My Week in Food

Wiinter Fruit Salad with Granola and YogurtI do believe I’m a little behind here on My Week in Food, so let’s catch up starting with breakast. Made this pretty little meal for a friend who stopped by to talk shop. Took advantage of all my favorite fall fruits in a diced salad of persimmon, pomegranate, pears, and tangerines, with homemade granola and yogurt that was two-thirds plain and one-third vanilla. Sometimes keeping it simple is the very best.

IMG_7146Plus, I couldnt get too complicated since my kitchen plumbing was out. Without a sink or dishwasher, this is where all the washing up took place. We’re now back to working order, but I’m investing in a pair of knee pads for next time.

Cheesy Farro BakeGot industrius this week by doing a “clean out the fridge” one-dish dinner using farro, every odd bit of cheese and vegetable  I could scare up, and cubed tofu. It was based on the delicious Brown Rice Casserole from Deborah Madison’s Greens Cookbook . If you have the book, it’s well worth making or you can find a version of it here. 

This was also in the name of efficiency, or perhaps just a strategy to keep my kids’ out of the cookie jar before dinner. If I cut up vegetables and put them front and center in the fridge, they are less tempted by the snack cupboard. Me too.

Ottolenghi's Cauliflower CakeAnother veggie-centric meal was the Cauliflower Cake from Ottolenghi’s new cookbook, Plenty More. It’s a more frittata than cake, but delicious nevertheless.

Crepe CakeThis however, was a proper cake, a crepe cake, in fact, made by my sister-in-law for a family birthday. Twenty four paper-thin crepes with passionfruit meringue and pastry cream between each one. Um, yes please

Bentgo LunchWe upped the fun factor in lunch for a couple of days since Bentgo sent me their new kid’s lunch box to try. Double thumbs up. Easy to use, easy to clean, doesn’t leak. It’s on the smaller side, so ideal for younger kids and lighter appetites. Since they’re brand spanking new on the market , you can get them for 30 percent off by going here. 

Roasted Squash and Pomegranate SaladWe’re taking full advantage of fall produce these days, as evidenced by this colorful salad : sliced and roasted delicata squash  (coated with olive oil and roasted at about 400 degrees until tender) tossed with arugula, pomegranate seeds, goat cheese, white wine vinegar  and olive oil.  The red wine? Inspiration in a glass.

photo (100)Jerk chicken has never been in my repertoire…until now, that is. Virginia found this Global Grub supper kit at Whole Foods and asked if we could give it a whirl. It includes rice, spices, a shopping list, and “how to” instructions.

Jerk ChickenThe result was a worth-repeating jerk chicken dinner with a side of coconut rice and red beans.

Cranberry MuffinsMade an old favorite this week,  now that cranberries are showing up in the market: mini streusel muffins. The recipe is coming your way soon, so stay tuned.

afghancultureunveiled
Looks like it’s a week for  makeovers as two favorite blogs just debuted a whole new look. First, Afghan Culture Unveiled, which showcases the food and culture of Afghanistan, is sporting a pretty new style. I particularly liked this week’s post featuring an unusual soup recipe traditionally fed to new mothers as nourishment and to boost milk production. Check it out all you nursing mamas.

Kale and Squash QuesadillaAnd heading south of the border, my friend Kate Ramos has gussied up her blog, Hola Jalapeno. Have a peek. She publishes some of the most inspired Latin American cuisine around, starting with that there squash and kale quesadilla with chiles and cotija.

Slow Cooker Side Dishes

This grabbed my eye this week as well, a round up of slow cooker side dishes. from Holley Grainger, former Cooking Light Food and Nutrition Editor.  Could come in handy with Thanksgiving around the corner, right?.

Giveaway: Slow Cooker Spice Kits

And speaking of slow cooking, don’t forget to enter my slow cooker spice giveaway, which you can find here. 

How was your Week in Food?

Comments

11.14.2014 at10:37 AM #

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

Love Jerk Chicken! All the spices and flavors….perfection!

11.14.2014 at10:37 AM #

Katie Morford

It’s sort of a new one for us, but so delicious.

11.14.2014 at11:02 AM #

EA-The Spicy RD

I’m so impressed you managed to cook up all that delicious food, even with plumbing problems!!! My kitchen oven hinges are on the fritz again (this will be the 4th pair I need to replace) but that doesn’t stop me from propping a bar stool by my kitchen to keep the door shut 🙂 It’s been a mishmash of food at our house this week, but a delicious one…Spanish Tortilla last night, and a most delicious vegetarian tortilla soup from Cookie and Kate earlier in the week. Then there was a night I don’t remember, plus Wednesday night when it was just my son and myself so we both had grilled cheese. With jalapeno sauerkraut and half a grapefruit on the side for me, and tomato soup and apple slices on the side for him. It was divine 🙂 Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

11.14.2014 at11:02 AM #

Katie Morford

Saw that tortilla soup earlier in the week. Beautiful. I’m including the link here:

http://cookieandkate.com/2013/vegetarian-tortilla-soup/

and here’s my version with chicken:

http://www.momskitchenhandbook.com/soup/chicken-tortilla-soup/

11.14.2014 at1:02 PM #

Holley Grainger

Thanks for featuring my slow cooker roundup! I love the new Bento box and will definitely be checking them out! Thank you! Good luck with the dishes in the bathtub!

11.14.2014 at1:02 PM #

Katie Morford

Thanks Holley. That lunch box is the perfect size for your little girl (not the very littlest one, not yet at least). 🙂

11.14.2014 at2:32 PM #

Kate @¡Hola! Jalapeño

I’m honored to be part of your week in food Katie! And I’m pleased to find out I’m not the only one who does their dishes in the bathtub…….

11.14.2014 at2:32 PM #

Katie Morford

…but never while taking a bath, I hope.

11.15.2014 at10:57 AM #

Carley from Global Grub

Well, my week of food certainly wasn’t as yummy as yours! Thanks for an excellent read, I’m gonna check out that milk production boost recipe. And thank you so much for your very kind words about the Global Grub Jerk Kit. Very flattered! 🙂 Cheers to you.

11.15.2014 at10:57 AM #

Katie Morford

It’s a clever product and that chicken was delicious.

11.15.2014 at3:29 PM #

yunah

your cauliflower cake look just like the original photo!
that’s next on my list too.

11.15.2014 at3:29 PM #

Katie Morford

Thanks Yunah. I found it was pretty easy to make and very nourishing and satisfying. Good for leftovers, too.

11.16.2014 at7:45 AM #

Julie

I’ve MISSED your week in food. Inspiring!! Thanks, Katie.

11.16.2014 at7:45 AM #

Katie Morford

Thanks Julie. I enjoy doing it, but sometimes life gets in the way!

11.18.2014 at5:11 PM #

Rebecca

Love jerk chicken! This looks delicious

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