We’re home. We’re tired. San Francisco has spoiled coffee, sandwiches, and cheap ice cream for us – possibly forever. While we didn’t eat everything on our map, we made a decent effort, and once I wrap my head and body around the right time zone, I’ll tell you all about it.
Dinner tonight was Plum Market take-out: nothing fancy, but real food that didn’t require coming home and preparing the groceries we bought on the same trip. I had a slice with a whole bunch of veggies, and Shane had mac & cheese and some sort of roasted sausage and veg dish. Tomorrow we’ll be back to cooking, but after a half day and an overnight of travel, eating something that didn’t come in a fast food bag was triumph enough. And I’m so tired that I just typed “fast foot bag”.
OK, nothing particularly bad about it. I was just under a cloud all day for no particular reason. I got home at 4 and went straight to bed, woke up to say hi to Shane, then flopped back into my pillow. I had intended to cook before knitting group and Knight’s of the West Side (punctuation is correct, don’t hate), but I woke up to a pleasant surprise – while out running errands, Shane had picked up dinner. Roasted beets , my favorite wheatberry salad, and Izze for me, Founders Centennial IPA and macaroni for him. Also a copy of the 2010 America Test Kitchen Cooking for Two special issue. Thank you to Plum Market and my husband for making the evening dramatically better.
There was absolutely no way that we could have SOUP on a night like tonight: clear, sunny, even a big muggy and still the FIRST WEEK OF APRIL. So after walking home from work and climbing in a window (left my keys on my desk – oops!), I ran to Plum to pick up something to throw on the grill. We’d planned to grill out on Sunday, but had put the meat in the freezer when our dinner plans changed – very practical of us, but not so useful for last minute menu changes.
Instead, dinner was “signature sliders” from Plum’s very nice butchers, grilled on the grill pan – I was too hungry to wait for Shane to clean the grill – sandwiched between slices of Zingerman’s farm bread. A bunch of asparagus was steamed until bright green and dotted with butter at the table. It wasn’t quite as beautiful as this meal from last summer, but it was fast and satisfying, and left both of us excited about many summer dinners to come.
Oh, and can I just tell you how much I love the guys at the meat counter at Plum Market? I’m not sure if ‘butchers’ is the right term for them, but they know their meat, and they don’t mind answering all of my questions. They’re also just really funny and friendly guys, and they say hi to me when I walk by, even if I don’t stop to pick anything up from their counter. This is the kind of relationship I’d like to have with all of the people and places where we get our food.
Also! Tonight I planted the first seeds for our garden. Expect more information about this in the weeks and months to come.