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Everyday Life: Weeks 12 and 13

Here is a little peek at the last couple weeks.

Everyday Life: Weeks 12 and 13:

Homemade Indian food! Palak paneer, paneer makhani, garlic naan, steamed basmati rice and Punjabi spiced cauliflower.

The next night I experimented with leftovers and turned them into calzones, each stuffed with rice and either palak paneer or leftover paneer makhani.

We drove south to California… Forgot to check the weather for the drive… oops. Snow flurries off and on for the first two hours of driving.

Guess who else got to go on our road trip? (Note all the toys behind her.)

Craig, Silas, Silas’s mom and I went to the Bay Area at the start of Spring Break. First off, our first Golden State Warriors game. It was a lot more fun than I’d anticipated!

We stopped by Lake Merritt in Oakland to walk Percy the next morning.

Craig and I also decided to check out an international aquarium shop we drove past while also on a hunt for a good burrito. This fella caught my eye. And tried to attack my face.

Silas and his mom went to Six Flags so Craig and I ventured into San Francisco for a night.

An unplanned trek up to Coit Tower.

We walked past Liguria Bakery and I instantly thought of Tracy Shutterbean. Though I wanted some raisin focaccia, they were closed. All we found were these perma-dogs on the side of the building.

After walking all over North Beach and Chinatown in the wee morning hours, we stopped by Sam Wo near our hotel for 2AM vegetable chow fun.

The next day we met up with Silas and his mom for lunch at Mi Pueblo, which we discovered a few years ago. I ordered 3 sopes (photo is just one of the three)…little did I know they’d be big enough to leave me with two plates of food. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

After lunch, we decided to venture to the Redwoods near San Geronimo.

Silas amidst the redwoods…

You know who also enjoyed the forest and little streams.

Misadventures.

After the redwood adventure we decided to drive on to Tomales Bay. It was rainy, windy and cold when we got there, but c’est la vie. Get me near any body of water and I am happy.

I always enjoy getting back in my own kitchen when we get home. His and Hers dinner sammiches. His: tempeh bacon, tofurky, pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, garlic basil mayonnaise. Hers/MINE: thick cut roasted chicken, muenster cheese, avocado, tomato, lettuce, curry vegenaise. Both on local made buttermilk bread.

I left the room for – literally 1 minute – came back and guess who’d cuddled up with my shirt? Haha

Still cold enough for soup around here… corn chowder with tempeh bacon.

Totally necessary. Puff pastry morning bun experiment.

Reunited after our road trip. They’d both freak out if they were awake, realizing they were touching each other.

I had been craving crab cakes for weeks. Soooo. I made Dungeness crab cakes, curry aioli, pink lady apple salad and a Vitamix whole fruit frozen margarita.

Surprise daffodils from the husband.

A recipe that was surprisingly good! Brown rice, Quorn chik’n skewers (marinated in a garlic ginger soy sauce), and spicy peanut sauce.

Always a staple meal around here, even when/especially when we have surprise extra kids in the house for dinner. EVERY WEEKEND: “Can I have a sleepover with __________ tonight?” Cheese enchiladas, beans, rice. These chips.

When you’re working in the yard, then realize the dog’s gotten awfully quiet for the last half hour…

Organic strawberries were on sale… so, strawberry shortcake tonight. With sweet biscuits, like how my mom would make it when I was a kid.

You’re welcome. (This is how I feel like I look when I sleep, too.)

Hope you’ve had a lovely couple of weeks!

Everyday Life: Weeks 10 and 11

Here’s a look at what the last couple weeks have included.

Everyday Life Weeks 10 and 11:


Winter basketball season wrapped up for Silas… on to baseball.


A nacho mess for dinner one night, including homemade chips.


Pick a door, any door…


My husband was part of a fun gig this past week, at a local winery.


During the break between sets, the chef who was cooking up food for the night walked over and handed me half a club sandwich. It was delicious and a nice surprise to follow my first glass of wine for the night. Kindness of strangers!


Evening play time for Percy.


Tried a new local taco truck… had, perhaps, the best fish tacos in all of the Rogue Valley.


Spring is here!


Lunch. Half my toast with smashed avocado, half with scrambled up eggs and cheese.


Baby nugget.


Walking home after grocery shopping. Love this time of year!


We had a week of sunshine and warmer weather (things have cooled off again for now).


Our friends Janet and Ray gifted us some fresh locally caught trout. I decided to fillet them, then cook the fish in harissa spices before turning them into tacos. Even Silas happily ate his trout tacos (a HUGE surprise, one I didn’t have high hopes for – usually he’s not a big fan of fish that isn’t salmon or canned tuna).


This little pup turned ONE. Seemed necessary to bake her a cake of her own…


A hummingbird cake with carrots, and a sweet potato cream cheese frosting!


My mom and Percy share the same birthday. This is still my favorite photo of my mom from her early 20’s. :)


Steel cut oats have been my preference lately.


In case you need a reminder…


Dinner sandwich with the best bubbly water kefir.


Don’t you hate when you run out? Hehe


French toast for lunch one day…because that’s what sounded good.


World’s best snuggler. I hope she’s a lap baby forever.


Easy sushi for just myself.


Finally running low on my homemade garlic basil marinara… but dang. I love carbs.


All the chickens ran up to the fence as I walked by with Percy. It was magnificent! ;)

Hope you’ve had a wonderful couple weeks!

Everyday Life: Weeks 8 and 9

Here’s a little glimpse at the last two weeks:


Blue skies while on a walk…


Sammich date for my friend Janet’s birthday. This was one of the specials, “Wilt the Stilt”: house roasted turkey, chopped house-made bacon, provolone, sprouts, red onion + house-made caesar dressing sammiched in a baguette.


Along with days of sunshine, days of rain… we had snow.


Late night dinner for one. This fettuccine with more garlic and more pepper.


Madhur Jaffrey’s paneer makhani. My husband said, “This may be my favorite Indian food you’ve made. Actually, this is my favorite Indian dish, ever. Make this more!” Guess the recipe’s a keeper.


Best morning snuggler EVER.


Breakfast dinner…


Featuring a ridiculous amount of hash browns for three people.


Deconstructed (aka LAZY) egg salad sandwich for a quick lunch while running out the door.


Basketball season ended this weekend (video coming later – next week, I hope)… however, baseball season starts… TOMORROW.


The “whole fruit margarita” recipe in the Vitamix cookbook is delicious. With a few minor tweaks.


We had dinner at 4:30 because we were starving after the gym… So at about 9:00 when I was hungry again, I made a quick cheese pizza to share. Because… sometimes you need second dinners. And pizza.


Puppy sass.


When my husband and I were in New York a few years ago, we stumbled upon a food cart a couple blocks from our hotel. A line wrapped around the block, people waiting for whatever this cart was dishing out. I couldn’t talk myself into getting into the line at Halal Guys. But the next night while on a walk, we miraculously showed up when there was no line whatsoever. The chicken and rice plate (with lots of white sauce, little red sauce) even caused my 20+ year vegetarian husband to try a bite. This was a vegetarian version of that plate with Quorn chick’n — and it was absolutely nostalgic and delicious!


“My name is Jump Cat and I like to sneakily pee in closets and baskets full of clean laundry. Pet me.”


This sandwich. With halibut. And a citrusy cabbage rather than creamy slaw.


Veggie tacosssss.


Breakfast biscuit sandwich!


Got our taxes done. With the help of coffee and the cat.


Lap baby.

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Classic Fettuccine Alfredo

Forbidden Rice Blog | Fettuccine Alfredo (2 of 8)

We’ve been hosting sleepovers nearly every weekend for the last few weeks. My dilemma is never that I adamantly don’t like children (OKKKK that’s not the dilemma MOST DAYS). I often find myself trying to think of a vegetarian meal that will go over well with non-vegetarian guests, especially if it’s a type of cuisine they’re not used to.

Growing up, if I didn’t want to eat what my mom made (sorry, Mom) then I could: 1) eat it anyway or 2) make my own food. In my adulthood, I find myself trying to appease 9-11 year old appetites. WHAT.

I decided to take a chance and make fettuccine alfredo one Friday night when I knew we were hosting one of Silas’s friends. To my amazement, Silas demolished his dinner. His buddy ate two big platefuls AND the next week when he slept over again, he said to me, “Auntie J, that pasta was SO GOOD! OH MY GOODNESS!” So, here’s the recipe for you to have as well!

Note:  I’ve learned that when a recipe calls for scarce ingredients, using quality products is important.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Fettuccine Alfredo (2 of 8)

Fettuccine Alfredo

Serves 6-8 folks.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds dried fettuccine noodles
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cups Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
salt and fresh ground pepper, to your liking
a pinch of fresh ground nutmeg

Forbidden Rice Blog | Fettuccine Alfredo (4 of 8)

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Generously salt the water (this is your chance to flavor the pasta as it cooks, so don’t be afraid to salt profusely). Cook the pasta until al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, add the heavy cream, butter, and lemon juice to a medium-sized pot of their own, over medium heat, whisking occasionally to combine. Continue heating and stirring until the butter completely melts and the mixture is well combined. Add the cheese, a half-cup at a time, stirring with each addition until the sauce is smooth. Taste, then add salt and pepper to your liking. Add a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg. Reduce heat to low.

Drain the cooked pasta, reserving about one cup of the cooking liquid. Return the pasta to the pot, then pour the sauce over the noodles. Gently toss well, until all the noodles are covered with sauce. If you need to, add some of the pasta cooking water to help make everything more smooth.

Serve immediately, topping with a bit of fresh ground pepper if you’d like.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Fettuccine Alfredo (5 of 8)

Forbidden Rice Blog | Fettuccine Alfredo (5 of 8)

Forbidden Rice Blog | Fettuccine Alfredo (5 of 8)

Everyday Life: Weeks 6 and 7

A little peek at the last couple weeks:

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Starting off a day right.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
When dad is off at a music rehearsal, this is how we study 6th grade algebra homework… (Yes, got it all done before dad got home.)

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Sometimes you accidentally pour the whole 16 ounce container of yogurt in your bowl…just add bananas. Eat on the way to the gym. ¯_(ツ)_/¯


We got caught in a big downpour about halfway home. (It was a fun walk. P.S. Percy doesn’t know what to think of overflowing storm drains and that produces quite a dramatic pull-on-the-leash dance.)

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Guess who’s avoiding going to bed in this photo op…

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Tried some new Indian recipes from Madhur Jaffrey’s vegetarian cookbook… DELICIOUS! I can’t wait to try more.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Post-bath puppy.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
This beer was interesting, to say the least. Not my preferred flavors but fun to try! It was brewed with spices that are used to make scrapple and indeed, did taste weirdly breakfast-y.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Comfort food… vegetarian (Quorn) chicken and dumplings.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
At least a couple days of the week, I pack my husband’s lunch for him to take to work. Toby’s tofu pâté is one we enjoy (especially the jalapeño version).

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
This cat has the most awful blood-curdling meow. And his preferred times to vocalize said meow: between 1 o’clock and 5 o’clock in the morning. But at least he has pretty eyes and soft fur.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Another new recipe experiment. A Moroccan sweet potato and lentil soup.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Baby.


Some highlights from a couple of Silas’s recent basketball games. He’s number 54.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Probably the best fettuccine alfredo I’ve made. Hooray!

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Pre-basketball game breakfast. Cranberry hazelnut french toast, hash browns, and some fresh mango and banana.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
All I ever want to do is lay around cuddling the dog. True story. She turned 11 months old this week!

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
I got to have the entire spin room at the gym to myself. The quiet of the huge room was awesome.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
A vegetarian sheet pan dinner experiment with a side of steamed then sautéed broccoli.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Handdrawn Valentine’s Day card.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
And since Valentine’s Day also fell on Taco Tuesday we went out for some margaritas, tacos and nachos. All day happy hour! Woo-hoo!

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Two days later, we shared MORE nachos. This time with beers, at the pub where some of my husband’s students had a poetry reading featuring a few songwriting students as well.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Stripes and a cat squeeze.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
My husband and his band opened for Terrapin Flyer here in Ashland…

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7
Nearly two dozen cheese enchiladas (with un-photoed beans and rice) when we had a sleepover that included three extra kids Friday night… The nine year old kid asked me, “Do you make your own chicken?” I told him there was no chicken in the enchiladas, to which he replied, “OH. We don’t eat this stuff at my house. Do you HAVE any chicken? I like MEAT… Beef? Ribs…? I’m a beef guy. Or do you guys just eat… this stuff over here?” Bwahaha.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Weeks 6 and 7

Hope you’ve had a great couple of weeks!