And so life goes on doesn’t it? I have been through this week in a kind of hangover, trying to make sense of events that have no sense at all. Yet that didn’t stop me from doing the things that I like to do: nourishing my loved ones every day. With this upcoming holiday, there is no better time to be grateful and be appreciative of the things that matter the most right now. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Saturday: The best Avocado Toast I have ever eaten was at Frog Hollow Farm Market & Cafe in San Francisco. But this one from Two Guns Espresso comes in a solid second place. The burrata added on top of the avocado made it extra creamy and added a nice contrast to the extra grilled bread. It somehow reminded me of the Ricotta Brioche recipe from Squirl that I recreated at home few months ago…Something about the charred flavor and milky creamy texture.
In the afternoon, we baked Superfood Muffins. A recipe from the organic meal delivery service called Sakara Life that I found in a copy of People Magazine (not something I would typically reference but my husband picked it up at his dental office). Anyway, I am not quite sure what makes them qualify as Superfood even though they are on the healthier side (gluten-free oats, bananas, apples, walnuts and sweetened with only 2 tablespoons of honey). Only half of the oats were ground, which made the muffins rather chunky and robust. A good option for a healthy breakfast on the go.
At night, I made a easy Pizza with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli. My daughter seems to be having an off moment with Pizza right now so this meal didn’t go over as I had hoped it would.
Sunday: I made Meera Sodha’s Chicken Curry and Naan. When I saw this curry recipe in The New York Times the other week, I knew I had to try to it. I am a big fan of curries and this recipe looked great without being too intimidating. I also liked that there was a recipe on how to make naan from scratch. Sure it takes a little bit of extra time, but most of it is just waiting for the dough to rise. Then after a little rolling, cutting and cooking, you are rewarded with your very own tender naan! The flavors of the curry were very authentic, very similar to the ones I used to enjoy when I lived in London where I ate a lot of curries. The article describes it as a “gingery, garlic-flecked tomato sauce with deep notes of cinnamon and cumin, and a low flame of chili heat, surrounding small chunks of skinless chicken thigh, with silvered almonds scattered over the top at the end.” Pretty accurate and descriptive at the same time. It was maybe slightly too spicy for my taste but you can always counterbalance with an extra dollop of yogurt and the bread nicely soaks it up too.
Monday: We had extra Curry from the night before that we ate with our extra naans.
Tuesday: Beans and Rice are pretty much a staple in our house. I made a Burrito Bowl that I served with some Brown Rice, Salsa, Cherry Tomatoes and Avocados. The black beans were seasoned (chili powder + garlic powder + oregano + cayenne) and cooked with some diced canned tomatoes that I had left from a previous recipe.
Wednesday: After a brief cold and windy incursion, the weather in LA has come back to its normal self, which is sunny and warm. It was the perfect day to drive to Malibu, go for a hike and eat out at Malibu Farm on the pier.
My Vegan Chop Salad and Grilled Salmon were great, something I could see myself recreating at home since it was a pretty and easy combination of colors and flavors (kale + romaine + butternut squash + beets + avocado + garbanzo beans). I was less impressed with my hubby’s order: Grilled salmon + brioche bun + black olive aioli + arugula + tomato + red onion. It did look good on the paper but didn’t translate as well on the plate.
Thursday: Sweet Salmon cakes with Coconut Rice and Crispy Kale. I combined two recipes in ones. Since my daughter is a big fan of crab cakes, I though I would try this salmon cakes recipe that involves yummy, sweet potatoes. The recipe for the coconut rice and crispy kale comes from an other recipe that I found on Food52 that is also served along salmon. This will definitely be going in my book. The rice was so fragrant yet not overpowered by the coconut and the salmon cakes were really delicious. Yes!
Friday: An other Food52 find. I started per sousing the website and ended up bookmarking a bunch of new recipes. Orecchiette with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale and Caramelized Red Onion.