My food intake on weekends tends to be all over the place. This weekend was no exception. We were in and out of the house and spent a lot of time with friends. Friday night we had some of my friends from school over for dinner. I made Brent’s favorite meal: Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic. Wow! I just realized that I made it last year on the exact same date. Weird. With the chicken I made roasted potatoes, homemade caesar salad and artisan bread. I took no photos, but it looks the same as it did last year.
Later that afternoon, I used the cut off ends of last week’s asparagus bunches to make some cream of asparagus soup. I chopped up the asparagus ends and sautéed them in 1 tbs. each of butter and canola oil. I sprinkled 1-2 tbs. of flour and cooked until the flour was mixed in. Pour in 3-4 cups of vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Simmer until asparagus ends are tender, about 20 minutes. Puree the soup in a blender, return to the pot and whisk in 2 tbs. heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper. This was so simple and delicious!
After lunch, Brent and I headed to Brewfest to sample some beer. I was driving, so Brent used both of our ticket and I just had a few sips of the samples. I probably ended up drinking the equivalent of half a beer and snacking my way through a serving or so of pretzels.
We met some of our friends at Brewfest and headed to a local pub for dinner and more drinks. I didn’t have any drinks, but I did have a cod cake with some sautéed spinach, cabbage and leeks and a few pub chips. Really good! The fun wasn’t over yet so we went to our friends house for more drinks and talking. I had a glass of wine, and became exhausted. We eventually left around 12:30. I’m getting too old to stay out late!
This morning I got up (way before Brent!) and went grocery shopping. The grocery store has a Starbucks in it, so I bought a tall soy latte to drink while shopping. I wasn’t super hungry, so when I got home I just had a sliced pear while trying to do some studying.
When Brent finally got out of bed, we went to get some lunch. I had a vegetarian sandwich from Jimmy John’s and a few sips of Brent’s Coke. I dragged Brent shopping so I could try to find a spring coat. Totally unsuccessful. We spent the rest of the afternoon watching basketball and eating some chips.
After realizing how gross greasy chips make me feel, I got my act together and made a healthy dinner. I made Kale with Raisins and Pine Nuts and served it with a seared salmon fillet. The salmon was just seasoned with salt and pepper and then brushed lightly with maple syrup.
I only ended up eating half of the salmon (but I finished all my greens!) You’ll see the other half of the salmon in tomorrow’s lunch. So that was my weekend in a nutshell. I’ve got to get to bed now — 5am comes way too quick!