Oops, I did it again – threw caution to the wind…and drank caffeinated coffee yesterday at Susie’s. That’s why I’m posting before 7:00 a.m., definitely not my usual. I figure I’ve been up since around 2:30 a.m., perhaps I dozed a bit in there before I finallly just got up around 5:00. Oh lord, will I regret it today. Damn me! I got some good desk work done, however, and before I got up I did lots of planning for the big party on April 8. At least I was productive.
In my tired punchiness, I realized that Stacey now has two Mini Coopers – a car, and a son. Hilarious! At least to me, this morning. I’ll probably delete that thought at some future date because it’s so dorky. (Sorry Stace…although I know she’ll forgive me tired punchiness, some of our best dork-out moments have been fueled by tired punchiness…)
Happy Birthday Mary Pappas!
Well, I achieved a lovely nap this afternoon since Nathan is in Florida. After a long, hot, late-afternoon shower, I feel refreshed and ready-to-cook. I’ve poured myself a glass of St. Innocent Pinot Gris and am about to saute pork chops (I actually prefer the thinner, bone-in cut) and create a pan sauce (using some of the 50 lbs. of caramelized onions I have in my fridge, ha), to serve with polenta (yay! Polenta! Haven’t visited this particular friend for awhile…) and quickly braised baby bok choy (darling little cabbages I bought on a whim at Byerly’s yesterday, they were too cute to resist; I’m thinking of keeping them simple with a bit of olive oil and a shower of fresh herbs). I realize it’s a little weird to have chops two nights in a row – lamb last night, pork tonight. Guess I was feeling choppy at the store yesterday? I shopped completely creatively, sans list, which I do like to do occasionally. I end up with things like baby bok choy.
And like this marvelously delicious cheese I also picked up, called Abondance, a “mellow raw cow’s milk” cheese. Prrrrr, it is lovely. Kinda sexy. Earthy, a little buttery, a little nutty. Very French. Firm, but soft (semi-hard, I guess, ha), with a few air holes. Not bitter like gruyere. Damn.
Oh. My. Ohmyohmyohmy. The polenta, with the wild mushroom/caramelized onion pan sauce. Man, screw the pork chops and bok choy (which I did thoroughly enjoy, quite a bit), give me polenta with a meat-y pan sauce and I am done. DONE! Lordy it’s good stuff, ahhhhh. I am so full, I’m not moderate in my polenta consumption. (I’ll post recipes below, in comments, so you too can founder yourself – my dad’s line – on po..len..tahhhhh…) And yes, I am aware of how similar this photo, and dinner, are to last night’s creation. Like I said, I guess I was in a choppy mood. As well as a dark leafy greens and soft, warm, slightly-decadent side mood. I’ll bust out tomorrow with something totally different (or not, because as usual, I do have quite a bit of leftover food). Perhaps Friday night. Stay tuned! Always something new – or shockingly similar – at the moderate epicurean…
OK, my polenta-filled stomach and I are bed-bound. Good night Nathan Cutestuff Tinskers in Florida! Good night Super Duper Peanut Cooper in St. Paul!
(And, a nice little article about spring veggies – you can’t eat too many delicious, nutritious veggies…)