Hi everyone! After a very busy, travel-filled February, I’m back to blogging. Last month, not only did I get to spend a week in NYC for work (and catch up with Hailey), I spent 10 days in Ireland on a little mother-daugher trip. Though I instagrammed a ton of pics from our trip, I’ll be posting a little recap from each city in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back in.
When you’re basically living out of a suitcase for a month, it is a little hard to make sure your fridge and pantry are properly stocked. That’s where I had to get a little creative in my cooking, and where I first got the inspiration for this recipe: Teriyaki Salmon with Cauliflower Rice.
Salmon is a great freezer friendly fish option — I usually have one or two filets stashed in my freezer at any given time — and cauliflower rice is a great healthy alternative to white rice. If you can’t find it in the grocery store, it’s really easy to make with just a few pulses in the food processor. Then, just add a couple veggies and a sauce and you’ve got a 10-minute, no-fuss dinner.
How do you deal with stress? Some run; some do yoga; some read; I bake. Whenever I am really stressed, I find baking to be therapeutic. I don’t know exactly why, but something about creating the perfect cake, cookie, bread, brownie or pastry helps me get out of my brain. Maybe it’s because I know that with just a few hours in the kitchen, I can whip up almost anything. Or maybe it’s because I like taste testing the fruits of my labor. Who knows.
For the past couple weeks, my work schedule kicked my butt. So, I spent last weekend baking up a storm. It was a spur of the moment decision to make this chocolate “stress” cake, so when I found that I didn’t have all the ingredients I would usually need to make a cake, I had to improvise.
After I already started making the cake, I found I didn’t have two crucial ingredients — milk and butter. I rarely buy milk these days (I’m trying to cut back on my dairy intake), but not having sticks and sticks of butter in the fridge and freezer was very unlike me.