Sunday grilling (26/6): July 2011 issue of Bon Appétit edition. Best Sunday dinner eveeer.
1. Tri-tip with Chipotle Rub
I kind of fudged the rub as I didn’t know where to find dried chipotle chilies or pink peppercorns (err?), so I substituted chili powder and regular black pepper. Didn’t seem to hurt the taste any; the meat turned out soft, smoky, and sensational.
2. Little Gem, Feta, and Cumin Salad
Mmm fetaaaa. Instead of Little Gem lettuce, I used lettuce from our backyard, which at that point was starting to turn into a jungle. Since feta is already a salty cheese—and there’s a lot of it here—I wouldn’t include any more salt in this.
3. Cilantro-Scallion Bread
Great little nibbles! Could’ve probably used a little tighter rolling on my part, they don’t look anywhere as neat as the picture in the magazine. >_>
4. Grilled Vegetables
Sections of red bell pepper and cremini mushrooms, brushed with olive oil and slightly salted, then grilled until charred and crisp-tender. I put the mushrooms on some bamboo skewers to make them easier to grill.
5. Strawberry Daiquiri Italian Ices (Martha Stewart Living, June 2011)
These ended up a bit strange, mostly because at the last minute I realized that I didn’t have any lime and substituted lemon juice. They’re also misleading on the alcohol front; since you don’t really taste it much, it’s easy to overdo.
6. Peach-Strawberry Ice Tea
We had a box each of peaches and strawberries, and I was in an experimental mood, so once I made the tea, I decided to put one diced peach and about half a dozen sliced strawberries into it. I left it in the fridge overnight and most of the following day. It turned out absolutely amazing. Next time I decide to do this, I’m going to try first pouring the two cups of hot tea over the fruits and steeping them until cool, before watering it down. Should hopefully bring out the flavor even more!