Oh friends, I had a good food weekend. Sometimes the weeks pass by in subsistence–those are the mac and cheese kinds of days. This week, however, I got a little creative and it paid off.
Made a pretty fantastic homemade balsamic vinegarette thanks to Mark Bittman, while also making use of my pretty sad basil plant. Poured the good stuff over some Trader Joe’s french green beans, sauteed with a little red onion. Top with feta and call it an amazing side.
The D.C. Veggie group dinner was Saturday with a special ingredient of beer. After considerations of chili, cabbage soup, and Irish soda bread, I decided to tackle Irish Car Bomb cupcakes (thanks to Nikki Rappaport and Smitten Kitchen) instead. The Fiance surprised me by making 24 perfect Guinness-laden cupcakes while I was at a bridal shower. When I got home, we whipped up the whiskey ganche, some super-rich Bailey’s Irish Creme icing and made these beautiful little treats. A sweet hit.
I took a trip to the farmer’s market this morning, but was a little disappointed. Lettuce is, remarkably, in season and while the beautiful green leaves were tempting, I was in desperate need of something more substantial. I’ve picked up a head of cabbage and am in deep contemplation about what I will make. No boiled cabbage here. Perhaps ramen coleslaw? Or Tuna-Cabbage salad?
In the meantime, I’m learning a little about cabbage (I picked up the regular ol’ green cabbage, but bok choy is tempting) and thinking about all the cabbage I’ve consumed via egg rolls.
It’s too busy this week for much time in kitchen, but I’ve got a few ideas in mind. At the very least I plan to try these beautiful black bean tacos with feta and maybe even some variations on the veggie burger now that they’re once again endorsed by the New York Times.
I’m seriously looking into CSAs this year–any local farming CSAs you’d recommend?
Nom Nom Reads:
Teramie on giving Washington to his kids via People’s District
Do-it-yourself vanilla extract via Ruffled
The unnatural effects of food dyes via Washington Post
Kojo Nnamdi, Reluctant Foodie via Washington Post
Are food crazies getting their just desserts? via The Globe and Mail
Dupont Farmer’s Market Expands via City Paper