Happy 2014 friends!

I spent the morning revamping the blog. It’s still got a ways to go, but I’m super excited to have a clean, functional space to write. It makes such a difference!

Since I woke up to a sparkling city blanketed in snow, oatmeal seemed like the perfect breakfast. My all-time favorite trick to sweetening my oats is microwaving half a banana until it gets gooey and caramelized and then adding it to the pot. I will share my go-to oatmeal recipe with you all soon.

What I REALLY want to share with you today is this delicious lunch

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My dad’s from-scratch manhattan clam chowder soup! I brought some back with me after visiting my family for the holidays. By “from-scratch” I mean he cooks and chops the clams, makes bacon, chops that up and adds it to the pot with the cooked clam water, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and some other magical ingredients. He only makes it once a year for my sister’s birthday, but it was so good this year he promised he would make it more often. Yes, please!

Alongside my soup, I enjoyed a few pieces of socca. I first discovered socca from the Purely Twins girls. It’s delicious and super simple to make.

Basic Socca Recipe:

1 cup chickpea (garbanzo) flour

1 cup water

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

Any herbs/spices you like

*I added turmeric, paprika and cayenne to mine

Heat a skillet on medium high. Add your choice of oil to the pan. (I used coconut)

Whisk all ingredients together and pour into the skillet.

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Check after 10 minutes and flip when golden brown. Cook for 5 minutes on the other side.

Done!

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I also like to add lemon juice over mine when it’s done. It adds a nice brightness to the savory socca.

Well that’s it for today friends. I’m going to grab an afternoon cup of coffee and get ready for work at the restaurant. I’m always surprised to see how many people venture out in the snow to eat. I guess to some New Yorkers snow ain’t no thang. This New Yorker prefers her nice warm apartment and a bowl of soup 😉

Have a happy Friday!

xoxo

Sam

 

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