Easter weekend was SO much fun and I’m slightly depressed that it’s over. I got to spend a lot of quality time with the fam, and especially my favorite (slash only) niece Claire. She is three and a half, completely hysterical and we are totally in love.
I hung out with her for most of the day Friday and all day Saturday and over the course of those two days, we made Easter cupcakes, watched Shrek 3, played T ball, dyed Easter eggs, snuggled, and just generally had an incredible time.
Unfortunately, her brother Ben was having an allergy attack and just to be on the safe side, they couldn’t join us for Easter on Sunday. My other sister Wendy’s baby Harper (that’s a mouthful!) is still really susceptible to catching anything he’s exposed to since he was born 4 months early and his immune system is still weak, so we have to be really careful. On the plus side, that meant that I got to be super selfish with Harper and keep him to myself for most of the day yesterday. He is doing REALLY great by the way, and is off oxygen now so he’s a free range baby!
Me, Wil, and Harper
Trying to get a photo of everyone involved in this looking at the camera proved impossible, so that’s the best we could do.
Wil got a fancy ham for the main course called a porchetta, which is basically a ham with the bones removed, wrapped in a whole pork belly.
From the front:
From the back:
You’d think we were feeding a small army, but that 16 pound piece of meat was for just 7 of us, one of which doesn’t eat meat (me). There were lots and lots of leftovers and no one seemed the be disappointed at that fact.
I had baked tofu in place of the ham, with the same glaze used on the ham consisting of orange juice, maple syrup, honey, and vinegar.
The sides we had were peroigies and a spring medley of local, organic veggies cooked in veggie stock, dill, and a little butter. It’s funny because my family could not BELIEVE I didn’t eat the ham/wasn’t tempted by it, but to be honest, it didn’t even cross my mind. I think I’ve accepted the pescatarian frame of mind (seeing as it’s been a year and a few months) so it’s not something I have to really make an effort to do anymore, it just comes naturally to me. I think if my diet (I use the term loosely to encompass everything I eat) made me feel restricted in any way, I’d reevaluate, but I really enjoy the way that I eat and it really doesn’t make me feel deprived at all.
If dessert was out of the question on my diet, that would be a whole different story and an immediate cause for reevaluation. 😉 Easter dessert was literally the best cheesecake I’ve ever had in my life!
Ricotta Cheesecake from a local Philly bakery. I’m not normally the hugest fan of cheesecake – I mean, I’ll eat it, but it’s not something that I crave really. This one though was light and fluffy because of the ricotta and the perfect amount of sweet. We served it with some fresh strawberries drizzled with a touch of vanilla scented liquor. Heaven.
After the extended meal and dessert and lots of sitting outside and enjoying the gorgeous weather, we got on the road back to DC. It was almost 5 when we left, so we didn’t make it home until 8ish and I was just too beat to go to the grocery store. I wanted to just relax, order food, and watch TV, but I have a really busy week ahead and knew I needed to do a little bit of planning for the week, so I made a deal with myself.
I ordered delivery Indian food for dinner last night and took the time between ordering the food and it arriving to do a little prep and planning for the week. I decided to hold off on grocery shopping until further notice because my fridge is actually pretty well stocked and I had enough on hand to make several meals. I may go to the farmer’s market Thursday (first time this season!!) to restock on veggies, but I think I can make it through the week without even going if I don’t feel up for it.
In the 45 minutes that it took the food to come, I whipped up another batch of quinoa salad – this time the recipe basically halved, without kidney beans since the quinoa is enough protein on its own (slash I didn’t have any). I also broke down the pineapple I bought last week and didn’t use and separated it into containers for the week.
I think that was my first time ever cutting up a whole pineapple and it was actually quite fun. Here’s what I came up with for a plan, without a shopping trip this week:
|Monday||Wheat Berries, Greek Yogurt, Frozen Fruit||Quinoa Salad||Pineapple, Apple w/PB||Cocktail Party/Menu Tasting at Ris|
|Tuesday||Green Monster – w greek yogurt, peanut flour, fruit||Leftover Indian Food – eggplant with rice, raita||Greek yogurt w pineapple, grapes||Scrambled Eggs with veggies and dill|
|Wednesday||English muffin w PB, apple||The last Cheesy Kale Stromboli||Cottage cheese with pineapple, grapes||Dinner out at Founding Farmers|
|Thursday||Wheat Berries w Greek Yogurt/fruit||Quinoa Salad||Apple with Peanut Butter, pineapple||Baked Tofu with couscous and veggies|
|Friday||Protein Smoothie||Leftover Baked Tofu with veggies and couscous||Cottage Cheese w Pineapple, Apple||TBD|
I can’t decide if it’s funny or sad that I’m freaking out a little bit about not having fresh bananas (I do have a few in the freezer). Bananas are something I have almost every day, and the thought of not having them is making me want to make a trip just for some bananas, but that seems a little pathetic. Let’s see if I can make it.
How often do you go grocery shopping? What’s the longest you’ve ever gone between trips?