Looking back at Table’sUp it’s clear how much I love breakfast foods. Weekend brunch is one of my favorite things – although this is mostly to do with the leisurely pace of cooking and consumption! Beyond brunch on the weekends, I really do love eggs any time of day. They are such a versatile protein with the ability to play nice with really any ingredient or flavor profile. Also they are cheap, easy and fast to make!
My love is exemplified by the beautiful and delicious omelet I enjoyed last night for dinner:
To make this omelet I used some of my favorite ingredients and best quick-dinner tricks:
I think one of the best ways to make an outstanding egg dish is to flavor the eggs themselves. In this case I used cream cheese, although I often use a tablespoon of milk (or even water) for the fluffy effect without the creamy taste. Whipped cream cheese is also important if you don’t want any lumps in your eggs – although a little burst of cream cheese is really never a bad surprise!
Penzey’s Sunny Paris Seasoning really is the all-star of my spice rack! It is fairly expensive but the difference it can make to any dish is totally worth it. It is a mix of freeze-dried shallots (main ingredient), chives, green peppercorns, dill weed, basil, tarragon, chervil and bay leaf.
I have mentioned my love of chicken sausage before – let’s revise that to a love of mini chicken sausage! Although not as many flavor’s are available in the mini-version, their small size make them great for chopping and using in a greater variety of dishes without worrying they will break free from their casing. Also you can more easily choose your serving size using the mini variety (a serving is 5 links at 110 calories).
Lastly, my favorite quick dinner trick – diced Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Light Cheese! It always seems to be the perfect amount of cheese with very little fuss. Warning, when melted this cheese gets very stringy so be aware if you mix it into something like a pasta stir fry – it has to go in at the very end or your pan will be a mess!
My simple salad for lunch: chopped arugula, leftover chicken, 1 clementine and chopped walnuts with Newman’s Own Light Cranberry Walnut Vinaigrette. Next time I will cut the clementine sections in half to ensure I get a piece with every bite and so the citrus can add to the dressing. Either way a delicious, and quite photogenic, lunch!
Last night I made a Real Simple recipe Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs with Edamame and boy was it good! As good as it was, it wasn’t really a teriyaki so I’ve decided to call it Ginger Chicken Meatballs instead.
I opted to make only 3 of the 4 servings, using 0.9lb of ground chicken (1.25lbs for 4 servings). Per usual, I cooked all of the protein but only enough rice, veggies and sauce for my one meal. Overtime I’ve realized that leftovers rarely taste as good as the original meal (with the big exception being anything Thanksgiving related). Instead I try to cook protein in advance for several meals, as it tends to be the most labor intensive part of most dishes. However, I also try to always prepare the starch and veggies “made to order” to help the whole dish feel fresh and exciting.
The only adaptations I made to the Real Simple recipe were to use long grain brown rice instead of white and to increase the amount of ginger and scallion in the meatballs. For 0.9lbs of chicken I used 3Tbs of diced ginger (not grated like they suggest) as well as 3 whole chopped scallions. I loved the flavor of the meatballs – ginger and soy may be one of my favorite combinations!
Now I really have to finish those pillows…
(This is my way of holding myself accountable – now that it’s public I’ve got to get it done!)
Posted in Hand Made, Musings
I took advantage of this past long weekend to make some headway in my first ever “collection” of throw pillows! My goal is to open an Etsy store in the next week or two, launching with a late-winter collection of about 8 throw pillows. I am mirroring the design of my current pillows, using the same Diane Von Furstenberg knit.
Making basket-weave pillows can be time consuming because you need to cut so many strips of fabric to make the design. For this reason, I like to design the whole group at once and then go on a cutting rampage! Above are my 5 colors of fabric on top of my cutting mat (on the dining table). You can also see my sketch pad with all the math that went into the measurements.
Beyond the time it takes to do all of the math, the real time consuming aspect is marking out all of the strips in pencil so I can go back over and cut them out individually. This part can really make you see stars but it’s important to be diligent to ensure straight cuts.
I am new to the rotary cutter and I already don’t know how I lived without it! After 8 hours of near straight cutting my hand was super cramped and my first finger and thumb tips went numb. However I do believe strongly the rotary cutter allows me to work faster and cut straighter lines, so it’s all worth it!
In the end I cut several hundred strips of varying lengths and widths. Of course, what is much more satisfying than seeing the full quantity on the chair is seeing all of the woven panels assembled – more to come on that!