Whose Turn to Cook?
June 22, 2011

For the past two weeks Stephen, Julia and myself have been taking turns in the kitchen each night. Last week we indulged in home-made quesadillas, chicken fried rice, spicy chicken chili, Panang Curry, and tonight’s dinner menu is just as exciting ~ Spicy Peanut & Ginger Pork. Let’s just say our kitchen has been getting lots of love 🙂

Julia's kickin' quesadillas were UH-mazing 🙂

But on occasion, our kitchen is closed and we are out and about searching for new restaurants to try. Over the weekend we tried a new restaurant at the Jomtien Tower. Stephen and I had been curious about this one for awhile now. This panoramic rotating restaurant sits on the 52nd floor overlooking all of Pattaya and Jomtien.

The views were amazing – not to mention watching people fly past the window was pretty cool too!

~Back to the kitchen~

Julia and I made a chocolate mint cheesecake last night for another teacher’s birthday at school today.

And oh my GAWD….thank goodness we were forced to share or else we would have devoured it on the way to school – no joke! With so many birthdays and end of the year school celebrations…sweet treats are like second nature at this school. However, many treats end up looking quite different after the kids get a hold of them…hence this sweet & salty cupcake!

On that note…it’s time to eat! I’ll catch ya later! Hope you’re having a great week 🙂

 

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Pasta & Pepperonata
April 27, 2011

Last night’s dinner was a Pasta & Pepperonata. Okay fine…I just happened to see the recipe on the back of the bag of pasta before boiling the noodles. But it turned out we had all the ingredients so I was up for the challenge!

Along with my spiral noodles, the sauce consisted of tomatoes, veggies and some spicy seasonings.

Pasta & Veggie Mixture:

  • 1 large red pepper diced
  • l onion, sliced
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 canned tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Along with these ingredients I added some crushed red pepper (chili) flakes for more of a kick. After mixing the pasta and noodles, I topped it with Parmesan cheese.

Keepin’ it healthy! It was very tasty, needless to say I left room for seconds. Stephen and I have been cooking dinner for the past week and we are excited to dine out tonight! Hope your ‘hump day’ is off to a good start! 🙂

Craving Chocolate Lava!
April 7, 2011

The perfect after school treat - in moderation of course 🙂

I fell in love with this Molten Lava Chocolate Cupcake when I first bought it 2 weeks ago from vendors at school. Ever since then I have had a craving for another one. Today I decided to share the love and buy two – one for me and one for Stephen (he was lucky his cupcake made it home if you know what I mean). As soon as you bite into it, ooey gooey chocolate oozes out from the center – hence the “lava” – and heaven in my mouth.

Heaven in my mouth - admit it, you'd cheat on your diet for that 🙂

Last night we made spaghetti & meatballs. In my best italian accent, “These are some-a spicy a-meatballs!” Our meatballs consisted of garlic, onions, red chili, bread crumbs & a bit of water. With a sprinkle of Parmesan on top, our italian meatballs were a success.

Now from one dinner to the next! Tonight’s dinner I decided to whip up some pancakes after American Idol. I was excited for a breakfast dinner since my breakfast usually involves eating something quick on the go. Growing up my sisters and I loved putting sprinkles in our pancakes – crazy colorful and fun! So lucky for me we had sprinkles in our pantry. Stephen opted for chocolate chips, another favorite 🙂

Dressed to Dish!

Breakfast is ready! Pancakes & Scrambled Eggs

My black and white attire came together nicely with my new necklace. I bought it from school the other day and could not wait to wear it. Food Vendors I love but the next best thing? We had someone come in to sell jewelry, clothes & accessories on Tuesday…why don’t American schools do this?! Okay but back to the pancakes!

What a beautiful sight 🙂

Oh breakfast how I’ve missed you

Such a nice change to my quick peanut butter toast in the morning! But if I must be completely honest…I’m already looking forward to next week’s chocolate lava cupcake – it’s the little things in life 😉 Needless to say I think I’ve found my weakness in chocolate lava.

I’m curious what’s your food weakness? You know you have one – that food that you lose all willpower to when it confronts you…please share, or at least make me feel a lil better about my food weakness! 🙂

Food Fanatic
April 4, 2011

We have a holiday on Wednesday which means it’s a 4 day work week  – needless to say my Monday is off to a good start 🙂 Before I carry on about my day, I must share with you the deliciousness that was our dinner last night. I give full credit to Stephen as he cooked one of the best omelettes I’ve EVER had.

Pork Omelette ~ Filled with Cheddar Cheese, Bacon & Spinach

Ingredients: Diced Pork, Chopped Bacon & Spinach

Definitely cannot forget the cheese!

First bite!

Yum Yum Yum!

I feel like my day today has revolved around food. After reminiscing over last night’s yummy dinner, buying food from vendors at school, getting a “Dressed to Dish” picture of some friends eating at Panera back home & catching up on some food magazines….I’ve come to the realization I am a FOOD FANATIC all the way. Whether I am eating, cooking, watching “food” related TV shows, or reading about food, I am the poster child for an “Obsessed Foodie”. After getting that off my chest…let’s continue 🙂

Dressed to Dish Girls!

I was beyond excited when I came across this picture in my inbox this morning! Thank you to Nicole for sending in the Dressed to Dish pic! My two friends Stephanie and Ashley are not only fashionably dressed while dining at one of my favorite restaurants back home – aka Panera – but they are eating my favorite Panera dish and wearing my favorite accessory. Favorite Dish? Broccoli & Cheese Soup. Favorite Accessory? The White Watch!

For dinner tonight we have home-made lasagna ~ probably my best buy so far from the school vendors 🙂 We paired it with a light salad, a slice of french bread & a glass of red wine. Can my food-filled day get much better?! The answer is yes! I get to relax tonight and enjoy reading the Food network Magazine & cookbook I bought over the weekend.

I hope you are off to a good start to the week! Take my advice…become a “food fanatic”…it’s kinda a lot of fun 🙂

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