I think it is officially fall – hooray! Woke up early, walked to the Greenmarket for fresh clams and mint. Lunch: Melissa Clark’s recipe of linguine with littlenecks, roasted tomatoes and caramelized garlic. Sounds simple enough, and yet so luxurious. It’s a blessing to walk up University Place in the mornings, the quiet allows for time to think, even if only for a few short blocks. An honest email (always appreciated) I received from a longtime reader was on my mind. She said this blog feels less “real” than it used to, back when I just moved to NYC and everything was exciting and more…spirited.
So I’ve been combing though my archives and unnerves me a little to see that maybe she is right. In some ways at least. If you look through the older posts – the really old ones, everything had genuine energy. It was also a lot more personal, and I’m still trying to find a balance between professional and personal (six years blogging, you’d think I’d have this part down at the very least). She ended the email with, could it be you’re jaded?
That is the worst possible answer: jaded. People who live here love to say that they’re “jaded,” like it’s a good thing, like it makes them a Real New Yorker. If that’s the case, I’m working on it, working on the process of un-jading. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. There’s so much change and constant discovery in NYC…if anything, the people who live here should be the least jaded ;)
By the way, you really have to try this pasta recipe. It was my first time cooking with clams (!!!) and certainly won’t be my last. Tiny tomatoes are roasted with smashed garlic in the oven. Lots of white white, olive oil, fried garlic, red chili flakes, and a finish of torn fresh mint. Involves more effort than the pasta dishes I usually make, but well worth it.
So. While we ponder more, let’s get apple cider on the stove. I like the one they sell at Red Jacket Orchards. Slide in a cinnamon stick. And make at least one valiant attempt to to get through my
pile mountain of unread books. All that’s missing is a fireplace.
And the evening? It’s been a while (over two years, in fact!) since I’ve had a cave day. So that what I’ll be doing. Light those 007 Tocca candles – obsessed! Chicken soup with extra carrots (one day I’ll start making my own stock), and baguette with this Fourme d’Aigle blue cheese on the side.
Off to find our copy of Two Days in Paris…fairly certain Pierre buried it in the closet after I watched it one too many times. Julie Delpy is seriously awesome and the movie is set in Paris, love indeed. Have a good weekend everyone.