Saturday, June 4, 2011

Recipe Edition: Stir-Fry Chicken with Soba Noodles



Ingredients:

1 (8 1/2 ounce) package soba noodles
2 Tbsp canola oil
4-5 chicken breasts, boneless/skinless, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced or 2 cubes frozen crushed garlic (Gefen or Dorot brand)
1/2 cup ginger teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup water
1 cup frozen shelled edemame, thawed*
2 scallions, thinly sliced

Instructions:

Cook noodles according to package instructions.

In a wok or large saute pan, heat canola oil over high heat. Add chicken and cook thoroughly. Add garlic and gently mix to combine. Cook for 2 minutes and add noodles. Toss noodles with chicken and garlic.




Add ginger teriyaki sauce and toss. Add water, by the tablespoon, if needed, to fully coat the noodles and chicken with sauce. Add edemame and scallions. Toss gently and heat through.

*I boiled frozen edemame for 5 minutes to cook them
*I used 2 cubes of frozen ginger for a tangier flavor
*For a pareve option, substitute tofu for the chicken

Enjoy! Let me know what you think if you make this dish:)

Never Never Land









Occasion:

I am so glad that y'all like the recipe! I think that this will become a more regular feature:)

I served the Peanut Butter Mousse Pie at Shabbos dinner last night with our friends A & Y and it was a hit! The biggest complaint is that it is "very rich". It was the first time I made that recipe and it was very easy. It took longer than I expected but that's because I didn't read the instructions ahead of time and didn't factor the refrigeration time. However, putting it in the refrigerator overnight was really helpful. I have another recipe on the way for ya, so look out:)

This shirt was a great thrift find and I feel so cute and feminine everytime I wear it. I love cute the peter pan collar detail. I am not really sure what the pattern is...it's kinda lolly pop shaped? Well, whatever it is, I like it:) I finally broke out the white denim skirt since it is after Memorial day (I don't really care too much about the white rule and memorial day...it was more that we were in Florida and I didn't bring it with me), and I had forgotten how much I love this skirt! It is such a great summer classic. I think that every woman needs a white denim skirt for summer. This one is a perfect length and cut for me and I always feel summery when I wear it. Since the pattern is busy, I kept the accessories neutral; a tan studded belt and a gold chain necklace were all I needed. I like the contrast of the black wedges; they really pop against the bright color of the shirt.

Outfit:

Undershirt: Pink Orchid

Shirt: Thrifted

Skirt: GAP

Belt: J.CREW

Necklace: Banana Republic

Shoes: Dolce Vita for Target

Sunnies: LOFT

Do you follow the "No White Before Memorial Day" rule? What's your favorite white item?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Recipe Edition: Peanut Butter Mousse Cake



If you have been following Modestly Fashioned for a while, you are well aware that one of my other great passions is cooking. I learned how to cook in college when I got my own apartment and since then I have dreamed of days of cooking elaborate Shabbos meals for my husband, simple nightly dinners, and baking just for the heck of it. I have been known to cook a ton of cookies and give them to friends just for the heck of it:) Sometimes on Fridays, if we are hosting big meals, I am in the kitchen for 6-7 hours at a time, and although sometimes I fear that I won't finish before Shabbos starts, it all seems to come together.

I have decided to add a 'Recipe Edition' feature to MF. Feel free to tell me what you think of this:) I am going to try to put all types of recipes here, from fancy schmancy Shabbos food, to what we ate for last night's dinner. If you have any requests for what type of recipes you would like to see, let me know!

This first recipe is a dessert that I made for a Shabbos dinner meal that D and I are hosting tonight for our sweet friends A & Y. It looks super fancy but it was actually quite easy to make!

Ingredients:

Crust:
*2 cups chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs or chocolate wafer crumbs (I used a food processor to make the cookies into crumbs)
*1/2 cup peanuts, chopped (I bought peanut halves and used to food processor to chop them)
*1/4 cup sugar
*2 Tbsp margarine, melted (I used SmartBalance in a tub and didn't melt it)

Mousse:
*1 3/4 cups pareve whipping cream (I used Rich's Whip)
*2 cups creamy peanut butter
*2 (8 oz.) tubs tofutti cream cheese, softened (this is pareve)
*2 cups icing (confectioner's/powdered) sugar
*2 Tbsp vanilla extract

Topping:
*1/4 cup sugar
*1/4 cup pareve whipping cream (Rich's Whip)
*1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
*1/2 cup peanuts, chopped, to garnish

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Crust:

In a large bowl, combine cookie crumbs, peanuts, 1/4 cup sugar and melted margarine. (I did all of this in my food processor). Press into a 10-inch springform pan. (I don't have a springform pan, so I put mine in a pyrex pie dish.) Bake for 15 minutes. Cool. Set aside.


Mousse:






Using an electric or hand-held mixer, beat the whipping cream until stiff. (I used an immersion blender with a whisk attachment.) Set aside.
In another mixing bowl, beat together peanut butter and tofutti cream cheese until smooth. Stir in icing sugar and vanilla, mixing well. Gently fold in beaten whipping cream, a quarter at a time. Pour into baked crust. Refrigerate until set approximately 2 hours. (I refrigerated it overnight.)


Topping:



In a medium-sized saucepan, combine sugar and whipping cream. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips. Stir until melted and smooth. Remove cake from refrigerator. Spread topping evenly over filling. Garnish with peanuts. Refrigerate until cold. Serve chilled.


If you make it let me know what you think:)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Laid Back








Cuuuute puppy feet:)



Occasion:

I wore this outfit yesterday while I was running some errands and making a nice dinner for D and my sweet friend, E, who is staying with is for a month. I am soooo happy to have you, E!!! Yay, roomie:) I am really lucky that I have a husband who likes to cook and even though I do the majority of the cooking, it's nice that D knows how/likes to cook. There are even some things that I just don't make because D makes them so well that I don't think that I could top it...he's a master at making schnitzel and yummy vegetable soup!

I think I might start including some of my recipes on here...what do you, as my loyal readers, think? Would you want to see some weekly recipes? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

I like the laid-back feel of this outfit; the fact that it is made up of simple pieces and embellished with accessories. Hats have definitely been my go-to accessory this spring and I am sure it will continue into the summer. In addition to "topping off" a great ensemble, they provide shade from the sun and help protect delicate face skin from the sun's harmful rays. Staying safe and looking cute: counting me in!

Outfit:

Undershirt: Elzee

Shirt: GAP

Skirt: Banana Republic

Belt: J.CREW

Hat: Banana Republic

Shoes: DSW (Steve Madden)

Necklace: Thrifted


What is your ideal 'laid-back' outfit? Have you jumped on the 'hat bandwagon'?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bright Pink












D gave me these pearl earrings for my birthday!!! Sooo sweet...thanks D!


Occasion:

Memorial Day feels like the official start to summer for me...nevermind that the summer solstice doesn't happen until next month. After this holiday weekend it seems that people's attitudes really change. Moods are lifted by the abundant sun, people make vacation plans, tans start to set in...ahhh, summer, how I have waited for you to arrive! Even though the summer is the most difficult season to dress modestly in, it still couldn't come fast enough for me this year! I know that in a few weeks I will be sweaty and miserable in my layers, but after the winter we had in the northeast, I know I can deal with the heat. Yes, it is a bit awkward to get questions about my mode of dress in the summer. Layers are given quizzical looks, sheitals get hot, and I get really tired of my frummy tan lines. But at least I have tan lines:)

The Florida sun was kind to me this weekend...no burn to speak of and some great color! We had a blast swimming, boating, lounging, shopping and spending some time with my wonderful family! We finally got to give them the gifts we got for them in Europe and they loved them. I have to say, I was a bit nervous to take Keppie with us. Not only the travelling, but also the way she would get along with my family's dogs. I was BLOWN away (and I think my mom was too!!). She was amazing on the plane. She layed down underneath our feet the whole time. She didn't like the landing and sat up for most of it...but who really like the plane's landing? NO ONE! She and Tali (my mom's german shepherd became besties and we even ended up leaving one of Keppie's toys behind for Tali and Simi (my sister's golden retriever) since they seemed to like it so much. We got back last night and Keppie was so exhausted that she slept all day today! We are happy to be home and I spent some time today cleaning the apartment and cooking a nice dinner of beef and green bean stirfry...yumm!

I wore this outfit on my birthday and felt great in it:) I need to take my cherry red Longchamp to get it's corners fixed so I needed a replacement for a few weeks. This bright orange purse is a good size and I love that it has an adjustable strap so that I can wear it as an over-the-shoulder bag or just a regular shoulder bag:) It's a great pop of color and I love how it goes with this bright ensemble.

This shirt has a great floral pattern and it goes extremely well with the coral color of the drapey semi-pleated skirt. The coral sandals and bright flower necklace finish off the outfit and it's all topped off with a fun straw fedora and aviator sunnies.

Outfit:

Cream Undershirt: Elzee

Shirt: Banana Republic

Skirt: Banana Republic

Necklace: LOFT

Purse: H&M

Shoes: Aldo

Sunnies: LOFT

Hat: J.CREW


Any big summer plans? What do you look forward to after Memorial Day?