Feed the Belly, Nourish the Soul!
A friend was coming in from NY so I thought: why not have some folks over for dinner and try out my newly blue living room? It was so great seeing my room in action. I did all the prep and then my friends Naama and Anna came over early to help me set up. I pretty much cooked everything myself except for 2 of the desserts that were made by my friend Anna. Cooking dinner was easy peasy and there was not much left at the end of the night, so I think my dishes went over well with everyone. So, I thought I would share the recipes and some pics with you all.
Meet Lindy & Grundy, the FAB butcher shop in the LA area! I don’t eat meat all the time but sometimes I just need a steak or a lamb chop. And then of course there’s the concept of responsible agriculture which I learned more about when my brother, Ross, introduced me to Joel Salatin’s book. You want to know where your meat comes from if you can. Well, at Lindy & Grundy the meats are all locally raised by organic conscious farms and they’re the only whole animal butcher shop in the state! Not to mention, the two ladies who own it are awesome, informed and stylish. Do you have a favorite old-school butcher shop in your neighborhood?
I’ve found love, and its name is “The Snack Aisle at Trader Joe’s.” Hahah! My recent discoveries are the Herbs & Spice Popcorn and the Sparkling Blueberry Juice. WHAAAT??!!! They’re insanely delicious, and perfect for TV night. Be warned though, they don’t stay on the shelves long. So when you find them, buy them all!!
Yummy, healthy, and QUICK lunch: quinoa and zucchini with crushed almonds! Iâ€™ve been obsessed with zucchini lately, just can’t seem to get enough! I made this meal with a side of carrot ginger soup.
–Preheat a frying pan or wok and then add a tablespoon of oil. I have been using Brazil nut oilâ€¦apparently, it’s good for cooking because it can withstand a higher heat than olive oil, and hey, Brazil nuts are supposed to be very good for you!
–Add sliced zucchini and season with a little bit of salt, pepper and cumin. The cumin is a game-changer. It feels foreign and adds some warmth to the dish.