or the vintage record shops in Chinatown. I also documented the one massive fail meal I had the entire time I was in Singapore. I had spent all day at the National Library doing research and was famished for lunch and headed down to the library cafe downstairs… so I unwisely picked at random the ‘pesto’ pasta dish and was confronted with a slimy, watery mess of noodles and mysterious gooey green sauce. Never again.
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Tagged A.P.C., books actually, esplanade, maxwell food centre, shopping, singapore, travel, vacation
No trip to a new place is complete without having a taste of the regional club sandwich! The Uma Ubud iteration gets my highest markings.
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Tagged bali, far east man, ikat, shopping, tropical, ubud, uma ubud, vacation