Babies and fancy foods

Babies and fancy foods

This is a picture of my daughter at 13mo eating a Petit Four. She is such a dainty little girl.  I’m not being sexist, really, she doesn’t care for the beach, dirt or rough housing with her friend Matthew.  She prefers looking over her dolls, reading her picture books, and eating, preferably with a spoon.  On Mother’s Day weekend my mom and I picked up some Petit Fours and chocolate covered strawberries from our local Publix and presented them to my daughter. She loved the Petit Four.  I’m thinking her next birthday might be a tea party… Is it too far in the future for me to plan? 

Gyros

Gyros

I love gyros. But you knew that! My family has a long history of loving Greek food. 

The other day my wonderful husband took me to Western Beef (Sandalfoot & 441) and I found everything I need to make gyros! This morning I made my usual Cuban coffee, and then I happily prepared my own homemade gyro! Recipe below.

Side note: how cute is my baby bump here? 

What you’ll need: 

  • Pita bread
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Chicken (or lamb or beef)
  • Tahini (you can make this from scratch but I don’t).
  • Lettuce (I like romaine). 
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Garlic (to taste)
  • 1 TSP Olive oil
  • Note: I also add homemade hummus, although it could be the pregnancy).

What you do:

  1. Heat up your pita – this makes it easiee to work with.
  2. If you’re pregnant like me spread hummus all over.
  3. Slice up the cucumbers and tomatoes and add them. 
  4. Chop up your chosen meat and add them.
  5. Add bits of lettuce.
  6. Add seasoning.
  7. Drizzle tahini over it all.
  8. Fold into itself and wrap in tin foil. 
  9. Open at lunch and enjoy!
Southern Fried Apples

Southern Fried Apples

Perfect as an addition to breakfast, or an after dinner snack, I’ve been making southern fried apples since I was an 11 year old in Philly. Back then of course I was just fooling around in the kitchen, but I later learned my “soft sweet apples” were Southern Fried Apples in disguise. 

What you’ll need:

  • 1-2 Granny Smith apples 
  • 1-2 TBS cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 TBS butter

What you’ll do:

  1. Melt butter in a pot
  2. Add cinamon & sugar
  3. Peel & slice apple(s)
  4. Add apples to sugar mixture
  5. Stir
  6. Cover and let simmer over medium heat.
  7. After about 10 minutes the sugar should be melted and the apples soft.
  8. Plate and enjoy! 
Pregnancy Food – 12 weeks

Pregnancy Food – 12 weeks

Normally I try to eat healthy. My husband is a personal trainer / bodybuilder and I try to be as healthy as possible. Well, when I’m not expecting. When I am, I eat small quantities of whatever I want. 

Today I want ramen noodle with peanut butter. I cook it in chicken broth and I add veggies and 2 TBS of peanut butter. This groses put my husband amd my parents. 

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten while pregnant? 

Mediterranean Easter – Vegetarian

Mediterranean Easter – Vegetarian

This Easter since my husband is preparing for a bodybuilding competition in the summer, I opted to make a vegetarian Easter meal. 

1. Rice

2. Steamed carrots

3. Lentils

4. Hummus & Matzo

5. My Flan 

How do you do Easter dinner? 

Bonus: Hummus recipe

 What you’ll need:

  • 2 TBSp Lemon juice 
  • 2 TBSp virgin olive oil 
  • 4 TBSp water
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin 
  • 1 lb can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  1. Blend ingredients. (It works best if you use a food processor, if you don’t a mortar and pestle works, or even a blender, if you blend a little at a time and are careful not to make it too liquidy).
  2. After blending garnish with parsley and enjoy!

    But God raised him to life on the third day. Then God allowed him to appear, not to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses. We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.”

    Acts 10:40‭-‬41 NLT

    Munster Cheese: The Power of Memory

    Munster Cheese: The Power of Memory

    Yesterday my mother went to the store and came home with some munster cheese and crackers for my daughter. As the three of us sat down to snack, I took a bite and was reminded of my Colombian grandfather. He loves this cheese. 

    When I was a little girl my grandfather worked at a ceramics factory from 7am until 3pm every day for 40 yrs. He would pick up the groceries from a little super market on his way home from work. Often times he would have freshly baked bread, and a huge brick of munster cheese. He would slice the cheese, then place it on a piece of fresh bread. He’d hand it to me, my sisters, and my two uncles who were still in highschool when I was growing up. Isn’t it amazing how just the process of eating cheese can bring back this memory? The experts say smell is closely associated with memory, so its interesting that so many memories can be tied to food.

    Munster cheese is a mild cheese, oftentimes cut paper thin and either served on bread or crackers. It has a sweet aftertaste, unless melted. In my opinion munster cheese is the worst cheese for grilled cheese, however if it is fresh, its perfect to be eaten as is.

    Do you have a favorite cheese?