Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pea Hummus

This is so fresh and bright and such a fun change from regular hummus. I saw this recipe on Cup of Jo and wanted to try it out. I didn't follow the directions exactly, but made it just like I usually make hummus - a little of this and a little of that. It was delicious. Jamie, my pea lover, adored it.

Ingredients:
1 box frozen peas
juice of 1/2 a lime
big handful fresh cilantro, rinced
1 large clove garlic
2 big tsp tahini
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
a little water
salt and pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cumin

Directions:
Cook the peas until soft and thawed - a couple minutes in a sauce pan with some water. Drain and run under cold water until cool.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Garden Plan

Yay warm weather and springtime! We're going out to Long Island this weekend and I'll finally be able to check on the snap peas, peas, lettuces, swiss chard, and radishes we planted a few weeks ago. Hope they're alive!

Every year, I make a garden plan - some years better documented than others. The garden is a little bigger as we plan to build a fence (more on that to come) so it opens up room to plant some news things, like strawberries, beans, and radishes, and give everything some space. Up there are all the major plants, but the blank spaces will be filled in with some herbs (basil, tarragon, parsley, etc) and some flowers (marigolds, nasturtiums, and zinnias). I can't wait!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fried Rice-Style Quinoa

I was marinating flank steak the other night and asked Jamie what he wanted as a side. He requested peas. The flank steak was marinating in soy sauce, ginger, garlic, etc (Asian-style), so I was trying to think of an Asiany way to make peas - fried rice! I had just bought a bag of quinoa, so I figured I'd make it as if it were fried rice. It was delicious (and cheap and easy). Jamie loved it, and it even tasted great the next day.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spicy Tomato Soup

This is a nice and cheap soup, and really easy. Great novice soup recipe (I'm looking at you, Alice!) I love Barbara Lynch and saw the recipe on Food52 and had to try it. Yum! It's very simple but really nice, especially with a gooey grilled cheese.

Ingredients:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 big tsp red pepper flakes (or more or less, depending how spicy you want it)
1 1/2 cups water
2 28oz cans whole tomatoes with their juices
salt and pepper
big handfull of basil

Monday, April 7, 2014

One-Eyed Connolly

There are a lot of names for this - One-Eyed Connolly, Egg in a Basket, Egg in a Hole... We always called it a One-Eyed Connolly. I made one the other day and decided to spruce it up a little. We didn't have much in the fridge that morning, but we did have some cream cheese and we always have spices. I split the bread in half (there's an easy trick to that) and spread a thin layer of cream cheese and spices and put it back together. It was so tasty and really added something extra. Mmm. I also always love having a little salad with my eggs.

Serves 2
Ingredients:
2 pieces of bread (I used whole wheat, but whatever you want/have on hand)
2 eggs
butter
cream cheese
mix of cumin, paprika, cayenne, and salt

Friday, April 4, 2014

Decadent Salad Topper

I wanted to make a special dinner for Jamie the other night and thought of this yummy puff pastry, brie-en-croute confection I'd made once in college. I tried it again - wow! I need to do this next time I have people over for dinner. Puff pastry makes everything better. This is so easy, and the warm melty cheese along with the flaky and buttery crust goes perfectly with the acidity of balsamic dressing. I made the salad look all fancy here, but you can put this on top of any green salad and it makes it special and fancy. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Welcome Petunia!

The Pool family just got bigger! Introducing our adorable, fabulous, little Petunia! She's a Brussels Griffon. My parents have one and my sister has one, so it was just a matter of time until I convinced Jamie that we needed one. I finally won him over, so now we are the proud owners of a puppy. Maybe there will be some doggy recipes posted in the future. (There are a few in Homemade by Yvette Van Boven.)