I hope that all of my American readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We didn’t do anything fancy to celebrate, but I sure was thankful for the four-day workweek! My million-point list of things I’m thankful for also includes this gorgeous city…
I made the toffee candy for a work birthday party, this time following the original recipe.
I think my version with graham crackers and pretzels is better, the saltines got a bit soggy.
I reread To Kill a Mockingbird this week in anticipation of starting Go Catch a Watchman and cried on the train at least ten times.
TKM is one of my favorite books but I had forgotten what a fabulous writer Harper Lee is in the few years since I had last reread it. Atticus is my all-time favorite character. I love him even more than Ghosh from Cutting for Stone.
“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions,” said Atticus, “but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
With treats from the birthday party… including pie made with fresh coconut
Or with pumpkin applesauce and biscotti.
This week’s coffee – Community Coffee’s Breakfast Blend with skim milk and sugar.
Cafeteria lunch salads. Romaine, blue cheese dressing, carrot, cucumber, tomato, olive, pickle, black eyed peas, and pasta salad.
Romaine, ranch, carrot, cucumber, tomato, olive, pickle, corn salsa, cheddar, and chickpeas.
Romaine, blue cheese dressing, carrot, olive, tomato, cucumber, corn, cheddar, and cole slaw.
And home on Turkey Day I was thankful for yogurt bowls.
Plain Greek yogurt topped with cranberry sauce, pomegranate, chia seeds, and praline pecan maple granola. Best bowl of the year.
I also had a ridiculous fall shandy – gin, maple bitters, simple syrup, lemon juice, and cider.
Dinners were all about the bird! We cooked turkey breasts in the crock pot on Sunday and then shredded them into meals all week.
Turkey tossed with TJ’s whole-wheat butternut squash goyza on top of sautéed shredded Brussels sprouts with pecans.
Topped with gruyere cheese and cranberry sauce.
Turkey tossed with bbq sauce on a brioche bun (toasted with Smart Balance) with cranberry sauce and goat’s milk brie.
With roasted green beans on the side. Year’s best sandwich!
For Thanksgiving dinner we decided to go super traditional – nachos. TJ’s stuffing flavored kettle chips topped with turkey, gruyere, smoked paprika, and cranberry sauce.
With hericot verts roasted with shallots. So much better than the usual meal! Plus pumpkin pie,
Friday night, once the turkey celebration was over, Adam and I went on a dinner date in the Lower East Side. Coffee while we walked around Chinatown.
Ice cream at Ice & Vice. Milk Money = toasted milk, sea salt, and chocolate ganache and Shade = smoked dark chocolate with caramelized white chocolate ganache. I’m usually not one for chocolate ice cream but this was fantastic.
Then dinner at Mission Chinese Food. With complimentary dumplings to start.
I ordered the Tea Ceremony – matcha, melon, and fizzy wine.
We shared the green papaya salad with smoked chicken, green tomato, peanuts, and pickled tea leaves.
And I ordered the spicy peanut noodles, with cucumber, mint, and numbing oil.
They were chewy, savory, and beyond tingly; numbing oil is good but intense! The mint was really wonderful with the spice. All in all a good meal, though not as epic as the thousand-plus articles I’d read about the restaurant would have had me believe.