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California Figs and Getting Your Groove Back

12 Sep

Monday’s can be rough, can’t they? Have you ever had a “case of the Mondays”? Do you have that every Monday? Believe me, Mondays can be rough for all of us but when you’ve got fresh figs, raw honey, almonds and yogurt to wake up to, you think to yourself, “It could be worse.” This Monday is special for me because I’m back to taking photos and blogging about them. I have Pinnies and Poppy Seeds to thank for that. While yes, I have been extremely busy with a new job, it doesn’t mean I can’t make time for things that really matter to me. Sometimes its hard to realize you’ve been neglecting something that keeps you going because you get so busy with what you think is important. Not that I haven’t been doing important things, like making a living(!), but after a very sweet and heartfelt comment I realized this is what I’ve been missing. I haven’t taken photos or written about food for months now. And while yes, my new job is filled with taking photos and writing (how lucky am I?!) it’s not the same as food. Food makes everything better! This isn’t to say I haven’t been eating because I have. In fact, I’ve been eating plenty of beautiful, delicious food stuffs that should have been on here. I just didn’t have the urge to take photos. Are you thinking that’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve heard? I know, me too.

But enough of lamenting on being gone. I’m back and ready to rumble! Today’s special is an easy but tasty breakfast treat that, thanks to living in California, I get to enjoy quite often. Fresh figs, raw honey, yogurt, and almonds. It’s the most decadent, simple breakfast I’ve ever had. And I love it. It makes Mondays taste like Fridays and gives you a jump-start to the day that even coffee can’t compete with. Seriously! Move to CA and you’ll see what I mean! I actually woke up wanting to do a tribute to Jen at Pinnies and Poppy Seeds with a simple walnut shortbread recipe but then I remembered that our oven is covered in garlic. Are you wondering why our oven is now a garlic machine? Well, because last night as I was baking some homemade garlic bread to go with our pasta, I reached in with tongs to pull it out and guess who’s slippery fingers dropped the bread, face down, right in the oven. Not just on the rack but on the door which allowed the bread to slide down to the bottom of the oven, coating the entire bottom in a rich buttery garlic sauce.Β  DEVASTATION. But even worse that, I forgot about it this morning at 6am and turned on the oven, ready to start baking and the garlic monster that is our oven awoke. Not wanting garlic infused walnut shortbread I quickly abandoned ship. Yeah, that’s the kind of person I am.

So, long story short, expect to see a lot more food and a lot less complaining about how I have no time and abandon my dreams without a second glance. Here’s to pushing through the rough and tumble times and making it through with a delicious Monday breakfast.

Breakfast Figs

  • Figs
  • Honey
  • Yogurt
  • Almonds

Rinse and dry figs. Cut figs in half and place in bowl. Cover with yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey and a handful of almonds. Enjoy!

Healing with Grapefruit (Sick Days)

20 Mar

I’ve been sick all week, thus the lack of posting. Since it’s raining and miserable here I’m going to stay in bed all day today and look up trips to Bora Bora. Oh yes, we’re going. When? Well…that’s yet to be determined. Get back to me in about 5-10 years πŸ™‚

We’ve followed our eating plan pretty well until last night when the pizza delivery man knocked on our door. Ooops. I woke up this morning determined to get back on the path to righteousness. That path starts with a grapefruit, so I’m told. It’s all over next week when my mom comes to visit since we HAVE to show her all the delicious meals to be had here. French pastries, slutty mexican food, umami burger, to-die-for french dips, west coast sushi and whatever else we run in to. CAN’T. WAIT.

Brycotti

2 May

Almond Maple Biscotti

My friend Bryce could live off biscotti so this weekend he came to visit and we made some. I call them Brycotti because he is so obsessed and even made an attempt at making them himself last week but I guess they weren’t too great. I think he described them as inedible. To make up for it we tried to make them together and they turned out really great. It was my first time making them and I found it exceptionally easy and oh-so-tasty! We used maple syrup and almonds to flavor these because neither of us are a fan of too-sweet biscotti.

I’m counting down until the big move and the end of my undergraduate life. It still doesn’t feel real but I’m ready for LA and everything I hope to accomplish there. However, before I can get to that I have to finish two finals and get foot surgery. Eeek! So much to do! Our apartment is getting pretty bare as we’re both moving things out as much as possible, but thankfully my mixer is still there so I can fit in another bake-session or two. I also hope to make some different varieties of the Brycotti and see if the recipe is easily adaptable or not. In the meantime, let’s begin the two-week countdown!

Smoothies for Breakfast

17 Feb

I had a dream about these smoothies. I also had a dream about pancakes, which given that yesterday was pancake day, I guess that’s appropriate. These smoothies invaded my brain last night and as soon as I woke up I knew I was going to make them and love them. I also had a dream about the almost-bad banana that I used. It was chasing me around and trying to crush me with its brown spots. My dreams are like this every night.

This smoothie is perfect even if you have 3 feet of snow on the ground like we have here. It’s cheery and makes you miss spring/summer but adds a little joy to your morning even if you’re dreading putting on your snow boots, buttoning up your coat, tying your scarf, putting on your gloves, snuggling into your hat, cursing the world before you open the door…all those great things you have to do because of the snow. Let’s focus on the positive with berries and bananas. That’s basically all it is: your choice of frozen berries, a banana, milk or water, and ice. If you don’t have ice in the freezer just walk outside and grab some (clean, if you like) snow. Yum.

Berry Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • handful of frozen berries (I used strawberry and raspberry)
  • approx. 5 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk/water

Put everything in the blender and blend/whip/liquefy until you get the consistency you like. In the words of Ken Nunn, “It’s just that easy.”

Mini Quiche!

6 Feb

Have you seen the snow?! It’s great! We probably have about 5 inches and its still coming. This weekend is full of doing work and being cozy because next weekend I’ll be heading out to LA to enjoy some warm weather and yummy food (dim sum!). Since I have a lot to get done before my trip I decided to make a quick and easy breakfast so I could focus on my work. These little quiches are made in a muffin tin and popped in the oven for 20 min. Simple! Topped with some goat cheese and my day is MADE.Β  I love cheese. I LOVE it. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. You can still enjoy these without the cheese but you won’t get the same satisfaction. Feta, mozzy, pepper jack, cheddar. They will all work well with this.

Mini Breakfast Quiches

  • 2 eggs
  • mushrooms*
  • red bell pepper*
  • onion*
  • garlic*
  • 1/2 tbsp butter

Preheat oven to 350F.

Saute the mushrooms and onion with the butter until they are cooked to your liking (I like them dark and caramelized). Meanwhile, scramble the eggs in a bowl, add the bell pepper, salt, pepper and seasonings of your choice (I used basil and thyme). Mix in the onion and mushroom, lightly mix and our into greased muffin tin (I filled 4 about half way). Bake for 15-20 min, until golden brown. Let cool for 10 min. Top with cheese.

*Add any ingredients you have on hand. These are supposed to be quick and simple. Spinach, potatoes, asparagus, you name it, if it sounds good it will be!