The Bored Vegetarian

Do you keep running to-do lists?  I have ones for karaoke, restaurants, NYC, books, wine, art & photography.  Any time I check something off a list, I feel a bit more productive.  My Things to Learn to Make list is growing slowly and I thought I’d cross one off tonight.  At my work I’m constantly asking the chefs how they’re cooking something, why they’re doing something a certain way etc. and it blows my mind that they can remember so many different techniques without constantly messing up like I do.  There are so many basics and classics I feel like I should know.. so I hope to explore some here.  It’s like classical music - ones you have the melody down, you can create all sorts of variations on the theme, right? 
Carbonara with Peas & Parsley1 lb Pasta (I used Bucatini)2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil1 small Onion, chopped1 clove Garlic, minced2/3 cup dry White Wine2 Eggs3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese (brands like BelGioioso have rennet/enzyme free versions)3/4 cup Peas, cooked 1/4 fresh Parsley, choppedSalt to tasteFresh Cracked PepperIn a sauce pan, heat up olive oil.  Add chopped onion and minced garlic.  Season with salt and saute until soft.  Add white wine and simmer until it thickens slightly.  Set aside.  In a bowl, whisk together egg and cheese.  Set aside. In a large pot, bring salted water to boil.  Add pasta and cook until al dente (about 7-9 minutes).  Reserve about 1/4 cup of pasta liquid and then drain pasta.  Add pasta to a clean bowl and toss with onion and garlic mixture.  While the pasta is still hot, add egg mixture slowly, stirring into the pasta constantly.  The heat from the pasta will cook the egg mixture.  Add in peas and parsley and toss together until incorporated. Salt to taste and add a generous amount of fresh cracked pepper.  Serve immediately with more grated cheese on top. I must admit this didn’t go as smoothly for me as I hoped.  When I’m researching a dish like this, I’ll usually read a bunch of different versions and then pull ideas for each one. I should have picked one and stuck with it!  I will need to give this another run in the future.  In the words of Aaliyah, if at first you don’t succeed, then dust yourself off and try again. 
I’m headed to WA next week (with Chris!) to see my family and meet my new nephew Killian.  After these last uhhh 5 months of crazy amounts of work (btw check out these INCREDIBLE pics that Seattle-based photographer shot for a wedding I planned last month), I’m excited to have a long break and regroup.  A redesign is coming soon as are hopefully more things.. Special shout out to Joan Y for your patience - sorry it’s taken so long for a new post! View high resolution

Do you keep running to-do lists?  I have ones for karaoke, restaurants, NYC, books, wine, art & photography.  Any time I check something off a list, I feel a bit more productive.  My Things to Learn to Make list is growing slowly and I thought I’d cross one off tonight.  At my work I’m constantly asking the chefs how they’re cooking something, why they’re doing something a certain way etc. and it blows my mind that they can remember so many different techniques without constantly messing up like I do.  There are so many basics and classics I feel like I should know.. so I hope to explore some here.  It’s like classical music - ones you have the melody down, you can create all sorts of variations on the theme, right? 

Carbonara with Peas & Parsley

1 lb Pasta (I used Bucatini)
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small Onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
2/3 cup dry White Wine
2 Eggs
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese (brands like BelGioioso have rennet/enzyme free versions)
3/4 cup Peas, cooked 
1/4 fresh Parsley, chopped
Salt to taste
Fresh Cracked Pepper

In a sauce pan, heat up olive oil.  Add chopped onion and minced garlic.  Season with salt and saute until soft.  Add white wine and simmer until it thickens slightly.  Set aside.  In a bowl, whisk together egg and cheese.  Set aside. In a large pot, bring salted water to boil.  Add pasta and cook until al dente (about 7-9 minutes).  Reserve about 1/4 cup of pasta liquid and then drain pasta.  Add pasta to a clean bowl and toss with onion and garlic mixture.  While the pasta is still hot, add egg mixture slowly, stirring into the pasta constantly.  The heat from the pasta will cook the egg mixture.  Add in peas and parsley and toss together until incorporated. Salt to taste and add a generous amount of fresh cracked pepper.  Serve immediately with more grated cheese on top. 

I must admit this didn’t go as smoothly for me as I hoped.  When I’m researching a dish like this, I’ll usually read a bunch of different versions and then pull ideas for each one. I should have picked one and stuck with it!  I will need to give this another run in the future.  In the words of Aaliyah, if at first you don’t succeed, then dust yourself off and try again. 

I’m headed to WA next week (with Chris!) to see my family and meet my new nephew Killian.  After these last uhhh 5 months of crazy amounts of work (btw check out these INCREDIBLE pics that Seattle-based photographer shot for a wedding I planned last month), I’m excited to have a long break and regroup.  A redesign is coming soon as are hopefully more things.. Special shout out to Joan Y for your patience - sorry it’s taken so long for a new post!

Couscous with Toasted Pistachios, Currants & ScallionsThis recipe is adapted from a recipe that Mardi from Sprout & Pea's mom gave to her.  It can be made vegan if you replace the butter with olive oil! 1 cup Cous Cous (I used Moroccan cous cous)1 1/2 cups Vegetable Broth2 Tbsp Butter (or 1 1/2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil if vegan)1/3 cup Pistachios, shelled & toasted1/2 cup Scallions, chopped1/2 cup Dried Currants (soaked in hot water for 15 minutes)1/4 cup Parsley, chopped3 Tbsp fresh Lemon Juice2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Oil2 tsp Cinnamon Salt & PepperBring vegetable broth and butter (or olive oil) to a boil in a sauce pan.  Add in couscous, stir and remove from heat.  Let sit covered for 12-15 minutes.  Fluff with a fork.  Add scallions, currants and pistachios and toss together.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a bowl, whisk lemon juice, olive oil and cinnamon together.   Toss cous cous with dressing to coat.  Season again if needed.  
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Couscous with Toasted Pistachios, Currants & Scallions

This recipe is adapted from a recipe that Mardi from Sprout & Pea's mom gave to her.  It can be made vegan if you replace the butter with olive oil! 

1 cup Cous Cous (I used Moroccan cous cous)
1 1/2 cups Vegetable Broth
2 Tbsp Butter (or 1 1/2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil if vegan)
1/3 cup Pistachios, shelled & toasted
1/2 cup Scallions, chopped
1/2 cup Dried Currants (soaked in hot water for 15 minutes)
1/4 cup Parsley, chopped
3 Tbsp fresh Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Oil
2 tsp Cinnamon
Salt & Pepper

Bring vegetable broth and butter (or olive oil) to a boil in a sauce pan.  Add in couscous, stir and remove from heat.  Let sit covered for 12-15 minutes.  Fluff with a fork.  Add scallions, currants and pistachios and toss together.  Season with salt and pepper.  In a bowl, whisk lemon juice, olive oil and cinnamon together.   Toss cous cous with dressing to coat.  Season again if needed.  

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Cauliflower Soup with a Parmesan Crisp and Truffle OilWhen I’m feeling a little uninspired in the kitchen, sometimes all it takes is a visit to an amazing restaurant or two to get the wheels turning again.  Usually it’s because I’ve had a new combination of ingredients or take that I hadn’t considered, but sometimes I get inspired to recreate a dish that isn’t as good as I think it could have been.  Case in point the cauliflower soup I had a place in Bushwick recently.  While it wasn’t terrible, I thought it was missing the rich silkiness (ew, that word) that cauliflower can create.  I decided I should try my hand at it at home to see if I could make a version that captured the comforting and warm feeling that soup should give in the deep hellish depths of winter (also known as February in New York.)1 head Cauliflower, trimmed of stalk and leaves1 cup chopped Onion2 cloves Garlic, minced1 1/2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil6 cups Vegetable Stock1 cup Half & HalfSalt and Pepper to tasteTruffle Oil (optional)In a large pot, saute chopped onion and garlic on low/medium heat until translucent.  Chop cauliflower into small, manageable pieces.  Add to pot and cover with vegetable stock.  Turn heat to medium/high until cauliflower is very soft, about 15-20 minutes.  Turn off heat and allow to cool slightly.  Using an immersion blender, blend the stock and vegetables until smooth.  Add half & half and continue to blend.  Salt and pepper to taste.  If soup is too thick, you can add a little water or more half and half.  If it’s too thin, continue to cook until to desired thickness.  Serve hot in a bowl with a drizzle of truffle oil and a parmesan crispFor the Parmesan Crisp1 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese(for those asking, BelGioioso makes a rennet-free parm)Preheat oven broil.  Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread cheese in an even layer so that you can’t see the area of paper, about 4-5 inches around.  Broil in oven until cheese melts and begins to crisp and brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.  Break into pieces and serve with soup.  Thanks to Mardi of Sprout & Pea for coming over for dinner and to share an amazing bottle of First Fruit from Shinn Vineyard on Long Island that I’ve been holding onto for far too long.  It’s time I made a trip back there…   View high resolution

Cauliflower Soup with a Parmesan Crisp and Truffle Oil

When I’m feeling a little uninspired in the kitchen, sometimes all it takes is a visit to an amazing restaurant or two to get the wheels turning again.  Usually it’s because I’ve had a new combination of ingredients or take that I hadn’t considered, but sometimes I get inspired to recreate a dish that isn’t as good as I think it could have been.  Case in point the cauliflower soup I had a place in Bushwick recently.  While it wasn’t terrible, I thought it was missing the rich silkiness (ew, that word) that cauliflower can create.  I decided I should try my hand at it at home to see if I could make a version that captured the comforting and warm feeling that soup should give in the deep hellish depths of winter (also known as February in New York.)

1 head Cauliflower, trimmed of stalk and leaves
1 cup chopped Onion
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 cups Vegetable Stock
1 cup Half & Half
Salt and Pepper to taste
Truffle Oil (optional)

In a large pot, saute chopped onion and garlic on low/medium heat until translucent.  Chop cauliflower into small, manageable pieces.  Add to pot and cover with vegetable stock.  Turn heat to medium/high until cauliflower is very soft, about 15-20 minutes.  Turn off heat and allow to cool slightly.  Using an immersion blender, blend the stock and vegetables until smooth.  Add half & half and continue to blend.  Salt and pepper to taste.  If soup is too thick, you can add a little water or more half and half.  If it’s too thin, continue to cook until to desired thickness.  Serve hot in a bowl with a drizzle of truffle oil and a parmesan crisp

For the Parmesan Crisp

1 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese

(for those asking, BelGioioso makes a rennet-free parm)

Preheat oven broil.  Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread cheese in an even layer so that you can’t see the area of paper, about 4-5 inches around.  Broil in oven until cheese melts and begins to crisp and brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.  Break into pieces and serve with soup.  

Thanks to Mardi of Sprout & Pea for coming over for dinner and to share an amazing bottle of First Fruit from Shinn Vineyard on Long Island that I’ve been holding onto for far too long.  It’s time I made a trip back there…  

Sriracha & Sesame Brussels Sprouts
1 lb Brussels Sprouts, trimmed3/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar2-3 Tbsp Sriracha2 1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar1 1/2 Tbsp Sesame Oil1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds (I used bamboo smoked)1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive OilSalt to tasteDepending on the size of your Brussels spouts, either cut in half, fourths or leave whole.  In a saute pan, heat olive oil.  Add Brussels sprouts, toss in olive oil and season with salt.  Begin to cook over medium/high heat, turning often to brown evenly.  It’s ok if they get a little crisp.  In a bowl, whisk together vinegar, Sriracha, sesame oil and sugar.  Once Brussels sprout are cooked through, turn down heat to medium/low and pour Sriracha mixture over the sprouts.  Toss to coat and turn up heat towards medium/high.  The sauce will begin to bubble, so be careful not too burn.  Once the sauce starts to reduce and get a little sticky to coat the sprouts, remove from heat.  Move to a serving dish and garnish with toasted sesame seeds. View high resolution

Sriracha & Sesame Brussels Sprouts

1 lb Brussels Sprouts, trimmed
3/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
2-3 Tbsp Sriracha
2 1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds (I used bamboo smoked)
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt to taste

Depending on the size of your Brussels spouts, either cut in half, fourths or leave whole.  In a saute pan, heat olive oil.  Add Brussels sprouts, toss in olive oil and season with salt.  Begin to cook over medium/high heat, turning often to brown evenly.  It’s ok if they get a little crisp.  In a bowl, whisk together vinegar, Sriracha, sesame oil and sugar.  Once Brussels sprout are cooked through, turn down heat to medium/low and pour Sriracha mixture over the sprouts.  Toss to coat and turn up heat towards medium/high.  The sauce will begin to bubble, so be careful not too burn.  Once the sauce starts to reduce and get a little sticky to coat the sprouts, remove from heat.  Move to a serving dish and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

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