raspberry compote for two!

raspberries are one of my favorite fruits. our house growing up had about a 40 feet stretch of raspberry bushes wrapping around the garage and every summer my mom and i would pick bowl after bowl after bowl of lush red berries. the best treat that came from them? lightly sprinkle a small bowlful with some sugar, take a spoon and gently press down on the berries (only smushing partially), chill in the fridge and then gleefully eat with a spoon. so wonderful!this raspberry compote recipe is about the same thing. and definitely just as easy. it’s perfect for a weekend brunch with you and your mister (or missus).

why eat this plain old pile of waffles…?

…when you could eat them like THIS.

RASPBERRY COMPOTE (for two)

1 cup raspberries + more for snacking on while you’re making breakfast
2 T sugar
a nice squeeze of lemon – about 2 teaspoons

combine berries, sugar and lemon in a small sauce pan on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. the berries will release their juices and the mixture will slowly thicken. keep stirring every once in a while. the whole process will take about 10-15 minutes total.

cool slightly. i would serve it while still a bit warm. on a buttery waffle. decadent.

i am also guessing these waffles would be amazing with a scoop of ice cream and then topped with the compote. but that’s just me.

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vacation food pt. II – Portland

i bet you’ve all been on pins and needles waiting to see the second half of my vacation food, right? i just knew it 😉 here it is!

pok pok – thai (and some vietnamese inspired) menu. it came highly recommended by the internet and many other people, but i did not love it. southeast asian flood is spicy and tart and sweet and so many flavors at once. i found almost none of those things in my food or in the bites i had of my friends’ food. i was told that portland has insanely good thai, but i don’t think pok pok falls under that category. and they didn’t have thai iced tea on the menu! what’s up with that?!

under that noodle blanket is hidden prawns and pork belly and a caramel sauce. this was my friend nathalie’s order and i think it may have been my favorite. it had the most punch of all the dishes.

broken crepe with mussels. you know how much i love the vietnamese version, bahn xeo, but this rendition did not even come close to comparing. where was the intoxicating smell of cooked coconut milk paired with its smooth subtle flavor?! i liked the fried egg addition though.

our friends jack and alex both work at lucca – an italian restaurant not too far from jack’s house where we were staying. the owners have a garden just for the restaurant and the menu is changed almost daily depending on what fresh ingredients they have. we really enjoyed our dinner and were there for happy hour beforehand so got to enjoy some great snacks and dessert. pictured above is the duck sugo which was, somehow, delightfully light despite being a pasta based dish. you can also see our sausage and arugula pizza in the background. pizza and pasta – carb overload!

brunch at cup and saucer on our last day in portland. i had the “world famous garden scramble” and LOVED it. i promptly made my own version at home and ate it for a week after we got back. so many good veggies! broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, mushrooms, spinach and cheddar. AWESOME.

the mister had sour dough french toast. also really really good, i love the yeasty sourdough flavor combined with the sweetness of the powdered sugar and syrup – and look at that giant pile of french toast!

we hopped on a train back to seattle (flying out of seattle the next day) that late afternoon. we were putzy and ran late so didn’t have time to stop and pick up dinner to bring on the train. this is our extremely junky and terrible dinner from the bistro car. pepsi, cookies, a broccoli cheddar quiche (for me) and hidden under the chips is a bagel sandwich (for the mister). yikes.