We closed on our house last week!!! (I think that deserved more than a single exclamation point) After we did the walk through and signed a gazillion documents, Eric and I went back and had a quiet moment together. There was Prosecco consumed out on the front porch. We got to meet a few of our neighbors, all of whom greeted us warmly. Now we begin the process of moving. We immediately started moving fragile items and the massive amounts of photography props just to make room for more boxes. Next week, the movers come which, along with hiring a painter, was one of the smartest things we could have done in this whole process. Those cookbooks are heavy!
Despite having no furniture in our house, we managed to throw our first dinner party on Sunday. Ok, so we took in Thai food and ate on the kitchen floor, but it was still a lot of fun. And we drank some delicious wine (thanks to Eric’s brother and sister-in-law). My heart melted a little when our niece came up to me and asked me if this was our new home. Seriously, precious.
This weekend will be spent in NJ hanging with my mom as she turns the big 6-0 (sorry, Mom, I had to share!). For months, she kept telling me that it was crazy to come down in the middle of the move. But celebrating this milestone… well, there’s no way we are missing this.
Spicy Squid and Mango Salad
1 1/2 pounds small squid, cleaned, bodies cut into 1/3-inch rings and tentacles halved
1 mango, ripe but still firm, peeled and julienned
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup lightly packed mint leaves
4 basil leaves, chiffonade
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped cilantro
Juice of one lime
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 1/2 teaspoons minced ginger
1 shallot, sliced thinly
1 tsp chopped habanero pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
1. Add the oil to a skillet and set over medium heat. Add the squid and cook on low heat for approximately 5 minutes, or until they become opaque. Season with 2 teaspoons Kosher salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Remove from heat and transfer squid, but not the cooking liquid, to a bowl to cool.
2. In a separate bowl, add the lime juice, sesame oil, ginger, shallot, and habanero. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and whisk to combine.
3. Add the mango, red pepper, mint, basil, and cilantro to the bowl with the squid. Pour the dressing over and toss to combine.
4. Transfer salad to a serving bowl and top with peanuts. Season with salt, to taste.