Sunday, November 9, 2014

Acorn Squash and Citris Sighting

It's been feeling more and more like a seasonal change here, although still not even close to what we are used to. That being said, it's been nice to have to cozy up in the evenings and has felt like the perfect setting for more warm, seasonal dishes!

The thing that doesn't seem to sit with fall but excites me anyways is our citrus tree in our backyard is finally blooming! Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes feel so summery to me that I was surprised when I looked out the window the other day and saw 3 orange fruits on our tree! yippee! We had noticed one green fruit growing over the summer, and assumed that it would maybe be a lime when it was all done. But we were totally wrong and I'm glad we didn't pick it while it was green!

Having our fig tree bloom late summer, and then finding a giant rosemary bush along with this citrus delight makes me so happy! I've always wished to live somewhere where we could grow a mango tree in our backyard, but these fruit-bearing trees make me feel like we are getting pretty close to that. :). Can't wait to try it and figure out what we've been growing!
"Just me and you
Not so many things we got to do
Or places we got to be
We'll sit beneath the mango tree now" - Jack Johnson

Back to feeling fall...the other night I made an Acorn Squash Stuffed with Kale and Quinoa from a new cooking blog I found called Dolly and Oatmeal. Love this blog because it's all in season ingredients and leans towards the vegetarian side, both things we've been more into. The dish was actually the easiest thing to make and was so delicious! All I did was half the squash and roast it up for about 45 minutes. During that time you whip up some quinoa which involves all of just boiling water, and sauteed up some kale with onions, chickpeas and spices. Pretty easy. Pretty delicious. Kyle even took some the next day for lunch because it made so much. Definitely recommend this for a warm weeknight meal!

I used olive oil and turmeric to roast the squash instead of za'atar.

Roasted onion, chick pea and kale mixture.
Final product! We also added some home made tzatziki sauce to top!

Getting ready for my birthday coming up this week as well as some much anticipated fall visitors! Xoxo

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Halloween Talk & Gourmet Sandwhiches

Our Halloween was slightly uneventful. For the most part, I love Halloween. The decor, the treats, the scary movie watching - but I am not the biggest fan of getting dressed up anymore. When did I become so lame?! I mean I loved getting dressed up as a kid and going trick or treating, but past the college Halloween party era, I don't get sad about not dressing up. If there was a great party to go to, I think we would figure out something creative, but the Halloween bar hopping scene is a thing of the past for me. Especially this year. Kyle had to have unexpected surgery on his hand, and so we spent our holiday in recovery mode for the most part.

We went to check out Sullivan's Island during the day, because it was just so beautiful out. Obviously we indulged in some Halloween treats and hot fall beverages to set the mood. Halloween night was spent cooking a big fall fest (including one of our favorite soup from a previous posts) and watching classic movies like The Adams Family and Beatlejuice (which still freaks me out! - that damn beetle juice). It was the first time we had a house to have trick or treaters, so we had fun giving out candy and seeing the cute kids come to our door! Maybe next year we will be a little bit more crazy haha.

Halloweenie beach stroll
Yesterday we also went for lunch at a place that was highly recommended to us as a friend's "favorite sandwich/lunch place in Charleston". Obviously given Charleston has so many amazing restaurants and amazing finds, we had to check this one out if it was given such a bold title.  It's called Butcher & Bee and it's located in a small industrial looking cove a little bit away from the business of downtown. The atmosphere and vibes of the place were so cool - I felt like I was back in the hipster areas of Brookyln, NY. They use all fresh and local ingredients and literally their menu changes daily. How cool! We tried the pulled squash sandwich and the classic cuban with a side of brussels to share. Everything was delicious! Another cool part, they just opened a new distillery next door which is open for tastings.  Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

Our lunch menu for the day

An example of their awesome sandwiches.

We love trying all things in Charleston. I'm looking forward to next week when I'm on vacation and have time to explore/discover even more. Happy hump day!! xoxo