Posted by Lauren
This weekend was a slow one. I spent a good chunk of it in my bed, resting after a totally strange week, and caught up on TV shows, blogs, and some “real” reading. On Saturday, I left the house for three things:
- buy a beautiful hot pink dress from someone via Craigslist – we exchanged goods in Togo’s haha
- go for a quick hilly (treadmill) run
- pick up some necessary grocery items for dinner
I was determined to actually cook in my kitchen. I love cooking and baking, but I rarely find the time. 11 PM is not the hour to sauté, slice, and dice…. I spent so much time on Pinterest Saturday morning, that I decided to pick out two recipes from Kim’s collection and finally COOK. On the menu?
- Toasted Sesame Quinoa via How Sweet Eats (love her)
- Pan Seared Honey Glazed Swai with Browned Butter Lime Sauce via Cooking Classy
First, I made a batch of quinoa, knowing that would take the most time. Then, I prepped the swai filets by sprinkling each side with ~1tsp of soy flour and a drizzle of honey. Once the cast iron skillet was nice and hot, the swai filets went in for a sizzle. That’s when Kyle took over. About 5 minutes later, we added the browned butter lime sauce, which we made in the blender about 5 minutes prior.
Jessica’s quinoa didn’t call for red pepper and mushrooms – but why not?
I made a few substitutions, did some steps out of order, and left out a couple of ingredients, but that’s what recipes are all about, right? I absolutely loved the quinoa dressing: 3T olive oil, 2T toasted sesame oil, 1 t soy sauce. Excuse me while I go pour toasted sesame oil on everything….. (Not. Kidding.) I highly recommend both recipes!
We both saved room for dessert, duh. Enter: Rick’s Ice Cream!!
I blogged about this neighborhood ice cream shop the first time we went, so I’ll keep it short and just show you the IC-$ shots:
Above: Kyle’s cookies & cream and caramel praline in a waffle cone
Below: My cookies & cream and strawberry cheesecake in a cup <- Want. More. Now.
I went home and experimented further in the kitchen: could I make banana cake in a blender??!! The answer is: YES. More on that in my next post!
Question: Do you follow recipes? Where do you get your inspiration? Pinterest, blogs, cookbooks, family recipes….
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