First Photo Friday
Let’s call this a February retrospective.
I mentioned a while back that there might be some changes on the blog as I tried to better manage my time. Part of that plan included the occasional use of more pictures. Well, as February comes to a close, I look back and realize how much I never shared with you all.
Usually the pictures simply serve as reference points for me. More of visual note-taking than actual photography. Still, I’m going to share these today in the hopes that some might prove to be either helpful, inspring, or illuminating.
My hopes are probably way too high for snapshots. We’ll just have to see how it goes.
So you may have heard that Dante’s frozen yogurt is now my favorite place in the region to go for the stuff now that their spoons don’t make my mouth feel like it’s under attack. Well I’m also a creature of habit. And pretty much this is what I get every time I’m there.
It’s just a wee little bit of tart yogurt dressed with some crushed blackberries, canned mandarin orange segments, and a little bit of Gatherer’s granola. My favorite part is how the blackberry juices freeze onto the yogurt swirl and create little ice crystals. Notice how empty the cup is. I love being able to get a modest serving of a sweet treat. This usually sets me back about $3.50.
February I ate a lot of oatmeal. I’d make a big batch overnight in the slow cooker. Then I’d put the leftovers into cylindrical bowls. They made these dense hockey pucks of steel cut oatmeal. In theory I could have put these in the oven to warm through and eat. But I had another idea.
It took me a while to master frying oatmeal in the cast iron skillet. It’s harder than you would imagine to build a crust like the one above. The secret is barely any oil in the pan at all. Pretty much I would pour in a little oil, work it into the pan with a spatula, and dump out the excess. After a while on medium heat, it would smell toasted and delicious. Then it’s time to flip. Taking the pan off the heat for a minute before flipping gives the oatmeal a chance to release a bit so that all this hard earned crust doesn’t get scraped away. Time intensive, yes. But it’s delicious.
Remember how we were talking about Stewart’s eggs? Well, this is one of theirs. It’s poached and served on top of a roasted medly of winter root vegetables from the Schenectady Greenmarket.
Yep. Stewart’s eggs on top of organic produce. Honestly it would make me feel better if this egg were raised using the more humane practices found in backyard coops. However this egg is every bit as delicious, with the rich golden yolk I require. Seriously, the eggs I have gotten from the farmers markets haven’t looked this good. Maybe I’ve been getting the wrong eggs.
Maybe you can guess where this is from. You know, since there is really only one Mexican restaurant I ever talk about in the region. Hello La Mexicana Grocery & Restaurant. Your tacos make me so happy. This is a beef one and a chicken one. But there’s a catch.
That beef comes from inside the mouth of the cow. Yep. It’s the lengua taco. Now that doesn’t look so scary does it? Let me tell you, the texture is rich from the melted collagen in the muscle that yields after long slow cooking. It’s quite beefy and remarkably pleasurable. To balance out all of that pleasure I was compelled to have a straight chicken taco, because you know, diet.
Finally, I offer this snapshot as a public service. I captured this specimen at The Kosher Choper on Central Avenue in Colonie. People keep complaining about not being able to find good Black & White cookies. I grew up with these cookies in Brooklyn Heights, but despite positive childhood memories, they don’t really hold any appeal for me as an adult. To each their own.
If you get real close to the screen, you’ll notice these are made in Brooklyn. Maybe these are the cookies you’ve been looking for. Maybe they aren’t. But at the very least I thought someone might be interested to know they’re here.
Don’t forget that today is the last day to vote in the Metroland poll. Also you may want to consider checking back on Saturday and Sunday just in case I’m able to pull off a certain giveaway. No promisses though. Negotiations are still under way. But I’m cautiously optimistic.