We haven’t done a Sunday Suppers post in awhile. Actually, we haven’t had a true Sunday dinner in awhile. On Sunday I decided to fix that and dove head first into a new cookbook (to me), Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen. I got the cookbook on sale a few months ago and only used it once.
We decided on Street Style Red Chile Enchiladas and a Crusty Chayote Casserole with Poblanos, Corn and Two Cheeses. I love chayote. I grew up eating it at least once a week in either a traditional Filipino soup or in a mixed vegetable sauté. It was one of my favorites growing up and I used to get in trouble for fishing all of the Chayote out of the soup pot.
So let’s talk about this meal. I had to buy what seemed like a lot of things and used literally every pot in the house. OK, not every pot but close. I LOVED the casserole so much that I decided that it we ever do a Mexican themed Thanksgiving, I would tweak the recipe a little and turn it into a stuffing. I would make this casserole again in a heartbeat. Of course I forgot to take pictures of it so you’ll have to make do with someone else’s picture.
Here’s a link to the recipe. Seriously, you’ll love it.
The enchiladas I could leave. We both liked them but I wasn’t sure they were worth the work. Actually, the red chili paste took the longest to make. It was a little bitter (which was noted in the recipe) and I think could have used some salt. I had plenty of leftover paste that I froze, so I ‘d probably attempt this recipe again (maybe with chicken) and see if I like it any better. Actually, what I did like was the crispy salad of romaine coated in cider vinegar, radishes, white onion and cilantro on top of the enchilada. It really brought it together.
I was going to make Micah’s April pie, Mexican Chocolate (actually Guatemalan) Cream Pie but was so pooped from dinner that I couldn’t muster the energy to go make into the kitchen.
In addition to Sunday’s dinner, Micah and I had some good eating last week. We check out a local restaurant, Poppy, during restaurant week. We always try at least one place during restaurant week but it’s always hit or miss. Half the time the food that’s served isn’t something that’s typically on the restaurant’s menu. It’s usually cheaper to make and not as good. I’d rather a smallish portion of something good that really exhibits what the restaurant is good at than a large portion of something that’s blah.
Poppy was not Poopy. It was delicious. Here’s a little description of the restaurant from it’s website:
jerry traunfeld’s capitol hill restaurant brings a new style of dining to the northwest. jerry’s inspiration comes from the “thali,” a platter served to each guest holding a variety of small dishes. poppy’s menu borrows the idea of the thali to present jerry’s own style of northwest cooking, highlighting seasonal ingredients, fresh herbs, and spices. it’s a modern northwest tasting menu served all at once.
Micah wouldn’t let me take pictures of his meal so you’ll have to make due with just mine.
To start, I went with the poached oysters with sorrel sauce. Normally I’m not a fan of stuff on my oysters beyond a granata and I like my oysters raw. These babies were luscious and delicious and made me wishing I had 10 more.
I would have licked the shell if it was allowed.
Next up I went with the 7-item thali that included lavender duck leg with blackberry sauce and fingerling potatoes, celery root and truffle soup, radish and grilled spring onion salad, yams with sour orange, swiss chard gratin, rhubarb pickle and nigella-poppy naan.
OH GOD. I can’t even begin to tell how amazing everything was. Even the radish salad and pickled rhubarb was really good. The duck was perfect and I could have eaten the swiss chard gratin forever.
I wasn’t sure I could move let alone have anything else but I managed once I saw Pistachio and Cardamom Crème Brulee on the menu.
I seriously have no words. Again, if licking dishes wasn’t frowned upon, I would have done it.
Poppy was a great pick for restaurant week particularly since I got all that food for $28. I actually would come back again for a non-restaurant week meal. Their prices aren’t bad and the food and service was stellar.
Oh yeah, and two Saturdays ago we had the Mushroom Party. It turned out well and the food was a hit. My favorite was the Escargot style mushrooms that my friend Amy got from the amazing Amanda of Doubly Happy. This is going to be in our regular rotation forever. I’m in love with it. You can do so many things with it. We served it with toasted baguette slices and later had it over a grilled steak.
As usual, I was in such a rush that I didn’t take a picture of the table or all the offerings. I did manage to get a shot of some of the mushrooms.
A HUGE thanks to our friend Jer who hooked us up with over 10lbs of 6 different kinds of mushrooms. We had so many we had to give some away.
The food this week isn’t turning out to be so bad. Micah finally got his pie for March (yes, I know it’s April), a turkey bacon, sweet corn and green onion creation.
Not the prettiest thing I’ve ever made but it was good and healthy (from Cooking Light).
We followed the savory pie with a trip to Full Tilt Ice Cream where we picked up a pint each of Green Tea and Mango & Chili Ice Cream. SO good. Their green tea ice cream is one of the best I’ve ever had. And the Mango Chili was perfect.
Geez, we’ve been little pigs these last few weeks. We don’t usually eat like this and we didn’t/don’t eat like this every night. I think we’re actually having salad and sharing a baked potato tonight.
Anyone else have what seemed like a big eating week?