Friday, July 29, 2011

Nom nom nom

I'm starting to get the feeling that this is becoming a food blog. I guess when I said I needed to prepare more meals at home, I really meant that I'm not going to think about anything else.

Anyway, I was inspired once again by Poor Girl Eats Well. This lettuce-wrap dish was a blissful union of tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, black beans, and quinoa served over lettuce with a little bit of olive oil. It allowed me to use up some ingredients that were in danger of going bad soon, some stuff that's been sitting politely in the pantry waiting to be consumed, and lettuce purchased earlier today from the farmers market. So fresh and easy and tasty. I think I'll have it again tomorrow.

Because lunch was kind of MIA today, I was still hungry after dinner, so I had a bowl of fresh fruit (again from the farmers market) with some honey and sliced almonds.

Sometimes, life's pretty good.

Monday, July 18, 2011

In the kitchen, part II

The domestic goddess strikes again! I don't know what's gotten into me. I'm unstoppable!

Yesterday, it was banana bread. I have a love-hate relationship with bananas. I love their portability and how tidy they are to eat, but I hate that I have to taste them all day long after just one bite. For that reason, I've never made banana bread before, but I had some bananas that I had a feeling I wouldn't eat before they went bad, so I decided to go ahead and make some.

By the way, how lucky are my friends who I'm sharing this great stuff with?

I used this recipe because it was simple and I already had all the ingredients, although I decided to mix in a little whole wheat flour--you know, to make it healthy. Never mind the metric ton of butter in it :) It came out okay. If I hadn't put in the wheat flour, it would have had more flavor. I also should have given the bananas another day or so. All in all, for my first time making it, I'm pleased.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

In the kitchen

Last night, I suffered from a fit of domestic inspiration. These are the results:

Another batch of vegetable broth made from scraps.

Then I saw that I had a bunch of zucchini and summer squash that wasn't getting any fresher, so I decided to make zucchini bread. Technically, I suppose it's zucchini-squash bread, but it's all green, so does it matter? Anyway, it starts with 2 cups of grated zucchini, which just looks like a bunch of slop.

Then, it becomes a sloppy-chunky batter. By the way, the oven in my apartment doesn't have a light inside! I would probably be more annoyed if I actually used my oven very often :)

Then it becomes delicious! Sadly, I realized too late that I forgot to put in walnuts.

I've already set aside one loaf for friends, so I can't just accidentally scarf down both loaves within a 24-hour timespan. Not that I would do that.

It was nice being in the kitchen again and really getting to work. I should have taken a picture of the mess I made--have I mentioned that I am the world's messiest cook? Anyway, the apartment still smells yummy the morning after, and now I'm getting ready to make some chili in the crock pot for later. Domestic goddess indeed!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Starting with 30 days

Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days | Video on

This video isn't long at all, but if you still don't want to watch the whole thing, it boils down to this: challenge yourself to do something you've been wanting to try for 30 days. It's not so much time as to be terribly painful if you end up really disliking your chosen activity, but it's enough time to make an impact on the way you live. I know it's not a new idea, but it's a welcome reminder.

It's part adventure and part discipline--both concepts that I fully support.

A couple months ago, I did my 30 Day Simple Living Challenge, and it was helpful and insightful. I'd like to try to another 30 day challenge, but I have to give it some thought. What could you do for 30 days?