Howdy ya'll! I hope everyone's week was fabulous and that everyone has some great plans for the weekend! My week was busy as usual, but better than last week. I think this weekend will be busier than the week! Think college applications, essay due Monday, Spanish quiz Monday... yeah, I'm sure a lot of you know exactly
what I'm talking about. But I'm going to make sure to squeeze some fun in there. As much as I, um, love writing essays and, um, studying for quizzes, it's not exactly my idea of fun. ;)
Okay, so today's post will be full of foodie pictures!! Beginning with the Spanish food. If you're new to my blog, you may not remember that I had a culture project to do for Spanish class, and I chose to cook a Spanish meal! :D
For the appetizer: Bread with Mushrooms and Aioli
Here I am cutting the 'shrooms. With a lot of concentration, I might add. ;)
This is the aioli I used:
I could have made it by hand, but I mean, this one was actually from Spain and it wouldn't have been if I had made it. (Laziness radar going off about now ;)
Wow! I want to host a party now just so I can serve those (and eat them! :P ). You wouldn't expect much from a piece of bread topped with garlic mayo and sauteed mushrooms, but I guess this just proves that you should
expect a lot from such a dish!
For the main course: Vegetarian Paella
The paella cooking away! (I apologize for the awful picture!)
The paella decorated with artichokes and lemon.
My parents ready to dig in! (Please excuse the messy kitchen in the background... I take after my dad in that we both manage to dirty nearly every dish during the course of cooking. Not so good for someone who doesn't like doing dishes.)
Me ready to dig in!
We all loved this! Another fabulous dish for sure!
For dessert: Cinnamon Ice Cream
Me stirring the milk + cinnamon + lemon rind.
The final product:
And, of course, the taste test:
Lol!!!! Crazy hair, crazy eyes.... but super
happy taste buds!!
The Spanish food making experience was a success! Everything was loved by all. :D
Okay, so now for the random eats!
Ashley's Vanilla "Funfetti" Oat Bake
topped with her Cake Batter Cashew Butter
This. Was. In. Cre. Di. Ble. Make it. Devour it. Love
OIAJ, but not just any old jar... a Cake Batter Cashew Butter
jar!! Tears may or may not have been present when I scooped up the last bit of amazing-ness from the jar. ;) (Topped with loads of wheat germ of course!)
One dinner was at the Mt. Everest Cafe, a Nepalese buffet. It's one of my favorite places to eat! (My absolute favorite is Taj Mahal, an Indian buffet downtown.)
Naan bread, vegetable samosa, steamed broccoli, vegetable curry, eggplant curry, spinach saag, and fresh fruit.
Dessert: rice pudding, carrot haclava (or something like that), and banana pakara (again, not exactly sure if that's right).
As I'm sure many of you know, it was Katie
's birthday this past Tuesday, and so I celebrated with her Brownie Batter Pancakes
topped with her Coconut Banana Butter
and, of course, sprinkles!!! And then, to make it a true Katie meal, I ditched the fork and snatched the chop sticks!
An incredible meal to honor an incredible person! Seriously, my taste buds would have such a dull life without her. ;) And aside from her crazy amazing cooking skills, she really is a wonderful, sweet person! Happy [belated] Birthday, Katie!! :D
Last, but definitely not least, I made my own nut butter again! This time it was Kathleen's Vanilla Spice Almond Butter
! Of course, the important thing is how it tasted. Pre-taste test:
Down the hatch:
From excited to in love! Really in love!! :P If you want an amazing, nicely spiced, addicting nut butter, make Kathleen's almond butter!!
Okay, if you've made it this far, congratulations! Oh but wait, you're not done... first some questions. :)
Any Spanish food making experiences? Please tell!
What's your favorite restaurant/buffet? Do you like Indian-type food?
Nut butter: homemade or store boughten? I really love both! It's fun to make your own because you can make it whatever flavor you want, but I love my certain brands of store boughten too!
Have a great weekend, and remember to have some fun! :D