1. Am I the only person who didn’t know how easy it was to make tomato sauce? I feel like a real dummy for paying 8 dollars a bottle for organic, low sugar pasta sauce when literally all you have to do is saute some garlic in butter, add a can of diced tomatoes ($1.67), a can of tomato paste ($1.oo), some salt and spices, and fresh basil. It is just as easy as opening a bottle, and it tastes one million times better. SMDH at how blind I’ve been.
2. We went to Beasley‘s on Sunday because I was having a real craving for fried chicken + fresh veggies, and they did not disappoint. They had a malt vinegar cole slaw, which I got because it sounded like malt vinegar aoli, an amazing dipping sauce at one of their sister restaurants, and it was sooo good. So I bought some malt vinegar (not really sure why I thought it was an exotic, hard to get vinegar but uh.. it’s not) It’s a little mellower than regular vinegar, and it has kind of a.. malty taste. I made cole slaw with it that was sooo good and basically a copy of what I got at Beasley’s. I used cabbage and cucumber, roasted some tomatoes to throw in there, and mixed mayo, tons of vinegar, a little sugar and a little salt. Sooo good.
3. David’s birthday is next week, and we are having a family dinner here. I’m having way too much fun planning everything – my goal is to have everything made the day before, so my prep on the day of is to throw a few things in the oven and toss a few things together. I’ll be sure to report back next week and let you know how that goes. I feel it’s important to note that I have never once been fully prepared for any kind of gathering involving food at my house before guests arrived, so I’m not confident this will actually happen.
4. I’ve started drinking hot water with lemon most mornings right when I wake up, and I don’t know what it is, but I looove it. It makes me feel so hydrated (and like some kind of yoga master health goddess) and it tastes so yummy. It’s a nice morning ritual, and I feel so peaceful and refreshed until I get to my desk and slam the coffee that David has specifically placed there to lure me into working. Then it’s jitter city. No regrets. I have no way of proving this, but I think it’s making my skin more glow-y too.
5. I made this salad last week, and it was really good. I added rice noodles and chicken to make it a meal, and I didn’t worry about including any ingredients I couldn’t find at the grocery store, which probably makes me a terrible cook, and makes my version a terrible bastardization of what the author intended, but it was real tasty, ya’ll.