Go For a Run! My Running Wish-List for May

It has been ideal for running, as far as our weather here in New England: cool, low humidity, not too much wind. for me, this is the best type of weather…Except the pollen! Oh my word, friends. I haven’t laced up my new shoes in 3 weeks! Well, 2 weeks ago, I did do a 3 mile run, but then proceeded to get bogged down with allergies and a wicked bronchitis type of cold. It has been B.A.D.!

I always think a break from regular routine is good, so that I appreciate what I have missed during my lounge-time, but enough is enough! I am sick of being sick! I need NO allergies and my lungs to feel clear and light again! So my #1 Wish is for nice, pollen-free weather. Can we make this happen please?

Running Faves May 2016 | Hardly A GoddessMy #2 Wish is that I hope my mojo hasn’t fallen off too far from the wagon! I want to try out these new shoes some more and have an excuse to buy some cute running gear, which is my Wish #3!

Here’s my running-wear wish-list to feel that motivation to get out there soon:

Running Faves May 2016 | Hardly A Goddess

And for shopping, these are, clockwise from top-left corner:

  1. Oiselle: Birds of a Feather Tank, look at how pretty, and long- key for a long-torso gal!
  2. ThugLife: “World’s Okayest Runner”, because it makes me smile, and maybe it’s true~
  3. Flip Belt: Original Belt, man, I need something to bring all my junk!
  4. Victoria’s Secret: Incredible Sport Bra, High impact and comes in tons of fun colors!
  5. Oiselle: Distance Shorts, 2 zip pockets and an internal pocket for a key (or Advil!)
  6. Lululemon: What the Sport? Tee, lots of colors and flares to not cling at the bottom.
  7. R-Gear: Handheld 10oz. water bottle, I need this!

Do you have a wish list of running gear, too? I actually have a longer list, but these are some of my right-this-minute wants and sort-of needs! The sneaks were the only real need, but the bra is super important, I must say! Have a great day, and I hope you get to enjoy a run or exercise today! I am still in my PJs. That would be a good start. Get dressed. Hmmm. Wish me luck!


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Manchego & Chorizo Tapas with Saffron Alioli #SundaySupper

Manchego & Chorizo Tapas with Saffron Alioli | Hardly A Goddess

Ummmm. What is a “tapa”?

A “tapa” was (and still is) a small portion of any kind of Spanish cuisine. The premise of serving tapas, is to have lots of little tastes of small plates of things, that you can enjoy while enjoying conversation-  so that you are less focused upon eating an entire meal than of enjoying the company around you- the Spanish version of a cocktail party, but better!

Now my recipe today, is essentially just cheese and meat on a stick. Except it’s really good cheese and unbelievable meat, and an amazing dip. Let’s break it down:

  • Manchego cheese is a hard-cheese from Spain, made from sheeps-milk  that has been aged for different lengths of time (mine was for 4 months) and is quite possibly my favorite eating cheese. That is to say, I don’t ever cook with it, but for a cheese platter it is the best.
  • Chorizo is a portuguese sausage that can be spicy and has tons of flavor. Together they are wonderful.
  • And then of course, you can serve this with a beautiful and traditionally spanish sauce: Saffron Alioli.  Saffron threads can be hard to find, but thankfully my Mother-in-Law buys it by the bushel and can spare a bit here and there!

Saffron Alioli | Hardly A Goddess

And if you aren’t familiar with it, Alioli, according to the About.food website, “comes from the Catalan words for the two main ingredients all (garlic), i (and), and oli (oil).”  It is a major condiment and ingredient in Spanish cooking. Making it is very similar to making homemade mayonnaise- of which I have tried numerous times, and maybe since I always have 4 kiddos running underfoot, I can never keep it emulsified. So…while making alioli makes this a traditional spanish recipe, I  instead, use store bought mayo as my base and go from there. It’s an acceptable shortcut, and honestly the only way I would ever make it! Even Jamie Oliver thinks so (he made Saffron Alioli for topping a fish stew), and his recipe is so simple, that it’s the one I used, and will forever use. It is adaptable in so many ways and is a fantastic condiment for sandwiches and dips. You will use it over and over once you try it-delicious!

Manchego & Chorizo Tapas with Saffron Alioli #SundaySupper

The spicy chorizo and garlicky alioli is balanced with the nuttiness of the cheese in this easy to make appetizer perfect for your next Tapas Party!

Ingredients

  • 1 slice of manchego cheese
  • 1 medium chorizo - spicy or mild
  • For the Alioli
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 generous squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • pinch of saffron threads
  • dash salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1/3 cup real mayonaisse

Instructions

Step 1: Slice your cheese into bite size pieces. Set aside.
Step 2: Cook your chorizo: Slice into rounds and fry in a bit of oil until browned on both sides. Drain.Set aside.
Step 3: Make the Alioli

Press the garlic through a press and into a bowl. Add the lemon and the salt. Press this with the back of a spoon until it is nice and mushed together. (If you have a mortar and pestle you can use that instead.)

Add the saffron and the mayo and mix together. Taste. If you think it needs more lemon or another bit of salt or pepper, adjust it.

To assemble: You have two options.

1. You can serve on a platter and let everyone skewer and dip as they wish.

2. You can toothpick them ahead of time and serve a drizzle of the alioli on top.

Notes

You can serve this any way that you think is easiest and prettiest for your guests!

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So…If you are up for the party, we are sharing some awesome tapas over at the #SundaySupper site!  A big thank you to Caroline of Caroline’s Cooking who is hosting this event, and also to Tapa Toro Restaurant, where several #SundaySupper Bloggers are enjoying a real, tapas feast!

Tapa Toro is sponsoring our LIVE! Twitter chat for this event {http://tapatoro.restaurant/ } This Central Florida restaurant combines contemporary Spanish cuisine with a vibrant, energetic atmosphere – bringing a fresh dining experience to the I-Drive 360 area in Orlando, FL. Their unique paella pit, vibrant tapas menu, and extensive selection of imported wines will guide you through a culinary journey of Spanish flavors and culture in the heart of Central Florida.

Here is their info. If you are planning an Orlando trip, this looks like a place to visit for sure!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tapatoroorlando
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tapatoroorlando
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tapatoroorlando/

Check out all of these fun Tapas recipes to try for your next Tapas-party! Enjoy!
Para Empezar, Las Tapas (Appetizers/tapas) –

Postres (Desserts) –

Bebidas (Drinks) –

Plus Alcachofas al Ajillo – Garlicky Artichokes – and Spanish Tapas Recipes from Sunday Supper Movement

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board


Let me know in the comments: Have you ever made alioli? Was it a certain flavor? Do you love it as much as I do? What do you use it on/with?

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Easiest Sort-of-Homemade Chicken Soup

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A GoddessI am sick this week, y’all. I am so sick, that my co-workers look at me, and back right off! They opt to sit on the opposite side of the table, and during meetings I am relegated to the satellite table by myself to sit coughing and blowing my nose, as my eyes well up with germ-tears. It is bad. Not so bad, that I can’t work, but bad enough, that people sort of don’t want me to. I needed chicken soup this week. Like, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But as, I have shared before, when you are “the mom” – no one is making that soup for you, my dear. You have to make it yourself. Except this time, I am teaching Mr. Hag how to make it, just in case it is needed in a dire emergency. This is my second round of making it this week, so I am a pro at it. Normally, the best chicken soup, that I would make for others has homemade stock, made from a whole chicken, and seasoned with lots of veggies. But when I am sick, I need faster-food, and comforting food, and this is the one. Make note:

Buy this:

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A Goddess

Do this (I know it’s already in the fridge):

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A Goddess

Get your add-ins (matzah balls, or leftover rice, or cooked pasta shapes) ready:

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A Goddess

And put it all together:

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A Goddess

Now stand back and stick a spoon in. You are done. You’re welcome!

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A Goddess

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp.oil
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and diced
  • 2- 32 ounce cartons of chicken broth
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 - cans condensed Golden Mushroom (or you can use 2 more of the mushroom if you can't find it)
  • 2 cups of shredded/chopped cooked chicken (I pick up a rotisserie)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Add-ins: cooked noodles, prepared matzah balls,OR leftover rice.

Instructions

In a large pot, add 1 Tbsp. oil and saute the veggies for 3 minutes until the onion is transparent.

Add the broth, and cans of soup. Bring to a boil, and then lower to a simmer for 15 minutes to cook the veggies.

While it's simmering, shred your chicken and make your optional add-ins:

Your choice of 1: noodles, matzah balls or rice.

Once the broth cooks for 15 minutes, add in the chicken and seasoning, and serve with the add-ins. I don't put the add-ins into the broth, but instead serve them into the bowl and ladle the broth mixture over the top. {That way the noodles don't blow up, or the rice gets soggy, or the matzah balls fall apart.}

Serve.

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So easy, even someone other than “the mom” can do it. It is open-a-can and get a rotisserie chicken, easy. If you have leftover rice or noodles to throw in, so you don’t need to cook them, all the better. I am willing to make matzah balls so that I can add them in, since they are the ultimate of comfort in this soup. If you have never had them, you don’t need anything but the pre-made mix, eggs and oil. You boil them in water like you would for noodles. Done. The package has directions- Enjoy~

Have a great and healthy rest of your week!


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