I am writing this post with a heavy heart. So much sorrow, unnecessary pain.
FLUCTUAT NEC MERGITUR : It is tossed by the waves but does not sink – motto of Paris
With a quick mid week escapade, there has been less home cooking than usual at our house. Here’s what happened.
Saturday: Acai bowls have truly become a staple in our house. I love to eat mine with my homemade granola, fresh berries and sprinkle with some bee pollen.
Program of the day: birthday party and recovery…the leftover pasta was convenient and still appreciated that night.
Sunday: Banana Egg Pancakes were the perfect fuel to explore tide pools in Palos Verdes. It was such a beautiful day…we almost forgot that it was Fall.
Later that day, I gathered all my ingredients to start preparing a Veggie Cassoulet. It did require some time but it was worth it. The dish had a nice umami quality and it was hard to believe there was no meat in there. The mushrooms definitely imparted a lot of flavor and richness.
Monday: The cassoulet from the night before provided ample leftover so that day I just made Avocado Toast and called it a day. I used some whole wheat bread that I bought at Le Pain Quotidien and topped mine with a soft boiled egg and a sprinkle of garam masala.
Tuesday: Trying to put into practice a waste free policy. I took a good look at what I had inside my fridge (To be fair, we were also leaving the next day and the last thing I wanted was to go shopping that day). I found some broccolini that desperately needed some attention so I roasted them, then added some parmesan, pine nuts, lemon zest and juice. It was the perfect complement for the other item in my fridge that needed some attention: a flatbread that I topped with some pesto.
Wednesday: As parents, we like to believe that impromptu trips are not a thing from the past. So every now and when, we push ourselves to take off on a whim. Of course, even though they are spontaneous, these trips still require a fair amount of preparation but as our daughter gets older, it does get easier. We decided to go to Ojai, which is conveniently only 1h 45 minutes away from LA. Perfect getaway for a quick change of scene.
More often than not, we take advantage of in room dining when we are staying at hotels. We always order from the hotel restaurant though, they tend have a nicer selection than the typical in room dining menu. We ordered from the Oak Cafe and it was delicious.
King Salmon / fingerling potatoes/ estate grown quince / Mano Farm candied lemon / persimmon puree
Molten chocolate lava cake / vanilla bean ice cream
Thursday: After breakfast, we enjoyed the beautiful grounds of the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and took advantage of the Kid’s club to steal 2 hours of relaxation and rejuvenation at the spa.
We enjoyed more water fun on this gorgeous sunny warm day and enjoyed our lunch al fresco by the pool. Fish Tacos & Pino Grigio are the ultimate vacation combo for me!
We came home later that day and I didn’t have that much time so I made a fast Lemony Pasta with Tuna Sauce and Arugula. You basically blend tuna into a creamy sauce and add some lemon, anchovies and chili flakes for extra flavor. I reserved some pasta water and added it to the sauce to make it creamier.
Friday: I made a Beet Salad with Walnuts and Feta Cheese for lunch. I spent most of my afternoon following the horrible events unfolding in Paris. I made a quick, restorative Pink Lentil Soup for dinner.
Have a good week