The misery started early as Jen reminded me I had made the promise of going to Crate & Barrel today. I had almost forgotten or at least pretended to forget in hopes that by some off chance Jen would forget and I would be off the hook.
No such luck.
We were able to return home just in time to watch the first puck drop and witness the Flyers beating the Penguins while I made lunch. I used last night's leftover pork tenderloin with lettuce, avocado, tomato, and SchoolHouse kitchen Sweet Smooth Hot mustard on a baguette with potato chips and pickles.
After the game we rolled right into the Bruins/Capitals game. This may sound boring to you but this was pretty much one of the best days off I can remember in recent memory.
As the game went into overtime it became evident that we weren't going to make it until dinner without eating.
I took the leftovers from the last few days and made this little treat to tide us over until the main course. I took the rest of the sliced potatoes from the moussaka, browned it in a pan with some butter and olive oil, topped it with seared bacon, and sliced Mahon. After putting it under the broiler for a minute I topped it with sliced chives from my mother's garden which, after two weeks, were still in perfect shape in our crisper.
Immediately after serving the snack the Bruins scored so I quickly made up this salad with green leaf lettuce, avocado, sliced tomato, olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper, and chopped herbs. It was the perfect vegan start to the meal until I drizzled the rendered pork fat from the pan over the top. That may have spoiled its veganness but it sure made it delicious.
For the main course I took some of the leftover eggplant and rolled them in a mixture of ricotta, egg, salt, pepper, and chopped herbs. I baked them in the oven in leftover tomato sauce then served them over some spaghetti.
Now I just need to figure out what to do with the remaining five pounds of leftover eggplant that I have in the fridge.
I'm never really sure what to drink as an accompaniment to anything containing heavy tomato sauces so I opted to have my beer after dinner.
Since I'd had a somewhat disappointing experience with an oaked beer last night I decided to try to redeem myself tonight with this Irish Whiskey Cask from Innis & Gunn. This was their latest limited edition release.
I'd heard that this beer had some issues with being affected by light so I grabbed this one out of a sealed case from my local beer distributor to be guaranteed it had not seen any light. The British love nothing more than to put beer in clear bottles. It's like it comforts them to know they are spoiling their own product.
I've liked previous Innis & Gunn beers so I figured I'd give this one a try. According to their website it was aged in whiskey casks "from a famous distillery in Ireland" which had been "previously used to mature one of the great distilled Irish whiskeys." I'm not really sure why they're being so cagey about the details.
It was certainly easy to drink, a nice way to celebrate watching my Boston Bruins stay alive and force a game seven.
Now I just need to figure out what to drink to drown my sorrows when they inevitably disappoint me.
It's almost like the Bruins did not win the Stanley Cup last year.
I'm pretty sure that was just a dream.
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