Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Quick & Hearty

Tonight's dinner apres laundry continues my summer fling with pasta. I finally took the plunge and bought a block of Parmesan cheese. No more eating pasta in sin with the bottled, powder crap from Kraft. Yes, more leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

Campanelle with Italian Sausage & Swiss Chard

The recipe was adapted from here. However I had campanelle instead of orecchiette, swiss chard instead of kale, used cipollini onions because that was all I had & used pasta water instead of white wine. Ok, so half my ingredients were not the same but I'm still trying to incorporate different types of pasta dishes into my diet. What I love about pasta dishes is that you can improv with that you have in your fridge for the day. The BF could eat my spicy garlic/veggie/shrimp linguine all the time but how fun would that be?

Monday, July 28, 2008

Rainy Day Braise

Tiring weekend with a lot of eating out. I realized I still suck in pool. Tonight's dinner with enough leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Galbi Jim (Korean Braised Short Ribs) & Sauteed String Beans and Mystery CSA Bean w. some Garlic Chili Sauce
(only a wee bit because I'm a wuss)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Failure #1

This is by no means my first failure.. shocking I know! hehe but this is the first posted of I'm sure many more to come. The pork tasted ordinary despite all the fragrants I used - lemongrass, basil, garlic, shallots, scallions, lime juice and chili padi. We ended up adding more lime and *gasp* salt.. ugh and the oil! Oh well, the broccoli was great!

Stir Fry Pork with Lemongrass and Everything Else &
Broccoli Stir Fried in Garlic

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Meal for the 'Rents

Sunday I cooked dinner for my parents and invited them over. My mom has been to my place before but this was the first time for daddy. The dishes were not very photogenic but delish they were. There were so much leftover that we had the oxtail for dinner last night.

Kare Kare Filipino Stewed Oxtail in Peanut Broth (shown above), Simple Salad & Steamed Black Bass Chinese Style

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Lazy Saturday

I took home these gorgeous prairie roses from the Farmer's Market on Friday to accompany me during my weekend at home. I had no concrete plans and it was WAY too hot to go out or do anything. Nothing like a day home on the sofa in PJs, eating of course.

Grilled Cheese with Egg and Canadian Bacon

Beef Souvlakis on Pita w. Greek Salad & Faux Tzaziki (not pictured)
No photos of any of them built - too hungry.

White Bean Dip courtesy of Giada

The BF and I decided to take a brief walk to get out of the apartment even
for a few minutes. The landlord was outside watching this chicken graze in our neighbors front lawn.. err grass patch. I know he was tempted to take it home for dinner..

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Eating Well

Thursdays this summer have quickly become one of my favorite days of the week - Veggie and Cheap Dinner Night! When I found out the CSA pick up day would be on Thursdays, I was a bit bummed that I wouldn't be spending those random (once a millennium as friends would say) Thursday night's out at Happy Hour, Bob's or some random thing at a random joint to then feel like utter shit Friday morning.

The routine goes like this - My best friend and I pick up our CSA veggies and then BF meets us or picks us up to have cheap dinner. Others tag along here and there. I've been trying to cut down on eating out but Thursday night dinners has been a nice relief from the expensive crap I'm forced to eat around the office for lunch. So last night we had Malaysian food for dinner at Flushing's Curry Leaf. We had so much food with leftovers for 5 people .. total cost $62!!!

Ok, now I feel bad because I won't be showing you photos from Curry Leaf but instead here is tonight's dinner. Tried to keep it light after the carbtastic week of noodles. Who am I kidding I used 5 tablespoons of butter!!

Pan Seared Tilapia w/Butter, Wine, Garlic, & Caper Sauce
paired with Basil Mashed Potatoes (They tasted like regular
mashed potatoes - basil wasted)

Tomato & Cucumber Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Noodles a Different Way

Last night's dinner.. and the carb binge continues. Noodles are just so quick, easy and delish. No more late eating. It gives me nightmares I've noticed.

Stir Fried Noodles w. Homemade Roast Pork & Bok Choy
(paired w. Grilled Zucchini - not shown)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pasta - A Summer Staple

This summer, I'm a slave to what is in my CSA box and the fact that anything that requires long cooking times or the oven is a 'no no'. Mmm more garlic pasta for last night's dinner.

Linguine w. Shrimp and Swiss Chard & Grilled Zucchini

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Hi, my name is Lizz - I cook and I eat. After months (years!) of procrastination I've finally started this blog to document my kitchen creations and eating habits. You're not going to have much to read because honestly I stink with words, I'm lazy and usually pooped after cooking so I'll just entice you with photos of the goods. To make up for lost time here are some meals from the past couple weeks - thanks to my sweetie with the coolio camera. Welcome and enjoy.

Linguine w. Shrimp, Baby Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

Manila Clams w. Black Bean Sauce (adapted from here),
Pork Bone & Hairy Gourd Soup (adapted from here),
& Chinese Broccoli Tips w. Oyster Sauce

Basil Pork w. Fennel & Warm Swiss Chard Salad

Simple Salad w. Champagne Vinaigrette, Pan Fried Chicken Wings
& Creamy Dill Potato Salad