Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fashion Inspiration - White Blazer

I finally bought a white blazer after catching myself continually drawn to them and pinning them like crazy over on pinterest.

Here are just of few of the looks I hope to recreate, in feel if not in specifics.  I just think a white blazer is so nice in the summertime.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kimchi Pancake

Tea over at Tea & Cookies has done a couple of posts about shortcut foods, which has gotten me thinking about what I throw together when I'm short on time, but not so desperate as to go straight to my emergency meal.  While I don't really have an answer for that yet, my sister cooked me dinner last night, and I think it could become my new shortcut food.

I was second-guessing posting this, because I neither came up with the idea nor actually cooked it myself.  (I helped though, kind of.  I sat there and read directions out loud while drinking cava - that's helping, right?  Oh, and I poached the eggs - that definitely counts as helping.)  However, I decided it's so good, and easy, and adaptable, that it was worth posting about, and I don't think my sister will mind.

She made kimchi pancakes, adapted from this recipe from Bap Story.  They came together pretty quickly, and happily accepted the addition of some chopped, sauteed zucchini and corn kernels cut off the cobs in addition to the standard kimchi.  Megan served them over rice and with a poached egg on top, and then with some siracha, because almost everything is better with hot sauce.  I'm eating it again today for lunch, except without the egg.

I think these would happily accept almost any mix of vegetables in withe kimchi, which helps make it a happy, clean out the crisper drawer kind of meal.  Just make sure whatever vegetables you're using are either pre-cooked (like sauteed zucchini) or don't need much cooking time (like corn kernels) since these come together pretty quickly and don't spend a lot of time in the pan.

Kimchi Pancakes, adapted from Bap Story:
serves 1, very scalable

1/2 cup pancake mix of flour
1 cup chopped vegetables (kimchi, sauteed zucchini, corn kernels, etc)
1/2 cup icy cold water

Chop up your vegetables into bite-sized pieces.  Put your vegetables, flour, and water in a bowl and mix well.  Heat some cooking oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat.  Once hot put a scoop of pancake mix onto the pan and spread out into a flat, round shape.  Once the bottom is crisp, flip it over.  Cook until the other side is also crisp.  Drain on a paper towel and serve, either alone or over rice and with a poached or fried egg.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Angus and Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane

This song is great.

Angus and Julia Stone are a brother and sister duo from Australia.  They each also have solo albums out recently and soon, Julia's album "By the Horns" came out May 25 and Angus' album "Broken Brights" is coming out in July.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ben Taylor - Oh Brother

I've been a big Ben Taylor fan ever since seeing him open for Tracy Chapman at The Fillmore in San Francisco while I was in college.  He is, incidentally, James Taylor and Carly Simon's son.  His new album, Listening, is coming out in August, but he just released a song through Rolling Stone, "Oh Brother."  I can't embed it, but here's the link to listen to "Oh Brother."

He's also touring a little this summer, only really on the east coast.  Below are the tour dates and links he sent out through his mailing list, in addition to a video of my favorite Ben Taylor song, "Nothing I Can Do" which he wrote for his mom.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Fiona Apple - Every Single Night

Fiona Apple's new album is out on June 19th, but she just released the first video.  The whole album is also streaming over on NPR.  It's called "The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do."

Good stuff.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Spring Saute over Grits

I got fava beans in my produce box the other week, so it finally feels like spring.  While they are a pain to shell, they are only available for such a short time that it doesn't get to be too much of a burden.  First you shell them from the outer pod, and then boil the shelled beans in salted water for just a couple of minutes, just long enough to loosen the skin around each bean.

Finally, you shell the beans a second time, pulling the skin off each bean with a fingernail.  I think I boiled mine a little too long, because they started breaking down a little as I was pulling the skins off.

I decided to use the favas in a big spring saute, to be served over cheesy grits, so I chopped a bunch of vegetables, including asparagus, yellow carrots, and radishes, and also threw some frozen peas in at the end.

I loosely based the saute recipe of this spring ragout recipe from 101 cookbooks, and also tweaked Alton Brown's recipe for cheesy grits.

Spring Saute with Cheesy Grits
Serves 4

Spring Saute:
~20 fava bean pods, removed from puffy shells 
olive oilkosher salt

1 bunch thin asparagus, cut into 1/2-inch segments
1 bunch carrots, sliced
red pepper flakes
zest of one lemon
1 bunch radishes, sliced 
1 1/2 cups peas, freshly shelled or frozen
splash of white wine/beer/dry vermouth (tip here on using dry vermouth in place of white wine in recipes)
broth or water

Cook fava beans for about a minute in a pot of salted water. Drain, run under cold water, and shell 2nd layer. To do this pinch each fava to break the skin and gently squeeze to separate the bean from the skin. Set aside. 
In a cold skillet, add a big splash of olive oil, 2 big pinches of salt, and 2 tablespoons of water. Heat over medium high heat and when the water starts bubbling add the asparagus spears and sliced carrots. Cover and cook for 30-45 seconds, longer if the asparagus is thicker, until it is barely tender and bright green. Add red pepper flakes to taste/your preference for spicy and the zest of one lemon.  Stir in the peas, radishes, and favas and cook uncovered for another 20 seconds or so (maybe a touch longer if you were using peas that were frozen).  Turn heat down to medium and sprinkle a tablespoon or so of flour over to help make a pan sauce and stir well to incorporate.  Add about 1/3 cup of the alcohol of your choice to help de-glaze the pan and stir well, picking up any flavor/browning stuck to the pan.  Add about 1/2 cup or water or broth and stir well to set up your pan sauce.  Cook another minute or two, until all vegetables are cooked and the pan sauce has lost the raw flour taste.  Serve over grits.

Cheesy Grits:
4 cups broth
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 cup coarse ground cornmeal
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4-1/3 cup grated parmesan

Place the broth and salt into a medium, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Gradually add the cornmeal, while continually whisking to help incorporate.  Decrease the heat to low and cover.  Remove the lid and whisk frequently, every 3 to 4 minutes, to prevent lumps from forming or grits from sticking to the pan.  Cook for 20 -25 minutes or until mixture is creamy.
Remove from the heat, add the pepper and butter, and whisk to combine.  Once the butter is melted, gradually whisk in the cheese.  

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Walkmen - Heaven

Even though they've been around for 10 year, I hadn't heard of The Walkmen until seeing them play at Sasquatch.  They put on a great show.  Their latest album Heaven just came out on May 29th.  I just ordered the vinyl from Vinyl Loop, a great website offering new vinyl releases.

They recently played "Heaven," along with "The Love You Love," on Fallon.

Album cover via.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Red & Orange

{Sweater & Wrap: Banana Republic (old, similar to this), Tee: J. Crew, Jeans: Mavi (similar to these), Sandals: bought years ago in Madrid, Jewelry: Fuchsia, Sunglasses: Kate Spade (old, similar to these)}

We had a sunny day in Portland, and I wore (almost) all red and orange out to brunch with girlfriends.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Call Your Girlfriend

Down the wormhole of a cover of a cover, but I'm loving all these versions of Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend."

Here's the original video, which is good:

But they just get better.  Here is an acoustic version by the Swedish band Erato, including percussion on old  plastic containers:

And once more, by two young sisters, Lennon and Maisy:

Too cute, right?  And pretty good.

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