Sunday Supper

Every Sunday during most of my childhood, my Dad would prepare a totally epic meal. The early fall suppers are most memorable, maybe because we were just starting to slow down again, making the kitchen a natural place to post up for a while. Around 10 AM, smells would start floating out of the kitchen. He'd spend all day roasting chicken or rolling out egg noodles. After having smelled the food for hours, I remember becoming incredibly impatient waiting for dinner time. I remember everything so clearly, how fall sunlight cast an orange-y glow with the crisp cool air moving through the windows and how sounds seemed clearer without the heat and humidity to muffle and suffocate. Maybe the waiting heightened my awareness for these things.

We'd always eat early, like around three, and by late afternoon the kitchen was clean, the leftovers were stashed away and we were ready to spend the rest of the evening in our own private corners of the house. Or sometimes we'd watch a movie or go for a walk. It was a nice family thing we had going on.

I decided I wanted to start having my own Sunday suppers. Unlike usual meals we make during the week, Sunday suppers take a bit more planning. After a week of sleuthing through recipes and prepping ingredients (a pot of stock simmered on Wednesday or a pie crust rolled out on Thursday), the prospect of Sunday becomes very exciting. A grand finale, you know?

rainbow salad
Rainbow salad.

black pepper, chive buttermilk biscuits
Buttermilk biscuits with green onions, black pepper and sea salt.

Here's what I came up with for last Sunday's supper:

Rainbow Salad
Red cabbage, green cabbage, yellow and red sweet peppers, cilantro and green onions
with ancho lime dressing and roasted pumpkin seeds

Wasabi Fried Chicken
Chicken breasts and legs, soaked in buttermilk and rolled in a crushed wasbai pea/flour coating.
Fried in coconut oil. Inspired by Fuse's Crispy Fried Chicken in Dallas, TX.

Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Russets
whipped with cream, butter and slow-roasted garlic and jalapeno peppers

Buttermilk Biscuits with Green Onions, Black Pepper and Sea Salt
from Bon Appetit

Homemade Butter

Yum! It was pretty successful, I think! The biscuits were very flavorful and had a nice crumby texture, I think due to the addition of cornmeal to an otherwise classic flour+buttermilk combination. The mashed sweet potatoes and russets were also delicious, although I think you could add more roasted garlic if you wanted- when roasted, the flavor is so mild, I could probably eat a whole head. Anyhow, I linked to these recipes (both wonderful) and here are the recipes I came up with on my own:

Rainbow Salad: Omitting the cores, shred 1/2 head of green cabbage and 1/2 head of red cabbage and toss in a large salad bowl. Slice red and yellow sweet bell peppers into narrow strips and add to bowl. Add one bunch of chopped green onions and a nice fistful of cilantro leaves. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp olive oil, 1/4 cup lime juice, 1 tsp ancho chili powder and 1 tbsp honey. Pour over salad and toss. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Wasabi Fried Chicken: Submerge 2 lbs of chicken (I used breasts cut into strips and legs) in 2 cups of buttermilk and refrigerate 8-12 hours. In a food processor, grind 1 cup of dried wasabi peas into coarse crumbs. In a large baking dish, combine wasabi peas, 1 cup flour, 2 tbsp kosher salt and 2 tsp garlic powder. In a 12" heavy frying pan, pour in coconut oil about 1/8" deep. Heat the pan to medium heat. You want the temperature to be about 325 degrees F. Working piece by piece, remove chicken from buttermilk and dredge in flour/pea mixture. Add chicken to oil, about 4 pieces at a time, with legs placed in the center of the pan and breasts arranged around the edge. Cook until both sides are golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Remove chicken from oil and drain on a rack set over a sheet pan or paper bag. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

I was disappointed to discover that I failed to get a decent photo of my fried chicken. As it turns out, food photography is hard, and I am a take-a-hundred-photos-and-hope-one-looks-good kind of gal. It's a fat chance that I'll get any good shots after 3 PM in our dark little cave of a condo. Poop.

But! Here is a tiny version of a very grainy picture. So now you get the gist.


1 comment:

  1. those biscuits look amazing OH EM GEE!

    when i lived in wisconsin, my friends and i had a little sunday dinner thing going on. we would all go to the grocery store and get what was needed and then cook together and have our 6 person party each week. it was grand. i miss it.

    now that i travel every sunday night, i always eat dinner by myself! not nearly as fun.


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