If you grew up in Southern California, you probably know about chimichangas. If you didn’t, then let me just tell you a chimichanga is deep fried goodness, as if the burrito was not good enough as is. Chimichanga is also a Mexican restaurant with locations throughout the UK. I would equate it to something like our El Torito, but with wayyyyy more fun design. Don’t you agree?
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My latest dish from cooking with Pinterest comes from this yummy recipe using soba noodles. I’m somewhat acquainted with many different types of Asian noodles but rather new to soba noodles. They were delicious and very easy to cook. Can’t wait to dive into more recipes with these noodles.
1 bundle of soba noodles (about 4 ounces)
1 cup snow peas (trimmed, and peel the string off the side)
1 cup edamame
olive oil, for the pan
orange & lime wedges to squeeze in at the end
few teaspoons of aji nori furikake (a new favorite!) or sesame seeds, for garnish
juice from 1/2 an orange (about 1/4 cup)
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon tamari (or soy sauce)
1/2 teaspoon sriracha (more if you like it spicier)
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
Whisk sauce ingredients together or place all ingredients in jar and shake.
Cook noodles in boiling salted water for 8-10 minutes.
While noodles are cooking, heat a large skillet with just a bit of olive oil. Once the pan is hot, add snow peas and a pinch of salt, stir fry for few minutes until tender and they get a slight char on both sides. Remove from the pan and set aside. Turn off heat and let the pan cool down for a few minutes.
While the (same) pan is off but still a little hot pour in the sauce. Let it bubble just a bit. Stir continuously as it thickens, about 2-3 minutes. The sauce should reduce and become slightly syrup-y. Don’t let it burn or reduce too much.
Add the noodles, snow peas and edamame to the pan. Stir to mix everything together with the sauce. Add a squeeze of lime, and cook a few minutes more. Taste & adjust. If necessary, add more soy sauce, another squeeze of orange or lime, perhaps more sriracha if you want more heat. Top with a drizzle of toasted sesame oil and sesame seeds.
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Have you had a chance to check out the May issue of Emma?? They featured some before and afters from yours truly (starting on page 44)!
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San Francisco is a city full of artisan coffee and it’s also a city that makes me feel totally ashamed about drinking Starbucks (sometimes). The Mill, a collaboration between Four Barrel Coffee and Josey Baker Bread, is the newest establishment on Divisadero where you can get your caffeine fix and carb it up with a chunky piece of toast. Not only did I enjoy my almond milk latte and cinnamon sugar toast, I was delighted with the exposed rafters and classic white herringbone tile. The custom wood shelves add warmth and are a great backdrop to display all the houseware goodies. It’s places like this that make me love SF.
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There are tons of recipes that I save, tag and pin and what usually happens is they end up collecting dust or getting lost in the interwebs. I’ve started to make a conscious effort to not only cook more, but actually cook the recipes I’ve been saving for however long. Some turn out good, and some not so much, but it’s all about the effort and trying something new. I recently made this fried quinoa with shrimp since I happened to have all the ingredients in my pantry and it was super yum in my tum (and healthy!).
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I’m not one for cleanses, especially those crazy hot-lemon-water-cayenne cleanses I’ve heard about, but a cleanse full of eating real food, yeah, sign me up! I’m starting Whole Living’s Action Plan today. It’ a 21-day whole-body detox, something that is much needed after my Super Bowl binge, which then carried on for the days that followed with leftovers. The recipes look and sound totally delicious and I’m quite excited for the challenge. Wish my luck!
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This by far was my favorite thing I did while in Bangkok. As much as I love to cook, I never thought to do this in any of the countries I’ve traveled, too. I’ve been missing out! At the Silom Thai Cooking School, I learned to cook five different Thai dishes the way Thai people cook at home. The Chef was a hoot, company was great and the food was deeeelicious!
Tom yum goong (hot and sour prawn soup)
Pad thai sai kai (fried noodles Thai style)
Minced chicken salad
Kaeng ka ri gai (green curry chicken)
Tub tim grob (rubies in coconut milk)
During the holidays, I did not bake once, not once! This is really unheard of for me, but I was so busy crafting and gifting, on top of the normal everyday stuff, that I just didn’t feel like it at the end of the day. But I’m happy to say that the cooking rut is finally over. I’ve been making (somewhat) healthy home meals almost every night and it feels so good. I recently watched Julie & Julia (for like the millionth time) and I finally made the chocolate cream pie and bruschetta that always makes me salivate during the film. I’m not gonna lie, they turned out pretty darn good. What about you guys? Would love for you to share any new and yummy recipes!
I’ve been trying to enjoy my mornings a little more before hopping to it so that’s exactly what I’m doing today. Of course, there is a cup of coffee or tea involved and breakfast of choice this morning is some fresh baked banana bread. I’ve tested a few different recipes and I love this one because it’s just too easy and tasty. Enjoy!
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 c. sugar
4-5 very ripe bananas
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 c. vegetable oil
Get to it:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease two 9×5 loaf pans. You can halve this recipe for one loaf, but I usually freeze the second loaf or package it up for a friend.
2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in one bowl.
3. Cream together eggs and sugar.
4. Stir in mashed bananas, cinnamon, vanilla and oil into wet ingredients.
5. Slowly stir in flour mixture until combined.
6. Divide batter into two pans and bake for 55 min to 1 hour depending on oven.
One of my favorite things to do is curling into bed after a long day with a good book…and by book I mean cookbook. I LOVE cookbooks! I read cookbooks like suspense thrillers, carefully going over every ingredient and studying the different cooking techniques. As much as I am in love with design, I would whisk off to Paris to go to a culinary or pastry school the second I won the lottery. A gal can dream. In the meanwhile, I’ll keep adding to my already extensive collection of cookbooks.
Currently, Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day is my FAVE. Everything I have made from this book has been totally awesome and healthy…and aren’t we all always striving to be healthier? I’ve been doing a decent job living (and more importantly, eating) a healthy lifestyle and taking note of the type of foods I put into my body. Of course, there is always ice cream involved in this so called lifestyle, but I truly believe everything in moderation. Go buy this book! You won’t regret it.
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