“Hot” and some Recipes

Generally-speaking, I don’t like posting more than once a day, so this will be a bit of a hodge podge.

Anja had a bath yesterday morning (I know! Phenomenal!).  I usually change her diaper right there next to the tub so I don’t have to worry about little urination incidents between her bedroom and the bath.  As I was wiping her clean (it was #2…sorry to be SO GRAPHIC), she looked over at the semi-open diaper next to her.  Now, on the changing table, she doesn’t normally see her diapers; I put them directly into the garbage.  She gazed at it for a couple of seconds, and then uttered, “Hot.”  That in-and-of-itself might seem pretty funny, but it gets funnier (more funny?).  Anja’s word for any type of food, hot or cold, is “hot.”  If she sees food and wants it, she says “hot.”  So…I don’t know if she was making the connection that what she saw in that diaper once used to be “hot,” or, more likely, she wanted to eat it.  Gross…


With that delectable start, on to recipes!

I made 3 new recipes this past week, and all of them were pretty good, so I thought I would share.  We are omnivores, but we tend to eat vegetarian/vegan about 80% of the time, so all three are meatless recipes.  If you are one of those who needs meat to be the center of every meal, it could easily be added to any of these.

#1 – Vegan Fajitas.  I liked these much more than Husband.  He hates beans, and this recipe has a can of black beans in it.  I added a little cinnamon and lemon juice to the recipe to make it slightly more authentic, and I cut the olive oil and red wine vinegar down to about a tablespoon each.

#2 – Barley Bake.  Husband liked this much more than me.  It was supposed to serve 6 people, but I ate about 1/5 the recipe and Husband ate THE REST.  He was hungry that day.  This is what got Anja started on her recent mushroom kick.  She loves ’em!  I think I added some thyme to this recipe, because I like thyme.  And I used whole grain hull-less barley rather than pearled because it’s more nutritious.

#3 – Zucchini Risotto.  My first time making risotto, and all three of us thought it was fantastic!  Though I now understand why normal people don’t often undertake risotto…it takes 4 arms just to keep up with all the stirring and chopping and such.  I guess if I’d had the ingredients all laid out and ready I would’ve been fine.  I have this horrible habit of starting a recipe and not realizing how much time it’s going to take or running into a bunch of prep that I forgot about (oh, it says one chopped onion, and a zucchini sliced thin with a vegetable peeler – oops!).  Oh, well.  With a little help stirring and chopping from Husband, it turned out delicioso!

So go forth, try new things and share about them!  If you’ve recently tried a new recipe, tell us about it in the comments, please.

Here’s a random photo of Hubby and Anja that I like.  It’s very indicative of his personality.

Daddy 'n' Me


10 thoughts on ““Hot” and some Recipes

  1. I really like the photo. It’s precious!

    Maybe she was telling you that it’s…hot on her bum. LOL. That’s a great story. Ewwwww. I love kid-isms.

  2. Sometimes #2 does look a little tempting; melted chocolate, curry, a tootsie roll, ok sorry that’s gross, you can delete me if you want I won’t be offended.

  3. That story is FUNNY! More than likely she was looking at it thinking it could be something she could eat…at least she didn’t try. That’s happened a time or two in our household. Yeah, I know…GROSS!!!!

  4. Mmm, nothing so appetizing as a steaming pile of — wait, no! Don’t eat that, Anja, I was just kidding!

    Question: is daddy a soother or is daddy aggravating his cute baby girl, just a wee bit? Adorable photo, either way. 🙂

  5. That zucchini risotto looks fabulous! I had to LOL when I read what you said about needing four arms though. I do that all the time – I start a recipe and then realize what all I needed to do before I started! You’d think I’d learn…

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