Happy weekending everyone!

the gin gimlet

Happy weekending everyone!


the gin gimlet

Well this is interesting. Would’ve been fun to see more countries though. When we first came to the U.S. the only thing I wanted to eat was white bread, with butter and pickles. Or Cookie Crisp. Everything else took some getting used to.


What Kids Around the World Eat for Breakfast (via).

Turkey wins, hands down.

Things Because They’re Tasty - Mung Beans aka Usal


This is not a dish you can just whip up in one night. It took me two days of planning ahead - those mung beans aren’t messing around.

I started by soaking the dry beans in water overnight. Once the beans looked plump, and like they were ready to sprout, I emptied the wet beans into a sieve, set it atop a large bowl and placed a damp (near soaked) paper towel on top to let them continue to spout for another evening. 

Finally, after they had sprouted, they were ready to be cooked. I started by toasting my spices (garam masala, turmeric, black mustard seeds, cayenne pepper, coriander and cumin) in some vegetable oil to enhance their respective flavors. After a few minutes, I then added half a diced onion, ginger and garlic, and sautéed for a few minutes until the onions looked like they were starting to brown a little. To this, I then added the mung beans, let them sauté for a couple of minutes, then added a cup of water. At this point, I covered the beans and let them steam though to soften, then just before serving, I added a large diced tomato and let it cook down. Ideally, I would’ve also added cilantro, but we didn’t have any. 

Like I said, this isn’t a meal that can be made on a whim one evening, but once you get to the final product, it’s totally worth the wait. Serve with basmati rice, some yogurt and a bit of mango pickle. YUM.

All the Graveyard Book for Free


You can watch and listen to THE GRAVEYARD BOOK here, a chapter at a time. It’s free.

Just in time for Halloween! Happy Friday

Things Because They’re Tasty - Egg-in-a-Hole

I can’t believe I’ve never made this before, but I’m sure I’ll be making it for many more weekends to come. 

Start by cutting a hole through your slice of bread, then toast it in a lightly greased pan on both sides for a couple of minutes. Once complete, add some cooking spray to the center, then gently place the egg in the toast. I actually cracked my egg into a small bowl, then gently slid the egg into place. Once the egg begins to fry, pour about 1/4 cup of water along the sides of the toast, then cover completely to allow the egg to steam through. Don’t worry, the toast will be fine. Season and enjoy! 

Things Because They’re Tasty - Panko Crusted Catfish


I hadn’t experimented much with Panko in the past, generally settling for plain breadcrumbs, but after this meal, I don’t think I’ll go back to them for crusting anything. 

I started with a spiced buttermilk bath for the fish that included salt, pepper and cayenne. I then coated well with the Panko crumbs before placing them on a cookie sheet and baking in the oven at 425 for about 15 mins (basically until I was sure the fish was cooked and the Panko was crisp). It’s all pretty easy.

Served here with a side of cheesy broccoli and fried okra for a somewhat Southern meal. Yum.

Things Just Because

The beast. 

For some reason she looks small in the picture, but I can assure you that she’s a solid 49lbs. We’ve learned a few things about her since bringing her home:

  • She was abandoned in SF, and later picked up by Animal Control before making her way to the SF SPCA
  • She likes people (which is a relief), but tends to be wary of men - again, likely something to do with her past
  • She’s sweet, but not exactly a cuddler (much of which has to do with her abandonment)
  • She’s whip smart, and will play you for treats
  • According to the trainer we’ve enlisted to help us kick her habit of leash aggression to other dogs, she’s likely part Doberman/part Smooth Collie - aka - Smarty von Smartypants
  • She’s about 8 months old now, and still very much a puppy
  • She snores and farts and it’s hilarious
  • With any luck, and probably a lot of treats, she’ll settle down a little more soon

P.S. If anyone has an opinion on the ThunderShirt - I’m all ears!

Things Just Because - A Scene from Napa Pt 1


It’s like something on a postcard, y’all.