this is not a food blog
ceci n'est pas une pipe, says rené magritte...

...this is not a food blog, says i
this is me. nowadays. and often.
phillipckim:

lazy sunday (Taken with Instagram)

this is me. nowadays. and often.

phillipckim:

lazy sunday (Taken with Instagram)

i have this problem where i sometimes engulf food. portion control goes out the window. it is a side effect of stress, probably, and the propensity stems, i think, from a mixture of two things:

  1. having had an older brother who was much faster than me in, well, everything.  if i did not eat it first, he would for sure eat it before i could save it for later
  2. in college, one of my close friends was a big eater (she is still now) and i felt compelled to get my share before she got to it (she is better at that now)

i need to remind myself that i am not the same size as the average person that accompanies me, i probably also expend less energy as i am fairly ‘energy-efficient,’ let’s call it… and that i am fortunate enough that the last bite of a meal is not my last bite ever. a long but necessary mantra

my body is sensitive to many things. this means food allergies and sensitivities. it also means that if i over eat, i will get indigestion, and then i will sit around for HOURS convincing my body that throwing it back up is not the answer. ridiculous, right? this is what i have to work with

so. the bigger the portion of salad/veggies and the smaller the portion of ‘other food’ the better as i work back down toward portion control

you cannot really tell by the angle i took this photo, but the empanadas (from Chris’ Marketplace) were actually quite small (albeit, packed with goodies) and the salad portion heaping

and today, i am satiated and not overly full. hooray!

sometimes you want to spoil your appetite with a snack

[pictured: pepitas sauteed in olive oil, garam masala, garlic powder, dried oregano, and tossed in a slight drizzle of honey while still hot]

i really want to make this… with a thai coconut curry. or maybe biryani rice and chicken tikka masala!
thewayweate:



Shrimp Creole with Rice Ring - Gourmet: May 1988

i really want to make this… with a thai coconut curry. or maybe biryani rice and chicken tikka masala!

thewayweate:

Shrimp Creole with Rice Ring - Gourmet: May 1988

brunch today. compliments to Paul for the quiche, DC farmer’s market for the black bean and orzo salad and various microgreens, and Sapore for their champagne mimosa vinegar and koroneiko olive oil. good ingredients make good meals

brunch today. compliments to Paul for the quiche, DC farmer’s market for the black bean and orzo salad and various microgreens, and Sapore for their champagne mimosa vinegar and koroneiko olive oil. good ingredients make good meals

the first certified organic restaurant in America, and a favorite of the Obamas… thanks to my cousins getting married two years ago [wedding gift card!], and the opportune moment of their anniversary date and my graduation colliding, we celebrated! together! at Nora's!

to start:

  • mustard braised Amish pork belly with grilled cabbage, caramelized apples, red cress, pickled ramps
  • prince edward island mussels with white wine, fennel, local tomatoes, basil pesto, baguette

main course:

  • [cousin e] citrus crusted wild alaskan halibut with local fava bean purée, herb roasted maitakes, basil vinaigrette
  • [cousin j] local barley and almond stuffed squab with grilled asparagus, baby mustard and frisée salad, warm cherry vinaigrette
  • [me] applewood smoked duck breast with spring vegetable ragout, crispy millet cake, rhubarb sauce

dessert (i ate dessert!):

  • strawberry-rhubarb pie with strawberry ice cream
  • peach crisp with ginger ice cream

my thoughts:

at this point, i feel like pork belly is hard to ruin. if you ruin it, you have problems.  the grilled cabbage had a nice char. truly delightful. and i love ramps. we all know this already.  as to the other appetizer, the broth was really tasty, and fennel has grown on me so much over the years that i am really confused as to why it is never on my grocery list

in terms of meats, i think i enjoyed the bite of squab the best. my duck breast was very good, and the smoked flavor was not at all overpowering, which i liked as well.  i am dying to try to recreate the millet cake.  i remember there being parsley in it, otherwise lightly seasoned. the vegetable ragout was a mixture of asparagus and fiddleheads, my new favorite spring veg!

both desserts were super tart, so the sweetness did not get in my way of indulging. yum!

i will say it again: YUM!

Michigan strawberries. super small and delicious!