When in Doubt…..Bake
What do you do when friends are grieving over the loss of a loved one?
I tend to feel at a loss for words….so I bake.
I baked cupcakes, I baked pumpkin cookies and I baked a dulce de leche cheesecake.
I put love into every bite and I hope that my friends feel nourished and comforted….
…And feel the sentiments that I am only able to convey with my humble gesture cast in flour, sugar and butter.
Fantastic Flying Fig!
Cocktails and snacks as the sun goes down was an unexpected treat and a nice way to wrap up the week.
Craft beers and great wines accompanied a roasted pear, carmelized fennel, arugula and blue cheese pizza with on a dough which was reminiscent of puff pastry.
Tempura fried green beans with tangy, sweet and sour sauces make nice beer snacks!
The end of the evening includes brie baked in puff pastry and fresh fruits.
Another great night at the Flying Fig!
Posted in: Chefs and Restaurants, Indulgences
Tags: baked brie, flying fig, fruits, green beans, Maytag Blue cheese, pizza, tempura, tempura green beans, vegetarian, watercress
Avocado, Mango and Cilantro Salad
OK. I had kale for lunch. The usual. But I also wanted mango.
But I wanted to do something different.
I also had an avocado and some fresh cilantro; I used the juice of one lime and a little salt.
This salad was amazing and I would make it to serve with a summer dinner.
The mango was very cooling with the kale which, of course, was really spicy because… I just can’t help myself!
This salald would be great with a grilled fish or rice and beans.
The combination of sweet and savory is filling and delicious!
Posted in: Healthy, Ingredients, Recipes
Tags: avocado, cilantro, kale, lime, mango, Salad, salt, vegan, vegan recipe, vegetarian
Six o’clock and the bells are ringing.
Sammy knows that the bells mean dinner.
Today we had leftovers; Pizza and lots of it so nothing new to post today.
It’s truly starting to feel like Spring when the sun is shining at 6 pm and you can hear the bells loud and clear without the acoustic muffling power of snow!
Soon there will be dinners on the patio, bells ringing, the sun going down and a glass of wine under the stars!
Meatless Monday! Pizza Night!
Meatless Monday! Was Pizza Night for us this week.
The girls were in charge.
I picked up dough at my favorite pizza spot; $3.50 for one large dough which makes a 17 inch pizza. That is a great value and a tremendous time saver. Plus, you know that it will be perfect every time.
We made tomato and basil, shiitake and spinach, pesto and pine nut, and a red sauce and cheese.
For the shiitake and spinach I sautéed the mushrooms and spinach in olive oil before adding them to the pizza. For the base I spread parmesan, garlic and olive oil cream sauce spread which I made beforehand then topped it off with shredded mozzarella cheese. Delish!
The tomato, basil and mozzarella pizza was fantastic! After preparing the dough we coated the top with a drizzle of olive oil then laid on the veggies…..this one was best; Belle’s creation! Gorgeous!
Homemade pesto, a few pine nuts and mozzarella made a great light pizza which was great with the Blue Moon Belgian wheat beer.
This is not only Meatless Monday! But family night and Pizzalicious!
Posted in: Food on a Budget, Healthy, Ingredients, Recipes
Tags: basil, basil pesto, beer, Blue Moon Belgian Wheat, Meatless Monday! Shiitake Mushroom, mozzerella cheese, olive oil, pine nuts, pizza dough, red sauce, spinach, tomato, vegetarian, vegetarian meal, vegetarian recipe