Jac o' lyn Murphy

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Snacks and the City- Bold Bites in San Francisco

There is nothing my family loves more than spending the day in San Francisco.
Although we live close, 
it always feels like a getaway and the perfect way to recharge.
We love the breathtaking scenery, vibrant colors, 
classic landmarks and unique neighborhoods.
Everyone has a different favorite spot, so often we zip all over the city.
I have learned from experience that nothing ruins a fun day away like hungry travelers.
Good food feeds good times and that's why I have Foster Farms Bold Bites on hand.
They are a shareable, flavorful, protein packed snack
 that is perfect to grab and go to the Golden Gate!

I don't think it was a coincidence that our first stop and snack are color coordinated!
International Orange is a bold color for a bridge and a bite...

We packed pouches for all of the Painted Ladies,
fittingly vibrant for the historic Victorians...

and some cheerful chicken for the one feeling blue...

Parmesan was perfect for our perch to view the Pyramid ...

We definitely needed extra power to climb up to Coit Tower...

Noble nibbles for our picnic at the Palace...

Not only are Foster Farms Bold Bites perfect for day in the city because they are delicious, quick and convenient, but their chicken grows bountifully and beautifully under the warm California sun.
It is raised responsibly by local farmers. Foster Farms is looking to redefine the snacking standard.  Bold Bites do not include any artificial colors,
flavors, nitrates or nitrites and come in 5 amazing and unique flavors.
They are available in various retailers across the West Coast such as Safeway and Target.
Foster Farms makes it easy to Be Bold Anywhere!

Thank you to Foster Farms for sponsoring this post and elevating snacking in such a delicious and convenient way. 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Easy Valentines from The Grocery Store!

Typically Valentine's Day 
is all about flowers and candy to express our love.
Often times life gets in the way and the last minute scramble for a gift,
means exorbitantly priced roses and chocolates.  
Well don't worry, there are lots of amazing, fun and useful things 
you can pick up at the store that will make them laugh and swoon on February 14th.

Sometimes condiments, sauces and spices say it best...

Tell your Valentine that they are special...

Oh SOY do you love them...

and that nothing beats, 
U and MI...

Then head to the candy aisle.
A big tub of licorice is all you need to ask them to Be Vine...

Everyone should be grinning on this day of love, 
and Barry Manilow said it best, 
isn't your Valentine the reason you smile?  
Keep it fresh with a new toothbrush...

It is amazing what switching out a few letters will do!
Whether you love them a "latte" or a "lotto",
 they will appreciate a coffee or a chance to win the big bucks...

and why go out to a restaurant when you can have a 
Ramen-tic dinner at home??

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Preserved Lemons from Ibiza

I was thrilled to receive a copy of the new cookbook Ibiza, Land and Sea, by Francoise Pialoux.
It has stunning pictures, beautiful food and makes you long to visit the Spanish island.
One of the first recipes that caught my eye was for Preserved Lemons.
Citrus season is a huge highlight of winter in California.
It makes me so happy to see our Meyer lemon trees full of sunny spheres.
Now I can have them all year, and pretend I'm in Ibiza!

This recipe is so easy to make.
After I picked the lemons...

I washed them, sliced them into pretty petals, 
then salted...

Then tightly packed them into a glass jar, 
and nestled in fresh thyme...

and a bay leaf.
(she also adds chilies but I omitted those simply so I can use the lemons in more recipes)

Boiled and cooled water was added...

and a topping of olive oil.

It is so pretty to look at that I don't even mind the 1-2 month wait for them to preserve!
They will be perfect to use in salads, tagines, pastas... 

Ibiza may be known as a party mecca but it will always remind me of lemons.

Fatima's Mum's Preserved Lemons
from Ibiza Land and Sea

For a 3 L jar (6 pints)
Preparation 1-2 months before using

12 organic lemons
24 tsp course salt
1 bay leaf
1 branch of thyme
3-4 small chillies
Olive oil

Clean the jar you are going to use in very hot hater and dry.  Boil a large saucepan of water for 5 minutes, then leave to cool.  This will later fill the jar.  Wash the lemons and half-cut into quarters, ensuring the cuts allow the lemons to stay whole but open lie flowers.

Take the first lemon, open it up and pour 2 tsp of coarse salt into the centre, in the heart of the four quarters.  Close up tightly and place in the jar.  Repeat for all the lemons, pressing down as tightly as possible in the jar. In between, slip in the bay leaf, the thyme and the chillies.

Gently pour in the boiled water but do not fill to the top. Leave about 2 centimetres and top up with olive oil.  Close the lid of the jar tightly and turn the jar upside down, leaving for 24 hours.  The next day, turn the jar back up and leave the lemons to soak for 1-2 months before using.

With this method, the lemons can keep out side the fridge for a year if the jar is tightly closed.  Once it has been opened, place the lemons in the frig.

Thank you to ABRAMS Books for sponsoring this post and for sending me an advanced copy of Ibiza, Land and Sea.  I am part of the ABRAMS Dinner Party so there will be more wonderful recipes to come.
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