Where does the time go??
I’ve had such a busy couple of weeks! I am saying that as if it’s an exception. But of course it isn’t. How is it that we find ourselves busy all the time? I think for me, a little bit of chaos encourages productivity. I am have to feel the rush in order to keep moving and achieving the next thing on my to-do list.
But still, I find it valid to say that I reeallyyy have been busy these last few weeks. I went to Florida the last weekend of March! For a little reunion of Tom’s college friends. It was SO nice to have a little tropical getaway (Tampa is tropical for a Chicago girl), and it was so nice to spend some quality time with Tom away from the distractions of, well, our lives back here in DC. Pesky life always getting in the way! Then this past weekend, my family came to town for Easter festivities together. It was fun having them around–and of course trying out more fun places to eat in DC.
We went to Casa Luca on Friday night, due to its high praise, as well as the fact that it has GF pasta! Oh. my. goodness. SO good! My mushroom pasta was divine, as were the vegetable side dishes we ordered (couldn’t pass up the asparagus with bechemel sauce). Our starter, the charcuterie and cheese platters, may have been the highlight. Finger-lickin good!
On Saturday, we went to Birch & Barley, where Tom’s good buddy is actually the sous chef. My family was so impressed by this restaurant. I love their modern, yet approachable dishes. We ordered an assortment of fluke, duck breast, gluten free flatbread, pork, and risotto. Yum, yum, yum! And they have such a selection of ciders, so it was fun to try new labels we’d never heard of.
On Sunday, we brunched at Napoleon in Adams Morgan. It’s a nice neighborhood spot with classic French flair. They even have gluten free waffles and gluten free crepes. Of course, we indulged in various varieties of gluten free crepes, since we don’t that chance very often. (And okay if you must know, we got two ordered of fries for the table. #noregrets) For dinner, we went to District of Pi for gluten free pizza. It had a great family atmosphere, and great pizza topping combinations on the menu. I highly recommend the Central West End pizza. (Also: they confirmed that they have a separate gluten free oven…they know what they are doing!)
It was a wonderful weekend of scrumptious eating! BUT, my body was definitely feeling all of the rich foods by the time Monday morning came around, so I’m happy to be returning to more simple cooking with lots of fresh ingredients in my kitchen this week. One such example: this stir-fry goodness! Simple enough, and sure to be a crowd pleaser.
1 c. dry rice
1 bell pepper, any color
handful of snap peas
1/3 red onion
1 c. loosely packed carrot chips
2 c. broccoli
4 T. gf soy sauce
2 T. cornstarch
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 c. water
First, chop the veggies into bite sized pieces.
Next, get the rice going. Make it according to the directions on the package (generally, 2 c. water for every 1 c. rice).
Fill a large skillet with just enough water to cover the bottom, and heat over high heat until the water boils. Once boiling, place the snap peas and broccoli in, toss until coated in moisture, turn down the heat to simmer, then cover with a lid or large plate. Let the vegetables steam for about five minutes. Poke with a fork to test the texture.
Once the vegetables are steamed to your liking, drain the water. Add the other vegetables, drizzle with oil, toss, and saute over medium-heat high for about 5-10 minutes.
While the veggies are cooking, combine the soy sauce, cornstarch, garlic, ginger, and water in a small bowl.
Whisk with a small fork until the cornstarch is combined. When the veggies are ready, pour the concoction over them. Turn off the heat, and mix the sauce into the veggies. Let it sit for a minute or two for the sauce to settle.
Serve over rice.