Baby-sized cabbage from Horse & Buggy
So, this cabbage was literally the size of a 2 month old child. (BTW: when I say literally, I literally mean the word "literally". As opposed to the metaphoric way most folks are using the word literally nowadays. Pet peeve much? I think so.) I used half for an Apple-Cabbage slaw, and the other half for a variation on Deb's mushroom-cabbage galette. Mine included some ground beef and crazy curry spice. A quick note about this galette: I'll make variations of this over and over again this winter, but I've got some serious pastry opinions and am constantly tweaking. More pastry pontification laterz...
Butternut Squash with Green Lentils & Mint: evidently, this was a SmittenKitchen kind of week, and I found myself turning to Deb's fantabulous cooking blog almost every day. This week, I was catering an office luncheon to feature Horse & Buggy's produce, and I had the following to work with:
Other recipes I couldn't help myself from this week:
- Roasted Sweet Potato rounds with Thanksgiving on Top: I told you it was a SmittenKitchen-fest here in the Night Kitchen. I swapped walnuts for pecans, cherries for cranberries, and used fancy-pants walnut oil instead of olive. Uh, yum.
- The Best Deep Dish Apple Pie: look forward to a post on this, complete with pictures and a new, mind boggling-ly easy pastry technique. Promise.
- Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes: they were piling up in my fridge and I just WANTED them.
- Roasted Tomato & Green Bean salad: this was a last-minute brainstorm that was inspired and savory. Expect a post on this sweet-patootie too, once I get more green beans and find the damn camera.
Finally: last night? Mojitos. I made them. I drank them. They are inexplicably intoxicating, (and not just because they're alcoholic). And they aren't always, this is not a cocktail where you can just "wing it". I know they seem simple: mint, sugar, lime, rum. Except if you do it wrong? Mint-flavored cough syrup. For real. Its not pretty (personal experience perhaps?). Though to be fair, that's what happens when you let clowns mix your drinks (ask me later)....
Once I started the mint in my porch planter, I knew I'd have a lot of drinking to do. So, finally, after all that culinary de-briefing, here's the mojito recipe you've all been waiting for. You'll never curse your mint plant's precocious growth ever again.
The Best Mojitos - from All Recipes
These are portioned for 1 serving, so it ain't no thang to fix yourself an evening cocktail on a Tuesday. What?! Its fine, folks, just put your feet up, forget about the dishes and watch another episode of Mad Men.
10 fresh mint leaves
1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 cup ice cubes
1 1/2 fluid ounces white rum
1/2 cup club soda or seltzer
Place mint leaves and 2 lime wedges into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice.
again to release the lime juice. Do not strain.
Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice. If you have a kitchen scale here, its really helpful. Otherwise, measure your 1.5 oz. of rum carefully, otherwise risk the dreaded cough-syrup cocktail effect! Fill the glass with carbonated water. Stir, taste, and add more sugar if desired. Garnish with another lime wedge and a mint sprig.
|Just like Cuba in my kitchen. You know, without the communism.|
Ahh! Can't you hear the steel drums in the distance? Wait, that's Jamaica. Whatever, put on your swimsuit, crank some beach tunes, and finish doing your dishes. Seriously, don't leave that mess for the morning, no one likes to make coffee in a dirty kitchen. Go on, I'll wait.....
Now, don't you feel better? I know I do.