Turning 40. Midlife. Middle age. This is cause for something epic to be done, right? Thanks to the inspiration from a dear friend, I compiled a 16-item bucket list of forty things to achieve during the year.  These include things that I’ve been wanting to do, been putting off, quietly nagging at me or just plain fun!

I love food! I’m fascinated with new foods and learning about foods from different cultures.  There’s so much out there!  One of my #40 bucket list items is to cook forty new recipes.  What makes this more ambitious is that I’ve stopped eating meat and dairy this year, while my family has not.

Rassasy, an old 15th century word meaning to satisfy a hunger.  Could there be a better name for a food blog?  I think this just may be my new favorite word.  If I’m having deep thoughts, thank you Jack Handy, this hunger could also be my love for adventure.  Or food adventures.

 

Egg Wraps

Egg Wraps

In my cooking world, many times things don’t go exactly as planned. Good ideas are flops, recipes don’t turn out, flavors aren’t as expected; I’m often a pintrest nailed it!

This recent idea is no exception. I saw somewhere online that you could buy flavored egg white crisps, kinda chip like. So, in my brain, I’m just sure I can make it on my own, in my kitchen; piece of cake!

I separated out six eggs for the whites and seasoned them with the Chili Lime Seasoning from Trader Joe’s spreading them out on a cookie sheet and put them in a 375 degree oven and prayed. Well, since God has a sense of humor, my expected thin crisps became a thick egg loaf.

Although disappointed, I didn’t want to just throw it away, so I brainstormed (thanks Tiffany) of how I could repurpose it.

When I looked in the freezer and saw the Chipotle Black Bean burgers from Costco, I thought that would compliment it well. So I made it into a wrap. Hello no carbs! I topped it with Sriracha, and oh my, was it delicious!

As Bob Ross would say, “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents”!!

Crab Boil Four Ways

One of the absolute perks of traveling is bringing back local foods and ideas. Having brought a huge haul (see photo 😊)

back from New Orleans in August, I’m still working through it. Not sure what got into me tonight, but I went all sorta gangbusters, if you know me, you’d understand this 😅. All based off of this little box.

It started simple enough, innocent even. I just thought I’d boil some potatoes in the crab boil to add a little kick to my mashed potatoes.

And then while I was cleaning up dinner, I just couldn’t part with the giant pot of seasoned water…. So I started brainstorming what else I could do with it. After a freezer and pantry search I came up with three more uses.

I made a large batch of rice. It’s always convenient to have some already made up for the kids, now they’ll get an extra punch.

And to please the meat and non-meat eaters I boiled chicken in the spicy bath and vacuum sealed tofu with the rest.

I guess the only item missing was if I actually had some crab…

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

When your daughter recently became a vegan and actually researches and finds a recipe and sends it to you, you cook it. Or at least this mom does. 😉

Ratatouille is French. French is a section in ‘1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die’ and my husband and I are going to France this summer. So, really how could I not? Practically research, right?

It’s described as “a dish to engage the five senses.” I couldn’t agree more. What a visually appealing dish. I also adored the fact that I could bake it in my cast iron pan, which always elevates the flavor profiles!

This is the recipe my daughter sent me.

www.plantbasedonabudget.com – Ratatouille

And now I’m laughing, as she is applying for colleges and starting to think about money, so I love that she found “plant based on a budget”

Pretty in the pan, fresh out of the oven.

And just as pretty on the plate.

Made this the same night I made Bangers and Mash; was a lot of work, but was able to please the carnivores, vegetarian and vegan!! And I always said I wouldn’t be a short order cook😂

Bangers and Mash

It all started with an innocent shopping trip to Costco when I spotted these..

And I knew Bangers and Mash would be one of the foods described in ‘1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die.’ How could they not? And now I can check British off my list 😊

These sausages are plumper than what I typically buy and are traditionally served upon a fluffy pillow of mashed potatoes with onion gravy atop. This was the recipe I followed

www.thespruceeats.com – Bangers and Mash

Well, actually I only followed how to make the onion gravy.. I just made my typical mashed potatoes and baked the bangers.

The meat eaters in my family thought it was a fun twist to typical Bratwurst style sausages.

And a fun fact is that when water was added to the sausages in World War I, to stretch the food rations, they would burst in the pan, with a bang, hence the name, banger!

Cooking and history in one 😊

1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die

Could there be a better name for a book? Hello, I may have become slightly obsessed with getting this book after I found out about its’ existence.

And with the timing of it, it just had to become one of my New Year’s Resolutions, to make at least one item from each of the sections that I have not eaten before. I hope to do much more and at some point it would be amazing to even work through all the foods in each section and have themed months. But, I’m trying to be realistic and know that is not very likely at this point.

So, a lot of rassasyme.com will now be foods found in this book. And while ‘1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die’ is not a recipe book, it more describes the foods and where you may find it, it will give me lots of ideas and let me find my own recipes.

I’m in love ❤️

Stay tuned 😊

Puffed Quinoa Treats

I was intrigued by this recipe, or really, any recipe that has no added sugar.

I was momentarily stumped by the puffed quinoa. Since I’m on a no spend streak I didn’t want to immediately buy puffed quinoa if I could make it at home with my own quinoa. Well, I tried that and it didn’t work. I can’t really tell you why. But, when my husband ate these last night he thought maybe it had “puffed” up more than I thought. But, I digress.

I finally just succumbed to Amazon and it arrived in a nice resealable bag all puffed up for me.

With just four ingredients; dark chocolate, unsweetened coconut flakes, coconut oil and the puffed quinoa, it was a breeze to make. The only issue I ran into was I couldn’t form them into balls like the recipe showed. So instead, I just put them into a rectangular dish and made them more into bars.

Puffed Quinoa Treats – www.cleanfoodcrush.com

After they sat in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. I pulled them out and they definitely set up. We were able to just break off chunks, like you’d do with bark. They were a great treat, my daughter declared them a much better version of rice krispie treats.

Folio Cheese Wraps

My new, fun food find at Costco are these cheese wraps. I was super excited to try them and just felt like the possibilities were endless.

I couldn’t get my groceries put away fast enough…. I may have already had a pan heating up on the stove before I was done so I could sautee the spinach and onions. Hungry much?!

I thought how fun would it be to make an inside-out omelette. Well, my kitchen is where all good dreams go to die 😂 Alas, my omelette turned into a tostada. While the spinach and onions were sizzling away anticipating the arrival of the eggs, I placed the cheese wrap in the microwave. I was expecting a nice, gooey loveliness of cheese; but instead I got a crispy, breakable cheese circle.

At first I was disappointed, I would not be able to roll the egg/spinach/onion mixture inside for my inside- out omelette…. Instead it all got placed on top to create a tostada!

My disappointment was very short lived, because this was the bomb! I loved the crunchy cheese with the softness of the eggs and spinach.

And they’re so versatile. Days later when I made traditional omelettes for the family for dinner, I placed the cheese rounds inside and it melted just enough for the perfect amount of cheesey gooeyness and covered it perfectly. My family all thought they were the best omelettes they’ve had and I think the credit goes to the Folio Cheese Wraps.