Grilled salmon and asparagus, or is it asparagi?

Grilled salmon and asparagus, or is it asparagi?

Here comes another Salmon Week! I know. It seems we just can’t get enough. When it’s cold outside, I’d rather be lounging around doing next to nothing (really?) than clanking pots in the kitchen. That’s when the idea of grilled salmon and asparagus saved the day. Those two go so well together – what can I say?

Grilled salmon and asparagus, or is it asparagi?

One weekend, I happened to snag a bunch of asparagus. Wait a minute, what’s the plural of asparagus? Is it asparagi? Big lol. Anyhoo, I snagged them because they were pathetically skinny and all the ones I’ve been seeing so far are the fatter, thicker variety.

Grilled salmon and asparagus, or is it asparagi?

Well okay, I may like my asparagus pathetically skinny but that’s not how I like my salmon fillet. I’m a pig when it comes to salmon aka I want to eat a lot of it. I’m not happy to be just nibbling little bits off a small cut of fillet like a cat. That’s why I love these big slabs of salmon fillets. (Wait, wait, wait, aren’t there too many animals in this paragraph? argh!!)

This grilled salmon with dill and lemon is quite an interesting twist from how I usually do this but since I have plenty of dill and lemons, why not? Together with the asparagus, this was one delicious dinner that warmed up the house and our tummies.

Grilled salmon and asparagus, or is it asparagi?

That frozen yogurt surprise

That frozen yogurt surprise

When I heard we were going to Yogurtland for dessert, I was like, what? First off, I didn’t think my kids liked yogurt (all that much!). Secondly, how did they figure out that frozen yogurt is even a dessert? The poor things grew up believing that dessert meant fruits and nothing else. I made sure of that.

I made pretty darned sure they didn’t find out about the other kinds of dessert. So no cakes (except on birthdays), no chocolate, no candy, no soupy, gooey Asian desserts. None of that! I think ice cream was probably their only vice growing up, and even then, it was more of a treat than a given.

So yeah, I’m surprised they found out about Yogurtland. Omg, how did that happen? And there’s a wall of yummy choices too and enough combinations to make anyone dizzy.

That frozen yogurt surprise

So while they grabbed a cup each, I was happy to tag along sans one. I’m not big on this kind of dessert so I’m content to savor a mouthful here, a mouthful there. That’s good enough for me.

That frozen yogurt surprise

As we moved up the line to the endless selection of toppings (this picture doesn’t even show the half of it), I was like, wow, this is crazy! I’ll have no part in this lol!

That frozen yogurt surprise

You can help yourself to whatever flavors and toppings you like and it’s charged by weight. Ours was a modest cup that tasted clean and refreshing without being overly flavored or sweet. Delicious!! Next time, I might have to get my own cup.

That frozen yogurt surprise

So yeah, it looks like going to Yogurtland has suddenly become a thing with the folks for whom going out for dessert is almost unheard of. What’s up with that? The last time we ventured out for dessert, we came away unimpressed. But that was then. Apparently now, randomly swinging by Yogurtland isn’t so surprising any more.

Dill egg mayo on onion bagel toast

Dill egg mayo on onion bagel toast

It’s no secret that I love bagels. You might recall I had 2 packs of 6 bagels each in my grocery cart. At the time, I was thinking of simply eating them plain with butter. Anything beyond that might be a little too involved. But guess who got fancy one fine day and made herself a dill egg mayo on onion bagel toast?

Yes, the bagels. These are the trendy new onion bagels I snagged. Just look at the insane coating of black and white sesame seeds. Lovin’ it! Plus the fact that I could totally be setting a new fashion trend here with my million-dollar sesame seed-studded smile. Way classy, yo!

Dill egg mayo on onion bagel toast

Right, so here’s the thing. I noticed that the outside is hard (as it should be) and crunchy , a crunch intensified by the sesame seeds while the inside is almost bread-like. Is it just me or are bagels no longer the rocks they used to be? Hmm, I’m not sure if it’s just this particular batch, or if softer bagels are indeed here to stay. If they are, I’d be the first to jump for joy.

Dill egg mayo on onion bagel toast

Most days, I go minimalistic with my bagel with just a ton bit of butter which, by the way, is good with everything. My personal opinion, of course. But I have 33 eggs in the fridge so I thought, why not spend 2 minutes whipping up a low-fat version of dill egg mayo and slapping it on?

And that’s lunch. Care to join me?

Dill egg mayo on onion bagel toast

Thanksgiving on Black Friday?

Thanksgiving on Black Friday?

Oops, I’m late posting this. Busy, busy, busy. Well, this year’s Thanksgiving swept in and out like a whoosh. When friends invited us to spend Thanksgiving with their family, it meant throwing our own Thanksgiving dinner to the backseat, yup, to very late Black Friday. Strange, I know, but shopping comes first, food can wait.

Yup, people, you gotta get your priorities right. Black Friday waits for no one. So we headed out to the stores early Friday morning to join in the shopping frenzy. This is the first time we’ve done this and it was fun. But we came back with only one bag of gifts for friends and nothing for ourselves *sad face*. But all is not lost. There’s always online shopping, right? So you know where I’ve been.

Since we chose to cook the entire dinner ourselves, pretty much, I can tell you the kitchen was a hive of activity. With all the running back and forth between kitchen and computer, you would expect some delay and lack of focus in the cooking and roasting. But apart from that, everything went smoothly and the dinner gong sounded right on the stroke of 7:00.

Thanksgiving on Black Friday?

Our roast turkey was a little under-roasted, I know! No doubt, the result of paying more attention to shopping than roasting lol. Well, that + the fact that we didn’t want it overly charred + we were so hungry we couldn’t wait. But trust me, it tasted ama-azing!

 

Twas a simple meal with no room for dessert. Everything here – mashed sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, my tricolor coleslaw (so pretty!) and the best gravy ever – is homemade except for the stuffing.

Thanksgiving on Black Friday?

If there’s one thing you’ve probably noticed by now, it’s that I don’t give two hoots about my food photography. I mean, when your tummy’s growling and your hands are shaky, you can forget about pretty pictures. This is what I call organic photography. It’d be nice spending hours arranging everything on fancy table mats for those glamor food shots but that’s not me. So excuse me, I’m hungry, I just wanna eat *rotfl*

Have a great rest of the long Thanksgiving weekend. Drive safe!

Happy Thanksgiving

Popping in to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Hope y’all had great food, good company and family time. Just back from spending the entire Thanksgiving day with a friend and family. Now knee-deep in Black Friday shopping. Be right back to post about our Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving menu planning, check!

Thanksgiving menu planning, check!

Hey, Thanksgiving week is here and I’m happy to report I’m ahead of schedule with my menu planning! How did that happen? Well, I got off my butt and went shopping earlier than usual. Simple as that!!

Aa-and I have a turkey in my shopping cart to show for it, yay! Most years, my turkey has been much bigger and frankly, quite a weight-lifting challenge after it’s stuffed. This year, I have a modest 11-pounder.

Thanksgiving menu planning, check!

And speaking of stuffing, last year, I said I’d make my own stuffing this year since it’s pretty easy and I’ve done it before. But as I was making my rounds at the sampling booths, I tasted the stuffing they were giving out (same one I bought last year) and I was instantly reminded of how much I like the taste. So forget about making my own, let me just grab a box!

The cranberry sauce I sampled also turned out to be the same one I bought two years ago. Last year though, I found cranberries in the frozen section at $1.99 for like a 2-pound bag which I grabbed without so much as batting an eyelid to concoct my own sauce. This year, I’m going to continue the tradition of making my own cranberry sauce which tastes really good and will have more natural goodness if I cook it myself.

To complete the meal, I made mashed potatoes last year and a romaine salad which proved to be too much for one sitting. I mean, Thanksgiving is a huge, huge meal that’s eaten over several meals. So I’m trying to scale it down this year. The mashed potatoes will stay but I’m changing up the salad for homemade coleslaw instead. So that’s going to be interesting.

So are you ready for Turkey Day? *winks*.

Between brunch and dinner

Between brunch and dinner

It’s another slow laid-back Sunday with the kind of weather that makes me want to dive back into my heap of b-b-blankets. Which I almost did. But didn’t. Instead, I zombied my way to the kitchen to get my coffee going while crunching down my bowl of cereal.

If you ever wondered how much energy it takes to wash your hair, let me tell you the answer. It’s definitely more than one bowl of cereal. Because by the time I emerge from the bathroom, guess what, I’m crazy hungry again.

So I’m off to the kitchen once again at mid-morning to start making Big Breakfasts of spicy-mango-with-jalapeno smoked chicken sausage, egg, Portobello mushrooms, green bell peppers and tomatoes. All to be washed down with cups of piping hot Chinese tea. How random is that?!

Between brunch and dinner

Barely two hours later, I’m back in the kitchen – again!! – this time, to make us an apple-cranberry pie for tea. With weather like this, to go from brunch to dinner with nothing in between would really be stretching it. And why not bake a pie when I have all the ingredients for it, right? Fresh apples and cranberries, let’s go!

Between brunch and dinner

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