what we ate

Day 458: Soup & Ribs

For lunch I had some of the soup that was supposed to be for Thursdays dinner but wasn’t quite done.

For dinner I made ribs in the slow cooker all day and we had that with some rice and veggies.

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Day 457: Jajangmyeon

For lunch I had some jajangmyeon (the fancier instant kind) and Matt had some of those noodles from Taiwan with egg. I put up lentil soup in the slow cooker but it was a little over filled. Rooky mistake and I wrote a whole slow cooker cookbook! I was hoping the veggies would cook down more than they did so it wasn’t ready when it was dinner time. Oops! We ended up getting a couple of dinner specials from our local Chinese takeout. We tried them again recently and they were really salty but they were much less salty and more like we remembered tonight. I’m glad because we have really limited take out options here.

We picked up Matt’s car which unfortunately has to be taken now to the dealship because the dealership is refusing to give our garage the part they need. Fingers crossed the dealership (beyond their crazy fee to even look at the car) will give us a similar price. We almost bought a new (used) car but the garage said the repair wasn’t that horrible so we didn’t take ownership so that car is gone now. The dealership can’t even look at the car until next Wednesday. Normally this wouldn’t be bad because he’s been working from home and not driving it but he’s driving to NYC in a couple weeks and we’d like to have it then.

Matt was on call all day so we watched 30 minutes of Great British Menu and I spend most of the day catching up on reviews for Netgalley and working on my blogs and researching my new loom which will hopefully ship out soon! I got an email from them saying some of the yarn was back ordered and I panicked at seeing an email from them but hopefully my loom is shipping out soon. I see it is sold out now so that was why I was nervous when I saw the email. The yarn can be found elsewhere.

recipe

Hearts of Palm & Chard Pasta Salad

I haven’t posted a recipe here in ages! This one was really good but relied on pantry ingredients so much I thought it would be a good fit on here vs my main recipe blog. Luckily things are returning to normal in the US (for now at any rate, don’t want to jinx myself) so I can go grocery shopping a little more normally. However, I had been so careful to restock my “pantry” (we don’t have one, everything is in Rubbermaid totes or on a cart) and freezer that I am really a little overloaded. I decided to skip doing a big grocery shop last week and this week in favor of eating what we had on hand. I get a CSA share each week and last week I got this Swiss Chard which thankfully was still good nearly a week later. The rest of it was using up odds and ends I had in the fridge or shelves to create a highly satisfying dish. We had this as our dinner the first night and then as a side the next. Very flavorful and very easy.

Ingredients:

I bunch rainbow chard, stems and greens chopped (keep the stems and greens seperated!)

12 oz small pasta (I used cavatappi)

6-7 oz jarred or fresh “red” pesto (I used Aldi Priano Rosso Pesto)

8 oz jarred hearts of palm, sliced into rings

8 oz (drained) pearl mozzarella, halved or quartered if large

1 (jarred or homemade) whole fire roasted bell pepper, diced

1/4-1/3 red onion thinly sliced into half moons

1/4 cup coarsely shopped green olives with pimentos

garlic herb or Italian seasoning to taste

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil with the chard stems. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions. Add the chopped chard leaves during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and cool to room temperature. Pour into a large bowl, stir in pesto then remaining ingredients. Serve at room temperature. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Day 456: Fish Sticks

I ended up having some leftover pasta salad for lunch and posted the recipe so click the link if you are interested.

I am still trying to avoid major grocery shopping so we ended up having fish sticks for dinner and Matt had leftover pasta salad and I finished the cucumber salad from Sunday.

We watched Sorry Wrong Number (Netflix DVD) which is such an odd movie since it ends with the main character apparent death and you get the impression everything could have been avoided if she and her husband ever spoke clearly to each other.

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Day 455: Pasta Salad

I had the leftover eggplant in mi goreng for lunch.

I ordered a rigid heddle loom last night and a bunch of accessories. Now I’m going to be nervous until it arrives! I couldn’t find a place locally that sold any looms. I’m glad I just did it because when I was looking at the specs today it was sold out! I went with the biggest size since you can make smaller things on it but I hope it’s not too big. And that I like using it!

I started a new punch needle with the ultra punch. I’m finally getting that vintage yarn to work by not following the instructions properly. Ha! At least it works, I have so much of that yarn. I think I might like it better with larger yarn though.

We watched Dark Horse about a town in Wales that chipped in on a race horse. Steeplechasing looks horrific!

For dinner I made a pasta salad with pesto, hearts of palm, mozzarella and olives. It’s so hot today! It was good to have a cold dinner.

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Day 454: Chicken Again

For lunch I had some leftover lingcod and bok choy in some neoguri spicy seafood noodles.

Then we had leftover fried chicken and sides from yesterday!

Matt’s car is in the garage so fingers crossed it is fixable somewhat affordably.

I picked up some library books and signed up for the summer reading program again.

We watched the latest Whitstable Pearl on Acorn. It’s cute but I shouldn’t have read the book while it’s airing because the tweaks are confusing me.

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Day 453: Fried Chicken

We had my mom’s memorial today! It went well. We had it “catered” by a local independent supermarket and had their famous fried chicken and all the cold salads, cornbread and deviled eggs. My dad made black bottom cupcakes. Matt kayaked out scattered her ashes in the river. Everyone said it was exactly something she would have liked. I’m glad it went well! It was very stressful and I’m looking forward to taking a break from planning things.

For dinner we knew we’d be tired so we got takeout from our favorite dim sum place. They have a limited menu now but my favorite eggplant was available so I was excited about that.

My husband’s car is acting up so we are deciding what the limit is we want to spend on repairs. It has like 150k on it but now he rarely drives. I don’t think he drove much over 1700 in the past 18 months or so.

Anyway! We watched Hacks and went to bed. Such a great show!

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Day 451: Salmon Cakes & Grilled Cauliflower Salad

Today was the first day I really didn’t have to be anywhere or do anything at a specific time in a long time! It was pretty gloomy out but not too too hot.

For lunch I heated up some leftover baked potato (I had made extras because they were in a bag with a potato with a lot of eyes and there is nothing worse than cutting open a bad baked potato) with an egg, the tiny bit of lox that was left from a couple weeks ago (still good) and onion.

Matt had a dermatology appointment which went fine so I had the house to myself briefly!

For dinner I made salmon cakes with the leftover grilled salmon (so good!) and made a salad with the whole cauliflower we grilled, tahini, capers, radishes and cucumbers.

We watched a new to us show on Acorn–Candice Renoir. It was cute and apparently season two is coming later this month. I looked on IMDB and there are like 8 seasons of it so it would be great if they got them. I like to practice my French and the dialogue is easy to follow.

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Day 450: Chili Baked Potatoes

Thursday is my new CSA pick up day and I’m not loving it The location normally wouldn’t be bad but the most direct way is blocked off from my neighborhood due to a multi year bridge rebuild. Traffic gets rerouted through the park where the pick up is and it’s really hard to get in and out safely because there is no light to turn on to a busy four + lane cross city street. In non-bridge construction time the park road was very low volume so I guess there wasn’t a need for a light before but things have changed.

Another annoyance is that the pick up is 2-5 pm (but some emails say 6) and they leave the food outside on tables so I feel like I’m rushed to go get it before it wilts in the heat. Twice it’s been super hot and today it’s supposed to rain.

I like the idea of getting city grown produce but unless it is amazing when more things are in season, I’m not sure if I’m going to renew. I also don’t like that there is no parking lot at the pick up location but it’s also in the middle of a large park so I wouldn’t think anyone is picking up the produce on foot.

There are worse problems but I’m not loving it. The same place is at the local outdoor market on Tuesday evenings and I wish we had the option of picking it up there instead. It has a parking lot and is on a bus route.

For lunch I made us both tuna salad sandwiches. For dinner we had leftover chili over baked potatoes.