Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

My Summer So Far!!
August 6, 2009

Alright, so I haven’t blogged in four months!! I know! Lots of things have happened in the meantime and I don’t even know where to begin. I’m also pressed for time, I have another 15 minutes and then my babysitter is leaving.

Yes, babysitter. I have a neighbor (at least he’s a neighbor for another month or so) that I can trust with Andor and I’ve had him over three times now to watch Andor while I try to have some down time. However, as my luck would have it, It looks like his family has bought a house and are moving in at the end of this month! What then?!?! I finally find someone that I can trust to watch Andor and he’s moving away. Grrr. Arrrg. He claims that his mother will drive him here for a weekly thing, but I really don’t think that that’s going to happen really. It sounds like they have a lot of renovation on the house, and then he will start school again.

I don’t know what I’ll do. Andor requires ALOT of interaction, and I have reached my limit. I need time to decompress and write, or read, or just stare at the wall for a couple of hours a week. It’s unnatural for a grown-up to play 17 month old games all day! In order for me to be a better mom, I need more alone time.

Anyway. Andor finally decided that solid food was better than nummies and eats way more regular food. He still nurses plenty, but over all he asks for food more and nummies less. He loves to swim (he is part fish) , and run, and play with legos. He is talking up a storm.  He just loves a kitty of any kind and would pretty much chase one all day long if he could.

Also, Abra and I have planted a garden and it has grown up and started to produce. It is great! We have been eating plenty of fresh produce from it! It has been utterly satisfying to grow food. I hope I have a chance to grow my own food from now on. It’s nice.

Also, Abra is due on the 8th, in two days, so there is a new baby soon! Oh how exciting it is. She is ready for the baby to come, so, now we just wait…I have been given the task of making food and taking pictures at the birth.  She is having a home birth and it will be nice to document.

Lastly, Cal and I have applied for work at Breitenbush Hot Springs. I’ll keep you updated!! If we get it, we’ll move there. It will be interesting.

Love you gotta go!!

Lorenzo’s
February 1, 2009

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Lorenzo’s is truly one of Portland’s best Italian restaurants.   The food is honest, simple, and fresh.  Lorenzo cares deeply about your taste buds and truly wants you to eat well and enjoy yourself.  These days you will find him back in the kitchen, cooking every dish, with the love and attention that you can see and taste in every plate.

The salads are dressed to perfection, the pasta is toothy, and the sauces are fantastico.   The restaurant itself has undergone a few changes for the better, growing up and into it’s own.  The deli style counter service has changed to full a full sit down service and the chalk board of specials is now given to you table side by a waiter, making the whole Lorenzo’s experience more relaxed and yet, somehow, more formal.

The addition of a full bar in the back, where the deli case used to be, is great for watching the action in the kitchen.  The drink specials are straight forward and absolutely affordable.

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My lunch of an organic salad tossed in red wine vinaigrette, bread with oil and vinegar, a giant rustic raviolo of the day, and a glass of Montepulciano was perfect.  The raviolo had roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, prosciutto (added for $1 more), a silky cream sauce and fresh sage and toasted almonds.  No kidding, all of this for $13.50!  I was full, happy and relaxed and spent a little time just taking it all in on the big comfy couch.

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Besides the great food, no one seemed to mind that my son, 10 months old, was with me.  In fact, you might say that Lorenzo’s and Lorenzo himself are quite child friendly.

I highly recommend the food here.

My Birthday Dinner
November 14, 2008

 



George took me and the girls (Ocia and Abra) out to dinner for my birthday. We went to Lorenzo’s at 3807 N. Mississippi Avenue of course. I can’t help myself, it’s so good.

Go and eat, really.
If you’ve been before go again.  There have been some really nice changes made to the front of the house.

Go now.

Eat.

Seriously.

Nap time
March 26, 2008


Breastfeeding has it’s challenges. You don’t go into breast feeding thinking you’ll “try it out”, you have to commit. Last night was a good example of why you can’t just dabble in it. Andor needed to eat once every hour and a half for at least twenty minutes at a time.

It took a certain state of mind to keep from getting frustrated from the lack of sleep. I keep myself optimistic by remembering that breastfeeding is superior to bottle feeding; that Andor will be smarter, stronger, more immune, and better equipped because of it. I remember that the weight that I gained during the pregnancy are reserves for nursing, and that those pounds will melt away if I continue to eat well, and breastfeed. I remember that we are both worth it and that a few minutes of lost sleep are nothing compared to the lifetime of consequences from bottle feeding.

So we nap. We nap frequently throughout the day to try and balance it out. Neither of us mind.

Last Night out for a While March 14 73/366
March 15, 2008

George, Abra’s boyfriend, was a darling and took us out to eat. We went to Masu Sushi! It was really good, seriously. We ended up ordering far too much sushi, but managed to eat nearly every bite because it was just so good. I can’t remember exactly what we ate because I didn’t really there to review really, I went out, to go out. Though, the picture here is of the seared scallops. If you want more information about Masu Sushi go to http://masusushi.com/ the website is excellent.

Flowers and bi-valve mollusks sum up beautifully where I am right now in my life, though, I have no way of explaining that, so you’ll have to just believe me. Tonight was probably the last night out for me for a while. I will be taking care of myself and Andor. I don’t consider this a burden, so don’t feel sorry for me. I just think that it’s worth noting.

Heres to tiny babies and future nights of really good sushi.

Children with Knives February 25 55/366
February 26, 2008

 

I had to re-visit this idea today. My original post, here at https://camillet.wordpress.com/2008/02/11/cyan-gets-a-cooking-lesson-february-11-41366/
created quite a stir at Baby Center. Someone created a thread discussing children using/learning to use knives and posted my blog as the reason for the discussion. Here at http://boards.parentcenter.babycenter.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?tsn=1&nav=messages&webtag=bcus14426&tid=3482

I can’t help but laugh at the irrational responses from some of these ladies. I really recommend reading the rants. Get back to me about what you think! By the way, no one included me in the discussion, I found out that the thread existed because I was checking out my blog stats and came across a link to baby center.

Anyhow, I spent my day thinking about absurd fears, so I had to post this mock movie poster in response.

My and Abra’s response to the thread is posted below.

Mine:

Hi. I’m Camille, the woman who posted the blog about teaching my friend’s four year old how to cut with knives. I would have liked it if the referrer had taken the time to include me in on this conversation by leaving a comment on the post informing me of it’s existence. I fear that my response is now delayed, but I can’t help but respond, even if untimely.

I have taught Cyan how to properly hold a knife and to cut vegetables for a year now. I am not afraid of knifes or meat; I refuse to instill fear of meat or knives into my own child (unborn) or other people’s children. Many of the responses to my blog, and the question posed, seem utterly irrational! Please, let me explain.

The size of the knife he is using is the correct knife for the job and a reasonable size for his hands. The chefs knife is only 8″ long and weighs virtually nothing. He can control this size knife as well as a 6″ and a pairing knife with ease. He is very comfortable with these knives.

Teaching him to use a knife is not crazy, as Krista responded, crazy is telling him that he’s going to cut his fingers off or injure himself! Children will self preserve, not self destruct. Franzose21 said that her son even said, “mommy, I am serious when I say I won’t cut myself”!” He was speaking for almost all children!

Your children are not as inept as you are trying to make them believe that they are. I think that that is sad. Sure, some children are better coordinated at a later age; one oughtn’t try to make a child, who is incapable of concentrating seriously on a task, cut up vegetables with a knife. However, by four your child is coordinated enough to handle a marker, a pen and a knife, if you show them proper technique. Furthermore you must stay with them, guide them, and be calm! Some of the responders sound rather uptight about even touching meat, rather than properly using a knife.

As I said before, I am a chef. I handle meat, knifes, fire, fry oil, hot ovens and heavy objects for a living. Teaching a child to use a knife is easy! However, teaching an adult to overcome irrational fears is very difficult. I recommend that all of you take a knife handling lesson from someone! There is a proper way of holding and using knives, as well as proper tasks for different knives!

Cyan knows what to cut and has never, I repeat, NEVER cut himself with a knife. He has never used a knife for anything other than cutting and if you ask him what knives are for he will tell you that they are for cutting vegetables and meat and cream cheese. We do not make him believe that he is incapable of doing this task, and so he believes that he can do it, and lo, he can.

Abra’s response:Yes, children should be allowed to use knives. Humans have been allowed to use sharp objects since the beginning of our evolution. Human children have amazing coordination if you believe in them and do not instill FEAR at a young age.

It sounds to me like most of the mother’s that have posted here have a serious fear of knives themselves. It always amazes me how little faith we have in our children’s abilities. The more you tell your child that THEY CAN’T or that YOU’LL CUT YOURSELF the more likely they are to believe you. Children live up to your expectations. If you tell a child something they’ll believe it. Instill doubt, fear and lack of ability at a young age and your child will believe you. Your child will always be afraid, just as you’ve always been afraid.

The child in the picture on Flickr is my son Cyan. He’s been using a knife since he was three years old. He was of course started on a small pearing knife and then moved to a larger chef knife. He has NEVER cut himself. He has always been supervised by a responsible adult and been carefully trained how to use a knife properly. This is a life skill that EVERYONE should know. No one has ever advocated that you should give a young child a knife with no training and walk away. NEVER! Seriously.

Humans have a strong self preservation instinct if you don’t over-ride it with your own deep seeded fears. I assure you that your child is NOT suicidal, they don’t want to hurt themselves. It just doesn’t make any sense. If human children were suicidal we would have died off a long time ago.

Look at any tribe in the world and you’ll see kids that are barely walking using knifes, bows and arrows, climbing trees, swimming in rivers etc. They have fewer accidents than kids in America because everyone around them has faith in their ability to preserve themselves.

Be afraid and your child will be afraid!

Bar Convivium February 19 49/366
February 20, 2008

Bar Convivium

http://www.myspace.com/barconvivium

535 NW 16th Ave.
Portland, OR 97210
503.284.6200

Lorenzo Daliana strikes again. This time he’s on the edge of the Pearl and he’s opened a bar! The food is bar fare, with a twist (you’ll see) and the atmosphere is smoke free and clean and warm and inviting. Scattered all around on table tops are games like yahtzee, scrabble and backgammon; there is a shuffle board, pinball and pool! The whole place sends out that comfortable vibe that makes you feel like you ought to stay a while, have a bite, and relax. Try going to happy hour, between 5-7 for 25% off the food menu! Did I mention that the kitchen is spotless. So nice.

The Menu:
Basic Burger and Fries 7
Grilled Bratwurst with Baked Beans and Chips 9
Seared Ahi Tuna and Avocado in Inari Pockets
with Sticky Rice and Asian Spinach Bamboo Salad 9
Grilled Marinated Flank Steak
with Fries and a Bleu Cheese Green Salad 10
Portabella and Asiago Raviolo
with Caesar Salad and Focaccia 9
BBQ Tofu Sandwich
with Coleslaw and Fries 7
Chicken Breast Tacos (2) 3
Baked Brie with Roasted Garlic 5
Veggie Dog with Kraut and Chips 4
Pork and Vegetable Pot Stickers
with Sweet Chili or Spicy Soy Sauce 5
Caesar Salad with Focaccia 5
with grilled chicken breast add 2
French Fries 4
Chips and Salsa 4

I had the Baked Brie with Roasted Garlic, which also came with water crackers. The Brie Wedge is roasted until it’s melted through and roasted garlic cloves are sprinkled around it and topped with good olive oil and a little pepper. Simple, easy, and super yummy.
I also tried the Seared Ahi Tuna and avocado in Inari Pockets. This dish is for people who like to play with their food! The Tuna is seared and diced and tossed with the avocado in a little soy and stuffed into little tofu pockets. Seasoned perfectly on it’s own, however, try adding a little of the siracha and pickled ginger and a few bamboo shoots to a pocket, and the flavors build. Keep adding and combining till you run out of food.

I’m pregnant right now, and so, I wasn’t able to try out any of the house drinks, this time around. I had the ginger ale, and it was very perfect. According to other bloggers and food reviewers, the Manhattan rocks! There is a wine selection but I forgot to get that info. Go find out yourself. Here’s the mixed drink menu either way.

The Drink Menu:
Hot Roman Soldier
Tia Maria and coffee with a float of sambuca and whipped cream
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Bridge City Blueberry Tea
Stash Orange Tea with Di Saronno Amaretto and Cointreau
7
Manhattan Rose
Makers Mark Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Bitters, and two Amarena Cherries
8
Old Fashioned
Muddled Orange, Cherries and Sugar, shaken with Jim Beam and served on the rocks.
6
Singapore Sling
Beefeater Gin, Slow Gin, Orange Juice, Cherry Brandy and House made Sour, served in a pint
6
Chintuckey
Makers Mark Bourbon, and San Peligrino Chinoto, served on the rocks.
7
Zombi
Sailor Jerry Rum, Orange and Pineapple Juices, and a float of Bacardi 151
7
Negroni
Campari and Beefeater Gin with a Splash of Sweet Vermouth, shaken and served with a twist
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Drop
Stoli Citros with House Made Sour, Sugar Rim and a Cherry
7
Angel Martini
Monopolowa Vodka with Frangelico, Grand Marnier, and a drop of honey.
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Red Racket
Cranberry, Grapefruit, and Cherry Juice with a Splash of Soda over ice.
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The prices are very right! Where else in the Pearl can you eat and drink for those kinds of prices? Just think of how many $10 mixed drinks you’ve had in the Pearl that were mediocre at best. No more!

The Haps at Bar Convivium:

Faggottron every 4th Friday! With Rad! Solomon and guests. For more about this go http://www.myspace.com/solomondj

Bingo! Seriously, I forgot when, so you ought to call and find out.

There are prizes! Lorenzo even hams it up. It could be fun!
SIN Poker Night.! I can’t remember if he told me when this was going to be for sure, but this would be awesome! You should call and harass the staff for SIN Poker night info!

Jesus Shut up!
Ok fine. Ok, just go. The prices are great, the staff is good looking, and the cook will give you yummy bratwurst, and all the while you can play a game of pool or shuffleboard, etc. The music was great Very appropriate for the atmosphere.

This could be the coolest place to be this summer. I’m just sayin’.

Go.

Visit Lorenzo’s, Lorenzo’s other kitchen on Mississippi!

http://www.myspace.com/lorenzoskitchen

Eat Pray Love February 16 46/366
February 17, 2008

    

I just started reading this book. I’ve laughed out loud, big belly laughs, several times already! Sometimes I have a hard time reading books like this. I get hooked on the writing style and try and make it last. Sometimes It’ll take weeks to get through a 200 page book if I like it. I read one or two pages a day, drawing out our time together.

It’s a sickness.

Anyway. I got a little sun this morning and read while I waited for Cal to wake up. Breakfast included grapefruit, almonds, wheat crackers with cheddar and prunes. Oh, and also a giant glass of water.

Yum.

Cyan gets a cooking lesson. February 11 41/366
February 11, 2008


Cyan, who’s four, has been cooking with me for about a year now. He’s learned quite a bit, and he doesn’t shy away from trying any sort of food. He can handle a knife, and isn’t afraid of a hot pan. He can make his own sandwiches and salads, and has no issues with washing his own dishes. He’s very self sufficient.

No, I am not afraid that he will hurt himself. He is quite capable of keeping himself safe, as are all children with any amount of self esteem and self confidence.  He cut nearly all of the vegetables in this soup, and didn’t cut himself with a knife. He cut the meat, the potatoes and the celery, leaving for me the carrots and onions, only because carrots are really tough to cut and onions make his eyes tear.

He was so proud while he was cutting. He kept saying, “this is very good for me” and “I’m learning to make my own food” and finally, “I’m growing up to be a man.” It’s good to teach children. It makes them feel good.

January 31 31/366
February 1, 2008

    

Today was pretty much boring. The exception was the food. Ocia and I worked it out with a little Dover Sole poached in fresh orange and butter, curly Kale salad with red onions and raisins, lentils du puy, and basmati rice with toasted almonds! Yum. We ate! It was lovely.

The rest of the day was pretty much along the daily day normal. Which is nice. I’ve never really understood what the daily day normal day stuff was really like until now. I’ve always thought that if you didn’t work, you weren’t living, or didn’t deserve to, one way or the other.

I suppose that learning that I deserve to live, even if I’m not working, is a damn good lesson, so, maybe today wasn’t so daily day!

Eat well.

Ribs January 27 27/366
January 29, 2008

    

Yum.

Dry rub ribs to sit overnight with a goodly amount of:

Coriander
Cumin
Chili Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Sage
Ginger powder
Sugar
Salt
Pepper
Leave some for sauce.

Wrap ribs in paper and refrigerate overnight.

Set oven to 375
Dust off excess rub.
Braise, in beer, covered in foil, for at least two hours.
Uncover and continue to cook until falling off the bone.

Sauce:
Use juices left in braising pan and add to it more beer, juice (i like prune), the leftover dry rub spices, and reduce until thick.

apply generously to ribs.

Sometimes I broil them until the sauce is caramelized, sometimes I don’t, either way, yum.

Eat

Eat Fruit 16/366
January 17, 2008



I never used to reach for fruit. If I had a craving for anything fruity I had a glass of wine. I’m serious! I counted a glass of wine and a little cheese as a healthy serving of something.

Since I am a tiny house right now, I eat fruit instead. Loads of fruit, more fruit than I think I’ve ever eaten, ever. I like it very much! Apples with peanut butter, bananas and yogurt, grapefruit that glistens like jewels, and tiny sweet mandarin’s! I can’t get enough.

I’m going to make rice pudding and almond milk this week.
I’m just sayin’.