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Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

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Sunday started off as a pretty ideal day (and then both Illinois and Purdue lost, but that’s another story). I got Brent to go to yoga with me. I promise it didn’t take that much pleading. He enjoys it when he goes. Sunday morning’s class was not a beginner class though, so it ended up being quite a workout. To recover from the sweatiness, we had a kickass brunch planned. We nearly always order eggs benedict when we go out to brunch and I feel like we’ve been talking about making it ourselves for like a year. Well, we finally got around to it.

Base layer: flaky biscuits from Cooking Light. I made these quickly before we headed to our class. We split the biscuits and put them under the broiler to toast them up a bit. On top of that we put some lighted heated lox-style smoked salmon.

The eggs presented a problem. We’ve never poached eggs before, which doesn’t seem that difficult, but we were trying to do it at the same time as making hollandaise, which we’ve also never done. It ended up being quite the cluster in the kitchen, so we abandoned the poaching and just fried some eggs over eggs. We still get runny yolk and the process was a lot more familiar.

The hollandaise sauce is actually super simple, BUT you really have to get the timing down. Our first batch curdled because we were still dealing with the egg issue and the sauce was left on the heat too long. My advice is just to save the hollandaise for last because it comes together in like 90 seconds.

After assembly, we spooned some sauce on and sprinkled with some smoked paprika and capers to complete the towers of deliciousness.

We totally scarfed these in like 2 minutes. So delicious. And now that we’re benedict-making pros, you can expect more brunch posts in the future. 😉

Other fun news: my cousin and his girlfriend are coming to stay with us while they visit Seattle. They’ll arrive on Wednesday and I really hope we have good weather for them. I’m very protective of Seattle and I want people to love it as much as I do, so I always hope for gorgeous weather when people visit. My parents are also coming to visit in April and I’ve very hopeful the weather will be beautiful by then! Good thing we got that guest room put together!

Smoked Salmon & Sweet Potato Hash

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Today was the first day we had nothing real planned. No errands to run or shopping to do. I remarked to Brent last night that we still had some of that amazing smoked salmon leftover and that we should make a breakfast with it. Apparently Brent took that to mean that he should make breakfast, (which is sort of true because he makes most weekend breakfasts around here), so he did the grunt work this morning.

We also had a pile of sweet potatoes and half a red onion, oh and some delicious aged gouda. He parboiled the potatoes and then browned them in a skillet with the onion. He threw in some salmon, cheese, and scrambled eggs and breakfast was done.

Pretty good-looking breakfast, huh? This is why Brent does breakfast. He is much better at it than I am. After a hearty meal, I was feeling a bit restless (plus we have no couch, and thus vegging out at home is less appealing), so I persuaded Brent to practice using the bus with me (I’m trying to familiarize myself with it) and head to the year-round farmers’ market in Ballard. We caught the bus 2 blocks from our apartment and 15 minutes later we were dropped off 2 blocks from the market.

I was impressed with the selection, though it was too bad I was kind of over smoked salmon by this point becasue I felt like half the vendors at the market were selling it. I love that everything at the market is produced in Washington.

After doing a lap to assess what I wanted to get, I went back to a few vendors and got my haul:

    • foraged chanterelle mushrooms
    • organic smoked ham hock – I’ve been craving some split pea soup
    • organic kale
    • organic fingerling potatoes
    • organic turnip
    • 2 organic leeks
    • organic cylinder beets
    • 1lb. brussel sprouts

    I also felt compelled to purchase some mini cinnamon-sugar donuts being made by one of the vendors because the smell was intoxicating.

    After walking around Ballard a bit more and stopping to get a cappuccino to warm up, we hopped the bus back to our neighborhood (lower Queen Anne) and went across the street to a pub to watch some football: the Chicago Bears for her, and the Indianapolis Colts for him

    I love that there are several year-round markets in Seattle and the bus is so convenient. Love it. I like to tell Brent that I’m “living the dream,” and in return he usually likes to mock me. 🙂 I definitely think I’ll be back to the Ballard market, but there are a few other weekend ones I want to check out as well.

    Smoked Salmon Crostini

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    Hopefully everyone rang in the new year in a safe and awesome way. Brent and I made some snacks, hung out at home, and went to our roof to watch fireworks from the space needle at midnight.

    It was pretty sweet that we had this awesome view and didn’t even have to leave our building! Before all that though, we ate. I wanted to stay in and make something, but I wasn’t feeling up for full-fledged “cooking” because my kitchen isn’t quite set up yet. We headed to the market earlier in the day and picked up some crusty bread and locally smoked salmon — which I am currently obsessed with!

    I sliced the bread thinly , drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper, and then grilled in a grill pan until lightly golden and toasty, flipped and did the same for the other side. Next I spread a thin layer of goat cheese on each slice, topped it with a generous dose of the smoked salmon, and sprinkled with diced red onions and capers.

    These were pretty fantastic. Like, seriously so good that I made them again tonight. This is the perfect bite of food. I love the tangy-ness of the goat cheese combined with the smoky salmon and the salty bite from the capers. I cannot recommend this combo enough. Plus, it felt so good to make something at home after so much eating out in the past few weeks. I’m really enjoying getting settled in and looking forward to getting into a routine.

    To end the post, I’d like to leave you with another gorgeous shot from our balcony – taken tonight around sunset.

    In the Doghouse

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    It has a been a DAY! My alarm went off at 4:45am as it does every Wednesday and Thursday 😦 and when I came downstairs I discovered our trash had been ransacked — most likely culprit Larry — and the beet skins from yesterday, as well as the rest of the trash, was scattered and smeared across out living and dining room carpet. I was beside myself, and immediately went and woke Brent up to yell at him about what his dog had done. I got the trash picked up, ate some yogurt and made my way to the hospital.

    11 hours later I was back at home and exhausted. Luckily I was prepared and had made tonight’s dinner yesterday and only had to bake it for 20 minutes. I made these Twice Baked Salmon Potatoes, which I’ve made once before. I think they turned out much better this time and mine was delicious.

    Unfortunately… I was eating my potato on the couch using the coffee table, and my mom called me half way through eating. I stepped away from the couch to talk to my mom and when I came back 90 seconds later — one of the dogs had eaten the other half of my potato! Ugh. I was so pissed. I have definitely not been a proud pet parent today. I’m still annoyed, but I usually forgive the dogs pretty quickly so hopefully tomorrow will bring an improvement in their behavior and my mood.

    In more exciting news, next week is my last week of class, and the week after that is my birthday! Exciting things to look forward to. 🙂

    Roasted Beet Salad

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    Tonight’s dinner was all about the side dish. I roasted a bunch of beets earlier in the day to use throughout the week. I just wrap them in foil and roast at 400 degrees for an hour. Super easy to peel and slice. I threw together a salad of some beets, arugula, and goat cheese and topped it with a homemade apple cider vinaigrette: squirt of dijon mustard and honey, 1 part vinegar, 2 parts olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. So good!

    I also grilled some wild Keta salmon, but I was mostly obsessed with the salad. 🙂 I packed another salad to take to lunch with me at clinical tomorrow. I love something to look forward to in the middle of a hectic day!

    The Weekend

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    My food intake on weekends tends to be all over the place. This weekend was no exception. We were in and out of the house and spent a lot of time with friends. Friday night we had some of my friends from school over for dinner. I made Brent’s favorite meal: Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic. Wow! I just realized that I made it last year on the exact same date. Weird. With the chicken I made roasted potatoes, homemade caesar salad and artisan bread. I took no photos, but it looks the same as it did last year.

    Saturday was all over the place. I started the morning with Oikos, a banana, and almond granola with coffee. Warning — most of this post is iPhone photos.

    Later that afternoon, I used the cut off ends of last week’s asparagus bunches to make some cream of asparagus soup. I chopped up the asparagus ends and sautéed them in 1 tbs. each of butter and canola oil. I sprinkled 1-2 tbs. of flour and cooked until the flour was mixed in. Pour in 3-4 cups of vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Simmer until asparagus ends are tender, about 20 minutes. Puree the soup in a blender, return to the pot and whisk in 2 tbs. heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper. This was so simple and delicious!

    After lunch, Brent and I headed to Brewfest to sample some beer. I was driving, so Brent used both of our ticket and I just had a few sips of the samples. I probably ended up drinking the equivalent of half a beer and snacking my way through a serving or so of pretzels.

    We met some of our friends at Brewfest and headed to a local pub for dinner and more drinks. I didn’t have any drinks, but I did have a cod cake with some sautéed spinach, cabbage and leeks and a few pub chips. Really good! The fun wasn’t over yet so we went to our friends house for more drinks and talking. I had a glass of wine, and became exhausted. We eventually left around 12:30. I’m getting too old to stay out late!

    This morning I got up (way before Brent!) and went grocery shopping. The grocery store has a Starbucks in it, so I bought a tall soy latte to drink while shopping. I wasn’t super hungry, so when I got home I just had a sliced pear while trying to do some studying.

    When Brent finally got out of bed, we went to get some lunch. I had a vegetarian sandwich from Jimmy John’s and a few sips of Brent’s Coke. I dragged Brent shopping so I could try to find a spring coat. Totally unsuccessful. We spent the rest of the afternoon watching basketball and eating some chips.

    After realizing how gross greasy chips make me feel, I got my act together and made a healthy dinner. I made Kale with Raisins and Pine Nuts and served it with a seared salmon fillet. The salmon was just seasoned with salt and pepper and then brushed lightly with maple syrup.

    I only ended up eating half of the salmon (but I finished all my greens!) You’ll see the other half of the salmon in tomorrow’s lunch. So that was my weekend in a nutshell. I’ve got to get to bed now — 5am comes way too quick!

    Going Green

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    This past weekend, I went home to Chicago for a much needed visit with my friends and family. My friends Tessa and Kathryn and I got massages, ate some Thai food and had some girl talk on Saturday, and on Sunday we had an Oscars viewing & voting party with our college friends — I actually won the Oscars contest, which is definitely unheard of. Before I could do any of that though, I had to bake a cherry pie for my grandma before I left. She’s been asking me to bring her a cherry pie since January, and last week was her 79th birthday, so I finally obliged.

    I used this crust and the filling was 3.5 cups of tart frozen cherries, 1/3 cup flour, and 1.5 cups of sugar all mixed together. Baked at 350 for about one hour. My grandmother lives alone, so I left half the pie at my parents’ house. My dad was very grateful, and my grandmother was very happy!

    I’m still on spring break this week, so I’ve been cooking some soups and other meals for the freezer, in preparation for my next round of classes and clinicals. Tonight’s dinner was a salmon burger (frozen from Sam’s Club) on an Aunt Millie’s 100% whole wheat bun (I know I could have made my own, but I didn’t) and some Kale with Raisins and Pine Nuts. Brent said he’d like to eat more greens, because they’re such nutritional superstars, but I truthfully don’t love them. I’m trying to dress them up a bit, and this recipe was one I’d eat again.

    Do you have a favorite recipe using greens?

    In non food-related news, I took Larry (who has an ear infection) to the vet today, a task I dread doing. Larry’s very nervous and fearful in strange places, and pretty much every single time we take him to the vet, he pees. Today I was holding him on my lap, and while the doctor was checking his ears, he peed all over me. Awesome. It’s times like that when I have to try really hard to remember that I love my dogs.

    Quick and Easy

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    This week has turned into a busy one. A co-worker of mine had an emergency appendectomy so I have been covering for her at work from 9-5 each day through the end of the week. My meals have been pretty boring, mostly just repeats, like some stuffed shells from the freezer and some channa masala, this time with added spinach and half whole wheat naan.

    HPIM3384I did try out some new items last night, which were convenient and saved me from pizza or fast food. Brent and I bought some salmon burgers to have on hand and we tried them last night on some whole wheat sandwich thins. I know everyone likes these sandwich thins, but I was pretty underwhelmed. I bought them because I needed something for the burgers and I was (gasp!) out of artisan bread dough. Convenient but bland.

    HPIM3390The burgers were pretty ok. Again, nothing special but very convenient. I chopped some fresh dill and mixed with mayonnaise to top the burgers with and chopped a salad to go along side.  The whole meal took 8 minutes to make and when school and clinicals start up in the fall I’m sure most of my meals will be similar to this.

    It’s almost the weekend. Brent and I are going to Cedar Point with some friends this weekend and I’m really excited! I haven’t been to an amusement park in a long time, and of course, I always love seeing my friends. Are you doing anything fun for your three day weekend?

    Springy

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    I hate winter. Most of it anyway. The first month is usually bearable. While it may be true that “it’s all my fault” that we live in Indiana, and I forced Brent to leave perfect, perpetually 72 degree weather in Los Angeles, I think the first month of spring after a particularly brutal winter usually makes up for it. There is no way I appreciated the sun living in LA as much as I have the past two weeks in Indiana.

    In my pursuit of sunny, springy weather, I spent as much time as possible outside this weekend. That included making and eating Sunday’s dinner on the front porch. Brent’s not a huge fan of grilling (he claims it’s too much work for dinner for two) and he dislikes eating outside, but I disagree on both accounts and I got my way yesterday. Like Mara, I appreciate that grilled food is super simple to prepare.

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    Last night’s dinner was a combo of sweet potatoes, squash and salmon for me (steak for Brent). The sweet potatoes were rubbed with a mix of canola oil, cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne, and salt. The squash got pretty much the same treatment. My salmon was marinated in a combination of sesame oil, hoisin sauce, soy sauce and sriracha for about 30 minutes. Seafood is so tricky on the grill. I need to get one of those grill baskets or whatever they’re called. It only stuck a little bit this time though. It made for a delicious and colorful al fresco dinner.

    hpim3275Off to deal with a Micro final, study for my Physio final tomorrow and write a final paper for Wednesday. I’m almost done with the semester! 🙂 I’m starting to really look forward to the summer!

    Hot Potatoes

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    Hey blog peeps. Today has been such a weird day. I have an an overall anxious feeling that I really can’t shake. I think it’s mostly due to school and everything, but as a result of my anxiety, I’ve been ready to chow down on anything and everything in sight. Brent called me “hanxious,” which we deemed to mean “hunger due to anxiety” and it seemed fitting. So I had a very hanxious day.

    Of course, I feel pretty blah now that I’ve eaten my way through the afternoon and evening. So let’s backtrack to more exciting things. I finally had my orientation and started volunteering in the NICU yesterday. Loved it so much. I absolutely cannot wait to go back! My schedule there isn’t the most convenient (which Brent has pointed out on multiple occasions), so dinner is kind of tricky. I pick Brent up from work, drop him off and head straight there, from 5-8. So I’m trying to come up with a meal that can be eaten by him when he gets home, and me around 8:30.

    Last night, we had Twice-Baked Salmon Potatoes, which worked out perfectly. I made them completely ahead of time and we each just reheated ours when we were ready for dinner. Gotta love that smoked salmon!If any of you have other meal ideas that would work for this schedule, let me know!

    hpim3103Now I’m back from class and trying to de-anxify. Not a word, but wevs, I think you all know what I’m saying. I’ve got basketball to watch. Brent’s muttering over Purdue, meanwhile, Pitt’s busting my bracket as I type. “See” you all on Friday!!