Friday, March 28, 2014

5 on Friday (and some more)


This week, and like all others, absolutely flew by...Ask me what I have done, where I have been, whom I have seen and we may need a lot more than one cup of joe (or glass of vino...you know my preference) to get us through this conversation. But when I really think about it, I wouldn't want it any other way. With weeks like the one behind me I feel like I am truly living and taking it all in and doing the best I can. And the best part about it, I don't feel guilty about any of it...I have stopped with thoughts, "I wish I had more time", "I wish I did this or that", "I wish I finished this", "I wish I saw", "I wish, I wish..." I am doing it, and I am doing it the best I can and I am happy with it! 

I must say though, I am happy the weekend is here. I am happy that this is my weekend with Kiki. I have a few things planned for us, but mostly I want to enjoy the simple things with her. I want to have fun. I want to feel the sun on my skin. I want to hear belly laughter and indulge in hummus like only Kiki knows how to! So with that said, I better go get that hummus, we have none left in the house right now...

1. As an iPhone user from day one, I'm ashamed I didn't know ANY of these things.
3. Since I’m such a type geek, I love writing utensils. These pencils from Kate Spade have my eye.
4. I’ve been stalking this food styling board on Pinterest. Simply gorgeous.
5. I’m in love with this Cookbook in a Box. Great design, beautiful pics, and bridging online with offline. Brilliant! 
6. Why haven't I thought of this - Kiki will love it!

What are you planning on doing this weekend? 



Monday, March 3, 2014

City Lights

I recently spent a few days in NYC. New York is one of my very favorite places to visit for countless reasons. Ever since I got back I've been daydreaming about my last visit...I guess you could say I've been in a New York State of Mind. There is something about the City that I've never experienced anywhere else. There is a certain energy that just can't be beat! I always want to soak it all in and take it with me! 

So whenever I am in a search of that energy, I love to visit Ann Street Studio website for some of the most incredible photography of the city that never sleeps. The photos perfectly capture the city's energy - slow, fast, fast, faster.... city lights....all that I need just about now....


i do as i am told....

I was browsing through my bookshelves looking for some inspiration for this week's menu, when this book fell off the shelf ...clearly it was a sign! So Kiki and I flipped through the pages, marking what we would like to try - she kept coming back to one specific page - fish tacos! And of course I do as I am told, so tonight we ate al fresco and pretended we were somewhere far away in the Caribbean. I guess you can't blame a girl for craving some vacation. But since vacation is not in sight any time soon, I brought the vacation to our table. 


The combination of the fresh fish with the juicy mango salsa, creamy cilantro lime sauce, and crunchy cabbage offers a flavorful break from the traditional taco.  I love mangos. I love avocado. I love lime. I love cilantro. Combine them altogether in a  sweet and spicy salsa on top of some good fish - pure deliciousness!


Don't get scared by this recipe! It might have 3 components to it, but it's really easy and it took me exactly 22 minutes to make. Probably a few minutes to many, but Kiki was a great helper in chopping up cilantro. Each step is really easy and it's mostly cutting up fruits and veggies.  Except grilling the fish, everything can be done ahead of time and refrigerated.


I always have trouble photographing tacos and showcasing the food within, but these "Boat" bowls proved to be perfect - set them side by side and all the deliciousness front and center!

I asked Kiki what was her favorite part of dinner tonight and she pointed at fish...she called it soft chicken! Oh Kiki, you might have a palette of an acclaimed food critic, but we need to work on your foodie vocabulary. So from now on when I refer to "soft chicken" please note I am talking about fish.


Needless to say, she loved them. After all, she did pick them, and I do as I am told.



I thought she might be a little frustrated with "losing" food while eating the taco, she handled it like a pro, and whatever fell out, she picked it up with her fork, or most often with her hands, but she sure did clean up the plate.


Since we picked quite a few recipes from the book, we do not have an official menu this week, but rather we are planning on cooking everything from the book until we have tried all the recipes.  It's full of all sorts of healthy and fast recipes, just the way we like them.

Q: What are you making this week? 


Fish Tacos with Lime Crema and Mango Salsa
Ingredients

Mango Salsa:
1 3/4 cups diced peeled mango (about 2 mangoes) $
1/4 cup diced red onion $
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Lime Crema:
1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise $
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 ripe peeled avocado $

Tacos:
1 pound mahimahi $
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
8 (6-inch) gluten-free corn tortillas
2 cups shredded red cabbage

Directions: 

1. To prepare salsa, combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. To prepare Lime Crema, place mayonnaise and next 3 ingredients (through avocado) in a food processor; process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.
3. To prepare tacos, preheat grill to medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. Place fish on grill rack coated with cooking spray; cook 5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Remove from grill; break into chunks with a fork.
4. While fish cooks, warm tortillas according to package directions.

5. Spoon 3 ounces fish, 1/4 cup salsa, 1 1/2 tablespoons crema, and 1/4 cup cabbage onto each tortilla; fold in half.

Friday, February 28, 2014

5 on Friday: Perfection in Simplicity

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you've got something fun on the books for this weekend. I am looking forward to a quiet weekend at home. Some weeks are quite slow and normal, and some just fly by, and the last few, as a matter of fact the last two months have been a little on a crazy side, so quiet is exactly what I need.  Catching up on home life sounds perfect. I am looking forward to some cooking, meal planning, reading, organizing, and a lots of Kiki time. 

The quiet is clearly on my mind...

1. Five cooking tips to help anyone fall in love with a vegetable for the first time here

2. Healthy cooking short-cuts [here]

3. Stay healthy and be awesome at work

4. Sneakers are definitely having a moment… here are 10 ways to wear them.

5. Simply a perfection... [source]


BONUS:...because we could all use a little more perfection in simplicity [source]


Happy Weekend!




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Friday, February 14, 2014

5 on Friday: Love is in the air

Love is in the air! I can feel it... Have you told someone you love them today? 
Often we forget that Valentine's is not just a day for couples to celebrate love, but really a day of celebration of all that we love. But then again, I also think we should celebrate love every day....
So in honor of love, red and pink everywhere around us, happy day of Love!


1. Today I am thinking pink cocktail....this one sounds lovely to me!

2.  There's nothing wrong with a box of chocolate for Valentine's, but I would love some of these. Now this is love food talking to me....

3. I am re-decorating my walls and showing them some love. This will be my centerpiece

4. Nothing, and I mean nothing, says LOVE, like a perfect pair of shoes...and these are perfect. Trust me!

5. And Valentine's arrived a little early this year for me with arrival of this.... like I said, love is in the air!

Go ahead...tell someone you love them today!!!

Lot's of Love, The Faux Foodie Girl




                                                                  Today I'm linking up with Natasha and the Girls for FIVE ON FRIDAY chat!