Adding the vegetables to the broth and the herbs to the matzoh ball mix was a great idea. So was making the matzoh mix into 12 as opposed to the reccomened 9 balls. I even brought some in for a coworker this morning and he loved it =)
After a good beer and conversation here, we headed to BXL East, an oldie but a goodie. You may remember from a previous post a visit to the Mussel Pot, which was not recalled with fondness. The reason is because we have begun to compare all mussel places to THIS mussel place. Between the tastiness of the mussels, the plentifulness of the portions, the abundance of delicious beer choices and the relative reasonability of the price, I just don't see why we even go anywhere else for our beer and mussel nights.
Haroset (or Apple, Walnut, Honey Dip)
Ingredients (from the left): cinnamon, ginger, splash of red wine (3/4 glass?), apples (6 small-medium sized), walnuts (chopped).
Not pictured: honey, agave nectar (sub for sugar!)
I brought some of this to work too but I suspect it's appearance might put some people off....
I then spent all day worrying about how I was going to get everything together, but it all worked out. Here it is boys and girls!
Herbed Roasted Potatoes
This is a combination of 6 red and 6 yellow potatoes, each about the size of a tomato. They're all cut into about 6 pieces and thrown into two baking dishes (it doesn't have to be a single layer, not piled all on top of each other!)
Into the oven they went, 450 degrees. It's supposed to take 45 minutes but really it took a lot longer since we had to lower the temperature to cook some meat and kept opening the oven to check on things!
I still wouldn't consider these "healthy" but with only a small bit of olive oil (I'm guessing about 1tbsp total for all of these potatoes) and just some seasonings, it probably doesn't get much better for potatoes.
Here's our roast. It's a beef rib eye round (I've never heard of this before either) which is kind of a midpriced meat. Boyfriend received a meat thermometer at our housewarming party so we've instituted the "Man Make Meat" rule in our household. This bad boy is sitting on a bed of onions and a few unchopped garlic cloves, seasoned VERY liberally with salt, pepper, garlic powder and rosemary (dry).
The thing bled like crazy but was actually kind of overdone =( Guess we'll only take it to 135 degrees next time?
It was enjoyed by all but then, Boyfriend's family likes their meat cooked fully through. I like mine to practically moo at me!
I used a grill pan on medium heat and when they were softening up I poured on some balsamic vinegar and lemon juice.
Notes on asparagus: when trimming your asparagus, take one piece of asparagus and bend it till it snaps. The part that snaps off is the tough woody stem that is practically inedible. Trim the rest of the asparagus accordingly.
Notes on lemon juice: Usually I use the stuff that comes in the plastic yellow lemon but we happened to have run out and had a real lemon rolling around in the bottom of the fruit drawer. If you're using a real lemon, make sure to squeeze it cut side up so the seeds don't wind up in your dish!
2 sliced bananas on matzoh.
That matzoh at 12 o' clock didn't get bananas and is just a piece of matzoh covered with chocolate and walnuts. Still delicious.
Notes on melting chocolate:
I. Fashion yourself a double boiler. You can do this by simmering water in a pot and 1) holding a smaller pot over it or 2) putting a glass or metal bowl (NOT PLASTIC) over the simmering pot and that way you don't have to hold it at all!
II. Make sure there is no water in the top pot/bowl or the chocolate will behave in a strange way! The chocolate will do all the work for you.
III. Place whatever you're drizzling/covering with chocolate on wax/parchment paper.
IV. To drizzle dip a spoon into the melted chocolate mix and just wave it over whatever you want to drizzle. Leave yourself plenty of extra paper on the sides, this can get messy. Drizzling is the easiest way to make something look decorative and altogether pretty.
Well folks, this was a pretty hefty post. Tonight's post will be short.