Just an update on the delicious food in my life lately.
I’m still obsessed with pho.
Can’t get enough. I’ve been eating it at least once a week. There is a great Vietnamese place near my work, Pho Do Thi, that I’ve been hitting up. Just a tip if you are getting pho beef soup for takeout – ask for your beef to be cooked well done. If you are eating your soup in the restaurant the hot broth will take care of cooking your beef, but for takeout orders pho places typically give you everything separately (e.g. beef, noodles, vegetables, and broth). I find by the time I get back to my office and assemble everything, my broth isn’t quite hot enough to cook my beef to my liking. I’m sure it’s safe to eat either way, I’ve never felt sick after eating my pho soup, but I like my beef to be a bit more well done (unless we are talking steak, and then medium rare all the way).
A couple of weekends ago we spent the night at Evan’s nana’s in Belleville, so you know what that means… Lentils and curry!!!!
We were celebrating Evan’s mom’s birthday that weekend, and she requested curry for her birthday dinner. I think I am going to have to start requesting it for my own birthday dinner. Evan’s nana really makes the best curry, and I could eat her yellow coconut rice every day of my life. Brotherman was also in attendance, so he made his famous Brotherman’s Slaw. It’s been a while since I’ve had it and I forgot how good it is. Evan and I are going to have to start making that.
We brought Evan’s nana back with us the next day as she was planning on staying for a couple of weeks with her sister (Auntie Booj as the boys call her) who lives near us. To repay her for her delicious curry dinner, we invited Nana and Auntie Booj for dinner at our place.
I take no credit for this dinner, all I did was bake the bread that came frozen in a package. Roast beef and vegetables in the crockpot, Evan’s bean salad (whole green beans cooked and tossed in garlic, oil and vinegar and then cooled), pickles, horseradish beet slaw that Evan picked up at a European deli (really good), and PC cheddar and herb buns. Delicious. The ladies were raving about it. I was telling my coworker about this dinner and she was all “If I lived with Evan I think I’d be about 400 pounds.” I know. It’s tricky not to be. Thankfully he usually cooks healthy foods.
One night last week for dinner, Evan and I decided to check out an Afghan restaurant called Bamyan Kabob. We had been driving by it for months and always commented that we needed to go there, so we finally made it.
I got the tandoori chicken kabob, and Evan got the kofta kabob (lean ground beef), both came with rice, salad, and two huge pieces of delicious naan bread. God I love carbs. It was really good, especially the rice actually, it was very interestingly spiced. We were trying really hard to figure out what the spices were and I think it was the addition of cinnamon that threw us off. I would never think of adding cinnamon to my rice, but somehow it worked. Evan was obsessed with it and I will bet good money that he is going to try to recreate that rice spice at some point.
And yesterday Evan was working in my area so we decided to meet up for lunch. He has been raving about this German grocery store with a huge deli that would be a convenient distance for both of us, Brandt Meats, so that’s where we went.
Cabbage roll, beets, and potatoes for me, shnitzel for Evan (obviously I had some of that), and some giant pretzels on the side. Ahh European food, I love you! My cabbage roll was so good! You know, up until a few years ago I really did not like beets, but now pickled beets make me very happy.
The deli also had a crazy dessert display, so many pastries. So could not pass that up.
A cookie that tasted very close to one of the strawberry sugar Peak Freans, and an apple strudel.
Okay and one last thing… Evan’s nana and Aunti Booj brought this PC butter chicken lasagna over for us when they came for dinner the other night.
Interesting combination, but okay. We busted into it last night for dinner. I wasn’t sure what I was going to think about it, but you know what? Not bad! My first bite was weird because I forgot what I was supposed to be eating and my brain and tastebuds were not on the same page – is this lasagna, or is this butter chicken? But after that I just went with it and had an enjoyable experience. I think we might be buying it again in the future.
And that is food lately! Have a great weekend!