Refrigerator Oatmeal (just like on Pinterest)
If you’ve seen the resent refrigerator oatmeal on Pinterest I’m sure you’ve been as hungry and jealous of it as I have. Usually I’m just too lazy to make any of the adorable things I pin from Pinterest on a daily basis, but I thought with all the summer berries on sale at Publix I just had to see what all the fuss was about. This recipe http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal uses oatmeal, fresh fruit, chia seeds, and milk. The pictures look awesome. But I didn’t have any chia seeds and I wanted mine to be a little more hearty. So I loosely followed the recipe from the Pinterest link but I added my own twist. My version used the same proportions but I used Almond milk instead of regular milk and muesli instead of plane oatmeal. I also added Kefir. (Did you know that this yogurt style drink is 99% lactose free and full of belly healthy probiotics? Oh and it’s delicious!) I chose strawberries and raspberries as my fruit and I sprinkled the finished oatmeal with milled flax seeds. It only took a few minutes to assemble these treats and I have a few days of breakfast already prepared.
Treviso Marmalade over goat cheese and toasted baguette crostini.
My dad made this for me. The marmalade is made by slicing one head of a treviso radicchio into small pieces and cooking it down in a sauce pan with balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and olive oil until it resembles a thickened spreadable\jam texture. After it has cooled a little simple spread over goat cheese and toast. Serve warm or cold. Pairs well with red wine.
This was a very tasty snack! Once cooked down with the balsamic and sugar the radicchio has a sweet almost berry like flavor. Thanks Dad!
Here’s a more precise recipe adapted from the magazine Wine Bar Food
2 heads of treviso (or round radicchio)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
16 slices of baguette
6 ounces goat cheese (softened to room temperature)
Fresh basil (optional)
If using the round radicchio, cut each head in quarters and remove the tough stem. Coarsely chop the leaves. Heat olive oil in medium pan over medium heat. Add the radicchio and cook until wilted, stirring frequently (about 5-6 minutes). Stir in the vinegar and sugar, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until all of the vinegar is evaporated and the mixture has reduced to a jammy consistency, cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile slice the baguette and broil. 1-2 minutes on each side until brown. Divide the goat cheese evenly between the slices and spread to cover the toast. Top each crostini with a equal amount of the marmalade and serve, topped with fresh basil if you have it.
Mini salmon flatbreads with mango and avocado slaw topped with citrus ginger dressing.
I know I know. I eat a lot of avocado. But these were tasty and very easy to make. One small salmon fillet yields about 8 flatbread squares. Just season and pan sear a piece of salmon until cooked. Then crumble the fish lightly with a fork after it’s cooled a little. Toss one cubed avocado, half a cup of diced mango, and about a cup of store bought broccoli or Asian slaw mix with your citrus dressing. You can make your own slaw but this is suppose to be easy. You should be able to find some decent slaw in the produce section of Publix. Toast 2 store bought flatbreads in the oven or on the grill then cut them into small appetizer size pieces (about 3 or 4 inches squared). Then all you have to do is assemble your flatbreads. But I think you can handle that. Oh yeah, and then eat them. Remember that once you toss your slaw in the dressing you must serve it with an hour or else it gets soggy. Enjoy!
Citrus ginger dressing
Braised short ribs with Irish cheddar mashed potatoes and parker house rolls
A few weeks ago my dad came to visit and I made some fun Mediterranean munchies.
This mixed party plate includes flat breads, Israeli couscous, tabbouleh, tzatziki, roasted red pepper hummus, and some awesome feta and lamb sausage I made. I ground lamb with a little pork fat then mixed in feta, zucchini waffles, falafel, roasted pine nuts, rosemary, mint, salt, pepper, coriander, and egg yolk, bread crumbs, a dash of milk, and olive oil. I rolled the sausages into balls and pan seared them. It was a very tasty meal.
Cinnamon and browned butter cupcakes with maple brown sugar buttercream and butterscotch heart\circle toppers. Yum Yum
A delicious meal of pan seared salmon with ginger\soy marinade, edamame, brown rice, and avocado. Avocado is that perfect food to pair with fish or chicken when you want something creamy but need to skip fatty dairy rich foods for an evening. You can slice the avocado and place it on the side or even blend it with some herbs and spices (cilantro, lime, and black pepper perhaps) for an awesome sauce.