Olive Mountain

January 24, 2011

Lately Trent and I havent had a lot of time together. He’s in busy season at his job working long hours during the week and I work all weekend at the museum so we don’t see each other that much. We’ve designated saturday night as ‘date night’. Even if we just watch a movie at home we make that time just for us. Last saturday we drove to Evanston (a city we love about 15 minutes from us) for dinner. We ate at this amazing little place called Olive Mountain that serves delicious Middle Eastern fare. It was small, warm, and comforting. We really enjoyed it. The tables were squeezed together and it was loud with the voices of people laughing and talking, connecting over food. And it was so inexpensive! We got homemade hummus, stuffed grape leaves, 3 huge pitas stuffed full and it was only $20. We were so happy and full when we left that we didn’t mind the walk back to our car in the freezing cold.

Stuffed Grape Leaves and Hummos

Me posing with my pita stuffed full with Falafel and Jerusalem Salad.

This was the first time I had ever had Falafel and it was SOOOO good! I  cant wait to recreate it at home.

 

Fried Rice

January 13, 2011

Recently I’ve added Fried Rice into our supper rotation. It is absolutely delicious. I don’t know why I didn’t try this years ago. It’s so easy and flavorful with a fantastic texture. Start with cold rice (leftovers from the night before). Saute a cup of mixed frozen veg (thawed in the fridge) and garlic in a Tbl of Veg or Canola oil for a few minutes. Add the rice and a generous drizzle of soy sauce and a splash of rice wine vinegar. I also add a teeny tiny bit of spicy chili sauce (totally optional). Start with a little bit of soy sauce and add more to taste. I pair it with natural baked veg spring rolls. I also steam broccoli and throw it on top because we LOVE broccoli! This is just SO good and easy.

Stay safe and warm in this winter weather.

 

Listening to: Slate’s Political Gabfest Podcast

Pb pancakes

January 11, 2011

Hi friends. Wow so December is gone and January is in full swing. Crazy. So I have been absent for a while. (sorry) We had a seriously busy month. Every week we had visitors or we were out of town. All my free time was devoted to work and sewing Christmas gifts. It was busy, stressful and absolutely wonderful! I love this time of year. I know that some people think New Year’s resolutions are silly. But I love them! I love that people feel a sence of renewal and hope. Even if they don’t make it out of January they still had that blank canvas-anything is possible feeling. I have big dreams and many goals and I’m excited to see what 2011 will hold.

It’s that very cold time of year where I want to hibernate and eat comforting, warm food. While at work Sunday we got on the topic of pancakes. (we talk about food often) I got a serious craving. So when I made it home that night I got creative and came up with these very delicious Peanut Butter Pancakes.

Peanut Butter Pancakes

Yields: about 9

1 1/2 Cups Flour

3 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Salt

1 Tbl Honey or Agave

1 1/4 Cups Milk

1 Egg

3 Tbl melted Butter

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 Tbl Peanut Butter

Sift dry ingredients together. Make a well in the middle and add all wet ingredients. Mix until just blended. Cook on hot, greased skillet. Enjoy with butter and syrup or honey.

 

Menard loves to watch it snow!

Currently listening to: Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs