Smoke Alarm Worthy

November 16, 2010

Guess what I did this evening?


I have been in somewhat of a long food rut. Hard to believe coming from a food blogger and all (although I do consider this much more of a lifestyle blog than food these days anyways :mrgreen: )

But with the last year being filled with classes and my internship and moving and traveling, I really haven’t spent that much time in the kitchen. Plus, Matt is the chef. I’m just the planner. But tonight, I was ready to rock and roll with my knife in hand at 5:30 on the dot – ahead of schedule!

I’d say this dinner was top-notch!


First up, Shredded Brussels with Lemon and Poppy Seed from Whole Living magazine (minus the poppys!) We didn’t have any so I used flax instead. I really liked the sprouts sliced like this!


My least favorite way to eat them is whole. My favorite are the thin leaves that fall off while they roast and get super crunchy!


The last of the buttah…


I love all of the Garlic Gold products, but this is my favorite for cooking. It’s crunchy nuggets in oil. What I hate most about garlic is the strong bite that raw garlic leaves and I hate cooking it in raw form. I’ve never really loved the minced garlic in a jar either though. But THIS – perfect solution! It’s roasted and …golden…and buttery and a tsp is perfect to sub for a clove of garlic.


[Garlic Gold also released a holiday gift box now available with all of the key products for $25, FYI]


All cooked up!


The next dish was made up on the spot: Lavender Olive Red Quinoa. I cooked some red quinoa (which I like way more than yellow). I also never rinse my red quinoa (because I am lazy) and find it’s not nearly as bitter as the yellow either. Also, more chew! Chew is always good.


I added a piece of kombu dried seaweed to the pot because I’ve seen Terry Walters use it when cooking grain dishes before.


Honestly I forgot I’d added it until I saw these photos! Not sure how much taste was in there, but it certainly didn’t harm anything.


I added lemon juice, chopped kalamata olives and almonds, and lavender salt to the cooked quinoa and it was so herby salty awesome!


Last up: Brown Suga Sole!


I’ve carried this Frontier marinade mix from house to house. We are just now going through some of our spice mixes if you can’t tell! Matt used it as a rub on the fish, which were wet so it turned into a paste, and upon cooking, a SAUCE.


The most delicious bubbly brown sugar sauce you could ever imagine. Think of this as caramel sauce! He added a little water after the fish were cooked and simmered it down into a thick reduction. Set off the SMOKE ALARM!


It was SO GOOD!!!! Probably all that sugar…and the sesame seeds and cayenne!


Best fish ever.





And a hunk of dark choco for dessert!


Time to read read read!

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1 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) November 16, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Yum, dinner looks great! I got home super-late from work and ended up just making a quick sweet potato and throwing a batch of muffins in the oven. At least it’s better than the drive-thru! 😉


2 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm

I love brussel sprouts… any way they’re prepared. I’ve never used poppyseeds before, and rosemary is really good with them too.


3 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I love brussels sprouts and have wanting to try them shredded for a while now!

Lovely looking dinner :)


4 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) November 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Looks fantastic! I love my after dinner chocolate chunks too. :)


5 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Dinner looks incredible! Isn’t red quinoa gorgeous? Oh, and I hear ya on the food rut. It happens to everyone! Glad you found something to get ya out of it! Enjoy your evening!


6 Lee @ College Foodie Finds November 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm


Your dinner looks scrumptious, as usual! What is the difference between yellow and red quinoa?


7 Kath November 16, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Other than the color, I have no idea! They are only slightly different. I think nutritionally they’re very similar.


8 Rachel @ Olalliberry November 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Shredded Brussels sprouts are my favorite way to eat them! I like to saute them in a little butter with toasted hazelnuts and lemon juice. Minced shallots are a great addition too (for those who aren’t onion-averse!).


9 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I actually am obsessed with brussels sprouts. It’s weird.


10 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Red quinoa packs more fiber and protein than yellow, I believe- and it’s so much prettier!!


11 stacey-healthylife November 16, 2010 at 7:59 pm

I just had yellow quinoa for dinner tonight. I must try the red. I just figured they were probably the same.


12 Katie (The Boston Marathoner) November 16, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Those Brussels look amazing – I love baking mine, but I’ve never shredded!


13 holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm

That brown sugar sauce looks so good!!! Great dinner Kath!


14 Camille November 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I’m sure it’s nice to be in the kitchen are a cooking lull!


15 Amanda (Eating Up) November 16, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I love the thin leaves off the brussels sprouts too! Taste just like popcorn, no?


16 Jillian@ Reshape Your Life November 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I recently bought some garlic gold olive oil… IT IS AMAZING! I’ll have to try the other garlic gold products!

I also really like the red quinoa… Although I’ve never rinsed any of them… I’ll have to try that next time.


17 Honey B. November 16, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Some of my favorite meals have set off the smoke alarm. Happens. As long as it tastes good and nourishes us! x


18 Jamie @ Food in Real Life November 16, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I think a sweet sauce is such a yummy way to spruce up plain white fish. Tina on CNC had a great recipe for glazed cod that I really liked. This might be next on the list! And brussels were on my dinner plate tonight too!


19 Cara Craves... November 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Looks like you did a great job!
You can be a planner and chef!


20 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm

i love red quinoa. today i was in TJ’s and heard someone ask for the non-red kind. Wha WHAT?!?


21 Amy at The Scene From Me November 16, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Good for you dinner queen! I made dinner tonight also. My husband wasn’t for sure he wanted to eat it. I came up with coconut and crushed red pepper coated tilapia, garlic sweet bread and ranch dusted quinoa with peas. It made my belly sing a happy tune!


22 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama November 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I have never tried red quinoa. Will have to do that soon. Your dinner looks delicious.


23 Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 16, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I’ve never had red quinoa before, looks tasty!
And that fish… oh yum!


24 JenATX November 16, 2010 at 9:10 pm

i never noticed that you weren’t the one cooking all this time.. coulda fooled me!


25 Kath November 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Well I am exaggerating, but I don’t cook as much as I used to. Or at least take charge


26 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 16, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Yay for cooking again!! It sure looks amazing, you’d never guess it came from someone who hasn’t cooked much lately.


27 Dee November 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Oh my! This looks like an amazing dinner! YUM!


28 courtney November 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm

There would be no leftover quinoa in my world; I can eat spoonfuls of that all day long!


29 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I have never been a big brussel sprout fan, but i may have to try them again chopped up. Looks really good!


30 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen November 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm

That fish sounds delicious! and love the idea for those brussels!


31 valen November 16, 2010 at 9:36 pm

What a vibrant delicious and nutritious looking meal!


32 Alicia November 16, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Delicious looking dinner! I should try cooking up some brussels sprouts that way!


33 Hannah November 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Oh gosh, I don’t have lavendar salt but I’m going to stir olives into my next lot of quinoa. And I can get culinary lavendar here in Canberra, so maybe I could pound osme of that with salt….


34 Erica Caterina November 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Hi Kath, I am new to your site but have become addicted reading about your time in San Fransisco! Looks like such a beautiful time. I was wondering where you get the little packets of Barney Butter. My job keeps me on the go and it would be nice to have them to use in a pinch.

Thanks for keeping us inspired – your pictures are beautiful!!


35 Kath November 17, 2010 at 10:03 am

I got mine from the company as a website, but you can order them at Amazon or through


36 RosaLovesDC November 16, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I am hungry again!


37 Simply Life November 16, 2010 at 9:58 pm

ooh thanks for the info on the fun new products!


38 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) November 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Dinner looks really good tonight Kath. Waiting on my Dad to get here for dinner and those pictures are taking me from hungry to ravenous :)


39 Krystina November 16, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Such a gourmet dinner! I’d love to sink into each of those dishes!


40 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 16, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I used to hate brussel sprouts. My mom would make me eat then and it would, quite literally, take me 5 minutes to chew and swallow just one. I think last year I was converted after trying them roasted! They are now one of my favorite. I like the idea of them shredded!


41 Sarah @ Going on Goals November 16, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I love brussel sprouts. I haven’t tried them shredded but love when a leaf or two falls off when roasting. They are so crunchy and delicious. Thanks for sharing!


42 amy November 16, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Hi Kath! Thanks for the rec’ing the Swingin’ Christmas station on Pandora earlier today. It’s making writing a paper all night long tonight much more bearable (‘bearable’ could make a fun little pun when talking about the bears…maybe you’ve already used it…I can’t remember)

Anyway, thanks again! :)


43 amy November 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm

“thanks for rec’ing,” not, “thanks for ‘the’ rec’ing the”….maybe I shouldn’t be working on a paper right now!


44 Diana @ frontyardfoodie November 16, 2010 at 11:27 pm

haha so many of my best meals have set off the alarm. Recently after a particularly bad one I realized the alarm wasn’t going off and we quickly found out that it finally plunked out. haha


45 Kiran November 17, 2010 at 12:12 am

Matt’s the cook? Lucky you 😉
I’ve never tried quinoa. I wonder why! Does it taste?


46 Erin @ Shortcut to Bliss November 17, 2010 at 1:03 am

Your dinner is pretty much my dream meal. Fish and brussel sprouts in one sitting! I have never shredded them before though. I eat the leaves off in layers. My littlest one calls brussel sprouts “baby lettuce” and I am afraid if i shred, it might lose it’s novelty and therefore appeal. Ahhh the joys of tricking your kiddos into eating their veggies…


47 Heidi - apples under my bed November 17, 2010 at 1:17 am

Snap, thanks for the brussels sprouts recipe! Looks v delicious. Good to get your cook on!
Heidi xo


48 Nelle @ Living Cliche November 17, 2010 at 3:02 am

Wow. This was weird. I just had Brussels Sprouts for dinner tonight and would have made some red quinoa too if it weren’t so late (10:40 PM) when I got home from work. AND I put it on my blog post tonight. I swear it was before I read yours! So weird.


49 Eliza November 17, 2010 at 3:56 am

wow that dinner looks and sounds amazing. i agree i prefer red quinoa over the regular/yellow version, it’s quite chewier and so good!- and this recipe i must make!!


50 Christie {Honoring Health} November 17, 2010 at 5:06 am

I didn’t see anyone else comment about this so I thought I would. Kombu is added to grains and beans to tenderize them which makes them more digestible. Many people who really support the traditional food movement (nourishing traditions, Sally Fallon) or who are big into digestion typically use it. I use it for cooking beans but I have never used it with grains. I need to do that next time I make a big pot of brown rice.


51 Kath November 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

Thanks for the info!


52 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 17, 2010 at 5:55 am

Mmm…looks awesome! I haven’t had quinoa (or fish, for that matter) in a long, long time. I’m adding it to the grocery list. 😀


53 Tessa November 17, 2010 at 6:58 am

Brussel sprouts and quinoa = 2 of my top 10 favorite foods. Usually I make enough of both to have leftovers. I’ll reheat them together, add herbs, diced avocado, tomato and vinegar and pour it over a big bed of lettuce. It’s sooo good.


54 Angela (the diet book junkie) November 17, 2010 at 7:10 am

i’ve never tried brussel sprouts, but this recipe is making my mouth water. thanks for sharing:)


55 Julia @ Brides Up North November 17, 2010 at 7:28 am

Hi Kath – I have been looking for a link to an email address but can’t find one – I would like to send you a message about featuring as a real wedding on my new wedding inspiration blog, since your and Matt’s wedding was so gorgeous. Click the link on my name to see the blog and if it is something that you would like to do? Drop me an email if you are interested!

Julia x
Brides Up North


56 Kath November 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

Hey Julia, It’s Katheats at Gmail dot com. Thanks!


57 Julia @ Brides Up North November 17, 2010 at 7:30 am

p.s. Click on the Real Weddings page link at the top to see a variety of examples!


58 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 17, 2010 at 7:43 am

Looks like you cooked up a great meal! Brown sugar glazes on fish are the best!


59 Maria November 17, 2010 at 7:48 am

That looks so good – can I haver your leftovers ? haha xx


60 Emily @ The Front Burner Blog November 17, 2010 at 7:53 am

Looks yummy. FYI – kombu doesn’t really add any flavor or taste, it is (believe it or not) actually used to make you FART less. That’s why she typically adds it to all dried bean dishes. :)


61 Kath November 17, 2010 at 10:03 am

Ahhhhhhh – I don’t know if it worked!!


62 Cailin @ Stir Crazy November 17, 2010 at 7:58 am

This is such an impressive meal! I also love red quinoa more than yellow, and have been eating it for breakfast this week. I recently cooked with brussel sprouts and haven’t in so long…. yours look delicious!


63 Stacy November 17, 2010 at 8:47 am

The rub and garlic look delicious (well, the whole meal does, but those are the things I might get/try). Thanks for posting!


64 Lindsay November 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I made the same brussel recipe for a Thanksgiving-themed potluck last weekend! Sadly, it did not convert my loved ones to brussel-lovers as I had hoped. Oh well, more leftovers for me! Glad to hear you enjoyed it too.

Have a great day!


65 [email protected] November 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Ooooo that sauce looks perfect!!!


66 Lisa November 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Erica – I love those Barney Butter snack packs too!! You can buy them right from their website –


67 Keri November 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I have learned that Kombu is a great way to aid digestability—it helps especially when cooking beans to reduce gas and bloating. It’s like the basil of the sea!


68 Julie November 19, 2010 at 9:20 am

Hi Kath. I’m wondering how you shredded the brussel sprouts.. would love to try and make them! The recipe says they should be finely sliced, but it must take forever to slice each one.. Thanks for any suggestions :o)


69 Julie November 19, 2010 at 9:21 am

The smiley didn’t turn out like I thought it would… I was going for this: :)


70 Kath November 19, 2010 at 9:37 am

I chopped ’em with my knife! Each one. It only took about 10 minutes and was kinda fun.


71 jenna December 3, 2010 at 6:11 pm

that spread looks sooo tastay!


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