sometimes on sundays or mondays (if i’m not working) i cook up foods to keep in the fridge to make packing lunches quick and easy (and brainless!)
today i cooked spelt berries, wheat berries & a kamut/orzo/mirepoix combo. only the kamut/orzo has seasonings. the spelt & wheat berries are plain so we can put whatever vinaigrette on them. or heat them in a pan and add seasonings.
also baked up a block of extra firm tofu:
drain/press, slice 1/4 inch,
put on baking sheet with olive oil, balsamic vinegar & trader joe’s 21 seasoning salute.
20 minutes @ 350 then flip.
20 more minutes @ 300 then turn the oven off and let rest in there for about a half hour.
if you want the tofu a little drier you can transfer the slices to a rack for the resting time but it’s not necessary. if you don’t have sodium restrictions you might want to add some kosher salt to the tofu after you flip it. i plan to put these slices on salad and i always salt/pepper my greens when i pack my salad up for lunch so i didn’t bake with salt.
this morning my daughter headed off to her first day of 8th grade. hard to believe. and even though i had the WHOLE summer to compose a lunch note, i failed to enclose one in her lunch. not even a scribbled “love you” on torn paper! but i did bake her Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants for breakfast and made an iced vanilla coffee with heart-shaped coffee ice cubes to go along with!
what i would miss:
2. cream cheese (make your own!)
i would especially miss a bagel with cream cheese and a little honey on top alongside a crispy fried egg!
(had plans to insert an image here of a fried egg but, you know, fried eggs don’t seem very photogenic so i’m just going to skip that.)
after a gorgeous morning thunderstorm that was nice and windy but a little too short, we got started on watching some Olympics coverage. now it’s time for a quick double decker BLT lunch with yellow tomatoes from the neighbor’s garden.
friends brought City Barbque to the hangar. Corn pudding is the best!
My daughter made this Jello Frosting yesterday (found on pinterest) and it was so good! She made the cake Strawberry and used Raspberry Gelatin for the frosting. The only problem was that yesterday was pretty warm and the top layer sort of slid off the bottom layer as we transported it to the airport. I recommend keeping the cake in the fridge!
these were my daughter’s class valentines. we wanted to go with something sort of eco-friendly. we didn’t but any new supplies for these…just used bits from past years. (the andes mints were fresh, though.) the idea was to pop the cloud and get a little burst of minty freshness.
made up of: black construction paper, stitched on machine; tissue paper cloud; printed sentiment; andes mint. the backs had her signature, little recycling triangles and foam hearts (not very eco-friendly but we were using things up!)
since the house is clean and the larder is stocked i made bagels! i have made bagels several times but this most recent method i found resulted in great bagels.
helpful cooking tips/acronyms for you: ABEP and EGIAQ!*
*always bake extra potatoes and everything’s good in a quiche