Food I Like


Photo by: Sarah Marie Miller

I try to make “Food I Like” lists on days I’m happy.  It’s much harder on sad days.  On sad days, I don’t like any food.  I’m an “emotional-starver” (as in I lack appetite, not starving to death).  I need these lists to help me eat on days when I forget how.

polenta and chard. salmon with leeks. french toast. tunafish pasta. caramel corn.

The lists do not have to be healthy, just remind me that I love food.

macaroni and cheese. latte. hamburgers. pesto linguine. salmon patties. mashed potatoes. peas. tajine. chicken tiki masala. bruschetta. chai tea. chamomile tea. lapsang souchong.

The way I see food is consequent of the way I see life.  Sometimes I look in the pantry and think there is nothing, NOTHING to eat.  Even though there is a grocery store 1/2 a block away.

ice coffee. tahini and chips. raw macaroons. kombucha. goat cheese wontons. spaghetti. goji tea.

On a sad day I’ll look to cookbooks for inspiration to eat but the food is all so complicated, it’s better just to consult my lists.

Sometimes I draw a picture of each food as I think of it.  By the time I finish drawing I usually have another food come to mind, then slowly, a list.  My options are there, things I love are there on paper for me to acknowledge.  I can’t say there is nothing when I’m looking at a list of everything.

fish taco. baked chicken. chicken salad with golden raisins. black bean burritos. bagel with tomato and cream cheese.

I feel empowered writing down the food I enjoy. I think making a food list would make anyone happy.  Certain food brings to mind family, events, parties, nights on the couch alone knitting… the notion that you are what you eat.  What are you?

Here’s another song by Local Natives from their latest album, Gorilla Manor.  Love these guys.

… and something about 10 times more up-beat by Voxtrot, Keenan’s latest fave.

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Mashed potatoes, salmon patties and peas

Mashed potatoes, salmon patties and peas

This is one of my all-time favorite meals.  Mashed potatoes, salmon patties and peas.  I remember losing teeth to this meal.  My memaw made it for me at least twice a month growing up.  It reminds me of Halloween, Kentucky, the woods behind my memaw’s house and my family when we were joined at the hip.  This meal is perfect for fall-time dinners with the ones you love.

Mashed potatoes

4 russet potatoes
1 stick butter
salt
milk
an electric mixer with whisk attachment

Peel potatoes, rinse and cut into 1 inch sections.  Boil potatoes for 10 minutes or until you can easily cut them with a fork.  Strain potatoes and pour them into the mixer.  Add butter and salt.  Mix on low, then medium then high.  Slowly add milk until potatoes are fluffy.  Take it slow.  It’s easy to add more milk later, a lot harder to add more potato.  The ratio has to be juuuuust right.  It’s an intuitive thing.  You’ll just know.

Let the potatoes whisk around for a bit, remember to scrape the edges of the mixing bowl to make sure all the potatoes are being broken down and viola!  Mashed potatoes!

Salmon patties

1 can salmon
1 egg
1/2 pack Ritz crackers (This time I used rosemary flavored Triscuits.  It doesn’t really matter.)
Olive oil (any kind of cooking oil, doesn’t matter)

Drain and de-bone the salmon.  Add egg and crackers.  Put oil in a 10 inch skillet and set to low/medium heat.  Use your hands to combine the salmon mixture, form into 3 inch patties, place in pan.  Turn after about 5 minutes or until golden brown (like the one in the picture).  After heating on both sides, remove from heat and serve with your favorite catsup.  Yummy!

Peas

1 bag frozen peas
1/4 stick butter
salt/pepper

Defrost frozen peas by running cool water over them.   Place peas in a small pan over medium heat.  Add butter, salt and pepper to taste.  Once the peas are warm and drenched in butter, serve them with mashed potatoes and salmon patties.  So good!!

Great date food on the cheap too… and some date music.

Divine Caramel Corn and Idiot Glee

First, caramel corn is dooooooope!  Keenan and I wrote this recipe last night after messing up the one I took off the Food Network website.  Then I made a picture of it just for you.  Divine Caramel Corn is delish!  Mmmm… Have a go.

1/2 cup honey
1t vanilla
3T brown sugar
1/2 stick butter
1/2t salt
10 cup popped popcorn (plain)

First preheat you oven to 300 degrees.  After popping your popcorn, set it aside to rest while you make the caramel.  Combine honey, vanilla, brown sugar, butter and salt over high heat.  Boil for about 3 minutes.  Pour caramel over popcorn and toss until popcorn is coated and soggy.  Pour popcorn onto a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 10-15 minutes.  Let the popcorn cool completely, pour it into a goofy Halloween bowl.  Bon appetit!

And of course, some sweet sweet music.  A’cappella soul pop out of Lexington, Kentucky.  Idiot Glee!  So good.

Keenan’s Georgia Toast

Tomorrow is 10.10.10.  Celebrate with some yummy french toast.  This is seriously the best breakfast I’ve ever had in my life.  You’ll like it.  It’s not too hard to make, takes maybe half an hour- costs maybe $10 to make if you already have a bottle of Beam sitting around.  Make it.  Trust me.  Here’s the recipe for 2 people.

First the Peaches…

3 peaches
2 shots whiskey
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 stick butter
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
dash salt

Slice peaches and saute in butter.  Add brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir over heat for 10 minutes or until syrup forms and peaches are soft.  Add whiskey and catch it on fire, when flames go out, let the peaches rest over low heat while you make the toast.

Then the Toast.

4 slices brioche
3 eggs
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
dash whipping cream
salt
1 T butter

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, whipping cream and salt.  Dip bread into the egg mixture.  Smoosh the bread around a little until all the egg mixture is soaked up.

Over medium-low heat melt butter in a 10 inch non-stick saute pan.  Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown.  Maybe 2-3 minutes on each side.  Top with peaches.  You can also drizzle maple syrup, Aunt Jemima or creme fraiche on top if you want to.  Bon appetit!

Here’s some music for you to groove to while you work.  Thanks Krazy Kenny.

Tunafish Pasta Nite!

Keenan and I have been baking a lot lately.  Today we made banana/fig bread and pizza dough.  I feel like an alchemist making something out of nothing but leftovers and flour.  Keenan and I eat like kings spending less than 10$ a day on food between the 2 of us.  Knowing how to cook is crucial in an expensive city like San Francisco.  Today I bought dried black mission figs, wild rice, beluga black lentils (Lentil Stew Recipe) 2 boxes of black tea and 3 cans of coconut water for 20$.

Last night Keenan had to work late so I made a simple dinner for myself, tunafish pasta.  To make this dish I saute 1/2 an onion and 2 cloves of garlic in 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil for about 4 minutes.  I then add 2 cans of tuna in oil to the pan seasoning with salt, pepper, cayenne and bay leaf as I go.  I chop one can of whole tomatoes in sauce and add it to the pan. I add more salt, pepper and cayenne to taste as well as a good dose of honey to cut the acid of the tomato.   I simmer everything for about 30 minutes and combine with 1/2 a box of cooked angel-hair pasta, making sure to leave a little of the pasta water to help the sauce stick to the noodles.  Very tasty!

Shopping List
  • 2 cans tuna in oil
  • 1 can whole tomatoes in sauce
  • pasta
  • onion
  • garlic
  • cayenne
  • pepper
  • salt
  • bay leaf

Hour 10 of Adele Day

10 minutes ago I made an omelet, well, an almost omelet. I threw it away because I wasn’t hungry but now I’m eating a brownie. Why fight it. (Do rhetorical questions get a question mark?)

I feel like I could run because it’s cool and stormy out but I’m not going to. Instead I’ll watch a movie and look at apartments online. I’ve had enough daytime. Bring on the night so I don’t feel so lazy.

A Real Adele Day

Today I’ve got the house to myself. I just finished a painting. Pringles and beer for breakfast, popcorn for lunch. I think Dad and Kathy got this popcorn for health reasons, not for fun because it doesn’t taste, except for the bit I burnt.

I was thinking I might start another painting but the wind is so fucking annoying and I feel like I should stay out on the balcony because I’m so messy. Maybe I’ll take a nap instead.