Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hermes in Portugal

The latest Hermes campaign was shot in Lisbon, Portugal. My Dad sent the video over to me yesterday, and it had me dreaming of a nice pastel de nata and espresso on the streets of Lisbon.

Here's a few shots from the last time I was in Lisbon.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Guilty Pleasure

Southern Charm is a major guilty pleasure of mine. The show is a train wreck times 10, but even A will sit and watch it with me on occasion. There are some hilarious one-liners, especially from the level-headed Cameran. My main reason for watching the show however, is my idolization of Patricia Altschul, the mother of one of the co-stars. The woman (and her home) are fabulous beyond words. Take a look! 





Mediterranean Chicken Drumsticks

Serves 2-4
4 Chicken drumsticks
1 cup baby carrots
1 small carton cherry tomatoes
1 medium red onion, sliced
1/2 cup mixed olives
1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup chicken broth.
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Dash of salt, pepper, and turmeric

1. Preheat oven to 425.
2. Generously sprinkle drumsticks with salt and pepper. Add a dash of turmeric. Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon over drumsticks.
3. Toss in baby carrots, tomatoes, sliced onion, and olives. Generously sprinkle salt and pepper.
4. Mix olive oil and garlic. Pour over drumsticks and vegetables to coat.
5. Add chicken broth.
6. Slice remaining lemon and place over chicken.
6. Bake 50min - 1 hour.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Honey Garlic Salmon For One

The perfect healthy little meal for 1. 
1 Small salmon filet
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon honey

Preheat oven to 400. Marinate salmon for 1 - 2 hours. Bake for 15-20 minutes. I served mine with a cucumber and tomato salad and roasted baby carrots and potatoes.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Easy Recipe - Weeknight Bolognese

Since I am often accused by my significant other of focusing on meatless meals, here's an easy man pleasing meat-filled meal (that's surprisingly lean).  This recipe produces a lot of sauce (4-6 servings worth) and is fantastic to freeze for 1-2 months. I served the sauce over caramelized butternut squash instead of pasta, and it was a hit.

Butternut Squash
1 medium butternut squash peeled and chopped into small pieces (most grocery stores sell pre-chopped squash)
1-2 tablespoons good olive oil
Dash of salt & pepper

"Bolognese Sauce"
1lb 90% lean ground beef (I use organic, grass-fed, happy cows, blah blah blah)
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
1/4 cup dry red wine
Dash of turmeric - I figure this anti-inflammatory spice is a good addition to red meat.
Salt & pepper
1 jar organic tomato sauce of your choosing
You can be an over achiever and easily make your own tomato sauce. I like GP's recipe. However, it's a Monday, and I'm hungry so I'm taking the easy route.

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
-Coat squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
-Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until very soft.

-While the oven preheats and the squash bakes, add onions, garlic, and meat to large pot or frying pan. Sautee thoroughly until meat is no longer pink. Olive oil is not necessary since the meat produces enough fat to cook the onion and garlic and provide flavor.
-Add a dash of tumeric, and a heavy hand of salt and pepper.
-Add tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Let simmer on low heat until squash is done cooking. Add in the wine and stir.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ashley Whittaker Design

I fell in love with the work of Ashley Whittaker awhile back and rediscovered her website the other day. Her New York interiors are seriously drool worthy.