May 21, 2015

Chocolate Dipped Caramel S'mores

Last week, in between helping Brent with our bathroom extension/remodel, rearranging the furniture once again, and trying to figure out how to navigate my new iphone, I managed to squeeze in some time to work on a recipe that for a few weeks now, I've been trying to create/perfect/not screw up in a major way. I've made a list of recipes that I want to make before the baby gets here (because when he arrives, it's going to be nothing but takeout pad thai and pizza for weeks), and this one tops the list.

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May 12, 2015

Plantain Chips and Guacamole

I love plantain chips and guacamole SO MUCH that often times I'm not even interested in eating guacamole with plain old tortilla chips. I know, right? It's a seriously obsessive commitment to plantains. Behind our old apartment in Fremont there is this Mexican restaurant - El Camino. I'm sure I've talked about this place before. El Camino is notorious for providing deliciously spicy food, comedic service, a vibrant atmosphere, and margaritas that will knock you off your feet. Just ask my sister. We have this rule when we go to El Camino, one margarita is plenty. Two, and you'll wake up with a headache. Three, and you'll be puking for sure. I remember a few particular evenings when I learned this the hard way.
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May 4, 2015

Cauliflower, Potato, and Green Pea Daal


Let's talk about food, and what a pregnant lady with a food blog craves in the first 3 months of pregnancy. I found out that I was pregnant the first week of January, 2 weeks before I had planned ski trip with my family. There was no way to cancel though, considering my sister was flying across the country to visit, and we had already booked a chalet for the week. If it were any other circumstance, I would have happily declined because a) skiing seems dangerous for a pregnant lady b) the whole point of ski trips is to drink wine and go in the hot tub, which are both no-no's while pregnant. Up until that point though, I felt fine, which was a relief. Nothing out of the ordinary, no weird symptoms, cravings etc. I thought that I was in clear, I was so naive.

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April 27, 2015

Chili Glazed Tofu with Miso Ramen

When I was asked to participate in Erin's Virtual Baby Shower, I immediately thought to myself, hecks yes. I think Erin is such a super fantastic person, thoughtful, and caring. Her blog, Naturally Ella, has been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember. Her recipes are vegetarian, healthy, and very approachable, and I often turn to her site for inspiration. Her simple and honest approach to cooking is something to be admired. A few fellow bloggers and myself, came up with a list of extra quick vegetarian meals to celebrate the soon-to-be arrival of Erin's baby. It's such an appropriate theme for Erin's party, and even better, she will have a list of vegetarian meals that she'll be able to easily recreate once the baby is here.
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April 20, 2015

Coconut Cake

I just want to say thank you all for your wonderfully positive comments regarding our big news. It was amazing to hear so many kind words. As scary as it was, sharing our fertility story has lifted a huge weight off of my shoulders. I felt like I'd been keeping this big secret for so long, and while writing that post last week, everything just sort of poured out.

Things have been going pretty smooth so far. A few aches and pains here and there. Occasional headaches, backaches etc. Most things I can deal with, except for these crazy hormones. Let me tell you about my most dramatic pregnancy day yet. Last Tues I had a 9:30 am appointment with my GP regarding this super annoying inner ear issue that I've developed - probably pregnancy related.
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April 9, 2015

The Ultimate Veggie Sandwich + EXCITING NEWS!!!

I am pregnant!!!! I still feels so weird to say it out loud, even at 4 1/2 months.
I've been pretty reluctant to tell people the news, after suffering a miscarriage last September. I am still in shock and disbelief that there is a tiny person living inside of me. I still get nervous at every doctors appointment when they look for the heartbeat. I usually start panicking a week before my ultrasounds. I am being ultra pessimistic this time around, and I'm hoping that once I start showing and can feel the baby kick, that things will become more real. Otherwise, I am so freaking excited.
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April 2, 2015

Raspberry Rhubarb Tart

First things first. I just want to take this time to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, for stopping by my blog, for leaving a comment, for sending me an email, and for taking the time to make my recipes. It means so much to me, every single one of you are so special and thoughtful. I received some pretty exciting news this week. My blog was selected as a finalist in the Saveur Food Blog Awards. I was nominated for Most Delicious Food, which I couldn't be happier about. Trying to create the most delicious food is my number one priority with this site, and I am so touched/moved/shocked/ecstatic that you guys think so as well. There are some really fantastic food blogs nominated this year, including some good friends. If you guys have a chance, you should head on over to the Saveur site and take a peak. I don't know about you, but I love stumbling onto new sites! Voting is open through April 30th.

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March 25, 2015

Walnut and Bananas Foster Pancakes

I guess you probably noticed that the site got a bit of a makeover. It's something that I've been working on for over 6 months now. I am probably one of the most indecisive creatures that you'll ever meet, so even when I think that I'm on track and I've got everything sorted, fonts chosen, layout perfect, and colors exact, the next week I'll find something wrong and have to start from scratch. Sometimes I can't even deal with my own self. My indecisiveness is why we've been living in a house with barely any furniture, and probably will continue to have no furniture for the next few years.
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March 18, 2015

Montreal Style Bagels with Date and Walnut Cream Cheese

Brent went on a 4 day ski trip, and I decided to make bagels. Not the best timing, since I was left with 17 bagels and no one but myself to eat them. So I invited over some friends, we ate what we could, and the rest are in the freezer. Which is less convenient than one might imagine, because in my world, out of sight equals out of mind. My freezer is a wasteland for all things baked and frozen. Old pie dough, frozen biscuits, frozen phyllo. It's like it never crosses my mind to open the freezer door, unless I'm reaching for the tub of ice cream on the top shelf. This morning I actually remembered about the bagels, but with the amount of time it would take to defrost one, I found myself eating a bowl of Rice Krispies and banana instead. Planning is not my strong suit. 
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March 5, 2015

Loaded Cheesy Curly Fries

Around 4 months ago I decided that I was fed up with facebook. I was sick of seeing abandoned and abused puppy photos (which doesn't mean that I don't care). I was sick of the cheesy inspirational quotes, photos of babies of people that I barely know anymore. I tried to delete my account, but it turns out that my flourishing foodie page is tied with my personal page and unless I delete them both, it is impossible. Instead, I decided to unfollow everyone instead of deleting as a friend, because who knows, I may want to get back on the wagon sometime in the future. I've made the mistake of deleting people before, and regretted it afterwords. Now that I follow no-one, even if out-of-habit I log into my account, there is nothing to see. Except for last night. I had insomnia. I decided to log into my account (still a habit that will take a long time to break), and there it was, a single lonely post on my facebook wall. Someone who I had forgot to unfollow. An acquaintance from high school, many moons ago.
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