Texas Trip: San Antonio

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Alamo

After our brief stopover to visit family, we headed to San Antonio for two nights. Our hotel had a lovely location near the Alamo, which means it was also a nice walking distance from the Buckhorn Museum (so much taxidermy) and the River Walk, which provided lots of dining and drinking options. I feel like we spent most of our time in San Antonio in restaurants eating. Which is probably the way a vacation should go.

San Antonio Riverwalk
Light up horse carriages
Palm Tree
Riverwalk Mosaic
San Antonio Riverwalk San Antonio Riverwalk
The Alamo Buckhorn
Buckhorn Museum

  1. One Day in Temple, TX
  2. Two Days in San Antonio, TX
  3. One Day in Austin, TX

Semi-Success: Pickled Carrots and Daikon

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pickled Daikon and Carrot Coins

I was near an Asian grocer when I decided to commit and make thesePickled Carrots and Daikon from FoodInJars. I had an extra daikon, which I cut up and shoved in these jars anyways, but I probably should've spread it out to an extra half pint.

Pickled Daikon and Carrot Coins

[Verdict] Having brought these to a summer BBQ, it was determined that they are quite good. However, I don't find them as addictive as dilly beans, so I might not be making these again. I think three half pints would make a lot more sense than three full pints.

Success: Cauliflower Fried Rice

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cauliflower Fried Rice

As part of an effort to fit back into all my pants, I've cut grains & dairy from my at-home eating habits. And have switched all my at-home snacking to pretty much just fruits, nuts, and chocolate (impossible to give up). These just seemed like a fairly straightforward way to cut extra carbs, while still being able to fill up on veggies, fruits, nuts, and meat. However, this put in danger one of our weekly meal staples, fried rice. Thankfully, the world seems to have found an alternative to rice in your fried rice. And it's not nearly as horrifying terrible as it sounds. Cauliflower fried rice.

So, I attempted this cauliflower fried rice, and one head of cauliflower produces way more "rice" kernels than I usually use, so I even had some leftover cauliflower couscous to serve with some broccolini. The fried rice came out quite fine, bordering on tasty. All the ginger and soy sauce really helped flavor the otherwise flavorless cauliflower rice. The cauliflower couscous, when cooked in olive oil, is quite bland as well but that allowed the broccolini to take center stage.

Now I'm coming up with more recipes to replace the grains with cauliflower couscous. Maybe I'll redo another favorite.

Cauliflower Couscous, before cooking
Cauliflower Couscous with Broccolini

Texas Trip: Temple, TX

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hay Bales

I have family that lives an hour north of Austin, Texas which is where we headed first on our brief 4-day trip. For being an hour outside of a metropolitan area and only 2.5 hours from the second largest city in Texas, Temple sure feels like it's nowhere near the city. Gravel roads, open acreage, horses, tiny little main streets with Western facades. Towns whose entire police force consists of a part-time sheriff and a deputy. 'You drive an hour outside of Pittsburgh, you find a similar thing, although, probably less of those two-story wooden facades. It's the [very] east coast where this just isn't possible. You drive an hour outside of Philadelphia...and you're still pretty much in Philadelphia.

It's nice to get out every once in awhile.

However, it took us awhile to get out there. Our US Airways flight from Charlotte to Austin was delayed several times due to broken jump seats on our partially empty plane, resulting in them having to ready an alternative aircraft which just generally lead to even more delays. I think we ended up only being 2 hours late or so.

Eva the horse
Flowers on a fence Dog

  1. One Day in Temple, TX
  2. Two Days in San Antonio, TX
  3. One Day in Austin, TX

Success? Maple Pickled Beets

Friday, September 19, 2014

Maple Pickled Beets

A half batch of PuttingUpWithErin's Maple Pickled Beets. Although I used peeled shallots instead of pearl onions, because that's what I had on hand. We'll see how they taste. At the moment, I think canned beets can't possibly be worth the effort required to peel them. I mean, first you have to boil or roast them, then you have to use a paper towel to scrub the skins off. It takes awhile and makes a tremendous mess. Your cuticles will be died pink for several days.

Ordinarily, I don't find beets something to get excited about so it's not difficult to keep my expectations checked.

Maple Pickled Beets

Success: Chocolate Macadamia Pancakes

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Breakfast for lunch!

Amazon sells this exact pancake mix that my mother brought back for me from Hawaii, but the price is a bit ridiculous for 1.5 batches of pancakes. I really liked the macadamia in the pancakes, though, so maybe it's worth trying this recipe from MinimalistBaker?

Maui Pancake Company - Chocolate Macadamia Pancake Mix

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