Thursday, August 16, 2012

24 and 28 weeks

I really wish I was taking more pictures during this time, but laziness coupled with exhaustion wins out most nights.  But I did manage to snap these pictures at 24 and 28 weeks for my mom, who lives out of town and wants to see as much belly as she can.  Look at it grow!  

In other baking/cooking news, I got a kick of energy last weekend and attempted spinach and ricotta gnocchi, only to have it fail miserably.  I neglected to follow the rolling/forming instructions and ended up with a big pot of floating, lumpy ricotta and stringy spinach - far from the cute soft pillows of gnocchi that I had hoped for.  My husband was a trooper and insisted that it still tasted great, but it ended up being just a hot pile of mess and we chucked most of it.  However, (maybe because I somehow predicted that the gnocchi would need some redemption?) that same day I was bent on having fresh English muffins for breakfast the next morning so I prepped the dough, let it rise that night, and then got up early to finish it.  We may have had our Eggs Benedict at almost 11 am the next morning, but we had those English muffins and goodness they were amazing.  I used the recipe from the Bread Bible, and the only thing I changed was I reduced the salt amount.  It made enough to last us all through the week, which we've been enjoying toasted, with a bit of butter and honey.  

I also have a question for anyone who's had a baby...did you prep and freeze a bunch of meals before baby arrived?  What were you glad that you had?  I want to start doing this but I find myself frozen with indecision.  Casseroles?  Bread?  Is it too early to start?  I want to get a jump start now but don't want everything to come out with freezer burn.  Any suggestions are welcome!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Fruit & Salad

No, not fruit salad.  Fruit on my salad.  In my salad.  With cheese.  This is what I've been craving the past few weeks and seemingly the only thing that I truly look forward to.  I've felt very, very good almost this entire pregnancy so I cannot complain one bit but (here goes) I've recently developed this terrible, awful problem where I think I'm good - I think I've eaten enough and had enough water and then more water - and all of a sudden I'll get hungry again, or woozy, or dizzy, and then I'm back to feeling hungry.  This of course leads to me eating whatever I can get my hands on, which is not good when A) you haven't really had much energy to stock the house with good, easy snacks and B) you're working an awful lot and you can only eat so much peanut butter + bananas + crackers.  I feel like I'm in an endless eating cycle and while that may sound fun and carefree, it's really the pits.  I get tired of eating and nothing sounds good to me anymore.  

But this past weekend I had enough energy to make a very concerted effort, and it paid off tremendously.  My doctor told me to eat more spinach so that forced me to run to the farmer's market and buy some damn spinach.  I brought it home and instead of being able to just scarf it down like the last meal I had (cereal, anyone?) I took my time with it.  I paired it with fresh plums, feta, chickpeas, red onion, and a splash of olive oil/basalmic vinegar and freshly cracked pepper.  And it was lovely.  I felt so great afterward.

I can't believe I feel this way - this whole inability to keep the house full of good, wholesome food has never plagued me before and I'm a bit ashamed that I've been too tired to do anything about it.  But no more!  That spinach salad inspired me, so here are a few links to some other salads that we've had recently that get my very enthusiastic two thumbs up (or should I say four, for the little guy in my belly?).  Only 13 more weeks to go!

Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums

Peach, Mozzarella, and Basil Salad with a Honey Balsamic Reduction