Valentine’s Day dinner at Brennan’s Houston and what do I write about? Not the dinner (which was delicious), or the wine (which was a perfect pairing), or the desserts (which were perfectly decadent). Nope. I go on and on about the pralines you get to take home.
I enjoy the candies themselves, but there’s also a part of me that really likes the idea of getting a final treat, on the way out the door, that you get to take with you. No asking someone for a sample, no additional charge. It’s just a little, tasty, thank you for stopping by.
Lunch today was homemade yellow curry with cauliflower. The recipe called for potatoes, and I did include a few, but the cauliflower is my attempt to include some veggies in it.
So, what I put in it:
- one can of coconut milk
- two tablespoons of yellow curry powder
- two tablespoons of powdered ginger
- one tablespoon of cinnamon
- two tablespoons of crushed red pepper flakes (which, as it turns out, was too much)
- one bag of frozen chopped cauliflower
- one small potato chopped in big chunks (pre-cooked)
- two cups of white rice (pre-cooked)
- one small box of raisins
- one cup of pineapple chunks
- sliced onions and red bell peppers to taste
First sauté the cauliflower until soft. Make it as crunchy or as soft as you want.
Add peppers and onions.
Add spices and coconut milk. Let simmer a few minutes.
After the spices and the milk have combined and soaked into the cauliflower, add in the rest.
You can opt to make this with some sort of meat, which is added at the end (pre-cooked).
Tastes best if you’ve let it sit overnight to reheat the next day.
I’m very happy with this recipe. I will definitely make it again.
***** Written on my ipad. I promise to proof and edit it later (maybe). ******
There’s nothing like the smell of baked bread, of any kind. I love bread, buscuits, muffins, corn bread, croissants, and.. well, all kinds. Culicurious.com has a wonderful Beer and Cheddar Quick Bread Recipe listed that looks divine. It also looks amazing ly easy. In fact, I have all the ingredients to make this in my pantry right now. Hmmm.
I love trying out new Chinese food recipes, especially if I can make it using things I usually keep in my pantry. This “Orange Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry” recipe comes close. The only thing I don’t currently have in my pantry is the cornstarch and the orange zest.
I love love love grilled cheese sandwiches. I found a great recipe for grilled cheese that I’ve actually tried. Fabulous! You can check out the recipe at “OMG-AreYouKiddingMe-SeriouslyGood Grilled Cheese” while I just make myself another.
CBSNews.com has a compilation of recipes in their article “Lose weight: Slow-cook your dinner while at work” that has me thinking about actually buying a slow cooker.
I’m never making them myself, but the Thyme of Taste has a wonderful post featuring “Ridiculous Cinnamon Rolls” that I just had to share. (By the way, the reason I’m never making them is that I enjoy good good a lot more than I enjoy making it.)
Pancakes probably don’t count as dessert to other people, but they do the way I eat them — covered in mounds of butter and syrup. This recipe for “Spiced Squash Pancakes” from the Martha Stewart website look both delicious and easy to make. You make them in an oven!
I love chocolate with a dedication that has endured many years. It never occurred to me that I could make my own truffles. I came across this very easy Dark Chocolate Truffle recipe that actually looks like something I might be able to make.
Chewy Granola Bars, covered in chocolate, have made my list of things to try and make thanks to these recipes from New Nostalgia. The recipes include “Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Candy Bars” and “Homemade Chewy Granola Bars.”
I am very proud to say that I’ve packed my lunch for three days in a row. Last week I only ate out for business lunches, and the same for the week prior to that. I know that one of the reasons I’m doing this is because I don’t want to brave the unusually cold Houston winter. But this is also helpful in my quest to keep my points down and stay on budget.
Houstonians eat out more than in any other city in the country. I had read (somewhere) that it’s something like more than 50% of lunches and dinners during the week are eaten in restaurants. That’s certainly the case for me, normally. It’s a trend I’m trying to change.
Houston portions are no different than portions in most other cities: large and extra large. It’s hard to stay on track if you’re eating out all the time. It’s especially hard to stay on budget.
If you eat out several times a week, here’s an exercise for you: write down every penny you spend on eating out in one month (and that does include the vending machine) then multiply that by 12. You’ll be surprised by how much it comes up to. I know I usually am.
I will admit that “eating in” is not as much fun. But one of the benefits is that I’m writing my blog posts over lunch, among other things, so it’s helping keep me more productive.
What’s your small victory for the day?