…for something nice to drink, but before I dash into spring, a couple of odds and ends.
I. Check out my Spam Musubi post over at Serious Eats. Recently I’ve been hovering between musubis and Korean fried chicken cravings. Thank god it is no longer banana or bread pudding, or any sweet for that matter – my teeth are eternally thankful.
II. Sunday night supper once again confirmed that Don must be the best cook on the planet. In but a few hours, he pulled together a fantastic dinner for Shann and I: butternut squash risotto with roasted chicken, artichokes, and maitake mushrooms, shallots and rosemary to round it out. First time I’ve had fresh artichokes in my life, the world is crazy. You see what I mean when I say I no longer have any desire to eat out when he cooks?
III. I had my first taste of Korean Fried Chicken last weekend with much thanks to Don. Paired with nori and rice (crispy bottom included ^_^) and a double dose of Law & Order, it was the beginning of a dangerous addiction. The craving hit again this morning, and I met up with Robyn, Tina, and Helen at the BBQ Chicken restaurant for an afternoon feast. Thighs, legs, wings and breasts, we took it down with biscuits, along with very strange and unusual sides of “spicy creamed corn” and “pepper muchers” which bore no evidence of peppers but were in fact breaded and fried sticks of potatoes and cheese. But oh god, did the chicken satisfy, hot enough to burn with a crackly crust and steaming sweet tender innards. Robyn can surely tell you more about Korean fried chicken. I was completely content for three whole hours following lunch, and now I’m craving it for dinner again.
IV. Why has it taken me 21 years to discover the glories of maple candy?! Don pointed to four glass jars at the Greenmarket on Saturday, “maple candy” he said. Pale brown and mildly sweet, the appearance led me to believe it was a hard candy. But nope, I was far off. A bite in and the little brick crumbled oh-so-gently, dissolved and melted away into pocket puddles of maple glory.
Hope the week is going well for all!
BBQ Chicken & Beer
232 7th Ave
NY, NY 10011