Oh, cornmeal. In every corner of the world, cornmeal is used in abundance, from the Makki di roti in South Asia to kachamak in Bulgaria to the intriguing national dish of Barbados, Cou-cou and the Flying Fish.
In my kitchen it is mostly used as breading, cornbread and the occasional johnnycake craving. I love working with cornmeal because it is versatile and flavorful, but I haven’t done much with polenta, or boiled cornmeal, despite its terrific heritage and various uses.
[Among my favorite, from the Wikipedia entry on polenta: “In southern Austria, polenta is also eaten for breakfast (sweet polenta); the polenta pieces are either dipped in café au lait or served in a bowl with the café au lait poured on top of it (this is a favourite of children).”]
Vegan Polenta Pizza Casserole! Continue reading
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I featured Piper’s Pub in my Neighborhood Quick Picks: South Side about a month ago, but I hadn’t been there in over a year. I didn’t even manage to make it down for a World Cup game, a serious shame when you consider the prime audience for the restaurant are football enthusiasts. (I mostly watched World Cup games secretly on my work computer, muted and concealed by open work-related desktop windows – a far inferior way to celebrate the world’s best teams going up against each other, but at least it minimized the amount of vuvuzela damage done to my hearing.)
Last Tuesday evening, the reasons to make a visit were stacking up: Wes had never been there. I hadn’t been there in some time. We were meeting up with friends who are picky eaters, therefore a place with an accessible menu was a necessity. And, above and beyond any other reason, we had not one but two coupons, promising two free dinners for two dinners bought. So we made our way into the South Side on cold, rainy night – in hindsight, ideal weather to match our British Isles dining experience. Continue reading
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Tagged bar, bars in pittsburgh, British Isles, dining out, dinner, food, football, guinness, hard cider, Irish, lunch, pictures, piper's pub, pittsburgh, pub, Restaurant, soccer, south side, stout, strongbow
I’m still feeling a bit under the weather. In addition to this, I am currently buried under a mountain of work, make-up time for a sick day badly needed. I hope to be back at full strength by the end of the week, and it’s likely to happen, as long as I behave myself and act responsibly. Tea instead of coffee. Greens instead of fries. Sleep instead of… well, not sleeping.
Anyhoo, to tie in with yesterday’s book review, I Googled around and found some Chez Panisse pictures. Nothing like a cup of espresso, ambience, and some Californian food porn to ease you into the mid-morning:
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Tagged alice waters, cafe, california, chez panisse, food, food porn, french, good morning, pictures, Restaurant