Waffle mornings with macadamia nuts proves to be a loud and messy business in a tiny kitchen. But they are my favorite paleo treat from Against All Grain and they are becoming bit of a staple in our house.
I'm a comfort food kind of gal. Fried chicken, mac and cheese, and insanely greasy pizza, but it's Asian food that is my real jam. Sushi, dumplings, egg rolls, General Tso's chicken, dim sum, Bò Kho, and I kind of really love Chinese food from the mall. Eeek! So, when I chanced upon this recipe, I had to give it a try. The kitchen was coated in a layer of arrowroot flour and burned attempts at wrappers, but in the end I had the tastiest of homemade dumplings.
Weekends here are filled with extra sleeps and brunching with my favorite guy. We made some apple spiced coffee cake and played a couple rounds of cards with music jamming in the background.
Happiest of Sundays to y'all. xoxo
Christmas time is upon us and I am loving it here in Saint Louis. Morning snow, brunch, and an afternoon spent in historic Saint Charles. Simply lovely.
Cranberry Lemon Bread recipe here!
Guilty of eating chocolate pie for breakfast and feeling a little sad that it was the last slice in the dish. I hope that it's acceptable that I've been eating this pie for over a week...It was so delicious.
It's the first week of December and last night we had our first snow of the year. It was lovely watching the snow come down from our apartment window, with a fresh cup of hot chocolate to keep me warm. It's snowing again today, and I'll be spending the day wrapping presents, watching Christmas movies, and perhaps cleaning a dish or two. Yay for snow days. xoxo
recipe for hot cocoa here!
A couple of months ago I made a personal decision to start following the Paleo diet - omitting grain, gluten, legumes, refined sugar, and some dairy. It was a decision that I haven't regretted, and I've never felt better. So when planning our little Thanksgiving for two, I wanted to make something traditional with a grain free twist! And my sweet husband was completely on board. I also had a second ambition...to make everything from scratch.
If you had asked me a year ago to cook a thanksgiving meal from scratch, I would have merrily laughed at you. We would probably be eating stove top stuffing, canned cranberry sauce, prepackaged desserts, a ready made turkey, and perhaps a side of hand mashed potatoes. But a year later I am feeling more confident in the kitchen. Together we cooked our first turkey and had the loveliest of thanksgiving meals! It was the best.
Mark took control of the turkey and it was the juiciest, prettiest, yummiest turkey I've ever tasted (sorry mum)! The night before, I made chocolate pie with raw graham cracker crust while Mark brined the turkey. Our home smelled amazing...actually our home smelled amazing during the entire cooking process. The day of, I was in charge of the cranberry sauce, roasted garlic mashed cauliflower, apple sausage stuffing, and herbed drop biscuits. Mark finished up the cooking with roasted brussel sprouts and glazed carrots. I was sure that we were going to botch a recipe, but unbelievably everything went off without a hitch. We cooked in our pajamas with football playing in the background, and had the most relaxing holiday.
Our kitchen is now a happy and beautiful disaster and I am completely content with it. I am so looking forward to eating leftovers for days and enjoying a guilt free indulgence.
Ninety percent of our menu was created by the amazing Danielle Walker. Check out her blog and her thanksgiving e-book. It might change your life.
Happy leftover day! xoxo
I'll be honest with y'all, I'm not very skilled in the kitchen. I inevitably end up burning something or entirely forgetting an ingredient. Usually my husband does most of the cooking and I lend a hand by staying out of the way and cleaning up afterwards. I have to admit I've been pretty spoiled. These days I've been itching to reinvent myself. I'm calling it my "I-just-moved-to-a-new-city" transformation. And as I search for more healthy organic whole foods I've been spending more and more time in our teeny tiny kitchen. I've enjoying my little victories... not burning sweet potato hash and trying new veggies and neglecting the modern convenience of a microwave. This gal has been feeling like quite the Betty homemaker lately. Making homemade almond milk has been one of my favorite endeavors. It's so incredibly simple and perfectly gratifying. Slightly more expensive, but I was having a really really hard time finding store bought almond milk without the added sugar. So I decided just to make my own. I bought myself a nut milk bag and got started.
Homemade almond milk
4 cups of water (plus a few cups for soaking)
1 cup of raw almonds
*1/4 cup of dates (If you want to add a little natural sweetness)
Place 1 cup of almonds in a bowl. Fill a bowl with water so that the almonds are completely submerged, cover with a towel and soak overnight. The next day, drain the almonds and transfer the drained almonds into a blender with 4 cups of water. Blend!! Pour the mixture into a nut milk bag and squeeze all the "milk" into an empty bowl. You'll be rewarded with a quart of almond milk and a bag of fresh almond meal. Drink and enjoy! xoxo
*blend the dates with the soaked almonds and water.