Lunch at Nordstrom Café Bistro

When : February 21, 2012

Where : Nordstrom Café Bistro in Indianapolis

What :

  • Blue Cheese & Pear Salad : baby lettuce tossed with crunchy candied pecans, dried cherries, seasonal pear, blue cheese and dark cherry balsamic vinaigrette – It’s delicious, every bite is an enchantment! I strongly advice you to try this salad!
  • Soupe du jour : Won ton soup with spicy vegetables  : delicious as well. I was so surprised by this place.
Why : 
My friend Blanca and I planned on going to the movie and have a quick lunch before. We went to Nordstrom café Bistro. The staff was really really nice and the place warm because of all the colors and the booths – very comfy atmosphere. The food is high quality! Love the ingredients they used and the flavor of the food…. I want to go back 😉
It’s a chain I know but I am amazed!
Nordstrom Café Bistro
Fashion Mall
8702 Keystone Crossing
Indy 46240
317-810-9809

Home sweet home

When : February 20, 2012

Where : Home

What:

Why :

I had received carrots, potatoes and a ton of “tangelos/oranges/pomelo” from the Green bean delivery. I needed to use the oranges so I made up a recipe inspired from other recipe that used oranges soup. It was amazing. It has a delicious taste. It original, healthy, fruity, veggie! Try it I loved loved it!

Tangelos/Carrot soup recipe

An homemade recipe inspired by several oranges/carrots soup recipes! It is amazing! Try it!

Ingredients:

450 grams of carrots

2  potatoes (about 400 grams)

2 sweet peppers (smalls)

2 minneola tangelos (surprise 2 were red inside) + 1/2 tangelo juice for the end

1 red onion

2 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon of ginger powder

3 tbsp. tablespoons olive oil

½ liter of homemade vegetable stock (made a couple of weeks ago and frozen for me)

30 cl of coconut milk

Salt and pepper

Steps:

  • Peel the carrots and potatoes, then wash them. Cut into small cubes and dice the potatoes.Slice the onion, sweet peppers and garlic. Wash two tangelos (the red ones for me) and then draw off the zest of a tangelos. Squeeze the tangelos and set aside.
  • In a skillet, heat olive oil.
  • Cook on low heat onion, garlic, sweet peper and ginger for 5 minutes.
  • Add the diced carrots, potatoes and orange zest and mix well.
  • Add orange juice and broth. Bring to a boil.
  • Cover and simmer for 40 minutes (test if you vegetable are tender).
  • Mix with a hand mixer.
  • Add the coconut milk and the juice of an half tangelos and mix again until very smooth.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a little bit over low heat and serve.

Enjoy!

Weekend’s dinner at home

When : February 18/19, 2012

Where : Home

What :

  • Saturday – Rabbit and Polenta and an apple/almonds cake for dessert: White wine sauce for the rabbit and very cheesy for the polenta! Extra (Yes you read right Rabbit. It’s very good, doesn’t have a heavy or strong taste.)
  • Sunday – Spinach salad by Mi amor and Spicy Almonds by me : Matt made a spinach/sun dry tomatoes/goat cheese salad and warm up a French baguette, I toasted some almonds with jalapeños, garlic and rosemary!  

Why :

The “rabbit” because I love it. I am not a huge fan of meat but I love rabbit. I found one butcher in Indy (lekincaidmeats.com) who had one whole rabbit. My sister is an amazing cook and when we were in France she cooked us rabbit and polenta. Matt loved it so much that I wanted to try to make the same. The result is that : My sister is an amazingly better cook than me but my dinner was pretty good too.

Mi amor wanted to prepare dinner on Sunday night (and also wants to make it to the blog with his cooking 😉 I made the “almond snack” because it was National Almond Day on Thursday !

Go for it!

The Botanical Kitchen

If you received a beautiful bunch of roses for Valentine’s Day, they should still be going strong.  If they are starting to wilt, re-cut the stems on a diagonal and then pop them back into a squeaky clean vase with freshwater.  You only need about 2 inches worth of water.  Any more than this will make the stems go soggy more quickly.

Personally I’m itching to get at my roses and make some rose oil and syrup!  They have been used for centuries for their aesthetic appeal but they have very practical uses for our general well-being too.  Rose oils are used in aromatherapy to relive stress and also as part of skin care routines for dry or ageing skins.  I realise now why my elderly Indian aunties smell of roses!

They are edible and I’ve been asked lots of questions about them this week – a lady actually stopped me in…

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Dinner at Binkleys, Indianapolis

When : January 13, 2012

Where : Binkley’s Kitchen and Bar

What :

  • Baked Goat’s Cheese- Fresh chevre baked with their house marinara. Served with toasted naan! Loved the naan!
  • Swordfish Florentine- Grilled swordfish served over sautéed spinach, asparagus, and sun dried tomatoes with a lemon and herb butter + cup of veggies soup –  The vegetables were delicious. I loved the sauce! The swordfish was really dry though.

Why :

Our friend celebrated her 29th birthday! We had a very good night! My husband told me you can get great Lunch!