Thursday, July 21, 2011


This isn't the most flattering photo but it makes me laugh.  I couldn't get enough chocolate when I was pregnant.  This is a week before Jane was born.  I think Phil was trying to keep me busy because he could tell I was getting anxious.  That Sunday we basically went on a food tour to a bakery, out for lunch, and maybe even dinner too, I don't remember.

One of the challenges when I first had Jane was breastfeeding.  She latched on almost instantly, and I was producing enough milk, but she was so gassy.  I had no idea there was a long list of foods you should avoid eating while breastfeeding.  I didn't know where to start so I avoided everything.  I would go to the grocery store, stand in the produce section and feel so frustrated not knowing what was safe.  It's awful when your newborn is in pain from gas and you feel responsible for perhaps eating the wrong thing.

Between 2 and 3 months it got better and she was able to digest on her own, however one food I still avoid is chocolate.  The funny thing is this wouldn't have bothered me before but when I was pregnant I developed such a sweet tooth!  When I have a craving for something sweet, caramel or vanilla just don't do it for me.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Gardening is fun!

 Have you ever seen a zucchini this big??  I feel like this photo isn't doing it justice. Vicky, I was going to put Jane beside it so you could tell just how big it is (like you requested on the pepper post) but they're prickly.  So hopefully my Blackberry is good enough. 

Somehow this big guy was hiding under the huge zucchini leaves and I only discovered it now.  Can you eat them when they're this big? I just mean are they tasty? I think I need to enter it in a competition at a fair.

Our First Anniversary!

It was also the first time we've left Jane for the night.  She was with my in-laws, therefore in very good hands, but I had such anxiety about it.  I think Phil and I talked about Jane the whole night.  We had a great time.  I don't think I want to leave her overnight again any time soon though.  My friend told me the feeling never goes away.  

We had a platter of  Yukon Gold, Adirondack, and Sweet Potato fries, as well as Dirty Vodka Martinis as a snack at the hotel before we changed for dinner.  What a great way to start the evening! 

Later we went to Campagnolo for dinner.  The photos didn't turn out because it was so dark in there and I hate using a flash because it's probably irritating for other diners. We had Chorizo sausage with Portuguese octopus and I had the lamb with a sour cherry reduction and white kidney beans.  Shaved on top was the most delicious Parmesan cheese and it was the perfect combination with the meat and beans. 

Thank you Phil for the best wedding anniversary ever!

P.S. My hair looks really greasy in this photo because Phil surprised us with a head and back massage.  I of course didn't pack my blow dryer and curling iron so I had to pull my hair back. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dry Rub

 I found this recipe for a dry rub in Bon Appetit's June issue.  Thank you B.A. I will never look back.  Up until this point I've only used Montreal Steak Spice for all my rubs.

This rub goes with almost any meat you choose to grill.  We used it on a whole chicken we grilled late last week and it was delicious.  

Make some extra and store in a an airtight container for up to 3 months.

2 Tsp. of black peppercorns
2 Tsp. of yellow mustard seeds
1 Tsp. of cumin seeds
3 Tbsp. of paprika
2 Tbsp of brown Sugar
2 Tsp. of kosher Salt
1 Tsp. of celery seeds
1 Tsp. of garlic powder
1/2 Tsp. of cayenne pepper

Stir peppercorns, mustard seeds, and cumin seeds in a small skillet over medium heat until toasted, about 2 minutes.  Let cool. Put into a spice grinder with remaining ingredients until finely ground. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I have an announcement

Since Jane and I are always on the go, I decided I might start posting about other things besides food on this blog. Food is a passion of mine, but I also like talking about fashion, books, makeup, people, babies (especially Jane) and the list goes on.  I just thought I would give you a heads up in case you thought you were visiting the wrong blog. 

The Mermaid and the Oyster

Have you been there?  It's a seafood market on Kerr Street near Speers Road.  They have a small menu that can prepared for take-out or enjoyed at one of their bistro tables.  Phil and I chose the Snapper Taco and the Garlic Fish Sandwich. Both sandwiches were served with a salad dressed with a tangy mustard dressing.  We were both so impressed with the food!  Don't you just love discovering spots like this?  And best of all it's walking distance from our home!  Not only do they have sandwiches they also have a selection of entrees and lobster dinners. Can you imagine being surprised at home with a lobster dinner all prepared for you?  So fancy!

P.S. Can you see Jane in the background in the top photo?  She also liked the fish taco.