Archive for February, 2013
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending an Herb Garden Workshop at Contigo put on by the Wellgro Co. Not only did I learn so much about what I was doing wrong with my plants and how to keep them alive, but I got to support students at Travis High School, meet lovely Austinites, and have a delicious lunch prepared by Chef Andrew Wiseheart at Contigo and some of the Travis High students. All around, an incredible 2 hours spent on a Saturday.
For a more in-depth look at the workshop, head over to this blog post from my friend Chris. He captured the event in such a wonderful way.
*all photos taken with iphone
Yesterday Crystal and I had a work meeting at Josephine House to talk about our BookPeople signing. This place was adorable. It’s small, but it makes great use of the space. And I just love the bright feel in there. And the food and drinks.. wow. I had a simple citrus salad, but the dressing on it was incredible and just brought so many unique flavors out. It was so refreshing, and exactly what I needed on a hotter-than-normal February Austin day.
*photos a mix of iphone and Canon SLR
It’s a little less than two weeks until the Austin Chef’s Table book comes out.
But until then… I thought I’d post this image of duck meatloaf that didn’t make the book, but I still love.
One of my favorite snacks to make is roasted edamame. It’s fun to eat, and when you add red pepper, it’s a lovely combination of spicy and salty.
Here’s how I made it:
I took a bag of frozen edamame and boiled it until it was tender. I drained the water out. While the edamame was finishing boiling, I took out a wok and heated up a couple of tablespoons of oil in it. Once the oil was hot, I added a couple of shakes of red pepper flakes, then I added the cooked edamame. Once it really started cooking, I tossed it every minute or so until it seemed done (as you can see in the photo above, some of it should have those lovely roast marks, and some still kinda green). I salted it all, then tossed it again to distribute the salt and done!
Yesterday, Crystal and I met up to talk about events for our upcoming book, and we found ourselves at Perla’s. The weather was absolutely perfect yesterday, so we sat outside on their patio (wearing sundresses!) and had a fabulous time, trying out oysters from PEI, eating calamari, and sipping on cocktails.
I headed over to Clark’s Oyster Bar yesterday for drinks + snacks with friends. Even though I was tempted by their raw oyster menu, I wound up getting the Oven Roasted Gulf Oysters, which were delicious. But the big surprise for me was the burger. I tasted the burger, and I can safely say I will be getting that the next time. It was so juicy and flavorful. Who would have thought an Oyster Bar would have such a fantastic burger?
The interior of this place is amazing. I tried taking a few photos of the food and atmosphere, but these are just iphone photos, so not the greatest. But I hope it still gives a little snapshot of the loveliness!