Monday, January 8, 2018

Sporkful Sauteed Broccoli

I have about an hour commute round trip each day.  I use those 5 hours each week to listen to podcasts--one of my favorites of which is The Sporkful (it's not for foodies, it's for eaters).  At the end of each Year, The Sporkful asks listeners to call in with their new year's food resolutions--the things they resolve to eat MORE of.  Last year, my thing was BREAKFAST, since I am a notorious breakfast skipper. It was hugely successful--I ate breakfast all but two days last year.  So, this year, I resolved to eat more veggies.

During one episode of The Sporkful, the host Dan Pashman noted that his favorite way to cook broccoli (specifically, broccoli stems) was to thinly slice them, saute them in duck fat, and then season with Maggi sauce.

My mouth started watering.  Duck fat has that effect on me, ever since the famous duck fat fries at the The Delachaise bar in New Orleans.
So, I hopped on Amazon & bought a jar of duck fat, and bottle of Maggi sauce, and anxiously waited for the mail to arrive.
As soon as they showed up, I ran out & bought some broccoli.

Now, I didn't exclude the florets, like Pashman had suggested, but rather tried to make "broccoli spears", so that each small floret had a thin slice of stem.  I also added a little garlic and ginger, because I love me some garlic & ginger.
It did not disappoint.  Perfectly salty and fatty, while still feeling somewhat healthy because it's fresh broccoli.  You can serve with just about anything, but I did a pan-seared chicken breast.

INGREDIENTS: (makes 4 servings)
1 Tbsp duck fat
1 tsp minced ginger (I buy the small tubes of ginger paste in the produce section)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small head of broccoli, as "thinly sliced" as you can manage with florets still attached
Maggi sauce to taste (about 1 Tbsp)
black pepper to taste

In a large skillet, heat the duck fat, ginger, and garlic over medium heat until your kitchen starts to smell amazing (about 1-2 minutes).  Then add the broccoli and toss to coat.  Cover the pan with a glass lid to help the broccoli steam.  After about 5 minutes, add the Maggi sauce and toss well, and cover again, stirring occasionally.  After another 5 minutes, the broccoli should be tender.  Serve hot & season with cracked black pepper.

NutriFacts: (per serving)

  • Calories55.0
  • Total Fat3.5 g
  • Saturated Fat1.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat0.5 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat1.6 g
  • Cholesterol3.3 mg
  • Sodium390.7 mg
  • Potassium253.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate4.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber2.3 g
  • Sugars1.3 g
  • Protein2.9 g

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 Resolutions and the Top 10 Posts of 2017

Nappy New Year!  (this was a typo...but I liked it so much I kept it.  We should all be so blessed as to have a new year full of naps.)

I hope everyone had a relatively chaos-free and enjoyable holiday season!  Now, t'is the time for resolutions and looking back.  And overall, I'm pretty pleased with 2017.  Lil' Man turned 2--which means we have kept him alive and in a general state of health for another year.  We had no major medical or financial crises, and I even managed to max out my 401k.  Oh--and I chopped all my hair off for charity over Christmas.
10 inches gone to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths.

I'm hoping this will sate my do-gooding needs until I can start giving blood again in April (I got benched for a year because we traveled out of the country to an area with malaria risk).  In the meantime--I'm loving the cut.  I feel like I have so many more quick options for styling!  If I want to wash & go, I can just add a little mousse, scrunch, and head out the door. If I want to flat iron, it takes less than 5 minutes.  So glorious.

One of last year's resolutions was to eat more breakfast--and that I did. With the exception of a couple days in the summer, I ate breakfast every day, and catalogued much of it on Instagram (to the confusion of several of my friends, who thought my dates were actually a rating system). I also managed to keep up with my line-a-day journal (though sometimes by catching up a week at a time--life's crazy, yo.)

This year?
1) Eat more vegetables.  We got fruits in the bag, but we just aren't good about getting a lot of veggies on the plate.  Unless you count potatoes.  So I'm hoping to mix it up a bit more.
2) Exercise.  I know, it's so trite, but seriously needed.  We just got a 6 month family pass to the gym at our church, which is less than 5 minutes from our house.  No excuses.  I'm still working on figuring out a reasonable, measurable goal, but at this point, if I go even 4 times in the entire year, that's better than 2017.
3) Moisturize.  Winter is upon us, and dry skin is a plague.  I have plenty of hand cream, foot cream, face cream, even in-shower lotion...but do I use it?  Not really.  I feel like I should take better care of my skin now, and avoid the expensive surgeries, Botox, and firming creams later down the road.

Keeping it simple with three.  I mean, I have work goals too, but I won't bore you with those.

And now, on to the Top 10 Posts of 2017!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thirsty Thursday: Bourbon Slush (Sequiota Bike Shop)

Hey--remember those crazy kids who used to own an ice cream shop as a "side business" because they thought it'd be "easy"?  What a hoot!

Oh wait...that was us.

So, if you recall, a few years ago we sold our business to some friends (veteran restauranteurs). I can't recall if we ever did an update, but they have truly transformed that location. It's now the Sequiota Bike Shop--they have a great menu of sandwiches, a full-on outdoor dining area and bar, just a really fun space.  They even do bike rentals. 
Our formerly awkward parking lot is now a lovely covered seating area (perfect for those drizzly-but-still-warm days)...
And for every other day, there's an outdoor bar in the back, plenty of seating, oh, and they even added a fire pit for those slightly cooler days.
The interior of the building was reorganized and the indoor seating was removed to give them some much needed additional space inside for workers, where they crank out some of the tastiest sandwiches in town.  No fryers to mess with, so they serve up sides like chips, housemade soup, and potato salad instead.  It's a really smart use of a small space (about 600 sq feet).
Jamis Roast Beef sandwich.

The Hubs & I like to stop by periodically to have a drink (great local beer selection) and share a sandwich (our personal favorite is the Finnegan's Reuben). 
Soooo good.

It's always a little bittersweet because we have so many stressful memories tied to that business and location, but I'm honestly very happy for our friends.  They've done more with it than we ever could have.

Anyway, enough gushing.  Bring on the booze!
Sweet tea bourbon slush.

So, Bike Shop has a rotating menu of slush cocktails, made with Four Roses Bourbon.  As much as I love my beer, it's hard to not get a slush when I go.
Watermelon mint slush.

Simple, cold, refreshing. And I do not have the recipe, so I cannot replicate it here.  So I guess you're just going to have to go try one for yourself.
Granted, we are in Missouri.  Where it can be 70 one day and 40 the next.  But I still think Bike Shop is a great destination for this time of year.  Because if it's 70, you get a slush. If it's 40, then you grab a chair by the fire and ask for a spiked cocoa,coffee, or chai instead.
They also frequently have live music, so if you don't have a kiddo (or are lucky enough to have one old enough to leave at home, or better yet, be your DD), it's a great place to kick back in the evenings.  It's like your own back yard...but better.