Tonight’s post is inspired by JerBear:
Um…YEP. Me too. And I too have a few FACTS to share with you on this fine Monday evening. (And you’ve gotta say it in a Dwight Schrute voice.)
FACT: This is my new favorite way to cook sweet potatoes.
Bisect. Place flesh side down on a pan lined with foil and brushed with olive oil. Bake at 400* for 30 minutes or until ridiculously tender and caramelized on the bottom. Devour.
FACT: Good things come in small packages. See this tiny little thing of Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream? Isn’t it cute?
It has 350 calories. Didn’t stop me from shoveling it in to my slack-jawed mouth in about four bites, but still. Wow.
FACT: I am awesome at Bunco. The hubs and I were up in Illinois for the weekend doing some inlaw stuff and I played this ridiculous game for the first time. And was awesome at it. (It doesn’t take any skill whatsoever. Which probably explains why I am awesome at it.) (And also…HAI new family people who might be reading!)
FACT: I am now the proud holder of a Wake County Public Libraries Card. (Hey, Real Librarian – aren’t you proud?)
Get this: there are books you can take for free. As long as you return them a couple of weeks later. Why was I not informed of this sooner? Oh, the things you learn when your income goes to zero!
FACT: I also have a North Carolina plate on my car! Finally! But it was a bitter fight to get the old plate off.
Screw you, stupid corroded screw. It took a flathead, a Phillips, a wrench, a set of pliers, and thirty minutes of swearing to get that stripped sucker out. And now my new NC plate is hanging by one screw. Should probably do something about that.
FACT: I have a cat who thinks she is an otter.
If only I could teach her to harvest clams and mussels. I’d make a bitchin’ Ciopinno.
FACT: I love bacon. Even on a night when I had mentally committed to a light dinner, I ended up with a bacony feast.
That’s Pancetta on top of yet another won-ton cup creation. Crispy, smoky, delicious Pancetta. I…have an addiction.
Today’s EAT: Are you sick of won-ton wrappers yet? I still have more to use up! Honestly, I’m impressed that they’ve held up so long. Won-tons of steel!
Tonight’s creation was, to put it bluntly, absolutely delicious. Pear, fig jam, goat cheese and Pancetta cups.
(I balanced the richness by only having three of them, and filling up on half a yam and a big arugula salad, too.)
However. As phenomenal as the flavors in this were, I am going to experiment more before calling it an actual recipe. There was one problem: leakage. The melted fig jam and juices from the pears ran all over my fingers upon biting into these tasty little cups. Not a problem if you’re eating dinner alone while standing at your kitchen counter (ahem), but kind of awkward if you’re at a party or something. And since I think these would be great party h’ors d’oeuvres, I’m going to try to get rid of the juice problem in a future iteration.
But, really? If you’re eating alone in your pajamas and don’t care about having sticky mess on your chin? Go for it. Because the combination of flavors is out of this world.
At a minimum, at least pick up this Fig Jam if they have it at your Target.
Full of tender figs, just like me. And also, half the price (and just as tasty) as the pricy Whole Foods version.
Today’s DRINK: I was excited when I saw this Hogue Chardonnay on sale at Fresh Market. 89 Wine Spectator points and 9 bucks? Worth a shot!
Honestly, it’s just okay. It’s a little watery. Maybe my palate has just been ruined by the overpowering buttery sweetness of uber-cheap Chards, but….I kind of like things that are buttery and sweet. I could see this pairing well with a very light seafood dish, but with my Pancetta concoction? Weak. Too weak.
Today’s RUN: Crankle still says no. Overall it is feeling a lot better, but I still get little twinges here and there, and I’m committed to waiting this one out. I want this thing to heal, and then not to have to deal with it again.
I got a couple of semi-decent workouts in over the weekend: recumbent bike (ugh), some upper body weights. Today I went for a boot-camp-style workout of my own making, performed in my living room. 45 minutes of nonstop push-ups, hold-squats, planks and side-planks, arm circles, etc. It was actually pretty hard and I’m curious to see how my body feels tomorrow! I was exhausted and sweating profusely by the end.
Today’s QUESTION: Tell me a random FACT about your weekend or your Monday!