beef tendon as cold dish

We got a tad overzealous buying tendon for this year’s NoodleFest, so we fished a few out early and set them aside to slice and serve as a cold dish. We used this recipe and it came out delicious. Easy as can be, and honestly I think more people snarfed this up than were willing to eat the tendon in the soup. Maybe it was a couple eager tendon-philes eating it all, I don’t know, but it was pretty much all gone at the end of the night. We’ll totally make this again, though, as it was dead easy and absolutely yummy.

Amsterdam Felafelshop, Davis Square

Finally got over to try this place. It felt like a late night in Amsterdam (almost). Really REALLY crispy felafels, lots of good salady bits to go on top, including a mindblowing garlic-parsley sauce that I could eat by the spoonful. Properly shaped and cooked fries that can be dipped into curry ketchup, mayo, peanut sauce or lots of other things offered. And they’ll let you have your felafel and veggie-mess in a bowl rather than a pita, if you aren’t eating bread for whatever reason. Delicious, and it made me very happy.

why I love living in Waltham

Today I woke up, walked down the street to Antojitos Cafe and had a delicious homemade gordita and an iced coffee, then I went to the farmer’s market. On the way home we stopped to check out the new food court in the basement of the Indian market, and bought a refrigerated coconut and a straw from the nice man with the machete. Cold coconut juice straight from the nut is pretty great on a hot day. And for dinner we are going to check out the — wait for it — new Vietnamese place on Moody St. Yes, my prayers have been answered and if it pans out I will be able to buy pho and banh mi without getting in my car.

quick turkish-esque bean and tuna salad

A delicious main-course salad I happened into while using up leftovers.

large can butter beans, drained and rinsed
can of tuna, drained
jar of marinated artichokes
big handful of dill, chopped
1/2 cup or so of ajvar

Mix all this up together with a drizzle of olive oil, some brine from the artichoke jar, and black pepper and hot paprika if your ajvar isn’t the hot spicy kind.

catastrophe! bacon backlog

How do I know I am drastically overbooked? Because today the latest Bacon-of-the-Month-Club shipment arrived, and I have not yet partaken of the last one. *swoon* THE HORROR!

The only appropriate response to this is to acquire the last red ripe tomatoes of the season and have a leisurely BLT this weekend, but there is no time. I have to be on the road by 10:30am, which is barely time to get the tomatoes from the farmer’s market. And Sunday I have a similar wake up and go schedule. Bah humbug.

I think I have to find a weeknight this week to have a few people over for BLT dinner party. Not sure how, but I think it has to happen. A girl must have correct priorities.

why I hate most people

Apparently the new compostable packaging for Sun Chips — a GENIUS idea — has cost them a significant number of customers… because the bag crackles too loudly. So the company is returning to its standard packaging, in deference to this mind-boggling idiocy.

Really? Really, America? You can’t stand a crackling bag impinging on your salt-and-fat-laden snack experience in order to keep a little bit of trash out of landfills? Seriously?

I’m appalled. You have got to be kidding. We are doomed as a nation, and as a species, if we can’t do a little better than this.