Yeah…You Know You Wanna Eat at My House….

FOOD

It’s apparently International Week at my house!  When menu planning on Saturday, I started flipping through my recipe books (let’s just say the first cookbook my husband ever bought me pretty much needs an Italian/English translation dictionary!).  I decided on a full Italian feast for Sunday.  Mainly because I was gone for 10 days and D had to do all the cooking (poor thing, totally out of his comfort zone), and he’s Italian and I wanted to do something nice for him.

I spent most of the day in the kitchen (after hitting up the only really authentic Italian deli/bakery in Virginia Beach), and started cooking like crazy.  I got to use Bucatoni pasta for the first time – picture spaghetti noodles with a hole in the middle, make homemade ragu (which took FOREVER), fresh bread, and all the fun that goes with spending the day in the kitchen.

sadly, I didn't take many pictures of Italian night. This is my dipping sauce...Italian season, roasted garlic, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.

Today was Indian night.  I’m having more and more fun with that lately!  I made Aloo Mutter Gobi (fun way of saying potatoes, peas, and cauliflower in a curry sauce), tofu curry, garlic naan, and basmati rice.  They all came out stellar, and I’m really excited.  The potato dish is courtesy of Tofu N Sprout’s MoFo post, and it was everyone’s favorite.  The tofu curry was from the 1,000 Indian Recipes book from my sister.  I made the chicken curry recipe, but used tofu and reduced the simmer time.  It was pretty spicy, but creamy and yummy.  The garlic naan came from there too, using Earth Balance instead of butter.  R said it best at dinner tonight.  She said…”mom…you can make this anytime”.  Coming from a wicked picky eater, this was one heck of a compliment!

mixing up the spices with onions, garlic, chilis, tomatoes, cilantro, etc. All good things.

potato, pea, and cauliflower curry awesomeness

garlic naan!

just admit it...you wanna eat at my house...

...not that I blame you :)

FITNESS

Yesterday I hit up a trail run.  I needed to go that way anyway to visit La Bella’s for dinner fixings, and since it was 70 degrees out, a nice trail/beach run was perfect.  Trails are always tougher than pavement, but not in a bad way….just a challenging one.

my beach/trail run on a gorgeous November day

Today I did a cardio/strength training routine.  It’s the workout routine they use for the Starz TV program Spartacus (which is based on the movie 300).  It sucked and it was hard.  I want to like strength training, I really do.  It’s just so phenomenally boring that it’s almost upsetting.  It was the longest 40 minutes of my life.

Thank goodness tomorrow is another run day.  Woo hoo!  At least it’s something to look forward to!

LIFE

We went to see Puss in Boots Saturday night.  D and I were really feeling like going to a movie, but with being away for so long, I really wanted to do something as a family instead of just him and I.  This was really the only kid movie out, and R really wanted to see it.

All I can say was at least it was family time.  D and I didn’t like the movie so much.  R did.  But she’s only 8, and you really can’t trust her judgement on something like this!

Sunday was running and running errands.  D asked me if I wanted to grab a beer with him, so after dinner, we did just that.  It was really nice, and was a perfect end to a good weekend.

D suggested that I join Audible.com, which produces audio books.  I’m a BIG fan of audio books (due to my lack of free time, I think), so this is a huge cost savings.  It’s only $7.49 per month, and I get one book included, and 30% off other books.  I decided on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for this month.  16 hrs of book reading pleasure to be enjoyed while I drive, cook, etc.  Can’t beat that!

Today was work, working out, and at least a lot of fun in the kitchen!  But now…it’s bedtime, where I can dream of trail runs and curry….every girl’s dream.

2 responses to “Yeah…You Know You Wanna Eat at My House….

  1. I never try making Indian food. I don’t know why, but it intimidates me.

  2. It does me too. I’ve had this book from my sister for years, and not until I started “collecting” spices, did I brave it. It takes a long time, but I love Indian food…so learning to cook it makes me feel totally accomplished!

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