It’s the weekend which means dining out. We had another fabulous dinner at Cafe Panache in Ramsey, NJ. We started off with some excellent appetizers of very flavorful garlic shrimp, lobster and mussel bisque, and sweet corn agnolotti with butter and parmesan. For entrees Mrs. P had mahi mahi topped with eggplant puree and crispy ginger, over a pesto sauce and sugar snap peas. I had a Niman Ranch pork chop topped with poached shallots, in a red wine sauce, over polenta with fresh rosemary. For dessert we had pineapple and papaya sorbet. It all went great with a 2017 Ridge Paso Robles red zinfandel.
(John Hartley - a culinary patriot eating & cooking in Northwest England)
Main meal of the day will be lunch. It’s mother in law’s birthday and there’s eight to feed. So, everything as ultra easy as possible (and herself is doing all the cooking - I’m relegated to table setting.
There’s bought supermarket nibbles to have with drinks. And then what she’s calling Mediterranean fish stew. - tomato based sauce in which she’s poaching, cod, prawns and mussels. Supermarket garlic bread to accompany (yes, I said ultra easy) and green beans. Followed by mixed berry pavlova - herself has made the pav and, apparently, has as yet unspecified plans for the 5 leftover egg yolks.
D-i-l is out of town so son brought 3 kids over for dinner. After a busy day out, I relied on a never-fail, cracking open a jar of Rao’s marinara to go over butterflies. One granddaughter wanted hers with butter and cheese, second wanted hers with butter and garlic salt, grandson wanted cheese only, no butter. I should be happy; these toppings are a lot cheaper than Rao’s.
At least they all ate the pork roast and broccoli with cheese sauce dunk.
My d-i-l has been a bear-cat since day one. The children are exposed every day to a multitude of vegetables and fruits, lean meats/poultry, only complex carbs and almost no refined sugar, Snacks are raw vegetables, fruit and cheese. They will eat a balanced plate, especially when they know that here they will have ice cream after turning in an empty plate. It is both joyous and tender that they are absolutely thrilled with a single smallish scoop of ice cream (with a hearty squirt of caramel sauce!)
I had my son and his girlfriend over for lunch today. I’m in an airbnb so shopping and cooking is a challenge. Managed to serve some chicken gyoza, followed by Vietnamese grilled chicken, quick mapo tofu, pesto potato salad. It was OK but not my best.
Sunday Afternoon was frustrating when Gmail decided to go all wonky and I couldn’t get a code sent to my work email to be able to access Salesforce from my home computer to try and get a leg up on my May billing of our clients.
After much gnashing of teeth (and a shit ton of swearing), I got the first batch of billing done…and then heavy duty rain moved in so I had to rush around closing affected windows. And then it moved out over a period of about a half hour.
Earlier today, I had made a savory herb butter with some Bittersweet Farms herb blend with some garlic powder and extra dried parsley and tucked it under the skin of a Frankenchicken boobie with a smidgen on top with some Camargue Sea Salt.
Roasted for a half hour at 425°, then finished at 375° until it was just a smidge above 165° internal temp.
We had an excellent dinner out at Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen in Montclair.
We shared several appetizers of crispy edamame potstickers with scallion aioli and a citrus ponzu dipping sauce; Yellowfin ahi tuna tartar with avocado, scallions, in a citrus ponzu sauce; crispy calamari with shishito peppers, and chunky tomato relish. For entrees Mrs. P had the Lobster and shrimp Shanghai in a ginger curry sauce, with sautéed spinach and shoestring potatoes. I had a beautifully charred 24 ounce wood grilled 28 day aged Cowboy steak au poivre with crispy herbed fries. The steak went great with a 2014 Baer Ursa, a Columbia Valley red blend consisting of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, and malbec.