Monday, May 11, 2015

Meatless Mondays: Cannellini Bean Salad With Lemon-Thyme Dressing

As I make an effort to adopt 'cleaner' eating habits I'm really trying to stay faithful to Meatless Mondays.   So far so good:  I've lost about seven pounds over the past four weeks.  Needless to say I'm very happy and pleasantly surprised!  Today I was in the mood for something quick, easy and fitting for the warmer weather we're experiencing.  This is my variation of a simple cannellini bean salad with roasted red bell pepper and a zesty lemon-thyme dressing.  The leftovers ought to taste even better for lunch tomorrow.  Recipe follows after the jump...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Quick Bites: Mississippi Gulf Coast & NOLA

A few weeks ago I took a (very) brief weekend trip down to the Mississippi Gulf Coast area.  One of my planned stops was a side trip to New Orleans (my first visit in well over seven years). I had originally planned a trip down to N.O. back in January but I decided to postpone it.  At the time I was going 'meatless' for the month of January (something I do at the beginning of every new year). There was no way I was going to New Orleans under any dietary restrictions!  My plan was to eat whatever I wanted without a care about sugar, carbs, fat, or calories before buckling down and staying focused on my diet.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Work In Progress...

I suppose it is fitting that I chose my birthday to submit my first blog post in over four years. I promise I never intended to stay away that long! Back when I last blogged (around the holiday season of 2010) I had reached the point where writing and updating the blog became a chore that I know longer looked forward to. Perhaps it was 'writer's block', I'm not sure. The 'job that pays the bills' was keeping me very busy. I really couldn't think of any topics that I wanted to cover and at the time there wasn't anything new to excite me. Part of my reason for starting this blog was as an outlet for two of my passions: cooking and writing. I suppose with everything that was going on in my life I just got 'burned out' and that 'passion' and excitement was gone. I even took a longer than expected break from Twitter (something I regret now).

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Project Lumpia: The Post-Thankgiving Edition

While trying to come up with different ideas for utilizing Turkey Day leftovers, my mind kept going back to lumpia.   Maybe it's because I hadn't had any in a while, but I was thinking it might be another way to use up the remaining turkey and spare veggies not used for the holiday stock or stuffing/dressing.

I had my first taste of the crispy fried spring rolls as a child when my Filipina stepmom made a huge batch for a family get-together.  I've loved them ever since but only recently have I attempted to make my own (I would normally depend on the kindness of a good friend for my local lumpia fix).  As you'll soon see, my lumpia rolling technique needs a lot of work, but I plan to get more practice in over the next few weeks.

As a reference point, I turned to a recipe for Lumpiang Shanghai from one of my favorite food blogs, Burnt Lumpia.   I made a few changes for this Turkey/Shrimp version (I decided not to add ginger and opted for slightly less garlic).  For this recipe, I used roasted turkey thigh meat.  I'm usually more of a "white meat" gal, but for this recipe the higher fat content of the thigh meat makes it more ideal.   I also decided to throw some shrimp into the mix as well-just because.  In retrospect, I think I should have followed Marvin's instructions and made them a bit smaller (he suggests cutting each lumpia wrapper in half-I think I'll do that next time).  The lumpia I'm used to are usually the size of cigars-don't ask me why I decided to make them larger!  This recipe yielded 10 large lumpia and should yield about 20-25 smaller ones.  Recipe follows after the jump...


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