Lady #1: And I have this friend, and he’s gay, and he sent me this list of all the businesses I should be boycotting. And some of them I don’t ever go to anyway, you know, like
Both ladies together: chick-o-fil
Lady #1: right, like chick-o-fil, whatever that is.
During the summer, we’re constrained by the heat, my general sloth, and the things that arrive in our CSA basket. It’s often too hot to cook anything elaborate in the house or turn on the oven, I’m too lazy to go buy things or prepare anything elaborate because I associate summertime with vacation even if it’s not, and we like to prioritize CSA items because they are delicious and, well, we paid for them. Which is all to say, dinners in the summer tend to be simple.
Monday night, it was whole trout from Harris Teeter ($4.99 a pound!) sprinkled with salt and pepper, drizzled with olive oil, and tied up with lemon slices inside. Grilled for a few minutes on each side on the Weber. Green and yellow CSA beans sauteed in oil with salt and dill. I think we also grilled a few slices of bread drizzled with olive oil. Enough for dinner for the both of us, and the baby had some for lunch the next day.
Had a fantastic dinner at http://www.nojosf.com/ tonight. Delicious, delicious, delicious.
A few weeks back, while walking the dog, I saw this truck drive by.
I thought I was dreaming. Or that I’d read wrong. It just seemed too good to be true. Yummy Japanese food on the go? YES PLEASE! Of course I googled “happy eating” and “happy eating food truck” and “happy eating nashville” as soon as I got home, but came up with nothing. I thought it had to be related to Happy Japan (especially since I was walking near their old location), but their website was mum about it. Well, good news! They finally (ok, at the end of April) officially made an announcement! It exists!! It really, really exists!! I can’t wait to see what they’re offering. I don’t care, I’ll eat it no matter what it is, I’m pretty sure. PLEASE OPEN SOON!
I am excited about this. Ever since the baby came and school started getting crazy, we’ve been looking for more delicious, fast, close/on-the-way-home dinner-pick-up options. Pickin’s are slim for us, kids (if only the 12th South ‘hood fit those geo-requirements). The hot bar at the new gulch Turnip Truck has been a fantastic go-to. Otherwise we’re limited to some take-out options, which take way more time and the foresight of ordering (and god forbid you want to order from Watanabe, because there’s a good chance the person who answers the phone will put it down and forget about you before taking your order, so not only are you listening to her bullshit with a coworker instead of doing her job but you also can’t get her attention because if you hang up and call back the phone is off the hook and will be busy. hypothetically speaking.)
Anyway, this is exciting. Nashville Farmers’ Market isn’t exactly on our way home from work, but isn’t exactly completely out of the way either. And if it’s good, a 5 minute detour is nothing to poo poo.
WHEN WILL YOU OPEN?!?
Now that we’re poor (due to spending all our money on cute baby things) and we can’t manage to make it to the grocery store (due to spending all our time playing with a cute baby), I’m trying to be better about using up leftovers and the like (i.e. stuff we find in the pantry). I’m also trying to develop a bigger repertoire of simple/quick yet tasty meals, since I’m about to get crazy busy with my dissertation study.
The other night I discovered that we’re short on veggies and I hadn’t taken any meat out of the freezer that morning. However we did have some sour cream leftover from something or other, and picante that I wanted to get rid of. So I took the nice grilled strip steak that I couldn’t finish the night before, sauteed with peppers and onions, added some seasoning, and made quesadillas.
We try to always have pre-shredded “Mexican cheese blend” and flour tortillas in the fridge. Wouldn’t you know, we didn’t even have the cheese. Luckily there was a block of Monterey Jack in there which I shredded (am I the only one who takes FOREVER to shred cheese?), and some leftover canned whole chiles.
Not bad, for a quick meal. Not that we got to enjoy it, since the baby randomly freaked out that night and couldn’t get to sleep until 9:30. And, obviously, I don’t have a picture of the finished quesadillas. Because that would’ve made sense.
Relevant pantry/fridge staples:
Salsa or something similar
Last week I decided to take my first shot at making Indian food. Well, it’s possible I’ve bought a jar of something at TJ’s before and poured it over some meat and/or vegetables. This time, I went from scratch. I was encouraged by an article in Food and Wine about Sanjeev Kapoor and his new book, How to Cook Indian to give it a shot. Because of what we had in the refrigerator and pantry, I didn’t end up going with any of those recipes, but instead I used Aarti Sequeira’s cauliflower and potatoes (aloo gobi) and this spinach with chickpeas (chana saag) recipe. Something I learned: other than whole cumin seeds, I generally have all the makings for some Indian food in my house. Isn’t that weird? If you mix ginger and garlic and turmeric and ground corriander in different proportions, suddenly it’s Indian food.