Wednesday
Oct302013

Fall Wash

 

These photos look like I applied a fancy photo filter right? I've titled it 'fall wash'. Really, it's just the color of our back yard right now. A carpet of pine needles and yellow gold leaves, tinting everything.

I had a long overdue appointment with my hairdresser this weekend. My hair was approaching Rapunzel like lengths, doing it's own ombre type thing from lack of attention, and I even discovered an errant grey or two. Which I plucked immediately, but it was a wake up call to make an appointment, STAT.

Amazing what a little pampering will do for morale. It perked up the whole weekend.

Minus the jacket on this look, I realized it was really just a pirate costume (throws hands up in air) and I was feeling so put together!  I may have to recycle the look for tricker treaters next week!

Friday
Oct252013

Chinese Five Spice & Sriracha Deviled Egg Recipe

 

Some of the best recipes are born of tragedy.

As was the case with my Chinese Five Spice & Sriracha Deviled Eggs. I looked up this recipe by Joanne Chang for inspiration. I made a mental note of the ingredients and servings and went to work. Flaunting cooking 101, mind the recipe.

So, a dozen eggs later and a lot of soy sauce, I had a deviled soup on my hands. Which led to a google of how to fix watery deviled eggs. The obvious solution, cook more eggs. Which I did. The not so obvious, add some finely chopped egg whites to the mix. Done and done.

The result was delicious. Utlizing the ingredients from a recipe in a way they weren't meant to be used, to a delicious end. 

 

Ingredients:

10 hard boiled eggs

Chinese 5 spice powder (to dust on top)

sriracha (for topping, and 1/2 tsp for filling)

mayo (1/4 cup)

green onion (1/4 cup)

cilantro (chopped for top)

soy sauce (1 tablespoon- put in slowly!)

fresh grated ginger (1 tsp)

honey (1/2 tsp)

 

Directions:

Peel eggs, and cut in half to separate white from yolk. Place yolks in a bowl with mayo, green onion, ginger and sriracha. Add honey and soy sauce to taste, making sure the mixture remains thick.

Fill whites with deviled filling. Top with chopped cilantro, dust with Chinese 5 spice powder, and add sriracha to taste on top.

 

I served with the ginger bubbly cocktails I posted last week, as a nibbly before a feast of Chinese take out. Semi-home made entertaining at its finest!

Wednesday
Oct232013

Fall Fashion for BostInno

Above: Sea NY dress via The Tannery, Zara pumps and leopard jacket, Corey Lynn Calter clutch via Mint Julep, J Crew bubble necklace (old), Enttra necklace via Mint Julep

 

Flashback to forty weeks pregnant, my official last pregnant outfit post and only fall fashion project, for BostInno's Fall Lookbook.

The challenge from BostInno: to create a fall look, based around a neighbohood (in this case Boston's South End), using local shops, all for under 500.00. Challenge accepted.

Luckily, I was able to score this drop waist Sea NY dress from the Tannery. Drop waist, being pretty much the only waist that would accommodate the 9 month bump. The LBD is parfait; it is not only maternity-wearable, but will be a great basic transitional item post baby. Drop waist dresses are everywhere I turn (check out these particularly cute fit and flare numbers by Issa and BCBG) and with such a flattering cut, I definitely want to add another to my closet. 

This bird clutch from Corey Lynn Calter, and Enttra necklace, both from Mint Julep are bright, fun, whimsical, and totally easy to work into any outfit. My favourite item has to be the yowza bright yellow satin pumps from Zara. I was just looking for an excuse to buy them. BostInno came to the rescue. Walking around in them, totally off balance with a bump? Not easy. I can't wait to break them out again- when I can maintain my balance without the aid of a fence....

Be sure to check out the rest of the looks here!