Wanna Wasabi?

Who doesn’t love date night?!?! Especially when life has been a bit hectic, there is nothing that says reconnecting like cat paws and a little wasabi. Seriously.

Cat paws. Yes, cat paws.

A few months ago, I bought a Groupon to Sea To You Sushi in Brookline. I am a sushi junkie, and have always wanted to be able to make it on my own. After last night, I now have added a rice cooker to my list of must-buy-soons.

It was A-W-E-S-O-M-E

 First, we watched…then, we played! Starting with a ball of rice…I eventually made this roll!

For a guy who doesn’t eat a ton of sushi, Jason showed some serious talent in the maki making department…

     

But most importantly, he enjoyed the end result!

I tried to get all showy and make the “fancy cut”…  Introducing, the Perfectionista’s sushi!

The other students were great, and some of them had some serious skills when it came to rolling and presenting their delights. I’m hoping we get to see some of them again in the second level class…when we get the time to take that one! Check these out!

    

Although I tend to get a little competitive with Jason, you know, for kicks, we presented our dinner together (smiling) and honestly, I think his tasted better.  He even wanted to take me out for a beer after.  Charmer…

One last expression of thanks, a photo, and our leftovers, and we were off to the Publick House for a quick cold one! Something had to wash down all that rice!!!
My leftovers and our fearless leader!

Have you ever taking a cooking class? What, where, & would you recommend it?

Hot & Spicy Italian…

No, seriously. I’m pretty psyched its Friday. I could, however, do without the ridiculous heat and humidity that has my house and my head surrounded in a thick, soupy fog that I can’t even see through!!!

While this week has been a bit crazy, though not unusual, I did manage to sneak in a few good, creative meals with delish fresh ingredients from Springdell Farm in Littleton. Top on my fave list: Hot & Spicy Italian Quinoa.  OK, it needs a better name, but just look at it!

Its pretty easy, you need: quinoa, an onion, garlic, low sodium vegetable or chicken broth, an eggplant, leftover hot Italian sausage, corn, olive oil, curry powder and some shredded cheese to top it all off.

First, I prepped some basic quinoa by putting some olive oil in a short stock pot, then some diced onion, chopped garlic – let it cook down for a few minutes, and then I added the already rinsed quinoa and curry powder.  Follow it up with the stock which I like to dilute with water (1 3/4C broth for every cup of quinoa) and let it boil.  Then cover it, turn it down, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Easy.

Even easier, dice up an eggplant, add it to a saute pan with some olive oil, garlic (of course!), corn, and some chopped up leftover hot Italian sausage…and done!  Put it on top of some cooked quinoa, top with shredded mozzarella or the cheese of your choice, and you’ve got dinner!

Life’s a Beach

There is nothing like meeting new friends on a perfect beach day! Maddy and Emma made some new friends, and they’re so sweet! Since they are on the Cape for the summer, we’re hoping to run into them again when we head back for vacation in a few weeks…

Fun in the sun is always good – fresh air, lots of running around, and what every parent hopes for – a good nap or at the least a solid night’s sleep is ahead! Fingers were definitely crossed. But in the meantime, my little monkey and I snuck in some snuggle time…

A while after we had our beach lunch of tomato and cheese sandwiches (mine with avocado and dijon!) we had a silly walk home with Daddy and lots of pretty flowers…

                              

And then, after a fantabulous dinner of pasta, pasta salad, steamers, lobsters and sausages back at Mary’s with Marisa, David, Nicholas and Daria, we headed for the perfect closer – Ice Cream!!   But of course, its not a 36 hour (or any length of time, really) trip to the Cape without a visit to the Sundae School!

The three big kids having their ice cream!

This little adventure is chock-full of foreshadowing. Some day, these two innocent girls will have a knock down, drag out fight over a boy. If the universe could kindly let me know in advance when this will happen, I will be on a momcation somewhere far, far away. Luckily for all involved, Emma was too tired to fight.

We crashed at Mary’s house (thank you!!!) and I managed to run off that ice cream with a 4 mile run the next morning…right past the Sundae School!  This week’s Magic Mile came in at a 10:32 pace. Not bad for having a full belly and barely managing to get my butt out of the house at 6am!

After breakfast, we headed home to get ready for the week. Just as we arrived back in town, the littlest one looks at her big sister, and with a smirk chants, “Nicholas lo-oves Maddy, Nicholas lo-oves Maddy…”

…and the peaceful trip came to an abrupt end…