August 2015 in food

August wound up being quite an exciting food month! Made some exciting curries and a few desserts, and went to several restaurants I’ve been wanting to go to for a while (most notably: New Saigon, Korea House, and Shine).

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perfumed spinach with dill (palak suva)

recipe: 660 Curries
notes: I’ve been wanting to make this for a while, but it’s really hard to find large bunches of fresh dill in Boulder! I didn’t end up using quite a full cup’s worth of chopped fresh dill. Ate it with some basmatic rice and a poached egg, garnished with a little dill flower. I liked this a lot and would be interested in trying it with a different chopped herb (like cilantro) that is easier to find.

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banana blondies with chocolate chips and pecans
recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2006/11/blondies-for-a-blondie/
notes: Waaaaaaaaay too sweet… and for me to say that, it’s saying something! I actually think these may have upset my stomach, too. 😦 Made these with Bob’s Red Mill GF Flour, 3 mashed bananas, a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and a 1/2 cup of toasted pecans.

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poached eggs with green beans, rice, and a chickpea miso-ginger dressing
recipe: dressing recipe loosely adapted from http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1015116-miso-dressing
notes: I subbed tahini for yogurt in the recipe. I always like miso-ginger dressings, and this one didn’t disappoint.

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garlic ginger fried rice 
recipe: none
notes: made this up as I went along… I’d been craving fried rice. Used a chicken thigh, two eggs, garlic, ginger, and sugar snap peas — garnished with some sesame oil.

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dinner buffet plate 
restaurant: flavor of india
notes: I love it when Indian restaurants have dinner buffets! We accidentally discovered that Flavor of India’s holds theirs on Wednesday nights… satisfying to eat after a bike ride.

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simple grilled potato salad with grilled lemon vinaigrette
recipe: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2015/06/easy-grilled-potato-salad-recipe.html
notes: After I was salivating over the photo in the recipe for a week, I decided to make it for a BBQ. I did leave out the mustard at the end because I felt a little hungry and lazy and all the other food was already ready to eat. I like how these came out, but next time I’d like to add the mustard so that it adds more tang.

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grilled ribs, grilled cilantro lime chicken, grilled potato salad, and grilled lemony zucchini
notes: ❤ grilled food!

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peach pie with vanilla ice cream
notes: Kyle made the pie crust, I took care of the filling. The peaches were so amazing and sweet! I eyeballed amounts of brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

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masala dosa
restaurant: Tiffin’s
notes: I always love dosas. The dosa crepe here was just a little bit under cooked still (it was a little soft/mushy on the inside, rather than being so crisp it could shatter) but I still enjoyed it.

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new yorker sandwich
restaurant: Moe’s Bagel
notes: I woke up one morning very shortly after the triathlon with the most intense cravings for bread and cheese, so I went to Moe’s with my office mates for a bagel run. I adore smoked salmon sandwiches and this one was very satisfying… especially on an everything bagel.

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basmati rice with kimchi and avocado 
notes: Avocados were 3 for $1 at Sprouts, so I got a bunch and ate several variations on this meal. Sometimes I added a poached egg with the kimchi and avocado, and sometimes I added sausage. ❤ this base combo though!

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tarta de santiago 
recipe: http://food52.com/recipes/22940-tarta-de-santiago-almond-cake
notes: I saw that Tess had made this cake and was inspired to do the same. I was happy with the texture of the cake, given that it is gluten-free, though I thought it was a little too sweet.

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bun dac biet, che ba mau, and a banh mi sandwich 
restaurant: New Saigon
notes: I’d been wanting to try New Saigon for a long time, ever since my co-worker had raved about the food. Didn’t disappoint! I got the bun dac biet, which I almost always get at Vietnamese places… I love the combination of rice noodles + fresh veggies + herbs + grilled meat. This particular dish also came with some egg rolls, yum. The che ba mau was really delicious and sweet as well. The banh mi was good but I ate it several hours after it was made (I got it to go and split it with Kyle for dinner)… so the bread and the flavors probably aren’t as good as they could have been. Next time I go I’ll try the grilled beef, as Kathy recommended that.

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dolsot bibimbap
restaurant: Korea House
notes: Korea House is the only Korean restaurant in town. (There’s also Goody Monster in a food court, but that’s not a sit-down sort of place, and has odd hours to accommodate students.) I always love dolsot bibimbap! I took this picture after I’d mixed the contents of the bowl together — was really eager to start eating. 😉

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carne asada papas 
restaurant: Doug’s Day Diner
notes: This was so satisfying and hearty to eat after biking 30+ miles. 🙂 Mound of roasted tri tip with green and red chile and poached eggs served over a mountain of hash browns. 🙂

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mussels & clams 
restaurant: centro latin kitchen
notes: This version of mussels and clams used chorizo, beer, pasilla chile, kimchi, and orange. I always love these types of dishes… and there’s lot of yummy broth.

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fish and chips
restaurant: ella fine diner 
notes: The fish was nice — I would have preferred actual french fries (or potato wedges) instead of these very fried chips but I still gobbled everything down. Kyle got the chicken-fried steak, which I tried a bite of — I think it was a good rendition of the dish, though I just don’t think the flavors of chicken-fried steak really appeal to my palate.

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craft lager & apricot fruited belgian pale ale 
brewery: upslope brewing company
notes: I got the apricot beer, after asking what the sweetest beer on the menu was. It still wasn’t sweet enough to me (not by a long shot!) and I didn’t think it tasted very apricot-y either. 😦 I think I liked the craft lager more, as it was more drinkable.

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vibrant chicken with a spicy tomato sauce and buttery basmati rice with kale and onion
recipe: 660 Curries
notes: The rice was so good! The recipe called for the rice called for spinach but I subbed kale since that’s what I had on hand. The chicken dish was good but not as exciting because I’m so familiar with the flavor of chicken with Indian tomato-based sauces. Still very good and satisfying though, and good to eat for lunch throughout the work week. 🙂

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old-fashioned blueberry cake 
recipe: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/oldfashioned-blueberry-cake-recipe.html
notes: This tasted rather “healthy,” though not in an unpleasant way. I ran out of molasses so I filled the remaining bit of the 1/2 cup measuring cup with maple syrup instead.

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golden turtle potion, gluten-free donut eyes, gluten-free pear coffee cake, and smoked trout with sweet potato and greens
restaurant: Shine
notes: I really liked Shine! I’ve been wanting to go to Shine since before I even moved to Boulder (I was doing restaurant research as soon as I found out I’d be relocating for work). It makes me happy that the entire menu is gluten-free. Next time I think I’ll get the eggs benedict, because it looked like that was a bit more food. 🙂

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big kahuna belly buster
restaurant: Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ and Taphouse
notes: Holy cow, this was a lot of food! This platter included a full rack of St. Louis ribs, a whole chicken, 1/2 pound brisket, 1/2 pound pulled pork, 4 large sides (green beans, baked beans, yam fries, and coleslaw), 5 pieces of cornbread, and 5 pieces of white bread. It was meant to serve 5-6 people and somehow the three of us finished it all… ahhhh, sore tummies!

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