Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Shashuka: The Best Baked Eggs Ever

I had the best shashuka on a trip to Israel a few years back and I've always wanted to recreate the dish! I love how simple yet flavorful it is, the aroma of the tomatoes and spiciness with every bite is simply delicious and everything I crave for and more!

A quick google search would land you on a New York Times recipe, which I recreated minus the feta because y'all know how I feel about cheese. I bought this cast iron skillet on Amazon when they had a 50% off deal and figured my shashuka would be amazing in it (plus it'd be great for my future steaks too)!

Here's the recipe below, I cut everything in half to make 3 eggs instead of the 6 eggs serving. Enjoy and please tag me if you make the dish, I'd love to see it!


INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  •  teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes with juices, coarsely chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, more as needed
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, more as needed
  • 5 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 6 large eggs
  •  Chopped cilantro, for serving
  •  Hot sauce, for serving

PREPARATION

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and bell pepper. Cook gently until very soft, about 20 minutes. Add garlic and cook until tender, 1 to 2 minutes; stir in cumin, paprika and cayenne, and cook 1 minute. Pour in tomatoes and season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; simmer until tomatoes have thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir in crumbled feta.
  3. Gently crack eggs into skillet over tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until eggs are just set, 7 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with hot sauce.
Original recipe from The New York Times

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CHANEL BEAUTÉ


- "Simplicity is the key note of all true elegance" by words of Mademoiselle Coco. 

Growing up, I've had my fair share of experimenting with different looks from extreme bold eyeshadows in blues and reds to tarantula false lashes, I think now in my 30's, I've come to the conclusion that less is more. Less foundation to let the skin glow, less shadow to let the eyes twinkle and always finished with a beautiful lip. 

I'm wearing the iconic shade, 99 Pirate CHANEL Rouge Allure, Luminous Intense Lip Colour 



PHOTOGRAPHY BY TEDDY TRAN

Friday, November 10, 2017

A little piece of Italy

Les Royales Exclusives: Jardin d'Amalfi by House of Creed

Traveling has always been a great passion of mine and with the new addition to our family, baby Preston, we've taken a little hiatus from our travels to adapt to parenthood. Nevertheless, I've always dreamt of taking my little ones around the world to show them life's greatest adventures! 

Preston, my friend Hannah, and I took off for a little European holiday for baby's first international trip. We started the journey in Florence, Italy, visited Pisa, and took a grand tour down the coastal Italian Riviera. It was everything dreams were made of and more...


From perfect blue waters that glistened like diamonds to big colorful umbrellas lining the beautiful shoreline, to the smell of the crisp-salty air, I really thought I was starring in the perfect Italian film! And to have Preston experience all of this with was completely priceless. It was such a memorable trip full of exciting firsts and adventures for us! I know Preston won't remember any of it, but I'll have videos and photos to share with him when he gets older!


When I first discovered Jardin d'Amalfi from the prestigious House of Creed, the name initially drew me in, after smelling it, however, I was in love. The citrus fresh scent of bergamot and lemon brought me back to my wonderful holiday with my son along the French Riviera that one European summer. Scents have a nostalgic way of bringing us back to a certain memory, almost like an uncontrollable wave of feelings taking over our bodies.

Les Royales Exclusives: Jardin d'Amalfi by House of Creed

Whenever I wear Jardin d'Amalfi, I feel happy, I feel smitten, I feel grateful to have watched the innocence and joy on my little baby's face as he was covered in a mess tasting his very first gelato along the coast of Italy on that hot summer day. 

I'm glad I'll always have a little piece of Italy right by my side.



LES ROYALES EXCLUSIVES: JARDIN D'AMALFI
now available on www.creedboutique.com

Thursday, June 29, 2017

HOT & SPICY




HOT & SPICY, that's the name of the color of Preston's new Cybex Cloud Q car seat, aka the baby Ferrari. The very first time I put him in it, he sank in between the plush red cushion and practically laid as still as a board because it was so luxurious and comfortable.


Since becoming a mom, I've seen my fair share of baby gear and have done the research that would place me in the obsessive first-time moms category. I remember looking for a newborn car seat that checked off my list of safety standards, versatility, and of course, how cool it looked (I haven't traded in for Mom jeans just yet). I always passed by the futuristic looking car seat while strolling the aisles and admired the beauty of such a sleek design!  


The Cybex Cloud Q has an impressive list of safety standards that make it an award-winning car seat for the littles! Features such as the Telescopic Linear Side-Impact Protection, adjustable headrest, in-car automatic height adjustment for premature or really small babies, and the ability to fully recline gives me the peace of mind any mom would appreciate! PS... Have you ever heard of a reclining car seat? That's some serious luxe for baby!   



I love the awesome canopy on the car seat, it's super big, has the most fab design, and gives Preston lots of shade on sunny days. It can also be used as a travel system and easily latches on to various strollers, which is an excellent feature for on the go moms like me! Anything that makes #MOMLIFE easier, I'm in!