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Big Eat Day 10-Business with Shrimp on the Side

I’m eating 100 Items off of 7 X 7s SF Big Eat List. You can see the rest of entries to this series here. Can I share a pet peeve? It pisses me off when bad food is served at work conferences. I know from experience that conference food is expensive and I'm filled with indignant rage when I am sequestered into eating crappy-yet-surely-high-cost food. This goes double when I'm in a city where delicious inexpensive culinary delights abound. I ran into this recently in San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO. Land of delicious food. It was ten kinds of wrong.

Is bad food a serious problem in the scheme of life? Absolutely not. Is it solveable? Heck yeah! When confronted with the steam tables of wilting vegetables, dry chicken and goopy salad dressing I had to say "Enough! I will get fat on good food, not mediocre food". I dramatically(in my head) unpinned my nametag and set off for the nearest Big Eat locale. There were two within walking distance: one was a gigantic alcoholic drink at a nearby bar. That sounded fun and extremely inappropriate. Instead I chose to head down the street for some Soul Food.

#27-Po'Boy at Brenda's French Soul Food

Black-eyed Peas and Brenda's Soul Food

Brenda's is a small shot gun of a restaurant that's decorated in a sort of modern nod to New Orleans. I like modern stuff and NOLA so Brenda's and I got off on the right foot. Also right away they brought me a dish of toasted Black-Eyed Peas. Yum!

Watermelon Iced Tea and Brenda's Soul Food

At this point I was really in a pleasant mood. With a full-time job and a small child I don't get to spend a lot of time by myself and yet here I was in the middle of the day. In San Francisco! And it was sunny! And there were toasted black-eyed peas! I was euphoric, so I decided to splurge on watermelon iced tea. A good choice, it was just sweet enough. I patted myself on the back and left with nothing else to do began to grin at random in an annoying manner at all the other patrons. When the waiter came I assaulted him with my good mood and ordered the po'boy triumphantly and gleefully. PO'boy! Yay!

Shrimp Po'Boy at Brenda's Soul Food

I really have no idea what a po'boy is supposed to taste like but I liked this one, the bread was very squishy and soft, the shrimp were crisp and there was a mayonnaisey, slightly spicy sauce. I like bread, mayonnaise, shrimp and spice, so there's really nothing going wrong there for me.

The sandwich was also served with pickled watermelon rinds (strange but good), cole slaw (nice and crisp) and french fries ( a win every time). I ate it all with satisfaction.

Verdict: Go to Brenda's. Enjoy a po-boy. Call me in the morning.

Posted on January 15, 2012 and filed under Mighty List, Project EAT, SF Big Eat.

Emily Bayless Project #69-Nieve de Limon con Moras

I have a list of things I want to do. One of them is to cook every recipe in a cookbook so I’m working my way through Rick Bayless’ Everyday Mexican. I've eaten a lot of good stuff. This series is the record of those adventures. Nieve de Limon con Moras: Fresh Lime Ice with Berries

Do you have an ice cream maker? I don't. Sometimes I wish I for one but I have no self-control and I feel that an ice cream-maker in the house would equal bad news for my cholesterol levels. It's a timeless Faustian dilemma for the ages. Ice Cream Maker or Health?

Rick Bayless who magically understands me and my struggles helped me out by putting this recipe for lime ice in the book. It's light and sweet and refreshing on a hot summer day. Best of all, no ice cream maker needed! Get the recipe here.

 

Posted on November 16, 2011 and filed under Emily Bayless Project 2011, Mighty List, Project EAT.

Emily Bayless Project #68-Huachinango al Mojo de Ajo con Calabacitas

I have a list of things I want to do. One of them is to cook every recipe in a cookbook so I’m working my way through Rick Bayless’ Everyday Mexican. I've eaten a lot of good stuff. This series is the record of those adventures. Snapper with Zucchini and Toasty Garlic Mojo

Can I be honest? I've been really losing momentum lately with this Bayless project. I hit some kind of  whiny wall around the time I overcooked some good quality tuna.  I was tired of braising stuff, I hated poblano chiles. It was too hard photographing food at night, blah, blah, blah.

It was during this bout of "cookbook ennui" that I made this dish and good lord, hold on cause Huachinango al Mojo de Ajo is not just fun to say, it's a game changer.

Mojo de ajo means bathed in garlic and that is a good way to explain this dish. First you pan fry up some snapper (or in my case halibut). It's important to season the crap out of your fish. It gives it this wonderful salty crusty finish which contrasts nicely against the silky sauce. Next up pan-fry any in-season vegetable of your choice (I chose zucchini) and then you dump in the mojo which is made with liberal amounts of oil and garlic, with a sprinkle of lime to liven things up. I didn't find this recipe on line but I did find one that is very similar for Mojo de Ajo Shrimp Scampi Pasta. Run don't walk to try it out. While you do that, I'll be over here behind my computer staring at this post and reminscing about this dish.

Posted on November 13, 2011 and filed under Emily Bayless Project 2011, Mighty List, Project EAT.

Emily Bayless Project #67-Aderezo de Chorizo

I have a list of things I want to do. One of them is to cook every recipe in a cookbook so I’m working my way through Rick Bayless’ Everyday Mexican. I’ve eaten a lot of good stuff. This series is the record of those adventures. Chorizo Dressing

This should've been a Halloween post so horrifyingly bad is the picture I took of this salad dressing. Seriously? So gross.

The dressing however was not at all gross. Chorizo dressing mixed with some balsamic vinegar and Mexican oregano is a total win and when you mix it up with some oven-roasted potatoes you end up going somewhere good if not terribly photogenic.

Get a very similar recipe here.

Posted on November 7, 2011 and filed under Emily Bayless Project 2011, Mighty List, Project EAT.

Emily Bayless Project #66-Ensalada de Atun Asado-Crudo con Chayote Rallado y Aderezo de Chile Tostado

I have a list of things I want to do. One of them is to cook every recipe in a cookbook so I’m working my way through Rick Bayless’ Everyday Mexican. I've eaten a lot of good stuff. This series is the record of those adventures. Seared Rare Tuna Salad with Chayote Slaw and Guajillo Chile Dressing

Seared tuna is the best, right? I mean, it's fatty and satisfying and bright pink or rather it should be unless like me you are impatient and don't heat up your pan enough before dumping your tuna in which results in delicious sushi-grade tuna becoming over cooked.

A tragedy for sure.

I'm not sure if it was this technical failure that accounted for my 'meh' feelings about this dish. It should've been a new brainer, guajillo+seared tuna should equal ecstasy but it didn't? Was it the chayote? Did my anger over screwing up the tuna color my impression of the dish? Any guesses?

Posted on November 2, 2011 and filed under Emily Bayless Project 2011, Mighty List, Project EAT.