Jungle Curry

Jungle Curry

Alrighty folks, its go time! For those following along at home, it’s cake week! And by that I mean I will elbow deep in buttercream and cake batter as I prep for my cousin’s wedding cake! We are t-minus 7 days away from the destination wedding in Florida. Which means I have 4 days to bake, assemble, pack, freeze, and send off a 3 tiered cake for a long 2 day drive to the Keys. Yeah, I know it sounds a little coo-coo, but the cake is already coming together and I can tell it’s going to be stunning. But a week task of making a wedding cake means there is very little time to make actual meals. I did however manage one pretty tasty meal before the week got too crazy. Enter: Jungle Curry.

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Farmer’s Market Tartine

Farmer's Market Tartine

Happy Friday y’all!!! Oh man, this one feels good. My poor family has been battling colds so we are looking forward to a quiet (somewhat, I’ll still be in the middle of cake prep!) and restful weekend. But despite having these nasty colds, we still got out of the house to enjoy one of my all time favorite activities: visiting the farmers market!! Being a California born and raised transplant to New England, the arrival of the farmers market is a huge deal. Where I come from, farmers markets are basically available all year long. But here (where seasons exist), the start of the farmers market season is the start of warm weather, giant green trees, and lots and lots of outdoor fun. And if any dish was going to properly celebrate the beginning of this fun season, it’s this Farmer’s Market Tartine.

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Sake Washed Tuna Tartare with Grapefruit Slaw

Sake Washed Tuna Tartare with Grapefruit Slaw

I used to hate raw fish. I was a I’ll-eat-fried-shrimp-and-nothing-else kinda girl. Now I love it! So it’s funny to now look back and wonder when that switch to raw fish lover happened. My first raw fish memory is slightly blurry. My dad was most definitely there, so it must have happened early in my collegiate career. You know, the same time coffee became a necessity and not a disgusting thing my parents must’ve had to choke down. In fact, my first memory of tasting coffee was with my dad too. We were having a garage sale and offered free coffee to shoppers. He had me try a sip which immediately induced my spitting reflex. So even though I hated coffee and raw fish back then, I suppose I have my dad to thank for the development of my palate. Although… I wonder if I would have enjoyed raw fish earlier if I had a dish like this Sake Washed Tuna Tartare with Grapefruit Slaw.

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Ras al Hanout Chicken with Brown Butter Roasted Vegetables

Ras al Hanout Chicken with Brown Butter Roasted Vegetables

Ok so right off the bat, I know this recipe doesn’t scream “Summer”. The inspiration for this dish came mostly because I was wanting a dish that would leave me with delicious leftovers. The downside to all of the fresh and crisp Summer recipes I’ve shared lately is they dont have a long shelf life. And if you’ve been keeping up with me lately, you’ll know I am about to embark on an exciting week of wedding cake prep. Which means very little time for dinner prep next week. So I needed a stick-to-your-bones, feel good, leftovers welcome kinda meal. And nothing encompasses all of those things more than a roasted chicken dinner. Like this deliciously comforting Ras al Hanout Chicken with Brown Butter Roasted Vegetables dinner.

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Huevos Habaneros with Mojo-Spiced Tostones

Huevos Habaneros with Mojo-Spiced Tostones

I’m a huge advocate for “breakfast for dinner” meals, especially on nights when I don’t feel like cooking. They’re satisfying, quick, and require very little use of the hot oven (perfect for warm summer nights). And with the upcoming wedding and cake prep (did I mention I’m making a 3 tiered wedding cake next week??) I’m sure my family and I will be eating a good amount of meals like this Huevos Habaneros with Mojo-Spiced Tostones dish next week.

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Scallops with Crispy Prosciutto, Peas, Pickled Strawberries, and Mustard

Scallops with Crispy Prosciutto, Peas, Pickled Strawberries, and Mustard

Welp, it’s Monday. Ugh. Thank goodness I have a fabulous ocean-side vacay to look forward to in 2 weeks (!) . I know that wont help your Monday blues but it’s seriously the only thing that got me out of bed this morning. Hopefully you can find your vacation-type energy to get you through Monday as well. Maybe this Scallops with Crispy Prosciutto, Pea Puree, Pickled Strawberries, and Mustard recipe will help.

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Szechuan Crusted Tuna with Summer Melon and Peach

Szechuan Crusted Tuna with Summer Melon and Peach

Fish Week at the Farmstead house continues! And I’m probs going to confuse a few people with this dish. If you remember yesterday’s post I mentioned that fruits and vegetables that grow together, go together (despite the bizarre-ness of combining sweet fruit with savory dishes). What that means is that all fruits grown within the same season as a vegetable should pair perfectly. So when a Summer melon is combined with peaches and cucumber, (like in this Szechuan Crusted Tuna with Summer Melon and Peach dish), they should balance and contrast each other enough to make a beautifully composed dish. I get that maybe the peach, melon, cucumber pairing isn’t the most confusing part of this dish for you. But bear with me…

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Fish Tacos with Strawberry and Corn Pico de Gallo

Fish Tacos with Strawberry and Corn Pico de Gallo

If you caught yesterday’s post you’ll know that my wife and I have found ourselves in the middle of a seafood binge. I mean, you cant blame us. The simplicity and bold flavors associated with great seafood dishes are hard to pass up, especially now as the weather is getting warmer. And duh, it’s Tuesday, so obviously “fish week” (like Shark Week but way less scary), had to include tacos! And I betcha never had a fish taco like my Fish Tacos with Strawberry and Corn Pico de Gallo.

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