What I Ate Wednesday | September 9, 2015

Hello you beautiful people of the interwebz! 

I've decided to start this new feature on my blog called, "What I Ate Wednesday" wherein I post the pictures of the food I ate and maybe some brief explanations on how to make it. This is something I have seen on mostly lifestyle and beauty blogs and I thought I would introduce it to the foodie world (if it hasn't been done already). I really enjoy taking a glimpse at what people are actually eating and since I am usually off on Wednesdays, I thought this would be a good deal. 

So, let's get started!

Breakfast: Some coffee with hazelnut creamer, homemade Oatmeal with a dash of half and half and berries, and some water.

 Small Afternoon Snack: Lemon mineral water from Turkey and some Pepperidge Farm Brussels cookies

 Late Lunch: Toaster-oven Nachos (just Tostitos and grated cheese), with some orange juice and melon

 A Good Old Cuppa Tea: I mixed the Twinings Lemon and Ginger tea with Trader Joes' White Tea with Pear and Ginger (because I  ginger tea)

Dinner: This is a Turkish Dish called Citir Manti (the spelling is off because I don't have a Turkish keyboard) and it's basically a large round pastry dough (kind of like Filo dough) stuffed and rolled with a spiced meat (we used beef for this one). And it is served with a homemade tomato sauce (recipe coming soon!) and sitting upon a savory yogurt sauce. We served it alongside some salted cucumbers and some more melon.

&& That is what I ate this Wednesday! Join me next week as I attempt to tackle some baked items in preparation for my Thanksgiving menu this year :)

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Short & Sweet | Release Day Review: The New Sugar and Spice by Samantha Seneviratne

Hello friends of the interwebz!
I am back with a Release-Day Review of The New Sugar & Spice by Samantha Seneviratne.

The New Sugar & Spice is a fantastic cookbook blending the flavors of sweet and salty along with - you guessed it - sugar and spice. The chapters are divided by spice so that each chapter is focused on a specific flavor; the first chapter is centered around peppercorns and chiles and the second chapter is centered on cinnamon. This is definitely a sweet/baking and pastry cookbook with just a savory and salty twist. Honestly, I have so many tabs on these pages that I have no idea where to start baking, first. You can definitely expect a recipe adaptation coming up soon on either Maple Sticky Buns, Mango Lime Sorbet, or Pistachio & Chocolate Butter Cake.

I would say that I even recommend this book more for people that are slightly more adventurous in their meals and are looking to explore new flavor combinations. Granted, not everything in this cookbook is crazy adventurous. You will also find classic combinations like a delicious S'mores Pie I will be adding to my Thanksgiving menu this year.

All in all, it is a fantastic addition to my cookbook bookshelf. The pages are full with bright pictures on almost every single recipe which is an automatic win for me. If any of you have glimpsed the pages and/or already tried a recipe, let me know which one and how it turned out; I can't wait to get started.

Basic info. about this book:

Name: The New Sugar & Spice
Author: Samantha Seneviratne
Review Source: Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Publishing Company: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: September 8, 2015
Genre: cookbook
Rating (out of 5): 4.5

Recommend? Yes!

Where it can be purchased: The Book Depository 

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