24 July 2013


Oh Molly Wizenberg, you are so wise (and entertaining).
"I cook because it grounds me; because it connects me to the place where I live; and because afterward, I get to sit down and eat with the people I care about.  I don't need cooking to be anything more."
-via the column called "Cooking Life" that she wrote for Bon Appétit

One of these days I'm going to delve into her books A Homemade Life and Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage.  Props to my wife for turning me on to Orangette (Wizenberg's long-standing, delightful blog with ethereal photos,  sophisticated/seasonal/crunchy recipes, and a personal and intimate writing style ) years ago - I've been reading it, trying her recipes, and getting inspired since.  Also, the blog gets its name from the lovely Parisian candy which I've held dear to my heart ever since watching a chef friend make a massive amount of them from scratch for Hanukkah gifts during the year that I took off to work as a server in the restaurant industry (aka to find myself.) The warm farro salad with chickpeas, feta, and spicy (thai-ish style) dressing is my favorite "recette" off Orangette so far, and a great way to utilize that fish sauce that's been sitting in the fridge for a while now.

23 July 2013

Licaudo Hipster Dreamz

Made this/these yesterday, on my day off, alongside doing a bunch of soul-nourishing organizing of paper piles and junk drawers.  Interspersed with taking Toby out to play in the yard, talking to Halle and my mom on the phone, and playing with my new iPhone.  It's the little things, peeps.

The jar is mint water (basically mint tea: a packed handful of fresh mint, boil in two cups of water, once it boils take it off the stove, let it cool with the leaves still in it, drain), the glass is full of licuado aka batido aka refreshing mexican milkshake (1 cup coconut milk + 1 cup mint water + two handfuls of frozen rasberries + couple teaspoons of agave + a spin in the blender), and the cute industrial planter contains a "chick and hens" succulent from Tim's mom.  So sweet.  Also, the leftover mint water makes a deLIGHTful addition to cocktails - I did tequila and white grapefruit juice with lots of ice and topped it with the mint water.  Luuush.

13 July 2013

This Song, By This Person, is the Queen of Le Sigh

I really like how the pared down arrangement and scrappy, jangly guitar Nataly Dawn plays gives a haunting, subtle vibe to it.

Also, just because this is the first thing I listened to from her/them ages ago: