Monday, January 31, 2011

Roasted Brussels Sprout, Potato, and Egg Salad

People like to know about meals that can be easily made at home when cooking for one and cooking from scratch. This is mine, with minimum prep and minimum fuss, making just enough for dinner and lunch. I like to roast the brussels sprouts and potatoes until they are so crisp and brown that I'll happily snack on them on their own. Then I add chopped up hardboiled eggs to the equation for protein. The creamy hardboiled yolks find their way into all the nooks and crannies of the salad, transforming what could be soggy leftovers into more goodness for lunch the next day. If you prefer runny yolks, poached or soft boiled eggs will also work, but I feel that hardboiled are best for leftovers.

My only problem is that I haven't found a new reliable source for brussels sprouts. Having access to good produce at the Park Slope Food Coop made me lazy. I used to get cheap brussels sprouts there almost every week. Last winter was the year of brussels sprouts, and I was continuing on that path this year until I moved back to Williamsburg this month, away from the Coop. I can't always count on finding brussels sprouts at the farmers market. Last Saturday at Union Square there were just a lot of onions, apples, carrots, and squash. But it all depends on the day and the market, so it's time to recommit to my former routine of going to the McCarren Park farmers market every Saturday, and stopping in at Union Square on weekdays to check out the selection, (which should be especially easy now that I work downtown within walking distance - no more corporate midtown for me!)

Roasted Brussels Sprout, Potato, and Egg Salad
Preheat oven to 450. Rinse and chop one medium potato into small wedges (the smaller, the faster they cook). Pour olive oil liberally over a baking sheet, as well as salt and pepper. Toss the potatoes onto the tray, adding more oil, salt, and pepper and stirring around until thoroughly coated and evenly distributed so that each potato slice gets surface space. Put in the oven to roast.
While they start cooking, rinse about a dozen brussels sprouts, chop off the ends, and slice in half. Likewise prepare the sprouts on an oiled and seasoned pan. Roast for about half an hour, removing both potatoes and sprouts halfway to flip each vegetable slice over to allow the other side to brown. This is also a good time to munch on the leaves that have fallen off the brussels sprouts and crisped. Meanwhile, hard boil three eggs. I like these instructions for hard boiling. Once the eggs have cooled enough to peel and chop, mix it all together and enjoy. Makes two servings.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

So this is the new year

The new year doesn't necessarily mean anything besides a change in the date, but 2011 really is a new year for me. In the past week, I moved into a new apartment AND started a new job. It feels good to finally be in the places personally and professionally where I have long wanted to be. I've come a long way from a year ago, when I was in the dark nadir of a three+ year rut. The summer saw me take the courage to make one key change for the better, which set off a domino effect of good things coming my way in the months since.

I already made resolutions of sorts when I posted my list of 25 (actually 26) things to do before turning 26 in November. I'm not making new resolutions now, but have revisited the list and will continue to work my way through these goals and others as they come.

More importantly, a recent sad event served as a reminder that tomorrow isn't promised today. It forced me to reflect and realize I'm doubly glad that my life is on the right path now, because as cheesy as it sounds, life is too precious to let it pass by. It was a reminder to do the things that make us happy, and to not just think about them, but to make them happen. So that is my real new years resolution: to keep making the good things happen.

1. Visit Gina in Colorado. 11/4-11/8 recap pending
2. Visit little miss homebuyer Caitlin's new house upstate. 8/21 a night at her lakeview bungalow with a fire pit!
3. Visit the Jersey shore with my family. last weekend of August
4. Have a dance party in an apartment. 7/24 one of Jamie's infamous dance parties until the sun came up.
5. Go to a dance party at a bar. 10/30 Halloween party at Union Hall and others since.
6. Stay up until sunrise. see #4
7. Throw a party. 9/24 party with cupcakes
8. Host ThanksgivingFAIL in 2010. cooked all the side dishes for Thanksgiving 2011.
9. Attend more concertshave been good about going to about 4 shows a month.
10. Get a tattoo, or think about getting onedecided not to get one because i am worried about putting toxic inks into my body.
13. Attend a Transportation Alternatives meeting. got involved with the Bushwick Food Coop instead.
15. Make homemade deodorant and other body products. made deodorant in October 2011; need to blog about this
16. Trim my hair. 12/25/2011
17. Write something every day. started a journal to write at least a sentence or more about each day.
18. Write a new song. 9/9/10 done, several written since then.
19. Play a show at Rockwood Music Hallit's harder to get a show at Rockwood then I thought. played four shows in 2011.
20. Collaborate with musical friends. joined the band Sexy Neighbors
21. Play in the folk jam at Sunny's in Red Hook.
22. Audition for a choir. 8/15/10 waitlisted. not currently interested in joining a choir again. 
23. Fit into my skinny pants. decided i don't care as long as i know i'm getting my exercises in by bike commuting and feel healthy
24. Model in a shoot for my photographer friend. she shot my band photos but still no solo promo photos.
25. Knit a scarf. 10/19/10 birthday gift for a friend. March 2011 knit a scarf for myself as well.
26. Get a new job9/9/10 new position at same organization....1/4/11 new job at new organization!!