Saturday, May 21, 2011

Dinners for one

Gluten free crostini


Crisping up the proscuitto

Loves my Torrontes

Yolk and asparagus - the perf match


Eggs and more eggs


I actually get really excited when my husband goes out of town or out for the night because a. I only have to make dinner for one b. I make whatever I want c. it usually involves eggs which he never allows on the dinner table. Please notice the abundance of eggs in these shots.  I usually snack a little and make myself some egg dish, super simple and rustic, and some type of toast/open-faced sandwich or crostini creation with brown rice tortillas.

So to break it down my go to open faces crostini/sandwich/panini whatever you want to call it are a slice of really good cheese broiled on a crispy brown rice tortilla (or toast for the gluten-lover)  And my fave avocado toast.  I make this every week.

The egg asparagus creation is just me hands down.  I found the recipe here on one of my fave cooking blogs, Framed. The egg on rice is just a super easy combo that a friend of mine I used to work with always told me was her favorite dinner, with a side of tomato salad.  Pour yourself a glass of Torrontes and is just doesn't get more simple, satisfying and delish.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Belated Mothers Day Boat Ride






















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I had the bestest Mother's Day a week late this past Sunday.  Honey took me on a boat ride through the Long Beach canals and it was such a fun relaxing departure from our normal Sunday activities!  We cruised around and drank wine, ate cheese and cold BBQ chicken, docked the boat at Tantalum and had a drink inside and finished our cruise.  It was all of 2 hours and such a great time.  The boat seats 6 so we could go back with 2 other couples and really tear it up.  Good Times.  Thanks, Honey!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What I bought

My very first CSA box!

The perfect bite of gluten-free chocolate

My new fave cereal fo sho

Never seen the gluten-free oat flour before had to get

Inside the CSA box...

Maple bacon marshmallows - what I didn't buy.  Next time

Yummy


Can't wait to see what recipes await me
Hibiscus Kombucha

Crack.
A lot of fashion bloggers like to blog about what they wore.  One gal made a living off hers.  That's rad.  So here's my foodie version - what I bought.  At the grocery store.  This week was supposed to be just a quick visit to go pick up my very first Community Supported Agriculture box.  I was so excited!  Its the most brilliant thing I think I've ever done.  So that was my intention, but I had a little time to kill, Dax was being really good, so why not do my favorite thing and mosey around Whole Foods, looking for fun new products to try?

I started in the bakery/coffee bar section because I remembered my husband told me there was Kombucha on tap there and I'm a total kombucha nut.  They had Pineapple ginger and Hibiscus.  I walked away with the latter after a taste because Jamaica is my second favorite non-alcoholic beverage.  As is was waiting for my brew I perused the display of non-high fructose-corn-syrup-containing marshmallows in some pretty sinful flavors.  I really thought long and hard about taking home the Maple Bacon flavor, but I figured either I'd be sick of them after 2-3 or worse; I'd eat them all.  After I tossed the vanilla flavor in my cart I turned around to face the cookie selections.  I love Laura's Wholesome Junk Food cookies but I end up eating the whole container myself so I tried out these flourless chocolate babies.  Its like the perfect bite of chocolate that you're craving after dinner (or lunch or breakfast).  I know because I ate one stopped at a red light.  I needed something to wash down the cereal.

So I had written down that I wanted to try this cereal (i read about it in natural health or something) and totally forgot about it and then I randomly picked it up and decided to try it because it looked good and was gluten-free. It is SO good.  It reminds me of the Kix flavore but so much more going on and delish flavor which is tough for gluten free sometimes.  I have been putting it on top of my greek yogurt mixed with blueberries and stevia.

While we are on the topic of yogurt...

My friend Caroline who I ran into while shopping INSISTED I buy this yogurt insanity called Noosa.  It comes in a little container with a flavor on the bottom in a soupy layer like mango or blueberry.  It looks tame but it is not.  It kills.  I had one bite when I got home and it took every bone in my body not to finish it.  The fat content is up there because its crazy full fat yogurt but its truly like ice cream and its just...sublime.  You must try it.

It was like christmas day opening that csa box.  Really pretty veggies and fruit, perfectly ripe strawberries, HUGE scallions, swiss chard, golden beets, giant chunky carrots...now I have to dig up some recipes and get cooking.  Or juicing.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Making Baby Food




Making baby food is the easiest thing in the world.  I don't understand why everyone doesn't do it.  You buy some pears at the farmers market, peel them & chop them, and saute in their own juices for under 10 minutes & puree.  So easy!  I save old glass Gerber jars and store the food in the freezer until I'm ready to use it.  And Dax loves it.  He could eat gallons of pears.

Avocado you can just mash up, same with banana.  I mean really?  Just go to Trader Joe's and pick out some organic stuff (bananas and avocado don't have to be, save your $) and experiment.  I promise the whole process takes about 20 minutes.  Throw it on the stove while your cooking dinner. Or while your on the phone ordering it : )

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Snacks & Baby Sign

The Spread

Elana's Pantry Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Covered, peanut butter-filled pretzels.  Uh-huh.

Peanut Butter Truffles.  Oh Yes.

Quinoa Greek Salad.  I'm super into quinoa


Capicola & Super yummy Trader Joe's cheese.  Can't remember the name of it!

Spanks




I made a little spread for my Mommy & Me ladies last Friday for our Baby Sign language class.  The class is so cute and its fun to see the babies all wide eyed over the signs and songs.  Moms come with their tots at 12 and we chat and hang and eat before the class at 1.  By 130ish, the noise level has increased and the whining & fidgeting has reached max levels!  Its still fun though.  I love an opportunity to eat, cook and host something!
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