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A week in review

This is going to be a little more than a weekend wrap up.

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of having a wonderful meal cooked for me by my friend’s Brock and John. Brock made the cocktails and collaborated with John on flavor combinations while John did most of the cooking.

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We started with a mixed greens salad, goat cheese and beets prepared two ways. We moved on to scallops, tomatoes and linguine in a moan-worthy white wine sauce. We ended with a pot de creme with mint, fleur de sel and a raspberry reduction pipped to the bottom. Not only was the food out of this world, we had hours of great conversation and laughter.

Nearly finished bourbon cocktail:

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Pot de creme:

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Thursday night, Brian wanted tomato soup. So, I decided to throw together some ingredients in the Vitamix and this wonderful, creamy tomato soup was born.

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It has become a bit of a Friday night tradition, that if we don’t have social plans that I will go to the gym for an extra long workout. Then, I stop at Whole Foods and pick up slices of pizza and salad on the way home. This past Friday was no different. As usual, I got a slice of vegan pizza and de-veganized it by adding Parmesan cheese.

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Then, I had the wonderful idea of putting my sauerkraut on top of my pizza. It was really delicious. I highly recommend it.

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Saturday for lunch, I made another soup in the Vitamix. This one involved a few steps prior to going into the Vitamix. It was a spicy peanut sweet potato bisque. Brian and I both couldn’t get over how delicious it was. I am really excited to have leftovers of it.

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For supper, I made another batch of soup that I had been yearning to make. I think the original recipe was called Ski Lodge soup because it is so hearty.

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Besides eating soup, one of my other favorite things to do lately has been to lay on my Spoonk mat. It is compared to laying on a bed of nails, but once you are situated on it, it doesn’t hurt, it feels great. I love using it after I work out.

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Sunday morning I had a random, delicious and fairly ugly breakfast. I mandolin-ed some fingerling potatoes that I had lying around. I also had some vegan spicy buffalo chicken pieces leftover in the fridge that needed to be used. So I cooked those in with the potato and topped it with an egg. It was a delicious, spicy, and protein rich breakfast.

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Sunday night, I made a really delicious combination of fiesta quinoa, cilantro-lime chicken and topped it with a cilantro sauce that I whipped up in the Vitamix. This got rave reviews from both Brian and I.

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And if you are wondering why we have eaten so much soup in the past week, it’s due to the weather. I need soul warming food in the these temperatures! On my commute to work:

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Stay warm. Stay safe. Eat good food.