THE OFF SEASON: meat + veggies

grillin_01Mike’s back!!! It’s been a week since he left me and ‘The 6ix’ for 14 days in the capital city.  While Mike was in Ottawa, helping with a restaurant opening, I was in Toronto living the solo life.  I went for long runs along the Lakeshore, attended workout classes around the city, ate Kraft Dinner…and somehow contracted strep throat.

My 2 weeks solo started at a high and then quickly took a downward spiral at the start of week 2 once the sickness hit. …

I left the doctor’s office with prescription drugs in hand and headed straight back to my couch where I remained for the next 3 days. I was energy-less + feverish and all I wanted was a bowl of soup. I stayed locked in my condo without a single pack of instant ramen noodles, can of Cambells, or cube of boulion in sight. I was hungry! I know, that’s nothing new, but sick hungry is the WORST hungry.

downton-abbey-christmas-special-2014-season-5On sick day #2, desperately waiting for the dinner delivery on justeat.ca to open up, I intermittently hit refresh on my web browser as I watched episode after episode of Downton Abbey and GIRLS. There’s nothing like Post Edwardian Aristocracy, a World War, the Spanish Flu, Early 20s female crises, and OCD to momentarily distract one from hunger.

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Witin 60 minutes of Mike landing, we were en route to the grocers for dinner ingredients.  He was happy to be home; I was happy to have him back; and I was ecstatic to eat a Mike-made meal.

grillin_02We opted for a fresh + low fuss yet highly delicious meal; caprese salad + grilled rib eye steaks + grilled veg [ramps + purple asparagus].  After a long hungry 2 weeks, this meal was exactly what I needed!

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caprese salad

I have had many caprese’s but this one was, hands down, the best I’ve ever eaten.  Nothing beats fresh ingredients paired with burrrata + prosciutto [2 foods i could eat everyday for the rest of my life!].

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heirloom tomatoes
shallots
garlic
basil
burrata cheese
prosciutto
salt + pepper
pesto [ recipe below ]

grill_03grill_04[ NEVER skimp on the burrata! | this ball of heaven was well worth the $]

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mince garlic + shallots
slice tomatoes into wedges
combine garlic + shallots + tomatoes with basil leaves
toss in pesto | add salt + pepper to taste if needed
plate burrata cheese + layer tomato mixture on top
layer on prosciutto
add more pesto to the plate if desired

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pesto

Once upon a time mike bought a large bag hemp hearts.  This bag of hemp hearts is apparently never ending.  Since entering my life, as I have no clue what to put it in, I have been sprinkling it on EVERYTHING – salads, dressings, sandwiches, pasta….  I have finally found a use for hemp hearts where they are the more substantial ingredient and not the sprinkled after thought; Pesto!

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2 cups basil leaves
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup hemp hearts [I didn’t have pine nuts and hemp hearts were the perfect substitute – I think I prefer them]
2/3 olive oil
1tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
kosher salt + pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

hemp hearts[ hemp hearts ]

rough cut basil leaves
rough chop garlic
combine basil + garlic + hemp hearts in a food processer | pulse
slowly add olive oil while pulsing the mixture until smooth
add lemon juice | pulse until all combined
add salt + pepper to taste
transfer to a bowl | add parmesan + mix until combined

Though I’m still behind on both Downton Abbey + GIRLS and will likely now have to sneak in episodes amidst the NBA playoffs, I’m more than happy to be catching up while not strerppy + feverish.

Here’s to good health + solid foods!

madelaine

Downton Abbey photo fr zap2it.com
GIRLS photo fr timewarner.com

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