Saturday, October 20, 2007

Bowled Over

Hi. Welcome back.
I needed a few weeks off to... I don't know. I needed a few weeks off.
So here's my cheese sandwich blog post: What I ate for lunch today.
This was strictly Cranky's doing. Damn, that man is getting good in the kitchen.
Our meal was inspired partly by food in the house that needed eating, and partly by these fabulous new dishes we bought yesterday. Heath Ceramics. Foot-wide shallow bowls (yeah, they're gargantuan) in subtle, suave glazes. (You have to go. They're having a sale.)
I can see servings of pasta in these bowls, or beans and braised lamb. Stewy things.
Today, Cranky heated up some leftover polenta and cut it into quarters. He oven-roasted some of the last of our backyard tomatoes. And then he sauteed shiitake mushrooms with onion and a little warm (not hot) backyard chili pepper.
Oh, dear god, it was better than the French Laundry. And easier.

30 comments:

claudia said...

welcome back. i'm so happy for you as i'm thinking this means all good things.

that dish is totally fab. and the food sounds heavenly... my kinda food.

Jennywenny said...

That looks like delicious and comforting food. I'm glad to hear from you again. Nice plates.

El said...

Umm, and cheaper? And you don't need to book a reservation 6 weeks in advance? (Just a guess.)

Polenta was definitely on the menu when the hubby was away last week. With mushrooms, too: porcinis from the side yard, actually, with some onions to make a broth, chased with a splash of Madeira. Yum...

cookiecrumb said...

Claudia: I'm working hard at making it all good things. Thank you, darling. Yes, it is your kinda food. I follow your creations closely. xx

Jennywenny: The plates are so goofy! Actually, they're 13 inches across. Fun, fantasy. xx

El: Yeah, and cheaper. But, no, 6 weeks won't do it. You have to call (I can't remember, one month or two months) before the day you want to go... but they don't answer the phone.
Porcinis from the side yard?! Oh. I'm comin' over.

Dagny said...

Glad to see you're back.

cookiecrumb said...

Dagny: Aw... You noticed!! xo

melissa said...

Good to see your post! Ooh, I'm drooling over your lunch *and* your Heath. Both so nice!

Zoomie said...

oh, baby, you're back and i'm glad! beautiful color in the dishes and the size sounds like fun, too!

katiez said...

Gorgeous bowls - perfect for risotto or pasta...or big summer salads...
Or just a lunch of yummy polenta and tomatoes!

Holler said...

Love the bowl and the food looks great, my soup suddenly seems boring!

Lannae said...

I am glad you are eating well again, and nuritioning yourself. Shitake mushrooms are so yummy, fresh or dry, and nothing better than home grown tomatoes. Congrats to Cranky for making such a lovely meal for you two. I am so glad to see you back here Cookie.

Beccy said...

I love the dish and Cranky's food looks pretty yummy too.

cookiecrumb said...

Melissa: The lunch was unexpectedly perfect. The Heath... a gift to ourselves! We needed one.

Zoomie: You get it! It's fun, fantastical... And guess what. We got the four bowls in four different colors.

Katie: Oh, yes. In fact, the bowls are advertised as salad bowls. So heavy I can only lift three at once!

Holler: No, soup is the most perfect food on earth! I do think soup would get lost in these vast arks, though. ;)

Lannae: Thank you, darling. I decided I needed to "own" my space. xx

Beccy: I had brunch with your sister today. She's looking well. We're both healing. Thanks for your love.

dancingmorganmouse said...

Beautiful plates and, as Mr Brown always says, the bigger the plate the more you can fit on :0 Glad to see you back CC - still mad & still eating.

Anita said...

Yay, I'm glad you're back. I was calling you Cookie even when you were away, so I was dreading how I was going to start calling you by your real name. :)

cookiecrumb said...

Morgan: Your husband is right, of course, but he could choke a horse by filling up one of these bowls.
xx

Anita: My real name? You know that my real name is Xena? How do you know that?

Stacie said...

leftovre polenta... mmmmmmmmmm...... i totaly took this blog off my blogroll, but i'll get over it. those bowls are awesome, and the stufff at the link is sooo beautiful... drool!

Chilebrown said...

I am sorry that dish looks awful!!. It looks like some Del Monte tomatoe chuncks around a couple of pineapple slices served on a pumpkin colored frisbee.

Peace, 'The Odd Father of Soul'

Moonbear said...

You're back in your old skin. I mean, former, of course...
because you'll always be Cookiecrumb to me. And thank you for the headsup about the Heath sale. I absolutely love heathware. I'm not sure I need a bowl a foot wide, but I might. You never know.

sfmike said...

If you'll excuse the language, fuck your parents. Grow up. Give them the deep freeze, if need be, until it's time for unconditional love. I have spoken.

And let's face it, Cranky is ten times better than Meatball, and he also seems to excel at whatever he puts his noggin towards. I'm curious what that will be.

Jen said...

Finding interesting bowls is my new addiction :-) It's funny how a piece of pottery can inspire you to go into the kitchen and find something tasty to fill it up. Your lunch looks like the perfect, most delicious thing.

alison said...

welcome back - i think the dish looks fantastic - and just perfect for this time of year!

Monkey Wrangler said...

I see a huge bowl of minestrone in your future. And I deliver.

Glad to see you're back kicking-ass mad and stuffing your face. Hug the Cranksters for me (his skills......damn!)

kudzu said...

I started giving away Heath plates when I could no longer manage to carry more than two at once! Now I am more attracted to lighter weight ware -- but I admire the spirit of the Sausalito art source.....Good to see the blog back up where it belongs. As for the reason, time will help, I hope. Life is full of these rifts and I'm sure the combination of unhappy circumstances made things feel ever so much worse. Corragio!

Rev. Biggles said...

*-smooch-*

cookiecrumb said...

Stacie: Thanks for the secrecy, but you can put me back on your blogroll. If you want.
Yeah! Leftover polenta. It's worth making too much.

Chilebrown: Oh, like I'd ever eat anything YOU cooked! Ha ha.

Moonbear: Turns out those bowls are actually 13 inches wide! Very Alice in Wonderland. Go. Shop.

SFMike: Thank you. Still, I feel flayed. Trying to get over it.

Jen: Addictions are dangerous. Already, Cranky wants to go back to Heath and get more stuff. I said "No, 'different' stuff!"

Alison: So nice to see you here. Thanks.

MW: I got frozen ripe tomatoes in the... freezer. And fresh green tomatoes on the vine! The "Man Plant" is doing fantastically well. Come and eat soup with us.

Kudzu: I hear you on the weight thing. I have everyday "diner" dinner plates that weigh a ton. I'll just get Cranky to do the plating. He does such a good job.

Biggles: Oh. You know how much I needed that.
xoxo

Kat said...

Lunch sounded great - puts my smoothie to shame, of course if I was home it would be a different story. Those bowls are wonderful, I could definitely see some delicious meals in them.

cookiecrumb said...

Thank you, Kitty Kat! We used the bowls for another meal today. Fun.

Anna Haight said...

I had to confirm my suspicions... Heath IS the place that I heavily resisted going into when I noticed it on my blogging journey to Anchorage 5 last week! I went there again today to make sure. I couldn't bring myself to go in since I knew I would be carrying things that I have no cupboard space for. But this is VERY tempting, and walking distance from where I hang out at work.

Rachael said...

Welcome back!