Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Food Friday: Thanksgiving
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, but there was no room for me in the kitchen. There are a few things I am planning to make when I get back home. One of these recipes is one I received as an email from the Splendid Table back in October. I can find it online, so I've posted it below.
EMERIL'S BLACK BEAN CAKES (From Splendid Table's Weeknight Kitchen)
Recipe from Emeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast, by , HarperStudio, New York, 2009. Courtesy Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
Prep Time: 16 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total: 24 minutes
Talk about "knock your socks off!" These bean cakes end up crispy and crusty on the outside, but oh so tender and creamy on the inside. A true study in contrasts, this dish is elevated to notches unknown when served garnished with your favorite guacamole, salsa, and sour cream.
- 7 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion (5 to 6 ounces), cut into small dice
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons Emeril's Original Essence or Creole Seasoning (recipe follows)
- Two 15.5-ounce cans black beans, drained and quickly rinsed
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce
- Sour cream
1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. When it is hot, add the onion and cook until soft and lightly caramelized, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
2. Place the flour in a shallow bowl or plate, and stir in the Essence (or Creole seasoning). Set aside.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, mash the black beans well with the back of a fork – the mixture should be relatively smooth, with no whole beans remaining. Stir in the cooled onion mixture, cilantro, egg, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, and hot sauce and mix well. Divide the mixture into 8 evenly sized patties (about 1/3 cup each).
4. Heat the remaining 6 tablespoons olive oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, dust the patties in the seasoned flour mixture and carefully transfer them to the hot skillet (the cakes will be delicate). Cook the cakes until golden brown on both sides and heated through, about 2 minutes per side.
5. If necessary, season with more salt. Garnish with chopped cilantro, and serve immediately.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Web Wednesday: Brat Pack!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Music Monday: Current Obsessions
Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson - Relator
I didn't really pay attention to SJ's album that she put out a few years ago, but I really like this song. It's super catchy.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Home
Sweet, catchy song. I never saw this video before, but it makes me want to take off to west Texas.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Crafterday: What next?
The treeline striped cardigan and whisper stripe pullover. I wasn't sure about the whisper stripe pullover at first, but I saw a version on ravelry that was gorgeous and if I narrow the neck and shoulders a bit I should be able to make it work.
I've included pictures of each of the swatches below. I'm just not sure about the colors, is a blue and purple striped cardigan too loud? Will I wear a black mohair sweater? Speaking of loud, I have some hot pink mohair in the stash, but not enough for this sweater. So what should I do? Keep working on socks until I have some better inspiration?
Friday, November 13, 2009
Food Friday: Pumpkin Bread with Apples
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Wordless Wednesday: the highline
Labels: wordless wednesday
Monday, November 09, 2009
Music Monday: Lists
Punch Brothers/Chris Thile/any of the other PB
Rilo Kiley/Jenny Lewis
Elizabeth and the Catapult
The Very Best
Vienna Teng/Alex Wong
See Live (all of the above, plus):
A Hawk and a Hacksaw
This is just a starter list. I'm a bit of a music rut, so I'd gladly take some new suggestions!
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Crafterday: New Sweater!
It's a great pattern and maybe I'll re-knit it in the recommended malabrigo lace-weight when I have a yarn budget again. Though from now until Christmas I may just be doing gift knitting.
And I forgot, hello somcak!
Friday, November 06, 2009
Food Friday: Fall Dinner
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
Music Monday: Rainy Saturday
After that I headed over to the Rockwood Music Hall to see Jeff Taylor who had just performed with EATC. He, like Ziman, also has a really great voice, distinctive with a great depth to it. His music all has a very creative use of rhythm mostly expressed through hand-clapping.
I can't stress how much I enjoy seeing shows at the Rockwood, it is a great space and I have loved everything I've seen there. It is also a funny contrast from my experience at Carnegie Hall a few weeks ago, instead of sitting several stories above the musicians, I am literally backing into them before they make their way onstage.
And because Taylor was at the EATC show and Ziman was at the Rockwood I got to enjoy this song twice in one night. I was a very lucky girl.
*it's a weird space, part restaurant, part listening room in one open space which really should be two different rooms.