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Uno de Mayo

May 2, 2010

Are you as excited for the first Happy Hour post as I am???  Maybe not?  Well, I’m excited.

Like I mentioned in the last post, Saturday our friend Josh had a birthday BBQ at his place in Walnut Creek.  (Happy 26th Josh!  We had a great time on Saturday!) We had a great time catching up with friends and soaking up the sun in the backyard.  Sadly, we had to cut out early because Alexis was having a Cinco Uno de Mayo dinner party at her place in Oakland.

I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to make my first Happy Hour combo!  I decided on something to go with the theme: homemade margaritas and fiesta bites (yes, I named them myself).

Fiesta bites were inspired by one of the appetizers at the Bar Method party last weekend.  The caterer made little bites of steak and salsa with sour cream on top, which were good, but I thought were lacking a little spice.  I decided to make my own with chicken and some hot sauce.

These bites take a little preparation, but they pack a punch flavor-wise and are a real crowd pleaser.

To make these, I bought Tostitos Scoops, because they make the perfect little cup to hold all the components of this appetizer.  To each chip, I added a piece of chicken (I cooked a chicken breast in the oven — 350° for 30-35 min — in some olive oil, salt, pepper, chili powder, and cumin), some salsa (I used Trader Joe’s Salsa Authentica — it has good flavor and a little heat), some avocado which I mashed with salt, pepper, and some Sriracha hot sauce, then I topped it off with a little squeeze of Fage 2% Greek yogurt.  The yogurt I just scooped into a Ziploc bag, which I then cut the tip off of so I could squeeze the yogurt onto the chips easily.

There you have it, Fiesta Bites!

A little effort translates into some very delicious finger food.

To pair with these, I made margaritas which I adapted from one of Ina’s recipes.

These margaritas are somewhere in between a frozen margarita, and an “on-the-rocks” margarita.  You can always add more (or less) ice depending on how you like yours.

To make these, I used 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice (yes, this did make me wish I had a real juicer, instead of just a reamer), the juice of one lemon, 1/2 cup of triple sec, 1 cup of white tequila, a squeeze of raw agave syrup, and about 3 cups of ice.  All this was blended in a blender, then served either straight up or over ice.

This is a tart, frothy margarita which doesn’t have that syrupy sweetness of those store-bought margarita mixes (which I really can’t stand).  It’s pretty strong, so consider adding 1/2 cup tequila to start, then adding more to taste (this is a good technique to follow with the agave as well — add a little, then add more to taste so it doesn’t get too sweet).

These can be served with or without salt.  And, if you’re craving a frozen margarita, add more ice; or, (if you want to get really fancy), throw the blended-up mix into an ice cream machine for 15-20 minutes.  Yum!

Alexis’ dinner was super yummy.  She made corn and flour chicken enchiladas from scratch (even the green sauce!):

She served the enchiladas with roasted avocado corn salsa, black beans, sour cream, and cabbage in a cilantro-lime dressing.

Clearly, I didn’t like any of it.

Clearly.

For dessert Alexis made Mexican wedding cookies (one of my all-time favorite cookies):

Oh man, deliciousness overload!

KC and I ended up staying way past dinner and dying laughing over Carey’s 3rd grade yearbook.  Good times.

I hope you guys had (or have) some fun plans for Cinco de Mayo.

Ok, off to get dinner on!  Later!

Breakfast / Food Journal / Lunch / Snack

Pet Rhinoceros

April 29, 2010

Let me start by saying that I hate our upstairs neighbors.  Yes, this has absolutely nothing to do with food or with the rest of this post, but they are so loud it’s ridiculous!  I’m pretty sure they have a pet rhinoceros.

I can’t wait to move.

Ok, back to the point: food.

Cheerios for breakfast:

I actually made a smoothie for breakfast, but it was too sweet again (even though I used unsweetened almond milk this time)!  So, I threw it out.  I think I need to go back to the soy milk for my smoothies.  This whole almond milk thing just isn’t working out for me.

After breakfast I had some coffee, threw on my Lulu’s and then headed off to Bar Method for Hannah’s 1:30pm class.  Man, my body is tired.  I’ve been really working hard this week in class, and I could definitely feel it during the thigh sequence today!  By the last set, my legs were shaking like there was an earthquake.  Let’s hope this translates to “damn those jeans look good on you,” later on.

After class I had a snack I brought with me:

I know, I know, “Wow, something new and different!”  Sorry, I’m a creature of habit (and limited budget).

After my snack it was time for, dun dun DUN!

Spending time with Mason!

Mason’s nanny came to take Heather’s 3pm class, so I got to watch the little cutie for about an hour.  I haven’t seen him in 2 weeks!  Isn’t he adorable?  Cute enough to eat!

Mason and I had quite the photo shoot in studio 1 today.

After my fun with Mason, I headed back home on BART and ransacked the fridge for a snack.  I realized I didn’t have much of a lunch, and there’s not much in my fridge that’s ready to eat, so I settled on this:

Usually I’d add some veggies to this (bell pepper, tomato, sprouts, avocado), but my fridge is sorely lacking right now!

Well, hopefully dinner will be healthier and more substantial than this.

Off to get ready for a walk with KC (it sounds like he’s a dog I’m taking on a walk… that’s weird).  I guess we’ll see where our walk takes us tonight.  Maybe to Temescal Produce for some veggies??  Fun fun!

Breakfast / Dinner / Food Journal / Lunch / Snack

One Foot in Front of the Other

April 28, 2010

Hey all,

Long day today!

I had some of that harvest porridge I made yesterday for breakfast.  The recipe said I made 2 servings, but it’s more like 3 — it’s pretty filling!:

I know it doesn’t look that appetizing in this picture, but trust me, it’s yummy.

After breakfast I headed over to Bar Method to work the desk for a few hours.  Business there is crazy!  All the classes are full, the phone rings off the hook…  Pretty soon us desk people are going to need our own assistants!

Anyway, I grabbed a quick snack while I worked:

Yes, I cheated — that’s yesterday’s picture.  I didn’t take a shot of my egg and orange today because it was so darn busy.  Sorry!

After my shift, I ran over to The San Francisco Soup Company and grabbed a bowl of their organic smoky split pea (yum):

I managed to wolf down almost all of this before heading into the 3pm class.

I’ve been really going for it this week in class — you know, those weeks where you really push yourself while you’re exercising?  Well, let me tell you, my legs are tired!  This didn’t stop me from going for a walk with KC after he got home from work though.

I had a snack first (of course):

We thought Seuss might want to put her leash on and come with us:

She wasn’t amused:

She promptly hopped off the couch and popped her “safety collar” off.  I’d like to rename the safety collar the “you got out of that way too easy” collar.  Really Seuss?  What a beez.

We decided to walk up to Piedmont and look at the houses.  There are some super cute houses over in Piedmont — too bad I don’t have a spare $800K lying around…  Our walk was fun and it was nice to get outside, even though it was a little chilly!

By the way, walking with a friend or your significant other is a great way to get some exercise into your day.  Not to mention, it’s kind of just a nice way to spend time with someone.

After getting home from our walk, I threw dinner together:

Grilled Steelhead trout with thyme-scented quinoa and roasted vegetables.

This is super simple to make.  I threw 1 cup of red quinoa into the rice cooker with 2 cups of water, a little sea salt, and a couple thyme sprigs, and let it do its thing.  I chopped up whatever veggies I had on hand (broccoli, bell pepper, zucchini, crimini mushrooms, and a vidalia onion), tossed it all with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and threw it into the oven at 425° for 20-25 minutes.

The fish I just sprinkled with salt and pepper and grilled it in a little olive oil.  Easy and delicious!  A well-balanced meal chock full of Omega-3’s.

My plate:

After dinner, KC and I cleaned the apartment.  I know, exciting.  The nice part about having a tiny apartment is being able to clean the whole thing in under an hour.  The faster this place is clean, the happier I am.  I hate cleaning, but I sure love a clean apartment!

Alright, well I think there’s some Ben & Jerry’s calling my name from the freezer…

Chelsea, come eat the cookie dough out of this pint.”

Yep, definitely calling my name.

Hope your week is going well.  Tomorrow’s Thursday!  Almost Friday, which is almost the weekend!  Woo hoooo!

(Well, if you can’t get excited about it, I figured I’d do it for you.)

Ok off to rescue the ice cream from the freezer.  (It gets so lonely in there…)  Night!

Breakfast / Dessert / Dinner / Food Journal / Lunch / Snack

Farro-cious Tuesday

April 27, 2010

Hi friends!

Sorry I haven’t posted until now, it’s been a busy day!

Ok, so I left off right before dinner last night…  I ended up making Spring Couscous — a recipe from the latest issue of Everyday Food.

Here’s my dish:

It was pretty simple to make — all in one pot basically.  The recipe calls for shredded chicken from a rotisserie chicken, but seeing as I was fresh out of rotisserie chicken (er… never had one to begin with…), I just cooked a chicken breast in the oven and used that.

To make the rest of the dish, you chop 4 scallions and saute in butter (I think I’ll use olive oil instead of butter next time) over medium heat in a skillet.  Once softened, add 1 1/4 cups of water to the pan, 2 wide strips of lemon zest, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, add in 1 pound asparagus, trimmed, and cut into 1/2 inch pieces.  Return to a boil and stir in 1 cup couscous (I used whole wheat couscous) and 1/2 cup frozen peas.  Turn heat off and cover pan — leave for 7-10 minutes.  Toss this with some lemon juice and chicken, salt and pepper to taste.  (Makes 4 servings).

This dish is good, but it could have used a little flavor kick.  I think next time I may add in some red pepper flakes with the scallions at the beginning, and/or toss in some chopped basil at the end.

After dinner there was some late-night snacking:

This cow cheese addiction is outta control!

Ok, so now we’re at this morning.  This morning I made a special breakfast for myself — I decided to make Le Pain Quotidien’s Harvest Porridge.  The recipe was in the latest issue of Self magazine, and it sounded good so I figured I’d give it a whirl.

I cut the recipe in half to make 2 servings instead of 4.  Here’s the end result:

So, to make this you put 3 cups unsweetened almond milk in a pot, along with 1 tsp. vanilla extract and 1 tbsp. raw agave sweetener.  Bring to a boil, then stir in 1/2 cup farro and 1/4 cup dried cranberries.  Let this whole mix simmer until the farro is tender and has absorbed all the almond milk (the recipe says this is 35-45 minutes — it took about an hour for me).  Spoon half the mixture into a bowl and top with 1 tbsp. chopped walnuts, 1 tbsp. chopped pecans, and a quartered strawberry.  (I didn’t have any pecans or strawberries, so I just topped it with some chopped walnuts).

I thought this was pretty darn good, and perfect for a rainy morning like today.  It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and has more of a chewy bite than oatmeal (plus it makes the kitchen smell delicious).  Farro, while a little pricey, is a great source of complex carbohydrates and has twice the protein and fiber of regular wheat.  YUM!

After breakfast I had plans of having coffee and wolfing down the couscous leftovers for lunch.  Unfortunately, I lost track of time and my half & half was spoiled (the worst!) so I was forced to head to the city sans lunch and caffeine.

I did manage to make it to Peet’s for a small coffee a little later in the day (I mean, I know where my priorities lie).  After caffeinating, I ran over to Bar Method to take the 3pm class.  I was dying during Hannah’s arabesque sequence!  Danielle’s pretzel sequence Monday + Hannah’s arabesque Tuesday = torture for my backside!  Oh well, I’ll be thanking those girls later when I put on that bikini this summer.

Once I finally made it back to Oakland I was FAMISHED!  I don’t normally go that long without eating, and I certainly don’t recommend it.  It just happened to work out today that I was booked solid with no time (and no money) to eat.

I had a snack when I got home:

The KC and I headed over to Whole Foods to return the spoiled half & half (yes, return, it wasn’t even at its expiration date yet!)  We picked up some new half & half, nonfat milk, and a special after-dinner treat.

For dinner I made tuna salad:

I’m glad I had decided on this earlier in the week — I was definitely in the mood for something quick and easy tonight.

To make this I used a bag of organic mixed greens, added some chopped veggies (bell pepper, cucumber, tomato, red onion), some minced kalamata olives, a handful of chopped walnuts, and some homemade croutons (which you’ve already seen the recipe for).  I tossed all this with a balsamic vinaigrette (I just eyeballed the amounts, but it included balsamic vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, salt and pepper), then topped it with some of the leftover tuna from the other night.  Easy right?  Took a whopping 15 minutes to throw together.

I usually add a chopped apple to this recipe; but seeing as it’s not apple season, I didn’t have any on hand.  I’ll use a nectarine or something once those are in season.

After dinner it was time for a special treat:

Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked frozen yogurt!  DROOL.  I pretty much never buy ice cream at the grocery store, so this was definitely a treat for us.

Alright, well it’s time for Glee and The Good Wife.  Catch you later!

Breakfast / Food Journal / Lunch / Snack

Another (Mon)day

April 26, 2010

Ah another week… another Monday.

This week started like all the others.  Kashi for breakfast:

Then job searching, emailing, all kinds of other interesting activities.

Made the week’s batch of hard-boiled eggs and had one as a mid-morning snack:

For lunch I made a pita out of the leftover Greek salad:

I ate 3/4 of this — couldn’t quite finish the second half.

Pita bread… you make any leftovers more delicious.  Seriously, I love pockets in just about everything — pants, dresses, flatbread…

After lunch, I got ready to head to the city for a job interview (yes, yay for employment — we’ll see what happens).  I had a double shot from the Nespresso to get pumped up beforehand:

After the job interview, I headed over to Bar Method for Danielle’s 3pm class.  Pretzel kicked my butt today (yes, sort of literally since it’s seat work).  After class I was starving, so I raced home and made myself a snack:

Some of those heirloom carrots, a tomato, and leftover green goddess dressing.  Even though I halved the recipe for the dressing, it still made a bunch!  I can’t imagine any salad needing that much dressing.  Unless you were feeding an entire tribe of hungry vegetarian bears…

Ok end of weird thought tangent.

Alright, sorry this post is kind of boring — blame Monday!

I’m off to get dinner ready — post on that later!