The sewing has been a bit slow going these past few weeks but I have spent the early days of August in the kitchen. My cooking mo-jo was on hiatus June and July since we usually just grill food in the summer and my husband claimed the grill as his (and it was a wedding gift no less – rude!) so it feels good to be back at it. It all started with a trip to the meat market in the town where we have a cabin. We decided to try their boneless pork ribs (just a pork loin butterflied and scored to look like ribs) and I wanted to try a homemade BBQ sauce to go with it. I saw an old episode of Barefoot Contessa in which she makes BBQ sauce. A quick google search landed me here and Smitten Kitchen’s recommendation was all I needed. Plus, the lengthy ingredient list did not call for ketchup or sugar – two things I hate to see in a BBQ sauce and was heavy on the vinegar – a must! The sauce did not fail to impress and we are hooked. We’ve used that sauce at least three times this week and are making it again tomorrow. Unfortunately I do not have any photos of any of the wonderfully sauced foods we enjoyed this week – maybe next week!
I did make a red velvet cake for my husband’s birthday as well. I finally found the perfect red velvet cake recipe, here. It has the perfect blend of sweet and sour and the baking soda/vinegar combination makes it feel like science. We were shopping at Whole Foods a few days earlier and saw their darling birthday cakes with polka dot fondant. My husband commented on how cute they were so I decorated his cake with dyed marzipan:
Cute, eh? Yeah, not so much if you’re a guy. Apparently this wasn’t a manly enough birthday cake so next year he’ll get one shaped like a hammer or something.
I was still in the mood to cook so the next morning I made a tortilla espanola for brunch before we had to take my brother to the airport. I lived in Spain for several months in college (I would never say I ‘studied’ in Spain since I hardly ever went to class!) and this dish was a staple in the house I lived in. I had been craving it for quite a while, but since I usually do not eat potatoes (South Beach Diet) and my husband isn’t crazy about eggs (weirdo) I never made it. My mom and brother seemed like the perfect audience! It was delish and definitely cured my craving.
All I did was dice up two red potatoes and 1/4 of an onion. I browned both in a 10″ skillet, with a bit of olive oil, on medium/high heat until the potatoes were cooked through, about 10-15 minutes. It’s not a very exacting process. While they were browning I whisked 8 eggs in a bowl with a splash of water. When the potatoes were done I spooned them into a smaller bowl and scraped off any browned bits from the pan. I added a touch more oil and put the eggs into the skillet. After about 1 minute or so (again, not very exact) I added the eggs and onions back to the skillet. I didn’t want the potato pieces to stick. I covered the eggs with a piece of foil to help them set up. Once it looked like the bottoms and sides of the omelet were browned (I just pulled the sides away with a butter knife) I put the whole pan under the broiler to set up the top. All finished! I turned it up-side-down on a dinner plate and sliced it into wedges. I think it’s best served room temperature, like they do in Spain, but feel free to enjoy yours at whichever temperature you choose. I also had my slice with some pickled sweet peppers we made a few nights before – perfect combo!
There is more cooking in store for this weekend! Hopefully next week I’ll get back to sewing…