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. It is always so nice to hang with friends at home and I am learning that it doesn’t have to be a chore or fussy, just yummy. Oh and a good playlist is key. I mixed everything from Frank Ocean and Adele to Bob Dylan and Jose Gonzalez.
To make the Kale Ceasar Salad, all you need is Dinosaur kale washed and chopped with Newman’s Own ceasar dressing and some grated parmesan cheese. The key is to chop the kale and then massage it with some drizzled olive oil until it softens, then add the dressing, some lemon and some shaved parmesan.
For the quinoa I used canned black eyes peas that were already cooked and doctored them with Bay leaves, salt, pepper and red wine and let them simmer then I added them to the quinoa and drizzled olive oil and Braags Amino Acids. Easy, delish and healthy.
The bruschetta is easy too. I sat a big overly ripe heirloom tomato in the sun all day and then sliced a loaf of country white bread, rubbed it gently with garlic, and toasted it. Once toasted I gave it a heavy drizzle of very green olive oil and pierced the tomato so that the juice and seeds poured out onto the toast. I almost squeezed the tomato like a sponge and then discarded the skin and core, finishing off with more drizzled olive oil and some salt flakes.