When I was in college, I studied abroad in Rome for a semester (Fall, 2006). I lived with a family--a woman named Elvira and my Italian sister, 11 year old Silvia. Now, I think when most people think of "Italian" food, they think pasta and pizza, and while we did eat those things, my experience of Italian food was much different. Most nights at home, Elvira would make simple things like lentil stew (my first experience with lentils), sauteed spinach, and carrot salad. In fact, just about every night we had carrot salad.
I know, I know...I have this horrible habit of making things that are supposed to be good for you (bananas, apples, etc.) terrible for you (by adding sugar, nutella etc.). I hope you can forgive me. This dish is another simple one that you can make on the fly as long as you have some fruit around and baking essentials in your pantry (e.g. sugar and flour). I got this recipe from my friend, Karen, who made it for us one evening for dinner. It was so delicious, I asked her to send me the recipe, and thankfully she did! I have tweaked it just a little to incorporate my obsession for cinnamon. Give this simple recipe a try next time you want a quick, easy to make dessert!
Hey guys...just a quick post for you tonight. I posted a picture on facebook and twitter earlier about these adorable little nuggets of deliciousness and have received a few tweets and instagram comments requesting the recipe. Truth be told, I wasn't really going to post this recipe because it is so simple that I didn't really think it worthy of the food-blog-world that normally intrigues me beyond belief with the creativity that exists amongst those people. But since you asked... of course I will share! :)
Well folks, it's Saturday. And that means, I'm coming up for air. I've been studying like a maniac for the last few days to try to make up for the 4 days I missed while in West Virginia for my grandmother's viewing and funeral. I definitely would like to take this time to thank all of you for your incredible support and thoughtful words during this hard time for me. As you know from a previous post, my grandmother was very dear to me and losing her is the hardest loss I have ever dealt with to date. Unfortunately, it couldn't have come at a worse time, because as you all know from my obsessively annoying twitter updates and pictures, I am studying for the BAR. Gross. Anyway...on to happier things...
Here are some things that make me happy: Top Chef, trying new things, and bacon. So here I go trying to mix all those into one.
I had just watched this episode of Top Chef (season 3) where the contestants in their "Quickfire Challenge" had to make "paupiettes" or potato-wrapped fish. It seemed simple enough and so I thought I would try it. I didn't have a mandoline but I thought it would be okay because of my superb knife skills (ok I don't have superb knife skills but I thought I would try anyway)... Well, apparently, using a mandoline is extremely important. I ended up not being able to slice the potatoes thinly enough so that they would wrap around the fish. FAIL.
So now here I am, stuck with a beautiful filet of halibut, gorgeous leeks just waiting to be the bed for this potato-wrapped fish, and potato slices too thick to wrap around. Definition of a trial and error. So here's what I did instead:
So I've been trying to figure out what my next post would be because, as I mentioned before, my GoogleDocs is starting to pile up with things I've been making lately, with the lack of time I have to post on here. There is this 30 day challenge thing that is going around on twitter that a lot of food bloggers are participating in but which I didn't find out about until it had already started and let's face it, I already have a lot on my plate with this little thing called the Bar Exam.
*this post was originally posted on a blog that I share with my friend called "Cooking to Passing the Bar"
Anyone else obsessed with Top Chef on Bravo? Well, I am, and one of my favorite parts of the show is the "quickfire challenges." Becky introduced me to the show and I have been hooked ever since. I watch it all the time (although not as much recently because of BarPrep (boo!)) Here's another question: have you ever been to the beach and brought food down with you and then realized that you have not consumed all of it and there will be tons leftover/left behind that will just go to waste? Enter BHI Quickfire Challenge...