This is what happens when you sign up to cater for a crew of 25 people.. nervousness, stress, nausea–delicious food sure but a lottt more nausea. And pretty pictures.
First up, I made a delicious vegetarian option: Spinach Pesto Lasagna Rolls. Recipe here. So yummy!!
Sweet potato and basil, spinach
That’s the dog’s dinner cooking in the back. He gets chicken that’s cooked on an ACTUAL STOVE. LIVIN THE BIG LIFE.
Next up, skirt steak. It gives me so much pleasure to slice through juicy meat. I wanna be a butcher in my next life.
I put this in the oven next with beef stock and onions for exxxtra juiciness.
Stuffed Chicken with sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach
Mmm, quinoa!!! Mix with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, parsley, mint, lemon, red wine vinegar, olive oil
You know what’s cute? Baby red potatoes.
You know what else is cute? This guy.
One year older. I realized some things this past weekend… one thing was my mother (I haven’t seen/spoken to her for almost a year; my choice). There are still many times I get angry and upset and many of my reactions stem from the past with her. But a lot of why I get angry is my mind not understanding why. Why she did this, that, why she can’t understand me, why both our souls were put together in this life, why she is the way she is.
But a thought popped into my head and told me, I’m just going to let go… I don’t need to understand why because it is what it is. She is emotionally stunted along with many other mental problems and irrational fears (that’s putting it nicely; I think she is a monster) so why even try to piece all that together.. it’s like trying to understand an unsolved mystery. Sometimes things don’t have explanations (like life, I suppose). The same goes for people too. I spend wasted energy trying to figure people out but… unsolved mysteries.
It doesn’t mean I’m “healed” or forgive her (I wish forgiveness was as easy as some people make it sound–even if you forgive it takes a long time for that energy to transform into complete peace. Or perhaps I have challenges with forgiveness which is why this is my situation in this lifetime to learn how to do so..)
I may have a lot of things to work through but one thing I’m not going to be held back by is fear. I’m not afraid if it takes me til the moment before I die or when I’m in the darkest place of shadows. At least the dark place is real.
But anyways, Paris has been pushed back til the end of May (YAY) and Palm Springs was…. duh, hot. We judge cities by their food and this place has a bunch of glorified IHOPS. Food snobs, perhaps?
But I’ll give credit to Purple Palms. It was pretty nice and anytime you get a whole fish head stuffed with surprises is a good sign.
Currently reading Taco USA. Does anyone else besides me get cravings for a taco so HARD? Like, every hour of the day? If you want good mexican food… go to a shop with a B rating. Trust me (& not the roaches on the floor). And if this doesn’t cancel out the food snob in me, I don’t know what will.
(I love this shirt. It’s from my friend’s clothing line Hardcouture. And the gold shark tooth necklace is from her store too )
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Tagged birthday, challenge, desert, food, forgiveness, happiness, inspire, letting go, life, palm springs, travel
OMG this is my most favorite thing I’ve made all month. I got the recipe from Joanne Eats Well With Others
Make it for those fake-meat-haters, watch them eat half the bowl whilst exclaiming how awesome it tastes and yell SURPRISE!! IT’S VEGAN MEAT CRUMBLES!
And then later apologize and make this:
I love skewing!
If you ask me, dinners at home > dinners out. There’s something about being at home (or someone else’s home) and cooking and sharing that you can feel the love all around. And that’s just what we did. I’ve been wanting to make a big juicy slightly sweet grilled flank steak and now it’s one of my favorite things to make!
This was before we cut it into thin slices. I threw together some things (like garlic, brown sugar, vinegar, peppercorns — I don’t think any combo can go wrong!) and drowned the crap out of it and let it marinate for hours.
By the way people, these glasses are EVIL. They’re too delicate to wash. Maybe I have big bear claws or something but we started out with 12 about two months ago and now there are like 7.
Ooo, I wish I had a better picture of the drinks. Muddled blackberries, mint, lime, sparkling soda and vodka YUM!! I was drunk by glass #2.
A really good option for dinner parties. Roast garlic with olive oil and mix in bowl with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil & balsamic vinegar. Always delicious.
Also on the table were lamb chops, bucatini pasta, brussell sprouts and spinach. But like I said, drunk by glass #2.
Ahh, what is it about polaroids that make you feel like you’re 85 looking at photos of your earlier life? So sweet.
I’ve slowly been eating less and less carbs the past few weeks and I like it (that’s just my mind tricking itself so I don’t cry). I used to eat some form of a carb 2x a day but now– all I have to say is, thank god for TACOS. Mexican food is a vegetarian’s dream. There’s always lots of veggies, flavors and tortillas don’t have too many carbs right?
(Almost) every morning I make sure to drink my Glowing Green Smoothie. Some mornings I just say fuck it and eat bacon.
it looks like Gak. remember gak?
I make some creative variation of the taco (shrimp or fish or beans or corn) but the constant components are crispy shells and luscious overflowing lettuce.
sad attempt at culinary photography
mexican veggie soup (diced tomato base with vegetable stock and onions, carrots, green beans, zucchini, chickpeas, corn, chipotles) with lots of avocados
frying your own tortillas ALWAYS taste better
Isn’t this beeeautiful? I love cooking meat even if I don’t eat it. Plus, the boy would probably leave me for a barbecue-grilling-bone-pulling-carnivore if I didn’t. See, meat is the glue that holds us together.
Last week as I was saying goodbye to a friend I said, “Have a good night.” And she responds, “You too!” And then I responded, “You too!” And yes, that bothered me for hoursss. Maybe a couple days. The cringe-worthy self conscious 20′s… can they be over soon? But it’s kind of too much fun making fun of myself. Does anyone else get that way? I want stories.
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Tagged anxiety, carbs, cooking, food, friends, inspire, life, mexican, smoothie, tacos
It’s been a busy week. Brunches, lunches and fun dinners with fam and friends. The mom in law has been here the past couple weeks so it’s nice having fam time and cooking for one extra person
This came out so delicious. Balsamic chicken with roasted parmesan cauliflower
I feel like the past few months my social anxiety is slowly melting away but it is hard sometimes. When I was 18-20, I couldn’t go to the grocery store without getting sweaty palms and irritable anxiety. I still get that occasionally in huuuge crowds — I’ll get a headache and become out of breath and irritable. Reading other people’s experiences are nice because I know I’m not alone..
I have a friend staying over this week who I met in Peru in 2011, met again in London in 2012 and now California in 2013! I wonder where 2014 will be?? Speaking of travels, I think I am going to Paris this month for my birthday — I have purposely avoided it when I’ve travelled because I’ve always wanted to save it for a special time with a special person and now I can
Meditation Mount in Ojai
found these pretty pieces at an outdoor furniture sale – love them!
Yesterday we got brand new (cream color) carpeting in the bedroom so now I can do a full make over. Thinking of themes and ideas, hmm…
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Tagged anxiety, cooking, food, friends, home, house, interior, life, ojai, travel
The best part of Saint Martin was seriously the food.. caribbean creole food all day? Yes!! We went a little crazy and ate at lolo’s twice a day sometimes. Lolo’s are the local barbecue food stands with amazing homemade sides (johnny cakes! Fried dough?! Thank you!). Funny thing too was I thought it was homemade bbq and dressing but turns out it was just Kraft. Still delicious – who doesn’t like Kraft?!
Some freshhh carpaccio right on the beach
How cute are these? Yeah I’m gonna try my hand at caribbean cooking
That’s me getting back onto the boat gracefully
Bye bye Caribbeans!
So, when it comes to food… that is one area where I am freely gluttonous. I was once told the way somebody treats food is usually the way they treat life. I have to agree…
I love looking at pictures of other people’s food blogs. I’ve been wanting to do my own food post for weeks but the only problem was I would always forget to take a photo of my food before eating it.
I’m a veggie eater but occasionally I eat fish. Especially because it’s more fun to cook too
My version of Louisiana shrimp; lots of butter, worceshire sauce, tabasco, thyme, basil,..
My fave tacos; refried beans, avocado, cheese, lettuce, red onions
Moroccan seafood stew; mmm. Peas, tomatoes, beans, cumin seeds
and the best juices!
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