Passed on to us by a loyal Loulies reader, a quick winter breakfast we have come to love is one cup cooked oatmeal mixed with a tablespoon of each – unsweetened almond butter, chia seeds, flax seeds and a drizzle of maple syrup. It is good for morning energy, satisfies hunger for hours and is perfect for this time of year when our bodies crave something warm and satisfying. Avoid the pre-packaged oatmeal, which is often packed with sugar and salt. And, yes, oats are naturally gluten-free.
Tips for Perfect Oatmeal – We love the toasting tip.
Chia Seeds and Flax Seeds – Both chia seeds and flax seeds can be found at most grocery stores. For the flax seeds, we prefer the finely ground seeds as opposed to whole.
Maple Syrup – Grade A or B
This month’s Bon Appétit has a delicious!!! cover recipe that is simple and requires little, if any, adaptation. We are big noodle fans and love the comfort of a steaming bowl of Asian noodle soup. If eating healthy is a central part of your New Year’s Resolutions, then you will love this recipe – comfort food without the guilt. Other than omitting the fish sauce, we followed the recipe to a tee. The recipe suggests trying it with turnip greens too. We really like that idea.
Friday Link: Asian Noodle Soup with Spicy Pork + Mustard Greens
This book is on our gift-giving list this Christmas. The reviews claim it is smart, non-intimidating and pragmatic. But, no Amazon ordering (OUT OF STOCK); which is probably a good thing, as you are forced to keep your shopping local.
Click here to learn more about author and wine columnist Katherine Cole. And, by the way, this is our 1,001 post at Loulies – maybe WE should do a curated book?
To celebrate her beautiful new book, The Art of Simple Food II, Alice Waters will be at Buck’s Fishing & Camping restaurant tomorrow night for an event co-sponsored by Politics & Prose and James Alefantis – friend, book lover, and owner of Buck’s. Along with a few other local chefs, we will be cooking for Alice (a little nervous and very excited). The feast will include appetizers and a four-course meal with wine pairings, and each guest will receive a signed copy of Alice’s book. Admission is $350 ($345 for members) for one ticket and a book, or $650 ($645 for members) for two tickets and a book. All ticket proceeds will be donated to The Edible Schoolyard, whose mission is to promote an edible education curriculum for kindergarten through high school.
Click Here to Purchase Tickets
We had a version of Portuguese fish stew for a Friday evening “girls night out”, then another good friend served something very similar at a dinner party the next night. The following week, Bettina decided to give it a try mid-week for out-of-town guests visiting overnight. It is a delicious dinner option that may be the answer (at least for right now) to the everlasting question What to cook? Make it at home for friends or family and keep it loose, every version will likely be a bit different depending on the type of fish you decide to use.
Here is a link to the recipe that was sent to us from our girlfriend Katherine. We made a few adaptions: we used clam juice instead of making fish stock, we found canned tomatoes worked fine, smoky-sweet paprika is a must, and monkfish was a wonderful addition to the seafood selection.
We are so excited to be a part of this event!
Join us on Monday, November 4th, for a private dinner with David Tanis at Buck’s Fishing & Camping. It is a collaboration between us, Buck’s Fishing & Camping, Politics & Prose, the Washington Post’s Joe Yonan, Buck’s owner James Alefantis, and local chefs James Rexroad, Amy Brandwein and Vickie Reh to serve a multi-course meal from acclaimed New York Time’s writer David Tanis‘ newest cookbook One Good Dish. Each course will feature seasonal ingredients and will be paired with delicious wines. David Tanis will be there himself so check out his website at davidtanis.com. He worked with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse and is a super cool guy. The book is included in the ticket price and the event will be at the restaurant.
You can use this link to purchase tickets. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! Space is limited.
Photograph by Jason Hornick for Washington Post Express
This week, the Washington Post selected Chaya, our pop-up restaurant, by designating us as one of nine up-and-coming DC “Tastemakers”.
We are not classically trained chefs but were honored this designation based on our innovative “plant-based” tacos sold on a weekly basis at various markets throughout DC. The Post reported: “Trying to find the Chaya taco stand at the farmers market? Just look for the longest line.”
We’ve searched and searched and no one else is preparing tacos like we are. We use fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create a meal that you would never find in Mexico or anywhere else. Some of Chaya’s offerings include Creamy Braised Chard + Potato with Green Sauce, Market Mushroom, Feta + Red Sauce, and Garlicky Greens, Goat Cheese + Pickled Red Onion. As one of the White House Pastry Chef’s tweeted after a meal from Chaya “these tacos are life changing and healthy too”.
Chaya will be at the FreshFarm Market by the White House through the end of October and at other FFM locations through the winter. We will also be at the District Flea on intermittent Saturdays through mid November. We will continue to pop up at area locations in the upcoming months; for more information, please go to: ChayaDC.com
Dark green, red and orange are not only the colors to have in your closet they are also to have on your plate. If you want to load up on healthy superfoods, then you should know that the natural color of foods represent the phytochemicals that are beneficial and important to your health. For example, important antioxidants that keep our hearts pumping and our brains functioning can be found in blue, purple and deep red foods such as eggplants and cranberries. But pay attention to these other colors too:
DARK GREEN: Spinach, chard, kale, and other rich, leafy greens help clear toxins from our bodies.
RED and ORANGE: Beets, pomegranates, winter squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots all help to keep your immune system strong.
Five Recipe Favorites We Make Again and Again:
Lemony Kale Salad with Pignoli, Raisins & Shaved Parmesan
Carrot Salad with Seeds
Warm Sunshine Squash Salad
Easy Energy Bars
The founders of Brooklyn Flea are popping-up shop here in Washington starting this Saturday (and every Saturday through October) in the lot just behind the 9:30 Club at 815 V St, NW.
District Flea, inspired by the overwhelming success of New York’s largest venue for artisans, small shopkeepers, vintage aficionados and such – selling a mix of new and used goods. Our Chaya was hand-picked to help represent the unique local food scene. We’ll be selling our handmade corn tortillas filled with delicious and seasonally inspired fillings this Saturday. We’ll have a trio of tacos to choose from: Garlicky Lacinato Kale with Tomatillo Sauce + Pepper Jack, White Corn & Chives in a Creamy Poblano Sauce, and – our standard bearer – Market Mushroom with Red Sauce + Feta.
A shout-out as well to fellow Union Kitchen members who will be at the Flea too: Capitol Kombucha, Milk Cult and Cherry Blossom Creative. Please come and visit!