Shabu Shabu

Went to a shabu-shabu restaurant today.  It was delicious, but kind of expensive!  I love shabu-shabu.  It is perfect comfort food, yet not heavy like most comfort foods.  It’s also perfect for the winter months, and warming oneself up, especially since our gas bill was enormous!

Next time I go to a Japanese market, I know what I’m getting!  Really want to make this someday: this shabu shabu

Me and you and peach pie

I’m not a baker.  But one day, when I was with my fiancé at a couple’s house, and the wife was giving us some delicious hummus, I asked about her KitchenAid mixer.  She told me she used it all the time, and she even made hummus in it!  I was amazed.  She asked me if I wanted one.  Did I want one?  I wasn’t sure what to say.  I was not a baker.  But I knew that a KitchenAid standing mixer was an item that many girls coveted, and so I wasn’t about to turn one down even if I never needed or wanted one.  Sure, it’d be nice to have one.  She surprised me by saying that she had an extra, and I could have it as my wedding gift.  What?  That’s not what I was expecting!  I felt grateful and a little sheepish.  So here I am.  A non-baker, with a KitchenAid standing mixer.  I do not bake because I do not eat sweets often.  But today, I want to bake.  This recipe for peach pie looks easy yet tasty enough, so I’m going to try it.  We’ll see how it goes.

Anniversary

Yesterday was our one year anniversary.  I was going to write a post about it, but I guess I got busy with other things.  We took a weekend away which was nice, but by the time we got back, there were a lot of things to do!  Laundry, work, and finding a nice “romantic anniversary dinner” recipe that would be easy enough to pull off.  Apparently there are lists of these things on the Internet, you know?  So I tried to make steak for the first time by myself.  Well it wasn’t exactly stellar.  I cooked it longer than I intended to and put too much salt.  But it was okay.  I think Hubby was touched, which is what counts.  Today I’m trying another one on that Internet list.  It’s a baked chicken with tomatoes and garlic and kale, and it was pretty easy, so far.  We’ll see how it turns out!

I’m kind of pooped now, after two part-time jobs during the day and feeling the kale bits on the kitchen floor with my feet while prepping.  Yes, something about that tires me out.  My head is aching, but the chicken is in the oven.  Phew.

So seriously, what am I supposed to write?  Oh boy, what is a girl to do!  Marriage is a strange and funny thing, and there are some things that just have to be kept between the two peas.  That’s the hard thing about it.  On the one hand, it’s my marriage right, so I should be able to talk about it?  But on the other hand, we’re two and yet one.  It’s all intertwined and yet not.  That’s the funny thing about marriage.

I seriously have arm cramps from whatever I did today (blowing bubbles for kids?  throwing a bouncy ball?  I have no idea..) so I will continue this line of thought later.

I’ll leave you with a quote I found that resonates with me.

A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short. – Andre Marois

HomeChef Day 1

I received my HomeChef box today!  First thing I noticed was the weight of the box.  It was heavier than my Marley Spoon box.  When I opened the package, there was a soft insulated wrapping and a lot of ice.  The food was also bagged, and there was no cardboard divider where the meat was, just meat lying between ice packs.  That’s fine with me, but what I did notice was the meat portions seemed smaller than what I had received from Marley Spoon.  Just kidding, I think it was just the packaging. At 9.95 per serving, we’ll see.

Today I’ll be making Chicken Scaloppine with Mustard Cream Sauce.  Yes I had to copy and paste that name.

Here’s the recipe card for those of you who are curious.

Things I like about the recipe card so far —

  1. The note from the chef.  Last time I made meals from Marley Spoon, I felt like I was a little bit left in the dark.  It’s nice having some explanation in the cooking realm.

OK, gotta cook, see you later!

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Verdict– Intermediate level is pretty tough for me!  Hubby says it tasted like restaurant quality but it definitely took me a long time to make.  Also, I don’t know if it’s my cast iron pan that is the problem due to residue, but lately all the food boxes are too salty!