Oscars Weekend Things!

I am on a true Oscars high!  Brad!  Bong Joon-Ho winning Best Original Screenplay!  Bong Joon-Ho winning Best Director!  A clip of “Jai Ho” (wow, I truly went insane when this happened, ha ha)!  And most importantly… PARASITE WINS BEST PICTURE!  Joey and I cheered like we were personally involved in the making of this film.  And even though I said I thought 1917 was going to win, I ended up going with my heart when I filled in my ballot and I was rewarded big time!

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In full support of Parasite, we made “Ram-Don” aka Jjapaguri for dinner and it was just as good as it looked in the movie!  Plus our traditional Buffalo Wing Popcorn and Whiskey Sours for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, though that didn’t help the movie much.  What did you guys think of that surprise Eminem performance??  Every millennial I’ve spoken to hated it, but my parents loved it, so I’m just extra confused.  Overall, it was a great night!

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Back on Friday, we headed home to hunker down because it was snowy and it felt right to stay in, cook ourselves dinner and watch a double feature.  We started with Dear Ex and even though we were having technical difficulties with the subtitles (sometimes they would flash by in the blink of an eye and sometimes they wouldn’t even come up at all!), I thought this movie was wonderful.  Such a beautiful portrait of pain and love all rolled together.  And I thought the cast gave outstanding performances.

We made Ponzu Roasted Salmon for dinner and even though Bon Appetit is always asking us to plate things in weird (usually hand-torn) ways, we LOVED this meal!  As a true lover of all things ginger and citrus, I wanted to straight up drink the ponzu sauce.  So good!  Our second feature was Drive and look, I love Ryan Gosling, Carrie Muligan and Oscar Isaac but that movie is bad.  Sorry, not sorry!

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Saturday started with our go-to recipe for whole wheat pancakes and ended with the Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts, but in between, I made banana bread, we hit not one but two open houses (the houses were amazing, but the circumstances around them were not), I went for an eye exam and we grabbed burgers with my mom, sister and Wayne ♥  As for the doc shorts, I really liked them this year!  If you’ve never heard of Resignation Syndrome (I hadn’t!), please look it up or, better yet, watch Life Overtakes Me on Netflix.  It was crazy!  Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) was our (and the Academy’s) favorite though.  It was surprisingly uplifting for a documentary that takes place in Afghanistan.

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I think I’ve spoken enough about Sunday, but please know we woke up to MORE snow, so we ditched our dining out plans and made breakfast at home.  I am very into a soft scramble with goat cheese right now and hey look, the banana bread I made on Saturday made an appearance on my plate!  Also made lunch salads for the week while Joey cleaned the $#%& out of the bathroom and then I did a self-led yoga class while he worked.  I never even left the house!

Now please excuse me while I go watch that clip of Bong Joon-Ho giggling at his Oscar statuette 😛

Make This Now

So much of life is a Catch -22.  I like planning ahead, but I like to match things to my mood and you can’t plan your mood ahead of time, can you?  That would be nice though!  Good moods every Friday please!  Anyway, this is all to say spring is so up and down and I find it hard to match pre-planned meals to ever-changing weather.  I feel like grilling a burger when it’s 80° and sunny and curry when it’s rainy and gray, but those things can happen in the same day!

I guess this list is comprised of meals that managed to match my mood and the weather.  Those make me extra happy and are the reason I continue to chase that feeling.

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One-Skillet Lemon Pepper Shrimp and Orzo

Do you every just HARD-sear some zucchini coins and then realize they look bad in pictures?  Me neither…  Anyway, we made this skillet dinner a few weeks back and were delighted when the orzo cooked perfectly and tasted wonderfully decadent but still light and citrusy.  Also, we bought a bag of Meyer lemons to make this and I legitimately full on ate the other six?  Joey thought I was insane, but they tasted like candy to me!

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Banh Mi Burgers

Okay, I maybe said “next time I make these, I’m definitely adding more salt to the beef” something like 10 times the night we made these, but they were still REALLY GOOD.  Then again, I’m a sucker for banh mi anything.  Joey asked me “what makes these banh mi burgers??” and I was so confused, because… everything?  Those quick-pickled veggies, that fiery sriracha mayo, all that cilantro!  I loved them.  Also, I’ve tried SO MANY sweet potato fry methods and then I just tossed these in olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted them for 30 minutes and I think they were the best ones I’ve ever made, ha!

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Tomato-Ricotta Pizza

Per my Dinner Diary (yeah, I still keep that!), I made this pizza two years ago and not since.  Which is a shame, because it is delicious!  It has a pesto-ricotta and roasted cherry tomatoes and a sprinkling of feta and basil.  So many flavor bombs that just really sing together.  Plus I ate a cherry tomato while prepping this pizza and it had NO RIGHT to taste as good as it did this early in the season.  Not mad about the leftover ricotta I have in the fridge either because it means ricotta pancakes are in my very near future!

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Black Bean and Tempeh Tacos with Cashew Cheese Sauce

These tacos were a breeze because I had leftover cheese sauce from burrito bowls the week before and black beans I’d already cooked from scratch in the freezer.  Look, I’m not really one to enjoy a veggie taco because you know what’s good?  Steak, chicken, shrimp, carnitas!  But these were honestly so good and satisfying.  Also, how good are those corn-wheat blend tortillas?  Thank you, La Tortilla Factory, for this little gift.

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Skillet Poblano and Pumpkin Enchiladas

Two skillet recipes in one post?  You know it!  And let me tell you, skillet enchiladas are way way way easier than real enchiladas.  Joey and I are still traumatized by the time we made enchiladas from scratch (cooked the meat, made the sauce, individually fried the tortillas, milked a cow and made cheese… okay, maybe not that last one) and it took HOURS, but this recipe basically just requires you to stir some tortillas strips into a skillet and that I can do!  Plus all the garnishes just make this meal feel extra special.  There’s a lime yogurt sauce, a sprinkle of salty Cotija and those spiced pepitas.  We loved it!

I hope that you’ll find some inspiration here and that you have a wonderful weekend!