Fara Coffee

DSC03991Ok, so it’s not secret Fara Coffee is my absolute favorite. Not only does it taste wonderful, but it’s roasted in Austin, Texas (hometown shout out!) and shade grown in Matagalpa, Nicaragua on family-owned farms. But before I get any further, I will tell you they are my clients (but this happened after my love for Fara Coffee developed) and they sent me these samples at no charge. 

DSC03995My latest favorite has been their Special Blend. It’s the perfect blend of dark and light and the flavor is amazing–I drink it black. No need for sugar or cream. By the way, I am no coffee expert, but I know a good coffee when I taste one :)

The coffee is shade grown (for optimum taste), direct trade and Rainforest Alliance certified meaning they comply with standards including ecosystem conservation, wildlife protection, and fair treatment and good working conditions for workers.  

Other favorite thing about Fara? Each bag purchased helps fund the Fara Foundation– with healthcare, education, elder care and food assistance in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Coffee you can feel good about sipping every morning.

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Look for these bags at Whole Foods, Central Market, HEB, Sprouts, Fresh Plus…if you’re in Texas. Also in some Whole Foods in Oklahoma and elsewhere, but you can purchase it online here or on Amazon. They also have a cafe in Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

DSC03998We will be running a fun new contest on select Fridays on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram called #farafridays. Follow along to win free bags of the roast of your choice!

Hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend! We’re headed to Austin!

 

 

 

tuesday things

Wow, I’ve been going non-stop. By the time it’s 6-7pm, I’ve already got my fluffy pillows and TV on the brain. Anyone else?

Anyway, I wanted to stop for a moment and share a few of my favorite things lately. Last weekend was so refreshing and Saturday in particular included some of my favorite weekend activities: a bike ride around White Rock Lake, a visit to a new (to us) farmer’s market (White Rock Farmer’s Market), pool time and even a Mutt’s visit. It was perfect if you ask me! 

enchiladas

Last night I cooked these chicken enchiladas but added zucchini to up the veggie factor. They don’t take too long to whip up and they are SO good.

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During our visit to the farmer’s  market we picked up some round zucchini–of which I had actually never heard of, spaghetti squash, organic okra, grass-fed ground beef and of course some macarons from Bisou Bisou. For Dallas people– White Rock Farmer’s Market had the most organic produce out of any other market I’ve been to in DFW before! I roasted up some okra and zucchini with fresh thyme, EVOO, salt & pepper. Yum.

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My new favorite bakery in Dallas? Village Baking Company. Hands down. My local Whole Foods (on Lemmon Ave.) carries these buns and they are to die for. They truly take a meal to the next level–in our case our grass-fed burgers! 

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And to round out this random list of favorites thrown at you, I give you this. A what may seem like a peaceful morning enjoying my breakfast and coffee as the sunlight streams in. Let’s get real. I photographed it here and then took it upstairs to eat at my desk as I plugged away at my keyboard and shoved food in my mouth. I made these blueberry oatmeal yogurt muffins and topped it with freshly ground almond butter (why is it always SO good?) and a fresh peach on the side that happened to be the best one I’ve tasted all season. On the side was a cup of my absolute favorite coffee: Fara Coffee (client), and that topic is a post for another time. It was the best breakfast I’ve had in a while and yet I had something different this morning because I can’t bear to repeat meals. I love change.

I hope you all have had a great Tuesday. We’re getting so close to Labor Day Weekend—heading out to Austin then! Enjoy your evening!

Soy Ginger Salmon + Coconut Curried Caulirice

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Oh myyyy one of my new favorite meals—perhaps one of my best meals! I am so excited to share this recipe with you! I sort of made it up on the fly and it turned out beautifully. Don’t you love when that happens?

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I can’t decide who the star of the show was–the soy ginger salmon or the coconut curried “caulirice”. Hmm, you decide. The salmon is SO easy to make and I got mine from Whole Foods– a wild caught Alaskan coho. I’ve actually personally caught a few of those in Alaska a few years back and if I remember correctly it very well could still be in my parent’s freezer. That might be kind of gross now. Ok, let’s stay on task here.

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I had a major hiatus from cooking fish ever since I gave myself food poison with halibut cooked in a pan. Let’s just say I go straight for the oven now and this salmon is pretty fool proof. The marinade can go right on the top and then just throw it in the oven at 370 for 20-25 minutes.

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Oh but the “caulirice”….mmmm.  I had heard about caulirice before (a.k.a. cauliflower rice) but never stopped to think how one would make it. Let me tell you: it’s easy if you have a food processor. You just cut the cauliflower head into 1″ florets and then place in the food processor with the small grater blade. 

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SO flavorful you will not even miss rice. I’ve never been one to substitute other food items for “carbs” because I LOVE CARBS. When did they get such a bad rap? My favorites (whether they’re actually considered carbs or not) are rice, quinoa and pasta in no particular order. But this caulirice is so delicious and I think you might just love the texture too.

DSC03976It went perfectly with a glass of Murphy-Goode “Liar’s Den” zin. I’m really into zinfandels these days.

I will have recipes ready for the grocery store and your kitchen. Go on, make this dish and tell me what you think!

Soy Ginger Salmon + Coconut Curried Caulirice
Serves 2
A wonderful healthy dinner.
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
For the salmon
  1. 2 servings wild caught salmon
  2. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 in fresh ginger, minced
  5. Panko
For the caulirice
  1. 1 head cauliflower
  2. 1/2 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
  3. 1 TB yellow curry powder
  4. Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 370.
  2. Rinse salmon and pat dry.
  3. Place salmon in a foil lined deep pan (preferably one just big enough to hold salmon)
  4. Mince garlic and ginger and add to a small bowl.
  5. Add soy sauce to bowl and stir until combined.
  6. Spoon soy ginger sauce onto salmon until it's covered. Distribute well.
  7. Sprinkle panko (as much as you'd like) onto salmon for a light crust.
  8. Place salmon in oven for 20 mins and check to see it is light pink. Cook as desired.
For caulirice
  1. Wash cauliflower.
  2. Chop into 1" florets.
  3. Place into food processor using the finest grater blade.
  4. Pulse just a bit (not for too long to turn it to mush) to achieve the rice consistency.
  5. Place caulirice in a pan, add coconut milk, curry powder, S&P.
  6. Stir to combine.
  7. Place lid on pan and allow to cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring intermittently.
  8. Add to bowl and place salmon on top!
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Weekend Snapshots

So it’s Tuesday evening Wednesday morning and I’m finally getting around to my weekend snapshots. Ce la vie.

This weekend was a nice relaxing break. We were finally at home in Dallas. We planned to have time at the dog park, pool and maybe fit in a bike ride when the hot summer weather quickly turned into torrential downpours and storms. It rained all day Sunday too, but it made for a relaxing and productive weekend spent at home. My mom visited us on Saturday night and we had a fun dinner with friends at Pakpao–one of my absolute favorites. We also fit in a brunch at Taverna with friends before my husband was off to a business trip!

This week has been busy already with work and cooking–I made my first chicken soup! I made another new recipe I can’t wait to share this week as well.

photo 1 copy 3[kicking off the weekend with a rose petal pedicure + Fast Company reading]

photo 2 copy 3[lots of couch time together as a result of all the rain. not too shabby!]

photo 3 copy 2[my new favorite--lemongrass marg @ Pakpao. dare I say it's better than a Mambo Taxi!]

photo 5 copy 2[our dinner at Pakpao deserves several snapshots--I mean, look at this pineapple fried rice!]

photo 4 copy 3[not to mention the MACARONS @ Pakpao. Fresh mango. Some of the best I've ever had!]

photo 2 copy 4[a visit from my mama! She loves her grand dog.]

photo 1 copy 4[ending the weekend on a cozy note--my friend Lisa cooked turkey stuffed hatch peppers while we sipped wine]

Happy Hump Day! Let’s make it a good one!