Archive | June, 2011

Ugh, alcohol.

29 Jun

I have such a love/hate relationship with alcohol. I love a glass or 4 of cabernet before bed (white makes me nauseous, literally), and I absolutely have to have wine as I cook…or a vodka lemonade if it’s a lunch meal I’m making. Yikes this is really sounding like I have a problem…ummmmm anyhowwwww…I’m pretty hungover today from a lethal mix of red wine and vodka and champagne. Bad move.

I cannot have champagne. One glass and I have a headache for hours, and always end up tossing my cookies in the morning, which is a shame since I actually do like the taste of champagne while I completely hate the taste of everything else.

This might be coming from the completely wrong person, but I think I have some alcohol tips for you…

*margaritas are JUST TERRIBLE for you. They are so fun, I know, trust me I know, but wow. They are loaded with sugar. I’ve tried Bethanny’s Skinnygirl stuff and it’s good, but just has agave rather than the bad-for-you sour margarita mix. Which is fine but it’s still sugar. Anyhoo, if I’m in the tequila mood (usually when I have to switch into schmoozy party mode) then I ask for a glass of patron on the rocks with soda and a lottttt of lime juice and a tiny splash of triple sec. Tiny.

*fact: most fashion industry people that are watching their weight (so everyone) drink vodka/club soda splash of lime. Even lighter. Get Goose. Potato vodkas are a no no. This is my drink of choice lately. Kind of tastes like ass, and trust me, I can’t wait for swimsuit modeling season to go away. I miss the cold Christmas shopping days where I fill a to-go cup with coffee halfway and pour Bailey’s in the rest. Then I hit the city, shop, and completely forget what I ended up buying anyone until I get the thank you cards. It’s fun.

Where have I gone with this? I have no idea. I think I just wanted to write because I’ve been bedridden all day. Please don’t take this as me preaching diet shit to you guys. Definitely not me! It’s just that a lot of people ask me about this kind of stuff…

Oh I remember what this post was about. Why do I always go so far off topic? I do not know. Anyhow, cherry season is almost over so hurry up and make a little twist on the cherry mojito shown above…even though a cherry mojito is a twist already I suppose…and I thought most mojitos were rum….I don’t know, ok? Shut up and let me talk stop asking questions!

Muddle 5 or 6 cherries lime juice and mix with vodka and sparkling water. Pick your proportions. Naturally, I suggest more vodka than anything….

Happy drinking!

Ohhhh my.

29 Jun

FACT: John Legend LOVES anything chocolate and peanut buttery. It’s his favorite. But really, who doesn’t love that combo? One of my favorite things to make for him (although it’s been a while) are these little peanut butter cookie dough balls, which is just getting a mini muffin tin, making a ball out of Pillsbury peanut butter dough just big enough to fit into each er, slot?…and pushing frozen “fun size****” reese’s cup right into the middle of the dough until the dough forces it’s way near the top. Bake according to whatever dough you used, and you have this ooey-gooey warm flow of peanut butter and chocolate filling your entire mouth. It’s heaven.

And now I have stumbled across this beautiful nutter butter-esque gem…

It has peanut butter AND nutella in it. That’s all I need to say. Why are you still reading. Go to the store!!! Make this and eat it for me and describe every detail. I live for that kind of talk on this god-forsaken low-carb CRAP jsfjdsglsdjgljggj

Also if you could rub it all over your body, that would be great too. Just do whatever you think I’d do if I had these in my presence.

Thank you to Rachel for the recipe! Recipe here: http://www.withloverachel.com/2011/06/my-kind-of-nutter-butter-dessert.html and be sure to check out the rest of her delicious looking site.

****can we stop calling too-tiny bars of candy “fun size” please? what would be fun is one the size of a small child. 

Update! I think people are curious about those balls I just rambled on about….here’s the actual recipe! Bon appetit, bitches! (someone told me to sign off that way, I like it)

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/peanut-butter-cup-cookies/detail.aspx

You bastard.

28 Jun

…That is what I call this thing. This…thing…that has kind of taken over my life in a way:

Aaaah, the hard-boiled egg.

Let’s be honest here. I love to eat. So much. It makes me happy in a way I don’t think many will understand, and the experience of dining out provides me with endless pleasure but….

I have to wear swimsuits. A lot. No, I don’t “have to”, but I do, for now, and it’s great…when you are proud of your body. When you’re not, you want to crawl in a ball underneath those hot lights and hide every stretch mark and every little roll that happens when they ask you to sit…in a swimsuit. It has happened to me more times than I care to share.

My point is, I’m finally proud lately, and I’m mostly proud because I have done this “diet” in a healthy way. I have, FOR YEARS, skipped breakfast and poked at meals and raped the refrigerator late at night in a hungry rage….but I’m happy to say that I finally get what people say when they say, “you have to, have to, eat”. Seems too simple right? But in a crazy model’s mind, you really think you have to be hungry a lot. But you don’t. And I finally have proof of that on the scale and in my (finally happy) mind.

Granted, I really don’t think most models think about food with the love that I do….I don’t think it’s a huge deal for a lot of them to choose the salad when given the choice between that and a sausage pizza or something. But for me, it kinda is. Eating salad makes me feel like herbivore zoo animal.

Anyhow what the hell am I talking about even? I forget. The point of this post was to answer someone’s question about what to eat for breakfast while dieting. Eat a hard-boiled egg. Why didn’t someone shut me up sooner? I need therapy.

Beef Curtains

28 Jun

…One time, long, long ago, a male friend of mine referred to a date’s…er…hoo-ha….as “beef curtains”. This has forever been engraved into my mind, and I STILL cannot write or say the word “beef” without thinking of it. And seriously, I haven’t seen many girl’s hoo-ha’s, but I’m pretty sure it shouldn’t look like BEEFY CURTAINS.

Which is my disgusting segue into talking about one of my favorite meals I have ever cooked, last night’s korean beef Kalbi with stir-fried wok veggies and scallops:

Ok so I’m not the prettiest plater….I actually am on an extensive wait-list for a “basic knife skills” and “meal presentation” class here in nyc, but trust me when I say I have never really made anything as tasty and simple as this sweet and garlicy beef.

Beef Kalbi:

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds Korean style beef short ribs
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup mirin (asian markets all have this, sometimes even “ethnic” grocery store aisles, google for photo of bottle)
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 small asian pear, peeled and finely grated (**I didn’t have a pear but oh well)
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic (I used 8 or 9 garlic cloves in mine because I’m a garlic freak)
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (optional)

I had 8 thin slices of flanken (this slice of beef is usually called this in asian markets and grocery stores), which is certainly not 5 pounds of beef. I had way too much marinade but trust me, make it all…it’s just more juice for the beef to absorb, thus making it mind-blowingly tasty.

You probably won’t need the entire cup, but use the brown sugar to evenly coat the flanken. Seriously. Rub the brown sugar all over it like you are feeling up some hot body. Get in there:

Let this sit for 10 or 15 minutes while you make the marinade, which is literally just mixing all the remaining ingredients together. You can put the green onion in the marinade if you wish, but it’s prettier to garnish with it…although I forgot to in the end.

After 15 minutes, your beef should be a nice, deep red from absorbing the brown sugar (that’s what she said). By the way, I used regular golden brown sugar for this but let me know if you use dark…wondering if that’s delicious as well. Anyhoo, moving on…

I recommend you now put the beef into a big ziplock freezer bag and poor the marinade in. I didn’t do it because I wanted to take pretty photos and ziplocks create a disgusting, sticky mess. At least when I use em. I poured it over, covered it, and let it sit in the fridge for an almost 2 hours…

If you don’t have that kind of time, really, 1.5 hours or so is pretty amazing. I’m sure overnight would just be skeet-worthy.

Do do do, la la laaaaa, a few hours pass, take it out and GRILL THAT SHIT! I was too lazy to go down and use the bbq, so I used a pancake griddle. Don’t judge me!

Ugh. Posting this makes me sad I didn’t really buy 5 pounds of beef to munch on throughout my day. This was that good. Put a tablespoon or so of olive oil on the pan to evenly coat, then let it get nice and hot on medium high heat….closer to high.

Toss the strips on (careful of your fingers in the oil! it should crackle) and watch closely. It should only take 2 minutes each side, and it’s much better to take it off too early than it is to leave it on too long. Make sure it’s hot enough to get it nice and dark brown (i like almost a black, crusty deliciousness of brownsugaryness) and take it off when it’s to your liking. I know I say that a lot, but I love recipes where it really only relies on how you want it to taste, recipes where you really can’t fail.

You know what? Screw the scallops. They were ok but the kalbi is the real star here. If you must, do as I did and stir-fry some broccoli, sliced shiitake mushrooms and onion by pouring a few tablespoons of olive-oil into a wok (my fav) or sauté pan. Toss some minced garlic in (a few cloves) and let it crackle. Toss the veggies in, squirt some soy sauce in to taste and just keep stirring and tossing until it’s to your liking. Super easy.

Now hurry along, everyone. Start marinating this thing! You can have a delicious dinner by 8pm tonight : )

I hate fish.

27 Jun

…at least I USED to hate fish. This low-carb crap (which is going amazingly well, by the way) has me looking for energy in other places, and fish is obviously great for this.

If I have the choice of fish or steak, you bet your ass I am going steak every time. Pasta or fish? Pasta every time. There is no fish meal that will satisfy me like meatballs or a roasted chicken or a freaking hamburger. That is just not how I operate.

But a beautiful branzino certainly helps…

Branzino with sauteed veggies from Bar Italia, far from our grungy but lovable east village. For the record, I don’t normally have lunch at such fancy places, but when John and I are actually together and he’s not in a mad rush somewhere, it’s nice to actually have a mini mid-day date, especially if you won’t see each other for a week. I’m usually eating lunch from bed or with farts mcgee bulldog somewhere.

Lightly pan fried and delicious, on most Italian menus. Go for it. It makes you forget about hamburgers. Not about pasta though. Not. About. Pasta.

SAUSAGE LINKS

27 Jun

Things I want to make…sweets edition:

cherry clafoutihttp://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Cherry-Clafoutis

homemade twix barshttp://notwithoutsalt.com/2010/10/12/homemade-twix-bars/

OR easier recipe at http://www.melecotte.com/2011/06/homemade_twix_bars_recipe/

literal hot chocolate cupcakehttp://diaryofaladybird.blogspot.com/2010/07/fondant-fun-hot-chocolate-cupcakes.html

sea salt peanut butter fudge brownieshttp://foodbeast.com/content/2011/05/25/sea-salt-peanut-butter-fudge-layered-brownies/

 

Last Night…

27 Jun

I have a new favorite Thai place near my house … thank God! My old favorite, “Montien”, on 3rd Ave, closed down randomly for “construction”, never to wake up and serve me ever again. I still dunno what happened but I am quite saddened by it. Thai food delivers amazingly well in general, but this place had it down to a science. Still-crispy duck egg rolls and piping hot chicken Pad-See-Ew (broad noodles with a sweet gravy and chinese broccoli)….my favorite.

But that evil bitch has left me high and dry, searching for a new favorite. And I’ve found it, thanks to my friend Darcie who took me here last week:

Loved it so much I ordered it the next day, then took John last night. Tai Thai is a bit of a hole-in-the-wall type place, but they do have cheap wine (bring your own unless you like sour), old Thai movie posters hanging up, and the usage of very pizza hut-esque cups.

I don’t know who Tai is, or is this is just their idea of a cute name, but jesus I’m going to pretend Tai is the one that made everything taste just like mom makes…that’s assuming your mom is Thai and from the village like my mom.

Ordered a few of my standard favorites, the dishes I use to test out a new Thai place. Papaya salad (if they fuck Papaya Salad up there is usually no hope for the rest), a garlic steamed fish with veggies, “Eggplant Supreme” (what is this, taco bell? Thai names please), and chicken green curry.

The papaya salad, ordered “thai spicy” which is very different from YOU-PEOPLE spicy. Jk. I don’t even know what that means but I’m assuming when one asks for Thai Spicy, it’s hotter than regular ol’ American spicy. Anyhow yum:

It was perfect. Better than perfect. Made me forget all about Montien and how they so coldly deserted my family and I.

Fish (Pla Kratium) — whole fish with crispy garlic and garlic sauce with steamed veggies. AMAZING…..

Ahhh I can still taste the garlic. No really. I can seriously still taste the garlic. I should brush my teeth someday.

Would share more photos but I kinda suck at taking photos. I love when models turn into photographers and they say shit like, “Ohhhh you know, I’ve just been in front of the camera so long that I have an eye for this stuff…”. Really? Because I have too, and I suck.

Also, our bill, with wine and 4 dishes was around 40 bucks. This is your chance to be like me, ladies, and say “oh no baby, I got this one”. Just don’t let them see the bill.

Anyhoo….try “Tai Thai” — 78 E 1st. Street. 1st Ave/1st Street.

*note: Lotus of Siam is still the best in the city, a bit nicer, but they don’t deliver. Great for group dinners and I recommend the stuffed chicken wings, the pad-see-ew, and tuna appetizer, but EVERYTHING is great, really, especially nice if you have vegetarian friends. And get the drink with the word “bee” in it. I forget the full name but just go with it…

Enjoy!