Last fall, our friends & Aussie mates (Paul & Carolynn) schlepped their two girls and our two girls into Gotham City to have a look at NYC's first annual "Fashion's Night Out." Our 4 teenage fashionistas were immediately captivated! Between the eye catching displays, the celeb sightings, and the giveaways, etc. they quickly decided that this was the beginning of a tradition for them. So when Fashion's Night Out 2010 rolled around...the 4 girls carefully planned their strategy as to where to go and what to see. ( log onto the FNO website at http://www.fashionsnightout.com/night-out).
We made our way over to Bergdorf Goodman, where several special events were taking place.
Just as I saw Randy's knees beginning to buckle (a normal occurence when he is in a department store) Carolynn got a text message that Paul was outside and ready to meet for dinner. A look of relief came over Randy's face, and we made our way back downstairs. At this point there were security guys all over the place keeping the crowds moving! We bid our daughters a temporary farewell somewhere between the make up department and the Sarah Jessica Parker sighting.
Quality Meats. It was just a few blocks away, and a place where we could relax and enjoy a nice dinner. (http://qualitymeatsnyc.com/) We were seated right away.... and a fabulous meal ensued.
Instantly, the comfy atmosphere and funky filament bulb lighting (see photo) made me happy we picked this place! Our professional looking waiter was friendly and attentive. We slowly munched on the complimentary fresh melon with black pepper, and then the crispy, warm bread he brought us. I gradually felt myself recovering from the initial shock of the entree pricing...
I settled on ordering an entree with 3 little fillets of beef, each prepared a unique way. The side orders were served family style, and one of them was called Bubble & Squeak..... I was like, "Huh.??" Paul explained that its a traditional British dish that came about using the leftover mashed potatoes, along with cabbage, and really any leftover vegetables from a big dinner. Those clever Brits managed to mix them all together in a fry pan with butter, and cook them until they "bubble & squeak"!
But then it was back to reality! Time to locate our daughters/rescue them from the life size (human) Ken dolls they were photographing. It seemed that Fashion's night out could go on forever, but there was only so much we could do before it was time to head back home to New Jersey.
On the sleepy ride home, my mind began to churn about the possibility of making Bubble & Squeak myself. After doing some research on the Internet, I put together my own little recipe. With the cooler autumn weather approaching, right now is a perfect time for "comfort" food like this!
BUBBLE & SQUEAK
equal parts leftover mashed potatoes & cooked cabbage (I used savoy cabbage)
one onion, chopped
5-6 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
vegetable oil & more butter
Thoroughly mix together the potatoes and cabbage. Then saute the onion and bacon in butter. beat the 2 eggs and mix into potato/cabbage mixture, then add the onion, butter and bacon. (Soundin' pretty good so far, eh?)
Heat a medium fry pan with some vegetable oil & butter until hot. Form all mixed ingredients into little patties and place into hot oil, one at a time. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until browned on both sides. Transfer to serving platter and serve warm. (You can also put the entire mixture in the pan at once and stir around to cook, if you dont have time to cook it as patties.)
The best thing about Bubble and Squeak is that it's so versatile! It can be eaten for breakfast with eggs. Or, as a side dish for something like meatloaf or grilled sausages. Or just as a little snack, with maybe a dollop of sour cream and some mustard! Yum yum. Bubble and Squeak is also a delicious and great way to sneak more veggies into the diet.
Discovering this British specialty was a perfect way for me to remember Fashion's Night Out. My daughter on the other hand, learned of a new brand of cosmetics called Paul & Joe. She tested a few of their products and decided she couldn't live without this adorable tube of lipstick (below). Can you blame her? Absolutely charming... almost too cute to use, right?
Paul & Joe also has clothing for men, women, and kids. The products are all designed by Sophie Albou from France.
(Several of these photos were taken by my friend. Have a look at her Flickr! www.flickr.com/photos/vela_luna)