Friday, June 14, 2013

Asparagus and a Dreary (But Fun!) Week


Last week was a heat wave. Hot, sticky, sweaty, and full of summer sun. I'm one of those weird people who would much rather be hot than cold, so I was in all sorts of love with the weather. For those of us who wait through the endless New England winter, summer is always a godsend--after a blink-and-you-miss-it bit of spring, of course.

This week, I'm trying to find that guy with the Ark so that I don't get swept away.

I suppose that's one of the great and terrible things about living in New England--the weather does whatever it wants to do, with no rhyme or reason. Yesterday, I thought the rain had passed since I woke up to a room full of sunlight, but I stepped outside into a breezy, frigid day and the rain returned somewhere in the night.

To whomever left the large umbrella in my car, thank you. I don't know what I would have done without it this week!
HEATHER!
(She lives far away and I don't see her often)

Anyways, this week has been pretty great despite leaving me uncomfortably drenched and frizzy-haired*. I went to India House with some friends for a much-needed Girls' Night on Monday, and made THE MOST AMAZING GLUTEN FREE PIZZA EVER EVER EVER with friends last night and we devoured it too quickly for a photo shoot but you best believe it's going to be here on the blog in the very near future, as we added a bit here and there to the recipe ;)


Also I got to see some college friends that I haven't seen in foreverrr for my friend Shawna's 25th birthday last Sunday. Shawna unfortunately developed food poisoning, but since everyone was already coming over (some from as far as Chicago and Los Angeles) she was a trooper and stuck it out. We had a great time nonetheless while she drank Pedia lite and we (NO JOKE) drank DOM PERIGNON MIMOSAS OUT OF SOLO CUPS.


It's a long story as to how we acquired this bottle, but we felt almost classy. We ate brunch as soon as we knew she could handle the smell of food, and then played Cards Against Humanity until it was time to go. I was grateful for this day because I miss these ladies a whole lot.


*I am daring myself to go the whole summer with my curly hair. We'll see how that goes, because I cannot stand my hair but the constant flat-ironing was leaving it broken and sad so I figured this might help rejuvenate it a bit. I've hated my hair for 25 years and been straightening it ever since I got my flatiron at age 14--I don't think I've ever gone more than a week curly. At this point, it's been nearly two months.

Last time I had my hair straight was for Alice, left.

So that was my week. How was yours? Is it raining where you are, too?

This light and flavorful salad is a take on Japanese seaweed salad. It was made during last week's heat wave and was a great simple lunch that helped me cool off a bit. Since I do not have seaweed easily accessible, alternate greens were used, two of my favorites, in fact--Brussels sprouts and asparagus. Asparagus is best in New England, and I happen to live next to the best town to harvest it in: Hadley. They don't call it Hadley Grass for nothin'!


Brussels Sprout Asparagus Sesame Salad

  • 5 stalks asparagus, sliced thin (I used a vegetable peeler)
  • 5 large Brussels sprouts, shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped fine or pressed
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp chili oil
  • handful of almond slivers
  • sesame seeds, for garnish (I was out)

-Mix all wet ingredients together and set aside for ten minutes in the fridge to let flavors blend. Taste, and if needed add a little more of whatever flavor you'd like (for example, I thought the sesame was too strong, so I added a dash of soy sauce and a bit more chili oil and vinegar).

-Toss together asparagus and Brussels sprouts with sauce. Sprinkle almonds and sesame seeds on top. Serve cold.

17 comments:

  1. Ugh the weather is SO gross, right?

    I think it's a great idea for you to let your hair be curly-my hair is flat and boring and straight and I'm so jealous of pretty curls!

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    1. I wish my hair was straight--it's so much easier to make curls that look good when the hair is straight already. When I want pretty, barrel curls, I need to straighten my hair, wait a day, THEN curl it. It's such a process. My waves/curls, naturally, are big frizzy hunks of stuff. But it'll be a good experiment to see what products work for me!

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  2. That salad sounds gooood. Did you redesign your blog and I somehow didn't notice until just now? I like it :) And I'm jealous of your fancy solo cup mimosas.

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    1. Haha I did it yesterday. I want to get a legit design but they START at $1000 so I just fiddled with blogger until I found something tolerable.

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  3. Embrace your curls! It's so much easier, I used to go straight in the winter, but I stopped a few years ago. Just got tired of blowing it out every other day. So this salad, all my favorite things. Yum. Also am I crazy or did you do something new to your site design?

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    1. Hehe, yup, I just changed some images and the background. I get bored every few weeks or so. I'm hoping I can up my ad revenue somehow (to more than $2 per month, heh) and be able to afford a total redesign, but that will take foreverr since they start at $1000. Oh well. It looks cute for now I guess?

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  4. I am not sure if its worse that you mixed Dom Perignon with OJ or that you drank it out of a Solo cup ;) And I am a bit jealous since I've never tried it either way!

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    1. I kind of wish I'd thought to sneak a sip sans-OJ! Now I'll probably never know what it tastes like, since it just seemed like a mimosa with good champagne (which, duh, it was!)

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  5. I seriously could have used this recipe 2 days ago when I was staring at a bag of shredded Brussels sprouts in my fridge that I had forgotten about and had only hours of life left to it. Sounds delicious!

    How wonderful that you had a bit of a reunion! Your friend really is a trooper for partying it up despite feeling green!

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  6. How I wish to have curly hair...all my school years, I dream to have curly hair (most Asians have straight hair you know, without a choice!). I love this refreshing summery salad! Pinned!

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    1. I wished for Asian hair, it's so shiny and dark and gorgeous! I still think it's easier to curl straight hair (with lots of hair spray!) than to straighten curly hair though...

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  7. Sounds like such a super fun week, if we totally ignore the ridiculous weather lol. I LOVE the curly hair! But...I'm biased. :P

    This salad sounds mucho delicious. Love those Asian flavors!

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  8. I like the curly hair! I understand completely about it, though. I've straightened my hair for years.

    Love the look of this salad! I'm a big asparagus and Brussels sprouts fan.

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  9. Looks like a fun time with old friends! I have curly hair too and am trying to get through the summer without straightening it. Sometimes I just dry the front so I don't get weird curls around my face. :) This salad looks super-light and summery!

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  10. I love Japanese seaweed salad, but I would like this springy take on the salad too!

    I used to fight with my hair for years, too (I have wavy hair) but have learned to embrace my natural texture and just enhance it. Now I pretty much love my hair hehe

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  11. Hehe that Alice photo is cute. Very excited for the best gluten free pizza ever ever! Sounds amazing :) We too have weather like that.. although our Winters barely go below 10C.

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  12. yes, the wedding here has been crazy! Ha, I'm the opposite of you -I have curly hair and am way too lazy to straighten it- if I'm lucky, I straighten it maybe once a month :)

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