Monthly Archives: July 2010

fruits of labor – curried green bean and chicken salad

July 19, 2010

3/4 of a pound of green beans. trimmed and halved crosswise

2 cups of shredded roasted chicken breast (i purchased a bone in chicken breast and roasted it for about 40 minutes at 375)
1 cup of diced red onion or 4 scallions
5 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 tsp of curry powder
1/3 cup of plain nonfat yogart
3 tbsp of low-fat mayo
1 fresh lime zested and juiced
2 tbsp of toasted almond slices (i toasted my own over medium heat until golden)
salt and pepper

If roasting your own chicken breast – turn oven to 374, salt and pepper chicken and roast until cooked through approx. 40 minutes or until juices run clear. shred when cool enough to handle.

Cook green beans in a pot of salted boiling water until crisp tender (5-6 mins) and plunge into ice bath to stop cooking. drain well
In a large bowl combine green beans, shredded chicken, red onion and 4 tbsp of cilantro

In a dry frying pan over medium heat toast curry powder until fragrant (approx. 2 minutes)
transfer to a small bowl and combine with yogurt, mayo and lime zest and juice. Stir together until well blended.

Add dressing mixture to chicken and green beans. Toss well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Just before serving sprinkle with almonds and remaining tbsp of cilantro

may be served immediately or chilled

adapted from a recipe from

take a seat

July 17, 2010

yesterday while making my thrift store rounds i spied this perfect chair in the drop-off pile on the side of the building. “Perfect” i thought, “exactly what ive been wanting” – and so off i went into the thrift store – on the way out i passed it again – still upside down in a pile with a bunch of old office rolling chairs – thinking they would never sell it to me out of the pile i just walked on by. but then 2 block away i turned around – “i at least have to ask” – and what do you know – the guy was all to happy to give it to me! After a very small charitable donation i am now the proud new owner of this “exactly what i wanted chair” …. i think it will look amazing with this pillow too!

New England Summer

July 9, 2010

Im feeling inspired by my time spent on the rocky maine coast already this summer and by the fact that i wake up to beautiful blue grey fog every morning here in san francisco

i made a treasury! thought i would share. hope you enjoy all these gorgeous etsy stores.