Well hello there my sweet, little, dearies. How, are, you?
I’m two mugs of coffee in and things are looking peachy.
I have a few eats to share with you, as well as a movie review and an encouraging thought.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Eggy, flaxy, toasty goodness.
Today’s grapefruit was especially sweet, although still difficult to eat despite a new slicing method. I must be citrus challenged.
It’s official, we’re all out of Portland coffee (all 8 bags, gone!) and will soon be resorting to Starbucks. The is the world coming to?! Waaaaaa.
I guess you really kind of need a Kitchenaid mixer to make bread properly. Turns out your hand doesn’t double as a bread hook like I thought…
Regardless of my equipment shortage, I still managed to make a descent loaf of bread and thus, have become one step closer to being a full on hippie. Success. And no, I’m not cutting my hair, ever. I AM going to own a VW bus someday. And I WILL wear tie dye if I please. So, there.
Not bad for my first try, eh?
Who knew sliced bread could be art? Not I.
Pad thai is unquestionably my favorite Thai dish. I’ve had it at several restaurants and have even tried to make it at home a few times, but without much success.
However, I recently looked up a new recipe on the NY Times Web site and went to an Asian grocery store to and get all of the ingredients I needed to make it as close to authentic as I could. Turns out, you MUST have tamarind to get the pad thai flavor right. I did not know this before.
I also picked up some Siracha hot sauce because I like things that spice my face off.
John and I also adore peanut sauce so I whipped some up for dipping our noodles into. Yes, we’re really into sauces if you couldn’t tell.
I used Tyler Florence’s recipe and made a couple modifications.
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. chili garlic paste
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 lime, juiced
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 cup chopped peanuts, for garnish
Instructions: Puree the peanut butter, soy sauce, chili paste, brown sugar, and lime juice in a food processor. While the motor is running, drizzle in the hot water to thin out the sauce. Pour the sauce into a nice serving bowl and garnish with the chopped peanuts.
For the Pad Thai I followed this recipe from the NY Times Web site, except I skipped the cabbage, subbed chicken for shrimp, and used a mix of canola oil and sesame oil in place of the peanut oil (and used half the amount of oil it called for).
Just beautiful. The dish turned out really well and the peanut sauce and siracha were nice additions to the overall flavor. I will certainly be making this again.
A less complicated dinner recipe is pesto chicken – one of my week night go-to’s. To prepare this dish, you simply pound a chicken breast to tenderize it, then cut it in half leaving a portion connected on one side, and then smear pesto and feta cheese inside and fold the top back over.
I also season the outside of the breast lightly with salt, pepper, garlic powder and more pesto before baking in a glass dish at 375* covered (with foil) for 25 minutes, and then uncovered for another 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
I served mine alongside some steamed broccoli seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese. But you could easily serve this alongside (or on top of) pasta, bruschetta or roasted vegetables.
The chicken was so moist, flavorful and delicious. And not to mention filling. I was more than satisfied on this small portion.
MOVIE REVIEW – WHIP IT.
John and I watched “Whip It” with Ellen Page last night. Have you seen it?
Ellen Page does a wonderful job acting in this film. I’ve only seen her in one other movie, but I’m definitely a fan. She was so charming and believable in this role. And I loved her punky style and adorable glasses. There are so many colorful, surreal scenes in the movie that had me wanting to recreate them in real life. The best movies do that, in my opinion.
The plot is based on the tension between a mother who wants her daughter to be a beauty pageant winner, and a daughter who wants nothing to do with it. So, she finds an alternative passion: roller derby, and the story develops from there.
Here’s the trailer to give you a better idea of what it’s about.
There is a little language in the film but I didn’t find it too off-putting. I would definitely recommend this movie and will probably end up watching it again sometime. Oh, and now I want to roller skate around Topeka in a girl scout uniform acting ticked off. But that’s another story.
Alright, that’s it all for me. I hope you enjoyed today’s post, and more importantly I hope you’re having a celebration-worthy Wednesday.
In closing, here is a thought I found worthy of sharing from a devotion book I’m reading right now by Jerry Bridges called “Holiness Day by Day”:
“Awareness that faith is the gift of God should arouse a sense of profound gratitude and worship in our hearts. We could not even take advantage of God’s gracious gift of salvation apart from His prior working in our hearts. But God gave us life when we were dead, gave us sight when we were blind, and gave us the faith to trust in Christ for our salvation. If we spend the rest of our lives doing nothing but saying thank you to God, we could still never sufficiently express our gratitude for His gift of salvation, including the gift of faith by which we receive it.”
See you soon,