This was a good week. We pretty much followed the weekly menu to a "T" with the exception of the steak night. I am completely OK with that because that turned out to be a girls' night out at the "To Live and Dine in Miami" event organized by MIAMI magazine.
I was really happy to spend some time with my girlfriends, enjoy good food and mingle with all the hottest chefs in Miami. Besides having a girls' night out, I really liked that each restaurant was required to have their chef present at the event. I know this is a big sacrifice for a restaurant to have their chef out of the kitchen on a busy restaurant night, but it made a huge difference to be able to speak with the chef directly about the foods they were presenting. My only complaint was the heat - it was very warm on the first floor, but the second floor was unbearable. I was so hot that I could barely enjoy the food, but all in all fun night and very much needed!
Tonight like every night was rush rush rush from the moment we walked in. Kiki was in a great mood, and right around 8pm she zonked out, and while chef prepared dinner I did my 45 minutes of Tracy Anderson exercises - oh boy am I feeling all the muscles. But I am loving the burn I feel!!!!
The chef made another one of Cooking Light's "30 Minute Meals" - can you see a pattern - quick, easy, healthy and delicious!!! Cooking Light is a great resource for quick dinners and lightened up versions of classics. Most of the recipes are pretty simple, and leave a lot of room for interpretation especially for those that don't follow recipes but use them as a guide…adding spice, herbs, and proteins to your taste or whatever you have on hand.
I absolutely loved the glazed chicken and szechuan noodle salad! The cold noodle salad was my favorite, but it was spicy. Be ready for your mouth to burn! The recipe calls for bottled Szechuan sauce, and I found something in the grocery store called Spicy Szechuan Stir Fry sauce, so the chef used that instead. Thank God for the peanut butter in it as it really calms the spiciness. But still it was spicyyyyyyyy, so tread lightly with that one!
The chicken was packed with flavor from the ginger, hoisin sauce, and soy sauce and it gives the meal an incredible punch. But the noodles were definitely the star of this meal. The combination of the Szechuan sauce, peanut butter, soy sauce, and lime juice was very powerful.
Enjoyed with a glass of Pinot Gris of King Estate....I am getting ready for my trip to Oregon and enjoying Oregonian (Is that even a word) wines :)
I have to admit I extra enjoyed tonight's dinner as I was looking at it as a "Last Meal". I am having my wisdom tooth taken out tomorrow and something tells me I won't be eating much. As much as I am trying not to think about it, I am getting more and more nervous. Urgh...hope I survive...yes I am being overly dramatic, but I can't help it.