Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I Want That

If there is one thing I have learned from becoming a stay-at-home mom with a new mortgage payment it is that I can kiss my old lifestyle goodbye. Back when I was an apartment-renting, baby-less, working woman I could buy things. Nothing extravagant, mind you, but I liked shopping (it's my cardio). I have since said goodbye to shopping, unless it is something that Elliott needs (teething rings, PJs, etc).

So now I just get to look on the internet (and at the September issues) and dream about the things I would buy myself if I were the old Casey Davis.

Things like this . . .
Chloe ballet flats. I love a good T-strap.

3.1 Phillip Lim dress. The color is so good, and it's really short (my preferred length).

Marc Jacobs hologram disc skirt. It could be the most impractical article of clothing ever, but I just want to look at it all day. It's amazing.

Marc by Marc Jacobs cashmere color-block cardigan. If you know me then you know I have never met a cardigan I don't like.

Rag & Bone varsity jacket. Oh man, finding a good women's varsity jacket is difficult. This one is by far the best. It's also way out of my price range (if I had a price range).

Some day I will be able to buy pretty things again. Le sigh . . .

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Also . . .

We're on a Bob Dylan kick this week. I looked for a video of him playing If You See Her, Say Hello, but that doesn't seem to exist on the internets. Instead, I thought I would post this because I think it's one of the best music videos ever. It's also highly appropriated.

And a line from the song is where The Weather Undergound got their name. Dave and I are big fans.

Thursday Night Dinner

Whoops. I sort of abandoned my blog for a while. What can I say, having a baby is very time consuming.

Anywho, to continue where I was at . . . Thursday Night Dinner.

One of my new favorite resources for recipes is food52. I think it's a really interesting concept, but sometimes I have to work pretty hard to extract the recipes that I convert into being vegan. Thursday night's dinner was one of those recipes - it's Mujaddara with Spiced Yogurt. This recipe always makes WAY more than I think it's going to, so we always have lots of leftovers. The only conversions I really have to make are for the yogurt sauce. To make it vegan I substitue WholeSoy plain yogurt mixed with about 2 tablespoons of Tofutti Sour Creme. The sour cream gives it that little bit of tartness, and thickens up the yogurt a bit.

If I served Dave a plate of lentils and rice for dinner, we would eat about 10 snacks before bed because he would claim he wasn't full. I made up a little recipe for tofu and veggies to go with this lentil dish to add some extra protein, and to make the meal a bit heartier.

If I make this in the colder months I just shove the veggies and tofu in the oven, but since we are in the midst of summer that means grilling. I bought wooden skewers from the grocery (soak them in water first so they don't burn to a crisp on your grill), and made shish kabobs.

First I start by pressing and marinating the tofu (2 blocks of extra firm tofu). For those of you unfamiliar with good tofu prep - the more water you press out, the more marinade it will absorb. Tofu is basically like a sponge. But that sounds gross and probably makes you not want to eat it. I digress . . .

Juice and zest from 1 lemon
3 Tbsp olive oil (truth be told, I don't measure - just do whatever looks good to you)
1 Tbsp agave
1 clove garlic, minced
A small handful of fresh chopped mint
A pinch of red peper flakes, salt, and freshly ground black pepper

If Elliott will let me get some cooking done, or at least a little mise en place, then I try to marinate for at least 2 hours or so. For veggies, you can use whatever you have on hand - I normally use 1-2 zucchini (quartered lengthwise, then roughly chopped into about 1/2 inch pieces), baby bella mushrooms, and asparagus. I found a nice little addition is to put slices of lemon on your skewers to infuse a little extra flavor. Also, brush your left over marinade onto the skewers once the are assembled.

I am not the best griller in the world, but I can tell you that you need to be sure to oil your grates before you grill tofu. Tofu sticks to EVERYTHING when you cook, so you might end up with a little tofu scramble if you aren't careful.

And there you have it - Thursday night dinner! As well as Friday lunches for Dave and I . . .