Monday, June 28, 2010

la tangerina

the hotel we booked in tangier looks killer. it's called la tangerina. it gets me all shook up!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sugar Snap Pea Salad

I'm back in the swing of things with this season's CSA. I received such a great selection of items the other day, I got bummed that I'll be leaving it for 6 weeks!

I received:
a half dozen farm fresh eggs, some of which I'll soft-boil for breakfast tomorrow.
a bunch of radishes, which I'll probably add to my breakfast with salted, buttered toast
a head of bibb lettuce
a head of red leaf lettuce
a bunch of kale
a bunch of rainbow chard
a bunch of cucumbers
a few zucchini
a bunch of parsley
a pint of sugar snap peas
four pints of cherries
and a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers and snap dragons

My boss will be out of town this week and I get to pick up her CSA as well! Eager to see what I'll get!

I made the most delicious salad tonight using some of my sugar snap peas. I actually lifted the recipe from an unforgettable dish I had at Roberta's recently. It's incredibly simple: cooked sugar snap peas with picked onions, topped with mascarpone. I used a lovely, oil-marinated feta that I had at home instead and it worked just as well. I also used this picked onions recipe from David Lebowitz, which was simpler than imagined and left me with a jar of picked onions I'm eager to devour. Unfortunately I didn't take a photo, just scarfed it down. It's really easy to try, though, so just take my word for it.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hideous Kinky

Watched Hideous Kinky last night to get me pumped for Morocco. I like the way Kate sleeps with her hippie daughters. That's how I'm going to sleep with my little girls when and if I have them.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

summertime is for sweethearts


Looking for long dresses to cover me up in Morocco. I adore this one.


Did I tell you that Billy and I are going to Morocco? Because we are! On July 26th. And we're never coming back...

Just kidding, we'll be back. And that's just Part 1 of our six-week long adventure! Stay tuned to hear more. Meanwhile, anyone been to Morocco? Tips? Riad recommendations? Guides?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sofia Strikes Back

Eager for this.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Just watched the harrowing documentary STRANDED: I've Come From a Plane That Crashed in the Andes.
Bone-chilling. Speechless.

Monday, June 7, 2010


Bought a brand new bathing suit today for the first time in years. Seriously, maybe 4 or 5 years. Isn't it adorable?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Recent Cooking

1. Mussels for One by Jennifer of last night's dinner. This was my first time making mussels and they were sumptuous. So much so that I made them twice in one weekend.

2. Spaghetti with Ramp Pesto, Asparagus, and Peas based on the Amateur Gourmet's recipe. Very simple, easy to make, and tasty. The sweetness of the peas is an amazing complement to the garlicky ramp pesto, which may otherwise be overwhelming. I love ramps! Unfortunately, this recipe is strictly seasonal.

3. Grilled Skirt Steak with Artichoke-Potato Hash & Black Olive Aioli from my favorite cookbook of all-time (thus far), Sunday Suppers at Lucques by Suzanne Goin. I've been wanting to make this for nearly a year now. It was incredible and well-worth it.

4. Moroccan Chicken with Carrot-Puree by none other than Suzanne Goin. I found this recipe in Saveur and decided to whip it up for myself one night, so I skipped the carrot puree for the sake of effort. This is one of my favorite new dishes to make. It is incredibly flavorful and complex for how easy it is to prepare. Now that I have a jar of harissa in my fridge, I plan to make it regularly.


I watched Surfwise last night, an awesome documentary about the Paskowitz family, led by Dorian (Doc) & Juliette, who raised their 9 children (8 boys and a girl) in a 24-foot camper that they drove around the country through the children's formative years. Doc espoused a holistic lifestyle, keeping the family on a strict sugar-and-fat-free diet, instructing them to surf daily, and refraining them from entering into the public school system. The film is inspiring and heartwarming. It makes you yearn for the hippie-ish atmosphere of the west coast and makes you itch to learn how to surf. It also invokes in you a sense of liberating autonomy regarding child-rearing, reminding you of a more animistc approach to raising children, far and away from what has become to be considered normal. It made me want to have a nine little puppies of my own. Just kidding. But, maybe...

The children are also gorgeous--Doc is Jewish and Juliette is half-Mexican, half-Native American, so you can imagine what a stunning tribe they made.

Friday, June 4, 2010

mermaid dreams

i've always wanted to be a mermaid. like that darryl hannah shit. give me a tail, i'll go swim with humpbacks in a second.

thanks, sar!