Weekend Wisdom

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Tarts and Weekends

Friday. Yea! I’m so excited to do nothing this weekend. Last weekend was doing a lot of somethings, so it’s nice to have the opposite this weekend. I love the feeling of a Friday night. The knowing you don’t have to wake up to any sort of alarm in the morning or have a schedule the next day is awesome.

I made a super tasty tart from the new Delicious. magazine. It was Rick Steins LEMON Sub-LIME tart. So so so good. It’s summer in a tart. I made the crust gluten-free and it turend out perfect. The problem is I could eat the entire tart by myself in one go. It takes quite a bit of self control.

I am looking forward to eating this all weekend. Nothing else. Just this tart.

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Current Obsession: Lentils

I cannot get enough of lentils right now. Before I moved to London, they just weren’t on my radar. Never really came into my life. Then I moved here and I can’t even remember how they first entered the scene, but I’m so glad they did. Taj, my Indian store on Brick Lane, carries more lentils than I would even know what to do with. It’s really one of the craziest, most awesome places. I just love it.  I’ve been using black lentils in dahls, with potatos, parsley, lemon and creme fraiche (so so so good) and cooked in beef stock with some steak. I recently made Chana Dahl that was really delicious. Had to add some chicken for the man. I could have done without but it’s asking a lot to not have any meat with a meal, I know. He’s just not there and that’s ok. We just throw some chicken thigh chunks on there and he’s good to go. And the chicken really was delicious in it.

Chana Dahl

Lentils- so good, so healthy. So obsessed.

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Olympics 2012

I have absolutely been loving living here right now. The city is so alive with excitement and country spirit. It’s really been fun to experience. AND I went to watch the beach volleyball and weightlifting!!

Both events were so different from each other but equally enjoyable. I’m totally hooked on going to the games. The atmosphere was unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of. I have been trying desperately to get more tickets (with no luck). But at least I was at two events. I will never forget the experience.

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Gearing up for the Olympics

The Olympics are coming. I’m so excited. Especially since the weather has turned and the sun has been shining brightly the last few days. It’s feeling more like summer (finally) and I can’t wait for all the Olympic events and festivities. I feel like no one is going to be doing work in London for the next couple weeks and I’m totally ok with that!

 

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Taco Night + Margaritas

Being from Texas, I (of course) love margaritas and Tex-Mex. I deeply miss Mi Cocina which we frequented weekly. However, we do try and do tacos every now and then here in London.

I recently started making my own taco seasoning. And I am hooked! I seriously want to put it on everything (It was really awesome in scrambled eggs). It’s so easy to make I’m never buying one of those pre-made pouches again.

So we had tacos and lots of guacamole, because there is a major guacamole problem at our house. It’s really bad. AND margaritas. Tequila was finally on sale at Waitrose so I indulged and bought some. It was our first time to make margaritas here and they were sooo good. So we had a couple with dinner and pulled ourselves into bed to sleep so soundly dreaming of Texas.

Taco Seasoning
1 Tb chili powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Mix it all together for some yummy, spicy goodness. I sometimes add more chili to make it hotter. Depends on how I’m feeling.

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Spring Rolls!!

I really enjoy cooking (most of the time), but I had so much fun making these little spring rolls. I guess they are spring rolls. I’m not sure what exactly qualifies something to be a spring roll.

I made a mango salad that I stuffed in half of the rolls with rice noodles and the other half had more traditional carrots, cucumber, mint, basil and rice noodles. The rolling up of the rice paper into cute burrito packages was a whole lot of fun! I was definitely getting better the more I did. The first were a bit loose which made it a bit more difficult eating. Can’t wait to make them again with different fillings, although the mango mix was really really tasty.

Mango Salad
1 mango chopped
1/2 red onion diced
some chopped mint
2 Tb red wine vinegar
2 tsp brown sugar

Mix it all together for a delicious salsa/salad/spring roll filling/whatever you want it to be.

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