Monday, January 31, 2022
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Monday, January 24, 2022
This was real life:
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Saturday: We were out and about before the bad weather hit. We had a couple of quick errands to run and stopped to pick up some lunch on the way home. As the rains started and the temperatures began to drop we both curled up in the den with books and blankets. It was joyful to be out of the weather with no where we had to be.
Sunday; The day was another glusome (Mom's word) and cold day. I woke prepared to watch our church service, but my internet had other ideas. We had no cable, internet or landline during the morning, As the storms rolled in in the wee hours of Sunday morning I kept hearing transformers blowing in our neighborhood. Do I even have to mention the joy in having underground utilities, while the street right above ours does not. When I opened the door I could hear the sound of generators going. Thankfully we never did lose power, and none of the rest really mattered. We wound up reading unit things were working and then we watched another episode of Billions. It was a great day to stay inside!
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Monday, January 17, 2022
Each week I make a tentative meal plan, or let what is left in the refrigerator makes the plan for me. This past week featured a lot of leftovers and honestly we are tired of eating them. Fortunately they were all consumed and this week I can start on some new meals.
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Monday, January 10, 2022
A few weeks ago I was looking at an article about new restaurants opening in the Birmingham area and saw Slutty Vegan is supposed to be opening this year. Woo Hoo! An alternative burger joint is always a welcome thing and with a name like that, well to say the least, it's worth checking out. So I did a not so deep dive (It seems like everyone who has ever been there loves the place) here and decided it would most likely be somewhere we would try. My next trip was to a couple of Youtube videos where folks were making a copy cat version of their burgers.
Serendipitously, Publix had Impossible Burger BOGO for the week. I figured the universe was directing me to give it a try, so naturally I did.
This is my take on the Fussy Hussy burger. I did not have access to Slut Sauce (their secret sauce) but I had The Pig's dipping sauce which looked similar, so we used that. (It was not vegan, but I am not vegan so it did not bother me that the sauce had egg yolk as an ingredient). I did buy vegan cheese, though, to keep things as accurate as possible.
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Because the year officially ended on Friday and my 2021 posts were from Friday to Thursday it left The NYE post either as a solo post or it. had to be included in the first week of this years joys. I did not want the day to have an inferiority complex nor did I want it filled with self importance that might come from getting a post all its own. My solution was to combine it with the first week's post and now all the days of the year will share equal footing. For the rest of the year, the weeks will be Saturday- Friday.
Thursday, January 6, 2022
There is a restaurant that began locally after Keith and Amy Richards spent some time in Greece. Keith had been in the restaurant business here prior to the trip and soaked in the food and food preps there. When they returned they opened a small (very small) restaurant in Birmingham. Taziki's Mediterranean was a huge hit and soon they opened opened another, and another, and another, and finally partnered with a restaurant group to begin franchising. Now you can find locations all over Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and in select cities in Mississippi, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Colorado, Ohio, Indiana and Idaho. (If I left a state out I am sorry)
We have been going there since they first opened the tiny place and still go at least every other month. Though I would not say the food is the most delicious in town, but if you are considering the price, taste, food quality, and value it is one of the best restaurants around. (I can't say that with certainty about the franchises, because I go to the ones still originally owned )
I am not a creature of habit and will try something new there nearly all the time, unless I am eating lunch and then I always get a 1/2 soup, 1/2 salad plate. Their Greek lemon chicken soup is my all time favorite restaurant soup, and I have tried to recreate the broth for a long time. This is as close as I can come without knowing all of their secrets. But trust me it is delicious and unless I was eating both mine and theirs at the same time I could not tell the difference
1/2 -3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Cooked basamati rice to go in the bottom of each bowl (about 1/2 cup per serving. If using leftover rice make sure it is hot)
Toss everything into a soup pot except for the lemon juice and the cooked rice. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes. Right before serving, stir in the lemon juice. Ladle into bowls holding hot rice and serve it immediately.
This makes enough for 4 big bowls of soup (plus a couple of lunch size cups of soup) and is perfect for these cooler nights
*I make my broth by tossing about 8 leg/thigh quarters into a big pot of water with a little salt, a carrot, and a couple of celery ribs. When the chicken is cooked through I remove it, take it off the bone and refrigerate part of it, freeze the rest then chunk the bones back in the pot. I cook it on high for about 20 minutes, then transfer it, bones and all, to my largest crock pot, add a couple of tablespoons of vinegar and cook it on low for almost 2 days. So technically I make bone broth, but any chicken stock will do, including any bought broth.
p.s. Do not combine the leftover rice and soup in the same container. The rice gets a little gummy and the broth gets cloudy.(See picture above) Though, if I speak the truth, I probably will combine them because when I am eating warmed up soup I don't really care about the aesthetics and softer rice does not really bother me plus storage space in the fridge is always a premium here.
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
When I remember it is Tuesday, I share Annie @Tuesday 4 's post. She asks 4 questions and this week the questions revolve around white sales and linens. Join in and let us know what your thoughts are.