Thursday, November 18, 2010

While the Trainer's Away or Dinner At Ten

Last night I decided to take advantage of the fact that my trainer was getting ready to show off her magnificent muscularity at some major national competition and my 8:00 gym appointment was cancelled.
Oh yeah I know, I could have gone to the gym anyway and given my all to the treadmill, but I just said no.
Instead, I decided to cook.

Our favorite Aussi domestic goddess Faux Fuchsia has posted about how cooking can be a de-stresser after a long day at work.  And, of course she was correct.  There is something therapeutic in the act of chopping and cooking and serving and eating that makes you forget about your daily issues.
And cooking raises your serotonin and dopamine levels....or so I tell myself.

Of course all this took time, and after getting home late from the office, then deciding on what to make, then going to the market for last minute ingredients the actual cooking process didn't get started until 8:30 last night.

Maybe it was because of Jill's current Ina Garten obsession or maybe it was because I had leftover roasted chicken the fridge, I decided to cook chicken pot pie using Garten's vegetable pot pie recipe
...with slight alterations.
I used way less butter, I left out the saffron and instead of making pastry crust, I used bisquick for the topping.
The kicker in the recipe was the chopped fennel and the pastis.

Behold the magnificence!
Yes, maybe it was 10:00 before dinner was served but it was worth it.
...but tonight it's back to the gym...

And on a different topic altogether
Faux Fuchsia, who's been traveling around England, the Isle of Jersey and Brittany has been bragging on her blog about the cuteness of Jersey cows. Sorry FF, you may be a domestic goddess and you certainly know your bromeliads from your begonias, but in terms of animal appreciation, those Jersey cows have nothing on the beautiful bovines of Switzerland and Austria. 
Voila, Austrian heifers in their Alpine floral spender.

Pictures snagged from Paradis Express, a pretty blog by a gardener from the suburbs of Paris. 
If you like landscape and floral design, check out her blog
and don't worry, it's not about cows.
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M said...

It's good to take a day off from the gym every now and then. Chicken pot pie is one of my fav's. Next time try topping it with cornbread, yum...

David Toms said...

I also am obsessed with the Contessa and have all her books. I am glad that you also had a glass of wine to make not going to gym all that more sinful

Deja Pseu said...

I love the Contessa. Wish I had more time to cook!! That chicken pot pie sounds scrumptious.

Those are some really fetching bovines.

Belle de Ville said...

M: Oh, this recipe is so carb laden I may not take that final step with cornbread.
David: I love her recipes too, they are easy to make and delicious. I just wish that I had her fancy kitchen to cook in.
Pseu: You've got to try this recipe. You can easily alter it with whatever you happen to have in your fridge.

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Anonymous said...

Don't make me post a Highland cow pic!
I don't know how you manage to go to the gym at night, if I don't go at 6.30am I just won't go.

M said...

That's cornbread instead of the biscuit mix. A little different take on the classic.

Faux Fuchsia said...

Thanks for the shout out- those cows are DIVINE!!! What the hell is bisquick???? We do not have this in Australia. Is it a ready made pastry? Cooking is so soothing isn't it?

Couture Carrie said...

So yummy, darling!
I need that cookbook!


Make Do Style said...

Hahaha - love the sneaking off from gym routine! Great dinner and fab cows xx

Looking Fab in your forties said...

I bet supper was delicious! The leftover chicken in my fridge must be thrown out today as its been there since Tuesday!

Jill said...

I've been wanting to try that recipe! Looks great. Although, I'd probably add more of all the fattening stuff...I'm horrible like that! Last night I made her homemade ranch dressing and a chocolate pudding pie in a graham cracker crust from her newest book. I think part of my obsession is that I've let all of my cooking magazine subscriptions expire. I realized how many cookbooks I have, and I wasn't using any of them!

The Preppy Princess said...

Good for you on taking a nano-break from the workout routine, and what a luscious looking concoction. TSU loves pot pie-type things, so we are now off to investigate, thank you for linking to the recipe.

Big smiles at you!

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