Hooray for Friday! It only took eleven years getting here. Here’s what we had this week:
Deli sandwiches for 9 kids at home; a variety of foods for parents and Corrie on the road
On Saturday, we were at the excellent Bridgeport Catholic Women’s Conference, being well-fed spiritually and foodily. Note to other conference organizers: they offered a nice, long breakfast, and then snacks and drinks were available until lunch, and then snacks were available until dinner. That is how you have a women’s conference.
We weren’t able to stay to hear the third speaker, and Corrie was so buggy that I only heard part of the second speaker, Damon Owens. I went to chat with him afterwards, and said how disappointed I was not to hear the final third of his speech. He said, “Oh, it was like the first two thirds, except louder.” Heh. (Great speaker, by the way. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear him.)
On the way home, we stopped at a restaurant which always intrigued me, because it’s called “The Marina On the Water.” It’s a good name. And thorough! Do they also serve bread rolls, and will the waiter see you to a chair seat in the sitting area?
It turns out that the waitresses were friendly, the water view was spectacular, the food was mediocre, and it cost and arm and a leg and another arm. And Corrie spent most of the time on the foyer and bathroom floor, screaming “NOT NOT NOT, MAMA!” and pouring water into her lap. Here she is in happier times (right after and right before screaming):
I think my face conveys something of how much we enjoyed that meal. Anyway, we both ordered grilled swordfish sandwiches with pesto mayo and sweet peppers. I had coleslaw. The overwhelming sensation conveyed by every aspect of our food was: Do not forget that you are in Vermont.
Let’s just say our taste buds not only refused to tingle, they all yawned elaborately and muttered something about turning in early.
Pan-seared salmon burgers with pesto mayo; sweet potato fries; cole slaw
Yep, I decided to redeem the previous day’s meal, and I succeeded. I bought a dozen of those individually-wrapped, frozen salmon steaks from Aldi (they are wild-caught) and pan-fried them according to this method from The Kitchn. They were swell. Ooh, that crisp seared skin.
I mixed tons of bottled pesto into some mayonnaise, and served it on toasted rolls with spinach.
My daughter made the coleslaw, nice and tart. Her recipe:
1 cup Mayo
1 cup White vinegar
Half cup Lemon juice
Half cup Sugar
1 head cabbage
A few carrots
Mix wet ingredients. Add wet to shredded cabbage. Add sugar and stir. Grate carrots and radishes and stir in.
Very satisfying meal.
Hamburgers, chips, salad
I have no memory of Monday. On Mondays, my world is restricted to whatever I can see through a clean spot in the grimy windshield of the van.
Sausage, pasta, and onions with meat sauce and parmesan
As usual, I made enough to feed a battalion of marines. As usual, they ate enough to make an almost-visible dent. I don’t even know why I made this dish.
Grilled Cuban sandwiches
This has been on my list forever. I’ve never had a Cuban sandwich, so I guess we can call this a New England version. First I roasted a pork using this simple, tasty method from Cook The Story (which I will use again. It turned out moist and flavorful, and would have been great as a stand-alone dish.
I used thick sourdough bread, and assembled the sandwiches in this order:
Buttered sourdough bread
More Swiss Cheese
Buttered Sourdough bread
I grilled them on both sides, then pressed them hard with cans and grilled them again.
I like how the recipe suggests using a kitchen press, or a brick. I think they are trying to sound tough. “Yeahhh, just grab one’a dem bricks you got lyin’ around yer kitchen, ya know? Or brass knuckles, yeah, dat would do da trick, too.”
Chicken nuggets, carrots and cukes, hardboiled eggs
I put this one the table and then went to go close my eyes for a minute for three hours. Then I got up, had a mug of wine, and went back to sleep for another eight hours. Don’t hate me. I’m so far behind on sleep, I’d have to spend 23 hours a day sleeping and live to be 125 years old before I got caught up.
Quesadillas, tortilla chips and salsa, mangoes
That’s the plan, anyway.
Tell me about your lackluster restaurant meals, especially ones you redeemed at home!