Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

Last weekend we ate a lot of yummy food. Saturday evening was my birthday dinner with SP. This year I picked Morcilla. As usual, an excellent meal. I really like the albarino wine I always order (SP orders a cider and then a gin drink).
I LOVE the Oxtail Montaditos (caramelized onion, Mahón cheese). I also start drooling when I think of the serrano ham, lamb meatballs, jamon croquetas with leek ash aioli, and dessert churros. Those are our "usuals."
This time we also shared:

  • Tortilla Espanaola (Spanish potato omelette, piperade, piquillo pepper aioli) 
  • Churro de Chorizo (tomato membrillo, manchego)
  • Who Cooks For You Farm 'Rocky Balboa' Salad (smoked goat cheese, asian pear, toasted pistachio, vanilla-concord grape vinaigrette). 

SP tried Sardinas Picantonas (preserved sardines in hot sauce).

It was a delicious birthday meal. We've been to Morcilla 3 times and all 3 meals have been terrific.

Then on Sunday we went to brunch at Eleven.
I had my usual Grilled Sticky (cinnamon swirl brioche, bacon butterscotch icing) for the first course whole SP ordered the Short Rib Hash (poached egg, horseradish, mustard seed jus). Oh my goodness that short rib hash was fantastic and I sort of wish I'd ordered it. But that would mean giving up the Grilled Sticky.
My second course was my usual Eggs Benedict (English muffin, hollandaise, truffle vinaigrette, prosciutto cotto, arugula, citrus) and SP chose Scottish Salmon Salad (local mesclun greens, fennel, cucumber, lemon aioli).
Of course we got dessert! Crème Fraîche Brûlée (raspberry almond macaron) and Warm Apple Pie (candied almonds, Greek yogurt, honey ice cream). Delicious and filling - we didn't eat anything the rest of the day.

Meals This Week:

  • Roast Chicken with Roasted Vegetables (fingerling potatoes, carrots, Brussels, onion)

Yes. Roast chicken and veggies every night. Monday through Friday. It takes a long time for us to eat an entire roast chicken. I will not want roast chicken again for 6+ months.

TV:

  • We finished Luke Cage a couple weeks ago. We really liked it and are looking forward to the next season.
  • We've been recording & watching a lot of the Holiday Baking Championship shows on Food Network. We finished Season 1 of Holiday Baking Championship and started Season 2 (Season 3 is the new season). 

Movies: 
I watched Money Monster this week and thought it was just OK.

Books: 
Night School (a Jack Reacher book) by Lee Child. I spent Monday afternoon and evening reading it (SP went to see some Dr. Who movie thing at the theater). I couldn't put it down, so, as usual, a great Reacher book.

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