Posts Tagged ‘vegetarian’

Simple Egg Salad Sandwiches {Recipe}

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

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  • 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?

{Inspired} Maple Tahini Cookies

The other day Heather posted about some tahini cookies and I wanted to try them. She was inspired by Cookies & Crafts.

Maple Tahini Cookies

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(They did taste better than they look.)


  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1.25 cup flour (I used buckwheat farinetta)
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Mix everything together. Scoop onto a greased baking sheet (heaping soup spoon of batter for each cookie?). Try to put them farther apart than I did. I didn’t want to dirty two pans but I should have because they expanded. Bake at 350F for 8-9 minutes. Eat.

These were good. Next time I will make them with regular flour as buckwheat farinetta tends to have a bit of an odd flavor that not everyone likes. (I like it, but for example, Bobby does not.) I might add some coconut flakes too. Yum.

I have actually not been in the mood for sweets at all lately. These cookies are not overly sweet, but I ended up taking what I couldn’t eat in to work for my coworkers. I also made recently a delicious “muffin bread” that is gluten free and not that sweet either. I will share it later this week.

What’s your favorite kind of cookie?

I think mine is… really rich sugar cookies. Mmm. Almost like biscuits.

In other news, we started renovating our downstairs. My house is a disaster area because we had to bring all of our belongings up onto the first floor (we have a basement + first floor duplex) and everything is now piled and perched precariously in the living room and bedroom. I just finished going through some clothes that we dumped in our bedroom and I made a nice pile to give away or sell. My friend recommended so I might try using that. (ETA: I am now on Tradesy: {HERE}.)

Can’t believe that just ~10 months ago we were doing the same but to the upstairs! That was supposed to take 2 weeks and ended up being almost 2 months. I am expecting this project to take about a month. It should take <2 weeks and it’s a simpler job than the upstairs, but when renovating you always have to add in time for unexpected issues. Some of which we have already found icon smile {Inspired} Maple Tahini Cookies I will post before and afters at some point.

Bhakti Immersion Retreat 2013

I have really been MIA lately. One reason: I was on a yoga retreat for 4 days the weekend before last. We did the same retreat last August and loved it so of course we signed up as soon as registration opened this year.

I took no pictures because we left our phones in our cabin the whole time – completely technology-free weekend. It was wonderful!

Here is one picture via Instagram (Bobby and I are in there, not sure if you can see…)

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Bobby is in a black sweatshirt behind the girl with the yellow scarf. I’m to his right in a grey sweatshirt behind the girl with a red plaid scarf. We went with another couple who are into yoga just as much as we are – Bobby’s coworker and his girlfriend. We all loved it!

This was definitely not your typical yoga retreat – it could be very spiritual, but also very much “take what you want and leave the rest” at the same time. I would say about half the people there were there for the spiritual part and half for the yoga. It was a great mix of very kind and warm people.

Incredible teachers:

All 3 yoga teachers were amazing – each offering something different but valuable. I listened to a couple talks by the two swamis, who were both inspiring and wise. We learned to play the harmonium with Gaura Vani, who was so talented. Bobby and I took 2 workshops in “Marma Therapy” (ayurvedic massage) with the ayurvedic practitioners. Marma and yoga were definitely the highlights of the retreat for me.

pumpkin hollow salad Bhakti Immersion Retreat 2013

Buffet line + salad bar! (Source)

At the retreat we were treated to 3 vegetarian buffet meals a day. Most of the food was grown on the grounds of the retreat center (Pumpkin Hollow Farm in Craryville, NY – about 2 hours north of the city). It was delicious and Bobby and I totally overate the entire time. But neither one of us came back even a pound heavier, so we must have been burning it off with the 2x a day yoga sessions.

Here is a video from last year’s retreat.

Another reason I have been MIA – I have been working on a new project! I’ll share soon.

What have you been up to lately? Have you ever done a yoga retreat?

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