We had an absolutely beautiful summer here in Iowa this year. Some would say we didn’t have hot enough weather, but those some are retarded. It was gorgeous most of the time. While we didn’t take a normal, long summer vacation, we did get to spend tons of time outside biking, running, and relaxing.
But now it’s over. It’s Fall. I love Fall, but it means winter is coming. It means I’ll lose my tan. It means I’ll become vitamin D deficient. It means that I’ll be coooooold. It means summer is over. But, to be philosophical about it, there is no sense in resisting the inevitable. I’m just going to embrace it. I may end up actually going to a tanning bed, but winter will not beat me this year.
ANYWAY, it’s been an eventful week or so cooking-wise here. I tried lots of new recipes – some good, some bad, and I will tell you all about them forthwith post haste.
Broiled Zucchini: An excellent friend of mine at work, Lisa, gave me loads of zucchini and acorn squash. I attempted to use some in this recipe. I don’t know if I sliced the zucchini too thinly or what, but I burned most of these by over-baking them for like a minute or two. In my opinion there are easier and more fool-proof ways to eat zucchini!
Fermented Gingered Carrots: Ever since my foray into water kefir, I’ve been getting more interested in fermenting. I ran across this recipe in my RSS feed, and for some reason it sounded really good to me. I tried it, and it did turn out tasty! It’s mighty salty, but we think it would be good mixed in with other stuff – like in a coleslaw or potato salad. It was super easy to make, too.
Beet Kvass: Since the carrots turned out so good, I thought I would try another fermented veggie – beets! This looked absolutely beautiful in the jar. It was the most perfect shade of red I have ever seen. However, when I took off the coffee filter covering, there was a layer of grey scum over the top. It didn’t look too dangerous, but to be on the safe side we pitched it and decided to make it again, this time using an airlock cover. After pitching it, we did some research and found out that the mold is harmless and can be skimmed off. 😦 Bummer! At least we will know for next time. I have another batch brewing (this time with the airlock to be safe). We’ll see how it turns out.
And here are two recipes that I’ve made before but that are sooooo good, they deserve another mention.
Lemon Basil Cookies: We had our annual “Wellness Week” at work this week, and that means we have a “healthy” potluck. Since most people are confounded by that restriction, they end up bringing fruit. 🙂 I made these cookies and Chunky Monkey muffins to help people see that gluten-free treats can be super tasty. They were a HUGE hit. I had 5 requests for the recipe, and several more people commented on how good they were. Tim said they taste like gourmet cookies. My green basil is flowering (much to the delight of our local bumble bees), so I used purple basil that my mom gave me that was planted later in the season. These turned out sooo good. Tim and I also broke down and bought a real zester. I cannot believe how much easier it makes zesting. It makes me wonder how much better my life would be if I caved and spent $30 for an immersion blender…
Meat Sauce: I can’t link to this recipe because it’s not listed for free online. I got it from the 21 Day Sugar Detox. It’s a combination of ground meat, celtic sea salt, garlic, tomato, and basil. I made it and put it over butternut squash. It was soooooo tasty, and it made the kitchen smell delicious. We reheated the leftovers and ate them with two over-easy eggs on top. Super delicious.
And there you go. I didn’t do much meal planning this week because we still had a bunch of groceries in the house come Sunday. And thanks to Lisa, I have a tons of safe starches on hand, and thanks to my free spending at the Farmer’s Market last Saturday, we have tons of ground meat on hand. And with those two things, you can make tons of quick and easy meals. Which is a very good thing because Tim has been crazy busy at work (working 12 hour days), and I’ve been busy trying to ramp up my yoga practice so that I don’t look like an inexperienced fool when I start yoga teacher training in January! I’m trying to get in 5 days of yoga (2 classes at Indigo and the rest at home using YouTube videos like this one), 2 days of weights, and 2 days of running. I’m running out of time though!! I also signed up for 2 edX classes (Science of Happiness and Behavioral Medicine: The Key to Better Health), both of which I am super interested in, but have yet to find the time to actually DO!
Tim and I discussed this predicament and decided we need to quit our jobs so we have the appropriate amount of time to pursue our hobbies and interests. If any of my readers are wealthy and want to become patrons, let me know!!!
I hope you have a great Saturday night, and thanks for reading!