Another big post! Apologies to all of you who really hate scrolling through pictures of delicious food. Oh, wait…
First, Easter eats!
Work lunch: tuna salad, Dr Pepper, Cadbury Egg
Cheese enchiladas with sour cream sauce, Spanish rice, refried beans – El Mercado Uptown.
Lunch by Wheatsville Deli: macaroni and cheese; chicken and biscuits; ham in apple jus; Sweet Leaf sweet tea.
To belatedly celebrate my Dad’s birthday, we went to the County Line on the Lake.
We started with a sausage plate…
…then we had some of their delicious, homemade bread with whipped honey butter. Mmm…
I had a loaded baked potato.
My dad had a whole plate of ribs.
On Easter Sunday, we went to Hoover’s. My dad had the Cajun roast pork with mushroom rice pilaf, macaroni and cheese, and green beans, which was one of the Easter specials.
I had the fried chicken breast with creamed spinach, mashed potatoes and gravy, and fried okra. Also pictured: cornbread, sweet potato biscuits, sweet tea. Why don’t I eat fried chicken more often? This was so good, I’ll go back to Hoover’s specifically to order it.
We also had coconut cream pie.
…and chocolate cream pie (my favorite).
…and pecan pie.
When I got home, I had a glass of wine… and another Cadbury egg! And there ends the Easter feast. Amen.
Back to work. Loaded beef nachos at Qdoba.
Recipe developing (because what this blog needs is more taco recipes): creamy cilantro chicken tostadas.
Another work lunch: banana; Stilton and Brie; almonds; dried apricot. This was surprisingly filling.
I’ve also become a bit of a biscuit fiend.
We now consider this a reasonable dinner. (Homemade biscuits and homemade cream gravy with bacon fat. Yes.)
Friday afternoon at Dog and Duck.
I also made a trip to Houston, which means a stop at Hruska’s!
Mmm… warm cream cheese kolaches.
On the way back, we stopped at Ooh La La Sweets in Katy. Where I ate another piece of chocolate cream pie. Deal with it. (Note: the have a whole array of gluten free baked goods, and do catering, including cakes!)
Fancy bangers and mash with grilled onions and red pepper, plus homemade Irony red wine onion gravy.
Hal’s Hot Love, a creamy garlic jalapeño salsa by Shanita’s Salsitas, and chips. This was dinner. Hal’s is so addictive, y’all!
Three tacos al pastor – mixing it up, flour tortillas! – at Burrito Factory. So delicious.
Cucumber lime martini (Don Julio Blanco, Cointreau, fresh lime, and cucumber) at Manuel’s at the Arboretum. I love their courtyard. Lovely.
Bean and cheese flautas, with salsa verde and sour cream, also at Manuel’s.
Two cocktails, the Flip Envy (Angel’s Envy bourbon, Disaronno, lemon, chicory syrup, and egg white); and Eric’s refreshing vodka-spiked ginger beer with lime and mint. Freedmen’s in West Campus, which was also the site of our Austin Food Blogger Alliance cookbook launch party! Learn more about our cookbook here (hint: it includes one of my most popular recipes!). The building has a fascinating history, which I wrote about this winter for the End of Austin: West Campus project.
Freedmen’s sausage plate. Goodness gracious.
Brunch migas by Eric.
Dinner by Eric: quinoa penne with with sage butter sauce, garlic, and homegrown spring onion.
Homemade lamb burgers.
Tex-Mex lamb taco-burgers… ? Basically my Mediterranean Turkey Burgers recipe with lamb, substituting flour tortillas for pitas, and served with homemade garlic and mint sour cream sauce.
Vegetable fried rice at Thai Spice on the Drag. Really good.
The best breakfast tacos in town (Taco Joint on San Jacinto) with the best salsa in town (Hal’s Hot Love).
Roasted chicken thighs with kaffir lime and chili spices, on a bed of my Horseradish Cheese Grits, topped w/red wine mushroom sauce.
Lal Toofan (a sweet concoction loaded with four types of rum,mango and pineapple juices, and a float of grenadine) at Clay Pit.
Clay Pit’s Peshwari Naan, stuffed with nuts, raisins and cherries.
Crushed coriander-breaded calamari, flash fried and served with a creamy garlic-cilantro sauce. Amazing.
How Eric ended the week.
Speaking of kolaches, please join me in making a donation to the American Red Cross, Heart of Texas Chapter (Waco), to help the victims of the West fertilizer explosion disaster.
If you are able, please also consider donating to the Boston One Fund.
E pluribus unum, y’all.