Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Menu: Spring Dinner Menu from Blissful Bites

Part of trying to heal is apparently doing things that previously brought me joy, and blogging is one of those things, so I am going to try and get back into it. There is also something that I find immensely soothing about blogging, and it allows me to focus and think about something else without being too strenuous for my exhausted brain. So I am going to start trying to blog regularly again. After all, my backlog of photos from cookbooks and eating out isn't going to keep working through itself.

People who know me know that I can't resist a menu! This is the spring dinner menu from Blissful Bites (not to be confused with Blissful Basil from my last post) by Christy Morgan. You can see other things that I have made from this cookbook here.

Lemon-Roasted Asparagus: I love roasted asparagus, I think it is the nicest way to have asparagus. This comes together very quickly, and it turns out that lemon roasts beautifully as well. I had to use dried oregano in the herb blend, as I didn't have any fresh.
Rating: :)

Lemon-Roasted Asparagus

Brown Rice: Boiled Method: I normally make rice in the rice cooker, no shame. It is easy and frees up another hotplate on the stove. Christy has you soak the rice (medium or short-grain) for several hours before cooking. I needed to add extra water above what she mentions so that it didn't dry out mid-cook. Her version takes 45 minutes of covered simmering. She recommends using kombu or salt, and I used salt.
Rating: :)

Brown Rice: Boiled Method

Orange-'Wakame' Cucumber Salad: So I was convinced I had all the ingredients for this, only to then find at the last minute that I didn't have wakame. So I used arame instead. This is a very light and refreshing salad, that has a nice sweet, salty and vinegar dressing.
Rating: :)

Orange-Seaweed Cucumber Salad

Black-Eyed Pea BBQ Stew: I skipped the first step of this recipe, which involves cooking the beans, as I had some pre-cooked beans in my freezer. I used 2 cups worth. I needed to add a little extra water to simmer the beans and veggies. Once you have cooked beans, this stew comes together so easily, and very quickly.
Rating: :)

Black-Eyed Pea BBQ Stew

And here is the whole menu on a plate. This worked beautifully as a complete meal, everything tasted so nice together.

Spring Dinner Menu: Black-Eyed Pea BBQ Stew; Lemon-Roasted Asparagus; Brown Rice; Orange-Seaweed Cucumber Salad

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Dim Sim

This little girl is keeping me going. I mentioned previously that Dim Sim is very happy to finally get to be an only cat. Spending time together and redefining our relationship in a one-on-one capacity has been very sweet, though heartbreaking for me.


  1. I don't have a rice cooker, and I always ruin brown rice so about a year ago I started boiling it like pasta and now I have success with brown rice!
    What a gorgeous meal, the cucumber salad looks divine.
    Gorgeous Dim Sim. I am so sorry for your pain. I learned that whoever says time heals all wounds is a big fat liar. Some wounds stick around forever. Sending hugs.

    1. Yep, time doesn't heal anything.
      Boiling the rice like pasta is a good idea!

  2. Yum! Dim Sim is beautiful. Hugs from me too!

  3. "Part of trying to heal is apparently doing things that previously brought me joy, and blogging is one of those things, so I am going to try and get back into it."
    That is good! But be kind to yourself and take your time with things. I'm glad that blogging can help get you back into the swing of things and that it is soothing for you.
    That lemon asparagus!!!!

    1. Another way to use up your lemons?
      And thank you.

  4. Everything looks amazing! And cute kitty pics are always a plus!