1. Have you ever had the sweet potato/quinoa combo? I haven’t, but recently I’ve seen too many recipes featuring this combo for it to be just coincidence; not completely unaware of these things, I think the universe is trying to tell me something. Just look at Joanne’s Crispy Quinoa and Power Greens Salad with Smokey Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette, The Roasted Root’s Sweet Potato and Quinoa Stew, and A House in the Hills’ Sweet Potato Quinoa Patties.
Almond Butter-Stuffed Dates; photo from my Instagram feed.
2. Do you have a snack obsession? My current is almond butter-stuffed dates. Can’t.get.enough.
3. Lately I have been craving old-fashioned apple fritter doughnuts – you know, the deep fried kind that are crispy outside and chewy inside, studded with apple pieces, faintly spiced with cinnamon, and sticky sweet with glaze – like nobody’s business. I was looking up ideas for what to make with apples and I came across this picture, which did me in. (That is exactly how I remember the apple fritters of my youth!) Then I found Brown Eyed Baker’s recipe, and now making them is all I can think about.
4. Does anyone living in Kuwait (or anywhere on a beach, for that matter) have a secret trick for keeping the floors sand-free? (That is, aside from mopping twice a day and taking off shoes before going inside.) The neat-freak in me who doesn’t like a constantly gritty floor is going a little nuts and I’m open to any suggestions, lol!
5. Thank you to Cut Out + Keep for featuring me as a cooking superstar this week! I am honored. They interviewed me and they’ll be sharing a different recipe of mine each day this week…head over and take a look!
Egyptian Roumy Cheese; photo from my Instagram feed.
6. One of the things I love about living somewhere new is getting to explore via food. Since moving to Kuwait, every time I go grocery shopping, Egyptian Roumy cheese has been tempting me in the dairy section. I finally caved and tried it (nope, I have no idea what I was holding out for). I don’t know why, but it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. It’s a hard, crumbly cheese with a pungent, salty flavor; all in all it’s similar to Pecorino Romano. I think I found a new favorite.
7. If you were going on a 15 day vacation in Europe and wanted to really make the most of it by seeing as many places as you could but not having to rush through each place so much that you missed the whole experience, where would you go? (And one more caveat – your hubby definitely wants to go to Italy!)
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