Food

A Little Life Update

If you’ve ever met me in real life, you know I’m an extrovert. That’s not to say I don’t love time by myself too, but I definitely feel most energized when I’m out and about interacting with people. Since moving to DC, working exclusively from home has made finding opportunities to get out and meet people tricky.

So, in an effort to meet new people, learn something new and make a little extra money, I applied for and got a second job at one of our favorite coffee shops, Dolcezza! It’s an awesome little shop that serves amazing espresso and incredible gelato. I’ve never worked in a setting like this, but the owners and manager of the shop are so nice and welcoming. Dolcezza serves Stumptown coffee, and before I can even pull a shot of espresso I have to take several hours of training and classes at their factory location. They really care about their product and customers, and I’m excited to learn a new skill and interact with people in one of my favorite places — my local coffee shop!

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Here’s to getting out there and trying new things!

Fall Breakfast: Sweet Potato Hash

I know what you’re thinking: “Bridget, another sweet potato recipe!” It’s what we eat all the time, though! As long as Matt is doing this paleo diet, it will continue to be a staple item here. I do hope you like these recipes. I love trying new recipes, photographing them, and sharing them with you!

This sweet potato recipe is perfect for a fall Sunday brunch. Like most of my recipes, it takes just a few ingredients and not long at all to whip up.

You will need:

1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced

1 green pepper, diced

½ yellow onion, diced

5 slices fully cooked bacon, chopped

½ teaspoon ginger paste (or you could use fresh ginger)

a sprinkle of cinnamon

2 knobs of butter

salt/ pepper to taste

2 eggs

Once all of the vegetables are diced, toss the sweet potato, onion and pepper into a large, hot skillet. Stir occasionally so that the vegetables cook evenly. Once the vegetables have a little color, add one knob of butter, the ginger paste and cooked bacon. Cover and cook on medium heat until the potatoes are soft. Add the second knob of butter and cinnamon and cook uncovered for another 2 minutes or so while you fry the eggs in a separate pan.

Split the hash between 2 plates and top each with a fried egg and a dash of salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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*Also, funny story. I was so excited to take photos of this dish that I forgot to toss in the bacon. It’s the best part! This cold is doing a number on my brain, I think!

 

A Busy Weekend

This past weekend was filled with work, good food, and a little play! I was also sore most of the weekend because on Friday night I tried Soul Cycle for the first time. Wow, guys! It was intense. It’s sort of like a spin class meets zumba. There was lots of great music, a fun instructor, and pain… lots of pain. I don’t think I’ve sweat that much since I was a competitive gymnast! It’s on the pricey side so I think I’ll probably just stick to once a month classes. But if you haven’t tried it, your first ride is $20 — would be a ton of fun to do with a girlfriend or two.

Most of Saturday was spent doing client work. I have a big meeting in New York this week to present a plan to one of the clients I manage. It’s been a lot of work but I’m excited… and a little nervous for the meeting to go well! I’ll keep you posted.

To take a break and get out of the house, Matt and I wandered down to city center and finally tried Centrolina! I mentioned this restaurant a few months back when I listed out the places in DC I was excited to try. It was delicious! We started the meal with two tasty cocktails and a warm and cold burrata dish with sweet potato and the most delicious grilled onions I’ve ever had. For the main course I had gnocchi, which were more like little pillows of baked cheese — yum! Matt had a spicy pasta dish with sausage and calamari. Part of the restaurant is sectioned as a little market where you can buy various pastas, cheeses, vegetables, and sauces that are used in the restaurant. We grabbed a bag of dog treats for Bart and some little chocolates. If you come to DC, I highly recommend this place!

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On our way back home we found a boutique called The Great Republic. This place was very cool. They offer a variety of antique, one-of-a-kind, and made in America goods including books, leather goods, and perfumes. They had a framed American flag from 1845 that was incredible. I spent a little time in the perfume section and discovered a fragrance called Speakeasy. Wow! It’s my new favorite. And because I have an incredible husband who wanted to give me a little something before I head to NYC, he went back into the store and got it for me. I love that guy.

On Sunday, our boss Joe came into town for a couple meetings. We went to mass at St. Patrick’s in the city and then made our way to the Newseum. This isn’t one of the free museums in DC but man is it worth the ticket price! From a Berlin Wall gallery to a 9/11 gallery to the journalist memorial, you could spend days in the place and not see everything. The sections that were particularly moving to me were the “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit and the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs. Many of the images took my breath away. Incredibly moving. If you can make it to this museum, you won’t be disappointed.

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My First Fall Night In and Sweet Potato Soup

You guys, it really feels like fall now! Yesterday was the coldest day we’ve had so far (in San Diego it would have been considered the coldest day of the year!). I think Bart is still getting used to the cold and rain. I tried to take him out while it was raining and he was not having it. On that note I’ve seen several dogs in raincoats here! I didn’t know that was a thing. Anyway! Back to my fall night in.

Because it’s now October and it was a rainy cold night here in DC, I decided to make a homemade soup. You’re probably sick of all my sweet potato recipes but cooking for someone eating according to a paleo diet, they are kind of a staple!

Here’s the sweet potato soup we whipped up for dinner.

You will need:

1 tablespoon flour

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

½ of an onion, diced

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

1 1/2 cups diced sweet potatoes

1/4 teaspoon ginger paste

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup half and half

Garnish with a little bacon (because… bacon is delicious on everything!)

In a heavy sauce pot, over medium heat, melt the butter and add the flour, stirring until the mixture is a light caramel color. Add the broth and brown sugar and bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Stir in the sweet potatoes, spices and ginger paste, bring to a simmer again, and cook for 10 – 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. In a blender, puree the soup in batches and return to the sauce pot. Add the half and half and reheat the soup to desired temperature.

I love that this recipe had just a few ingredients but tasted like something we slaved over all day! It was savory, filling, and delicious!

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Matt had class last night so Bart and I hung out at home. I got caught up on laundry, chatted with my parents, and sipped a delicious glass of Malbec. I hope you all are enjoying this season change as much as I am!