De Ma Cuisine



June 2012



The Mondays

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Hello, Monday.

I will admit, that while I love what I do, Mondays are still difficult. Especially after a wonderful, relaxing weekend like we just had.

We saw Raising Arizona, at Oscars Outdoors with some friends, which was super fun! You can bring a picnic, but they also have food trucks, and then you just hang out on the grass and watch the movie when it gets dark. We’ll definitely be going back. Part of the evening included meeting Damon Lindelof – we’re huge fans of Lost, among other things that he’s done, so this was awesome!!

We relaxed, ate pancakes and leftovers, read our books by the pool, watched lots of old TV shows, and in general did a whole lotta nothin’ the rest of the weekend. It was a nice break after a busy (but good) week.

When this morning rolled around I shouldn’t have been tired, but I just wanted to crawl back into bed. I didn’t. I’m glad. When Husband got up, he came out and asked, “Aren’t we going for a walk?” Normally the dog and I walk in the mornings. Last week I asked Husband if he wanted to come too. He did. I was pleasantly surprised that he wanted to continue the walks this week. Last week, on the first walk, I said, “Isn’t it fun that we’re walking together?” I think my question was met with a grunt/grumble/scowl combination. Naturally, I assumed that he wouldn’t want to keep walking with me.

After our walk, I was supposed to do a bit of cleaning (since we threw out the “to do” lists this weekend, it meant doing them when I normally would have been working, one of the benefits of working from home… sometimes it’s not a benefit – when there are dishes to be done and they just stare at me until I finally get up and do them). 🙂 Instead of getting to the cleaning though, I went out and played in my garden. I pulled some dead plants, harvested a few carrots, staked my tomatoes (which HORRAY HORRAY have fruit on them, instead of just flowers that are dropping, thanks to a suggestion from Diana, to gently shake the flowers daily), and picked the caterpillar eaten kale (sad). Even though my garden is a tiny apartment garden, it always does me good to spend time out there. I love digging, planting, watering, and seeing the progress of the plants (especially those planted from seeds).

On Saturday, inspired by the fries we had last weekend at Public House, I made some Crispy Spiced Potatoes with Brown Sugar. They weren’t exactly the same, but they were good none-the-less. We ate them with Roasted Romano Beans, Fried Eggs, and Peaches. ‘Twas a yummy, simple meal.

Hope you’re not having a case of the Mondays. If you are, take heart, the day is almost over. Maybe put someone’s stapler in Jell-o, or just take the stapler altogether. 😉


Crispy Spiced Potatoes with Brown Sugar

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Crispy Spiced Potatoes with Brown Sugar
Recipe Type: Side, Potatoes
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 2-4
Sweet and salty, these oven fries are yummy!
  • 6-8 small to medium red potatoes, cut in 8 pieces
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1/2 t smoked paprika
  • 1/2 t sweet paprika
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • splash apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 T olive oil
  • 1 T brown sugar
  1. Mix all but potatoes and sugar.
  2. Add potatoes and toss.
  3. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes.
  4. Turn and bake 20 minutes more.
  5. Remove from oven, toss with sugar.
  6. Serve and enjoy!


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