Monday, October 31, 2011

Yum, Yum Eat Em Up

Do you ever have no idea what to make for dinner?
Of course you do. Unless you are a cyborg..
Not that there is anything wrong with that....

So, here's an idea to answer the age old question "What's for dinner?" This infamous question has been asked ever since the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Except back then it was more a question of "Who's for dinner?"

Who's for dinner?
I dunno. Who do you want?
I dunno. I was thinking Benny Brontosaurus.
Isn't he married to your sister?
Yeah, so? Mom can't stand the guy.
That's wrong dude! They have an egg in the nest..
I heard the Stegosaurus family is migrating through here for their family reunion.
I could eat one of them!

Just don't be like Cleopatra! She got so frustrated over what to make Mark Anthony (not to be confused with Marc Anthony although it seems neither one wore pants) for dinner she decided to just sit down and eat a basket of figs. And...well.. You know the rest of that story.

Anyhoo, some people call this clean out the fridge soup. But that sounds frightening to me. AND furthermore I do not want to get sued when someone eats some fuzzy beef stew and gets deathly ill.

So, let's call this "I really want to make a Whole foods and/or Trader Joe's run, but I can't justify it with food in the fridge, so I better get to eaten"

I know, I know.. That is a really long title. IT's nickname is "Eat It Up Stew"

Eat it Up Stew
Of course this recipe will vary depending on what leftovers you have,
but you will get the basic idea and the seasoning creates an amazing
broth that could stand on its own or with any ingredients.

1/2 bag frozen green leafy things (i used whole foods mustard/kale/collard blend)
1 zucchini sliced
1 can beans (cannelini(white kidney))
1/2 c stir fried shredded cabbage and carrots
1/2 T Italian seasoning
1 clove of garlic
1/2 lemon juiced (2 T if its not an actual lemon you are using)
2 T olive oil (extra virgin if you got it)
1 t sea salt
2 cups water

1) heat 1 T olive oil and saute the green leafy things.
When greens are almost melted add zucchini and Italian seasoning

2) 1 - 2 minutes add water (you want the zucchini to just start to wilt..this will prevent it from getting too mushy while cooking or when left in the fridge overnight..unless mushy zucchini is your thing)

3) add in the stir fry and beans and if you are a wuss throw in the garlic now
let it simmer for 5 minutes(10 if you added the garlic..wuss).

4) turn off the heat but do not remove from hot burner.
Add lemon, 1 T olive oil and sea salt (and garlic if you are not a wuss)
...stir twice and smash a few of the beans (alternatively you can blend half the can of beans in a blender before adding if you'd like a thicker broth)

5) cover and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.

6) devour!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fighting off Snow Beasts... w/ Pancakes

Okay...yes...Im back. I was in Italy and then I had severe jet lag. You would not want to read "I hate it here and want to go back to Italy" every day so be happy I wasnt posting with jet lag.

SO actually I did you a favor and you owe me one. Let me know when you want to pay me back for that. My cell # is 412-yea-rite....

On to the good stuff...

"Who ordered the pancakes with a side of 'augh!'?"

And by good stuff I mean complaining about what is going on outside my window and in my house. Namely: snow. Well, I mean the snow is outside but the cold from the snow is inside and that is only partially my fault because I haven't closed the storm windows yet. (Does everyone out there know what storm windows are? Or is that a East Coast thing? I never really know since there is still a tragic war going on between the East and the West.

You didn't know about it? You are so sheltered. And if you don't believe me you can read all about it in the fashion mags. The most recent skirmish involved a "blowout" although I think it might have been a misprint and they really meant something was blowing up. Anyway, the article went on to discuss how this mysterious explosion thinga ma jigger causes east coast women's hair to go straight and west coast women mostly straight but with some curl to add body. Sounds like chemical warfare, but the article said it involved a heat releasing weapon. Scary, no?

Wait why am I still in parentheses?)

What to do about the snow???

Well, close the windows for one. And make pancakes for the other.

My first thought involved a blow dryer, but that is really mean. AND the snow is very pretty. Large fluffy flakes of cuteness (from the Greek word hi'pot'mos' also translated 'disaster')! precious (from the Greek pi'mon'us' also translate dastardly)!

Spelt pancakes for one (recipe courtesy "Oh She Glows")? Check!
Almond cashew cream (recipe courtesy my imagination)? Check!
Drizzle of honey (recipe courtesy the Almighty God who created the bees)? Check!