We spent the better part of the holidays
with jazz playing in the kitchen ..
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watching Netflix in our jammies, forgetting what day it was, and eating an occasional Rolo for breakfast
Now that the students are back and work seems to be picking itself again, I feel like we're settling into more of a routine. I love plain, normal, everyday life. The laundry, the occasional clean sheets, the smell of my husband's morning coffee brewing, the dog asleep on the couch, the weekly spin class with a friend, and the house all to myself during the day
“Any thoughts about detoxing and adjusting our calorie intake are best left to the springtime in my opinion. The term that we are all too familiar with ‘The January Blues' can only be accelerated by tiresome attempts at dieting and self-inflicted misery. Ignore the posts and magazine articles on dieting and toning those abs for a little while anyway. Instead, spend January planning something nice to look forward to. Read a new book, go see a couple of movies at the Cinema. Be kind to yourself and January will become a month noted for its comfort and restfulness. Have a hot chocolate after work and indulge yourself with the odd massage when you can afford it. Light a fire and snuggle up and life in the coldest of Januarys will become warmer again” ~ Kathryn | Violinkit
So I've decided to heed her advice and purposed more moments like these. Days with not so many plans. The time and space for reading a book, cooking something new for dinner, or enjoying my favorite smoothie because there were blueberries at the co-op and homemade almond milk in the fridge
But mostly what I wanted to say today was, I hope you're doing well. I'd love to catch up and hear how things are going with you
How was your holiday?
Any good books, tv shows, podcasts or movies you're enjoying? (ps: We saw The Darkest Hour over the weekend and it's really good)
Anything delicious you've eaten (or made) lately?
What are you excited about these days?
Anything weighing on your mind?
Planning fun vacations?
Sending lots of love, as always! Thank you for being here .. xo
A new recipe to share today
It's a beef salad that's a tangle of thinly sliced grilled steak, tossed, with a hot, sour, salty and slightly sweet dressing, shallots and a heap of cilantro and fresh mint .. possibly some sliced cucumbers and chopped tomatoes
“Yam” referring to a style of salad-like dishes that are spicy and slightly sour, thanks to the classic combination of Thai flavors
The beef is always grilled and the five flavors of Thai cooking are present and accounted for. Sweet from the sugar, sour from lime juice, salty from fish sauce, bitter from the charring of the beef, and hot courtesy of the chilies
It's truly something special. The flavors are confident and striking, but they all work together really well. It's wonderful served on its own, but just as great with rice, rice noodles, or even butter lettuce
Note: A very hot grill (or skillet) is essential for developing a flavorful crust on the meat and rubbing the steak with sugar first increases the char
~ Adapted from Milk Street Kitchen by Christopher Kimball
Thai Beef Salad
- 2 large shallots sliced into very thin rings (or 1/2 of a thinly sliced onion)
- 4 scallions cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 3 Tbsp lime juice about 2 limes
- 4 tsp packed brown sugar divided
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground white pepper
- 1 1/2 lbs skirt steak trimmed and cut into 2 or 3 pieces
- 1 - 2 Tbsp fish sauce
- 2 to 3 small fresh red or green Thai bird chilies or serrano chilies, or to taste, seeded and minced (wear rubber gloves) ** alternately 1 tsp red pepper flakes adjusting <g class="gr_ gr_130 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear Grammar multiReplace" id="130" data-gr-id="130">the amount of</g> chilies or red pepper flakes depending on your tolerance for heat
- 1 1/2 cups ~ 7 oz red or yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
- Garnish - Cilantro sprigs
- In a large bowl stir together lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and chilies until combined will (sugar should be dissolved if using)
- Preheat the grill or light the charcoals. While the coals are heating, combine 2 tsp brown sugar, salt, and white pepper in a small bowl
- Scatter the blend on a wide platter and roll the sirloin tips in it until they're thoroughly coated
- When the coals are blazing hot, cook the sirloin tips on the grill until seared and browned, ~ 3 to 5 minutes a side. The meat will still be rare or medium-rare inside
- Transfer the steak to a carving board and let rest for 10 minutes
- Thinly slice the steak against the grain, then transfer to the bowl along with any accumulated juices. Add the tomatoes, shallots, scallions, cilantro, and mint
- Toss to combine
- Transfer to a platter and garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired