This is a special edition Silent Sunday post. I was asked to take pictures at Island Creek Oyster Bar (see below for more info about the restaurant), as the chef (Jeremy Sewell, pictured below) and bar director (Jackson Cannon, also pictured below) will be attending Cooking for a Cause, an event to benefit the East End House, a community center and social service agency. These two talented individuals will be wining and dining folks at the event on April 1st. You can purchase tickets here.
I tend to miss the boat when it comes to holidays. Most bloggers will plan their Easter or Passover posts way in advance, but I always seem to come up with recipes days (or even weeks) after. Doesn’t do much good, does it? No, not really. Which is why this year, I’m jumpin’ the gun.
Now, I didn’t plan on having this recipe relate to Passover. That just kind of happened. What really brought on this vegan treat was the Marx Food Ridiculously Delicious Challenge that I’ve been involved with these past two months. If you don’t remember, this contest consists of four rounds. The first was fairly basic (we had to pick what items from their store we would want to win and, if successful, what we’d do with them), but since then they have gotten progressively more complicated.
The second and third rounds required us to use ingredients that they provided to prepare a recipe (one original and one that we had to “remake” from another contestant’s site). The Marx Food box of mystery ingredients consisted of a variety of sugars and spices, which were a blast to work with. The first recipe I made was a Chocolate-Cherry Scone with Saffron and the second recipe was for Chermoula Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa, both turned out to be quite a hit among family and friends.
Which now brings us to the last, and final, round of the competition.
When I looked in our fridge and saw four containers of strawberries, I knew that something had to be done. Perusing through the usual suspects of food websites, I came across plenty of possibilities. Strawberry cheesecake! Oh, but if I made that I knew I would just eat it all myself (I don’t share cheesecake with anyone… not even with Eric). Strawberry ice cream! Nah, it’s too cold for that. Strawberry salad! Well, maybe… but I couldn’t imagine eating that many berries in one sitting.
I had almost given up the search and decided to forget about the darn things. But then I came across a quick little recipe for biscuits and strawberry butter from Lindsay at Gingerbread Bagels and the light bulb flickered to life.
As you all know, I’m a big fan of scones and biscuits and anything that’s a vehicle for butter and jam. It’s my Sunday routine to whip up a batch while Eric takes the pup out for her morning walk. By the time he’s returned, the smell of fresh baked goods and brewing coffee has permeated throughout the apartment.
We’ve acquired a great deal of jams over the past few months, from friends and family… and from food bloggers. There’s been peach, pomegranate, kiwi , wild blueberry and many more. But the one missing from the mix has been strawberry.
I’m tired of the cold, of the snow, of having to wear sweaters and scarves. We’ve gotten brief hints of warmer times, but they’ve been all too fleeting. A day here, a day there. And then the temperatures drop and it’s back to frigid weather.
The only way I can get through these last days of winter is by making foods that remind me of summer. A bowl of coleslaw, a packed lobster roll, a plate of pickled beet salad. These are the foods that are keeping me in good spirits.
Given this need for rejuvenating (soul saving) dishes, I was thrilled to see that a recipe for fish tacos was submitted for the Marx Food Ridiculously Delicious Challenge. You see, for the next round (yup, I made it to round 3), we have been asked to makeover one of our fellow contestants’ dishes and give it our own little spin. It’s a fantastic, creative concept… one that I think brings the food blogger community together in a very supportive way.
When I went down the list of submissions, the first one that jumped out at me was this fish taco recipe from Azmina at Lawyer Loves Lunch. Nothing makes me think of sun bathing and relaxation more than a plate of tacos and a beer.