Shakshuka

Also known as Eggs in Purgatory, this dish is a wonderful melding of tomatoes, spices, and eggs. I’ve been wanting to make this for quite some time, but never managed to get around to it.

I am so glad I finally made it! Talk about delicious.

I used a recipe I found online and adapted it to fit my tastes. I sautéed some celery and sweet peppers in avocado oil, then added some spices – paprika, cumin, and chili powder. After it was all cooked down I added a can of crushed tomatoes. Once it was fully incorporated, I made wells for my four eggs, put on the lid, and simmered it all for about seven minutes. The final product looked pretty darn good, especially after I sprinkled some parsley on top for some added color and flavor.

You can use bread to help sop up the sauce, but I never got around to that. I ate it just as it was, and relished every bite.

I plan on making this again, soon. It is generally considered a breakfast food, which is how I ate it, but it can be enjoyed any time of day. I intend to eat what’s left over some rice for dinner. I expect it will be just as satisfying as the first time.

I hope everyone has a delightful week!

See you next Saturday.

Six Month Milestone

Monday (in 2 days) marks six months that I have been at my current job. Which means a pay increase. Woot Woot!

Hooray for gainful employment!

It may not sound like a long time, but it’s still a milestone that I have every intention of celebrating. Consistency and commitment are essential tools to have at one’s disposal.

I am delighted to have both.

Of course, it’s only my part-time job since I don’t get paid for doing my full-time job anymore (even though I still do it). But that’s a story for another time.

Either way, the bills gotta get paid, so I shall continue at my part-time job for the foreseeable future.

Hope everyone is having a good day!

Oops, I Did It Again

That’s right, I’m posting a day late, yet again. I really need to keep on top of my schedule or this is going to become a habit.

It’s not like my schedule is even that hectic. I just forget things sometimes and let my alarms pass without paying attention.

Maybe I’ll change and maybe I won’t. All I can do is try my best and not be too hard on myself. A lesson we all need to remember from time to time.

Have a good week everyone.

Valentine’s Day 2019

I’ve been waiting for Alita: Battle Angel to come out for over a year. It was originally scheduled to be released last July, the day before my anniversary to be exact. I was super excited to see it as our date movie, but it was not to be. I was so mad. Needless to say, I have been both annoyed by the longer wait and eagerly anticipating the release.

It finally happened. Valentine’s Day. A perfect day for a date movie.

It was spectacular!

Overall, I was really happy with the cinematography. The storyline kept me engaged, until the end that is. It felt rather lacking to me.

Still, I am satisfied that I finally got to see this movie. I’m sure it’ll be one that we buy and watch more than once, weak ending and all.

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day. See you all next week!

Better Late Than Never

This week completely got away from me. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately, so my aim has been to relax and clear my head. Of course, it would seem that I cleared out my blog schedule as well as everything else.

Ah well. Such is life.

Next week I will try to stay on time with my posting.

Until then, have a great week!

I’ve Got a Secret

The problem is that it’s not my secret to tell. So, you’ll just have to wait a few months and, maybe, I’ll be able to share.

In the meantime, here’s the current view out my front door.

Be safe out there, y’all!

Shifting Beverages

The biggest problem with trying to make changes is doing too much all at once. This is especially true at the new year. I’ve fallen into this trap many times myself. So, I decided to do things a bit different this year.

I’m making changes slowly and one at a time. I know, super radical, but it seems to be working.

I started tracking my caloric intake and realized that a lot of my calories were coming from what I drank. Needless to say, I figured that would be a good place to start adjusting my habits. My drinks went from a lot of sugary, calorie laden soda, juice, and sweet tea to mostly water in various forms.

I never used to like sparkling water that didn’t have a lot of added sugar. Of course, I never really gave it a chance either. That changed recently and I have a new appreciation for unsweetened drinks. In fact, I find them quite refreshing.

I’m hoping I can snowball this one change into more in the near future. I look forward to sharing my wellness journey with you each week.

Stay happy!

Oops.

So, I totally forgot to post yesterday. The weather has been a little crazy here lately. It keeps going back and forth – from cold and snowy, to warm and rainy. It’s quite annoying.

Hopefully, I stay on top of things a bit better next week.

Stay safe and warm everyone.

Sausage Rolls

Most people have particular foods they make during the holidays. For me, that’s Candy Cane Chocolate Chips Cookies and Sausage Rolls. I made the cookies during December, but never got around to making the Sausage Rolls. Since I had already bought the ingredients, I decided to just go ahead and make them a little late.

The ingredients are simple:

1 lb. of sausage

2 eggs

1/4 – 1/2 cup of flour

1 sheet of pie crust or puff pastry (I used pie crust this time)

First, mix the sausage and one egg in a medium sized mixing bowl.

Next, add 1/4 cup of flour and mix until incorporated.

You should end up with a sticky mixture. If it looks to wet, add a little more flour. You shouldn’t need more than 1/2 cup total. Set the sausage mixture aside.

Next, lay the dough out on a floured surface. You could always make a homemade dough, but I had the ready-made kind on hand already, so it just made sense to use it.

Roll the dough out in a square-ish shape until it’s fairly thin.

Then, cut it into three equal size strips.

Spread the sausage mixture evenly across all three strips. Place the other egg in a small dish and whip it into an egg wash. Brush the egg wash along one edge of the pastry to help seal it.

Roll the pastry around the sausage and cut thin diagonal slits in the top. Don’t worry if the pastry doesn’t completely cover all the sausage (like in the strip on the right). It’ll still bake up nicely.

Cut the strips into bite size pieces between the slits you made on the top. Place the pieces on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and brush the egg wash over the top to help them brown.

Place the baking sheet in a 350 degree oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the sausage is cooked through and the pastry is golden brown.

Allow the rolls to cool on a baking sheet for a couple of minutes.

Then, enjoy to your heart’s content. Be sure to cool them completely before storing in a container in the fridge. With the amount of ingredients I used and the number of rolls I made (28), it came out to 92 calories per roll. Not a low-cal snack, but certainly a delicious one.

I hope everyone’s year is still going great. See you next week.

Happy Baking!

First Post of 2019

The year has gotten off to a great start. I’m feeling hopeful and renewed. I already made a big change.

My hair went from blonde

to a dark auburn brown.

I’m quite happy with the results.

I also started writing poetry again. I haven’t felt inspired in a while, but that has changed. It all makes me feel alive and reborn. I hope that everyone else feels as revitalized as I do right now.

All the best for this wonderful new year!