watermelon bowl…You make conferences fun May 18, 2008

Filed under: breakfast,food,pintos,salad,watermelon — insomnisnack @ 7:13 pm

I loved my continuing education getaway. Long walks, pie, christmas tree lights, strawberry farms, fireworks, tangy frozen yogurt, periodic roller coaster screaming and especially…app-le ched-dar qui-i-iche quiche!!

Not too many people would get creative in a strange kitchen, let alone a hotel kitchen, but those rules seem not apply to Alice! She thought to secure tortillas, salsa, avocado, pintos, watermelon, and sardines, which led to a handful of delicious meals.

Half a watermelon serves as more than just breakfast. It serves your breakfast!

(Updated May 20, 2008 )
The breakfast consisted of pintos, salsa, and avocado on corn tortillas with watermelon on the side. Didn’t realize it looked like a watermelon salsa (which to me also would be good). I ended up having all of the watermelon “juice”, shown in cup, because I am greedy-greedy with fruit. Mmmm!

Alice, are you enjoying that delectable bite of sardines in mustard on yer rye toast?

i like mustard sardines on rye toast

Highlights include accordion solos, and a trip to the Crystal Cathedral – replete with
“free” bus ride. Is there such a thing? No, I guess not. No matter!

Get a load of this organ [my photo didn’t come out in the low light so I appropriated this
(lower front view of organ) from the crystalcathedral dot org etc website]. All the rest are legit.

MMM! When we got back we had 2 salads extraordinaire, featuring lettuce, garbanzo beans,
cucumber, carrot, tomatoes, and another with jicama, lime, and chili powder. Topped with fried
egg! Usually I expect to freak out at least once when traveling with another…this trip – I slept
like a baby.


pupusa night! May 13, 2008

Filed under: food,pupusa,savory — insomnisnack @ 8:14 pm

Feast your eyes on this! Claudette and Leah came over with dinner the other night: hand crafted, lovingly patted, cheese stuffed pupusas. Thank you, Claudette, for sharing your special culinary creation, and your warm heart.

As always, this night was full of laughs.

The final plating shows the pupusa with refried beans, black beans, curtido, and salsa. I took a bite and was transported back to my early childhood. Funny how smells and tastes can do that. I described dinner to my mom, and she told me that it sounded similar to the hot water cornbread my grandma and aunt used to make. “It’s one world”, she said. I am so grateful for my friends and family. This means you!


still cookin’ May 4, 2008

Filed under: crepes,food,fries,meatloaf,popcorn,savory,seaweed,sweet potato — insomnisnack @ 8:48 am

I have been getting some gentle reminders that I haven’t been posting as much as usual. Thanks for reading! I often feel like this blog is an interior conversation, so it’s nice to know that my readership is still there. It might seem like the oven is cold, but really I’ve been cooking. I’m going to talk a bit about those meals, and encourage you to call on your creative powers to imagine what they looked like (alas, no photos – unless I recreate them, which could totally happen).

popcorn two-fer

holy cow! Allow me to introduce Alice. She made a delicious combination of stove popped corn with olive oil drizzle, green chili, salt, and seasoned seaweed (did I forget anything?). This one deserves a repost with photo, because it was creative and exquisitely tasty. I took a stab at a sweet version popcorn with local honey and toasted sesame seeds. Mmm!

chili-corn crepes

these were very good. I found a crepe batter recipe online (flour, cornmeal, chili powder, broth, eggs and butter – but I used olive oil), which required a quick combining in the blender. I made two fillings, one chicken and one tofu. I prepared a chicken breast and thigh with olive oil, salt and pepper, browning on the stove and then finishing in the oven. Seemed moist, but Andy will have to be the judge of that. I seared strips of tofu in a pan, and added chilis, lime juice, cilantro, avocado as filling.

meatloaf again?!

you better believe it. If you are eating at my table, you will see meatloaf. Or faux-loaf? Soy-loaf? You get the idea. Meat and potatoes dish, with a side of kale. The specialness for me was in the sweet potato fries (and the company), since the meatloaf is kinda spicy. I hope you liked it! Watch out for fire-bellies.