Hi again. By now, I assume you are pretty tired of me starting nearly all of my posts with an apology for going so long without posting, so I’ll skip straight to the part where I make an excuse for why I’ve gone so long without blogging:
I am in a food rut.
There are many reasons for this, first being that I still don’t have time enough to cook, but also that I’m spending less time reading food blogs (which is a good thing, IMO) so I’m less inspired, and right now, we’re getting ready for vacation which includes
disposing eating of the odds and ends out of our fridge.
Anyways, the teeny bit of blog fodder that I’m here to share today is a few new things that have gone down in my kitchen, from the dramatic to the subtle.
A new way to prepare a favorite vegetable:
For Christmas, my soon-to-be brother and sister-in-law gave me a vegetable spiralizer, which turns potatoes into curly fries. Or, as pictured here, zucchini into strands of (naturally gluten-free) pasta. I browned a chopped chicken breast in butter and herbs, then added two zucchinis worth of noodles to my skillet for this meal. That’s a baked sweet potato lurking alongside.
A vegetable we’d never eaten before:
Last week, we picked up a head of romanesco, which was like a cross between broccoli and cauliflower. We found it at our regular grocery store, but I got the impression that not too many people are trying them, since the cashier had NO IDEA what it was when we went to check out. We ate ours with red rice and bacon wrapped chicken thighs (and lots of melted butter).
Some new gluten-free products:
Before the holiday, I signed up for Blogger Secret Santa hosted by Marlow of Gluten Hates Me, and had a blast choosing a present for a fellow gluten freebie. (I went with a Bob’s Red Mill bread mix, my favorite GF friendly lotion, and some NuNaturals stevia.) When my gift showed up, I gleefully unwrapped several gluten free snacks that I’d never tried, including the chocolate chip cookie flavored Larabars, which I’m now fully stocked up on for my plane ride next week.
And a new presentation for an old favorite:
My company’s post-Christmas party was last week, and among the (very GF-friendly) dinner offerings was a “mashed potato martini bar.” Yup. Mashed potatoes in a martini glass. I laughed my head off about this, but I’ll admit, I enjoyed the garlic mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes in my glass. Although – I was very surprised that olives weren’t available as a condiment!!