May 17, 2013
My outfit for a late spring patio dinner with the Huz. Not a typical spring color, but sometimes you just gotta go with how you're feeling. Note the lack of purse or bag. So often I find that I bring a bag somewhere, and then really only use my phone, credit card and my ID. Why bother coordinating a bag if you really don't have to? Blouse: J. Crew (love J. Crew silk blouses. Similar here.) Shorts Forever21 (I've had these for a couple years and they've really held up. Similar here.) Necklace Forever21, Watch Michael Kors (here), Shoes Adrienne Vittadini (similar here).
May 15, 2013
What is Banh Mi (Bah-n Mee) you ask? From Wikipedia: "In the western hemisphere, especially in areas with substantial Vietnamese expatriate communities, the term is used to refer to a type of meat-filled sandwich on bánh mì bread, found in Vietnamese bakeries." From me: yummy sandwich that you will love if you dig the asian-inspired vibe. I like to start the process with the carrot pickle so it can get its pickle on for as long as possible. The vinegar/acid addition to the sandwich is what makes it, in my opinion. Next I marinade the meat. (The recipe calls for pork but I have also used chicken and it turned out just as well). Then arrange your extras. The recipe calls for several additions to the sandwich but I stick with greens, lime and cilantro. Oh and pickled carrots of course. Et voila! A dee-licious sandwich that really only takes about a half hour (with very little clean-up). Done and done.
May 14, 2013
Ok... pulled pork. The answer is always 'yes.' Followed by, 'more please.' I've made several versions of pulled pork but I went for this recipe because the sauce was all-natural. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the 'pour a bottle of barbeque sauce in and cook for 8 hours' versions, but I wanted to go for a non-corn-syrup-laden recipe just to see how it was. The verdict? REALLY spicy but also very delicious. So that said... I personally would recommend slightly less chilli powder than called for. (To be fair not all chilli powders are created equal. Revision: add chilli powder to taste). You can really do a lot with a pot full of pulled pork, I chose to add spinach and pile on top of ciabatta rolls.