Hello my loves!
I hope everyone had a lovely holiday, and has lots more to come in the New Year! I’ve been a busy little bee, working away at the cube and over at Williams Sonoma. I sadly did not have time this year to bake the holiday treats I normally love to, but I was able to enjoy some of our family traditions and some new additions.
The Christmas weekend was a blur and I can’t believe it’s come and gone so quickly. La cucina made out well- new drip coffee-maker, a Cuisinart Waffle iron, and some fun other goodies including those magnetic salt & pepper grinders for the fridge!
I was back to a busy week at work and was trying to get together easy, tasty, and healthful meals. A side that my cousins’ wife Ro cooked up at Christmas was delish- it was a zesty quinoa pilaf- so I decided to recreate it, and serve it alongside some grilled chicken. This was my first foray into quinoa. I know, I know, I’m late to the party. I was surprised by how much I liked it!
The week has been hard at work, so I’ve been cherishing my downtime at home. The other night after another draining day at the office I wanted to curl up with something comforting. But, I didn’t want to have to make another big trip to the store and be cooking for hours. Luckily, I had sausage still- all I needed to do was defrost- it was the apple gouda sausage that I first enjoyed a few weeks ago.
The sausage went on the grill pan, the peas in the steamer, and the potatoes in a pot. I thought it was a very British meal- reminds me of a pub meal I had in London a couple of years ago. It was exactly what I needed. (Yes, the wine in the background didn’t hurt either.)
I may or may not have gone a little overboard with the mashed potatoes- but I couldn’t help myself. I’ve actually been eating very well lately, (still trying out the gluten-free thing for the most part.)
This weekend is New Year’s- I’ll have to come up with a good resolution by then. I’m keeping it low-key this year, I may grab a drink with a couple of friends early, but I really want to stay home and cook a delicious meal on New Year’s Eve- really treat myself and relax. And I promise to have more recipes next week.