We totally missed the Perseid meteor shower this weekend since it was thunderstorming the whole time! Andrew and I had also made tentative plans to go to Newport, Rhode Island, as well to do the cliff walk, tour some mansions, and eat seafood, but the bad weather got in the way of those plans too. Plan B was still pretty good! We went to Queens to sample some northern Thai food at Lamoon Thai. I ordered a shrimp paste stew with vermicelli, pork ribs, blood cubes, plum tomato, and red cotton flower.
Andrew had a coconut curry with chicken and egg noodles.
Both were amazingly delicious! Next we stopped by Titan Foods to pick up a few Greek ingredients—feta, spicy olives, bread, and favas (not what we think of as fava beans, these are more like small yellow split peas). We bought a Greek rosé and ouzo at a nearby wine store, and then headed home to prepare a small feast. We’ve been married almost a year and still haven’t put together a wedding photo album, so it’s time. Last week we had barbecue and tasted rosé versions of two of our wedding wines while sorting through wedding photos. This weekend it was Greek fava dip, bread, olives, and Greek salad while sorting through honeymoon photos. It was really nice to go through the photos and remember everything, and the food turned out great! I’m going to refine the fava recipe a bit and I’ll share it here sometime. 🙂 Here’s a picture of a beautiful Santorini view in the meantime.
In other news, I posted my first Friday Favorites post a few days ago! If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here. I’m planning on doing one of these every few weeks or so, but it was pretty fun, so who knows, maybe I’ll start doing them every week. We will see!
This week we’re expecting lots more thunderstorms, so I’m planning on staying indoors and doing lots of cooking. Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem has been getting a lot of use recently, as has Karen Mordechai’s Simple Fare Spring/Summer. As always, I’ll keep you posted if I come across anything outrageously spectacular. (Actually, pretty much everything in both of those books is, so I’d recommend just going ahead and buying both!) Tomorrow, we’re attending a read-through of the one-woman show Tar Sands Songbook by our former New England Conservatory professor Tanya Kalmonovitch. I always love the way she combines creative musicianship with current issues in a way that seems very personal and true, so I’m really looking forward to the performance. What are you up to this week? I can’t believe it’s the middle of August already, can you?