It’s been a while since I’ve done a What Arvay Eats! To be honest, I’ve been a repeat offender lately, meaning I’ve been making a lot of the same stuff over and over. This is because it’s either a) easy to throw together or b) it’s that good (lookin’ at you, Pad Thai Carbonara). But I’ve gathered a few things that I’ve been eating, making, and loving recently to share with you all.
Now, I won’t lie to you and say that this is the best bread recipe out there, but it is really great. I love how easy it is to throw together, and I have made it quite a few times in lieu of buying bread from the store. I’ve tried both methods of white and whole wheat flours combined, or just all-purpose flour. I think I prefer the white/wheat mixture combination to the only-white flour method, but both will produce a super crusty and delicious loaf. I don’t roll the dough in flour on a plate, however. I just kind of lightly toss the bread with some flour on my hands, giving it a gentle knead because I love kneading and can’t resist. You can also add any herbs or spices that you would like to this recipe, so it’s a great one to play around with. I bake mine in my Dutch oven, but you can half the recipe and make it in an oven-safe saucepan for a mini loaf!
Okay wow Dutch Babies are great! They’ve kind of become a trendy brunch item and typically I think those are over-hyped, but the Dutch Baby is not one of those trends. They are easy to make and so satisfying to watch puff up! I’ve had really good luck with this recipe so far from In My Red Kitchen. It’s easy to modify as well, which is ideal for making a savory or sweet Dutch Baby. So far I’ve made a cheddar cheese Dutch baby with a honeyed jalapeno compote and a plain Dutch baby (making the recipe as written) with some pan-fried cinnamon apples. For the cheddar dutch baby, I omitted the vanilla and added some garlic powder and paprika and topped it with 1 cup of cheddar cheese before putting it into the oven. The honeyed jalapenos are five jalapenos, seeded and diced, cooked with 1/4 cup of sugar and 2-3 tablespoons of honey on the stove until bubbly and thick. I will more than likely post a proper recipe for this once I completely nail the honeyed jalapeno compote!
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
So I don’t actually have a recipe to go along with this one because I’ve been developing my own. It’s one of my absolute favorite pies, if not the favorite pie. It’s my father-in-law’s favorite and one of my dad’s favorites as well. But I wanted to throw this in here because I’m almost done with my recipe and I’ve been eating so much pie in the process. The filling has been nailed. The crust components are great, but I’m still tweaking the method. Side note: I tried a new method of making the crust in the stand mixer. Big mistake. Did not work for me. It’s a long story that I may revisit that involves my food processor exploding and me throwing out my blender in a fit of rage. Yeah. But hey, I have some cute pictures at least!
Mediterranean food is always an option for me, but it can be hard to find a place that goes beyond the standard gyro. Basil has become a weekly spot for Claude and I for so many reasons. It’s pretty easy to eat healthy here, which I try (keyword) to do more often than not so I can squeeze in more dessert consumption. You know how salads at most restaurants suck? Yeah, not here at all. Their salads are so delicious, protein-packed, and filled with actual greens instead of iceberg lettuce. If I’m not feeling a salad, they have many other healthy-ish options to choose from such as kabobs and meat dishes. If I feel like loving myself and not caring about the calories, their gyros and wraps are exquisite. I’m especially fond of the gyro wrap – it’s like an elevated Mediterranean burrito. Everything that we have tried has never underwhelmed us – it has always exceeded our expectations in flavor. Remember what I said about squeezing in desserts? I always get their pistachio baklava and it is easily my favorite dessert at any restaurant in the city. It’s that good. We usually share a pot of tea as well, and they have a few different teas to choose from. It’s a great place for a leisurely meal with friends, and a great place for sharing plates to try a little bit of everything!
Oh and the service? Outstanding. Amazing. Never better.
If you’re a Mediterranean food lover like me, why are you even still reading this? Go get a salad! Or a wrap! Or just eat a bunch of baklava!
Thanks for checking out What Arvay Eats! What have you been eating lately? I want to know!