It’s the weekend!!
Last night was soo much fun! Thankfully the rain held off for me though… trekking through the rain at night is definitely not on the top of my fun things to do list. Let me back up for a second though – before I went out I had a delicious apple while the bf and I cooked up a quick dinner of vegetable-rice noodles topped with Classico pasta sauce (beefed up with lots of spices) and peas & carrots, alongside a squash concoction I am calling Squash del Sud.
For the squash I used a box of frozen, cooked winter squash. It comes pre-pureed so really all you have to do is thaw it out in a saucepan or the microwave. I wanted a South American inspired dish, so I added about 1/2 cup of canned black beans, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 chili powder, a pinch of cayenne pepper and some salt and pepper. The mix of spices might sound a little odd, and I must admit that I was slightly hesitant at first, but it seriously tasted awesome! It was the perfect blend of savory-spiciness with the sweetness of the cinnamon and squash. I will definitely be making this again!!
After dinner I headed down to Puck Fair on Lafayette… right off the Bleeker Street subway stop. I’d been there once before so I was really excited to go. Admittedly it’s more of a laid-back older crowd – it was actually filmed in one of the episodes of Gossip Girl when Dan Humphrey goes to meet the author that he was working for during the summer – but I wasn’t in the mood for dance music and the typical UES bar.
I was also pretty excited that they had Ginger Beer – the ingredient to my two favorite mixed drinks (ok, other than dirty martinis), Dark & Stormies and Moscow Mules. Oh. My. Gosh… yum! I had a few drinks and really enjoyed myself, but when I came back I was famished!! Nothing like a big pot of popcorn and about a gallon of water after a fun night out!!
Rain, rain, go away…
I woke up this morning to the sound of some serious rain coming down… oh well, so much for walking around. I made a big bowl of my new favorite thing… Autumn Squash Oats! I used the regular recipe for Banana Oatymeal, but made a few changes. Here’s the mix:
- 1/3 c. rolled oats
- 1/3 c. vanilla rice milk
- 1/3 c. water
- 1/2 medium banana, sliced paper thin
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch salt
- pinch powdered ginger
- 1/2 tsp honey
- 1/3 c. winter squash puree
Start by combining 1/3 cup rolled oats, water, and rice milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Slice a banana into VERY thin pieces, leaving just a few bigger chunks. As the oatmeal heats, stir vigorously at times to “whip” the banana into the oats. The oats will take 5-7 minutes on medium heat to fully absorb the liquid. Then add all the spices and squash and serve with a spoonful of Peanut Butter!!
After lots of lounging and TV watching the rain magically stopped and it actually started looking nice outside! I guess I got my wish to go for a walk answered!!