Feb. 19, 2010 9:59 pm
Updated: Feb. 19, 2010 10:57 pm
Actually, I want to start with Thursday. John and I went to Oceanside to this trendy little sushi/maki place by the pier. It was pretty good, we really liked their creative rolls. It's called Harney Sushi, and you definitely pay for the atmosphere.. it's very chic and modern. We always have edamame with our sushi rolls and theirs are available with flavors! Lemon, Garlic and Savory or something like that. That was a nice change from the norm, though subtle. We ordered 4 rolls--in Arkansas, that was just enough to get him full. Here, each roll had eight pieces and we were in over our heads! Well, I was. John finished off about 3/4 of the pieces (lol). After dinner, we got some yogurt from this self-serve place called Red Cup Yogurt. It's kind of like a Cold Stone with yogurt, except you pick your own toppings and they weigh it... like a candy shop. Then we walked around the street market for about half an hour where I saw the largest dog I've ever seen. He stood at least 3 to 3'5. He was beautiful, but my goodness, how much exercise does a dog like that need?! Whew!
Next time we have sushi, we are going to take the advice of a commenter on this blog... We're going to try Sushi Ota in San Diego. It was a little too far to drive after John got off work, but we may make it for a weekend lunch. We were really please with Harney's, though, and we will go back there.
Well, I'm sure you're really interested in the food. Tonight we had spaghetti and meatballs. I decided to try making my own spaghetti sauce, and I picked "Nanny's Spaghetti Sauce" from this site. It was good, though next time I will definitely use half the red wine vinegar called for. It made the sauce just a tad too acidic for my sensitive digestive system. Let's just say this... creating spaghetti sauce using a gas range is messy! It splatters so much, even on the lowest setting! I'll come back to that in a second.
I also made Emeril's meatballs found here. They were SO good (but if you try it, be careful not to put too much Essence... it really only takes a "BAM!"). The recipe calls for them to be cooked directly in the sauce... over medium high heat. There was no way I was leaving that sauce on medium-high heat in my all white kitchen for 30 minutes, much less the hour I was planning to simmer them for! I don't know if there's a method for this, but I made it through. At first, I had the sauce in a saucepan. It all fit just fine, but the splattering was out of control, so I transferred it to my large pot. I suffered through the first 30 minutes of it's simmer time -- covered. I baked the meatballs for about 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven and RINSED them (yes... I've read about it on this site) and dropped them in the sauce. I covered the pot and CAREFULLY stirred the mixture about eight times during the next 30 minutes. (When I say "carefully", picture me peeking under the lid and sliding my wooden spoon in the gap, getting a couple pre-stirs in to calm the "simmer" before actually stirring it lol... it was a hoot). Then I spooned it on some spaghetti, topped with some shredded parm and mmmm.. was it good! I was proud of myself. My first spaghetti and meatballs! Yum!
Next time, I may brave it Emeril's way.