Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Daily Bread

 There is nothing more satisfying to me than bread. I like to keep different kinds of bread on hand for different occasions. We are down to two in the house so we freeze the bread so it won't go bad. The best practice we have found is to slice the bread product when fresh and then separating the needed portion for a meal. This process also works for bagels and cakes. I call these frozen assets. Recently I purchased some rustic bread and challenged myself to use it in  unique ways.
Daily Bread
For breakfast I spread ricotta cheese then layered some fresh white nectarines. A drizzle of honey and walnuts finished the dish. Another breakfast saw a topping of butter and Knot's Berry Farm Raspberry Jam. Lunch one day consisted of bread and ricotta with prosciutto, snipped chives and cracked black pepper. At cocktail hour I created crostini with mozzarella, tomato, basil, olive oil and balsamic reduction. Enjoy!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Good and Cheap

If you are in the North-bay for lunch Monday through Friday, I've found a deal for you. Matsuyama Restaurant has a bento lunch deal at a steal. I had this delicious two item bento (gyoza and mixed tempura) for $8.95++. There are plenty of other choices for sushi, ramen and Japanese specialties.  Good food cheap, it's my kind of place.
Matsuyama Bento Lunch Deal

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Carbo Delicious

I have always wanted to try poutine, a Canadian export that pops up all over the internet. We've been to Canada twice in the last two years, but it never appeared on menus we saw. We were on the west coast maybe that was the problem. Why the draw of poutine? I remember having fries with gravy back east in my high school days. The food of youth always calls us back. When my daughter, who works at Trader Joe's, alerted us that they carried a frozen version of poutine it was game on. My expectations were low but we were pleasantly surprise by this beefy-cheesy treat. It would be a perfect dish for the up coming football season.
Trader Joe's Poutine. Beefy!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Go-to Breakfast

My  favorite meal of the day is breakfast. I have developed a habit of eating a half bagel topped with a schmear of cream cheese and what ever veg topping I have in the fridge. I prefer a dense N.Y. style bagel and buy a dozen or two from my local family run shop. I slice them in half and stow them in the freezer. My morning ritual is  yoga followed by coffee and bagel. I figure the cost is about a dollar or so. Save on breakfast, splurge on travel! We are going to Portland, staying in the Pearl and will try to blend with the hipsters! I bet they even have bagels there.
Bagel Mania

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Composed Salad

Composed Salad

This summer salad was inspired by an article on SFGate about Japanese-California cooking by Tara Duggan and a photo by Russell Yip of tomato "sashimi" from Iyasare Restaurant in Berkeley.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Still Life

It has been a unique year for our tomatoes. We traveled in May so we were delayed in getting our tomato plants in the ground. Mother nature decided to take charge and sprouted a couple of volunteer plants that were too big to ignore. The volunteers have produced a unique blend of fruit that is similar to the color of Rainier Cherries. They are both beautiful and delicious. We are still supplementing our home tomatoes with farmer's market beauties,  but have high hopes for  our summer crop. I threw together a simple summer salad with tomatoes, prosciutto, and fresh mozzarella. I drizzled olive oil, balsamic and tore some basil fresh from our herb garden. Summer on a plate... a still life.