Thursday, March 21, 2013

Kohlrabi Greens Linguine

A couple weeks ago we explored the sassy sweet kohlrabi bulb. Here's a look at the leaves. The kohlrabi leaves cook up similarly to collard greens - so easy to saute with a little olive oil and garlic. These leaves made their way into a linguine with a little sweet tang from apple cider vinegar. The leftovers (minus the linguine) may make their way into a burrito with a slice or two or Havarti cheese! Yummy!

whole wheat linguine
kohlrabi leaves, chiffonade
grape tomatoes
marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
apple cider vinegar
garlic, minced
olive oil
sea salt

Tip: Start boiling water for noodles first and cook noodles while prepping and sauteing vegetables to make the most of your time and prevent any waiting around!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Marled Cream & Tan Bubble Beanie (6-12mo)

I admit, I'm not very good at crocheting items for boys. Every time I try making something that's more "boy-like" it always ends up being adorned with a large girly flower. I took a twist with this beanie and thought bubbles would be fun! It's gender neutral really and would be super cute on any mini cruiser!

Available on Etsy!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

When our dear Miss Evelyn was born, I had several beanies ready for her to come home in but none of them fit! She was too itty bitty. So of course a few more had to be made; I couldn't have a collection of beanies for sale on Etsy and not have a single one for my little munchkin! This led to a sweater set with beanie which led to hmm...maybe one for St. Patrick's Day too but one she could wear on any lucky day? You may be pinch proof sweetie but those cheeks are so pinchable!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Citrus Tilapia

With a newborn who nurses, sleeps, and needs a diaper change every couple of hours, an alarm clock ticks behind each meal prep and meal time. Cook up this dish in less than 30 minutes (and you'll likely scarf it down in the next 15!). 

Filets of tilapia went into the Dutch oven on the stove at medium heat with a little olive oil, sea salt, and lemon pepper. After a few minutes, I flipped them over and squeezed in juice from half a lemon (the other half was used for something else earlier...) and juice from a small naked orange (it was zested for the Orange Madeleines Dipped in Chocolate). Before covering the pot, the extra chopped cilantro and green onions from lunch (BBQ Chicken Wraps) were added. While the fish steamed, vegetables were washed for the salad. Once the salad was plated, the fish was done and we were ready for dinner!

Steamed citrus tilapia with cilantro and green onion; and a side salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, alfalfa sprouts, and blue cheese crumbles.

BBQ Chicken Wraps

Wraps are a convenient way to use make a quick meal (less than 30 minutes including clean-up) out of leftovers or random items in the fridge. Here we have BBQ chicken wraps made from a leftover poached chicken breast that didn't make it into a previous night's chicken pot pie. We caramelized half an onion and added sweet peppers, green onions, and a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce. Wrap it in a tortilla and serve with a radish cilantro slaw (similar to 涼拌黃瓜 (Liáng bàn huáng guā - Pickled Cucumber Salad) Recipe). Lunch is ready!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Orange Madeleines Dipped in Chocolate

Auntie Stella came to visit which means cookie making time (or more like me and Evelyn watching Stella make cookies). Check out these delicious orange madeleines dipped in semi-sweet chocolate! It's a slightly different recipe from my Green Tea Madeleines recipe.

Yield: 60 mini madeleines

2 extra large eggs
6 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 stick butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
zest of a medium-ish orange
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate baking squares, melted

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease mini madeleine molds with butter using a pastry brush. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Cream on high speed until pale and fluffy, about 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Add the zest and half the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until incorporated before adding the remaining flour mixture. Pour in the butter slowly and continue beating until well blended. Let stand for 10 minutes. Spoon batter carefully into the molds about two-thirds full. Bake until lightly golden, about 6 minutes. Remove from oven and dump them out of the pans onto a dish towel. Dip half of each cookie into melted chocolate and let cool on parchment-lined wire racks. Allow cookies to sit until chocolate sets.

Auntie Stella and Evelyn

Adapted from Emeril's Orange Madelines recipe.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Purple Sweater and Beanie with Pink Flowers (Newborn)

Little Miss Evelyn has inspired many girly projects. It's even more fun to have her model them! Love those sweet cheeks.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Kohlrabi Salad

We planted kohlrabi over the winter and it's ready to eat! Truth is, initially I had no idea when to harvest kohlrabi or how to prepare it - some googling action was needed (thank you Veggie Gardener). Found out that it's really easy. You can eat the leaves and the bulb. If you plan to just eat the leaves, just pick the leaves and let the plant continue to grow. Otherwise, pull up the whole plant when the bulb is 2-4 inches wide in diameter; let it grow too big and it will taste woody. I trimmed the leaves and bulb off the stems using kitchen shears. The leaves got put away for another day and the bulb turned into a salad. Delicious! The bulb smells and tastes like the stalk of raw broccoli with a sassy twist. Crunchy. Slightly Sweet. Sassy.

member of the turnip family

mixed greens
kohlrabi bulb, peeled and thinly sliced
bell peppers, sliced in rings
alfalfa sprouts
blue cheese crumbles

Helping Mommy in the Garden

Updated Life List

Back in November 2012, I wrote a Life List. It's time to cross a few things off that list!

  1. Get married. (June 12, 2010)
  2. Be a Mom. (working on this one...crossing off in February 2013!) (Thank you dear Evelyn for being my sweet sweet daughter!)
  3. Breastfeed. (will get to this one, see #2) (Thank you dear Evelyn for being champ at nursing)
  4. Take a week long trip with my closest girl friends.
  5. Start a blog. (Edible Thoughts born on June 2, 2011)
  6. Visit Alaska before it melts.
  7. Nurture a flower and vegetable garden. (My husband is really the one with the green thumb but I help... Started May 2010)
  8. Have an art studio.
  9. Own a baby grand piano. (Mom and Dad, you're still holding on to my piano until we get a bigger house right?)
  10. Go to graduate school and study something I'm passionate about. (2009-Completed Master of Public Health in Nutrition from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and passed exam as a Registered Dietitian)
  11. To live in the same city as a sibling, a cousin, and/or a close girl friend; or at least be within driving distance (3 hours max including traffic).
  12. Be an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
  13. Try glassblowing. (October 2011-Made Christmas ornaments)
  14. Successfully host a multi-course home-cooked meal for at least 6 people.
  15. Hang up my paintings for an art show.
  16. Eat my way through Italy.
  17. Explore Turkey.
  18. Take a ceramics class.
  19. Perfect the art of traditional Taiwanese boba.
  20. Own a sewing machine. (January 2012).
  21. Inspire a stranger.
  22. Take a spontaneous road trip.
  23. Design and build a home with my husband.
  24. Write a story telling cookbook. (Thank you my dear husband for the best Valentine's Day present - turning my Edible Thoughts recipe posts into a very professional-looking cookbook!)
  25. Own/Share a beach house.
  26. See family in Taiwan at least once every 5 years (last trip was May 2010).
  27. Spend a long weekend on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
  28. Study food anthropology.
  29. Attend an organized personal growth retreat (Elevate Mastermind).
  30. Be a small business owner (actually I never dreamed I would do this but now that is has happened, I'm enjoying the ride and definitely think it makes the list!). (Etsy shop opened May 1, 2012).
What's on your life list???