#pinkdrink popsicles for #popsicleweek // strawberry + green tea + coconut milk + white chocolate

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#PinkDrink Popsicles for #popsicleweek! // strawberry + green tea + coconut milk + white chocolate (via thepigandquill.com)

A reader once suggested that the journey to motherhood is akin to walking a labyrinth: a challenging 9-month route to the center, over the course of which that sweet babe grows in your belly, and an equally (if not more) challenging 9 month navigation back to the edge, or maybe more aptly the surface, where you can once again gulp the sweet air of independence and re-assimilate into the society you slowly retreated from, now a full 18 months later. But the thing is, at 18 months (or rather, 9 months out), I still wasn’t quite there. The air still seemed a little thin. Most mornings were clouded yet by a film of anxiety over what the day might bring. That distinct meness I craved with such fervor was still only just out of reach, tickling my fingertips — ghostly wisps of my former self waiting to be reabsorbed back into my modified being. And I let it linger there, in the ether, taking immense comfort in its proximity and romanticising the day when we’d be one again. Lana turned 14 months yesterday, and I can tell you: I think I’m finally there. Whole and happy and me. And not just me as in the new me, the mom me that … Read More

Pigtales 03: Feeding the Babe (Plus Vegan Coconut Waffles and Overnight Chia Pudding)

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Overnight Vegan Vanilla Chia Pudding (for mama + babe!) from @thepigandquill (via thepigandquill.com) #dairyfree #eggfree #babyledweaning #blw #babyfood

Pigtales is a glimpse at the going-ons that take place (mostly) outside of the P&Q kitchen. Baby stuffs, things I love, general musings and other tales from my life as a momma, wife and semi-professional goofball. Disclaimer: You know I’m awful at keeping things short. When we were first transitioning Lana to solids, I remember feeling wholly and completely overwhelmed. Moreso than I anticipated, to be sure. Moreso, maybe even, than I felt when we were first finding our way with nursing, which was not without its own struggles. But with nursing, I kept coming back to the idea that I was designed for this. That my body grew Lana’s body and, as its maker, would find a way, would make a way, to give that bod everything it needed, when it needed it. And that Lana would respond in kind with telling cues — coos, soft sighs, tiny grunts, whines and fitful cries — as if to say you’re doing it right, mom or you’re doing it wrong, mom. Or sometimes, and of this I’m sure, you’ve completely lost your shit, mom, and now I’m losing mine. But we made our way. With solids, however, there wasn’t a cryptic manual encoded via biology. There was … Read More

grilled artichoke and cherry tomato pasta with parm, parsley + garlic toast crumbs

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Grilled Artichoke and Cherry Tomato Pasta with Parm, Parsley + Garlic Toast Crumbs from @thepigandquill | via thepigandquill.com | #summer #vegetarian #brunch

There are so many ways to start this post today, I almost don’t know where to start. It’s (un)officially summer! It’s officially mah berfday month! I’m eating dairy again! BRUNCH PASTA! I suppose if you needed to weave all of those items into a common tale, we could talk about how all I wanted for my birthday was to put milkstuff in my facehole again and this totally brunch-worthy pasta that sings of summer is making all those dreams come true. In fact, that’s basically it. I should probably end the post here. But you know meeeeeeeeee. So first off: did you all have the loveliest holiday weekend, or what? Tell me about it. (Really, I wanna know!) We did a whole lot of nothing, which was — which always is — glorious. Lotsa walks to the park, takeout from our new fave Mediterranean spot (I think I ate there three times in the past two weeks?), the perfect Hello Summer barbecue hosted by lovely friends that began with Lana skipping her morning nap for the first time ever and ended with rosé, cake and everyone eating their weight in fish tacos. Perfection. And as for the rest, well, it really can be rolled into … Read More

Pigtales 02: A Day In The Life

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Pigtales is a glimpse at the going-ons that take place (mostly) outside of the P&Q kitchen. Baby stuffs, things I love, general musings and other tales from my life as a momma, wife and semi-professional goofball. I don’t know what it is exactly about Day In the Life posts that draw me in so, but there’s something about getting to take a little field trip through some of my favorite bloggers’ or celebs’ everyday worlds that leaves me downright giddy. Maybe it’s because there’s almost always a quasi-taboo anecdote that makes the person instantly more relatable (heavens to betsy, Cameron Diaz poops when she gets up, too!? soulmatessss!) or maybe it’s just the satisfaction of snooping, in general, but whatever’s at play,  I find it absolutely captivating. In the off chance that you feel the same way, here’s a little peek into what makes up a typical day in the P&Q house. Hope you enjoy! 7:30-8:00am – Chris and I awake to the sound of Lana bumping around and babbling in her crib. I take a peek at the Nest cam to find that she’s still sleepily rubbing her face into the mattress or sucking on the sleeves of her … Read More

sesame balsamic tofu bowls with chile mango + sunflower-cilantro pesto

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Sesame Balsamic Tofu Bowls with Chile Mango + Sunflower-Cilantro Pesto recipe from @thepigandquill | thepigandquill.com | #vegan #dairyfree #glutenfree

They don’t yet know this (ok, well maybe they do now), but I am making it my personal mission to get my in-laws fully aboard the tofu train. Not because I’m a super yooge advocate of soy protein or anything (here’s where I’ll remind you that we’re an all-things-in-moderation household), but because I’ve met me a tofu — many tofu/tofus/tofi? in fact — that are off-the-charts tasty, and I’m just not sure they’ve had the pleasure. Ok, I’m certain they’ve not had the pleasure, as evidenced by my mom-in-law meticulously removing tiny cubes of gauzy tofu from her fried rice. (To be fair, it was decent store-bought fried tofu — nothing offending to a tofiend like me, but not at all the poster child for Tofu: It’s Better than It Sounds. Which it so can be. And these bowls are proof. While it takes a minute to marinade (ok, lies. it takes, like, 240 minutes…), the actual cooking portion of this tofu is so blissfully short. Eighteen minutes, to be exact, and that’s largely hands-off time during which your sweet little army of tofu soldiers become tender and puffy and crisply-edged under the broiler. In that respect, this is tofu super similar to … Read More

creamy white miso + cauliflower soup with candied furikake prosciutto + garlic chive oil

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The way I see it, there are two kinds of people in this world: those who enjoy having a mirror directly across from their glass-enclosed shower, and those who do not. And it’s simple. You don’t need any Myers Briggs BS to tell you which camp you’d fit into. Hell, you don’t even need to actually have a mirror directly across from a glass-enclosed shower to determine on which side of the line you fall. Just thinking about it right now, you already know. See? I’ll give you one guess which group I’m finding myself in these days. I don’t know that it has much to do with having carried and then birthed a child in the last year, because I’m pretty sure even before the baby freight I’d be a distinct mirrorus avoidus, but it didn’t help. I mean, I suppose it didn’t hurt, either. It’s not like the parts of me that are softer and squishier have been made so by just hitting the doritos a little too hard (although doritos). I grew a babe from scratch and built her a little apartment with a little water bed and filled her body with all the bits and pieces she’d need to become the Lana-bug she is … Read More

simple chorizo hash and eggs with smoked paprika mayo

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Simple Chorizo Hash and Eggs with Smoked Paprika Mayo recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #cincodemayo #brunch

Ok, so first: I realize that posting a Cinco de Mayo on actual Cinco de Mayo is probably not helpful at all, but what if I told you this is a Cinco de Mayo recipe that also happens to be fiiiiiiiiine Mother’s Day brunch fare? Does that make things better? How about if we acknowledge that it only takes 30 mins to make? More importantly, do we really need an excuse to get foodstuffs as lovely as this into our faces? I think not. When Mother’s Day came around last year, I was still finding my new momma footing, cradling a teensy Lana who wasn’t even three weeks old and just barely beginning to shed the weight of that suffocating, wet blanket that is the baby blues. Our parents drove out for the day and brought with them a veritable feast of homemade favorites that any emotionally stable momma would clap her hands at in glee — fried rice amply studded with chinese sausage and roast pork, barbecued ribs, foil trays expertly loaded with chicken enchiladas — and yet I barely managed to mime my way through the day’s events. Present, but not fully participating. Functioning in a kind of safe mode, all … Read More

the ultimate spring pizza // shaved asparagus, roasted potato, smoked mozz + lemon

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The Ultimate Spring Pizza Recipe // Shaved Asparagus, Roasted Potato, Smoked Mozz + Lemon (via thepigandquill.com) #lunch #brunch #vegetarian

First off, thank you so much for all your kind words on my last post. As you guys know, I like to treat this as a “no secrets” kinda space, even in my typical posts (you’re welcome/sorry), but it still felt a little different publishing a new brand of ramblings that didn’t culminate in a recipe. Your comments here and on the P&Q social spots were such a welcomed reminder of why I come back to this place over and over again. To shoot the breeze about the many things I like to put in my face, of course — and then why such phrases should probably come with a PG-13 disclaimer. But at the very root of things, it’s to share, indulge and connect with you. You guys get me. Or maybe you tolerate me. You know I’ll gladly take either. So, let’s talk about pizza. We are on a SERIOUS pizza making kick over here (complete with baby pizzas for baby babies!) and this, guys and gals, is the hot diggy that kicked it all off. With a base of smoked mozz and potatoes and a scattering of lemony asparagus and, uh, lemonier lemons, it’s both springy and comfy and bright and … Read More

Pigtales 01: Five Things I Learned as a New Mom

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Oh hey, new series alert! Pigtales is a glimpse at the going-ons that take place (mostly) outside of the P&Q kitchen. Baby stuffs, things I love, general musings and other tales from my life as a momma, wife and semi-professional goofball. By choice, Chris and I brought Lana home to an empty house. Our parents, who were ear-to-the-door during Lana’s delivery, stayed around the hospital long enough to snuggle our little one and ensure we were well nourished and comfortable, and then they all piled back into the car for what I imagine was a very endorphin-fueled drive to Sacramento. And so it was that Chris and I spent our first night — and every night after for at least several weeks — on our own with our sweet, gentle bug. We were strong enough a team to bring her into the world, we figured; we’d be strong enough a team to show her its first wonders. And we were. That said, we accepted help where it was offered, and one of the most valuable forms of support I received was the ‘round the clock wisdom of my best friend since childhood, Whitney, who just happens to be a certified lactation … Read More

roasted fig + potato salad with asparagus, goat cheese + honey-orange balsamic vinaigrette

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Roasted Fig + Potato Salad with Asparagus, Goat cheese + Honey-Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe (via thepigandquill.com) #vegetarian #spring #lunch #dinner

Hi, my name is Emily, and I love purging shit outta my house. So when I got an email from Phoebe a few weeks ago suggesting a pantry purge in the name of spring cleaning, I jumped right on it. Purging shit not only out of my house — but into my belly!? I can think of few things more satisfying. At first glance, this salad doesn’t necessarily scream PANTRY, I know. It’s fresh, light, green. It’s not bursting with nuts or legumes or any of the usual pantry-lurkers (Oriental Flavor ramen brick, I’m looking at you, ya little anti-PC creeper) — but then, that’s what makes this dish so good. Unexpected in composition — and unexpectedly delicious. Bingo bango. For a couple of months now, I’ve had a little carton of dried figs sitting right at eye level in my main pantry cupboard, just begging to be enjoyed. I bought them on a whim after sampling a few at the farmer’s market a while back — with grand notions of making my own Newtons to be sure — and proudly placed them on the shelf in a cadillac position where they’d be impossible to miss. Except I’ve now reached over and around said figgies … Read More