Friday, July 31, 2015

Kiki's Greek Tavern in Chinatown

Found such a great spot! Kiki's Greek Tavern in Chinatown. The Times wrote it up two weeks ago so I tried it out with my friends Kara and Alice. It's adorable! It's down a tiny street in deep Chinatown (off the East Broadway stop) and to fit in with the neighborhood, the awning says "Kiki's Tavern" in Chinese characters. The inside is sparse and charming and the waiters are so friendly and don't rush you at all. Most importantly, the food is fantastic. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July 26 - Vegetable Garden Week 17

The garden is looking pretty sad. The deer have eaten almost everything. Even though we have about 13 tomato plants, we do not have any tomatoes - just stalks of where the flowers and baby tomatoes once were. So depressing! I think we're getting a deer fence so maybe next summer we'll have better luck. The above picture was our whole haul - a cucumber, some basil, and a handful of green beans. 
At least it was a beautiful weekend!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

July 11 - Vegetable Garden Week 15

The garden has seen better days. The deer are out of control. They've been eating everything, and things they haven't eaten in the past like snap peas, tomatoes, and even hot pepper plants. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Grilled Porgy

I bought some porgy at the union square market and grilled it up last week. It's cheap, easy, and very tasty. It was so fresh and the olive oil/lemon/herb mix is a perfect accompaniment. 

Ingredients:
1 small porgy, less than a pound
1 small spring onion, cut into quarters (using part of the green shoots)
olive oil
lemon juice
fresh oregano, chopped
fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil

Friday, July 17, 2015

Grilled Green Beans and Garlic Scapes

I love garlic scapes in the early summer. The other night, I cut them into pieces about the size of green beans and grilled them with green beans and served them together. Yum! The garlic scapes are sweet and tender and the green beans are fresh and crunchy. Great mix!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Pretty Salad

Want a really quick way to make a simple salad really fancy and beautiful? Top it with nasturtiums. They're perfectly edible and taste a little bit like watercress. This is some fresh lettuce from the garden and I tossed it with dressing then put some nasturtiums on top. Easy and so pretty and colorful. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Pork Tenderloin Sous Vide

Another sous vide recipe! I tried it with pork tenderloin. It's great! It's so easy to dry out pork and this was extremely juicy. I took the advice of this Gizmodo article and tried a pre-marinated tenderloin from Trader Joe's and just kept it in the pre-vacuum sealed packaging.