Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Giveaway, Lunch and Dessert

Isn't this the cutest doll you've ever seen? And it is being given away here. It's about Annie is a cute blog and she makes the dolls. She has the patterns too so you can make your own. They are all so precious. Good luck everyone!! (including me)
I'm trying to make healthy lunches. Last week I made a salad from Bulghur, tomatoes, olives and feta. So good for me and so tasty too. Today I made a soba noodle salad for the next couple of days. What do you take for lunch? I'm so spoiled by being able to come home for lunch that it's hard for me to plan ahead. Since I'm only working 6 hours a day, I only take a half hour so it's easier if I take something and eat at my desk.
The recipe is from this month's Everyday Food.
Cold Soba Salad with Feta and Cucumber
1 package (8.8 ozs) soba noodles (Japanese buckwheat noodles)
1/2 English cucumber peeled into long ribbons and thinly sliced
1/4 head red cabbage thinly sliced
1 shallot thinly sliced
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 T olive oil
4 ozs crumbled feta
Cook soba according to package instructions and drain.
In a bowl combine cucumber, cabbage, shallot, parsley, lemon juice and olive oil. Add soba season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until chilled, top with feta cheese and serve.
Tonight I'm having barbecue ribs, dijon potatoes and steamed broccoli with lemon and garlic oil. For dessert it's Brownie Pudding Cake. I can hardly wait for dinner. I have to idea where I got the recipe. I've had it for years.

Brownie Pudding Cake
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
4 T unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup milk
1 T oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup boiling water
4 servings
In a medium bowl stir together flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 T cocoa powder and baking powder.
Add milk, oil and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Stir in nuts.
Transfer batter to an ungreased 1 qt casserole.
In a small bowl stir together 1/3 cup sugar and 2 T cocoa powder. Gradually stir in boiling water.
Pour the mixture evenly over batter in the casserole.
Bake 350 for 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean. Serve warm.


Cherdecor said...

Hi Judy, I think I would like the salad. I am all for Feta cheese. In the summertime, I mix tomatoes, green peppers, onions, oregano, Feta cheese and that is my salad. That is until I eat too much and I start getting sores in my mouth from the tomatoes. Ha! Ha!

I need to eat more salads but I tend to choose them last. I like them, but I like other things as well. Help me Rhonda!

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

I'm trying to do healthy food, too, and get to my own doll-making project.

I think the winter blahs has struck!

Thimbleanna said...

Yum Judy -- that brownie cake sure looks good! You're so lucky you get to go home at lunch. We work too far away and usually end up taking leftovers or getting a subway sandwich.

Bebe said...

Hi Judy!
That salad looks delicious ~ feta is one of my favorite things!! Your blog always makes me hungry, but that's a really good thing! Come visit over at my place for a minute; I have an award for you!
Hugs, Bebe :)

Susie Harris said...

That is the cutest doll ever! I would love one just like it. It reminds me of my childhood bedroom...Ragedy Ann, Smile~

Marie Antionette said...

Hi Judy,Thank you for your wonderful comment.I'm glad you enjoyed my story.I was looking at your precious kitties.They are beautiful.I need to eat better myself.Good luck to the both of us on that...LOL...You also can count me in on the drawing.I think the dollie is very cute.Hugs Marie Antionette

Heidi said...

It is so good to see you back. I was worried but I know how things can have an effect on us. I have had to put off having my dental surgery done since they found a swelling in my throat causing coughing and breathing difficulties. Waiting to hear back from the hospital for an appointment is getting old. They are so slow. It takes weeks for them to give you an appointment. I hope you feel better now?!? It is hard to balance computer time and doing things in the house. We all struggle with it.

Hugs ~

Simone said...

I would skip lunch and dinner and just have the pudding! It looks delicious!

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Judy, What are you doing to me???
I`m suppose to be on diet, and here you are showing me such a yummy pudding!
I now have cravings for something sweet.
Any pudding left!
Oh, forget it, please send me over some of your lovely "salad" instead!
I need to try my hardest to be a GOOD GIRL and to lose my wobbly tummy!

Debbie & Alan


P.S- Thanks for such a sweet coment, our lovely friend!


Hi Judy,
I think I should come over to your house for dinner:) Yummy in my tummy!!!
I hope you win the doll too.

Femin Susan said...

what a cute Dollie it is !!wish I had one Like that.and those food stuff make my stomach cry
'I WANT TO HAVE THOSE FOOD STUFF IMMEDIATELY.'I will make those immediately for my stomach to stop crying.Hehehehehehehe

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh yum, that salad looks so good.Pass me some please LOL .

Nola @ the Alamo said...

That salad looks so good I could eat it for breakfast! I have never seen the soba noodles, I'll have to look for them.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Miss Judy! I'm so happy to see you back and feeling better I hope. You remember my dentist post. The "Den of test" is not my fav.

Your kitty pictures... sooo adorable.
I'm thinking that chocolate brownie dessert looks like a winner!!!
I missed ya! I know what you mean about computer time and household duties.

Anonymous said...

oh my, you know how to pack a lunch!

sewtakeahike said...

Hi Judy! Your salad looks great, I'd probably have to take along a bag of chips as well though, defeating the purpose! I also come home at lunch so I'm not a lunch planner either.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Judy,
I love, love, love soba noodles... thank you for the recipe, I sure will try it. I loved when I worked close to home. I could come home for lunch and for break since we had 30 minutes for that too. Now I work from home so I find it hard turning off the clock. But it's a blast. Can't wait to try your recipes.
Happy day!

Kim's Treasures said...

Everything looks and sounds so yummy!!! Thanks for the heads up on the giveaway...the doll is so sweet!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Girl, you post the best recipes! I have a similar recipe to your chocolate pudding cake but it calls for no oil. I found it once when I was on a serious diet. It's fabulous. I took photos today as made my Milky Way cake and will post for Valentine's. talk about some good eatin'. yummo. xo Lynn

LaundryBasketCase said...

Oooh! not that the salad doens't look good, because it does, but that pudding looks divine!!!!! I am definitely going to try and make that, perhaps even tonight!
Lovely doll.

Laura said...

Please stop by my blog to pick up an award I have for you! Have a wonderful day!

La Donna Welter said...

Thank you for your kind note! It is appreciated! : )
La Donna