Monday, October 29, 2012

Polenta at the end of the world

Apparently I'm seeing into the end of the world and it's name is Hurricane Sandy.
Who knows if I'll actually make it to the real event, the wind from the 7th floor is very dramatic and the cabin fever is starting to get to me. I've watched all the Netflix, all the Hulu and done all of the cooking and cleaning that I can stand.

Some people buy canned soup in preparation.
And some people make:
Brussel Sprouts,
fried rice,
banana bread,
and beets

If the world does in fact end tonight. I'm going out in culinary style.

Cheesy Polenta
8 c water
2 c polenta
salt and pepper to taste
4 oz cheddar cheese- grated
1/2 stick butter

-bring the water and salt to a boil.
-Pour in the polenta, stir with a wooden spoon until thick and gloppy (about 5 minutes).

-Remove from heat, stir in the cheese, pepper and butter.
-eat hot, then chill in the fridge and cut into rounds when cold.

Currently rocking out to (until the internet fails):
Andy Scott's "Luxury Problems" on NPR First Listen
This is a pretty ominous with this storm raging outside. I live on the top floor of a 7 story building, so things sound awful out there. This album could the be the soundtrack to a dystopian movie... and I'm not entirely convinced that this hurricane isn't either the start of the end of the world, or we're going to be thrown in 2084 or something.
Onto the music. For electronic, it's pretty low key, pretty laid back. The album feels deliberate, very complex and well thought out. This is described as "ocean floor dub" (rather than dub to dance to) and that fits it perfectly. The high voice wraps around the bass like a glove. It's pretty spectacular, but if you are expecting a more main stream sounded dub-step or electronica, this album isn't the way to go. It's a new take on the genre.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Panzella and an apology

Dear KDP fans (Mom),
How has it been so long? Where did this year go?
Seriously, many apologies.
I think I blinked for too long in May and it turned into October.
Lots of work has been happening, meaning not much cooking or sleeping or laundry. It's been awesome, but in the month of October, the only meals I've made are: oatmeal, hummus sandwiches, rice, omelette's and polenta.
This is going to change soon. I'm taking 2 weeks off in November for a Northeast roadtrip and spending a week in Alaska. Expect meals from the road (Tally's also very good at oatmeal) and Juneau cooking (MOOSE!)
In the mean time, here is something that kind of looks like cat vomit. But it tastes good, I promise.


Panzella (or Tomato and Bread salad- from Bon Appetit)

2 lbs tomatoes
1/2 c olive oil
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
4 garlic cloves- minced
salt and pepper
1 loaf stale bread- cut into 1" slices
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
2 jalapenos
1/2 c black olives
1 large bunch of basil- leaves trimmed

-Peel the tomatoes- bring a pot of water to boil, use a pairing knife to cut X's in the bottom of the tomatoes. Put the tomatoes in the water and cook until the skin peels back, about 30 seconds. Pull them out, put them in a bowl of ice water. Peel, core and crush in a bowl.

-Put the olive oil, vinegar, garlic and salt and pepper in with the tomatoes. Mix.
-Add the bread and let it get all mushy and soak up the liquid. Let sit for 30 minutes.
- char the peppers and jalapenos- put under the broiler until black. Transfer to a ziplock bag and let sit for 15 mins. Peel, core and mince (don't touch your eyes).
-Add the peppers to the bread mix, massage with your hands until everything is incorporated and you are thoroughly grossed out (bread should be broken down). Add in the basil. Let sit at room temp for an hour and drizzle with olive oil before serving.

I've been really rocking out to Kings Of Convenience. 
But by rocking out, I mean swaying back and forth slowly.
They're from Norway and their listening palette is: delicate, subtle, sorrowful and calming (I've been spending too much time around beer).

Low key, nice rainy day Saturday music. Another solid Spotify find (I promised Spotify my first born for good music, and for more songs available off-line).

But once again, I look up their music videos and am derailed by this gem:
Guess who has two thumbs and some sweet new dance moves.