Hurricane Sandy has given me the opportunity to lounge around and click away on my laptop. I decided to share some style inspirations from my two favorite ladies. I adore Nicole's bohemian, edgy style but also lust after Gwyneth's classic and effortless wardrobe. My two favorite pieces you ask? Nicole's white studded leather jacket and Gwyneth's striped sweater with blue patches. "I want it. I want it now daddy!" Think Willy Wonka not sugar daddy with this quote. Just thought I'd explain. :)
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Finally, here is my first ever recipe post and hopefully not my last. This is a hybrid (there goes that word again) of many recipes I've read. It's very easy and healthy. Also, you can easily purchase the ingredients ahead of time and keep in your freezer and cupboard. Great after a long day in the office or school.
What you will need:
- 1 pound dried pasta/1 packet. Spaghetti or linguine is best.
- salt and pepper. I prefer sea or kosher salt.
- 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 5 garlic cloves, sliced thinly. Less if you're scared of the funk more if you're nasty. Sorry. :)
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 bag or 4 cups frozen seafood mix. You should be able to find this in your local supermarket. If not, check out your asian markets. It comes in 1 pound bags. You can also use frozen shrimp.
- white wine. Your choice but make sure it's wine good enough to drink too.
- 1 bunch of cilantro. You don't have to chop. I just tear with my hands.
1. Turn on heat to high for the pot of water to boil. Then, add a handful of salt and packet of dried pasta. Stir to spread the love around. Follow packet instructions.
2. While pasta is boiling away, place pan (preferably one with a lid) on the stove. Add olive oil, sliced garlic, and pepper flakes. Turn on heat to medium. I almost never add garlic to hot oil because I don't like the acrid taste of burnt garlic. I want this to be mellow.
3. Once you smell the lovely scent of garlic, you may add the seafood. It's ok if it's still a little frozen. Lovely broth will come out of it. You an also turn the heat higher to medium high.
3. Cook until no longer in frozen clumps. This can take about 5 minutes.
4. Add a pinch of salt to the simmering seafood and broth.
5. You may add the white wine at this point. I don't have an exact measurement because it depends on how much liquid your frozen seafood gives off. I add mo more than 1/2 cup since pasta soaks up a lot of liquid. This is your call. Don't be scared.
6. Put the lid on the pot and let the wine and broth reduce a bit. 2-3 minutes. Make sure to take your pasta off the heat and drain.
7. Add the pasta to the pan with the seafood and wine sauce.
8. Season with salt and pepper. Pepper is lovely here.
9. Garnish with cilantro and voila.
This serves 2 hungry people and 4 if there is something else served with this deliciousness. I hope you like it!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Hola amigos! I'm back! I thought I'd tread back lightly by posting some beauty products I've been really enjoying. I must admit, I've been on a skincare/makeup bender lately. It's a love affair I can't seem to stay away from. As much as I love cooking and running around town in search of the best ingredients and restaurants, I think its important to indulge in beautification once in a while. Ok, all the time. :) I don't want you to worry though. There'll be plenty of (food)yumminess to come.