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It’s Been A Long While…

It’s been a long while.  A very long while.  Almost two months in fact.  I’ve got to be honest, the winter gives me food blues.  Fresh produce is hard to come by and what is there seems to be on continuous repeat.  As much as I loved my farm share, by the last few times, I wanted to run away screaming, “NO MORE ROOT VEGETABLES!!”

Despite my secret wish to throw a tantrum, I don’t know what I would have done without that farm share.  It’s always a comfort to know that your vegetables are coming from a farm with good solid practices that you believe in.  Not to mention that they are local.

We are now officially into spring and that in between time of the year when there is no farm share and the warm has not yet arrived.  It is still snowing here.  In fact we had persistent flurries all of last week.

I spent a good part of the winter being cold and miserable.  I don’t think I could hack it in those middle states that have persistent below zero temperatures in the winter.  I managed to pull myself out of my winter funk a couple weeks ago to make theses fantastically tasty breakfast burritos.

Now, a couple of notes.  For one, I did not eat them for breakfast.  Well, I might have, but I found them more suitable for lunch and dinner.

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When I made the filling, I only used onions and dumped in whatever spices I had on hand.  There is a reason I named my blog Funny Eater.  The second time I made this recipe, I made them with my sister and instead of ground beef, she made a fantastic filling with chicken.  Moral of the story, you can make a batch of whatever you want to put inside the wrappers and just dump the yokes in to keep everything sort of stuck together.

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These photos are not the prettiest photos because I was up late one night in my very tiny, florescent-light lit kitchen making these guys.  I think this is the last time I ate well.  I told you, I’m having a major crisis in the food department.

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At least, making these tasty guys got me out of my gluten-free Annie’s Mac and Cheese on repeat routine.  Hopefully, now that I’ve stopped that I can shake off this winter blah and move onto better eats.

Now, it’s your turn.  Go make these “burritos.”  You’ll be making them over and over again because that’s how good they are.

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Warm Seafood Salad

Remember me?  Considering I haven’t posted in eons, I won’t be offended if you don’t remember me, but I’m trying to get back into blogging.  It’s been sort of a crazy bunch of months and I’m trying to turn crazy into organized busy.  Not exactly the easiest thing to do when you’re freezing cold and trying to stay warm while keeping your heating bills from bankrupting you.

While we’re on the subject of cold, let’s talk salads.  I like salads when someone else makes a tasty one for me, but beyond that, I’m not a huge salad fan.  Why?  Well, the whole process of washing greens is a chilly endeavor.  Even thinking about washing salad greens makes me cold.  Add in below freezing temperatures and you’ll find me starving and malnourished under a pile of blankets in my apartment.

Well, fear not, I’m not starving or malnourished currently because I found a solution to cold salads…warm salads!  Genius, right??

Okay, maybe not.  For the record I did not wash the greens myself.  I trusted Olivia’s Organics on the cleanliness of their washing.  My sister said they had the best washing practices, so I just went with it.  I didn’t do my neurotic look it up and then still not trust them and wash the greens again thing that I usually do.  Technically, I think you should always rewash greens because that whole triple washing stuff hasn’t always turned out so nicely for everyone (ahem, food poisoning).

Anyway, let’s get on with the show.  May I present to you, warm seafood salad.

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Now, if you know me at all, you’ll know that I’m more of a fly by the seat of your pants type of cook and well, measurements aren’t really in my vocabulary most of the time.  (This explains why it takes me months to actually get around to trying recipes…I hate the idea of measuring stuff out that much.)  In any case, I’ll try to give you the run down on this delicious salad that I ate for both my meals today.

Warm Seafood Salad

Salad greens of your choice – I used pre-washed baby romaine from Olivia’s Organics

Coconut oil – About a half a tablespoon, you can add more or less depending on your preference.

Frozen shrimp – As many or as few as you want.  I tend to make 4-6 of them.

Frozen sea scallops – Again, how ever many as you want.  I like to make between 3-5 scallops.

Sea Salt

Black Pepper

Penzeys Fines Herbes – This is an herb blend of chervil, minced parsley, chopped chives and tarragon.  You can always make your own blend or just leave this out.  Up to you.

Directions:

  1. Wash your greens.  When I actually do wash my greens I like to wash them and then let them sit in a colander so the water can drain off.  I do not have a salad spinner.  (There is barely room enough for me in my current kitchen.)  If you do have a spinner, by all means, spin away.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Add the frozen shrimp and scallops to the pan, sprinkle your salt, pepper, and herbs on top.  Use your discretion about how much salt, pepper, and herbs to sprinkle.
  4. Cover the pan and let the shrimps and scallops cook.
  5. After about 5-7 minutes, turn the shrimp and scallops over and let cook another 5 minutes.  Please use your discretion with cooking time, as everyone’s stove is different and the cooking time will also vary depending on the size of your seafood.
  6. Once seafood is cooked to your liking, plate your greens and then place your shrimp and scallops on top.  Drizzle the liquid that has accumulated in the pan over the entire salad.

*Notes: You will see some avocados in my photo because I like avocados with everything.  Feel free to add whatever other salad items you like – tomatoes, cheese, peppers, mushrooms, etc.*

That’s all there is to it.  Simple, easy, tasty.  And best of all, warm.  I love this salad because I get a little bit of a dressing for the salad from the cooking.  No extra work needed.

I should warn you though, that if you don’t like seafood, this might not be the salad for you.  If you do, go for it, full steam ahead.

I hope that everyone is having a great start to 2013 and staying warm and healthy.  (Cool and healthy for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere and persistently warm climates.)

Till next time…


Bison Steak Breakfast

It’s a rainy Sunday morning and I feel like holing up and enjoying the quiet of the weekend.  Breakfast was simple with leftover cauliflower and a quick stovetop cooking of a bison steak.  I put some garlic in the pan for flavor.

As lazy as I feel, I need to go find some vegetables.  I’m okay for protein with eggs, ground goat, and ground rabbit from the farmers market yesterday.

Well, off to enjoy my Sunday.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday.


Paleo Lunch

And here we have lunch from today:

Chicken, sweet onion, escarole, bell peppers

Some chicken off a rotisserie chicken with chopped sweet vidalia onions, escarole, and colorful bell peppers.  I threw some toasted almonds on top for some crunch and flavor, but it’s good with or without nuts.

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Left over bell peppers got chopped up and went into the fridge for later.

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