Fiesta Friday #162

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  1. Sounds like you had a busy and productive weekend Angie. Thanks for asking me to co host this week’s Fiesta Party. I’m looking forward to checking out everyone’s recipes, just hoping I can make my mind up which ones to choose 🙂 xx

  2. Jhuls says:

    Hmm, what did I do last weekend? Aha! I was invited by a very good friend for a lunch at her home and I spent another day doing some household chores and of course, meal prep! Congrats on the productive weekend, Angie. We miss seeing your recipes. Thanks for the amazing party as always and happy Fiesta Friday!??

    • Angie says:

      I’ll try harder to post recipes, Jhuls! Problem is I have to fight the daughter for the iMac to edit my photos. I just can’t use any other computers since I got used to my 27 inch iMac!

  3. Happy Fiesta Friday! Mine is a snowy one!

  4. Well, last Friday my therapeutic session was whale watching off the cost of Maui. Then eating the freshest Ahi Poke from a food truck while watching the sunset. Saturday we relaxed on the Road to Hana with someone else driving. On Sunday, for our 25th anniversary dinner, I spent more $$$$ on a meal than I have in my life at Mama’s Fish House. It was on the beach and absolutely incredible! By Tuesday I was back to reality cooking dinner for the family. Why do they want to eat everyday?? Maybe this weekend I can do some therapeutic cooking. Next to Hawaii, cooking for joy is my favorite therapeutic activity. Happy FF!

    • Oh it actually did snow in Hawaii while we were there. 6 inches and a blizzard warning on top of Mauna Kea. Go figure!!

    • Angie says:

      Oh, Quinn!! Why did you have to mention Mama’s Fish Hose and Ahi Poke?!! I haven’t found any poke bowls that can compare to the ones we had in Hawaii! Even my kids loved them, and we’re not even big raw fish eaters.

      • Oh my god I have never had fish that fresh. South Maui Fish Co, in Kihei is awesome. 1/2 lb of Ahi with slaw and pasta 16.00 Great value! Our food costs were relatively low. I tried to find out-of-the-way local places to eat. Then there is Mama’s Fish House. This place is on a completely different level when it comes to great restaurants. I have enough material for a five post series on the Ultimate Hawaiian Travel Guide. I wonder if I should call it the The Ultimate Hawaiian Travel Guide for Middle Agers??? :)))))

  5. Antonia says:

    I agree, cooking can be good medicine 😉 I love the selections this week! Have a great weekend and Happy Fiesta Friday!

  6. Ginger says:

    Just reading these entries is therapy! I made Loretta’s fabulous chicken tikka masala yesterday – first seen on Fiesta Friday, but check out Safari on the Mind if you need a delicious fix – which cured me of whatever I was suffering from. Made enough for 6 but the 4 of us finished it off in one go…

    • Angie says:

      Love chicken tikka masala, almost as much as chicken makhani. I’ll have to check it out. Every now and then I crave Indian food and it’s a trek to go to the nearest restaurant so I really need to start getting comfortable cooking it myself. I think I’m getting there, just not fast enough ?

      • Ginger says:

        For me it’s the other way round – I used to cook a lot of Indian food but now we live in a predominantly Asian part of London. So much easier to get the experts to do it…

  7. Great selections everyone!

  8. Sandhya says:

    Angie, I love cooking marathons when I am hosting a party or my book club (next week) Now I am going to pretend I am on one of those shows too. My kids and husband tell me I am talking to myself like a mad woman, as i cook, anyway 🙂 So it is not a stretch for me.
    A huge thanks to Laura and you for the sweet words on my Strawberry Firni dessert! Reading all the entries is really a treat! How cute are those origami boxes…. I am inspired to try them!

    • Angie says:

      And you should make your family critique and comment like professional judges when you’re done ? Love that strawberry firni, love the name firni! Those origami boxes are absolutely adorable! I need to find me origami paper.

  9. Thanks so much for the feature! I really appreciate it! We are currently in day 3 of no electricity (due to the weather) so I will miss the fiesta this week!

    • Angie says:

      Oh, no!! I can sympathize, it happened to us a couple of years ago. I lost everything in the fridge and freezer. My lucky neighbor’s insurance reimbursed theirs, not ours ☹️ I hope you’ll get power back on soon, Jenny ? So hard to live without!

      • Thanks, Angie! Our power is back on and I can get back into the kitchen! Luckily, we just put everything from our refrigerator out onto the back porch and it was cold enough that all the food was saved. The downside of that is that the house got really cold! Now the house is warm, but we have more snow on the ground than we had all of February. Crazy winter!

        • Angie says:

          You can say that again, Jenny. It’s been a crazy winter alright. We’re blanketed in snow less than a week before Spring begins. Glad to hear everything is back to normal as far as electricity is concerned ?

  10. Yay, good for you! I love being in the kitchen for hours, it is totally meditative and so fulfilling 🙂

  11. curryandvanilla says:

    Great features this week!! You are my kind of gal 🙂 Cooking and baking is my way of destressing too…sort of meditative and therapeutic!! When I need to calm my mind, you will find me in the kitchen churning out something delicious and aromatic; of course a culinary feast for my family, haha 🙂 Have a great weekend and Happy FF!!

    • Angie says:

      You and I both! I don’t enjoy the cleaning afterward though. And then sometimes after I clean, I don’t want to cook again, lol. It’s a vicious cycle, the cooking and the cleaning ?

  12. I look forward to reading about your cooking weekend. I love making soups and long simmered dishes when the weather is cold and bleak, not so much in the summer. Love the look of the selections this week.

  13. Monika says:

    Hi Angie, so glad to hear the cooking therapy worked! Another activity I find quite therapeutic is decorating, which is in fact what I’ve been doing all day today, which is also why I am so late with linking my recipes.

    • Angie says:

      For me it’s gardening, but it’s much too early and too cold to start right now. It’s back to snowy days for us. They’re predicting a Nor’easter for next week!

  14. Good for you managing a cook-a-thon – sadly my husband has been working each weekend for the last month so I’ve been on kid duty 🙁 Sometimes fun, but definitely not relaxing! Maybe I’ll sneak in some fun cooking this weekend.

    • Angie says:

      I remember those days when my husband used to travel for work. I’d be stuck at home with 2 young kids. Meals mostly involved pizza delivery ? I hope you’ll get a break soon. Or maybe put the kids to work. They’d LOVE kneading bread dough! Mine did! ?

  15. Hey Angie – just popping my head in to say hi!! Hope you are doing well!

  16. petra08 says:

    I can never cook as fast as they do on Iron Chef or Chopped but I wish I could! Cooking is so relaxing. Brilliant features, I know I am late but am glad I made it! Enjoy the weekend! 🙂 ps it is supposed to read pulled pork ragu, slip of my attention x

  17. Hi Angie! Ahhhh thank you so much for featuring my matcha cakes!?
    I’m so happy your cooking weekend was so therapeutic! For me it’s baking that calms me and excites me at the same time. I think it’s important we’re aware of what works to calm our nerves and keep that in mind when things get crazy✨

    • Angie says:

      Love those cakes!! I’ll have to find some nice origami paper ? I enjoy both cooking and baking. They both work for me ? The part I don’t enjoy is the cleaning part. Like right now I have to clean the kitchen that I ignored last night. Boohoo… oh well, at least we have food.

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