Easter Talk: Sausage Rolls

Happy belated Easter!

This year, I actually celebrated with ham and I am so happy because it reminded me of home. Friends are the best, aren’t they? My boyfriend’s dad also joined us this year, so it was a real treat.

My friend Melisa brought up the Easter brunch idea last week because she really wanted ham. Of course, I fully supported it and we planned a menu. I use the word “plan” loosely since we just sent each other emails of what we wanted to eat and never decided on a menu. We ended up winging it and just made sure we didn’t make the same thing.

img_1977

For the first half of the day, we went hiking at the Topanga State Park and hiked to Eagle Rock and Musch Trail. It was so nice to see so much green in Los Angeles! It was a nice walk up to Eagle Rock and the picture below doesn’t show the peak. I just wanted to take a dramatic picture of my boyfriend climbing up it.

img_1975

When we got home, it felt like an episode of Chopped/Iron Chef where I had to quickly make all the food for Easter. I wanted to have a cute Easter dress but ended up cooking, and eating, in my hiking outfit since I felt bad making everyone wait any longer.


Melisa glazed a legit ham (bone-in) and made a batch of the most delicious Pan-Fried Onion Dip from Ina Garten. She served it with vegetables like radish, endive, and bell peppers and it was SO GOOD! She also brought roasted carrots with dill, which were buttery and delightful. She is the cutest and came in with her Easter dress and daffodils.

My half were mostly side dishes since she was taking care of the main meat. The Sausage Roll ended up being the most raved about since they were delightful, meaty, bite sized snack. We couldn’t stop! We didn’t even get a picture of (it was in the center of the plate on the right but…I ate it).

  • Appetizer: Fennel Pork Roll
    • I doubled the pork and made patties for future breakfasts! I also only put mustard on one roll and put sesame on the other ones (to differentiate) for mustard haters. Apparently it doesn’t matter because they loved both!
  • Appetizer: Deviled Eggs
  • Smitten Kitchen – Martha’s Macaroni and Cheese
    • I topped it with squares of American cheese since that’s how my boyfriend’s dad’s mom used to make it and I wanted to recreate it for him! Also, I did not want to buy a loaf of white bread.
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Lemonade’s Curried Cauliflower with Almonds
    • I bought the Lemonade cookbook in hopes of creating their salads when I need inspiration for more vegetables. I made the Curried Cauliflower specifically since it’s Melisa’s favorite. I forgot raisins though, so it was just cauliflower and almonds – it was delicious!

I also just want to explain the “May’s Munchies” posts popping up. It’s basically a daily food diary I’ve started but what you eat is influenced by what’s happening around you so it’s more personal than what I want to share and what I think you want to know. I am, however, sharing it with my family and for them to access it in my blog, I applied the password protection. I do enjoy reading food diaries so maybe one day I’ll be comfortable enough to share my own entries.

Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry

I love shopping weekly sales and the past few weeks, pineapples have been on sale. I don’t know about you guys, but I have limited use of pineapple.

It goes:

  1. Peel and eat pineapple.

End of list.

Unfortunately, that gets old really fast so I’ve started to embrace cooking with it, especially when it’s been sitting in my fridge untouched. I needed something fast that wasn’t a stew (I was craving Chinese take out) and the internet didn’t disappoint. Enter the Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry! It did not take long to put this together and I am thrilled since everyone can use a fast meal during the week.

Jimmy (my adorable black lab) approved whole heartedly.

IMG_1759.JPG

Skinny Taste’s Thai Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry

I made some tweaks to the recipe:

  • Added more vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, and onion.
  • Used chicken thigh since that’s what I had cut up in the freezer. Convenience!
  • I think you could get away with a little less sauce. It was quite flavorful and I kind of needed more rice.

Speaking of sauce, as a Filipino we ALWAYS have the Thai Sweet Chili Sauce handy for a lumpia (Filipino version of an egg roll) dip. I had no idea it had so much potential to be so much more!

Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry 1.png

Double Coconut Muffins

The sun is shining today in LA after the rainy Friday and so it only felt right to make these double coconut muffins.

I was actually never a big coconut fan growing up. Throughout the years, and several coconut macaroons later, my mind changed. It was also a moment I realized I was growing up and my taste was changing. Not that I’m out searching for coconut water, but I started to enjoy coconut flakes in say, my morning oatmeal.

These muffins are from Smitten Kitchen and are almost cake like since it has a very soft crumb. She did sneak in some whole wheat flour so we can all call it muffin. I can’t do pastries as breakfast but this will be such a delicious snack or dessert treat for the next few days. Maybe with some tea?

Smitten Kitchen’s Double Coconut Muffin

I do want to make some edits on this recipe in the future:

  • You could get away with less coconut flakes. It wasn’t an overwhelming amount when using a full 90 grams but it can help the calorie count. I used unsweetened coconut and the muffins tasted sweet enough too.
  • I didn’t have the full 110 grams of coconut oil and got away with using 82 grams. Maybe I will substitute with other liquids to make them healthier.
  • Swap the full fat Greek yogurt to less fat, just out of curiosity.

Butternut Squash “Soup” – Slow Cooker Edition

IMG_1490

I recently made some Butternut Squash Soup because my throat was killing me and decided I needed a soup. In retrospect, I should have made a thinner soup but I couldn’t think straight. This recipe got my attention because it is made in the slow cooker. I have been trying to use mine more to dispel the idea that slow cookers make bland food.  Continue reading

In The Mood For Soup: Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup

It is insanely hot in LA right now. I’m trying not to turn on the stove, but sometimes you buy a pound of crimini mushrooms and have no choice because they are going bad. I wanted to use them for stuffed artichoke, courtesy of Giada, but I couldn’t find any so I had to think of something else to make. Continue reading

Hash game is strong

My strong hash game only lasted two Saturdays.

Brussel Sprouts Hash
When I use up leftovers, I always, ALWAYS feel like a champion. This utilized little bunches of raw/cooked vegetables in my fridge.Topping it with an egg made it breakfast.

Sliced brussel sprouts and yellow squash sautéed in the rendered fat of one slice of bacon. Threw in leftover caramelized onions and roasted mini sweet peppers and topped with that chopped up slice of bacon and a sprinkle of Parmesan. Top with egg, ta-dah!

What I Ate Wednesday: Almost Whole 30

Now that I know that my sister voluntarily looks at this blog for food ideas, I want to be more active! I couldn’t keep spamming my Instagram with food pictures either so…

I feel like the hottest food diet right now is the Whole30. I tried it myself and lasted only a week. There was no excuse – I voluntarily quit since it was my last week of work and wanted to celebrate with my co-workers. I still want to try again, but I’m not sure when yet (I know, the best time is now). Until then, I’m just going to keep trying and cook healthier.

 Breakfast: Tuna cake with cucumbers, tomato, and avocado

The tuna cakes are from Nom Nom Paleo. They’re supposed to be spicy but I forgot the jalapeños and red pepper flakes. The cakes are made with tuna, sweet potatoes, and can be baked or pan fried, to those with no oven.

These cakes were delicious, warm or cold. They didn’t stink up the office too bad, but I definitely smelled it..

 Lunch: zucchini noodles with bolognese sauce

It’s a dirty looking picture but it was delicious! I made the zucchini noodles with my mandolin since I didn’t want to buy another equipment for the kitchen…no matter how badly I want to play with a spiralizer. The bolognese was defrosted from when I made a huge batch a few weeks ago. 

I should have made myself more zucchini spaghetti noodles because I ate my weight in roasted cashews and almonds right after. For dinner, my boyfriend and I ate meatball sandwiches at Wich Which. We have an addiction and we are not ashamed.

Happy almost end of the week guys! What’s on your menu?