Monday, January 24, 2011

Sunday Brunch at Home

Sundays are our special days because on Saturdays I have class from 9am-5pm so Sundays are the only days my hubby and I can spend all day together. So, to start off the day, I make brunch!

The first Sunday we spent together, I made this open faced sandwich bar, using one of the platters we got from our registry! This new plate really inspired me to make a spread and another added benefit would be that I didn't have to assemble all the sandwiches.

I decided to go with a brie toast (the ones with less brie were mine, since I'm still trying to watch my weight) and since brie tastes good with sweet or savory pairings, I added the pear and strawberry jam on the side, but also avocado, cherry tomatoes, salami, and arugula for the savory pairing.

And, it was a hit! So good! And it only took about 15 minutes.

Today I made Huevos Rancheros style Omelette with hash browns, jalapeno bread and avocado and some tepanade (not shown).

I had some leftover ingredients from the enchiladas I made the other night so I threw them into an omelette and wah la! SO GOOD.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Food as a Wife, a way of Life!

After getting married, the first thing I knew I had to do was create my domain in the kitchen. I know my feminist friends might scoff at this but seriously, I love cooking and if you think about it, all the top chefs in the world are men so the more women can get in the kitchen, the better.

The first lunch I made my hubby was a sandwich inspired by my good friend, Jess, who loves bringing random and interesting foods to school. I made a french baguette sandwich with brie, pear, arugula, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and salami. Then, we both got sick so I made some porridge and chicken noodle soup to revive us for a few days.

Another dish I made was spicy Korean rice cakes called dukkboki. It's amazing! I wish I had pictures. I added rice cakes, fish cakes, onions, green onions, sesame seeds, hard boiled eggs, ramen (yup, with ramen, it become rabokki), with korean red pepper paste called gochujang. My hubby brought this to lunch the next day and loved it. That inspired me to make kimchi fried rice, which is also great as leftovers.

A few days later, from those ingredients and some more, I made an open face brie sandwich platter where we could choose how much arugula, pear, strawberry jam (goes well with brie), salami, avocado we wanted in our sandwich. I made a savory and sweet version.

Tonight, I made pizza from TJ's pizza dough. It was a basil, mozarella, heirloom tomato pizza that I made on my new electric skillet. There was even a recipe that came with it. I never knew I could make pizza on that! I brought it to crisp in our new toaster oven (thanks Jess!) and it was amazing!

Now, I have boeuf bourguignon in the crock pot, a recipe I found on a year of slow cooking. I like that it's a low fat version, which also means it's a lot less work. I also got rid of the bacon since we were too lazy to go out for some. If for some reason the flavors don't develop as well without it, I can make a version with bacon tomorrow and have this version as more of a beef stew. I've made it countless times before and although people would argue that only Julia Child's version is legit, I counter that with anything with red wine and beef stewed for a long time is going to be hella good and whatever you add or take away from it will just make it into a slightly different dish and you just have to work with what you have.