Playing catch up

Well, my first week at my new gig is behind me. It was a good one, though exhausting, and I am woefully behind on the internets. I have, unfortunately, had NO time to blog, but here’s a quick recap of what we ate this week:

Dinner:  May 19, 2008

Monday’s dinner was a light and simple combination of nutty purple jasmine rice, some Rancho Gordo flageolet beans which I had pre-soaked the night before, some frozen peas and favas, asparagus, thinly sliced tiny green onions, dill and a good crumbling of Narragansett Salty Sea, a delicious feta-style cheese.

I dressed it all in a lemon vinaigrette, and while I would have preferred to have fresh peas and favas, it was a really satisfying combination of flavors and textures.

Dinner:  May 20, 2008

Mike was responsible for Tuesday’s meal, a version of Suzanne Goin’s wild salmon salad with roasted beets, potato and egg using arctic char in place of the salmon. This was a colorful, beautiful dish, and I always love tucking into a big salad filled with lots of tasty things.

Dinner:  May 21, 2008

Wednesday’s dinner was a team effort, with Mike putting together Mario Batali’s tuna and ricotta polpette (from Molto Italiano) during the day, which I breaded and fried when I got home. I also whipped up a batch of basic tomato sauce to serve with them. These little fritters were fantastic – light, creamy in the center and crisp and golden outside. It was hard to stop eating them!

We dined out on Thursday, at a little place called Oak, and to round out the week we did something that still feels a little strange:

Dinner:  May 23, 2008

We ordered a pizza. Not as good as homemade, but sometimes it’s nice to let someone else do the cooking.

I stopped off at Eno and brought home a really nice wine to go with the pizza, as well as this lovely bottle of Champagne – a great way to ring in the long weekend.

We’re off on food safari soon, and hope to bring home lots of goodies for the days ahead. Hope you’ve got some delicious things planned!

6 thoughts on “Playing catch up

  1. It’s worth noting that the main reason it feels strange to order pizza is that it was so hard to get anything good delivered to us in Bushwick! Our only pizza options were Papa John’s and Chubsy Wubsy (that is, awful and even more awful). Aside from that, we had a rice-and-beans place that claimed to deliver but never brought the food we ordered, and … uh, that’s it except for Life Cafe. So, one decent delivery option in our area of Brooklyn.

    To get damn fine pizza brought straight to our door feels like a return to civilization.

  2. Would love to have had Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s dishes.

    It does feel strange to order in nowadays, but if it’s something pretty good, then yes, it’s definitely nice to not have to clean up once in a while.

    Glad your first week went well. Wishing you a happy 3-day weekend!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Hey there, How was Oak? I live up the street and have been wanting to try it for a while!
    Also, I love Fellini’s–you must try the bbq chicken pizza and be sure to pick it up yourself, delivery is too slow and it must be eaten hot out of the oven

  4. Jennifer Hess says:

    Thanks, everyone!

    Elizabeth – hi, neighbor! We like Oak. So far we’ve been there for drinks, for brunch and for dinner and have been happy with each visit.

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