Monday, October 27, 2014

RECIPE: THAI-STYLE BAKED SWEET POTATOES


The sweet potato has basically become my BFF. Roasted, mashed, or baked in foil, its sweetness hits the spot with either a sprinkling of salt or sugar. I often bake one for dinner and top it with greek yogurt, cheese, green onions, and, duh, hot sauce. But recently I thought I'd take things one step further and drop these toppings on their heads. The result: a Thai-inspired sweet potato. It's perfect for that mood where you want to be rocked to sleep by a comfort food and also have a flavor adventure at the exact same time, a mood which apparently strikes me often.

And the fortune cookies pictured? I know they don't usually accompany Thai food. It's just that my girlfriend and I bought fortune cookies in bulk like any cool people would and we ate them with every single meal until they were gone.


THAI-STYLE BAKED SWEET POTATOES

1. Preheat to 375 and bake two sweet potatoes. My favorite way is to poke holes, massage with olive oil, and rub coarse sea salt on 'em. Then just pop on a baking sheet and bake, no foil necessary!

2. Sauté some veg. I like to toss sesame oil, broccoli, shredded carrots, and minced garlic around for a few minutes.

3. Whip up a sauce:

Thai Peanut Sauce (serves two)
Whisk together:
   - 2 tbsp. sesame oil
   - 2 tbsp. peanut butter
   - 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
   - 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
   - 1/2 tsp soy sauce
   - 2 tbsp plum sauce
   - 1 clove garlic, crushed
   - 1/2 tsp. mustard (optional, adds zing)

* This sauce can be so easily altered. I always keep these ingredients on hand and use them in peanut sauce, but on different days I'm craving slightly different flavors. Want it creamier? Go heavy on the coconut milk. Tangy? Add more garlic and the optional mustard. Nice and sweet? Plum sauce is your everything.

4. Slather your two potatoes in peanut sauce, then top with sautéed veggies, plain greek yogurt, and green onions.

AND THAT'S THAT. 
I recommend eating on the couch, in front of an episode of Transparent.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WARDROBE WISHLIST: TIME TO RE-FRESH

You know, for years I've strictly thrifted for everything clothing-wise. Well, pretty much everything material in my life. I love the thrill of the hunt, and sweet jesus am I good at it. After I rifled through my wardrobe and basically cleared out 75% of it for donations, though, I felt in need of a wardrobe re-fresh. With very few dollars to my name, I'm looking toward the inexpensive Forever 21 to inject a little life into my outfits. Here are some things I have my eye on for purchasing or even just thrifting inspiration. You better believe, though, that after picking up a few new items I'll be right back in the musty aisles of rick-rack and old clothes looking for treasures.

Monday, September 29, 2014

VLOG: A SUMMER WEEK

So long, summertime.
I won't miss your heat but I will love on these little moments
I happened to have my camera handy for.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

THINGS CHARITY ATE: 9/12


01. Lemon-spiked ice water, which tastes extra good in a rapper beer stein.
02. Oatmeal made with raspberries and topped with a splash of milk, granola, and flaked coconut.
03. Homemade tomato soup and blanched broccoli.
04. Grapes, which I'm loving lately.
05. An afternoon coffee with milk.
06. Taco night, the best kind of night.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

SOME GOALS FOR SEPTEMBER

Roy Lichtenstein's Cherry Pie, 1962
Bring on the S-E-P-T, bring Fall closer to me. Here's what I'm gonna be up to this month.

01. Work with a graphic designer on a logo for my upcoming business adventure
02. Practice a yoga sequence three times per week
03. Treat myself to the makeup and skincare products I've been out of for ages
04. Take the artisan bread class my love bought me a ticket to (yes!)
05. Snip my hair into bangs again, because I can't stop thinking of them
06. Get lost in a big, good book
07. Get to the nearest drive in (I'm coming for you, Illinois)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AND THEY CALL IT BURGER LOVE: NATIONAL BURGER DAY

artwork found here
Let's all band together today in the name of burgers. Both veggie and meat. Glorious, American goodness with a side of fries. Mine will be the usual veggie, and it may even be store-bought. But it'll be a burger and a celebration wrapped in one. If I do find the time and the energy, though, I will be trying out one of the following mouth-watering recipes...


Oh, and I'll be watching Bob's Burgers for the full experience. I recommend you do the same.