This morning I am sitting in my kitchen sipping some tea (strawberry pu’ehr from Teavana I think it is), waiting for a casserole to come out of the oven (my first ever casserole), and trying to figure out how to blog from my iPad mini. (I ended up moving to my computer – too annoying.)
As you can see from all the crap on the dining table, the house is an utter disaster due to the fact that we are completing our second round of renovations in one year. Last Thanksgiving we started a gut reno of our upstairs (we have a duplex, the first floor and basement of an older NYC coop building). That finished in early January of this year, and now we have decided to do the basement level.
Renovations are hard even when you are not doing the work. All our belongings from the lower level had to be packed up and moved upstairs and now they are living in our living room and bedroom. Yikes. We are lucky that we are able to renovate the space to be exactly what we want it to be, but boy will I be glad when it is over.
Anyway, here is the casserole I’m waiting for (before it went in the oven):
Cheesy enough I hope. Due to renos and other reasons soon to be disclosed, B and I are trying to eat in more/save money. Also because we both just feel better when we are eating home cooked meals.
To make this casserole (recipe to come) I did some research and decided to mix a bunch of random stuff together. This one is not vegetarian but it is both cheap and easy.
The week has been a busy one. Yesterday we joined a new gym – the 92Y May Center. It’s called the “92Y” but it’s not actually a YMCA. The 92Y is actually more of a JCC that has a fantastic fitness center that anyone is allowed to join. So we did. It’s cheaper than what we were paying at Pure Yoga and it has a pool, a sauna, a steam room, and a ton of classes (including yoga). B is really psyched for all the basketball too. It’s also closer than Pure.
After that we grabbed lunch at Just Salad, grocery-shopped, and headed home for an unplanned nap. When we woke up we went to a BBQ. Great people and great food as usual. Our friend has a smoker and the power even went out because it uses so much electricity. I was too full by the time the pork came out but B tried it and said it was the best thing all night. Oops.
Today I might try to go to the 92Y while B is off recording the final vocal tracks for his band’s first CD. I’m so proud of him!
There is also Meet the Breeds which we have been to the last couple years. The animals are cute and it’s a fun outing. I don’t like the idea of purebreds/breeding dogs, but it is kind of cool to see all the animals. If B gets out early enough we will go.
Aside from that all I have planned is a restorative yoga class and cleaning. Last week I was feeling sort of under the weather and to be honest I’m still not 100% so I want to take it easy.
Whew – long post!
What are you up to on this beautiful fall Sunday?
This morning I was really craving French toast.
I had some delicious bread from Eataly, some farmers’ market eggs to use up, and some leftover organic milk from when I made yogurt last week. (Note to self: must make yogurt again!)
I actually made this same recipe a few days ago, and it was so good that it merited a repeat.
The Simplest Easiest French Toast
- Stale bread (or not stale, but this is great for using up stale bread)
- 1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
- 3 eggs
Mix the milk and eggs together. Soak the bread in the mixture for at least 5 minutes on each side.
Heat the butter or ghee in a pan. With heat on low, cook the soaked bread (poor any extra mixture that didn’t soak in right on top of the slices).
Cook for 6-8 minutes per side. I like to keep a lid on the pan for the first half (3-4 minutes) of each side.
Enjoy with butter and syrup!
Note that you could add some cinnamon (either into the egg mixture or just sprinkled on as it’s cooking), but my husband hates cinnamon and I wanted him to eat this, so I left it out.
I can usually have a little more than a third of this recipe for breakfast – about 2.5 or 3 pieces. The next day when I only have 1 or 1.5 slices left (because Bobby also had a third or more), I will have it along with a yogurt.
What is your favorite breakfast?
I love French toast, waffles, pancakes. I won’t ever eat them in a restaurant because the restaurant can’t make them like my dad can. In a restaurant I will get an omelette or an egg platter – pretty hard to mess up eggs (though it has happened).
Every Sunday morning I go to the farmers’ market. There is one right on the corner of my block. Today I got delicious fresh bread from Bread Alone (Whole Wheat Catskill Bread) and eggs from my favorite organic stand.
In my fridge I have a jar of homemade dill pickles from Maria.
Of course I had to make egg salad.
We each ended up having 2x what you see here. (Bobby’s is the one with sriracha, mine is the regular.)
Simple Egg Salad Sandwiches
- 5 small-medium eggs (if you have bigger eggs, 4 will suffice)
- 3-4 tablespoons mayo (don’t skimp – this is what makes it good)
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- 1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickle
- < 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (you don’t need much; the pickles have salt)
- pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar (optional – if you want more tang)
To hard-boil the eggs: put eggs in a pan in water with ~1 inch of water above them. Turn the heat to high. Once boiling, let it boil for one minute. Remove from heat and let them sit in the hot water for ~15 minutes. Then dunk in ice-cold water for 3-5 minutes. (This makes it easier to take the shell off.) Crack the shell and remove it.
Chop the eggs in small pieces. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Serve on top of fresh bread!
For the rest of the day I think we are going to go out for a walk (Central Park) and then later we are going over to my bridesmaid’s place for dinner out in Brooklyn. Bobby wants to get massages… I might want to get a manicure.
Yesterday we did yoga, got a delivery of cork floor for the basement reno’s, hung out with my sister-in-law, and had a delicious Italian dinner with great company (my coworker + her bf). We ate at San Matteo on the upper east side (just a few blocks from where we live). It is the best pizza you can find outside of Italy, in my opinion.
Do you like egg salad? What do you put in your favorite version?