Never entered my mind's Blog

A 20 something culinary school graduate. Lover of la cuisine, style, coffee and travel.

Month: March, 2011

Life is beautiful

Well, ladies and gents, for me today started out with opening up the most perfect avocado, and some few hours after that I found myself shaking hands with the fabulous Anthony Sedlak. Life is surprising and hilarious sometimes. I randomly decided to meander into a local gourmet food store today, rather aimlessly, and somewhere between picking up a sieve and a slotted spoon, I got wind of a cooking class going on this evening with Food Networks Sedlak. He was, in fact, just upstairs prepping. And, sorry, what’s that? Completely welcome to signing a book for a random customer, such as myself you say? Um… done. In an inevitable blur, I made my way to the top of the stairs and met the guy whose show The Main I definitely frequented in the years leading to my enrollment into culinary school. He was larger than life to my five foot nothing frame, and completely chill and energetic at the same time. As I left with my autographed book, walking back to my car, a fit of laughter came over me that felt so completely foreign and made me realize that I have not laughed at the randomness of life in quite some time. Note to self: must laugh more often. Also, Anthony Sedlak is a babe.

 

Miles Davis and Sage&Spiced Butternut Soup

Oh yes, I know the title has all the connotations of cold winter day. And no, even though spring is officially here, today does not feel light and breezy. Today is overcast, dreary, and void of birds chirping and warm sunshine. So I am putting the hope of spring on a back burner this afternoon, and embracing what winter apparently has left to give us. There is something to be said for quiet days and comforting soup. Something that makes you slow down and clear your head.

This is my chefs recipe, and it is a beautiful balance of spice and sweetness that compliments the nutty and smooth squash.

Sage and Spiced Butternut Soup

2 medium yellow onions, medium dice

4 stalks celery, medium dice

4 carrots, medium dice

1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced

extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of brown or white sugar

nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and all spice to taste

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp chopped fresh sage

1 cup of heavy cream

Set the oven to bake at 350 F. Peel, seed and chop the butternut squash into a large dice. The size doesn’t matter too much, since the soup will be pureed, but dicing it makes for a shorter and even roasting time. Put the squash on a sheet tray, drizzle with olive oil and season. Roast until fork tender, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over low heat, and add the diced onion, celery and carrot. Sweat for about 5 minutes and add the sugar and spices. The sugar will draw liquid out of the vegetables and work to slowly break down and caramelize them. Stir occasionally, pondering life’s mysteries, until the squash is ready. Add the squash, sage and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 5- 10 minutes. Add the cream, bring to a boil once more and blend a little bit at a time in a blender, or all in one shot using an immersion blender (these babies are an amazing help in the kitchen!). Season to taste and enjoy with a little bit of Miles Davis circa 1956 (click on photo for link to youtube) (and yes, this is quite possibly my favorite piece of music, hence why it is my blog title).

Photo credit smitten kitchen (I did not use her recipe, though it looks equally as satisfying!)

Spring ahead

With spring bouncing towards us on the other side of this weekend (March 20th!), I am getting oh so excited for crisp and fresh, seasonal vegetables! This simple roasted tomato, blue cheese and radish salad from cannelle-vanille looks tantalizing enough to jump right into, no? I think I can smell freshly cut grass just looking at it!

woman speaks TRUTH!

Ahhhh, is this not what happens to all of us fickle women every day?!

Photo illustration credit  Garance Dore

Italian dialogue

Made me laugh.

Photos via The Sartorialist

Je deteste..

1. Rain. Unceasing, relentless rain. Highway driving in the rain.

2. Getting lost off the I-5. Yes, I am Canadian. And yes, I have no sense of direction. (In my defense, employees of Arby’s are equally as clueless… ahem..)

3. Trying to get to bloody sleep when I have a bloody cold on a bloody uncomfortable hotel bed.

However, one thing that I love, and truly makes up for all blasted frustrations of the weekend…

J. Crew. J. Crew outlet stores. J. Crew credit cards and J. Crew stripes. Have mercy…

photo credit archive via getty images

Weekend Meanderings…

Mmm, lazy saturday mornings with french press and blog browsing. Simple pleasures, I tell you.

 

Last week D*S did a lovely post on maps as wall art! Lurve!

Perusing emersonmade, every piece in their collection knocks my socks off. Stripes and bellbottoms please.

I love eggs. And I love sandwiches. Egg breakfast sandwiches? Naturally.

Coffee Pudding.

Oldy but goody, a salt rant. Hear hear!

On that note, currently hearing iron&wine. Good weekend to all!

Photo James and Liz via everydayishow

steven alan

I have honestly found myself coming back to Steven Alans spring 11 lookbook at least once every few days. I’m in love with the breezy simplicity and the fact that every look seems as if it belongs on a sailboat.

 

hesitating blues

It’s that time of year, isn’t it? When we are once again slaves to springs inevitable schizophrenia. Yesterday the blue skies and warmth in the air were almost tangible, today it feels as though yesterdays window into blissful summer days is a distant memory. Spring, how fickle you are. So, today I am keeping the blinds closed, ignoring the grey wetness, and daydreaming of a Mediterranean vacation with the girl friends.

Photos fashionising via mialinnman; Marie Claire, Turkey July 2010

Stripes

Photo’s via Primped and Vogue.