I decided it was time for dinner about an hour after I had lunch. I’d been formulating a plan to make a variation of the Date, Feta, and Toasted Nut Stuffed Butternut Squash that my mom submitted for last week’s BSI. Of course I didn’t have her exact ingredients, so I improvised as usual.
I used 3/4 of the baby butternut squash that I bought at Fairway last weekend (the other 1/4 is for butternut squash fries tomorrow!). For the stuffing, I mixed the remaining half cup of ravioli filling with some of the squash and with the spices recommended by mom. I topped it all with five chopped toasted almonds, two chopped dates (the end of my supply), and some of the squash’s seeds (I seasoned and toasted them in the oven while the squash was roasting). Ahhhh, it was soooo good. Not a surprise since my mama’s a genius in the kitchen :-).
If you didn’t notice already, I had the squash over a bed of 1/4 cup Vianni’s vegetable rice and 1/4 cup brown basmati rice:
After dinner, I headed out to meet up with the ladies: Gina, Kate, and Pam. They’d gone to a Thai restaurant for dinner, but my bank account couldn’t handle that so I skipped the meal and joined for them a movie after. We saw He’s Just Not That Into You, and I actually liked it! I laughed, I cried … the whole thing. It’s been ages since I’ve enjoyed a movie, so I’m glad this one came through. When we finished with the movie, we went across the street for dessert at Sweet Melissa, a local patisserie of which I am quite fond. Here we are displaying our treats:
Gina and Kate each got the Chocolate Peanut Butter Indulgence (layers of rich chocolate cake, peanut butter, and ganache):
I had two bites:
Gina got vanilla ice cream for the side, and I ate many bites of that:
My dessert was the Toasted Lemon Meringue Tart (sweet tart lemon curd in a pate sucree crust topped with a dollop of toasted meringue):
Mmmmm, it was deeeeeelicious. The crust was so buttery and crumbly and shortbready:
I’m back home now and setting up a new batch of yogurt for overnight incubation. My roommate’s boyfriend is eating this Chipwich and it’s killing me:
So I’m going to eat this Godiva dark chocolate:
With a cherry inside:
And quickly brush my teeth so I don’t eat any more. Night night!