This is from last week but I still wanted to put it up.  On Tuesday morning, I dissected a sheep in my pathology lab.  Since my sense of humour tends to be on the ironic side, I went out and got some New Zealand lamb and made myself a steak dinner.  It was great.

This is from last week but I still wanted to put it up.  On Tuesday morning, I dissected a sheep in my pathology lab.  Since my sense of humour tends to be on the ironic side, I went out and got some New Zealand lamb and made myself a steak dinner.  It was great.

I haven’t posted on this blog in ages—but for once I actually have a good reason (well, two reasons) for it.  The first is that when I got out of school and moved back home for the summer, I was working almost every day and rarely had time to make/photograph blog-worthy food.  The second is that after a shortened summer, I have made the long journey to the other side of the world and am now residing in New Zealand for a semester-long exchange!  It’s absolutely gorgeous here.  I do have my own kitchen in my flat so I hope to at least occasionally find the time to make something good.

Last night was one of those nights, and this was the result.  Check out my breaded, pan-fried chicken with a honey mustard buttermilk sauce*, mashed potatoes, and fresh NZ greens with a honey mustard dressing.

* I didn’t make the sauce (got it as a free sample bottle from the supermarket), but it was amazing.

I haven’t posted on this blog in ages—but for once I actually have a good reason (well, two reasons) for it.  The first is that when I got out of school and moved back home for the summer, I was working almost every day and rarely had time to make/photograph blog-worthy food.  The second is that after a shortened summer, I have made the long journey to the other side of the world and am now residing in New Zealand for a semester-long exchange!  It’s absolutely gorgeous here.  I do have my own kitchen in my flat so I hope to at least occasionally find the time to make something good.

Last night was one of those nights, and this was the result.  Check out my breaded, pan-fried chicken with a honey mustard buttermilk sauce*, mashed potatoes, and fresh NZ greens with a honey mustard dressing.

* I didn’t make the sauce (got it as a free sample bottle from the supermarket), but it was amazing.

Dinner the other night: honey-spice chicken thighs, spinach-blueberry salad, and seasoned oven fries.

Dinner the other night: honey-spice chicken thighs, spinach-blueberry salad, and seasoned oven fries.

What I made for breakfast on father’s day.  It was a kind of Mexican breakfast taco.  I made some semi-mashed spiced black beans, which we spread on a tortilla first, then topped with a fried egg, cheese, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, and fresh chimichurri.

What I made for breakfast on father’s day.  It was a kind of Mexican breakfast taco.  I made some semi-mashed spiced black beans, which we spread on a tortilla first, then topped with a fried egg, cheese, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, and fresh chimichurri.

Santa fe pizza on the barbecue! Homemade crust topped with cheddar cheese, onions, jalapenos, corn, chicken, avocado, salsa, and sour cream.

Santa fe pizza on the barbecue! Homemade crust topped with cheddar cheese, onions, jalapenos, corn, chicken, avocado, salsa, and sour cream.

Happy belated National Burger Day! (One day late.) I’ve been craving a burger for dinner all week and we finally got to make them tonight.  My brother made some homemade sweet potato fries and chipotle mayo.  I piled my burger with arugula, swiss cheese, onion, tomato, avocado, and some of the mayo, all on a toasted brioche bun! Paired with some beer and the baseball game, it was a good meal.

Happy belated National Burger Day! (One day late.) I’ve been craving a burger for dinner all week and we finally got to make them tonight.  My brother made some homemade sweet potato fries and chipotle mayo.  I piled my burger with arugula, swiss cheese, onion, tomato, avocado, and some of the mayo, all on a toasted brioche bun! Paired with some beer and the baseball game, it was a good meal.

Salad lunch to go: spinach, apple, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and sunflower/pumpkin seeds with a lemon vinaigrette.  Yummyyyy.

Salad lunch to go: spinach, apple, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and sunflower/pumpkin seeds with a lemon vinaigrette.  Yummyyyy.

I got home from work early today and spent the rest of the afternoon watching Chopped—so of course I was feeling inspired to do some experimenting with dinner.  I made a spicy chicken quinoa bowl with a lime-sriracha-agave sauce and peas.  I garnished it with scallions, cilantro, and some raspberries to add a pop of colour and complement the sweetness of the agave.  I love this photo!

I got home from work early today and spent the rest of the afternoon watching Chopped—so of course I was feeling inspired to do some experimenting with dinner.  I made a spicy chicken quinoa bowl with a lime-sriracha-agave sauce and peas.  I garnished it with scallions, cilantro, and some raspberries to add a pop of colour and complement the sweetness of the agave.  I love this photo!

Can’t take the credit for this one; my dad made some awesome chicken parmesan and tomato sauce, all from scratch following a recipe he had watched on America’s Test Kitchen the day before.

Can’t take the credit for this one; my dad made some awesome chicken parmesan and tomato sauce, all from scratch following a recipe he had watched on America’s Test Kitchen the day before.

Greek night! Garlic potatoes, fresh pita bread, Greek salad, homemade chicken souvlaki, and of course a big mound of tzatziki.

Greek night! Garlic potatoes, fresh pita bread, Greek salad, homemade chicken souvlaki, and of course a big mound of tzatziki.

Haven’t posted in ages, but I have some food photos saved up from some of the excellent meals I’ve had since getting home from school.  Here’s what we made on my first night back: grilled flank steak with homemade chimichurri, grilled peppers and onions, spiced corn, and Mexican rice.

Haven’t posted in ages, but I have some food photos saved up from some of the excellent meals I’ve had since getting home from school.  Here’s what we made on my first night back: grilled flank steak with homemade chimichurri, grilled peppers and onions, spiced corn, and Mexican rice.

Exams all done! Dinner with some wonderful friends: salmon, veggies, and crispy smashed potatoes!

Exams all done! Dinner with some wonderful friends: salmon, veggies, and crispy smashed potatoes!

Sundried tomato pasta with chicken and peas.

Sundried tomato pasta with chicken and peas.

Open-faced egg salad sandwich with fresh pea shoots!  The greens came from a fantastic event I attended the night before, which was on local foods and farming.  It was a really interesting presentation that has helped me put my thoughts on food/veganism/etc into perspective (I’ll probably talk about this when I write about how my Vegan Challenge went, which tbh will probably not be until after exams haha).  There was also some fabulous free food and wine at the event, which just made it even better. ;)

Open-faced egg salad sandwich with fresh pea shoots!  The greens came from a fantastic event I attended the night before, which was on local foods and farming.  It was a really interesting presentation that has helped me put my thoughts on food/veganism/etc into perspective (I’ll probably talk about this when I write about how my Vegan Challenge went, which tbh will probably not be until after exams haha).  There was also some fabulous free food and wine at the event, which just made it even better. ;)

Baked salmon, baked potato wedges, and (best of all) broccoli fresh from the farmer’s market.  I was feeling particularly indulgent and added some butter to the broccoli, which I haven’t done in a long time—I forgot how damn good it tastes. Mmm.

Baked salmon, baked potato wedges, and (best of all) broccoli fresh from the farmer’s market.  I was feeling particularly indulgent and added some butter to the broccoli, which I haven’t done in a long time—I forgot how damn good it tastes. Mmm.

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