For lunch I sautéd some tofu with hot sesame oil and ponzu sauce and tossed with with soba noodles and sugar snap peas from our CSA. Matt prepped the peas last night so that was easy. The tofu was from Aldi and we liked it so that’s good, tofu was one of those things that was always a pain to get but now it seems like a regular item at Aldi. Who knew such a simple sauté would be so tasty? I wanted a more substantial lunch because we didn’t have a ton of leftovers for dinner.
Matt heated up the chicken and salsa rice and added some egg fried rice style for dinner.
I finished my first project on my new loom! It’s drying on the porch after the wet setting.
We finished In the Heights. Lin-Manuel is such a cornball and all the songs sound just like the ones in Hamilton. If I was him, I’d want people to forget that.
I’m trying to clear out some of our freezer and “pantry” so today was chili in the slow cooker made with frozen cooked chicken breast from a Costco rotisserie chicken we hadn’t finished, salsa from the contest, fresh pepper and beans. It was a bit of an experiment but it was really tasty!
For lunch we had tuna sandwiches.
I’m working on my new loom! I went to a yarn store way outside of the city and picked up some supplies for weaving. They were really nice and had what I wanted.
We had to take Matt’s car to the dealership so I made our main meal for lunch. I’m entering a salsa recipe contest so I was testing out a recipe. It came out pretty good!!
I had some hammock time early in the morning before it got too hot or humid.
I started warping my new loom. It is so big! I have to finish doing it tomorrow—I got a migraine and had to take Matt to the dealership. Rough evening! We picked up pit beef sandwiches on our way home because we haven’t had them in years and we were starving.
Pancakes for brunch! Then a snack later. We spent the day organizing the living room, hanging up many pictures I finally framed (we had some for years!) and putting together my new loom which arrived early!! We were exhausted and ended up getting some chicken, cornbread and fries from a local sub shop for dinner.
We ventured out to Michaels and Target for the first time what must be going on two years. Our plan had been to grab burgers but the place had closed so we got steak pita wraps and stuffed grape leaves. They changed the grape leaf recipe on us! Now they have raisins so won’t be ordering that again.
I ordered a rigid heddle loom that should be arriving so I needed to get some supplies for a first project. Luckily Michael’s had what I wanted. I forgot what it was like to stumble across some clearance items! They had some fiber craft tools like giant pompom makers on sale for $3-5 marked down from $15-20 so I picked some up.
For dinner we heated up a variety of frozen dumplings. Yum.
For lunch I had some jajangmyeon (the fancier instant kind) and Matt had some of those noodles from Taiwan with egg. I put up lentil soup in the slow cooker but it was a little over filled. Rooky mistake and I wrote a whole slow cooker cookbook! I was hoping the veggies would cook down more than they did so it wasn’t ready when it was dinner time. Oops! We ended up getting a couple of dinner specials from our local Chinese takeout. We tried them again recently and they were really salty but they were much less salty and more like we remembered tonight. I’m glad because we have really limited take out options here.
We picked up Matt’s car which unfortunately has to be taken now to the dealship because the dealership is refusing to give our garage the part they need. Fingers crossed the dealership (beyond their crazy fee to even look at the car) will give us a similar price. We almost bought a new (used) car but the garage said the repair wasn’t that horrible so we didn’t take ownership so that car is gone now. The dealership can’t even look at the car until next Wednesday. Normally this wouldn’t be bad because he’s been working from home and not driving it but he’s driving to NYC in a couple weeks and we’d like to have it then.
Matt was on call all day so we watched 30 minutes of Great British Menu and I spend most of the day catching up on reviews for Netgalley and working on my blogs and researching my new loom which will hopefully ship out soon! I got an email from them saying some of the yarn was back ordered and I panicked at seeing an email from them but hopefully my loom is shipping out soon. I see it is sold out now so that was why I was nervous when I saw the email. The yarn can be found elsewhere.
I haven’t posted a recipe here in ages! This one was really good but relied on pantry ingredients so much I thought it would be a good fit on here vs my main recipe blog. Luckily things are returning to normal in the US (for now at any rate, don’t want to jinx myself) so I can go grocery shopping a little more normally. However, I had been so careful to restock my “pantry” (we don’t have one, everything is in Rubbermaid totes or on a cart) and freezer that I am really a little overloaded. I decided to skip doing a big grocery shop last week and this week in favor of eating what we had on hand. I get a CSA share each week and last week I got this Swiss Chard which thankfully was still good nearly a week later. The rest of it was using up odds and ends I had in the fridge or shelves to create a highly satisfying dish. We had this as our dinner the first night and then as a side the next. Very flavorful and very easy.
I bunch rainbow chard, stems and greens chopped (keep the stems and greens seperated!)
12 oz small pasta (I used cavatappi)
6-7 oz jarred or fresh “red” pesto (I used Aldi Priano Rosso Pesto)
8 oz jarred hearts of palm, sliced into rings
8 oz (drained) pearl mozzarella, halved or quartered if large
1 (jarred or homemade) whole fire roasted bell pepper, diced
1/4-1/3 red onion thinly sliced into half moons
1/4 cup coarsely shopped green olives with pimentos
garlic herb or Italian seasoning to taste
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil with the chard stems. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions. Add the chopped chard leaves during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and cool to room temperature. Pour into a large bowl, stir in pesto then remaining ingredients. Serve at room temperature. Refrigerate leftovers.
I ended up having some leftover pasta salad for lunch and posted the recipe so click the link if you are interested.
I am still trying to avoid major grocery shopping so we ended up having fish sticks for dinner and Matt had leftover pasta salad and I finished the cucumber salad from Sunday.
We watched Sorry Wrong Number (Netflix DVD) which is such an odd movie since it ends with the main character apparent death and you get the impression everything could have been avoided if she and her husband ever spoke clearly to each other.