Sunday, January 31, 2010

Chicken and kale

Another simple, yet tasty meal with random things from the refrig. In one pan! I haven't been planning my shopping too well, obviously!!!

In the freezer I had leftover shredded chicken from making my last batch of chicken broth. I heated that up and sauteed with some dino kale, onion, garlic and false chanterelle mushrooms. Red pepper flakes and a squeeze of lemon on top. OOH yummy! (that's a small plate btw)
I couldn't resist finishing off that bottle of St Bernardus. Dang, that stuff is so good! Smells like honey! Tastes sweet and rich. I am going to have THE BEST TIME in Belgium I tell you. !WOO!

OK my friends, enough out of me. Have a great day!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pork and veggies

Happy Friday!

I got some organic, free-range ground pork at the farmer's market a while back and threw it in my freezer. I was happy to find it and make some delicious pork patties out of it!

I chopped up a bunch of garlic and mixed it in with the meat. Fried the resulting patty in some bacon grease, of course. Alongside, a little stirfry of broccoli, red pepper, onion, and some really interesting mushrooms I also got at the farmer's market. I have no idea what they are, I'll have to get some more and take a photo for you next weekend. They are blackish and look kinda gross but they are pretty tasty!

Have a wonderful weekend my friends! xoxo

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I don't usually drink a lot of beer, I'm more of a wine drinker. But a friend loves this Belgian beer and recommended it so I thought I'd give it a try. We are planning a Europe trip with a stop in Belgium so I figured I should become familiar with the local beverages! Hehe!

This beer is fantastic! Complex and delicious! However, at 10% alcohol it packs a punch! It also has about 200 calories per 12 oz, a bit more than Bud Light but a heck of a lot more tasty!

Do you like beer as an occasional treat? What are your favorites?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Farmer's Market

Hi everyone! This weekend we had a break in the rain so I made a foray down to the farmer's market for some fruits and veggies. I thought I'd take a few photos of our winter offerings for you.

Colorful chard

 Beautiful berries

Fractals! Romanesco broccoli

Near the farmer's market there is a deli that has all kinds of yummy charcuterie and cheeses. I went there to get my latest addiction - espresso con panna. I am so addicted to those!!!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Leftovers mash-up

Good morning friends! We are enjoying some wet rainy weather here in California. I like it!

Check out my orchids - they are blooming like MAD!

 Last night I made a simple dinner, somewhat a repeat of the other night but with slightly different flavor. And let me tell you, it was super delicious! Sometimes random leftovers can just make the tastiest meals, right?

I had a red bell pepper and broccoli left over from the other night. I also had part of a baked chicken left in my fridge. I shredded the meat and threw it in a pan to saute with the bell pepper, broccoli, and a big shallot. Added some salt and some red pepper flakes. Just before it was done cooking I added a heap of chopped garlic. I've been loving the raw garlic lately. (sorry for the crap picture! My memory card on my camera is all full so I used my iphone in low light)

A simple and easy meal made with leftovers. Yum!

Have a great day!!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Burmese food

Happy Monday my friends! I hope you all had a nice weekend!

This weekend I wasn't in the mood to cook so I decided to stop by a little hole in the wall place near my house. I thought it was a kabab place but it turned out to be Burmese food!

Have you had Burmese food before? Tasty!

I got some chicken and a stew made with ground beef and veggies. Both were yummy!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Dinner and DVD

Happy Friday my friends!

Had a wonderful evening last night enjoying my new obsession - Californication - on DVD. A little vino and a nice meal doesn't hurt either!

Cut up a chicken breast and sauteed with sliced red pepper and chopped broccoli. For some added flavor and excitement I threw together a quick basil pesto with hazelnuts. Yum!

I hope you all have a terrific weekend! Any big plans? Not me, I'm doing a ton of laundry!!! :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lamb salad

Hi everyone!

Sorry I have been away - work has been busy, I'm trying to hire a new assistant. Ugh I hate interviewing people. Why do people lie on their resumes? If you can't use Excel, don't say you are an "expert"!!! Why???

Anyway, rant over! I hope you are all doing great!

Last night I made a simple salad but it was tasty so I took a blurry photo for you. I quickly sauteed the lamb chunks in bacon grease and added cumin seeds, red pepper flakes, salt and pimenton de la vera. Tasty! Threw it over some lettuce dressed in olive oil, pimenton de la vera, more cumin, lemon juice and a sprinkle of cotija cheese for saltiness. It was yummy with a glass of Malbec, and ready in less than 10 minutes! I even made it while gossiping on the phone! ha!

Have a wonderful Wednesday my friends! xoxo

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Have any of you seen the movie "Avatar"? I saw it in 3D over the holidays with my brothers and Dad, and I really liked it.

But why am I talking about this here? What does it have to do with food? Not much! But the way the Na'vi scampered about in the forests reminded me a lot of the whole MovNat and primal movement concepts. Very cool! I found myself getting really antsy in my theater seat and wanting to go run through the woods or climb trees or jump on a giant pterodactyl's back and fly around...

OK now I am crazily rambling! But any of you see Avatar and have similar thoughts?

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hi all! Happy 2010!

The holidays are finally over and if we've been bad we can now join the rest of America on New Year's Day and vow to eat right, work out, and take care of our health. Resolutions, right? If you are anything like me, you might think New Year's resolutions are sort of a waste of time. For instance, almost every year one of my resolutions is to cut back on my potty mouth cussing. Well, as I often say - that shit doesn't last very fuckin long! hah!

But hey, if the fresh year makes you assess your health and vow to take better care of yourself, then I wish you good luck in sticking to those goals!

Happy New Year my friends! Some new recipes coming soon...I promise!