Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Thai Coconut Chicken Curry

1.5lbs - Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (cut into cubes)
1/2 - Yellow Onion (chopped)
1/2 - Orange Pepper (cut into one inch strips)
1 - Freshly Grated Nutmeg
1 - Handful of Green Beans (chopped)
1 - Can of Baby Corn (cut into thirds)
3 - Cloves of Garlic (minced)
4 - Tomatoes on the Vine (cut into quarters)
13.5oz - Coconut Milk
1 - Tablespoon of Chili Paste
1 - Tablespoon of Fish Sauce
Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
Curry Powder
Ground Ginger
Sriracha Chili Sauce

1) Cut and season vegetables with salt, pepper, curry powder, ground ginger, and 1/2 of the grated nutmeg
2) Cut and season chicken with salt, pepper, curry powder, ground ginger, and 1/2 of the grated nutmeg
3) Cook chicken with minced garlic in olive oil
4) Once chicken is cooked, add vegetables and let them cook until they are soft
5) Add coconut milk, chili paste, fish sauce, and Sriracha Chili Sauce and let simmer for 25 minutes
6) Add it over linguine or white rice

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Best Thing I Ever Ate: French Toast @ Buttermilk Channel (524 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231)

There are two Buttermilk commandments that I had to learn firsthand: 1) They don't serve brunch on Saturdays (I learned this after walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and the 2 miles it takes to get there) and 2) They do not serve alcohol before noon on Sunday (which was a Rick James smack to the face because you get a free mimosa, bellini, or sparking wine with brunch).  After learning the system, I ordered the pecan pie french toast.  If I'm at any restaurant and I see pecan pie for dessert, blinders automatically come up and I can't read the other desserts.  Anyway, the pecan pie french toast came out and I had enough will power to actually take a picture before I dived in and didn't talk (or breathe) for 7 minutes.  It was quite an Usher "OMG" moment where I could hear the lyrics in my head: 

Baby let me love you downnn
There’s so many ways to love ya
Baby I can break you downnn
There’s so many ways to love ya
Got me like, ooh myy gosh I’m soo in love
I found you finallyy, you make me want to say
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,
Ohh myy gosh
I marveled at the engineering prowess of a pecan pie crust with candied pecans embedded into the "french toast".  My girlfriend ordered the cheddar waffles and pork chops pounded thin (and I barely noticed during my 7 minute eating blackout - the only proof was the picture I don't remember taking).  
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Best Thing I Ever Ate: Pancakes @ Cafe LULUc (214 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201)

After spending an hour Googling the best breakfast and brunch places in NYC on Sunday morning, I came up with nothing new.  I decided to check out Buttermilk Channel again (their pecan pie french toast is utterly ridiculous).  We arrived at noon (based on learning lessons from the last 2 times: they are closed on Saturday for brunch and they do not serve alcohol prior to noon) and were told that it would be a 45 minute wait.  Their food is good, but it isn't starve for another 45 minutes watching people teasingly enjoy their food good.  My girlfriend checked her iPhone (AKA our weekend compass) and found a nearby place with great reviews.  We got there and they sat us outdoors in their backyard patio area.  I ordered their pancakes with mixed fruit and nearly had a religious experience.  They were buttery crispy on the outside and fluffy enough to absorb the maple syrup (after countless pours).  The pancakes were so amazing that I actually considered shaking the cook's hand.  Did I mention $6 bellinis (that seemed to be mostly champagne)?  Bring cash because they don't accept credit cards.          
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