Long time, no see. PSYCH. I just saw you a few weeks ago…..and it was glorious. I know I told you in person…and on Instagram….and on Facebook….but you were absolutely the perfect host for my trip to San Diego. Remember when the food at The Patio was so good I laughed and almost cried? I’m going to blame it on whatever that Siracha cocktail was…and the grilled octopus (what was on that? pine nuts?)….and the Ahi poke tacos. It was so great to see you and I’ve probably talked everyone’s ear off saying how much fun we had and how much delicious food we ate.
Seeing you, naturally, reminded me of how frighteningly negligent I’ve been about our little project here. Let us continue, disregarding any rules for regular, timely posts, given that I’m desperately trying to finish my dissertation and you are, I think, working on forming yours. I wrote this this morning before leaving for campus, and as a result I forgot to make breakfast and had to resort to- ugh- a granola bar. I hate granola bars. I mean, I don’t hate them, I just would rather have…anything else. I’m the worst.
Your Salad Nicoise looks lovely, although you know it’s hard for me to listen to you go on about searing everything under the sun in duck fat, boy. Good grief, Julia Child did a number on you. I kid, I kid. I know you don’t use that much and yes, I know it is very delicious. (Btw, there is a certain restaurant in DT Athens that serves duck-fat tater tots and all I can tell you is: overrated. I mean, they are tasty, but personally I find it a waste of duck. It’s a tater tot. (parentheses in parentheses: the tater tots at Clocked are my favorite….and they’re just normal!) Although,as I’m writing this I’m thinking of that duck-fat poutine I had once and thinking maybe I don’t have a leg to stand on in this argument. Although…. I don’t like ordering something that has the word fat right there in the title.)
2. Soba with Green Chili Pesto
2. My brother and sister-in-law got me a subscription to Bon Appetite for my birthday, which was exactly what I wanted. You know I usually read it online, but there’s something very nice and nostalgic about flipping though an actual magazine. I like marking the pages instead of just sending myself links. Anyway, I tried this recipe from the most recent issue: Soba with Green Chile Pesto and Watercress
I chickened out and used fewer chilies than the recipe called for; next time I’ll use them all. It really wasn’t that spicy, I just somehow managed to inhale a bunch of pepper-air while I was seeding them and got scared. Also, I had a terrible time finding white miso in Athens. I need to live nearer to the Dekalb Farmers market…Tamara was with me when I made this dish, and she was very tolerant (maybe even encouraging) of my need to take a picture of it for blogging purposes. The fresh herbs (cilantro, basil) and lime juice made it super refreshing and light but with big flavor. I know you don’t have much Asian-influence in your cooking repertoire, but this might be a good place to start. I love soba noodles. They have such a nice texture! Tamara and I both gave this recipe an A+.
Write me back! (Even though it took me 4 months to respond to you) Next time I’ll share a Courtney original with you.