Oh hi! Today was our first full day in Paris, and we took it easy as we are still getting over the 7 hour time difference. So, while it’s 2:00 in the afternoon back at home, it’s 9:00pm at night here. Tomorrow, we head down to the southwest of France to a town called Auch and we’ll be there for 4 weeks. But, being that today was C’s first time in Paris, we had to see the Eiffel Tower.
After we lounged in the park for a bit, we decided to walk back to the apartment we are staying at. We found it through Air B’n’B and it happens to be a spare room in a lovely couple’s apartment in the 10th arrondisement. We used Air B’n’B for our entire trip as well as trips stateside. We love it!
Anywho, after a long day of walking (we ran 4.25 miles this morning and then walked almost 4 this afternoon!), we were STARVING when we returned. The reason we’re staying in an apartment is so we can have access to a kitchen so I can cook! This saves valuable cash and also eliminates the possibility of cross-contamination at restaurants. I’m holding C to taking me to NoGlu and Helmut Newcake when we return to Paris in July. Last night, I whipped together a pasta dish with spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, and chicken. And tonight, I made vegetable quinoa.
- 1/2 cup dry quinoa, prepared
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 medium carrots, cut into rounds
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 large white mushrooms, sliced
- 2 large handfulls of spinach
- 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 3 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
- Optional: Red wine (just a splash)
- Prepare quinoa as package directs.
- Sautee onion and carrots in 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil until onions are tender. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add garlic and sautee one more minute.
- Add mushrooms and splash of red wine (I literally added a bit from the glass I was drinking). Cook for 3-5 minutes until mushroom are tender.
- Add spinach and stir until the spinach is wilted.
- Add basil and tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are tender.
- Serve over quinoa and enjoy!
The basil came from our host’s windowsill herb garden – merci!
And we had pears and dark chocolate for dessert…
Bon appetit and bon soir! These world travelers are heading to bed.