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Russian-style

October 30, 2008

Today, this colombian investment banker that works with us told me he would take me out to lunch. I didn’t eat breakfast, so I was like starving to death by 11 am. I was frantically looking for him and had zero luck finiding him in the office. I then heard he was in our new CEO’s office for the past hour and I kind of got concerned that he was being fired – in which case I wasn’t getting my free lunch. . no he is a good dude though.

After finally exiting his meeting, he proceeded to tell me he was too busy to take us to lunch but gave me his credit card and told me to order for myself and for Dave. We decided on Pop Burger – they just opened up another one in midtown east. I got a HUGE chicken sandwich and onion rings – that sandwich almost killed me, but it was so delicious. I love that sauce pop burger puts on their sh*t. mmmmmm yummy

So tonight, my friend Njeri was coming over and I promised her I would make her russian-style fried potatoes. I I kind of try to pretend like I am watching my carbs ever since I think i gained 5 lbs in Barcelona eating all that bread, but hey… I cannot say no to potatoes. I can eat potatoes and tomatoes until I turn blue. I decied to make her a simple-russian-people-economy-class dinner. I bought 5 lbs of potatoes and 4 lbs of tomatoes.

The potatoes are basically fried carbs – can’t go wrong with that. Basically, I peeled the skin off and cut out any weird brown parts. I then cut the potatoes into thin strips (I like them really thin, the thinner, the better they taste, as far as I’m concerned). I put them on a pan with sunflower oil (typical russian-people oil) (olive oil will do as well though). I fried them and when they got soft (but not yet brown), I added onions (that are cut about as thick as the potatoes). I fried the potatoes and onions untill they turned golden and then I added salt.

As for the tomatoes, KC HELPED ME CUT THEM (I have signed KC up to help me cut things in the kitchen). So you cut the tomatoes, onions, just add salt, olive oil (I like the dark-green intense flavored one – especially the one I brought back from Spain) and two drops of white wine vinegar. (its really not even necessary, but I was in the mood).

And thats it. Typical russian people dinner. I obviously had to take a few shots of vodka to really finish off the dish.

Njeri, KC and I talked about boys, sex, trashy young pregnant chicks and other highly inappropriate things, as we laughed hysterically at the halloween costume I picked out for our puppy.

Apple Rosemary Chicken Night

October 29, 2008

So – my friend Felicia suggested that I start a recipe blog after I psychotically sent out pictures of a dish I created last night to all my friends and started giving them all the recipe whether they wanted it or not. I kind of thought it was a good idea.

I’m kind of obsessed with food. I think about it all day long. I love cooking not only because it relaxes me, but because I just love being around food. Shoot, I even love grocery stores. Being surrounded by food makes me happy. Food and vodka is even better. Food vodka and good company = I’m pretty much in heaven. Oh. and a doggie.

Anyways, so I just came back from Barcelona 2 weeks ago. The food there was so delicious. People there eat huge footlong ciabatta sandwiches at 4 am on the street with no shame and I love it. Chorizo is dope too. There was this one chicken restaurant by my friend’s house that sold only roasted chickens. Normally I woudl think that was boring, but being as everything in Barcelona is closed on Sundays and it was the only place open, we went and got them. Those chickens were so amazingly delicous. They tasted like rosemary and had apples inside them as stuffing. The meat was pretty much like falling off the bone and melting in your mouth. So of course I have been thinking about that chicken ever since I came back here and last night I decided to recreate it.

I had chicken drumsticks – I kinda didn’t wanna f*ck with a whole chicken. I also had apples and a bag of onions, so I was on a mission. So…

I rubbed salt on the chicken drumsticks. I heated up oil on a pan and added rosemary to it. I then threw the drumsticks on the pan for just a little bit to brown the skin. I then cut up apples, onions and a little bit of garlic and poured the oil in which i browned the skin of the chicken on top of the mixture. It became basically like an apple, onion, garlic salad with the rosemary oil dressing. I also added salt and more rosemary. (my trick to adding salt is to pretend like the whole thing is laid out flat and to make sure every area is lightly covered, so i flip the mixture in a bowl enough where I think I have every area covered). I then laid the apple onion salad mixture onto a baking pan and placed the raw, but browned drumsticks on top and baked it at 400 degrees for about 50 minutes (or untill the chicken is done).

Guys – when I tell you it was one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted, I am not lying. My friend from work, Chris came over and me him and KC (my roommate) just sat there and pigged out till the pan was empty and we dipped our fingers in there and licked it clean. Literally.. Here is what it looked like…

so yeah – that was it for last night. (wow i am a nerd)