Final exams are OVAH!! All four exams went well, and I’ve actually received a few grades already (my professors are speedy). This intense semester of schoolwork, work, and internship is behind me, and now I am a little over a year from becoming a Registered Dietitian. Just call me Jessie E., RD-to-be 😀
I’m very excited about this summer. In June, I will be doing something special (which I will reveal in the next post 😉 ), and then for the rest of the summer I’ll be working on various projects, including some projects for the RD for whom I work. This summer will be exciting and full (full of good food, too).
To celebrate the end of my semester, Peter cooked up a fabulous Cuban feast that had me saying: (phrase removed for apparent vulgarity!) (I wish I could say those words meant something like “You’re awesome” or “This food rocks my socks”, but what it actually means is “Get out of here!” )
He began by smoking a four pound pork shoulder for 9 hours until it was super tender. You might have seen my note on Twitter about the billows of smoke coming from our deck. Yes, I said billows.
Peter insisted I show you a picture of him preparing the meat, so here we go:
He’s wearing his smoking outfit. I do not jest.
Peter also baked some crusty whole grain rolls from Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day so that we could have Cuban pulled pork sandwiches.
He also caramelized some onions to go with the pork.
Lastly, he ground a garlic paste to make a garlic-mayo aioli (potent!):
He hand-ground the garlic in our basalt molcajete, a pig-shaped behemoth we call “Watchpig“:
You might wonder why a young married couple would have a molcajete in their kitchen … the only answer I can give you is:
After shredding the pork, we piled everything together with a little Jarlsberg cheese and popped the sandwiches into the oven to melt the cheese. We tied the sandwiches with string to keep them from falling apart.
With a side of panko-crusted asparagi 🙂 :
Action shot! (Altered for modesty’s sake)
This is a pretty heavy cake, so a little goes a long way.
Thanks for a wonderful dinner, Peter! I am certainly well-fed 😀
I’m off to enjoy a night of relaxation – the first in a while! Stay tuned for an exciting announcement on SUNday-SUNDAY-Sunday!
Q: What’s your favorite way to relax after a busy day/week/month/year?