Broiled Zucchini with Chimichurri Sauce

Broiled Zucchini with Chimichurri Sauce

I went to tea with a friend last week--a special treat, as our schedules never seem to line up. We went to a tea house in town that has ornate pillars and a colorful ceiling, both patiently carved by artists in Tajikistan and shipped to Boulder when I was young. I remember when the tea house opened, because it's artistic walls and attention to detail were unlike anything I had ever seen. 

Broiled Zucchini with Chimichurri Sauce

You can not help but be inspired when you sit in this tea house, as it is a work of a art that just radiates energy. The menu is a mishmash of food from all around the world, even at breakfast, when you can order a German Sausage or a Greek Egg Scramble (when I ordered). And of course since it's a tea house, you can also order a pot of almost any tea blend or tisane. The global experience is a subtle reminder that you don't always have to follow the rules: a Tajikistan themed building can serve whatever it wants, and it can still be good. Scratch that, it can still be amazing

Broiled Zucchini with Chimichurri Sauce
Broiled Zucchini with Chimichurri Sauce

So yea, you can have a pot of Lady Gray Tea next to a plate filled with something from the other side of the world, if you please, and you can be happy about it too--why not? You can also serve Chimichurri sauce, a South American tradition, over whatever you want, as long as it makes you happy. After making a huge batch of the stuff and smearing it everything, this was key. My favorite was simple roasted zucchini. The sauce is meant for steak, but I've always had an undeniable love for zucchini  so serving it with Chimichurri felt natural. Then I tasted it, and knew that even though this recipe doesn't quite fit "here" nor "there" on a map of cuisines, it doesn't matter, because it's delicious anyways.

Broiled Zucchini with Chimichurri Sauce

Broiled Zucchini with Chimichurri Sauce

Paleo, Primal, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free    |       |    Print This Recipe

South American Chimichurri Sauce is served over roasted zucchini where it can shine.

Serves: 4   |    Total Time:



Ingredients:

  • 4 zucchini and/or summer squash
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or avocado oil
  • 1 cup parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano pepper (serrano if you like it less spicy)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning the zucchini
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning the zucchini

Directions:

  1. Prep the zucchini: Preheat to oven 450°F. While it heats, slice off the stem and end of each zucchini/summer squash. Then, slice each one into sixths, the long way. Toss in coconut or avocado oil, and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Spread out on baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, and then turn the oven to a high broil for 1-2 more minutes, until the edges turn a crispy brown.
  2. Make the sauce: Place the parsley, cilantro, oil, lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, jalapeño, and garlic in a blender or food processor. Pulse until everything is finely diced.
  3. Serve zucchini on plate and spoon sauce over top to taste.

Hearty Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict with Hash Browns and Lox

Despite my immediate desire to eat chocolate in the morning, I tend to feel better if I eat a real breakfast (go figure). As a kid I was a no-breakfast type, preferring a cup of hot chocolate and nothing else. But my dad always ensured I ate something of breakfast-- grapefruit, toast with almond butter, cereal, and on the special days oven roasted hash browns or even Eggs Benedict. 

Eggs Benedict with Hash Browns and Lox
Eggs Benedict with Hash Browns and Lox

Now I love eggs for breakfast, and Eggs Benedict feels like a holiday to me because you have to get more than one pot dirty to make it, but it's always worth it. This particular Eggs Benedict recipes includes more than just Hollandaise sauce: with a bed of hash browns and a layer of lox, it's pretty hearty, in the best of ways. 

Just got home from a really long trip? Make this. 

Finished a tough work out? This. 

It's Saturday and you just need some time to yourself after the work week? Yup. 

Eggs Benedict with Hash Browns and Lox
Eggs Benedict with Hash Browns and Lox

I'll use any of those excuses (and more) to complicate breakfast with hollandaise sauce, because a fancy breakfast feels like I'm treating myself to something extraordinary. And we all deserve that, don't we? 

Eggs Benedict with Hash Browns and Lox

Hearty Eggs Benedict

Primal, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free    |       |    Print This Recipe

Served over hash and lox, a poached egg is dressed with hollandaise sauce.

Serves: 2   |    Total Time:



Ingredients:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Dash cayenne
  • Dash salt
  • Parsley, for garnish
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2 eggs, poached or fried
  • Hash browns of choice
  • 2 serves lox

Directions:

  1. Before making the sauce, prepare your hash browns to your liking, and cook your eggs (I prefer to leave the yolks runny).
  2. Whisk together egg yolks with lemon until they become slightly lighter yellow. Place in small pot and heat over low, whisking continuously (or in a double boiler if you have one). After 3 minutes, pour in melted butter continuing to whisk the entire time. Continue to whisk until sauce thickens. Remove from heat. Add a dash of cayenne and salt to taste.
  3. Serve: Make a layer of hash brown on each plate, and top with lox. Then place a fried or poached egg on top, before drizzling with sauce. Top with parsley leaves for garnish, a sprinkle of pepper and/or more cayenne to taste. Serve immediately.

House Update - #1 (House numbers & Fireplace redo)

Hi guys! I hope you will forgive me, today's post is not about food. But! This post has been a few months in the making and I'm so happy to finally share it.

Lately, I've been pouring a lot of my creative energy into making our new house feel more like home so I wanted to share some of the projects I've been working on! I hope you'll enjoy watching the transformation.

This blog post covers how we updated our house numbers and how we updated our living room fireplace. Read on for details and pictures! 

House Numbers

The first thing I wanted to do was to give the house numbers by the front door, and the porch light, a little update. Those old numbers felt like they were straight out of the 70s:

House numbers update

So of course I did my homework browsing Pinterest (my kind of homework!). Then, I set to work creating a little board for our numbers and wiring in a new light. Oliver was a huge help: the numbers were annoyingly uncooperative and "electrician" is far from something I can claim. 

Next, a slightly bigger project: updating our fireplace. I knew from the first time we walked through the house that this would be one of the first projects I tackled. Just look at that original 1970s brass fireplace! 

Living Room Fireplace

Before we moved in, the fireplace was dusty and had a brass surround. The shelves looked like an after thought and the shutters.... made me shudder. 

Before we moved in, the fireplace was dusty and had a brass surround. The shelves looked like an after thought and the shutters.... made me shudder. 

This had to be addressed-- ASAP! Honestly I hated the old brick so much that it felt like I had nothing to loose. I removed the old shelves, and that brass, so that I could refinish everything. While those were out, I white washed the brick.

At first, as the white wash was drying, I wasn't sure if I liked it or not. But I took a few deep breaths, reminded myself of how terrible the brick looked in the first place, and kept going. 

Next, I spray painted the old surround. Lucky for me, our surround is a total facade and is actually stuck on using magnets, which meant I could just pop it off and take it outside. This is important because the paint it was going to use can emit a lot of fumes! If you plan to spray paint your surround, see if it can be removed.

Please forgive my mid-construction-zone mess of a coffee table that proves that yes this is real life. While you're at it please forgive my crooked camera phone pic. 😜

Please forgive my mid-construction-zone mess of a coffee table that proves that yes this is real life. While you're at it please forgive my crooked camera phone pic. 😜

As you can see from the picture above, at this point I also applied wall paper to the wall on either side of the fireplace. Now, before we get too far, I NEVER in my life thought I'd be a proponent of wall paper. But when I started thinking about the built in shelves I knew I needed a way to make them look more built in-- not just stuck there. I had actually priced out what it would take to do wood paneling behind them, but then discovered this "reclaimed wood wallpaper" which only cost me $30. This was another "Let's just give it a shot" moment, and I bought the wallpaper. 

Up it went! With a learning curve. My parents actually came over for dinner the next day and for a few moments they thought it was real wood, so I'm going to say the wallpaper was a success. 

After all of that, I spent what was pretty much a whole weekend sanding down the old shelves to reveal their hard wood grain. Then, I stained them with a "natural" stain and put them back where they started. 

I also tacked on a bit of molding in matching stain above the shelves to help them look more built in. 

Oh yea, and I painted the right-hand wall a blue-grey, and made new cabin-inspired pillow covers:

White washed brick fireplace

The LAST fireplace update was to add a mantelpiece. It wasn't in the original plan but once all of the brick was white I decided something was needed. My dad, the engineer, helped me bolt on this piece of wood my friend Thomas found on his mountain property. I gave the top a good sanding and stained it like the shelves.

The fireplace: whitewashed, painted surround, installed reclaimed wood mantle, refinished shelves. 

The fireplace: whitewashed, painted surround, installed reclaimed wood mantle, refinished shelves. 

Now, we still have tons to do! We want to update our coffee table and come up with a better solution for the stereo and TV. I'm still toying with ideas for those shutters. And that popcorn ceiling. So far though, I'm pretty proud of our work! 

Have you ever done a similar project? How did it go?