poor men eat like kings

so last night i looked into the fridge, starving already, and there was barely anything in there. this is the way i usually cook. we had a baby eggplant, some corn on the cob a little chicken broth and a little ricotta cheese. the one thing i try to always have are fresh herbs, they make everything better. so the following is what i made with ingredients i scraped together. serves 2-3

1 medium red onion – finely diced
3-4 cloves garlic – chopped
1/8th of a box of orzo
1 corn on the cob – par boiled and then cut off of cob
1 baby eggplant – cubed (not peeled)
2-3 cups broth (i used half chicken half Marmite and hot water because that is what i had)
1/2 a small container ricotta cheese
handful fresh parsley – chopped
1 scallion – chopped
a few pats butter
a few tsp olive oil
sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

in a pot boil water and put the shucked corn on the cob in it to cook (about 15 min) chop onions and garlic and saute in butter, pinch of salt and small amount olive oil until onions are transparent. remove from pan and put aside. at this point start heating the broth in a small pot , do not boil and keep covered. heat the pan back up adding another tsp olive oil and lightly brown orzo. mix garlic and onions back in and then start to slowly add some of the broth. you want to have all of the orzo in liquid but not like soup. mix in chopped baby eggplant and corn. add small ladles full of broth when ever it has reduced in half (approx every 5-7 min) and stir often. repeat for 30-45 min or until the orzo is tender. fold in ricotta cheese and a little more salt. plate (or bowl) top with parsley, scallion and fresh ground pepper. enjoy!

early birthday

Since Adam’s sister is coming at the end of the month and will be here for his birthday, I wanted to do something this past weekend for the two of us. I planned a whole day out, starting with a walk through the west village. Saturday was an absolutely stunning day, and we wandered the streets hand in hand. Now, Adam knew that the day was for him, but I wouldn’t let on to anything that I had planned. After a few hours in the sun I brought him to the restaurant that I had decided on: A Salt and Battery (http://www.asaltandbattery.com/) It’s a tiny little fish n’ chips place – with, I have to say, some of the best I’ve ever eaten! The batter was light and crispy and the cod perfectly flaky. They have HP Sauce on request and their home made tarter sauce is unbelievable! After lunch we wandered some more, acting coy I brought him down to the river walk on the Hudson River. After a while there, we wandered into Chelsea Piers and started wandering around, Adam guessing this or that (and NOT getting it!) until I brought him to a kiosk where we picked up our tickets for a 2 hour cruise on the schooner Imagine. I found the tickets online through http://www.goldstarevents.com which is free to sign up to and you get huge discounts on all sorts of things. Imagine is an 80 foot schooner and it seats about 48 people; it also has complimentary beer and soda! The sail was absolutely beautiful, we sailed down to Eilis Island- other sailboats, jet skis and ferries floating past. The view was impeccable and the people sitting around us were just lovely. Afterwards we wandered some more in Greenwich Village, and decided to grab a martini or two al fresco. I have to say, we had better ones earlier in the week at Il Bastardo (http://www.ilbastardonyc.com/media/ilbastardo.html) but nothing could dampen our day! We split an appetiser of veal tongue that was served broiled with creme fresh and watercress, and melted in our mouths. For desert we split a delicious raspberry tart with homemade vanilla ice cream. As the night grew late, we made our way back home, a perfect day if I do say so myself.

1/2" nails

so i am going to be focusing an entire section of this blog to my nails. this may be a little self indulgent, but it is something that i spend a lot of time on. this segment will be updated every two weeks or so, because that is how often i get them done. right now i have what i am calling safari nails: olive green with white, black and gold hand painting. i am also including a terrible photo of myself with nails i had a few months ago. if you look closely, you can see that my nails are done the way Jessica Stam’s are in the new Dior campaign, only i had them probably about the time this ad was shot, not printed.

sunday breakfast

this morning i decided to make breakfast for my boyfriend and me. a Monte Christo type sandwich and a large salad.

Monte Christo:
1 loaf stale Italian bread cut into thick slices
1 tsp ground ground red pepper
1 tbs pure vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk/ soy milk
3 slices no nitrate bacon
3 slices Swiss cheese
pure maple syrup to taste

Summer Salad
large handful watercress
medium handful cilantro
1/2 yellow bell pepper – cut into strips
1 vine tomato – cut into 1/8ths
1 large radish – thinly sliced
handful baby carrots – quartered
1/8 cucumber – thinly sliced and cut in half
1/4 red onion – finely chopped
1 scallion – chopped
1/2 lime
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

beat red pepper, vanilla, 2 eggs and milk together in large bowl. place all pieces of bread into mixture and allow to soak while preparing the other parts. Next cook bacon in a large skillet. After it is cooked place on a paper towel to drain. Pour the grease from the bacon into a clean container, leaving a little in the pan. Flip the bread in the mixture and begin to prepare the salad. Thoroughly rinse watercress and cilantro in colander, tear into bite size bits and as you do mix the cilantro and watercress; plate. Next, place the yellow pepper, tomato slices and carrots in a radial pattern. On the edges place the cucumber slices, if they are cut thin enough you can make them look like petals. In the center, place the radishes and scatter the red onion and scallion over everything. Salt and pepper over everything, squeeze lime and drizzle olive oil over top. Set aside, the flavors will combine while everything else is prepared. In the skillet, heat small amount of bacon grease till extremely hot and place slices of soaked bread in it. Cook on each side for about 5-6 minutes pressing occasionally with a spatula; cook till each side is golden brown and slightly firm. Place slices on a plate, layer bacon and a piece of Swiss cheese on two pieces then another piece of bread, more bacon and a half slice of cheese; put into oven at 250 degrees to melt cheese. Pour a small amount of bacon grease into skillet and bring temperature back to “high.” Crack each of the other two eggs and fry over easy, salt and pepper to taste. When eggs are done take bread out of the oven and plate individually. Pour maple syrup over layered bread, bacon and cheese. Place an egg on top of each and then place the end piece in top. Serve hot and enjoy!