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8.22.2011

Egyptian Potato Salad and 31 weeks!

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It is incredible how time flies! I look down at my tummy and feel the amazing movements and then think about the short amount of time I have left to see my little girl! It makes me thank God daily for creation and his gift of life because IT IS a gift!


Even though this week starts my 32nd week of pregnancy, I wanted to show you a picture after I did an hour of Zumba at 31 weeks.


31 weeks


I work at lower impact when my lower tummy starts bothering me but otherwise I feel perfectly fine. I say this now but 3 days back the lovely Braxton-Hicks contractions started. I only knew because I was telling a friend how different the baby's movements have been only for her to tell me these were those so-called contractions! There is one thing having your mid-wife describe how the feeling is going to be like and another is actually experiencing them!


Let me just say I am getting a little more tired these last few days. I took extra naps this weekend and it helped! I know I sound funny because my mother has to remind me that I am not super woman and it won't be as possible to do everything I normally do on a daily basis ALL the time.


Can you tell that I am having a difficult time pacing myself? I should not have a hard time lounging around reading or watching movies, but when you know there is always something to work on, it is hard!


Sorry about not posting anything this weekend. I mostly unplugged for the weekend and focused on organizing and cleaning or resting. Something I did fail to share with you is that Ryan set up the crib 2 weekends ago! It is nice to have it up despite the fact that perhaps the baby won't be in it at the beginning.


crib completed


I have been working on a theme for half the bedroom. The other half is Ryan's office. Despite knowing we have limited space we decided that the office was going to be half nursery too. Talk about being flexible! There is enough room for the crib and changing table and closet space to put baby stuff so we are all good.


 I recently changed from a green / yellow motif for the crib and wall decor to pink and brown. I have never been a person to like pink or to wear it often, but somehow, as I have been receiving baby clothing and articles in pink, I was inspired.  I am doing a Parisian theme with cherry blossoms! I cannot wait to have it all up. It is true. I am growing a little impatient to see our little one, but I will cherish the time we have now.


So is this a food blog or a mommy blog, you might ask? Well, I cannot help it but it is a little of both but it is a journal of my life so how about it?


Menu planning has been a blast this month. I have kept on course pretty much up until the days I did not feel like cooking and Ryan was able to put together pasta and salad for us or we could go out to eat. We have 9 days left in this month and I feel like there are plenty of food options for the month, whether I cook or Ryan cooks.


We had Mediterranean night one evening and I prepared hummus, pepper salad, roasted potatoes with some pita. Originally I had been making some fresh chickpeas but they accidentally burned so I had to use canned. ARGH! Ryan told me "I can eat this every night, we don't even need meat!" Now that is what I like to hear, because the meal was so easy to prepare!


I used a different recipe for the roasted potatoes. Even though I like my recipe, I came across Carol's recipe from Vegan Splendor. Vegan Egyptian Potato Salad??? YUM! I read her list of ingredients and the cilantro and capers popped out of the recipe. wow! I could not wait to make them.


I used white potatoes instead of red potatoes and after they had roasted in the oven for the designated time, the potatoes were the perfect crispiness. Ryan really really liked them as did I. You let the potatoes cool and then add the dressing to them. I did not use as much oil because all my other dishes had olive oil already.


You have to make these! Add some hummus, a salad, and done! You have a great meatless meal.


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Egyptian Potato Salad

adapated from Vegan Splendor's recipe

serves 4
8 white or yellow potatoes, peeled and cut in 2-inch cubes
3 large shallots, thinly sliced
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon cumin

Dressing
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon capers
Salt and pepper to taste
Lemon slices for garnish, optional
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Peel potatoes and dice into 2-inch cubes. Drizzle with olive oil and add the cumin, granulated garlic, minced garlic, shallots, and salt and pepper. Toss potatoes to equally distribute the oil and seasonings.

Bake in 450 degree oven for 20 minutes or until fork tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Dressing:
Whisk all the dressing ingredients together.

Place cooled potatoes in large bowl. Toss with dressing. Add chopped cilantro and toss well. Adjust seasonings. Chill for at least one hour prior to serving or eat immediately!

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16 comments:

Jacob and Amy said...

I know what you mean about how hard it is to rest when there is so much to do. There are days that I feel so guilty taking a nap while Jacob is studying/working but then he reminds me that it is ok because I am 30 weeks pregnant and need the rest. Can't wait to see pics of your baby girl!!

Judee said...

What a great idea to add capers to potato salad. Love the lemon dressing as well. Very similar to a French potato salad that I posted.

Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty said...

You look great!!! :) How exciting, I didn't realize you were so close!! :)

This salad looks good too!! I still want to come over for the Mediterranean feast!

Erica said...

You look adorable! I remember getting over the 30 week mark and feeling so excited! Whoop whoop! The crib/changing table are great! I love the darker color. And your theme sounds adorable! You must show more pictures as you progress! Yummy potato salad- I don't like mayo so this sounds perfect to me

Sneaky Vegan said...

Oh yum - that looks so simple and delicious. Totally trying that this week. And may I say, you look AMAZING!! So excited for you =)

Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family said...

You are getting so close to the end and you look fantastic. Do slow down and enjoy these moments and relax...no need for the braxton-hicks :)

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

I think it is so great how active you're staying throughout your pregnancy! I hear you on the "there's always work to be done"...

I almost never see recipes for Egyptian food - love this!

Lynne said...

I love the addition of cilantro-my favorite herb- and capers, another fave. Your potato salad looks wonderful and each piece of potato is the same size-great knife skills there.
Congratulations on your pregnancy!

chow vegan said...

Wow, look at you! You look great, definitely take care of yourself. No need to feel guilty about it. The pink and brown color combo sounds cool - the brown helps lessen the girly pink. :-) The potato salad looks good too!

Monet said...

You look beautiful! Before you know it...baby will be here! And I love the sound of the baby room. Pink and brown is a great color combo. Thanks for sharing another delicious recipe with me too. I'm eating a very late lunch and enjoying your post. I hope you have a great week...stay cool!

The Farmers Wife said...

You look great girl!! The last few weeks are likely to both drag and fly by. I know that sounds weird, but it is true. The potato salad looks fantastic!

Nicole @ the Daily Dish said...

Mmmm.... that potato salad looks super tasty... and capers. Heaven. Yum!

BakingWithoutABox said...

I so love the 31 week pics! You look amazing. And how exciting.
Love the pink and brown cherry blossom idea. Very versatile and chic.
Mmmm salad. Very cool adding capers. Will have to remember that when making some for the hubs.
Take care!

HiHoRosie said...

woo hoo! 31 weeks! Can't believe you're getting so close! You look wonderful! And the whole blog thing...mine has morphed into whatever I feel like it (started out as food) and hope yours continues to being you; whatever it is you feel like sharing with us whether recipes or baby stuff. I'm all for it! :)

Sanjeeta kk said...

That is a lovely post about feeling and going through the lovely phase of pregnancy. I could relate to two of my preg. periods and the same feelings with your post. Best wishes for everything. Take care.

Ali said...

yummy, that looks fresh and delicious. Congrats on being in the home stretch of the pregnancy :D

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