So the NBA playoffs are here, and I ain't no basketball widow—I love my Golden State Warriors and Portland Trailblazers. For game one of the round-one series between the Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers, we hosted a pizza party with a close high-school friend of the BF, his lovely wife and twins (boy and girl), who are now finishing up their HS-freshman year. [Ed. note: Time flies! Is April really halfway done?]
We also for the first time met a previously social-media-only acquaintance, a young man who shares the BF's love of San Francisco bay area sports teams. Always better to meet in person! Together, we all enjoyed an emphatic game-one Warriors victory. [Ed. note: Since the Warriors somehow managed to blow a 31-point lead in game two, we now must have pizza parties for all future games. Hey I don't make the rules. :-\ ]
Note to self: make lamb shoulder chops more often. Inexpensive, take little-to-no time to cook (6-10 minutes!) and go with almost anything. Being that it is spring, lamb goes very well with mint, carrots, and potatoes, all of which are are in season.
This beautiful meal will grace our Passover table and will be served as Easter dinner to one client family as well.
PS: One year ago, the BF and I fought off a seriously pesky bug [Ed. note: NOT fun.] and I made white chocolate bark with strawberries and pistachios (www.moveablefeast.me/blog/white-chocolate-bark-with-strawberries-pistachios).
Adapted from: Jessica Seinfeld
Number of servings: 4
Did you learn to cook anything new last year? Among many discoveries, I found that roasted radishes are a revelation. A delicious and fantastic complement to carrots, can't believe I have never tried them roasted before. [Ed. note: Calling the proper authorities, this has to be a violation of some kind.]
If you're not a fan of lentils, make the roasted carrots and radishes with tahini sauce. You won't be sorry. It makes a wonderful lunch, side or main course.
NOTE: I'm relying more and more on Trader Joe's pre-steamed lentils, usually located with the fresh produce. It's such a time saver and the lentils are firm, yet tender, which is exactly what you want. If you want to make lentils from scratch, I have included instructions below.
PS: Last year we got a little tipsy on this citrus champagne bundt cake (www.moveablefeast.me/blog/citrus-champagne-bundt-cake) and recovered nicely thanks to this ginger turmeric detox broth (www.moveablefeast.me/blog/ginger-turmeric-detox-broth).
Adapted from: A Beautiful Plate
Number of servings: approximately 4
"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written."
"The beginning is the most important part of the work."
"Boy, this year sure was a long decade."
Happy New Year!
Here's a deliciously bright carrot soup made with ginger, coconut milk, fresh orange juice and infused with warming spices. Simple as can be, plus-bonus-it's vegan and gluten free. It's even BF approved, so you know it's good. [Ed. note: Can confirm. Also, my primary-care physician called. He said, "More vegetables."]
The BF and I hope you're enjoying a wonderful holiday, and that this soup warms up any cold, wintry days.
Adapted from: Feasting at Home
Number of Servings: 8 cups
Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here
Life is Skittles and life is beer
I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring
I do, don't you? 'Course you do
But there's one thing that makes spring complete for me
And makes every Sunday a treat for me...
Today is the first day of spring. You wouldn't know it by looking out my window right now, as we're in the middle of a Pineapple Express storm, courtesy of Hawaii. Matters not, I'm breaking out some serious spring veggies.
I could certainly eat this as a main dish. My BF would not. [Ed. note: Carrots are not an entrée!] Still, you can serve this as a side dish to complement just about anything.
If you can't find rainbow carrots, you can go ahead and use regular orange carrots. They're pretty commonplace now, available in most grocery stores. We have them here at the local Trader Joe's, Safeway, Whole Foods, etc.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Spring!
All the world seems in tune
On a spring afternoon
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park...
Adapted from: Smitten Kitchen
Number of Servings: 4
For the Carrots
[Ed. note: Tom Lehrer was a favorite musical comedian of both our Momalas. No pigeons were harmed in the creation of this blog.]
When they see us coming
The birdies all try and hide
But they still go for peanuts
When coated with cyanide
The countdown begins: twenty-seven days until Halloween. The pumpkins have found a rightful place in the house. Pumpkin lights are up and dare I say cinnamon-apple-cider candles are lit and wafting their collective fragrance throughout the house. The boyfriend is asking for caramel apple cheesecake—which is a sure sign that autumn is here (at least inside our house). He does not get as excited as I do for fall to arrive [Ed. Note: Perhaps it's the annual fall reminder of how aged I have become, but I digress], but does enjoy the autumnal foods and cute costumed kids ringing our doorbell on the 31st.
Although this post is not a pumpkin recipe [Ed. Note: Spoiler alert--next week], it's the perfect transitional dish through the end of our regular bay-area Indian summers, when the Oregonian in me is chomping at the bit for crisper "soup, sweater, boot" weather.
In the meantime, enjoy this healthy, flavorful soup.
Adapted from: A Beautiful Plate
Number of servings: 3-4 (makes 4 cups)
I'm Jacquie, personal chef & recipe developer in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Lover of books, bourbon, chocolate and movies.