After a few days off the track, it felt good to resume a healthier wholesome home cooking! This week end, we are excited to get our Christmas tree and deck the halls. I am also planning to bake our first batch of Christmas cookies with my daughter: Chocolate Crinkles!
Saturday: I have to say, after a few days of not cooking, I felt a bit rusty…I started slow and easy with a Vegan Chili. My husband volunteered to improve my photography and turned into food stylist…(not sure about that!)
Sunday: Starting with my favorite Pancakes of all time, Banana Oat Pancakes.
We had lunch at Superba Food + Bread. All I can say is: it was good. So glad it’s in our neighborhood. Started with a surprising, Beet and Blood Orange Mimosa, then sampled a few dishes: Smoked Potato + Mushroom Hash, Seared Ahi Nicoise Sandwich and the Beet Cured Salmon.
Monday: Made a quick Spinach and Avocado Salad with Pomegranate seeds and Goat Cheese for lunch.
Then we had the leftover Chili for Dinner. Oh, I forgot a Chocolate Cake in a Mug in between…I used to have those a lot when I was pregnant. They are perfect when you want something sweet fast and the other good part is that you can’t over indulge with a mug.
Tuesday: Tough day today…For the first time ever, I made Krispies treats.
We all needed some comfort food that night. I made some Turkey Meatballs that I served with some Brown Rice Spaghetti in Marinara Sauce, Sautéed Broccoli Rabe with Garlic. I also warmed a fresh Baguette, grated some Parmigiano Reggiani and we ate our weight away….
Wednesday: I prepared some Vanilla Sugar for some traditional German cookies that I intend to make closer to Christmas, Vanillekipferl. I grew up next to Germany and my father is from Alsace, a county famous for its Christmas markets and emblematic food (Gluhwein, a warm wine with spices for instance…) I grew up eating and occasionally baking Bredele, typical Alsatian Christmas cookies. I thought it would be a nice tradition to keep up with especially since we won’t be going to France this year for the holiday. The process to make the vanilla sugar is easy: 2 scraped out vanilla pods and 1 cup of sugar that you let sit for at least two weeks, shaking it every now and then.
Then for Dinner, I tried a recipe from the latest Jamie Oliver cookbook Everyday Super Food: Spiced Rice, Veg, Egg & Yogurt. It was really easy and good. Jamie Oliver is notorious for his fuss-free, fast cooking style. I used to watch some of his cooking shows with my mom and we found rather hilarious how he would just dump everything in a big pot and call it a meal. Having said that, the man is a genius and his very intuitive cooking approach is refreshing. I will definitely try some of his other recipes.
Thursday: I made a quick French Toast Challah Bread. On a side note, I have started buying fresh, local farm eggs and man, you can taste the difference.
After a beautiful hike in Malibu, we ate some Bagels and Lox that we brought from our earlier coffee run at the Two Guns Espresso Cafe.
When we came back home, I prepared a Fisherman’s pie. I had never done one or even eaten one before but probably won’t do it again as we found the result rather bland. Glad the wine wasn’t…
Friday: I used the leftover fish from last night and ate it with some rice. I made Broccoli Mac & Cheese for the little one.
Have a fun week!