Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Apples

I finally made it to the Greenmarket a few weekends ago for the first time in months. When hauling my groceries home, I realized why I really should stick to visiting irregularly or at the very least stick to my shopping list. Everything is so tempting that I end up grocery shopping like the apocalypse is coming.

Does one person really need a 3 pound bag of apples, a full stalk of brussel sprouts, 4 pounds of chicken, etc.? Not so much. Oh well! At least I put the ingredients to good use. My successfully met cooking goals for the week were making from scratch shredded chicken and veggie soup (needed salt but otherwise decent), chicken broth, pumpkin bread, and Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Apples.

As I had never purchased brussel sprouts on the stalk cutting them off without cutting myself was a bit of an adventure. While my bravery with trying new dishes has improved over time, I haven't gained knife skills. In spite of this the brussel sprout dish was a success. I'll definitely make it again, probably using pre-cut brussel sprouts, as it was refreshing, light and filling. My co-worker Lauren actually thought it looked tasty, which never happens, and I felt healthy eating it.

My favorite aspect was the maple syrup browned tofu, a unique preparation that I suspect could be used in other dishes.


Last Friday my friend Matt was in town and we caught up wandering from TriBeCa to Soho to the UES. It was a great night; Matt is the first person I really traipsed around restaurants with back in Richmond during college. We used to act like we were writing reviews using as much alliteration as possible. Our servers loved us.

One of my less inspiring temp jobs when I first moved to Manhattan was in Soho. As a treat for calling 600 people that I didn't have direct phone numbers for about an event, I decided to treat myself to lunch. "Extensive" research about sushi and lunches under $10 brought me to nagomi. I walked over, ordered the lunch special (some rolls and miso soup), and went to pay with my credit card. Guess what? nagomi doesn't take credit cards if you are spending less than $10. I was a dollar or so short. Embarrasing, but they were very kind and let me keep my food, which was delicious. So I always meant to go back and pay in full for a meal...

Cue being in Soho on Friday night craving sushi. Matt and I stopped in around 8:00 pm, were seated immediately, and ordered promptly. We started with edamame. nagomi's is served hot and with the perfect amount of salt and then split 5 different rolls. Everything was fresh and as tasty as I remembered it being 2+ years ago. As always I loved the eel cucumber roll, but was pleasantly surprised by the spicy scallop roll. It wasn't a marshmellow of the sea served this way but it worked well with the spice. Also interesting was the squash roll, which tasted completely different depending on whether or not you dipped it in soy sauce.

It was a great meal, although the service could have been more attentive, and I'll definitely return if my location and timing is right. Our bill also included a sapporo and was under $50. Not bad.

Location: 179 Prince Street (Between Thompson and Sullivan)
Hours: Mon-Sun Dinner, Lunch Mon-Fri
Cost: $$$