Sunday, December 30, 2012

Fish Provençal

"Provençal" [proh-vahn-SAHL] refers to a southeastern region of France, Provence. Trademarks Provençal cooking include garlic, tomatoes, olive oil (Food Lover's Companion 4th Ed). The only guides for this dish were my senses and desire to use my new Le Creuset Dutch oven. It may not be true Provençal but can we say it's inspired by the sweet comfort of those simple ingredients?

2 tilapia fillets
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
lots of tomatoes, quartered
dried basil
olive oil
sea salt
  1. In Dutch oven pot, cook onions in olive oil on medium heat until they just start turning translucent. Pour onions into another bowl.
  2. Add fish to pot, searing both sides. Sprinkle on basil and sea salt.
  3. Add back in onions, tomatoes, and green onions.
  4. Cover and put pot in 250F oven until fish flakes and tomatoes are smushy (not sure how long this took because we had company stop by in the middle of me cooking so the pot was in the oven for maybe 15 minutes and then I turned off the heat and it continued to stay in there for another 15 minutes? Really, not sure on the timing of this one).
  5. Serve in bowls. You should end up with a delicious broth to go with the fish and vegetables. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Banana "Ice Cream"

Over the Christmas holiday, we found the BEST deal. 40 lb box of perfect bananas for less than $4.00. Can't pass that up! So in addition to banana bread, peel and eat, and thinking of various banana recipes, we made banana "ice cream." It isn't traditional "ice cream" per-say... check it out!

1. Peel and slice in 1/2 inch thick circles. Freeze in Ziploc bag in a single layer.

2. Pulse in food processor until creamy texture (I added a little soy milk). Stir in toasted walnuts, Nutella, peanut butter, or any other mix-in (none photographed here).

3. Serve with desired other flavors.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Chamomile Coasters

Perfect for tea on a chilly winter day!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Noah's Holiday Photo Shoot - December 16, 2012

At almost 4 months old, this cutie patootie is already a heart stopper with his sparkling blue eyes and dimpled smile. Merry Christmas Kailey, Bryan, and Noah!

Check out the rest at 2012/12 {Noah-3mo}.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mushroom Stroganoff

On a chilly winter day, this dish will warm you up! It's creamy, hearty, and quick! 

Serves 4 (or 3 if you have really big helpings...).

8 oz dried fettuccine
8 oz sour cream
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large sweet onion, cut into thin wedges
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 cups sliced baby portobello mushrooms
3 cloves garlic, minced

  1. Boil water to cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, prepare your vegetables and heat oil in large skillet. In a medium bowl, stir together sour cream and flour. Then add in water, salt, and pepper. Set aside. If pasta is done, drain; keep warm. If pasta isn't done, keep an eye on it and continue to the next step.
  2. In your large skillet, cook onions in the hot oil on medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until onions are translucent, stirring frequently. Stir in mushrooms and garlic. Cook and stir for another 10 minutes, or until the caramelization of the mushrooms and onion make you drool. Pasta should be done by now - remove mushroom mixture from the skillet and add to the drained pasta; keep warm.
  3. Using the same skillet, stir in the sour cream mixture. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly and then stir for another minute. Pour the sour cream mixture over your pasta mixture, stirring gently to coat. Sprinkle with green onions.

Fall Blend Waffle Stitch Infinity Scarf

This soft rich blend of bold colors is the perfect accessory to your fall and winter wardrobe. It's light weight enough to continue to wear indoors. Pair it with a color in the scarf or wake up a neutral gray, black, or white top.

circumference: 22 inches 
width: 6 inches

100% acrylic yarn
Machine wash cold on gentle or hand wash. Tumble dry low or lay flat to dry.

Available on Etsy!

Sweet Pea Pink Cream Rose Beanie

Fish & Couscous

Feel free to get as creative as your taste buds inspire with this fish and couscous dish. The only "requirements" are to make it tasty for the eyes and mouth! Initially, the plan was for the fish to go on top a bed of quinoa until we realized we were out of quinoa so plan B was to use couscous (a coarsely ground pasta made from semolina, a type of wheat). From start to finish, 30 minutes for a delicious meal!

Pan Fried Tilapia Over Couscous and Green Beans Topped with Pomegranate Arils and a Drizzle of Pear Balsamic Vinegar

2 tilapia fillets
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons butter

1 cup uncooked couscous
1 1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt (if you use vegetable stock instead of water, skip the salt)
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1/2 cup finely shopped red, orange, yellow bell peppers

1 cup fresh or frozen string beans
handful of pomegranate arils
pear balsamic vinegar

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of butter in nonstick pan on medium heat for fish. In a small saucepan, boil 1 1/4 cup water, salt, 1 teaspoon of butter for couscous.
  2. Pat dry tilapia fillets and lightly coat with flour, paprika, and salt in a shallow dish. Add to pan. Cook both sides for a few minutes until fish is flaky.
  3. While you're waiting for the fish to cook and water to boil, finely chop up vegetables and prepare your pomegranate (best done in a large bowl full of water, the pithy stuff will float, the arils will sink, and the stains will be minimal).
  4. Once water is boiling, add couscous, cover, remove from heat and let sit undisturbed.
  5. If your fish is done by now, transfer to a plate, cover, and keep warm in the microwave or oven (don't turn it on, just to stay warm). Use the same pan to slightly cook your carrots and bell peppers for a few minutes, then transfer those into your saucepan with the finished couscous. Then add the green beans to the same pan, cover to steam for a few minutes on low-medium heat. 
  6. Plate it all together by layering with couscous first, then green beans, then fish, then pomegranate arils, then drizzled with pear balsamic vinegar.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Peach Shell Scarf

This soft peach shell stitch scarf is the perfect accessory to any spring, fall, or winter attire. It's short enough to double loop through and not have a lot dangling. If you're in the mood for some swinging ends, loop it in  one layer around your neck. Pair it with a white T and pin-striped slacks? Or maybe a navy top with rust-orange jeans? Get creative with your color combinations!

100% acrylic yarn
Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.

Available on Etsy!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Flying Zebras and Pink Polka Dots

With approximately 10 weeks to go before baby's due date, I figure it is time to kick things into gear.... Having a baby is a great reason to do something like spring cleaning (in with the new, out of the old/re-purpose the old?). You know, sort through what we actually wear versus what we think we wear; what we need versus what we didn't even know we had. A few storage bins, bulging donation bags, and handfuls of dark chocolate M&Ms later, I cleared out a decent amount of space. My dresser is now Baby Girl's dresser and changing table. Pink Post-Its mark what goes where for now. As a break (and to dust off my sewing machine - thank you husband for changing the light bulb and needle...), I made a baby blanket. It's about 2 yards of fabric (1 yard per side), 100% cotton (one side flannel cotton). Sewn inside-out then hemmed on the outside for a finishing touch, a pretty easy project that results in instant gratification!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Little Green Elf Sweater Jacket (0-3 months)

Look who Santa brought this year! Cozy up your little one in this baby green sweater jacket trimmed with a soft clouds. A large button is securely sewed on for easy fastening. Have a baby shower to attend? This would be the perfect gift! 

9.5 inch base width (19 inches around)

12 inches from yoke to bottom
7.5 inch yoke width
11 inches sleeve length

100% worsted acrylic yarn

Available on Etsy!