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We’re back

It’s been over two and a half years since E was born and I’ve had so many drafts started that never got published. Maybe one day I will. But right now I’m going to write about pizza.

We cook 5 or 6 nights out of 7, even though E goes to a daycare that feeds them 3 hot meals a day, cooked on premise. This was pretty important to us after being at his first daycare, where they catered in food that was processed and gross. All he ate was bread and crackers. Here he is served congee, fried rice, noodles, fresh fruit, soup… He doesn’t often end up eating a full dinner at home with us but we still make him a plate.

As he gets older I try to get him to help us make food. Last night we made pizza from scratch – Ryan brought home 2 balls of dough from work and I got topping ingredients. We had pepperoni and a veggie pizza. I’d made stuffed shells earlier this week and had a lot of leftover ricotta so I decided to make a white pizza.

Mince a bunch of garlic and heat it up in some olive oil until just softened. Spread it over the dough, top with ricotta cheese – just spread a thin layer on. Lightly salt this. You can also add some lemon zest to the ricotta. I used a mandolin to thinly slice some zucchini, then drizzled with a little olive oil and sprinkled Aleppo pepper on top. You can use regular chili pepper flakes, but I like to use Aleppo because it’s slightly smoky and sweet and doesn’t have a lot of heat, which is good for little man.

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It only takes about 12 minutes in the oven to cook, and YOU DO NOT NEED A PIZZA STONE! Ryan’s crust is thin and chewy, and E gobbled up the white pizza with me.

It’s great the next morning too, with egg on top for breakfast. E enjoyed dipping his piece into it. I’ve had a hard time with getting him to eat eggs, so I’ll take it! He even took a bite of the pizza with egg on top.



The Hangover

First I have to preface this by saying that we were pretty hungover on Sunday and therefore did not have all our brains on deck. My coworker had a small get-together at his place on Saturday as a pre-birthday party for his girlfriend, and I may or may not have almost helped him finish an entire bottle of Black Maple Hill Bourbon. The problem (is there a problem with drinking too much bourbon??) was that Ryan and I were sharing a glass, and we felt like we had to keep up with each other. So we kept drinking until about 2am.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Dim sum at Nom Wah. Out of the 8 things we ordered, I only liked two: the shrimp and snow pea leaves dumplings and the pork shumai. Everything else was just blah: taro dumplings, original eggroll, jar leong, crab claw encased in shrimp paste (whyyyyyyy), soup dumplings, and scallion pancakes. Did we order the wrong things? You tell me. The space itself is cool, and I really wanted to like it. The food wasn’t bad at all but East Harbor is just so much better. And they have better desserts.

@bhonnyc I finally did it! #aurareading #auraphotography #icanseeyourauraanditspurple #what #purple
Over to Magic Jewelry to get aura readings. They were pretty accurate, considering she had no prior knowledge of us and we didn’t tell her anything about ourselves. So maybe there is some truth to it. Basically, I will have some good luck coming to me soon (money or good relationships) and Ryan will be working his ass off and be stressed out. We both have stomach problems (no shit, after all that bourbon), as well as weakness in our backs and legs (sedentary job, standing in a kitchen all day, busted ACL….) so she suggested smokey quartz to help out. Any excuse to buy more crystals is a good one to me!

The new Chinatown Fair
We watched a couple of urban soccer league games in Chinatown then headed to Chinatown Fair. It was awful, just awful. Fruit Ninja?? The best games they had there from its former self were Time Crisis and Marvel VS. Capcom. Lame.

Coleman Playground Skatepark
Ryan surprised me with a trip to a skate park I had no idea existed, under the Manhattan Bridge.

Nooo Stuart Little!
Then he pointed out something else to me.

Uni Ikura Soba at Soba Koh
Massages, then dinner at Soba Koh. Uni Ikura Soba pictured. I got the Goma Dare Soba, expecting to pour the sobayu into the sauce. They didn’t bring it! So sad.

Baohaus for dessert. The pork belly is perfect, especially with the sweet sugar peanuts that taste like my childhood (Google “lumpia sariwa”).

Came home to watch Game of Thrones, drink tea, eat Momo Milk Bar cookies, and RELAX. All those Manhattan people stress. Me. Out.

I am a horrible person

Okay I’m a horrible blogger. It’s been two months since my last update. I promise to stop Instagramming my food pics before I write about them.

“Low brow”

It’s been years since I’ve made this dish. The last time, someone from another dimension told me that “Beets [were] peasant food and taste[d] like dirt.” I was mad at the time because I’d just spent about an hour roasting the beets and making the meal, but now I realize that it’s true. Beets are sweet and earthy, and peasants often get to eat the most delicious things. Baked beans, barbacoa, head cheese, pot-au-feu, scrapple… So many of my favorite things. So what was meant as a snarky, backhanded comment was actually a compliment.

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This is the first meal I’ve made since my surgery. Last Wednesday I went in to have my ACL reconstructed. Doing well, but it’s hard to get around and I can’t stand for a long time. But I really wanted this pasta tonight.

Drizzle oil and sprinkle salt on some beets, skin on. Wrap in foil and roast at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes to an hour. Less time if you use smaller beets, obviously. Meanwhile, set water to boil, salt it, and add pasta.

When the beets have cooked, run them under hot water and rub them to remove the skin. Cut them into half inch cubes. I used bacon fat but you can use olive oil or whatever fat you’d like. Heat a large pan and add your bacon lard/oil/etc. When it’s hot, add the beet cubes and sprinkle with salt. Add a little water and cook down. When the pasta is ready, add some of the pasta water, about 1/4 cup or so. Cook this down, season the beets with a little more salt and pepper to taste. When you’re ready to serve, finish cooking the pasta with the beets and toss it so all the noodles are coated with the beet liquids. They will become a pretty, deep magenta color. Plate the pasta, top with goat cheese (chevre), toasted pine nuts, and some fresh parsley. Fresh black pepper. The best “peasant food.”

Tonight I’m drinking a 2010 Tempranillo from Madrigal Vineyards. Yes, out of a Bonne Maman jar. Because it’s a great, jammy wine. Yeaaaaah I just did that! It’s great having this constant reminder of our first trip together.

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We’re not doing shit this weekend

I just organized all my drawers in lieu of going to the beach. Craziness, but since I rarely feel like cleaning my room, I decided to run with it.

Last night's dinner

I got my wish last night and we had ramp mayo with fried shrimp. Also corn on the cob and a potato salad that my friend Katie made once that I keep replicating. I don’t know what exactly goes into the dressing so I’ve made up my own:

New/Yukon Gold potatoes
Red grapes
Red onion
Lemon juice

Boil/steam/cook potatoes and let cool. Cut into big cubes. Meanwhile wash grapes and drain, clean cilantro, cut red onion into small bits. Dicing works well for this recipe.
To do the dressing, add lemon juice to mayo as well as paprika and cayenne. Rough chop a couple of cloves of peeled garlic, then using the flat side of the knife, grind it against the cutting board with some salt to create a paste. Mix this into the mayo, season with more salt if needed and some freshly ground pepper.
Toss. Cool. Eat.

That is it. Tomorrow we have a food trip to Flushing planned. Maybe we will get so high on Taiwanese shaved ice that I can get Ryan to sing karaoke duets all day. THAT WOULD BE NEAT.

Oh I made this new page, which I will be adding to little by little. So far it’s just got a recipe for a basic vinaigrette but I thought it would help to do thinks like that, and list what kinds of ingredients I have in my kitchen, etc.


I didn’t make any resolutions this year because I can never keep them. Instead I made a list of restaurants that I’ve been wanting to eat at. Check them out here – am I missing anything? I’m having second thoughts about a few of them.

I’m working on another post, which will be up tonight. My body was saturated with greasy Chinese food while in Vancouver and finally revolted. However I was able to squeeze in a Filipino meal that I will savor for the next few weeks. Stay chuned (hah)!