Wednesday, June 11, 2008

it's only wednesday?

Things I am looking forward to this week: Friday (dinner with Bebe downtown then ogling over the hunkiness of Edward Norton in The Hulk), tonight's Top Chef finale, moving to SoCal on Sunday, shopping for clothes for China, mani/pedis, depositing graduation gift checks.

Things I am dreading about this week: Friday (hosting a huge yard sale in order to get rid of a bunch of stuff and make some mad money for China), Saturday (yard sale continues), packing for SoCal, leaving Tater Tot, waiting in line at the DMV.

I'm super psyched for tonight's Top Chef finale. I don't really care who wins, as long as it's not Lisa. Okay, so I guess I kind of care who wins, but seriously, she is such a whiny bitch I can barely stand watching her. My mom and I had a Top Chef party tonight which wasn't so much a party as it was me cooking a new and adventurous meal for my parents. I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned it, but Rod is Persian and of course introduced me to the wonder that is Persian cuisine. I absolutely love it but have only cooked it once and it was a total fail, I halved the entire recipe except for the salt and so the dish was total sodium overdose, gross.

Well, this was a Top Chef party and the whole point of Top Chef is to push your boundaries, so I gave Persian food another go and this time is was actually quite delicous! I made zereshk polo which is basmati rice with barberries and I even successfully managed to cook it with tadig and everything! Tadig is this hard layer of sort of fried rice that forms on the bottom of the pan after cooking the rice and it is so freaking delish. I also made chicken sautéed with onions in a lemon and saffron sauce and a very simple, fresh salad with avocado, cilantro, lemon juice, and olive oil. I would include the recipe for the rice, but it was seriously over 10 steps long and also took over an hour to prepare, so just enjoy the gorgeous picture of my first edible Persian meal.


Andy said...

Mmmmm.... FOOD! Dieting makes my head spin when all these gorgeous-looking meals are in front of me.

Bergdorf Brunette said...

omg, i am bebe!

also, let's talk "shop" on friday. by "shop" i mean blog layouts, b/c i love your new one and your new headline image, too.

Anonymous said...

What the hell is Persian? Is Persia even a country anymore? I thought Persian was a type of cat. I guess cats have their own food now.

Either way, so-called "Persian" food doesn't look very good and I'm sure it tastes horrible. Stupid kitties.

Strawberry said...

andy - the key is to avoid being around super fatty delicious food (like cake or hamburgers) so far i'm doing okay

bebe - love talkin' shop. can i talk shop to you for a minute and bitch about how my iGoogle is totally NOT working and isn't updating my blog subscriptions?

Rod - do you have a cat of your people?

Taryn said...

You would have a Top Chef party, and I'm the girl that sort of defiantly rooted for Lisa, but not in a lez sort of way. Just because she cook good foo!