The finished product!
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Just a few things that are making me happy lately....
A sweet, simple necklace that I received for Christmas
Two week old niece snuggles
FINALLY finding (making) a paint color I like for our living room
Filling up my gas tank for $26
Warm sunny days in Charleston
Yummy homemade soup
Holy City Pluff Mud Porter
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
We ended the tour with gelato at Paolo's. I chose the chocolate flavor, but wish I had chosen Nutella because it was much creamier. I never realized until we were in Paolo's that gelato has 1/3 of the fat that regular ice cream does. Good excuse to eat more gelato, right?
Friday, January 16, 2015
Also found in Marshall's were these crispy chickpeas. I'm always looking for new, healthy toppings to put on my salad and these are so tasty! Also good as a snack if you are craving something crunchy. They also come in cracked pepper, smoky chili & lime, sweet cinnamon, mesquite bbq, thai cocounut lemongrass, and chocolate flavors.
Exciting news! Last week, we welcomed our third niece into the world! Her name is Arden and she is perfection. We were actually not told her name until she was born, which had all of us racking our brains as to what it was going to be, but was a fun surprise in the end. Can't wait to snuggle her again soon!
Have an exciting weekend planned. Tonight we're going to dinner at Bonefish (already know what I'm going to order and yes, it includes tuna) then going to a Stingray's hockey game. Random? Yes. Fun? Always! Tomorrow we're doing the Upper King Street Culinary tour and I will be instagramming along the way. Don't browse on an empty stomach. Sunday my parents are having us over for a steak dinner, thanks to Cameron winning a bet with my dad (but really no thanks since the bet was on the Clemson / Carolina game). Oh, and painting our living room somewhere in between all of that.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Borrowing this fun survey from my friend, Christina, today!
It's a little random, but I haven't done one in quite a while and I thought my new-ish readers would like it! Feel free to leave a comment on four things we might not know about you!
Four people I tag to answer these questions:
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Hi guys! I'm back with a recipe that may just be the thing to bring me out of my blogging funk.
I picked up a fresh piece of salmon for this recipe at Publix last night and ohmygoodness why did I ever buy frozen?? I bought a fresh piece, slightly under a pound, for $8.99/lb, which was the perfect amount for the two of us. In the freezer case, Publix sold a bag of individually packed (usually either 2 or 3 pieces) for around $12. For some reason I always thought that buying frozen was less expensive than buying fresh, but I was wrong!
I've never been a huge salmon lover and I've only ever baked it before. Searing it definitely gave it a different taste and I loved the crispiness of it!
I did omit and edit a few of the ingredients in this recipe, some on purpose, some mistakenly, which I will point out below.
Photo was pre-sauce pour. :)
For The Salmon Bowl:
1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
1 English cucumber, sliced
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 4-ounce avocado, diced
2 cups cooked brown rice
3/4 cup sprouts such as daikon radish
1 strip nori, shredded
16 ounces wild salmon, cut in 4 pieces
olive oil spray
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
For the Soy-Wasabi Vinaigrette:
2 tbsp less sodium soy sauce (or GF Tamari)
2 tsp wasabi in tube
2 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
Combine the vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Heat rice and keep warm.
Season salmon with a pinch of salt and fresh pepper. Heat a frying pan or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Spray the pan lightly with oil spray. When hot, sear salmon, around 2 - 4 minutes per side (depending on the thickness of the fish).
Split rice into four bowls equally, 1/2 cup each. Top each bowl with 1 oz avocado, green onions, cucumbers, sesame seeds, and sprouts. Place salmon on top of each bowl, drizzle with the vinaigrette, and sprinkle with shredded nori.
After I took the photo I realized that I forgot to add the toasted sesame seeds. Not a game changer, but I definitely want to add them next time!
I also omitted the radish and nori, simply because I just didn't feel like trying to find them at the store to be honest. Instead, I added a little bit of mixed greens to the bottom of the bowl to give it some crunch.
For the vinaigrette I substituted the mirin for 2 tablespoons of sherry and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. There are also other substitutions for mirin you can find by doing a quick Google search!
Also, for those that want to cut down on your cooking time, I highly suggest Uncle Ben's boil in a bag brown rice!