Saturday, March 20, 2010

Three Whole Days...

(Isn't that a Ray Lamontagne song?)

Once upon a time, earlier this week, I was vegan.  Yes, that's right, a vegan.  After 1 email and an hour and 10 minute of research I decided to give up meat, cheese and all animal products.  Not only was I giving up animal products but also gluten.  Oh and wine.  Wine for a week.  $50 and a trip to Wholefoods later I was stocked up on all my favorite plant based foods and ready to go.  Three whole days of veganism and I fell off the animal-free wagon pretty fast Tuesday night at a spontaneous meal while consuming Goat Cheese Lamb Ragu and a very dry Bordeaux.  It was amazing, I savored each bite and I did not turn back.  Am I sad I could not persevere for more than 36 hours?  Yes.  Do I have regrets? No.

Maybe this week I will try three more days (Ah yes, that is the Ray Lamontagne song I was thinking of) but this is an example of the "inside a box rules" I enforce and break weekly. Why is it that a gal that hates rules so much creates so many?    Lesson learned is moderation but that is a lesson that takes many, many tries for this gal what is a little bit of chicken, a whole lot of chaos and all or nothing when it comes to life. 

Monday, March 8, 2010

Honey, I'm Home. . .

K Street Kitchen has been very lonely.  Last week's late nights followed by a weekend away left my kitchen hi and dry and I'm not talking the likes of Radiohead lyrics. 

Thanks to a day off and trip to Wholefoods we are back in service.  For tonight's entree (and lunch tomorrow)
I created Garlicky Broccoli Rabe with Toasted Almonds.  It was delicious! 

2 cups Brocolli Rabe (on sale for $2.99 at WF)
2 cloves of garlic
1 cup slivered toasted almonds

Saute BR with garlic in 2 tablespoons EVOO.  Add almonds.  Done and done. 

You've Got Mail

... And thankfully it was not another tax bill circa Encore. Seriously.

Each month my RI BFRI and I exchange mix CDs.
Finding the recycled envelope and the recycled note and often a CD recycled from the disk I forgot to burn is the highlight of my day.

This month's mix, delivered today was inspired by big hair and blogs and was my music ensemble while cooking beans (aduki style).

Thanks, JR!