Sunday, January 27, 2013

An eventful Sunday

For a while I was so busy/tired I didn't go out and do much of anything on the weekends, but that seems to be changing. I visited the San Jose Museum of Art today with a friend, and afterwards we got gourmet french fries from the Little Chef Counter. I got poutine again... this time, with shredded braised short ribs. Delicious, as expected. I've gone to the farmer's market in Mountain View two weekends in a row, and they have just as much of an abundance of produce as they did in the summer. It's really remarkable. Last time I got kale, some kohlrabi, a butternut squash, a variety of apples, a pomegranate, some tangerines, some grapefruit and some daikon. Today, I got more grapefruit, some blood oranges, another pomegranate, a couple Asian pears, some more apples, some carrots, some yellow onions, some green grapes, and a head of cauliflower. It's so fun to just browse the aisles, try the samples, and decide what new and interesting thing to get each week.

I couldn't decide what to do with my butternut squash at first. Make a soup? Maybe. Make some fritters? Tempting. Fry it up in chunks and add it in with some kale and melted Monterey Jack cheese for quesadillas a la The Pioneer Woman? I thought about that too. In the end, though, I turned to my Smitten Kitchen cookbook by Deb Perelman, one of my very favorite bloggers, and made her butternut squash and caramelized onion galette.

I knew it would take a while to make-- from making the dough, to peeling and chopping the squash, to roasting the squash in the oven, to grating the cheese (Fontina cheese, which I actually kind of had to search around for to find, but it was worth the effort), to caramelizing the onions with butter, olive oil, and a little sugar and cayenne pepper, but it didn't take quite as long as I thought it would. It actually probably takes longer to make a nice, quality quiche. More vegetables to chop.

Anyway, this dish was fantastic. I was surprised how big it came out, but it'll be great to take to work for lunches, perhaps with some kale salad. Super healthy, to be sure.

Mine came out almost exactly like the one in the book. I just forgot to get some fresh thyme to sprinkle on top, but I used dried rosemary instead. I can see myself making more variations of the galette in the future, or other savory tarts. I used to be so intimidated by making crust from scratch but it's actually really easy, even without a pastry blender or a food processor.

It's great to feel inspired to actually bake/cook dishes that take some time and effort. At some point I'd really like to make Boeuf Bourguignon.. also involving a lot of steps and preparation, but I know the amazing flavor would be worth it in the end.

Hope my readers had a nice weekend too! :)


  1. OMG You were not kidding when you said you baked your butternut squash, sorry I hadn't read your post until now...What a great recipe!

    How have you been Jen? Just stopped by briefly, will be back later and read carefully it looks awesome!

    Bye for now ((((((((hugs)))))

  2. Oh it's alright Meesh, I just posted it last night :). It is a really great recipe and I'm glad I decided to make it.

    I've been doing alright, just busy even though I had some time off school. School has started again and I can tell my new internship is going to keep me quite busy. I will try to keep doing things I enjoy on the weekends though. How are you?

    Talk to you later :) *hugs*

  3. Am doing much better thanks...without boring you to tears, will briefly explain. I had posted it on my “Facebook” but thought it best to take it down, until it is 100% resolved.

    Winter driving at times sucks, this will be my second “close-call”. Shortly after Christmas I (or my car) got side-swiped , but get this, it was a police cruiser who plowed into me. My car was wrecked, my knee was jammed, etc. The policeman tried to charge “me” for not yielding him the right of way...he claimed he was going on an emergency call.

    Fortunately, I have a friend who is my next door neighbour and also a lawyer (soon to be my BFF) ...he’s looking after this for me. Yielding the right of way? There was a snowbank...anyway. I am healing car —> not. Will talk later. Am a bit tired, yeh I know it’s noon here. But this fiasco has been an emotional/physical whirlpool.

  4. Oh wow, I hope you are doing ok Meesh. I am glad your friend is helping you. Hopefully everything gets sorted out soon.

  5. It’s good, I’m very lucky:

    1) I was alone - no one else harmed

    2) a car is only medal a *thing* that can be replaced

    3)Wintertime, so I won’t be wearing shorts - because slacks hide knees

    4) I have insurance

    As much as I thought it was wrong to be charged, there was nowhere for me to go, except drive into a snow bank. So the police cruiser rammed into me. I was just going to pay the fine and get it done with. Normally I am a fighter, for others, not necessarily for myself. My sister insisted that I look into it... I was just too tired, just wanted it over and done with.

    My neighbour came to me, as he spotted me on crutches. We spoke, or I told him of what had happened. He’s a lawyer, he pointed out that, by being fined and pleading “guilty” especially in these circumstances where I was not at fault. Yes I pay a fine but my license would be affected - demerit points. Thus insurance rates would most likely go frightfully up... he’s been super good and taking charge for me, at pro-bono.

    Just having a time-out from work and mending...Boy, I just want this behind me. This year winter has been a bit harsher with snow. As for the policeman, who *claims* he was going to an emergency call. Bill, my friend said that he’s looking into this and it seems there were no *emergency* Now this is what I didn’t/don’t want is to prolong this by taking it to court.

    As I mentioned physically I am mending well. Should this go to court it will be months down the road, unless Bill talks to the DA and comes to some sort of a deal/agreement. He’s optimistic, me, not so much, I’ve been raised that police do no wrong, I guess it’s that authority complex. We’ll see.

  6. Yes, it sounds like you're doing your best to just try to get past it. It really bugs me when police abuse their power to harm others or not take responsibility for their own actions. Hopefully justice will prevail.

  7. Some excellent menu ideas all around, Jen...great pics too

    But as much as I'd enjoy some gourmet french fries w/my favorite hotdog trimmings, am more than a bit saddened to learn of Meesh's unfortunate circumstances. Am certainly relieved though that her guardian angels swooped in in a timely fashion to save her from serious harm/injury.

    Back next week to catch safe you guys.

    1. Thanks Al :). It was nice to post about some blog-worthy experiences again. I'm glad Meesh is doing alright too. We should all be grateful we are here to see another day.

  8. Jen, I felt intimidated with the police officer, actually he was nice enough... But a (over) six foot man dressed in black (looking like Darth Vader) coming to the car...after being "smucked" by his car... Scared the heck out of me. LOL

    Al, thanks for your nice sentiments...yes, I have a good guardian angel.

    I just have to get the nerve to drive again, yep I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about driving. Time, I'm sure will get me back in the groove again.

    Thanks again, it's a day by day recovery, I'll be A-OK.

    1. Yeah, that's the thing about police officers... you definitely can't mess with them, no matter how unfair they may seem.

      I hope you are recovering more and more each day, Meesh.. best wishes *hugs*