And you know that it will.”-Two Door Cinema Club
Hey Bloggies, Nicole here!
The black forest cake I made for my friend Michelle’s 25th birthday was a big hit! The combination of cherries and chocolate is so good. I got the recipe from a Duncan Hines cookbook called “Cake Mix Magic.” You use the box cake mixes, and jazz them up a bit. My only problem was there were a lot of bubbles baked into one of the layers, so it cracked in the middle. Not pretty, but still tasty!
Tonight for dinner, I made a chicken marsala quinoa casserole. It was so very good and filling! The bottom was a chicken-mushroom-marsala-cream-sauce mixture, and the top was quinoa, sweet potato, eggs, and nutmeg. Sprinkled with parmesan and baked to bubbly, it was just perfect. I will definitely be using quinoa again.
Greetings! Happy Martin Luther King Day!
My weekend was pretty great! I saw Tangled, finally, on Saturday. Has anyone else seen it? I thought it was great! I’ve always liked Mandy Moore, and I have no clue why she hasn’t voiced a Disney character until now! Anyway, one of the people I follow on youtube sang a cover from Tangled that I thought was pretty good.
Another song that made me smile this weekend was a new one from Bruno Mars, “Count on Me.” Just a beautiful song!
I did make a black forest cake for a friend’s birthday, but I haven’t uploaded the pictures yet. As soon as I do, you’ll see it! It was a great cake.
Have a nice week!
Quite accidentally, I’ve cooked two (almost) vegetarian dinners in a row! I’ve been trying to go meatless more often.
Tuesday night was spinach artichoke stuffed shells. There was definitely more veggies in these than the traditional stuffed shells. And they were very good! The picture below is before baking, but you get the idea.
Wednesday night was midwinter minestrone. Now, this was almost vegetarian. We already had the chicken stock, so why buy the veggie stock? It called for sun-dried tomatoes, and I accidentally bought smoked sun-dried tomatoes, which gave the soup a smoky, nice flavor. It had kale in it, which was super tasty as well.
This morning, I was up early enough to make steel-cut oats. I cooked an apple while the oats were boiling away in a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon, and it turned out great! I like the texture of the steel-cut variety. I added a packet of splenda and a splash of vanilla extract in the oatmeal before topping it with the apples.
Tomorrow I will be getting lots of exercise by skiing! My little brother got good grades in his first semester of college, so his reward is skiing. Not looking forward to being in the cold all day, but it should be fun!
I’ve dappled here and there with curry dishes, and usually I don’t have much luck. To be honest, it’s because I simply throw in a little of this and a little of that, and generally when cooking this method works for me. However, I didn’t grow up with curry dishes and have no rhyme or reason for my madness, so I thought it was time I follow an actual recipe.