November 28, 2012

For the Meatless

Hi all - apologies for the hiatus here - I was back East spending time in New York for Thanksgiving. I am proud to report however, that I am still a vegetarian (technically pescetarian). I'll admit it was extremely difficult to eat out every night in the city and not order meat - especially at my favorite spots, such as Dos Caminos (the chicken and carnitas tacos are great, I like them extra spicy too). But I stayed away from those and ordered plantain empenadas and fish tacos - both delicious. Since coming home, I have continued to force my family into pescetarianism as well, by cooking the following dinner meals.

Pasta with Zucchini, Edamame, and Basil Pesto Sauce

To Make:
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Heat the sunflower oil in saucepan over medium heat. Fry the zucchini slices in batches for 3 minutes until golden brown on bothe sides. Turn once. As they are cooked, transfer to a colander to drain. Tip zucchini slices in a bowl, pour over the vinegar, stir and set aside.
Blanch the edamame for 3 min in blioing water, drain, refresh under running cold water and set aside.
Combine half the basil, all of the parsley and the olive oil in a food processor, salt/pepper. Blitz to smooth.
Cook pasta until al dente, drain, rinse under stream on cold water. Return to pan.
Pour zucchini and juices over pasta. Add edamame, basil sauce,lemon zest,capers,and mozzarella. Stir gently together. Salt/pepper. Before serving, stir in basil.


Pastries from Lovejoy Bakers in Portland
Thought I would throw these in here. The pastries are great for a lazy Sunday. My family goes to Lovejoy Bakers frequently - they have great sandwiches and salads (which I have been veering more towards lately in my meat-less days).



Spice Rubbed Salmon with Herb and Pomegranate Raita
*Note this recipe calls for 4-6 hours refigeration time.
This dish great in that the spice in the salmon was offset by the cool yogurt in the raita. I usually love spicy, but the sweetness of the yogurt mixture soothed the intense taste of the salmon.
To make:
In a skillet, toast caraway and cumin seeds over moderate heat, shaking pan until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder and cool completely. Add the chile and garlic powders and grind to a powder.
Arrange salmon fillets skin side down on rimmed baking sheeds. Spread spice mix on the salmon, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 406 hours.
Preheat ovent o 425 and position racks in upper and lower thirs of oven. Drizzle with olive oil and rub it into the spice mixture to make a paste. Rub on fish and roast for 25 mins.
Meanwhile in a bowl, mix yogurt with pomegranate seeds, chopped cilantro, chopped mint, minced scallions and lemon juice.
Serve salmon with pomegranate raita.




Orechiette with Arugula, Artichokes and the Leftover Spiced Salmon

To make:
In a large pot, boil water and cook the pasta.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat olive oil and add the sliced artichoke hearts. Cook until tender.
Add the chopped leftover salmon, capers, and green olives.
Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and stir in the arugula.
Serve with salt & pepper.

All photographs by Britta Lokting.

November 12, 2012

Seattle

This weekend I went up to Seattle to see my Mom's booth in the Affordable Art Fair at Seattle Center. The trip was short, but it was fun. I hadn't been to Seattle in two years. I spent most of Saturday at the fair, but took a break to have lunch with a friend, and went to the Huskies game at Seahawk stadium saturday night. My mom's booth was fun to see - and of course, considering it was the affordable fair, I wish I could have afforded some of the art for myself. Guess I'll just have to save up. Without being biased, I must say she had one of the better (if not best) booths. Another gallery from Portland, PDX Contemporar, had nice pieces as well.
Dahlia Bakery across the street from out Hotel Andra downtown.





Coconut Cream Pie Bite
Carrot, Leek and Feta hand pie (amazing!).
Flourless Corn, JalapeƱo and Cheddar muffin. It doesn't look it, but this muffin was spicy!
Of course, had to snap a picture of the Space Needle.
Jennifer Bain
Patrick LoCicero
Patrick Locicero and...
Patrick LoCicero
I bought this little one :) A Patrick LoCicero.
Mark Mahosky

Mark's thoughts on Robert Indiaina's LOVE sign...look familiar Lehigh friends?
Lisa Elorriaga Czysz
Lisa Czysz
Mom in her booth.
All photographs by Britta Lokting.


November 7, 2012

Gone Green

I have now been a vegetarian for five days! (Well technically a pescatarian because I still love seafood). I am just waiting to fall off the wagon, but so far it hasn't been too bad. I started because after eating an amazing meal at Pok Pok last week, I kind of felt I eaten enough meat for a few months (or years). And while it was such a great meal, it was sort of the icing on the cake after the endless Halloween treats.

The next day, I read at article in the NYT magazine about the island off of Greece called Ikaria. The piece spotlighted several inhabitants aged near or even over 100. It began by following a Grecian man who had moved to New York and contracted lung cancer. He was projected to live nine months. He moved back to his home in Ikaris and now forty years later, he is still living, and even more amazing, no longer has lung cancer. He said it simply...went away. Of course, not shockingly the Ikarias live off a plant-based diet, a mediterranean diet at that (known for being healthy, like Italians), spend hours at dinner with family and friends, and live stress-free. Obviously that kind of lifestyle is difficult to have in America, but I wish it wasn't. Long dinners with friends and family (and wine) are my favorite way to spend an evening. And of course, who wouldn't want a completely carefree life :). But, I figured I would start small - with the plant-based diet- and then maybe someday, I can move to Ikaria and live to be over 100.

We will see how I do, but stay tuned for yummy vegetarian (or seafood) recipes on the blog.
 
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