Sunday, January 30, 2011

I accept your challenge!!!

I accepted my sisters challenge and tonight we made what I would call winter soup.  It consisted of potatoes, celery, leek, chard, bacon, cannelini beans, onion, and garlic.  It had chicken stock for the broth and a lot of whole seed dried herbs such as fennel, thyme, celery seed, red pepper flakes and rosemary.  Towards the end we added a dollop of stone ground mustard which balanced it out perfectly.  I was very skeptical since I do not usually like broth soups but I would have eaten it all night.  The only thing we would have changed is adding a thick cut slice of toasted sour dough bread.  We will finish the night with some delish apple turnovers that I made last night, a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.  Yum Yum!  Will hopefully post some pictures soon....

Friday, January 28, 2011

Failed dinner

I tried to make lemony rice with spiced cod over the top last night and despite following Martha's recipe did not come out very well.  The rice was pretty good but had a little to much lemon(I added to much).  The cod on the other hand was not as successful.  I did not dry the fish before putting the rub on..duh..but the spice mix was not my favorite.  It seemed kinda flat.  I am finding out that Martha's recipes need some adjustments.  Hopefully tonight will be better.  We are having BLTAs and then heading next door for a T-shirt themed birthday party.  I made some earrings, leg warmers, wine bottle cover and plan to make arm gauntlets and bun(hair) covers today.  Super excited!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The beginning...

This is hopefully a new beginning for the love of food.  My husband and I used to eat nothing but over processed, super preserved, can, boxed or bagged food.  Since moving back to the Portland, OR area we had been constantly reminded how bad our eating habits were.  And with the gentle yet constant persuasion of my oldest sister(who is a fountain of knowledge) we have succumbed to the culture of fresh is better and less is more.  We still have a lot to learn but we are on our way to eating better tasting food. This spring we hope to plant more veggies and herbs in our garden.  Also, I have a 30th birthday this year and would love to lose some weight.  We have a big year ahead of us but we will make it a good one with good food.