Rosemary Cherry Compote

Hello my sweet darlin’s!

Basically my life the last week has looked a little like this:

Study for finals, work, study more for finals, work, write final essays, work, stay up all night studying for finals, take finals, fly to LA for best friends graduation, drink a lot of liquor in celebration, SLEEP.

Yesterday was the first day I actually felt somewhat rested. It’s been great.

Now that I am at my parents house for a week I have time to try some new recipes. When I made dinner last night though, we had yet to go shopping and my folks got into town the same day as me, so ingredients for dinner were slim pickin’s.

There were a couple items that caught my eye: roasted turkey, sourdough bread, onions, and fresh cherries. I could work with that.

A roasted turkey sandwich with rosemary cherry compote and crispy onions. Yea, that sounds tasty.

Lucky for me, the turkey was already roasted, the bread was already baked, and we will get to those crispy onions a little later. Right now, I’m gonna show you how to make some seriously phenomenal cherry compote.

Recipe adapted from YumSugar

What you’ll need:

2 cups rinsed, stemmed and pitted cherries

2 1/2 Tbs. Sugar

1 tsp. Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped

1 tsp. Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 Tbs. Water

Salt

Pepper

What to do with it:

1. Place cherries, sugar, rosemary, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil

2. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and allow to simmer until cherries are nice and soft and the sauce has thickened. It will take 15-17 minutes. (I helped it along by taking the back of a wooden spoon and slightly mashing the cherries against the side of the pan)

3. Once they are at the consistency you prefer, take them off the heat, add the balsamic and allow to cool

4. Serve hot or cold

I would liken this compote to the summer version of cranberry sauce, its a little tart, not too sweet and goes great smothered on turkey. Which is exactly what I did.

For the sandwich:

Sourdough loaf, cut into hearty slices

Cream Cheese

Dijon Mustard

Roasted Turkey

Cherry Compote

Spiced Crispy Onions

I think sandwich assembly is pretty easy, but here’s what I did

Slather one piece of bread with cream cheese, and the other with Dijon

Layer about 3 slices of roasted turkey on one side – you can do more, but my bread was on the small side

Spoon a generous heaping of cherries on top of the turkey, take the wooden spoon and get the sauce in crevices of the turkey layers

Take a big ol’ handful of the crispy onions and place that on top and cover with the other piece of bread

This sandwich was so divine. It pretty much felt like a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich…and who says I have to wait for November to get on that?!

Nobody, that’s who.

So go ahead, indulge and enjoy in this delightful slice of heaven.

Btw, my parents have an entire hillside of rosemary growing wild in their backyard.

Any ideas for what to do with some of it?

Rainy Nights

Do you have that one day a week that feels especially draining?

I do.

It’s Tuesday.

I’m in class all day (separated by awkward blocks of free time) I usually have a ton of homework, and I have class early on Wednesday. So pretty much, Tuesday’s feel too short entirely.

Here’s how today went.

I woke up to overcast icky all-I-wanna-do-is-stay-in-bed-weather.

My first bus came a little late, so I missed my train. Which caused me to run 20 minutes late.

Of course today I had a midterm at 9 30. That we had to use a scantron for. I didn’t have a scantron. My friend said he’d get me one, but it’s a big class, so I couldn’t find him. I was lucky enough to sit next to the sweetest girl who had an extra. Not sure how I did on the midterm. It was pretty dang tough.

I went and worked on the magazine after, which was stressful. Due to space constraints, one of my stories may get chopped in half. I’m pissed.

Julio and I took a break from the magazine to grab some delicious veggie burritos for lunch. He went to New York over spring break, so I got to hear all about it!

My other 2 classes went fine, no complaints. I even snacked on a tasty Madeline and a big ol’ cup of coffee in between them.

After my last class got out at 6 30 I went outside and BAM there was seriously a howling gale and a torrential downpour. It was bleak. So very bleak.

I had to wait in this rain for 15 minutes for the train.

When I finally got on the bus, soaking and pooped, I sat down and hoped for a speedy trip home. Just my luck, that didn’t happen. There was a delay and the train stopped for 45 minutes. Phone dead. Computer dead. Pissed.

My day improved by leaps and bounds after that fiasco. I got on a new train, that wasn’t delayed, then hopped on the bus to take me to my nice warm home.

Fletcher greeted me and rubbed up against my ankles while I made dinner.

What did I slap together? A pastrami, provolone, avocado sandwich with coarsely ground mustard on a cheese roll and some creamy cashew carrot ginger soup topped with garlic rye crisps. DUHHHHH

20120327-223218.jpg

Ohhhhhh, it sure did warm my soul.

Then I put my comfort slacks on, turned on the heater, and got into bed to start reading my new book. It’s called Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman. It’s incredible so far. Can’t wait to tell ya more about it!

20120327-223952.jpg

I also have a few magazines to catch up on, namely Saveur – The Vegas Issue, and Lucky Peach – The Cooks and Chefs Issue!

20120327-224014.jpg

It’s not very often that I get to pleasure read, so you better believe I take advantage of it every second I can!

I also take every opportunity to play with my little man

20120327-224150.jpg

20120327-224202.jpg

Warm meals, reading, and kittens – that’s what I like to do on rainy nights by myself.

What do you like to do when you’re alone and it’s cold out?

My First Days of Spring Break

Hello world!

I’m sorry its been a few days since my last post, I’m on my spring break right now and Matt doesn’t have school on Tuesdays so we headed out to his hometown to visit his dad for a few days.

Before we headed out, we made a quick breakfast of Goji Berry cereal with some sliced up Fuji apple, it was tasty!

Usually when we go over to Matt’s dad’s we cook, to show our appreciation for letting us stay and cause we like to. But tonight, his poppa had a real nice Croc Pot stew goin’ – and we weren’t gonna mess with dat!

It was a fairly simple stew: beef, potatoes, carrots, and onions in a nice broth. Matt’s dad wasn’t happy with the consistency of the broth, he said it was too thin, so I taught him how to make a slurry of cornstarch and water to thicken it. It was much better. Nice and hearty, which is exactly what you need on a chilly night.

20120321-144607.jpg
Sometimes it’s nice feeling like the kid and having a parent cook for ya!

Afterward, we indulged in some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

20120321-144838.jpg
It was supposed to rain in the morning, so we were a little apprehensive about what to do before we had to go back to the city. But when we woke up, it was gorgeous out! Hallelujah!
We grabbed a sammie from Matt’s favorite delicatessen for lunch.

20120321-145202.jpg
I keep it classic with a turkey and cheddar on sourdough with the works, but light mayo. The deli is one of those mom and pop places where the owners know their customers by name and have the art of sandwich making down pat.

After letting our food settle for a little, Matt and I headed out to go on a hike through some trails behind a monastery. This place is gorgeous, secluded in the woods, the air is fresh and the trees are huge.

20120321-145759.jpg

20120321-145840.jpg

20120321-145901.jpg

On our way back up the trail we came across this statue of the Virgin Mary. Yes, I know we were at a monastery, but it was still such a surprise.

20120321-150051.jpg

20120321-150100.jpg

As I was walking away from the statue, I noticed these wild mushrooms. They were just so pretty and untouched and something you hardly see in the city.

20120321-150328.jpg

Even though we only went back to Matt’s hometown, relaxing and just hanging out was the perfect way to kick off my spring break.

What do you like to do on your days off?

RAW Food Challenge Day 7

Hi all!

I am so sorry this is a day late, yesterday just got away from me!

But my last day went so very well!

I am happy to report that I survived this long week of raw food!

So, what did I eat on my final day?

Breakfast: Overnight Oats with Blueberries, Almond Flour, Spices, and Honey

I decided to start (in a sense) where I began, with some overnight oats. Remember Day 1 where I made overnight oats with chia seeds, apple, spices, and agave nectar? I thought it would be rather poetic of me to come full circle and do a variation of that.

Blueberries and Almond Flour sounded like a nice combo, and so it was

I pulled some Almond Milk Overnight Oats out and loaded them up with the goods

1 cup Overnight Oats

1 cup Almond Milk

1/3 cup Almond Flour

1/2 cup Blueberries

1 tsp Raw Honey

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp All-Spice

Tiny wedge of Lemon, optional

This breakfast was another one of my favorites, and it was kind of inspired by a blueberry crumble almost. It really was perfect.

My man has been eating raw with me for some of my meals and this one was by far his favorite as well, I practically had to pry the bowl out of his hands ’cause he was lovin’ it so much!

Seriously though, I could eat this any day of the week. No question.

Lunch: Cucumber Sandwich with Tahini, Spinach, Sprouts, Tomato, and Dill

I love sandwiches. Truly. If there was one thing I could eat for the rest of my life it would be a sandwich (it was a toss up between a sandwich and a salad). I just think they are the perfect meal since you can put pretty much whatever the heck you want in them and they will still be so wonderful and contained between 2 pieces of bread, or something along those lines.

Think about it. It’s true.

So my lunch was an interpretation of the glorious ‘wich.

I made myself a sandwich alright, but instead of bread, my outside layer was a cucumber.

Inventive, huh?

I took a cucumber, sliced it in half lengthwise and gutted it

Then I took some of my raw homemade Tahini sauce and used that as my spread

I was gonna just lay some whole spinach leaves on top of that, but then I pulled them out of the bundle and they were HUGE! Oh my word, I’m just used to baby spinach ’cause these leaves look massive!

I gave a few leaves a rough chop and that was that.

I added some clover sprouts and sliced cherry tomato on top of that, and of course a nice sprinkling of dill!

I would recommend eating it as an open faced sandwich, since you can’t really squish cucumber to fit in your mouth the way you can with bread!

It was definitely an interesting looking sandwich, that is not only fun and great tasting!

Matt and I enjoyed it on a picnic bench in the back of the Ferry Building while basking in the fair spring weather and watching the Bay after perusing all of the shops inside.

After walking around some more and staring at all the things I couldn’t yet eat, we decided to head out for dinner.

Dinner: Sashimi

Since it was my last night on the raw challenge, Matt and I went to our favorite sushi restaurant. The guys who work here love us. For real. It’s great, every time we go there they hook it up with more free food than we can handle!

It was a little sad having to say no to it all, but sweet boy Matthew got to indulge without me.

I opted for a sashimi plate with Tuna, Mackerel, Salmon, and Red Snapper, I drizzled some fresh lemon juice on top and they were good to go.

I remembered a few bites in that the restaurant would obviously have some nori so I asked for a few sheets of it to make my own rice-less sushi.

Like I said, I’m not the best sushi roller

Usually after sushi I am stuffed (though that stuffed feeling doesn’t last too long since it goes through ya so quickly) but after just the sashimi, I felt great. Full but not on the verge of a food coma.

I was a good girl and cleaned my whole plate!

Matthew was a good boy too and cleaned his plate, but they took it away before I could take a sweet shot of him with it.

It was a long day that ended very well, and overall it was a great week too.

I’m so glad I went raw for a week, it was such an amazing experience that taught me more than I would’ve expected.

More to come on my raw feelings in the next post!

What are your favorite fish to eat as sashimi?

Raw Food Day 1 Midnight Snack

Shhh…

Don’t tell, but sometimes, I get hungry late at night…like, real late. When I probably shouldn’t be snacking. Sometimes I am able to ward off these cravings, but then there are nights like tonight, after a day of eating raw, that I had a hankering. And I had it BAD.

Tonight, my midnight munchies were callin’ out for something crunchy.

I looked around my kitchen for something quick, raw, and healthy. Plus, almost all the corners of my tongue were calling out for something special. A sweet treat. Something savory. With a touch of sour to make my lips pucker, but just a little bit. And honestly I needed something with some protein and a little fat.

Then the pieces of the puzzle fit together.

That hint of sour = 1 large Granny Smith Apple

A little sweetness = 1 Tbs. Raw Honey

The savory vessel = 3 Tbs. Raw Peanut Butter

And that is how my little midnight snack was born

I know mother’s everywhere, except for maybe my mom, cause she’s a cool mom,  are thinking, “don’t play with your food!” But come on!

Look how cute that little apple sandwich is.

That’s that, I’ve said my peace, my belly is full, and finally I’m ready for slumber.

What do you like to eat in the wee hours of the morning?