Day 89 of cooking dinner at home…

Almost 90 days of no delivery and no restaurants…we have had delivery during work. But I have cooked our dinner for 89 days straight.

Day 89 was simple

Purple baby broccoli

And corn, marinated salmon and some tomato and cottage cheese. Pretty light–and i have gained the covid 5 so im trying to tone it back.

Stuffed Red Peppers

I have already misplaced the recipe for the red pepper recipe this week…but i made it! It was an ATK recipe challenge email featuring season produce

I slightly mashed some canned garbanzos 

Added capers, lime juice, olive oil, gluten free bread crumbs, garlic and crumbled goat cheese.

Roasted the pepper

Stuffed it..added some goat cheese on top with and olive oil drizzle.

Baked it

Served it up with a pile of salad

Sistema! (It’s still on theme right?)

About a week after beginning to bring oatmeal for us for breakfast In our sistema microwave bowls, with the tiny condiment containers for honey and yogurt (I’ve fallen in love with trader joes low fat vanilla yogurt….it’s so yummy),  I made the plunge and added breakfast bowls and salad things

Built in dressing  container    
Here is yogurt and dried cranberries and granola packed for tomorrow


I also have the tiny squeeze bottles which I loaded one with tamari so we have it handy in the car for when we hit a sushi restaurant that doesn’t have one.

I don’t think I will add more pieces….unless like an all purpose lunch container that’s not for salad….

Halloween dinner

todays finds combined with the farm fresh to you box became…

What starts as a simple orange, olive and fennel salad evolved into this covered in orange juice and olive oil.

Gnocchi, oyster mushrooms, elephant garlic, pesto and parsley

My Halloween helper wookie    

The finished gnocchi
The cider../very hoppy and very un appricot
Our trick or treaters


See the hot dog boy?
This is the hot dog boys “hot dog!”


Concerned cats


Food finds 10/31

So today was more foodventure than normal…started out like a Saturday with a trip to Santa Monica farmers market…which blossomed in whole foods (a new location) and Bristol Farms which I didn’t even know what still around!

Leaving home a tad later than normal meant that Starbucks was insane so we had to hit the one at third street promenade inside Barnes and noble.

(He hasn’t had coffee yet)

Which led to me buying the new George RR Martin book and, I believe , my 30th consecutive Food and Wine magazine thanksgiving edition

Santa Monica farmers market Saturday is always one of the biggest around and the weather can’t be beat!  
This week I took some random shots of interesting things:   
Fresh peanuts, some baby jicama near the back    
I just loved the color of these…they weren’t the deep purple of all the others


Notice the quail eggs too…
Picked up some spring hill garlic jack


Kinda the last remaining non hothouse tomatoes…

I ended up with a few things…Thai green onion, garlic jack cheese, tomatoes, eggplant and that about it.   I’m still missing the avocado!!!!

Next stop was a whole foods bigger and larger than the one in downtown Santa Monica for a change…and boy was it a change!  They had things that my uber large new store in Tarzana doesn’t even have and I loved it! This is going to be our new goto Whole foods

 Look!   Mochi !  
The olive bar was large than normal and I left with Castelvetrano olives 

   And the cause of much excitement resulting in it being our dinner tonight—gluten free gnocchi! 
Somewhere I thought I took pictures of cheese–and oh yeah we bought some because this store has samples unlike ours so I end up buying any cheese I sample!

 I grabbed this for dinner or maybe a wine but I couldn’t find any decent lambrusco–last time, I ended up having a case shipped from Italy because it’s so hard to find any here that’s not Riunite…but I digress


The jackfruit faux meat is in many recipes as being yummy so we are trying it out without the elbow grease of making it from scratch  So driving onward towards the 405…I spy Bristol farms  I had no idea one was here…I thought they close down! So in I pulled



Baby cauliflower and romanesco…but 2.99 each I could buy a whole romanesco

Radishes!!!!!  It’s better than the farmers market today!
Gluten free ravioli  

The high end tequilas locked in a case….I have the Don Julio Real and am eyeing the 1942 and the 1800 milennia, and the stuff from San Miguel de Allende (my friend just moved there so I’m hoping for the peso price not the dollar price)


Holiday chocolate treats


I think there is more but I’m simply overwhelmed by the bounty and all the new finds.  We have a whole new way to venture home after the farmers market now….wow!

Farm fresh to you week of 10/28

Once again there is all kinds of stuff

I added on blackberry honey which is yummy but I think wildflower is still my favorite (yes, the box arrived a few minutes ago and I already have sampled the honey)

Also added is the chai current oatmeal 

As for the rest:

Delicate squash




Green beans

Fuji apple

Purple daikon…yep purple daikon


Red leaf lettuce




Tomatoes….um they are not meant to be green so I’m gonna deal with that.

Lots of good things to make:-)

Watercress salad,black bean burgers on gluten free bread with sweet potato fries

I don’t think I’ve ever made watercress in any form other than soup.   This was a hefty batch that I decided to leave as greens with a creamy dressing.

(I cut off a lot of stem…was I supposed to trim off more?)

I threw in some cheese cubes, tomato, red onion, zucchini and avocado. And dressed it with penzeys creamy peppercorn

The burgers were

 And sweet potato fries

Yep…I always cut them big which means a year to cook

And a gluten free beer for Jim in a Tom

Of Finland chilled glass;-)

Mushroom Nut Loaf

I’ve been making this yummy loaf for years.  I followed a recipe once and have winged it since.   It’s mushrooms (I used a mixture of whatever is managers special because they are getting chopped so they don’t need to be pretty) and nuts (I use what’s handy… This time was sunflower seeds and hazelnuts) chopped up (this was the first try in the vitamin so it’s less chunky then normal).

I threw a small onion and a few dried tomatoes in with the nuts and mushrooms   
Add like a cup Of breadcrumbs

  A cup of grated cheese, one egg and seasonings of choice.  Tonight I added penzeys mural of flavor, roasted garlic and Italian herb blend

Slap it in a loaf pan (ps…I don’t like this silicone one…the sides bow out if you fill it full and cooked in grease never comes off so it doesn’t look pretty) that is oiled and bake at 3:50 until it’s done.


About 1 hour and 15 minutes it was firm enough that I knew the inside wasn’t mushy and I pulled it out


Flip it out

I usually do a tomato topping like meatloaf but I’m gonna try out this gluten free gravy mix that I picked up at Sprouts


My inspiration recipe came from here



Queen Mary Sunday Brunch, Long Beach…definitely a flexitarian Sunday!

we haven’t been here in forever (since like Mother’s Day 10 years ago…) but we had friends in town for another doll convention (thankfully Jim has some limits)  in downtown long beach so the QM seemed like the perfect ace to meet up for Queen Mary Sunday champagne brunch .

The queen Mary from the parking lot as we arrived

Downtown long beach across the water

The dome….it’s just the dome…I have no idea what it’s doing.

Upon entering the queen Mary, you will see the hotel entrance (onboard the ship) , Sir winstons fine dining at the queen Mary, shops etc

The dining room for brunch is ginormous 

The famous ice sculpture dripping shrimp

The harpist who is mentioned in every review on yelp

Homemade by someone corned beef hash!  For a flexitarian, this was yummy!

Food and more food…pastas, Asian, salads, breakfast items, seafoods, a carving station, omelette station…

No, we did not get to eat at the captains table..he was busy as you can see

Omelette station

Four meats at the carving station including pork tenderloin in addition to the usual suspects

The desserts kept changing!   Rebecca say my carrot cake and when I went back there was none but chocolate covered strawberries had arrived and when Rebecca went back there was a time chocolate tart that wasn’t there before…


The price tag for this whole affair is like 56.95 a person plus parking…so this is not a brunch for just any old Sunday…..but the atmosphere is nice (come on!  It’s the queen Mary! And you are eating on the water and there are portholes for windows) and the food is pretty good and there is the harpist:-).  Then you get to wander the ship after.

After a brunch filled with numerous mimosas, you have to look around the ship.
Things like the worlds longest Lego brick model ship    

A Lego Winston Churchill     
Take in the views from the observation deck


(Look at my calves!  Now if I could trim up my waist to match them!)

And play in the phone less phone booths

Good day with good people…overall it’s a fun splurge ….