The weather in Austin has finally shifted to be more Fall and less Summer. It was actually only about 60 degrees here today and rained all night and all day with no sun in sight. It was definitely a day to stay inside, get comfy in pajamas, and snuggle in. I love these kinds of days. I guess it is easy in Texas because they don't stay around for long. That gray nostalgia makes me always think of what I am appreciative of and that led me to what 5 things I'm loving these days. So here you go!
I love these pens. They write in a smooth clean line, never giving you blotches. I write small so the extra fine point is really nice. I don't like gel pens or roller balls, and these have even turned me against ball point pens. I mostly use black, but blue, purple and green are also great.
Cast iron is the way to go. I use this Lodge brand that come pre-seasoned. They heat really evenly and get very hot. They are good for almost anything. (They are not good for acidic foods like tomato sauce.) You can stirfry, saute, deep fry, roast things in the oven, and even bake in them. Tofu cooks great in this, just using a bit of coconut oil and a hot pan. Let it cook undisturbed on each side and it gets nice and brown and crunchy. Delicious! They are super easy to clean. Just wipe it out with a damp cloth. If you have to submerge in water, don't use soap, and dry it over heat on the stove with a little oil, or towel dry. If food gets stuck in it, use a small handful of kosher salt and scrub a little. It gets everything off. Simple. I think our grandmothers were right when they chose cast iron!
This peanut butter is my favorite. It is only made from peanuts. No sugar or salt. No oils. No additives. It isn't organic but I guess you can't have everything! It is actually one of the cheaper peanut butters on the shelf at Central Market where I shop, and it so good. When I open it I stir it really well to get all the oil back into it, and then add a couple of teaspoons of salt. Stir that in well and you are all set. I keep it in the cabinet and stir it each time I use it. You can keep it in the fridge and it doesn't separate as much, but I don't like cold peanut butter. It just doesn't spread well.
Poached eggs are my new favorite, now that I know how to make them. They are actually easy to make and have the added benefit of no added oils. I don't worry much about fat (just the quality and kind, I don't count fat grams…) but it is nice to have just an egg with nothing else added. I have eaten them for breakfast like this one, but also on top of a sweet potato with some sauteed greens. A great dinner! You could also do a soft boil if you don't like poaching. The quick directions (as I was tested last week!) are to bring a saucepan of water to a simmer. The water should be about 2 inches deep. Add a tablespoon of white vinegar. Crack egg into a small cup. Use a spoon to swirl the water and then quickly turn the egg out into the pan. Cook for about 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon. Blot off any water, add salt and pepper and EAT. Be sure your water is not boiling or your egg will come apart. Just a very low simmer, not even hot enough to make bubbles.
These greens that are pre-washed and organic are just the best. They are fresh and convenient. I use them for green juice, in fruit-protein smoothies, added into soup, cooked and then mixed with eggs for a nutritious scrambled breakfast, and added to a tortilla with avocado and cheese for a sandwich. It is just so nice not to have to wash them. You just store them in the container they come in. No excuses for not eating greens!
So that's all I have for today. Oh, by the way, I have also been losing some time in Pinterest. It's such a rabbit hole isn't it? I love all the quotes you can find there. Here's one I stumbled on this week…..
Hope you have a good rest of your week. I have a few commitments the next few days and may not get to post, but I will surely try!