paris from my iphone

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While my Paris posts are hardly over (stay tuned to hear about adventures in Montmartre), I wanted to write a little farewell post before leaving the country, so I thought I’d share a little round up of Parisian photos through the lens of my iPhone.  After some last minute packing and a few loads of laundry, my month here in the City of Light will be over and my journey back to the states will officially begin.  Feeling so bittersweet this morning…I’ve always felt romantic about Paris but now this city will hold an entirely new nostalgia that is going to be hard to shake once I’m back on American soil.  How am I supposed to wake up without the smell of freshly baking baguettes flooding my nostrils?  What happens if I want a 3-euro bottle of wine at dinner?  Who will smile and nod knowingly at my broken french before responding with a grammar correction or directions to a bar in the most fantastically français voice?  What will I gaze up at in the night sky when La Tour Eiffel is no longer lighting up my horizon?  It’s really hard to hop a metro and check out the nearest bobo chic neighborhood or picnic on Le Canal St. Martin when you’re all the way across the Atlantic.  And I know it will take some time to get used to waiters rushing you around every meal out at a restaurant…oh and what’s that, America?  You say don’t have fromage et charcuterie plats on every corner?!  I’m never coming home!

But of course, seeing my family and friends, taking a nice long shower, sleeping in my own bed and losing all these “paris pounds” are all great motivations for not missing my flight this afternoon.  So, thank you so much for all of the wonderful memories, new friends, and incroyable experiences you have given me, Paris, et à bientot!DSC01377

keeks in the kitchen: quinoa salad improvisation

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Last night, I decided to make quinoa salad, as part of my continued effort to develop skills other than pirouetting while I am on my ballet hiatus.  I didn’t have a particular line up of ingredients in mind, just a plastic cup full of uncooked quinoa and a fridge full of veggies!  So I got to work, and here’s what I came up with…

1 cup of quinoa (I used this cooking tutorial)

1/3 cup shredded carrots

1/2 can black beans

1/2 chopped red bell pepper

1/2 chopped red onion

1/2 cup chopped baby spinach

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

For the dressing, I used this amazing recipe (also where the inspiration for the salad itself came from), omitting the ginger and using agave instead of honey.  This dressing is AMAZING you guys, and I’m not the biggest fan of peanuts or anything remotely tahini-flavored.  This quinoa came out delicious!  Can’t wait to eat a little bowl of it for lunch today!

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Bon appétit!

keeks in the kitchen

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In an attempt to stay distracted busy during my “injured time”, I’ve decided to tackle some of my less-developed life skills that have since been overshadowed by ballet.  Par exaaample, I have never been a regular Top Chef.  I can make a mean grilled cheese.  Seriously.  My grilled cheeses should win awards.  But recipes longer than 3 steps (butter bread, stack [dat] cheese, grill) has always slightly intimidated me.  So, with some free time on my hands, a constantly-hungry tummy and some courage, I will take on the kitchen, one easy dish at a time.

For my first trying endeavor fun cooking experiment, I chose a Pinterest-inspired recipe for garlic roasted asparagus.  I do think it turned out pretty well, although next time I think I could ease up on the garlic just a bit.  I was having too much fun mincing it up, I guess!

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In the end it only took about 20 minutes from start to finish, but I was so hungry by the end I wasted no time serving it up (to myself) over a bed of mixed greens with some of my rommate’s famous homemade salad dressing and a nice big glass of white wine.DSC00762

Ahh, nothing like freshly prepared veggies.  Until next time, bon appétit, mes amis!

criss cross apple sauce

Let’s just get right down to it- although I try to post recipes and cooking how-tos every so often, I am no expert on the subject.  There’s a short list of dishes I can make successfully, and truthfully most nights the salad bar at Whole Foods calls my name so much louder than my own kitchen down the hall.  That being said, there is one treat I’ve always had a knack for: applesauce.  It’s true, when it comes to applesauce, Motts ain’t got nothin’ on me!  This 3-ingredient recipe may seem simple to some, but there’s something about achieving a perfectly lumpy, mushy, yet smooth consistency that’s extremely rewarding.  It’s sweet, fresh, and the packed with cinnamon-y goodness.  A few years ago when I was living with my brother, I made more applesauce than any person should ever be able to consume (that boy loves his apple sauce), and people are always asking me for the recipe, sooooo without further ado…

To make your own applesauce, peel and chop apples into cubes (cut a few larger pieces for chunkier texture).  Pile apples into a large pot and add water (not so much that the apples are covered, just enough to allow the apples to be mixed with a wooden spoon).  Heat the apples, stirring occasionally until the apples begin to soften.  Then, gradually add in sugar 1/4 cup at a time- tasting as you go.  Season liberally with cinnamon (if you have any cinnamon sticks, throw those in too!).  Serve warm or cold.  Enjoy!

a backyard picnic

Hors d’euorvers, pretty table clothes, wine, cheese, candles, and friends.  This is summer.

On Friday night, the roommie and I invited our best girlfriends over to celebrate the fact that we are all in one place for the first time all summer.  It was such a fun night spent being fancy with our wine glasses and delicious dips (I made an awesome Mediterranean dip- recipe post coming soon)  and repeatedly commenting on how awesome it was to all be together again.  I love my friends.  They are pretty awesome. :)

Have a productive and stress-free Monday, chickens!

ps- I have a doctor’s appointment this morning for the little toe, everyone send your good vibes this way!

perks

In case you’ve been stressing out about the state of my post-surgery-self, worry no more!  Although being sequestered to the couch with crutches and high voltage drugs as my only method of transportation is far from fun, there are several perks of being crippled worth mentioning…

 ice cream (prescribed by my doctor I swear!…kinda); fresh fruit with chobani greek yogurt and honey, a glorious salad of grilled shrimp, romaine, tomatoes, mozzarella, peppers, and broccoli; aaand a bright little bouquet comprising some of my favorite flowers (peonies)- all made possible by the world’s best nurse: my mom!  Of course I’m hoping for a very speedy recovery, but in the mean time, life could be much worse.

wear/what/where

{what I wore: black lace mini- with a chambray top + isabel marant boots}{what we ate: dim sum! tegan’s first experience…YUM}{where we went: boston opera house to see boston ballet’s don quixote- which was phenomenal}

my life lately…in wear/what/where form- a new type of post I’ll be adding into the rotation…what do you think?  good idea?  c’est bon?  c’est mal?  tell me tell me tell me!

happy thursday ladies & gents!