I know, I know...soup often isn't top of mind as we head into the warmer Spring and Summer months but this soup is so refreshing because of the fresh lemon that it really works all year long. The original Bon Appétit recipe doesn't call for the addition of Spring peas but I think they brighten up the dish even more. I also made a few other small tweaks, so my adapted version is below:
|Sunday:||In San Diego!|
|Monday:||In San Diego!|
|Tuesday:||SavoryGirl’s Tortellini Soup|
|Wednesday:||Basil Quinoa Cakes with Grilled Asparagus and Chickpea Salad|
|Thursday:||Leftovers: Tortellini Soup|
|Friday:||Breakfast for Dinner|
Since the menu is a bit light this week, if you need some additional recipes feel free to check out my recipe archives and menu archives.
|Sunday:||Roasted Pork Loin with Stuffed Squash Blossoms and Dandelion Greens|
|Monday:||Grilled Halibut with quinoa and asparagus|
|Tuesday:||Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup with Spring Peas & Spring Onions|
|Wednesday:||Leftovers: Pork Loin with Roasted Purple Cauliflower & Salad|
|Thursday:||Leftovers: Chicken & Orzo Soup|
|Friday:||In San Diego!|
|Saturday:||In San Diego!|
The rest of the week and early next week we'll be in San Diego to hang out with good friends for Memorial Day Weekend...probably lots of grilling and beer! If you need some additional recipes to get you through check out my recipe archives and menu archives.
The Big Easy, NOLA, The Crescent City…whatever you call it there's one thing that isn't up for debate. New Orleans is one of the greatest food cities around! Rather than try to put it into words, I thought a photo journey through our recent trip would be more appropriate. If you missed them, check out my New Orleans Foodie Itinerary and New Orleans Nightlife Guide.
Go ahead and take a spin through our foodie photo tour below…you'll be planning your own foodie visit to New Orleans in no time!
First things first…breakfast. SavoryGirl's favorite meal of the day. I have to say that any city that serves grits alongside most breakfasts is an immediate win…but beyond the creamy, buttery grits we had some amazing breakfast. Pulled Pork Cakes over Mustard Greens with Poached Eggs Creole Hollandaise, Grits and a Biscuit (EAT). Strawberry Shortcake Cornmeal Pancakes (EAT). Banana Fosters French Toast with Boudin Sausage (Surrey's) Yup, this is a fantastic breakfast town!
I love me some oysters and I have to say New Orleans had some of the biggest, plumpest oysters I've had in a long time. So salty-sweet perfect and plentiful…which means cheap! If I had more time I would have had oysters every day I was there…those you see above are from Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House…sit at the bar, order a drink and enjoy the atmosphere of local oysters being shucked and served right before you. I really loved this place and highly recommend it.
|Sunday:||Italian Vegetable Stew|
|Monday:||Leftovers: Papaya Salad with Grilled Shrimp|
|Tuesday:||Leftovers: Italian Vegetable Stew|
|Wednesday:||Leftovers: Italian Vegetable Stew|
|Thursday:||Mexican Style Tofu Scramble with tortillas and fruit|
|Friday:||Leftovers: Mexican Tofu Scramble|
Then we'll have some of our yummy Papaya Salad leftovers from late last week with grilled shrimp and then since I'm at a local conference this week Christian will have the Italian stew leftovers for a couple of nights. We'll finish the week out with a spin on our typical egg tacos, but this time substituting tofu for the eggs. It's another new Bon Appétit recipe and since I pretty much love anything Mexican I'm sure I'll love it and I hope you do too!
|Sunday:||Indian-Spiced Chicken with Chickpeas & Spinach|
|Monday:||Flounder Poached in Fennel Tomato Sauce with Quinoa|
|Tuesday:||Leftovers: Indian Spiced Chicken and Rice|
|Wednesday:||Asparagus & Leek Frittata with Sweet Potato Home-fries|
|Thursday:||Leftovers: Frittata & Home-fries|
|Saturday:||Spicy Thai Green Papaya Salad with Grilled Shrimp|
We're starting off the week with the new recipes...both from past issues of Bon Appétit that I finally had time to catch up on during my plane rides. The chicken dish is pretty straightforward although it does have quite a long ingredient list, most of which you'll have if you have a well stocked pantry. The flounder is a nice easy weeknight dish, but instead of using jarred marinara as the suggested base I'll likely use canned San Marzano whole tomatoes and crush them up with my hands. A bit fresher and more authentically Italian.
We end the week with a seasonal frittata and then a culinary journey back to our Thailand vacation where we learned how to make traditional Som Tam while in Chaing Mai. Som Tam is a spicy thai green papaya salad...not like the sweet stuff you get in the Thai restaurants here in the States. Nothing like a yummy trip down memory lane for a fun Saturday night. We'll get some Thai beer and maybe even make mangoes with sticky rice for dessert...hope you join us!