Monday, July 21, 2014

Challenge Accepted, Little One!

The reason you haven't seen many recipes around here lately is pretty simple... I've barely had time to eat never mind actually develop anything new! Our beautiful little bundle of loves-to-be-held makes getting anywhere near the stove quite the challenge! Well little one, challenge accepted!

I realize now, recipes I had dubbed, "easy" or "quick" are accurate if you're alone in the kitchen, with access to both hands & minus 14 adorable pounds sitting on your hip. Also using the words, "easy" or "quick" before the word Menu, is almost hypocritical! Getting one dish done is a success, getting through a whole menu is worthy of celebration!

That's where this one pot meal comes in handy now! My Mom got us this large pan and it's been a great addition to our kitchen! My Mom uses it for everything & I'm just starting to pull it out of the cupboard more often. When we go over to my parent's home on Sundays, we're incredibly fortunate to be able to enjoy our steaks or salmon but there's no denying the incredible aroma of what my family's preparing! A few weeks ago my parents made a stir fry and before we had even reached the kitchen, M had already requested that I find out what smelled so good & find out how to make it. I was super relieved to discover it was simple! 

*I want to be sure to mention that since we're not using a wok here, boiled the pasta & used a little more oil than traditionally used in a stir fry, I use the term loosely!*

Feel free to include whichever vegetables you prefer. Just be sure to add them to the pan in order of longest to shortest cook time! You don't want burnt mushrooms & peppers that are still raw!

We made it as part of Shabbos dinner a few weeks ago & loved it! Hope you do too!


"Stir Fry" (Serves 4)

3 handfuls of Spaghettini (apparently I now measure ingredients Avo-stylez haha!)

1 Onion

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 10oz package of Mushrooms

1 medium size Zucchini

Canola Oil

1-2 tbsp Soy Sauce

Sesame Seeds (optional)

Boil Spaghettini as per package instructions. Drain, remove from pan & strain.

Slice onions into long and wide strips.

Peel & slice 5oz of mushrooms thinly. Peel & quarter the remaining 5 oz.

Finely slice the zucchini.

Slice the red pepper into long strips. Cut the strips in half.

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large pan over medium heat (add more or less depending on your preference).

Add the onion to the pan, sauteing until translucent.

Meanwhile add the red bell pepper, zucchini & mushrooms. Be sure to add each vegetable once the previous one is already partially cooked to avoid burning or raw pieces in the end.

Return the spaghettini to the pan. Add soy sauce (just enough to lightly coat) and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if you prefer! Toss, remove from heat & serve!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Thank You, Y

On my first Mother's Day as a Mommy, I want to celebrate Y. Celebrate him for making me a Mommy. For adding an infinite amount of overwhelming love to my life. For adding sleep deprivation, the biggest smiles, the 2 am tears (from both of us), the quiet moments, the really loud moments and everything in between. Thank you for pushing me. Pushing me to love more, to be more patient, to slow down and accept that holding you all day is my new to do list and everything will get done. Eventually. Or it won't. For pacing around for hours willing the crying to stop and for rocking back and forth for hours willing the little cooing and giggling to continue forever. For those bright eyes first thing in the morning staring at me, depending on me. For making me so much more appreciative and in awe of my Mom. For making me so grateful & overwhelmed with love for M, when I see the two of you together - my whole world. For teaching me what comes first & what will always come first. For the tears of joy, fear, exhaustion and wonder. 

For everything. For the most amazingly terrifying and incredible adventure of my life. 

Thank you, Y for making me a Mommy.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

An Itsy Bitsy Surprise!

What better time than Mother's Day to share our big, itsy bitsy, news!

The bun's out of the oven! With overwhelming gratitude to Hashem, M & I are so thrilled to share the arrival of our beautiful baby BOY! He has the most amazing smiles, is incredibly cuddly and is absolutely delicious! Our little man has brought so much sweetness to our lives! 

I'm just about ready to get back to posting and sharing new recipes, stories and the new lessons I'm learning everyday, in this new chapter of balebusta-hood! I hope to share more insights in to what being a balebusta means to me now, and it goes way beyond the kitchen! Hope you'll join me for this amazing-exciting-overwhelming-sleep deprived roller coaster ride and follow along for a new dimension to the blog & even more yumminess thanks to our Little Man!