It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
It isn’t just the fairy tale stuff of Goldilocks, or the pauper gruel of Oliver Twist. Really, porridge can be a beautiful (sweet or savory) thing, especially during the cold slog of winter.
Polenta. It’s rich, creamy, warm, and comforting, and the perfect blank canvas to work with. Here I’ve added roasted butternut squash to the sweet cornmeal and paired it saucy, tangy pulled pork. For leftovers, take a look at our pretty polenta cakes topped with a roasted veggie spread.