Mr. H's chicken dinner
Winna winna, chicken dinna! Yep, that was me last weekend. Mr. H turned out a delicious meal. It was a little heavy on the starch – the veggies spoke for themselves and don’t really need the rice company. Aside from that, copy and paste this meal and I’m all over it again. A simple white wine rosemary pan chicken with roasted potatoes and veggies pan cooked with the chicken. I’m a fledgling vegetarian, though chicken cooked this delicious keeps me from fully going veggie.
Lemon and Almond Chocolate Meringues: not all that photogenic, but tastytasty!
I made meringues last weekend. They’re not my prettiest specimens, but they tasted yummy. The yellow/orange ones are lemon meringues and the others are almond chocolate meringues. Viewed close up the sugar in them reflected light and made them shimmer.
In other food news, I made snickerdoodle cookies at 11pm Wednesday night as my night class on Thursday after work requested some sort of heritage dish. My people are mutts, through and through, so bringing a “heritage” dish to a school thing is always a challenge for me, particularly when my classmates are almost all first or second generation immigrants that have great food recipes passed down from their parents’ or their home country. I made the joke the previous week that I should bring alcohol as a lot of my ancestors had been alcoholics, so it was part of my heritage. No one seemed to see the humor in it, sigh. I still think it’s funny! Though I settled on snickerdoodles, which my Mom made a lot when I was a kid.
No exciting Thanksgiving holiday action going on for me out here in lala land. It’s not a big deal though – Christmas is the holiday for me! I did have a lovely long weekend filled with friends and food though.
Kitchen sink salad from the other weekend: spinach, avocado, mandarin oranges, walnuts, parmesean, mushrooms, and onion
It’s apparently a good year for avocados out here. My boyfriend’s family had so many avocados that they sent a handful my way, and one of my bosses at work gave me the biggest most beautiful avocado I’ve ever seen. So avocados have been making a lot of appearances in homemade dishes around here.
Artichoke and Spinach Dip with Rosemary Rolls: sadly not a single one of these things is homemade. Though everything was delicious!
Orange-Lemon Poppy seed Cake: Made this one Thanksgiving day morning for kicks. It was a recipe that involved using cake mix as a base, which made me a little hesitant (I need to not be such a from-scratch-snob!), but it actually turned out pretty delicious! The frosting is a sour cream/cream cheese combo.
Kung-pow tofu and vegetables: The presentation is all boyfriend, the dish is pretty much all me. I took a recipe from Cooking Light magazine and distorted the hell out of it. Thankfully it came back from its hell ride just spicy and flavorful enough to be delicious. If I can remember the random sequence of cooking actions it took to make this one it’ll definitely get replayed.
I’ve got a paper due tomorrow, so it’s back to the writing dungeon for me! Which actually isn’t really a dungeon. My new favorite writing spot is at the kitchen table. Something about all the uncluttered space and bright lemon yellow walls gets me through hours of writing! Hopefully that remains the case today.