Thursday, September 22, 2016

Another Food Post

Here are some good things I have made lately:

1. Such veggie mac and cheese
Caramelized leeks + roasted cauliflower + whole wheat pasta. Simmered butternut squash cubes in whole milk until soft and then blended it up, then added grated sharp cheddar cheese. Mixed everything up in a 9x13 pan, threw some extra cheese on top, and put it in the oven at 400 for 20 mins. Don't forget to add SALT to EVERY STAGE. It's delicious and it's mac and cheese but it's full of veggies and good things.

2. Such fall salad
Kale + roasted sweet potatoes + pistachios + "private stock" sharp cheddar cheese + dressing made with tahini and lemon juice and salt and a little agave and some avocado oil. The dressing looked super weird but when I put it on the salad and mixed everything up it tasted awesome.

3. Breakfast fritatta!
Sausage + sage + 12 eggs whisked + a whole yellow squash grated in + kale added and mixed right before baking. 400 for 30 mins. Cut into 8 slices and have breakfast all week. I've been making these for a while, but this last one was my favorite. The flavors were great, the texture was great, and it fills me right up.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Books 36-39

I'm not going to finish the 50 books on my list by the end of summer. Not gonna happen. But I will finish them! Eventually. It's taking awhile and that's okay because reading is about enjoying it and I have really enjoyed this task and all the books I've read and it's going to continue.

36. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler. I never heard of this book until it was recommended to me and I never ever would have read it but I'm glad I did! There is a huge, huge surprise pretty early on that I would have known if I had read the back more carefully but I didn't so I was shocked and I liked that. Interesting observations on family. Pretty heartbreaking.

37. Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver. I have meant to read this book for years so finally I did. I listened to it, which wasn't ideal, but by the end of the summer I just didn't have much reading time but I had plenty of audiobook time (driving, running, etc.) so I went with it. I listened to the majority of this book while I was running the New England Trail Ragnar (15 miles of running up and then down a mountain, broken into three separate legs). Every time the girls in the book complained about the challenges of living in the Congo in the 60's I was like yep. It's hot. I don't have enough water. There are bugs. There are animals. I get it. Obviously I was being dramatic but it was funny to listen and for once not be like "whoa I have it so good" but rather "whoa I feel so sorry for myself right now." I liked it and I hope to read it someday.

38. It Was Me All Along, Andie Mitchell. This book was not on my original list but I ran out of audiobooks temporarily and I needed to listen to something, and I'm so glad I did. My dad recommended this to me and it was so, so relatable. It's a memoir about a girl who grew up always overweight and her struggle to deal with her weight and fitness and food addiction. I was with her the whole time until she got super skinny. Still waiting for that part of my story.

39. Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell. Nonfiction books kill me. We all know that. Once again, this book had a lot of interesting information that was drawn out way too much. I don't need 25 examples of pro hockey players born in January, just one will do. Luckily I listened to it, which made it easier to power through the parts I'd have a hard time forcing myself to read. But, really good points and I'm still thinking about the ideas. Although I now believe it that success comes from all the right circumstances, which most people will never have, I can console myself with the fact that we don't need to be SUPER rich/successful to be happy in life. We can also be moderately successful and that's good enough.

I'm currently listening to Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin and reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay which is a million pages long and that's why I haven't finished an actual book since August. However, I am enjoying it and I'm going to keep enjoying it and I'll read everything else eventually.

CSA Post!

Okay I have terribly lost track of my CSA weeks and I haven't posted anything in forever which I'm actually sad about because I really wanted to keep track of recipes I liked.

I've decided to eat salads every day for lunch at school. This is good for a few reasons:
1. I can mass buy/prep a bunch of salad stuff and then just assemble it the night before, rather than having to cook something every night to eat for lunch.
2. Salads are healthy, duh.
3. I use up a lot of my CSA greens/other veggies doing this.
4. They can actually be good as long as I put enough stuff in them.
5. It's easy and it's a good habit (I'm listening to a book about habits (see some book post in the future where I'll discuss it) and I hope to be able to maintain it.

Most of the salads I have eaten so far have been okay, not great. But today's salad is a real winner! So I gotta remember it.

Cabbage + radishes (from CSA! yay!) + cashews + chicken thigh (that I rubbed with salt and garlic powder then seared on each side in a really hot cast iron pan) + sesame seeds (that I purchased because I wanted poppy seeds and the store didn't have any). The dressing was rice vinegar + toasted sesame oil + a little olive oil + sriracha + salt/pepper. This was GOOD. The kick from sriracha was perfect. The texture was crunchy and great. I wanted to add mango but my mango wasn't ripe yet, so I'll make this salad again once it is.

Other things I've made recently that I've liked:
BKT: toasted sourdough bread, spread with goat cheese, topped with kale leaves, sliced tomato sprinkled with salt, and crispy bacon. OMG. Heaven in a sandwich.
Beet chips: slice thinly, sweat them out with salt, bake (for not too long cause otherwise they'll get burnt and luckily Dinesh will eat them anyway but it'll be a little sad)

Also I have been dreaming about making zucchini carbonara (I got a super awesome spiralizer and I LOVE it) but the farm isn't harvesting anymore zucchini so to try it I might have to buy some from the store.