Chris and I made dinner together in our usual Sunday night tradition. I had the idea of making “Mozzarella en Carrozza”, which translates to “Mozzarella In A Carriage”, which is really just a glorified grilled cheese sandwich IMO. You basically soak two pieces of sandwich bread in milk, layer fresh mozzarella in between, dip it in egg, then throw it into a bath of breadcrumbs. And then fry it up. Mine lacked flavor but with a little salt and marinara sauce, it became quite tasty.
At the start of the fry. I used panko instead of regular bread crumbs.
Once it got golden and crisp and oh-so-pretty.
Sliced into four uneven triangles.
First you hold it up.
Then you take a few bites.
Then you eat it all with a smile.
Chris threw together a delicious chicken, lemon, herb and balsamic dish. He’s good like that. He started out cooking lemons in the All Clad.
Then he threw in some chicken.
Added some balsamic, olive oil and herbs and then the chicken started to look like this. Then off to the oven it went to roast and broil.
While the chicken was roasting, I started on a spinach feta quiche using frozen spinach and leftover feta cheese. I added egg, breadcrumbs, half and half and a pinch of pepper flakes along with the usual salt and pepper. The pie crust is some wheat kind that’s pretty darn finger lickin’ good.
I try to be a good hostess when guests stay from out of town. When Chris’ good friend, Luke, came in from Seattle and spent a night at the house, I had a welcome basket ready for him (complete with homemade chocolate chip cookies and a bottle of Newcastle beer.) Adding a little hang tag on anything gives it that extra special touch.
Gotta love that song by the Bangles. Something about the flame of a candle and the glow it omits makes any ordinary desk seem so warm and home-y.
Well, my heart at least. These were from the holidays – old pics I just dug up. Instead of gifting the usual, I decided to roll my sleeves up, throw an apron on, and get to work in the kitchen baking like a madwoman. The result? Tons of delectable delights, including homemade cinnamon rolls with mascarpone frosting made from scratch. My greatest joy came from cruising on down to Michael’s Arts & Crafts to snap up cellophane and wrapping paper for these goodies. I felt like Martha Stewart.
We got a new coffee machine from the sample sale. It’s a slick looking KRUPS that has a Burr coffee grinder at the top. Unfortunately, it’s missing some parts…just one of the many things to look out for when you go to a kitchenware/appliances sample sale The good news, however, is that we have three french presses, another coffee machine, three coffee grinders, and an awesome BREVILLE espresso machine as a backup. Yes, we love our coffee.
OK I admit, I’m not the healthiest person. I mean, for the majority of the time, I try to be. For one thing, I’m vegetarian so I don’t eat any type of meat except fish (and I’ve pretty much cut out eggs and all dairy). I try to eat fresh foods everyday and I never touch soda or chips. On the other hand, I’m known to have the WORST sweet tooth EVER. I’d rather not eat my dinner just to enjoy dessert. I know. BAD MELISSA. Today was no exception. My lunch consisted of Chris’ leftover Bloody Mary and a fun size Baby Ruth candy bar. Uh…I promise to be better tomorrow.
My dad gifted me his beautiful vintage 1976 35mm Canon camera, which is still in pristine condition. Not only that, but dad is giving me photography lessons every week. How lucky am I?
Believe it or not, I have never been to New York. I was born in Hong Kong, raised in SoCal, and went back to HK to live for 6 years before returning to the motherland for good. I hear NY is a less-packed Hong Kong but still full of energy and non-stop buzz. I am so excited because on Monday, I’ll be going there on a business trip and it’s going to be OFF THE HOOK. Not only do I get to travel with my two best friends who I also work with, but I’ve already mapped out some of the places I want to visit. This culinary melting pot awaits…and I am thrilled to finally be able to go there. On my list so far:
- Crumbs NYC
- Sant Ambroeus
- The Spotted Pig
- Please Don’t Tell
- Russ & Daughters
- Kyotofu NYC
- Any good pizza joint
- Chloe 81
Now that Chris owns a house, we’re big on landscaping and decorating. He’s appointed me his interior designer so we’ve spent the past few months examining fabric swatches, color charts, etc. Right now, we’re working on revamping his backyard. He LOVES plants…big, beautiful plants that exude a tropical feel. I love the feel of the home below – it’s SoCal casual with a Spanish touch. Total inspiration for us.
Fruits are amazing. They make the best breakfast. Especially with a glass of freshly squeezed OJ.
A hazelnut tart. Saw this on someone’s Flickr. Want it…NOW.
Went to a tequila tasting/fundraiser/client meeting last night – took a quick snapshot of what Jenn had on her plate. Not the most appetizing (visually) but it was darn good to eat! Fried calamari, mini pizzas, caprese towers, bruschetta…and for sweets, they had profiteroles (one of my favorite and easiest things to make!)
These pics are from our Cinco de Mayo camping trip. Chris’ friends, Dom and Dani, always invite us so we all gather at Leo Carillo to eat s’mores and pretend we’re living out in the wild.
Pics from Vegas when we went at the end of January 2009. Stayed at the Encore, which was AWESOME because it was still in the “brand new” phase. I’m obsessed with Steve Wynn now. Especially since he poked a hole in one of his Picasso paintings on accident. I mean, only a rich rich rich guy can do that and shrug it off, right???!!!
Here I am, snapping away on the camera in our room.
AAHHHH! I’m gonna fall out the window!!
Guilty of eating dessert crepes in bed.
Tales of the traveling feet.
It was Chinese New Year so the lobby was decked out with red lanterns, a HUGE dragon and twinkly lights.
Being in <3 is kinda gross, huh?
I bought a miniature deep fryer this weekend from the cooking.com sample sale because A) it was a major bargain and B) I like to pretend I’m at carnivals and fairs where they serve up greasy fried foods. So it was an obvious choice to take cheese, panko the hell out of it, and fry it up. The result? Crispy, gooey, cheesey heaven with a side of marinara sauce.
We’re starting an herb garden because when you buy a house in California, you get a nice hefty backyard with it (just one of the great things about Cali so don’t be hatin’ on us, New Yorkers!) Here’s a makeshift little planter that Chris is building and the beginning of what’s gonna be the dopest herb (no, not that kind of herb) shelving unit EVER.
These are from New Years Day – we went over to our friends, Meghann and Kevin’s house to have a post New Years Eve breakfast. We made Giada de Laurentiis’ bomb “pizza di spaghetti”, which is basically leftover spaghetti noodles fried up with an egg and cheese batter. You slice it up like a pizza and it is d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s.
What we were working with
The noodles with bits of ham infused in there
After the egg batter starts frying up, it looks like this
Megs’ potato bfast dish in action
Pastriesandbacon.com now belongs to us! Yay, we love domains.
One of my favorite happy hour spots, Zu Robata on Wilshire, is closed (sad face!) Where else will I find generous portions of super fresh sushi for only $3/roll + deliciously strong drinks?!
Check out my facebook profile pic. When you don’t have money for ad dollars, you gotta go back to basics. By the way, trying to write backwards to take this picture on Photo Booth was no easy task! Pat on the back for getting it done in two takes.
I’m kind of obsessed with knives in a non-creepy, non-threatening way. I believe a good knife is worth the investment…just like a pair of perfectly fitted jeans or indestructible boots. I don’t know about you but nothing irritates me more than trying to slice a tomato with a dull knife and getting mashed pulp and a deformed tomato as a result. So you can imagine how ecstatic I was when Chris and I found, not one, but two amazing knives at the sample sale this weekend. FOR 75% OFF.
Global Chef’s Knife
A Shun Ken Onion Paring Knife. I could just gaze at this for hours and hours. I’m kind of weird like that.
Yesterday our friend had us over for dinner: Hickory smoked brisket, garlic bread, avocado/apple salad, and feta-stuffed salmon. We decided to ride our bikes over to his house since he lived close enough and it would be a nice way to work off some calories after dinner.
Off we go!
Me on last year’s bday present – a matte black beach cruiser complete with a little bell and basket.
This morning was the cooking.com sample sale. We hit up Denny’s in Ontario for breakfast. Hey now, don’t judge.
I had “pancake puppies” – otherwise known as doughnut balls.
Chris had the epitome of the sweet/salty breakfast: eggs, bacon and hash brown layered on top of a pancake, then smothered with syrup. Gross and weird and delicious at the same time.
Melt three different kinds of cheeses in pot.
Mix with white wine and garlic.
Mop it up with a piece of toasted baguette.
Eat with gusto.
Repeat all of the above.
Jenn, Nicole and I went to Hama Sushi in Venice
The crab cakes – YUM
Introducing Red Stripe
Weekends are a great excuse to do nothing but cook random things and eat.
Fried ravioli and mini cheese puffs.
I had the chance to pick blackberries from Jenn and Nicole’s backyard up in A-town, Washington. Their parents own 5 acres of crazy land. It was so much fun picking fresh blackberries in our old sweatpants and dirty hair.
FOV. Fresh off the vine.
My bowl. ‘Sup.
Jenn stole all of Nicole’s blackberries.
Last August, Chris surprised me with a trip to Cambria, CA which is close to Paso Robles which is where all the wineries are which can only mean SO MUCH FUN.
On our drive up north, we stopped at Tio Alberto’s in San Luis Obispo. Chris loves mexican food. And he really loves Tio Alberto’s.
Here’s us in the parking lot of 7-11. Hi.
We stayed in a quaint B&B by the beach. Ain’t she purdy?
Dinner that night we arrived was GOOD. Chris made funny faces at the table.
And I had this incredible seared tofu dish. Yeah, I said tofu. I’m vegetarian – sorry, carnivores.
The next morning we stopped at the beach, where I posed with driftwood and my cup of coffee.
Then, off to Hearst Castle for a bit. I’m sure you’ve seen pics of the place but I thought this one was funny. It looks like homeboy is peeing in the pool.
The interior was insane. I wish I had a library like this. Chris looks like whoa.
Next stop. WINE TASTING. Heck yeah. Here is winery #1.
….and winery #4
A SUPER strong martini from The Edison in Los Angeles. This was before I stopped drinking martinis all together. More on that later.
Funnel cake dessert from SW Steakhouse at the Wynn in Vegas. Need I say more?