sunday night dinner: march 25, 2012 — its a mad mad world

the draper cake

how could we not do a mad men themed dinner in honor of the 5th season kicking off?!  we no longer have downton abbey to obsess over, so our sunday nights need some sort of fictional drama.  do you want to know what i think every time i watch an episode…….”i need to be more like roger sterling”  any way here is how our mad men night progressed…………………

cocktail hour of old fashions

shockingly dad had to look this recipe up, seems so un-art farris of him

dad created the menu of popular 60s food including chicken cordon bleu, caesar salad, and mom’s contribution of some lipton’s rice  and of course we cut into that draper cake.  my creation of a strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting.

meatless monday — curried quinoa with milk & honey bread

now that's dinner

for the last couple of months i have been pairing my books i’m reading with themed appropriate music.  yes i am that much of a dork.  it started in knox when i was reading harry potter at a Scottish bar, aka my own little leaky cauldron.  then the hobbit was paired with the chieftains, a 17th century pirate book with mozart, a book about paris and john singer sargent to edith piaf and now a 19th century biography on the most influential woman in the middle east, gertrude bell paired with a pandora station of african/middle eastern music.

all i can say is this has made me crave curry, curry, lamb, curry, hummus,  and more curry.  for meatless monday i made some curried quinoa that had craisins and almonds in it and topped it with a couple of poached eggs.  along with some milk and honey bread, which is actually an ancient middle eastern dish. (don’t ask where i got it because there is a long food story behind that as well)  yum to the taste buds!

RECIPE:  milk & honey bread

4 oz feta cheese, crumbled

3 Tbspn honey

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup flour

olive oil

*mash honey, feta, & salt with a fork, gradually add in flour till a dough forms.  knead dough until smooth.  cover and leave dough at room temp for 20 minutes.  divide dough into 12 portions, roll each portion until 3 inches in diameter.  lightly oil pan with olive oil, over medium heat.  cook dough patties until golden brown, about 1 minute per side.

meatless monday — curried quinoa with milk & honey bread

now that's dinner

for the last couple of months i have been pairing my books i’m reading with themed appropriate music.  yes i am that much of a dork.  it started in knox when i was reading harry potter at a Scottish bar, aka my own little leaky cauldron.  then the hobbit was paired with the chieftains, a 17th century pirate book with mozart, a book about paris and john singer sargent to edith piaf and now a 19th century biography on the most influential woman in the middle east, gertrude bell paired with a pandora station of african/middle eastern music.

all i can say is this has made me crave curry, curry, lamb, curry, hummus,  and more curry.  for meatless monday i made some curried quinoa that had craisins and almonds in it and topped it with a couple of poached eggs.  along with some milk and honey bread, which is actually an ancient middle eastern dish. (don’t ask where i got it because there is a long food story behind that as well)  yum to the taste buds!

 

RECIPE:  milk & honey bread

4 oz feta cheese, crumbled

3 Tbspn honey

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup flour

olive oil

*mash honey, feta, & salt with a fork, gradually add in flour till a dough forms.  knead dough until smooth.  cover and leave dough at room temp for 20 minutes.  divide dough into 12 portions, roll each portion until 3 inches in diameter.  lightly oil pan with olive oil, over medium heat.  cook dough patties until golden brown, about 1 minute per side.

 

 

Eating dinner with monkeys…

…and I don’t mean THE Monkees (which is impossible and quite sad now). I do mean animatronics monkeys.

John and I recently took a trip to Disneyland (and the Wonder Con comic book show. there was also a cheerleading competition and a volleyball tournament happening at the same convention center– strange fellows to be spending time together) in California.

On our first night in the second most magical place on earth our jet lag decided that eating at Rainforest Cafe would be fun. We’ve eaten at a Rainforest Cafe and its cousin T-Rex, so we knew we were about to have a sensory-overloading-dining-jungling-experience– but what the hey, it’s vacation AND we’re at Disney, right?

John ordered the cheese and basil pizza and I ordered the spinach salad AND a Sam Adams (VACATION). We sat at a “quiet” table for two next to the before mentioned monkeys and an “Aztec” temple that produced its own rainbow and was topped with Atlas holding a neon world on his shoulders.

Two things amazed us about this meal. 1) That the “atmosphere” of the restaurant was so well-timed that it didn’t drive you completely crazy. Compared to the Dallas airport, it was actually rather peaceful. 2) John’s cheese pizza tasted remarkably like a frozen pizza. Let me clarify, a frozen party pizza. You know what taste I’m talking about. It wasn’t bad if you like the party pizza flavor (and I do) but shocking because it wasn’t 10 pizza’s for $10’s (it wasn’t even close to $10’s).

We discussed our plans for vacation: Which rides? How many times would we ride Star Tours? (10) Our excitement for the comic book show and seeing our very good friends the Janssens.

First night of vacation called for a treat (you know me, every night calls for dessert). There was only one dessert of choice for us that night at the Rainforest– The Chocolate Volcano. Was it the chants to staff yelled over the “thunderstorms” as they brought your dessert to you or the mountain of chocolate? It didn’t really matter– it’s a chocolate volcano!!

Where's the real fire, man?

I think I'm going to have to have another Sam Adams if' i'm going to eat all of this.

Was there a real sparkler on top? No. Could we eat 3 pieces of cake, two scoops of ice cream and two scoops of whipped cream with hot fudge icing? Sadly, no.

But we did our best for our first night of vacation. I’m sure that if we would have tried to eat this on our last night of vacation we could have eaten the whole thing–alas, it was night one. John did give our fake sparkler to a table with two little boys and only one sparkler. That’s my sweetheart for you.

meatless monday: veggie buffalo wings with guacamole salad

this 70 degree weather has made my taste buds start to think summer is here.  for meatless monday i whipped up one of my favorite summer dishes guacamole salad along with some morning star vegetarian buffalo wings and i also couldn’t pass up on some of my whole-wheat beer bread.  let summer begin!!!

 

RECIPE:  Guacamole Salad

ING:

1 pinte grape tomatoes, halved

1 yellow bell pepper, diced

1 can black beans, drained

1/2 cup red onion, chopped

2 jalapeno peppers, minced

1/2 tsp grated lime zest

1/4 cup lime juice (2 lime)

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2-3 avocados pitted, peeled and diced

* whisk together oil, lime juice, and seasonings, mix all ingredients together, toss with dressing.