This recipe originally came from the New York Times. They use romanesco but you can use broccoli or cauliflower or mix them all.I simplify this quite a bit for a weeknight easy recipe.
- Salt and pepper
- 2 or 3 medium heads romanesco broccoli (about 3 pounds)
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for baking dish
- 1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced
- 1 cup grated pecorino or Parmesan (about 2 ounces)
- 1 dozen soft black oil-cured olives, or another type of black olive, pitted
- 1 teaspoon roughly chopped capers
4 roughly chopped anchovy fillets (I’ve never used anchovies, you don’t need them)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
- Pinch of dried oregano
- Put a large pot of well-salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut broccoli into quarters and trim away the core and any tough bits. Chop quarters into rough 2-inch cubes. Transfer to boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cool water.
- Lightly oil an earthenware baking dish. Arrange blanched broccoli in one layer. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Tear mozzarella slices and scatter over the top, then sprinkle with pecorino. Arrange olives here and there. In a small bowl, stir together capers, anchovy, garlic, red pepper and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Drizzle mixture evenly over the top.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, until cheese has browned a bit and broccoli is tender when pierced with a fork. Let rest 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with a good pinch of dried oregano. Give it a bit of salt… this dish can really pop with a little salt.
Check this out, kind of cool to see beavers at work on the slough.
A little hard to see but there is a woodpecker on that exhaust pipe. Around here in springtime they hammer on metal stuff like that, I assume to amplify their noise in order to find a mate (sorta like teenagers and car stereos).
I joke of course – the idea of me in a bikini would violate most of the Geneva Convention. But I do want to “lean out¹” a bit.
My habit this month is simple: no alcohol at home unless we are hosting a dinner of some sort.
I reviewed my caloric intake and honestly it’s not that bad. I eat a lot but I exercise a lot. I have quite a bit of lean muscle mass which burns calories nicely (thank you Mom for these genetics and Crossfit for the muscle mass).
- Do not buy alcohol for the house unless I know we’re having an event. This is the same tactic that removed sugar, carbs, etc. from the house. If you don’t have it, you won’t eat it.
- Habit app – I *love* the reminders to be good and trying to build streaks.
I have my starting weight marked, let’s see how we do.
¹ Apologies to Sheryl Sandberg and all, but I’ve been leaning in a bit too heavily for a while according to my scale.
My goal in February was “no complaining“. There are some rules around this e.g. you can complain but only when presenting a good solution.
How did I do? Well… 47% feels about right. It was a tough month for a lot of reasons:
- The current political climate
- A few injuries limiting me at the gym
- And so on…
But it was better than nothing and overall I liked the frequent reminder not to just bitch and whine.
I cannot recommend the Loop Habbit tracker enough by the way. Far and away the best tool for this kind of thing.
I am currently reading “The House on an Irish Hillside” – so far this is a lovely read about a couple who moves from London to the Dingle Peninsula. We spent a lovely few days in Dingle in the 90s and I still fondly recall the perfect pubs there.
The word of the day though is draíochtúil – an Irish word I cannot begin to pronounce. Look at that spelling! And recall that in Irish “Taoiseach” is pronounced something like “tea socks” except for “socks” is smoothed out a bit. Whoever did the orthography for Ireland did them no favors. Turns out draíochtúil is pronounced something like “dreck dull” but the ‘ck’ gets a bit of the Swiss-German treatment.
But I digress – draíochtúil means numinous, another word I really didn’t know. If you’ve ever been to Slee Head in Dingle or spent time in a lovely west coast Irish pub, well, if that’s about as close to cozy divinity as things come.
Need a good recipe for dinner that is easy to prep beforehand? Have kids who don’t eat broccoli? This is a great and really easy recipe.
Often I cannot find romanesco so I just use regular broccoli. I also skip the olives most of the time. The dish is great, we rarely have leftovers.
10 years ago we were not Zurich-bound. I was very interested in moving abroad at the time. Susan nixed the idea of Iceland, I couldn’t find a job in New Zealand, so Switzerland seemed like a great idea. Furthermore Google had opened an office there and I would wind up applying for a job (not getting it though, different story).
Hard to remember that 10 years ago web cams weren’t all that mainstream. What’s even more astounding is this same Zurich-cam is still running. Most web sites I reference are gone or broken.
Here is a shot of the Jungfraujoch (same web cam group does this):
Seriously, check this out! http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/travel-interests/active-and-adventure/via-dinarica-best-hiking-trail-europe/.
We’ve talked a lot about hiking more and we’ve definitely talked about doing a hut-to-hut tour in the Alps. But these photos are amazing!