This is what happens when her Mommy takes her out:
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Tonight for dinner I was on another mission to clean out our fridge of veggies. I’m always super gung-ho about buying veggies, but then they end up sitting in my fridge. Even though I frequently cook with vegetables, I always seem to have so many sitting around. I think this is because, like many things in my kitchen and pantry (eggs, olives, pasta, and cream of mushroom to name a few), I get panicky if I don’t have at least some sort of vegetable in my fridge. The problem with this is that unlike the other items that I like to always have in stock, vegetables perish very quickly and our dinner schedule often changes. I’ve been trying to buy veggies that keep a little longer like cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers and potatoes, but often times I’m swayed into purchasing leafy greens because they are so pretty and packed with vitamins.
I also want to clean out some things from our freezer before my next Costco trip. That being said, I decided to make a soup. To me, soups, stews, and pasta sauces are catchalls for extra veggies and freezer food. It seems like we’ve been having a lot of pasta lately and it was raining so a soup was the best choice. Superfast and pretty tasty, I made a zucchini, gai lan, cilantro, green onion and wonton soup. As a base I just used some chicken bullion. Recently, I’ve shied away from chicken bullion because of its unnatural ingredients, but it really does add some nice flavor without having to use chicken stock, which I’m fresh out of.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
After a day of staying home in bed recovering from mild food poisoning, we went out to dinner with Nick’s cousin and sister. I thought that I was well enough to eat, but I couldn’t eat as much of the all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ as I would have liked. After the second round of meat, I started to feel dizzy. My stomach didn’t hurt, but I think it was the influx of protein in my system after not having eaten all day. It was a strange drunk feeling that I could feel behind my eyes. My stomach is still pretty rumbly even now. After dinner I pretty much hopped in the shower (you smell like the restaurant after Korean BBQ) and then got in bed. I had slept pretty much all day, but was asleep for the night at 9:45pm.
We had three rounds of meat, which seemed like a lot, but our cousin said that the last time he was there with another friend they had five rounds! They give you a pretty good helping of meat too!
|All the accoutrements are on the left. The red stuff in the long silver bowl is a rice cake in kimchi sauce and the other is kimchi fried rice.|
|This tofu soup reminds me of college. My roommates and I would go to a 24-hour Korean place during finals and eat lots of tofu soup and "study".|
|They brought out a cold cinnamon juice after. I'm not sure what it is for, maybe digestion? It smelled pretty good though. I didn't have any since I was already feeling queasy.|
I’m not going to lie, this dinner made me sick and I had to stay home from work the next day. I’m not keen on left overs, but we had so much left over of the chicken and vegetable curry that I wanted to eat some of it. I had some of the curry the day that I made it so I think something just went wrong. Maybe it was the ramen I put it in. Shortly after I ate the curry in ramen, Nick commented that he could hear my stomach growling. I was talking too much so I didn’t notice it. By 3am, I certainly did notice.
Monday, February 24, 2014
The last few days have been crazy busy starting from Thursday all the way to Sunday. It is the time of the month at work that gets crazy with invoices and reporting, plus getting ready for the baby shower while also fitting in time to hang out with Nick’s group of friends and family. I’m mentally exhausted. Even though I was in bed by 9pm last night relaxing with hydrating gloves and socks (should have put on a face mask too), I need a stay-cation where I can clean the house and lay around on the floor all day. Complaints, complaints, as my Mom would say.
My usual lazy Sunday ritual was postponed by a trip to the San Jose Tech Museum to see the Star Wars exhibit. It had been on our calendar for weeks, but it seemed to creep up on me. We met up with Nick’s sister and cousin for breakfast at a local diner and then headed down to SJ for the exhibit. The museum only took us about two hours to go through, but since we had made the long drive, we wanted to hang around a bit. We headed to Santana Row, where I found the most amazing reflective jacket at Lulu Lemon, but as with all of their items, it was well out of my budget. Though it’s not my dream to look like a moving traffic cone, I would like to not get hit by a car while running at night.
After walking Santana Row, we headed to 85c, which is apparently an extremely popular bakery and coffee shop in Newark. I had never heard of it before. The line for the bakery was out the door and we had to wait 20 minutes for our coffee. Since I’m pretty sensitive to caffeine and it was already late afternoon, I got an orange juice, but Nick said that his coffee was really good.
By the time we started to head back home, we decide to cap off the day with happy hour $1 oysters from a local restaurant called Wences. We called my in-laws to meet us there since it’s one of their favorite spots to eat. Holy moly, I had a lot of oysters. I still cringe when thinking about how sick one made me a few years back, but I love them so much that I’m willing to risk the seafood poisoning. We had initially ordered three dozen oysters on a half shell. After having a regular dinner, I was gluttonous and ordered six more for dessert while everyone else had a giant cookie and coffee. I was definitely a happy camper. I may take myself next Sunday to have oysters all to myself. Muahaha.
I have been preparing for a friend’s baby shower for weeks now. Between crafting and food prep, my car looked like I was living out of the trunk. I’m pretty sure that people were judging me as they walked by when I was trying to Tetris-style my grocery bags into the trunk.
I decided to go the easy route and do a taco bar, which was really simple to prepare and set up. The party was a success and my friend said that she had a great time. I don’t have that many pictures because we were busy the whole time, but the decorations were cute and the food was pretty good. Thankfully, I had a lot of help from friends with setup and food prep.
|The mother-to-be's sister made the diaper cake. I also had a box of Hershey's bars that I colored in "he" since it is going to be a boy.|
|One of the activities was to design a terry cloth bib for the baby. All of the bibs turned out really well. The Mother-to-be has a lot of artistic friends!|