I know, I know…it’s May and I’m writing about making hearty, spicy chilli! With 50 degree weather these past few days, though, I’ve been struggling with salads and other typically-Springy dishes. Now, I’m in full-blown Autumn mode and have been craving thick and filling soups and stews. A good compromise considering it is May, is Chilli! It’s really a year-round dish, and can easily be freshened . . .
Archives for May 2015
In my quest to get the Mister to eat more veggies, I may have stumbled upon the most unlikely of dishes for Meatless Monday* that he will actually eat! So, some of my favorite things to cook with are mushrooms, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese...Italiany-type ingredients, basically. I would swap out mushrooms for meat any day, but Jonathan... not so much. In fact, there are only a few things he doesn't . . .
Updated: July 12th 2015 I like to think of myself as an organized, structured and generally speaking a planner. Of course, the downside to that is that I also tend to take on way too much and then stress myself out about actually being able to finish everything on time. So I’ve had to come up with a few shortcuts to maximize my time and one tiny change has made a big difference in my daily . . .
Spring has been peeking its elusive little head out these past few days, and seeing actual real-life sunshine makes me want to get crafty and host little parties. And what is having a little get-together without also sorting out a few homemade decorations? Just kidding, I never really have time to decorate like I want to when I have guests over because really…we just go straight to the good stuff: . . .
Okay, so I should start this post out with a disclaimer stating that I was planning to write about a light and healthy summer version of my 30-minute black bean soup. As I was getting ready for work I was going over the recipe in my head, making sure I had all of the ingredients, and above all, thinking about the spoonfuls of crème fraiche that I was going to be dumping on top of a nice warm bowl . . .
Since we’ve moved to London, our weekends have been a flurry of shopping excursions (hello, Ikea) and decorating and more shopping and well… not much else. So when I woke up this past Sunday knowing that my day would be full of more of the same, I knew I’d better have a good breakfast to get me through it all! As I was making this, I was half awake (because I hadn’t yet had my spinach apple . . .
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m definitely in cold-weather mode with my recipes lately because it’s been so darn chilly these past few weeks! Instead of craving summer salads and grilled food, I’m craving hearty stick-to-your ribs recipes that will warm me up. I’ve also been really busy at my day job, trying to settle into our new life in London, and feeling a little homesick for my life back in . . .
comfort food noun noun: comfort food; plural noun: comfort foods food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically having a high sugar or carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking. ...I was robbed! This weekend's drama definitely put me in the mood for a big helping of the above -- comfort food. You guys, do you ever have day . . .
Maybe it’s because spring is right around the corner (at least, I hope it’s hiding around there somewhere…) but I’ve been craving light, healthy and energizing food lately. Or maybe it’s also the overdose on take-out food over the last few months during our move… Either way, I’ve been subconsciously making all sorts of things that I never would have even considered before, on my quest to eat . . .
Working a 9-5 (more like 8-8 in reality, by the time you count the commute) and getting a homemade + healthy + fast meal on the dinner table every night can be quite the challenge. Our routine is usually as follows: do a grocery shop once a week and pick up random things that I think I might want to eat, then do several smaller shops to pick up specific ingredients to make dinner with, once . . .