Lamb Chop’s Play Along

So I’ve cooked a few chops in the last year, and I love them. Lamb chops can make a man melt. My favorite method, unsurprisingly, is roasting them. Wether in an oven or on a grill, it requires some careful technique and skill, but the end result is always worth it. I prefer the oven as it allows for a controlled temperature throughout cooking. I’ve also seen a prior marination does wonders for buying some insurance during cooking.

Rubbed with herbs, roasted in the oven.

Rubbed with herbs, roasted in the oven.

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Dublin was a swell city. Full of sarcasm and cynicism, the Irish people tend to drown their sorrows (and celebrate their happiness) with a brew and a shot — so why break an age old tradition? Join in, I say! And join we did. We did some site seeing – drunk, I might add, saw the main brewery and distillery and then took a trip to a shore town called Howth for a day hike and some seafood. One night we did a pub crawl with the youth hostel…they really like classic rock music.

One day/walking/history tour we took took us past a farmers market where I are the best pie-thing ever. It was a chicken pot pie with spinach inside topped with sliced potatoes (of course…it’s Ireland) and sliced almonds. There was a lovely glaze finish on top and it was served with a delicious chutney made from tomatoes, raisins and cumin. I think the chutney could have used more spice, but the locals don’t eat almost any spice.


Water’s tagline is “a pint’s a pound the world around.” I think Guinness’ tagline should be “a pint’s a pound…just drink it you clown.” it really does taste better at the source in case anyone was wondering…and so light! I want the beerlines in the picture below installed in my house instead of water.





Jameson was great too, but I do love my scotch above all else. Still, it was great to see a whiskey distillery for the first time.



I thought it would be hard to write a post about a trip on which I went six months ago, but the beauty of taking so many pictures (and having a good memory) is that it all comes back!

I went on this trip with one of my best friends and the goal was to just relax ad see the sights. If you cant relax in Amsterdam, there’s something wrong…I’ll just leave it at that. Surprisingly, there were some nice food bites I tried, which I would like to share.

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Long Overdue

I’ve been a busy bee for the last few months and my lack of discipline in writing is something I want to fix. Over the past 4 months, I’ve been to Amsterdam, Dublin and Switzerland; eaten some outstanding meals in New York, and recently attended a lecture at the Food and Wine Festival. I will be posting the rest of this month to document my experiences. A lot of the focus will be on food, but there were some excellent and interesting non-food experiences I would like to share as well.

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A Little Friday Night Dinner

Will update this post later. Made ratatouille and baked zucchini fries. Meg made a chocolate almond tart with raspberries on top. Tasty evening.




Googa Mooga!

Went to Googa Mooga on the Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I tried horse bologna. The VIP package fell short of the price, but we managed to get super close seats to Bourdain! :-) my hero and inspiration in narcissism and awesomeness. One day, good sir, I will do what you do minus the tv show.


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Another Lovely Weekend

Pasta again it seems. If i can figure out how to upload a video, I will. Will update this later


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Mother’s Day Weekend

What a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. It has been a while since I have been to my parents’ house, and even longer since I have been able to cook all weekend. Friday night, after coming home from NY, my mother made some exotic Indian fare — millet wheat roti, okra and yellow lentil soup. Very delicious. I learned how to make roti as well, although my mother is considerably better at it than I.

Almond Cake
While cleaning the dishes, she was telling me about an Almond cake she made earlier in the week that had no flour and no (explicit) sugar. But she said it came out a bit flat (later I learned it was because she got lazy and didn’t whip the egg whites! =P). I decided to whip up a batch then and there. The recipe is here at Anja’s Food 4 Thought. I think it turned out wonderfully. I only made a few small changes: added 1/4 tsp of vanilla essence and orange essence and instead of toasting and grinding almonds, I used almond powder which resulted in a finer (cake-like) texture, but no toasted almond flavor.


More deliciousness after the jump!
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Scalini Fedeli

SO many pastas were harmed at this dinner at Scalini Fedeli in NYC. This was a complementary mushroom ravioli with truffle cream sauce.

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Went to Milo’s last night and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Fish market below


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