Weekend Eats (and Drinks)

Whew! I am bruised, scraped, and generally banged up from packing and shifting boxes around the apartment. I think I broke every fingernail (not that they were long to begin with). We accomplished a lot over the weekend, but we also made time to eat well. Here are a few photos:

smokin'

So did I mention I sent my husband to a butchering demo at the Brooklyn Kitchen last week? And that he got to bring home some amazing pork?

Oh, yes. (You can read his thoughts on it here.)

Dinner:  April 12, 2008

We spent a nice block of time on Saturday enjoying the 76 degree weather, hanging out with the outdoor kitties and slow smoking the beautiful pork shoulder he brought home. We ate a good chunk of it for dinner that night, simply sliced and served with my first potato salad of the season.

pork 2.0

I turned the rest of it into Sunday brunch, browning it in our cast iron skillet with onions, potatoes and red bell peppers, and serving this smoky pork hash with a couple of fried eggs alongside.

Dinner:  April 13, 2008

We went for a lighter dinner on Sunday night to balance out our rich morning meal: wild Alaskan salmon, quickly seared in a hot pan and served over a salad of mixed baby greens and thinly sliced cucumbers and radishes. I had the rest of a container of Greek yogurt in the fridge, as well as more fresh dill, so I combined them with some minced shallot, lemon juice and zest to make a tangy sauce for the fish.

Wolffer rose

As much as we got done over the weekend, we still have a lot to do, and I’m trying hard not to feel overwhelmed. I can’t promise consistent posting until after the move, but I’ll do my best. Cheers!

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16 thoughts on “Weekend Eats (and Drinks)

  1. gidget says:

    Your pictures of the food you fix are sooooo inviting! I loved the way the fried egg looks against the pork. The one I had this a.m. didn’t come close to that one. Also, the salmon with dill, one of my faves. Hope your move goes great, enjoy your website and God bless your family and the precious cat you just lost. Glad you have others to cheer you up.

  2. Hmmm, cold pink wine. Guess I’ll be throwing some organic swine on the braai (that’s South African for barbecue) tonight. Glad to see you’re still cooking. :-)

  3. Ohhhh that pork shoulder looks absolutely wonderful.
    We’re doing that Sunday for my mom’s 79th birthday party!
    Thanks for your sweet response about my Precious cat.
    I’m glad to see you’re back in the kitchen and doing the usual wonderful things!
    Mary

  4. I’ve been lurking around for a little while (and borrowing meal ideas); I thought it was time to make myself known! That pork looks delicious, as your meals so often do.

    I’m also rather jealous of your weather. The footprints of summer haven’t reached us here yet!

  5. Jennifer Hess says:

    rebecca – Indeed it is! That Wolffer was actually our third bottle this season, I think? And was it ever good!

    gidget – Thank you!

    Marie – There’s a chill in the air but don’t you just want to be outside grilling? :D

    Mary – Thank you, and I hope you and your loved ones are doing well.

    J Adamthwaite – Welcome! Hopefully you’ll get some warmer weather soon.

    Anita – HA HA! Speaking of that, I didn’t take photos but Mike brought home a huge pork bone as well, which I cooked with a pot of (of course) RG Anasazi beans, onions and chiles for hours on Sunday. Those beans made for a great quick dinner last night after I got home from my day trip to Boston, along with some basic quesadillas.

  6. Em says:

    Wow! Your food looks delish! I don’t have access to a grill anymore, and this post really makes me miss it! You have me drooling!!!

  7. Patrice says:

    Hi, I absolutely love your blog, the food looks delicious and your entries are well written. I’m slightly envious that you and your husband eat so well. This is good eating. I can’t buy the fabulous cuts of meat or cook this way right now but looking at your meals gives me something to look forward to. Keep it up!

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