Archive for February, 2011

February 14th, 2011

Honey Ginger Soda For Valentines Day

Yesterday I had to go to the grocery store, and B really wanted to go with me. I thought I had to pick up just a few things, but Whole Foods tends to suck me in. I always end up spending way more than I ever intended. I try to be fast, but I always end up “lolly-gagging,” as B puts it.

B had to look for something, so he disappeared for awhile. I really wanted to get some chocolates for us, to celebrate Valentines Day. I had to call B to let him know I was ready to pick out chocolates and go. After he joined me at the chocolate counter, we picked out our goodies and checked out. As I got to the car I saw the most beautiful bouquet of hot pink, soft pink and red roses propped up in the drivers seat! I couldn’t believe he was able to surprise me, while I was in the store!

We normally don’t make a big deal out of “Hallmark Holidays”, but the past few years B has been surprising me with balloons and flowers. I’m easily pleased! He still can’t believe how happy he can make me with just a bouquet of flowers. It was a great start to the “holiday”.

I made him his normal breakfast of eggs over-easy, but I made the eggs in the shape of a heart. I also made him chocolate dipped strawberries. I ate a few of the chocolates we picked out and then I was in need of something to cut the sugar high.

I just got a Soda Stream Penguin. I’m obsessed! Even B likes it. It’s a water carbonator. It’s eco-friendly in that you won’t have to buy bottles of sparkling water over and over. You can make your own syrups to make a custom soda. I decided to make my first homemade syrup to cut all the sweetness from the chocolate I’ve been eating all day.

Our favorite restaurant, Northstar Cafe, has the best homemade ginger ale. It’s ginger, lime and mint, topped with sparkling water. It’s perfect with any meal. I knew I wanted to make something similar. I used fresh ginger, honey and fresh squeezed lime. It was perfect, it was easy, and I will be making this a lot now with my new toy!

Honey Ginger Soda with Lime

1 Inch of fresh ginger
1/4 C. Honey
1/4 C. Water
1 Lime
Sparkling water/carbonated water

In a small pot, add the honey and water and stir together.
Over medium heat, add the ginger and simmer for 3 minutes.
Turn off the heat and let the ginger infuse for at least 1 hour.
Add 3 T. of the syrup to a 12 oz. glass and squeeze 1/2 of a lime and cover with 11 oz. of sparkling water and enjoy!

February 10th, 2011

Potato and Broccoli Fritatta

Yes! I’m still here. You would think being snowed in would mean lots of blog posts, about interesting food, etc. You would think I would have delighted my stomach with warm hearty slow cooked meals. Nope! Just the opposite.

Being snowed in for me, means watching lots of documentaries that make me question everything I believe about the food I eat. I made some, not so pleasant discoveries about a staple ingredient in my cooking. I used Quorn a lot. B liked it and that was the first reason I continued on with it. It was easy to use in place of meat and it was not made from soy. I do not care to incorporate too much soy into my diet, so this was a major plus. Then I decided to stop eating gluten. I THOUGHT some quorn products were gluten free. I was wrong. While the ingredients listed don’t say wheat, some of their flavors and starches are derived from wheat.

Another discovery I made was that another ingredient- autolyzed yeast (and others), is a form of MSG. I felt so lazy when I found this out. Why didn’t I do me research! I think I was afraid of another food being taken out of my diet. In all fairness, I will say I do not believe I am sensitive to the wheat and MSG in the Quorn products, however, I believe B is! One more thing to add to the trash can.

After coming to terms with the fact that I will no longer be eating processed “fake meat”, I had to start getting inventive.

I made this beautiful potato and broccoli frittata and it was so delish and satisfying. You can add as many ingredients as you want. It’s a great quick dinner in one pan!

Broccoli and potato fritatta

I-2 potatoes (enough to line the bottom of the pan and more for the top
2 C raw broccoli floretts, cut small
4 eggs
Extra virgin Olive Oil
1/2 t salt
pepper to taste
hot sauce to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
With a mandolin, slice the potatoes very thinly.
Boil in hot water until tender but still sturdy…about 3 minutes
Drain the potatoes
Add evoo to the bottom of a 9 inch oven safe skillet and place the potato slices in a concentric patter covering the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Fry the slices over medium high heat until golden brown.
Beat the eggs until light and fluffy. Add the salt and pepper and a little hot sauce if you like it spicy.
Slowly add the eggs to the potatoes and evenly distribute the broccoli. If you are going to add cheese, evenly distribute that as well.
Cover the top of the egg mix with the left over potatoes slices and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until there is very little jiggle in the middle.
Place a plate on top of the skillet and flip over the frittata. Serve immediately.

*if you like your eggs on the spicy side, jalapenos are a great addition!