When I was looking for inspiration for the latest Winston + Lou magazine, I stumbled across the cover for Ottolenghi Cookbook. I am still not sure what exactly is on the cover, but it looked like a sweet potato pizza to me, and so I knew I had to make one.
It is rare that you can't find a recipe for something, it seems like everything has been done before, but I couldnt find a sweet potato pizza recipe out there to use as a starting point. So I pulled some ideas and techniques from other to develop what you see in the magazine.
I made this pizza towards the end of shooting, and so I had a couple of cheeses on hand, and luckily they complemented each other. I was a little worried about how the ricotta would mix, but they all blended so well.
Topping it with arugula makes this pizza almost healthy enough to call it a salad. You can get the full recipe here in the magazine
Good morning and happy Monday. I hope your weekend was full of spoiling the mom's in your life. You can take a peek at my adventures below...
The best pastrami sandwich I have had in LA is oddly from a food truck outside of the school I am taking a ceramics class at. As the semester is winding down, I am determined to find the best alternative pastrami sandwich at a permeant location. Johnnies is currently top in the running.
I wasnt able to celebrate any of my favorite mom's in person this Sunday, but we celebrated them in spirit with a late brunch with all the fixings. One year I am determined to gather all my favorites in one place and spoil them with a brunch they deserve. But when you have a mom as wonderful as mine, every day is truly Mother's Day.
I am so excited to go to Harry Potter land next Monday. I like to be fully immersed in the wizarding world before I experience something new. I always re-read all the books before a new book came out, and always at least re-read the book, if not all the ones leading up to it, before the movie came out, so I am determined to re-read all the books before I go! Its a challenge, but of the best sort. Don't say I don't have goals in life.
I will talk more about the inspiration, behind the scenes, and whats next in the coming days, but for now, I would love you to read the full issue above, or you can click here to read it! It is best viewed on a desktop!
Also, dont forget to enter the two giveaways we are hosting, win a Baking Steel here and an ice cream maker here!
Floral arranging is not a strength of mine. I would go so far as to say, I am terrible at all things flowers. But I want to be good at it. I dream of being able to arrange beautiful center pieces for dinner parties, give perfect looking bouquets as hostess gifts, and always having flowers around my home, but currently, Ill have to stick with wine for all those things. But one day.
I did venture down to the LA Flower mart a couple days ago to make an attempt at putting something together for an early mothers day celebration with my own mom. The flower mart was more amazing than people said, I could have spent hours wondering the isles, looking at all the possibilities, and marveling at all the experts.
With mothers day coming up this weekend, I thought I would share some tricks I picked up. As I have made very clear, I am no expert, so these are just tips from one beginner to another!
DIY floral arrangement for beginners:
Stick with one color. I love bright, multi color bouquets when I pick one up from the flower shop, but when creating one myself, I tend to stick to one general hue. This way you can mix flower kinds and know they will complement each other.
Ask for help! I went to the flower mart during public hours (the professionals get earlier, longer hours, think 3 AM!) around 7 AM and it wasn't too crowded. Each vendor has their own booth and they were eager to help out. I told them what I was going for and they made some suggestions. I am sure any flower shop employee would be happy to help you select stems!
Dont skimp on the greens. I am sure most people see genres as fillers and cope outs, but I love the natural look it gives to the bouquet. They tend to be a little less pricey, and last a littler longer, than the real blooms, which is a win in my beginner book! I picked up a bunch of eucalyptus and it made my car smell like a spa all day. You can't go wrong with that.
When it doubt, dress it up. We all know that presentation is key to everything. I took a large piece of butcher paper and lettered "Happy Mothers Day" in different sizes and styles all around. Then added a couple of sheets of tissue paper and wrapped it up in a velvet ribbon, all in the same color as the flowers! I wrote a short message on an extra large leaf I picked up, which helped tie it all together.
I hope this helps you celebrate all the moms in your life this weekend!
A gin and tonic may be my go to drink of choice, but I think margaritas are my favorite cocktails. I have yet to find a combination of flavors for a margarita that I dislike, but this simple grapefruit is my go-to. Be warned, they are strong, and you can barley taste the tequila, which could be a recipe for disaster, or a great night.
Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you had a weekend full of adventures, you can take a peek at mine below...
On Saturday morning I made just about 100 truffles. I was shocked at how much chocolate and cream went into them for how little they made. They are of course 100% worth it! I made a couple different kinds, one of which I will share later this week.
Saturday night Andrew and I got to attend a pizza and wine fundraiser. It was at the most beautiful home, plus they had their own grapevines. Everyone has their own definition of "making it in life," forget cars, being able to make my own wine is how I know I'll have made it in life.
I spent most of Sunday working on the next Winston + Lou magazine. Luckily it involved shooting an affogato. The May issue will be on (digital) shelfs Friday! Look out for a couple fun giveaways this week!
My love for cocktail glasses and cups is strong. I can spend hours searching Etsy and eBay for unique finds, and I have only recently been able to pass by a vintage or thrift shop without stopping in and walking out with a new set (the lack of storage space and a potential move is to thank for that!).
I thought I would give making some festive glasses on my own a shot. I picked up a set of glasses I liked, a couple sheets of vinyl, and put together some Cinco de Mayo themed designs.
The best part of these glasses is that while they are very durable, they hold up well to being washed, the vinyl peels off easily. I can reuse the glasses for the next holiday with a new decoration.
I got these sheets of vinyl which I highly recommend. I had been holding off buying them in hopes I would find single sheets at a craft store so I didnt end with a ton of colors I didnt need, but I could find nothing comparable. The rolls of vinyl you get at Michaels are about the same price, and that is just for a single color, at double the size, of one sheets.
These sheets are a total steal for the price, you will be set for any project or holiday you have come up, and the vinyl itself is really great, much better than the Cricut rolls.
To make the sayings, I just outlined what I wanted it to say on the vinyl sheets and cut it out with an exacto knife. I added some downloads below if you want to use the ones I created!
For the pinata, I had a basic pinata outline and cut each piece out, then layered them up starting at the bottom, and worked my way up, there are downloadable outlines below.
On your sheet of vinyl outline what you want your glasses to say, you can use your own hand writting, print out a saying in your favorite font, or use a version I created. Fiesta then Siesta Mas tequila! Uno Mas
Using an exacto knife, outline what you would like to cut out.
Carefully transfer from vinyl sheet to glass. Press on well to ensure they stay.
Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays. It always symbolizes the beginning of summer to me since it tends to be the first holiday that gets celebrated outside after winter.
Plus, tacos, guacamole, and margaritas? Could there possibly be a better combination to kick off rooftop season? I think not.
One of my friends is going through a rough time and I was planning on brining her dinner. Luckily, she is very much on the mend, but the idea of brining her Cinco de Mayo in a box stuck so I went with it!
This is my go to recipe for tacos on the go, everything holds up really well and if you package it right, the things that need to stay warm, stay warm, and the chilled things stay chilled.
I also think every celebration needs festive cups, so for the sake of saving my relationship, I am going to try to stop buying so many and make cups re-using the glasses. Tomorrow I will share how I made these Cinco de Mayo ones!
In the past I packed this up for a picnic in the park, you can see that here. It is one of the easiest recipes I have made, stores well for about a week, and makes enough for a couple meals, or one meal for a large crowd!
It will be a great recipe to make for a day at the beach, movie in the park, or Saturday backyard party.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos: For the pork:
2 cups salsa
2 T chili powder
2 T dried oregano
2 t unsweetened coco powder
Salt and pepepr
2 1/2 pound boneless pork butt or shoulder For the tacos
Pico de gallo
Combine salsa, chili powder, dried oregano, coco powder, pork, salt, and pepper, into slow cooker.
Be sure to mix and cover the meat evenly.
Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
Pull apart with hands or fork.
Warm tortillas, top with pork, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. Add lime juice if desired.
If you are planning to take this to go, wrap 10-12 tortillas in tinfoil and place in warm oven (about 200) for 10-15 minutes.
While the tortillas are warming, transfer each item (salsa, taco meat, guacamole, etc) in its own individual container for traveling, I love theses jars and these containers.
Once tortillas are ready, wrap in cloth napkins to keep them warm.
Package everything up and enjoy your meal on the go!