Eastah Scorchah

In April when the temps rise above 40, everyone around these parts switches over to iced coffee with a childlike glee that summah is just around the cornah.

However when the temps rise to the 80's we all just complain. It's too soon for the beach, in a day or two the temps will drop back to the 40's, everyone is hot in their Easter dresses, it's too soon for A/C. We complain because we know that summah does NOT arrive in April, no matter how much global warming is happening, the possibility of a snow storm exists right through the end of the month.

But hey, it was Easter and it was hot so we grilled and drank cold drinks and ate cool desserts.

Sriracha grilled shrimp is literally one of my most favorite things to grill. If you are a recipe person, use this recipe from Food 52: Spicy Shrimp Recipe.

If you are a just-wing-it cook like me, you basically marinate peeled and deveined shrimp in a gloopy mess of olive oil, Sriracha, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, …

Aggressive coffee.

The Evil Twin got us iced coffees this morning because it's what you do in Boston when the temps are above 40 degrees.

Apparently she ordered hers "fucked up with 28 splenda".

There is no other explanation.

Unless it's "fuck you and your 28 splenda".

I'm fine, how are you.

Jeesus, it is hard to keep a blog alive when you don't do it on the regular and also when the med you take to keep you regular also happen to be the wet blanket to your creativity.

Also it used to be easier to find the time. The Evil Twin (remember her?) is now the Proud Mamma of Thing 1 and Thing 2 and mostly my spare time is spent shaping them into my minions who will do all my bidding.

That all sounds like an excuse.  It is.

So here is a photo of some fish and chips I had at the Harp & Bard (that website tho... woof).

In the night kitchen with Les Dames d'Escoffier

So I fell off the blog writing horse, and then the horse ran away and left me to wander in the writers desert. It's hard to write all the time when you do it because you feel like it because sometimes you just don't feel it, y'know?

But then I was invited to join the Boston chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier and after the annual meeting last night at Forge Baking Company, I remembered that I do actually like writing randomly about food and things related to eating, drinking, and basically being merry.

 The Forge space is gorgeous. It's in a strip mall between a dance studio and a Chinese restaurant, you really don't expect this space in there.

Also, you wouldn't expect it to be as homey as it was, it was a great space for a bunch of Dames to get together and catch up.

A few words from incoming President Louisa Kasdon, ever encouraging people to talk about food.

Followed by a croissant making demo with Lourdes Smith (yep, THAT Lourdes Smith) in the Forge kitch…

Bitchin' Chicken

It's April here in the home of the bean and the cod, only you'd never know it because the weather is just complete crap. Today hail and snow, tomorrow sun and locusts, unless it's hail and snow.

The only reasonable and civilized way to cope with this rotten weather is lots of wine and things you have to cook in the oven, preferably on high.

Roast chicken goes perfectly with wine.

The recipe in this lovely cookbook is so easy (you can find it here), and the only exra step I make is to pop the roasting pan (a cast iron skillet) into the oven to pre-heat. Oh and I borrow a step from the beloved Laurie Colwin and rub the birdy all over with paprika and a sprinkling of coarse salt.

Reader, I ate it.

Reader, it was delicious.

Reader, this weather can just go to suck an egg.

Holy Lamb

Happy Easter.

On account of ONE of us in the family being diagnosed with celiac coeliac (the British spelling makes it seem like a smarter diagnosis) the sacrificial Easter lamb cake is brought to you today by the letters "gluten-free cake mix".

As Americans are wont to do, rather than give up gluten, we create gluten-free gluten. I am pretty sure that normal people would be like "oh well, how about berries and sorbet for dessert?" but not us. Also, it's the damn SACRIFICIAL LAMB CAKE, how would Easter be complete without this cake?

Without the lamb cake, it's just Sunday dinner.

Which would be fine by me since I am not a believer.

I know it looks like it's already been slaughtered, but no, it's just taking a lie down. Turns out a lamb cake without gluten is basically like an actual lamb without bones - kinda floppy. I don't want to freak everyone out by serving a headless cake, so a lying down cake it is.

Or maybe it will resurrect itself. I…

You should be eating: Braised Chicken Meatballs

This was an impulse order at the Dumpling Cafe on Washington Street in Boston.

(True story: when I was telling my Mom where it was, I used the Naked i as a point of reference.)

I'd actually gone for the xiao long bao (broth filled dumplings) also known as "Juicy Buns", which they are famous for apparently. Hey, better late to the party than to not party at all, right?

Because I did my homework, I knew to load one on to the spoon and then to nibble a little hole and suck out the piping hot broth. That is a tip that you will thank me for later, I promise you.

There is no time that biting down enthusiastically into a bun filled with scalding hot filling and broth will reward you in any way.

Also I knew from my homework that the key was to order everything at once while the waitstaff was near you. So in a panic I ordered the braised chicken meatballs.

What a treat! They come with baby bok choy and a plate of rice. I totally think you should go eat them right now.