It’s currently 11:00pm, I’ve been running around since 6am this morning and somehow in all of that I managed to get a bi’s/tri’s workout AND yoga in today. And you know what? I couldn’t be happier. I love my new job even with the crazy hours.
The only downside like I said last week is trying to find time to blog. So on Monday I made a point to experiment with a new recipe to share with you guys. Only to fail. Hardcore. I hated it. Jake said it was OK but what he really means was “it was edible.” Sigh.
This, my friends, is roasted fennel (and ground beef with thai seasoning). Looks appetizing right? Noooope. I bought a head of fennel from Trader Joe’s for the first time over the weekend. And decided since roasting makes everything delicious, to try it at 380 degrees (F) for about 30 minutes. But just to spice it up a bit, I would add 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar to the oil when I coated it.
The balsamic vinegar wasn’t the issue. It’s fennel! Who actually likes this vegetable? I suppose I should have known better since I’m not a huge black licorice fan either. Because the other name for fennel is anise…
Jake told me the next day that his office served roasted fennel and carrots. Thankfully he wasn’t a big fan of that dish either. So I’ve officially decided that fennel sucks, not my cooking.
At this point I decided to just stick with my staples. So I give you sautéed sweet potato and onions (one of my favorite dishes in life) with ground pork.
And roasted brussels sprouts (also one of my favorite dishes in life) with again, ground beef. Although this time I did add a tablespoon or two of balsamic vinegar to the brussels sprouts. Not really sure it improved the dish but whatever.
And finally, I have to share this. My friend Lee May owns an AMAZING candy shop with his family on Mackinac Island, MI called May’s Candy Shop. And two weekends ago while Jake was up on the island (after getting 2nd place in the Race to Mackinac !!!), Lee surprised me by giving Jake fudge to take home!
I cannot begin to describe how good this fudge is. No it’s not paleo. No it’s not on my diet. Who the hell cares? If you are anywhere near Mackinac Island or are planning a trip there, I highly recommend you check it out. And tell him Rachel from Pain Free Kitchen sent you
PS. In case you are interested, the flavors were: chocolate, dark chocolate, pecan, blueberry (don’t be fooled, this one is really good!), peanut butter and peanut butter chocolate. And we also got a giant turtle (the chocolate kind, not the pet) and a piece of toffee.
Can’t make it to Mackinac Island? Don’t worry, they will ship it to you
Alright, that’s it. Time for bed. Happy What I Ate Wednesday everyone!