Watching Nigella Lawson cook is always mood enhancing. Maybe it's the way she talks about and describes food, maybe it's the pleasure she takes in cooking and the unabashed focus that food has in her life. In later episodes, it's also about the sheer number of warm glowy fairy lights in her kitchen. (It seems like Youtube has taken down a lot of Nigella's videos, which is a shame; even though I've seen most of them, I still like to put one on every now and then for a little relaxing and vicarious cookery).
Lake Breeze Meritage is new to me, and rather pleasant. It's available at Village VQA Wines for about $20.
Yesterday I checked out Plenty from the library. Again. This one may be worth purchasing, even though space on the cookbook shelf is tight. First up? Soba noodles with eggplant and mango. Shakshuka. Sweet potato cakes. Swiss chard, chickpea and tamarind stew. Mee goreng.
Tonight's dinner was Indian Spiced Cauliflower and Potatoes, and Mixed Citrus Salad with Feta and Mint. I fully expected the cauliflower and potatoes to be divine, and they were... okay. Meanwhile, I had been dragging my feet on making the citrus salad. Perhaps I was feeling lazy and knew that I'd end up with citrus-y juices everywhere. (In fact, the only reason that I made both recipes tonight is because I halved each - doing the extra chopping required for two full recipes felt like too much, even though I'm always happy to have extra leftovers.) However, I'm glad I didn't abandon making the salad, because it's outstanding. Go make some now. And the extra grapefruit on hand? Will become this.