So, what have I been up to? Not a lot of cooking, that’s for sure, but I can always eat. So, without further ado, a short photographic journey of some of my recent food explorations, both in and out of my kitchen:
I made purple salt-roasted potatoes. Anything purple just tastes better, and when you roast them this way and put a little bit of ketchup on them, it’s like a much, much healthier alternative to french fries. This is a good thing when your stress level is through the roof, you’re up until all hours and you live behind a place that makes killer french fries until 4 am.
Then there was Fakesgiving (it means what it sounds like) with some friends from baked. I didn’t get a ton of very good pictures, but have a look at this plate; there’s turkey, homemade stuffing, a pumpkin-ricotta pasta bake, corn-millet casserole, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, beet hummus, salad, and all kinds of roasted root veg. Not to make you jealous, but there was also pie and a pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.
The next day was followed with more epic eating out at Four Sisters Restaurant, my favorite Vietnamese place, out in Falls Church. I had phở and summer rolls too, but ate them before I remembered to take pictures (this happens more often than I’d like to admit). I did get some good pics of the bún (a rice vermicelli noodle dish served with fresh julienned veg and a sweet/spicy fish sauce vinaigrette) and the green papaya salad. Behold:
I also did some marketing at H-Mart, a predominantly Korean grocery. They have amazing producing and also a great seafood section– despite the overwhelming amount of seafood, it smells like the ocean instead of fish– always a good sign. Have a quick peek at some of the fruit and veg my friend Dan snapped with his phone:
The next weekend I jumped continents, culinarily speaking, and made gorditas with some friends. Or rather, I made pico de gallo, and my lovely friend Nathalie cooked for the rest of us. There were homemade gorditas (like a Mexican pita pocket, made with masa de harina), refried beans, queso fresco, shredded chicken in salsa verde and a chipotle salsa, and tequila. I cheated in the below picture and made them open-faced instead of slicing them into pockets.
In the meantime, I’ve been making lots of stir-fries, eating a ton of veggie burgers and a random assortment of things cobbled together that don’t really resemble a meal in any way, shape, or form. However, I have a serious surplus of fuyu persimmons hanging out on my countertop and hope to be making some tasty nibbles with those in the near future. Until then …