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So Fabrice is in Town

Nice steak & nice booze @ Jean-Claude

Good company, nice food & nice booze - Jean-Claude, NYC

Yes, he actually managed to overcome his fear of the swine flu. Good for him (and for us of course). Sadly we haven’t been able to visit all the places we wanted to take him to (yet). Typical, you will say: you have everything all planned out, and bim, Florent and Fabrice find more important stuff to do on their own. I actually¬† hardly saw them yesterday – apparently they had a video conference to attend to in the media room. When I tried to sneak into the room they had their headphones on and the Play Station was on. Weird. Also it was pretty noisy – sounded like a kung-fu battle with a metallic voice saying “YOU LOSE” once in a while. They told me not to worry. But I still worried a little.

That said, we did go out a little bit: I was disappointed by our Get Fresh brunch on Saturday, sadly: I could swear they did not serve as many pancakes as before. My scrambled eggs with heirloom beans and potatoes were not runny enough for me*. A bit dry.

Fabrice’s first reflex upon arrival was to drink a beer. Weird, I know. But the guy lives in Brussels after all. So we went to the Gate. Where else? And, since the weather was pretty nice last Friday we craved for Latin American flavors. So we went to Playa. Not much to say: the kind of restaurant where the food tastes AMAZING when you’ve had a lot of margharitas and beer before. But not so good when you go back there sober.

A nice discovery was Jean-Claude, in the city. I know, I know, a bit tacky to bring your French friend to a French restaurant in NYC (when the guy is only craving for burgers and various iterations of New American cuisine; whatever that means). But I must say I was really impressed by the quality of the meat there, both the lamb loin AND hanger steack: cooked to perfection, and nice gratin dauphinois. Good friends, good meat, and good service (for a French restaurant).

All in all, a nice start. We still have a lot of grounds to cover. It might prove even more difficult with the new swine flu surge. I had to convince Fabrice to get out of the apartment this morning. And that a mask with a pig groin is not (yet) trendy in NYC. We did manage to go to Root Hill for lunch though. And had a nice grilled cheese with bacon and tomato. I think Fabrice would agree that this could qualify as comfort food. Croque-Monsieur a l’americaine, quoi.

*Soon, I’ll write a post about scrambled eggs. And eggs in general actually. For there is one thing I don’t understand here, and it is the fear of eating runny eggs. Let me be clear, to me, scrambled eggs, soft boiled eggs, fried eggs are only good IF they are runny. The best being of course the oeufs a la coque. More on this later.

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Pulled-Pork & Roasted Vegetables Sandwich

Mon livre fetiche avec des traces de chocolat dessus

Mon livre fetiche avec des traces de chocolat dessus

Ok – so I didn’t try Momofuku this morning. But that’s because I do have – sometimes – to look for a job, go to interviews and what not. I could do it now, but that would be tricher (cheating) : everybody knows that it is impossible to get a reservation at 7:20pm.

Instead, I had long promised a recipe to use my leftovers of my pork shoulder roast – so here’s a start with this sandwich. You may remember also that I roasted zucchinis & bell peppers to go with the roast and I used the leftovers of this in my sandwich as well – so I figured why not giving you the recipe too?

Roasted Vegetables
I took this recipe from one of my favorite book Petits Plats entre amis from Trish Deseine. In France, Trish Deseine is a real mega super star. I think I offered her books to all my sisters (I have three), my mother (I have one), and any of my friends who had at least a vague interest in cooking (I have one) – or did not cook at all (I have one too)- and obviously had to learn, right?

Just to be clear, I made a list of what I love about Trish Deseine:
– she loves chicken and I do to
– most of her recipes are so simple I could do them les yeux fermes (blind folded)
– the pictures are nice (unlike mine)
– she loves soups and I do to
– she is not a big fan of appetizers and so am I (not a big fan).

Roasted vegetables are an example of how simple her recipes are. Here it goes:

Placer les legumes coupes en petits morceaux, arroses d’un filet d’huile d’olive, dans un plat sous le gril de votre four pendant environ 40 min. Salez et poivrer.

And here is the version I did last Monday:

4 zucchinis & 2 yellow red bell pepper
3-4 garlic cloves
Olive oil
A little bit of Thyme

Preparation: 10 min
Cooking 30-40 min
Yield: 4

Dice the vegetables and place on aluminum foil on your oven grill. Sprinkle a little bit of olive oil, salt & pepper and roast at 375F for 30-40 minutes (depending on the size of the vegetables). Keep an eye on it and mix from time to time so it doesn’t burn.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches (for 4 hot dogs)

2 tbspoons of roasted vegetables
1/2 cup of cream cheese
1/2 cup of yogurt
Lemon Juice
4tbspoons of roasted pork shoulder leftover

Preparation: 5min

Put the cream cheese on high for 30 sec. in the microwave if too cold. Mix the cream cheese with yogurt – add the roasted vegetables with a little bit of lemon juice, salt & pepper. You can also add a little bit of cumin. And, if you still have those garlic cloves you roasted, peel & puree them with the cream cheese.
Stuff the hot dog buns with the roasted vegetable mix, the pulled pork and add a little bit of mustard to taste.Yummy

You get the idea: if you don’t have roasted vegetables, you can use the same sauce but add parsley + cilantro and more cumin for example. If you have time, prepare the sauce a little early so that all the flavors blend in. And of course, you don’t NEED to have pork shoulder leftovers. Pork tenderloin leftovers will do to. I could also imagine this combination with chicken leftovers too.

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