It's been AGES since I've posted a recipe. Dear readers, do not let that fact lead you into thinking that I haven't been eating. With Ariel's arrival and my sudden wave of downtime, the two of us have tasted the wine of the desert, eaten fish tacos along the shore, and munched on spanish tapas in sexy lighting. Ariel and I met years ago, when we were paired as roommates on a study "abroad" trip to Los Angeles. We were the youngest two on the trip (though not according to our second pair of IDs) and instantly bonded over rosemary chicken and thrift stores. Our love of eating, drinking, and culture continues, and these were some of the places we were fortunate enough to visit this past week.
bigfoot west // This bar combines my favorite things all into a teensy location with a plethora of tasty, whiskey options. The antlers on the wall remind me of Gaston's hunting lodge (Beauty and the Beast?!), but the bluegrass and mason jar lights sing of sweet Virginia.
Maybe it was my early exposure to skeeball and the Steelers, but for whatever reason I really love sports bars. Busby's offers skeeball, fireplaces, air hockey, and flipcup, making it a haven for people who like beer (us). // busby's
primitivo wine bistro // how do you know when a place is sexy?! when it offers $5 sangria and $3.50 lamb sliders...and when you can dine by candelight, succulents, and andalusian ceramics.
Alice in Wonderland-style chairs, lemon blueberry cupcakes, chocolate covered bananas, and cream'whiches, OH MY! Post finding coachella gold, Ariel and I snuck into this adorable beach shop for some cream and sugar. // the manhattan beach creamery
the misfit in santa monica //If Bigfoot West is Gaston's hunting lodge, then this is Belle's library. Though rather than storybooks, the shelves of the misfit contain glossy bottles of gin, whiskey, and more. Their veggies are also plucked one block away from the Santa Monica Farmers Market. One knockout, the charred broccoli with sambal and garlic, inspired this little number...!
Charred broccoli is one of the best ways, hands down, feet down, bow down, everything down, to consume broccoli. With just a bit of salt, garlic, and olive oil, you have a crunchy potato-chip version of broccoli with lots of crispy edges and good greenness. The best part is you are barely cooking it, ensuring that you get to keep all of the yummy nutrients locked inside.
I love a good peanut sauce, but not also in restaurants because I feel like it makes things a little too slimey. With charred veggies, the peanut sauce gets locked into the broccoli florets. The soy adds a nice salty punch to the carrots (which, when charred get even sweeter!). The heat from the sriracha tangoes nicely with the PB, and the creamy fat of an egg yolk is as good as adding butter. WOW!
1 head of broccoli
1 red or purple carrots (though any color will do)
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tablespoon of teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of peanut butter (i used creamy)
1 tablespoon coconut oil (sesame oil works too!)
sriracha to taste
Chop the broccoli into florets and the carrots into thin, short sticks. Mince the garlic. Set all this aside.
In a wok or cast iron skillet, heat the oil. Add the garlic and cook until it is just brown. Remove the garlic to keep it from burning. Burnt garlic is sad. Turn the heat to high and add the broccoli and carrots with the broccoli florets touching the bottom of the pan. Cook for 6-7 minutes, flipping the veggies once or twice to ensure that the edges are nicely charred. The longer they sit, the more charred and crispy they get.
While the veggies are a-charrin', whisk the PB, teriyaki, soy and sriracha together in a small bowl.
Once the veggies have finished cooking, turn the heat off. Add the sauce and stir to coat. Serve with a fried egg or lime wedge, if desired.
I recommend this a lunch or sexy dinner paired with riesling. eat it on the couch or at the table who cares, it's charred and so f&%$^%#&* cozy!!!! Tomorrow Ariel, Rachel and I will work a concert together and then next week adventure looms. I'm so excited I could spit.
- stay cozy!