sept 28 2008

Freud calling

Published by at 15:04 under Meg og mitt liv

Wow, I completely forgot to tell you about my birthday! The 17th of September I turned the sturdy age of 23 years, and it was wonderful. I don’ know why I haven’t told you about it yet, but I can assure you that it has nothing to do with Freud’s idea of «what you don’t like, you try to forget». Quite the contrary.

The Wednesday started out wonderfully, Tore got up early – 6.30 a.m to be precice – to cook me a hearty breakfast before I had to go to an early lecture. I got eggs, bacon and baked beans, my favourite hot breakfast combo. He was scrambling along in the kitchen for half an hour, before he snuck in to «wake me up» with a birthday kiss. I, of course, tried to pretend I had been asleep all the time through his breakfast preparation. Then, after a long day at Uni, Tore picked me up, and gave me the first part of his birthdaygift ; a charcoal grey granite mortar and pestle! It looks just like this:

I can’ wait to try it out, I’ve never cooked with one before…but I’m pretty sure that chicken satay with cashew nut sauce is going to be one of the first recipes I’ll try out.  

The next post on my birthday program was «a surprise» as Tore called it. And it was; he took me to a restaurant we’ve never visited before, even heard of; Jonoe on Vinderen, a japanese restaurant. We both ordered a three course menul (called Bonzai 390), and it was soooo gooooood!!!! I love sushi, but I’ve only tried single bites of nigirisushi or maki rolls, eating a whole japanese-style three course menu is something very different – and an incredible experience for a couple of food-lovers like my boyfriend and me. 

The first dish was Sashimi and ponzu; thin slices of superfresh,buttery soft salmon and halibut, in the most amazing dipping sauce I’ve ever tasted. The combination of the sweet, raw fish and the indescribable taste of ponzu blew us away. I’ve checked up on ponzu on the internet; it’s made of rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, lemon juice and dashi, some kind of japanese stock either made of dried mushroom or kelp. Sound’s like quite a project to re-enact but I’l definitely give it a try in the future (after midterms).

The next dish was «Jonathan shellfish salad» – oh my oh my oh my. – A heavenly mix of seafood; scallops, king crab, scampi, some kind of clam, avokado, chili and sweet soy sauce. I just adored the taste of salty-sweet seafood combined with the nutty flavour of avocado and roasted sesame oil, perfectly balanced by sweet soy sauce. I would’ve licked the plate clean if I hadn’t been in public. Tore even made an attempt to use his chopsticks to wipe up the remaining specks of sauce, that’s how good it was!

The last and more standard dish was a plate with five assorted nigiri (fish on balls of rice), and maki rolls with tempura fish, avocado and chili mayonnese. Again, the fish was wonderfully smooth and fresh, but I really enjoyed the maki rolls; I was so happy that I got the combination of avokado, fish and something sweet again, it really «hit the spot» on my palate. 

All the time during the meal, Tore and I sat and held hands (between the dishes, that is), giggling, ooh’ing and aaahh’ing whilst eating, looking at each other almost bursting with excitement over the meal – our neighbours must have thought we were high on something. We didn’t care, of course. It was so great to have this evening out with Tore after the long time apart and I don’t think I could’ve been more happy. 

Again; if you live in Oslo or come by for a visit, go to Jonoe! It’s not too expensive (hey, two students on a thight budget managed), has super food and the service is impeccable (and the place was stuffed when we were there). Here’s the link : Jonoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last post on the «birthday programme» was to see the movie of my choice; Pixar’s Wall-E. It was just as touching, sweet and funny as the critics say, go and see it if you haven’t already! Tore pretended to see it just because I wanted to, but I could tell that he was touched by the cute little robot too. All in all, a wonderful night, and I can hardly wait for the next time. Thank you darling!

Speaking of cashews (satay and cashew sauce, remember?), the reason why I don’t want to make the traditional peanut sauce, is because I’m highly allergic to it. My mouth starts to itch and the tongue and my throat starts swelling. It has never been so bad that I had to go to the ER, but it’s really uncomfortable. What’s weird is that as a kid I could eat peanuts with no problems. I still dream of Snicker-ice cream bars..mmmhh… Tore is a big fan of chili peanuts (peanuts in a chili crust), but kind hearted as he is he tries to just buy and eat them when I’m not at home. He’s also a huge fan of chicken satay with peanut dipping sauce, but I’ve never cooked it for him, of course. Now as I’ve found an alternative recipe with cashews instead, I can hardly wait! 

Speaking of cashews, take two: Yesterday night, after spending a couple of hours at the University (yes, on a Saturday!), I made chicken and cashew wok when I came home – incredibly good. It’s a stayer. 

 

Cashew chicken

I’ll plot down the instructions as soon as possible, in the meanwhile you can check out the inspiration for the dish on this site , Blogchef.

Now I have to get to Uni again ( Yes, on a sunday!), as one midtterm and one final exam are coming up soooon…But I think they’ll turn out fine, I even enjoy studying for them in the weekends. – Drinking uncountable amounts of rooibush tea, with a wonderful view from my desk and the kind of silence you only get on a sunday afternoon – good stuff.

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