It's vacation time!!! I'm hanging out in West Palm Beach this weekend with my old roommate and we are living it up!
By living it up, I mean we drank margaritas at midnight by ourselves on Thursday (midnight margs!). Then we worked on Friday and that night, we sat on the couch, ordered Indian food and drank caramel apple mimosas. So for the first 24 hours we went back to doing the same things we did when we lived together 3 years ago. Same thing, different place.
Speaking of other things that are same, but still different, let's talk about this lamb and rosemary hummus! I've been showering you with quite a few hummus recipes this year, but now I'd like to show you a different twist on this dish. Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs so why not marry it with hummus? I'm also a huge fan of lamb, but I rarely make it, so I decided that these things should be brought together at the same time.
To be honest, I ate this as a meal. As in, I sat down and ate this with pita bread and called it lunch and dinner. No regrets! If you want to live this kind of high life as well, I encourage you to make this! Read More
Hey-o! It is time to live our best pumpkin life! To celebrate my return to posting about food (after the last 2 posts focused on my travels), I broke out the rum.
I'm also celebrating because I recently upgraded the lighting situation chez moi, which now allows me to shoot at night. This may not sound like a big deal, but imagine years of waking up early on weekends to cook or bake so you can catch the PERFECT angle and tone of sunlight. Stressful. So no more of that!
Additionally! I am free to create more super healthy and nutritious snacks for my coworkers....hehe SURE! I've been putting baking aside for a few months. I've made a few items here or there but not nearly as many as I used to. This is mostly because I've been super busy and if I have a choice between making lunch for myself or sugary sweets to share, I tend to choose the lunch option. I hate having to buy lunch when I'm at work! But now I can bake whenever I want! So if we work together, I'm sorry/not sorry that I'm about to bombard you guys with a ton of baked sugar. Prepare yourselves!
OK, this pumpkin ball sitch. I don't think I've ever had a rum ball before. Not that I can recall. But anything with the name pumpkin in it will get me interested. Add in some alcohol? Now we're talking! I actually added less than the recommended 2 tablespoons alcohol because I was taking these to work, but I would definitely say to use the entire 2 tablespoons if you're going elsewhere. I also found that these balls were best after letting them set in the refrigerator overnight. I wasn't terribly impressed with them the same night I made them and I almost didn't take them into the office. BUT the next morning I decided to try another one and dang! All the flavors were stronger and I fell in love! Read More
I finally pulled together my pictures from Scotland! For some reason I thought I had fewer pictures from Scotland and this would be a breeze.
Uh, no. Settle in folks! KIDDING! Sort of. I whittled the pictures down to a manageable number. I'm really excited to share these with you! My mom and I didn't get a chance to spend too much time in Scotland but hopefully we can go back soon and spend some more time in this area.
If you want to see pictures of our London adventures, check them out HERE! Read More
I'm finally back in the US and settled in from our UK adventures. I went to London and Scotland with my mom two weeks ago and man, did I go wild with the pictures. I estimate that I took roughly 200-300 pictures a day. Oh yes, I was THAT person.
I wanted to recap some of our moments in the UK and let you know what our favorite things were. Since I went a little crazy taking pictures, I need to split my recap of our UK trip into two posts. I'm going to start out with highlights from London today and follow up as soon as possible with those from Scotland. Prepare yourselves!
We stayed at the fabulous St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. I am never staying anywhere else again. Believe that. Just look at it!
Time to make everything pumpkin spice!
Friends. We are in it. The Fall season is the best season in my opinion. My love for scarves, light (emphasis on the word "light") layers, and pumpkin spice lattes knows no bounds. In fact, you can add the words "pumpkin spice" to almost anything and I'll be a marketer's dream and purchase it.
Recently I decided to make use of some overripe bananas and make banana bread. The slight chill in the air put me in the mood to make a fall-inspired bread so of course the only option was to make it a pumpkin spice flavor. Really, there was no other option. Read More
** I actually wrote this post yesterday, but I unfortunately was not able to get a wifi signal which would allow me to upload my photos. Soooo, let's just pretend that I wrote this today. OK? Great!**
Fun fact: I'm writing this as I'm sitting on a train from London to Scotland. Woohoo! I just spent a few well-needed vacation days exploring London and sight-seeing. Now I'm off to experience Scotland for the first time! Oh. Yeah. There will be another post to recap this trip, but more to come on that later.
At this current time, I'm sipping tea and / for castles outside my train window. Did I mention that I'm eating a virtual TON of food? Because I am. Fish and chips, puddings, Indian food, desserts, etc…It’s been one food experience after the next and I’m not mad at it. The temperature has been sort of temperamental. The first day was sunny and scorching hot, while the following days exhibited highs of mid-to-low 60’s. Thankfully I was prepared for both types of weather. I am definitely missing the last days of summer in the US though!
Before I left home for this UK trip, I whipped up a recipe for Creamy Corn Basil Pasta that is just scrumptious! I’m going to have to make this more often in order to make it through the dog days of winter. You know it. Winter is coming! Ugh. At least we can snuggle up at home and continue to experience bites of summertime. Read More
Hey hey hey!
It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club post! I was paired up with Terri of Our Good Life this month. Terri is a retired elementary school principal who started this blog as a creative outlet for her and her husband's cooking. I love how Terri has incorporated so much of her family into her blog!
A review of Terri's recipes led me to a number of tasty dishes that I wanted to make, including Pasta with Zucchini, Lemon, and Basil, Potatoes with Roasted Citrus Dressing (yum!), and The Ultimate Mac and Cheese (yes!). The week that I decided to make one of Terri's recipes, it was hottttt here in NY/NJ. It had started to get a bit cooler because FALL IS COMING!, but that particular week summer decided to make another appearance. In light of this, I opted to pull out my slow cooker once again so that I didn't melt in the kitchen. I pulled up Terri's amazing Crockpot Mojo Pork recipe and whipped it up. Terri, I am pleased to say that this will be a staple in my kitchen from now on! Read More
You know I couldn't leave you guys hanging without a summer drink recipe!
In case you're wondering, yes, it is still summer. It's still hot outside, though not as hot and humid as the past few weeks. Fall is coming but until it's here, we must inhale all the boozy summer fun our hearts can manage. What could be better? Nothing. Nothing is better.
So here what we have is a beautiful marriage between peach soda and a bottle of red red wine. This is what we want to do with our last 3.5 minutes of summer! Get on board this train stat.
If you're more patient than I am (I'm fairly sure that you are), then you can pour wine into the peach soda even slower than I do. And guess what, it forms this neat separation that makes you feel all fancy when you're drinking it through paper straws. Pinkies up!
Also, you don't have to use peach soda. I did because I love peach flavors (though I'm not a fan of peaches themselves -- it's a texture thing). You can use any type of soda that you love to drink. I won't put any limits on you. Salud! Read More
In case you didn't know, I had a little old birthday last week, on August 22nd. I initially figured I'd gloss over it and go to work, like any other normal day. Then a few days later I realized I had a few extra vacation days so why not just take some time off.
A few years ago a good friend recommended Miss Lily's to me, but I brushed it off, stating that I wasn't really interested in going to a Caribbean food place outside of the Caribbean. Well, cut to me trolling the Instagram about a month ago and stumbling across the feed for Miss Lily's chef. Wow wow wow! I had to have everything. So off I went to Miss Lily's with my friend Sandra for a birthday meal.
I went to the East Village location which is called 7A Cafe. There is another Miss Lily's restaurant in Soho, as well as a Jerk Shack on Houston Street in NYC. I haven't been to those, but I definitely want to make the rounds!
I don't think I've ever had this problem before. I'm talking about the problem where I don't eat ALL the Girl Scout cookies 3.5 days after receiving them. It's truly unheard of. However, that's what has happened and I'm not proud of it.
Since cookies do have an expiration date, I decided that I needed to use these up somehow. Coincidentally, I was also knee-deep in sweetened condensed milk. And by knee-deep, I mean I had two cans in the pantry. Seeing as I hardly ever use this type of milk, I consider this to be a complete horde at my fingertips. This calls for no-churn ice cream!
We are in the final throes of summer so we better make all the ice cream that we can get. Fall is my favorite season of life, but I do want to savor the heat for another few minutes, thank you very much. As mentioned above, I used Girl Scout cookies in my ice cream (Tagalongs, what!) but obviously you can use whatever you have available. Do the happy ice cream dance! Read More