While my mandoline gently weeps

11 Jan

Another snow day. Well, ice day. It is absolutely horrible outside and everything is iced over. Initially, we had to go in at 10AM but on the first voicemail, it said to call back at 8A to see if 10A still rang true. When I called back at 8A, I learned our entire office was closed so another day at home.

What’s a girl to do? Clean? Organize? Workout?

No, I choose breakfast, naps and Dr. Phil

Breakfast was rolled oats with canned pumpkin, cinnamon and dried cranberries

A Thanksgiving bowl of oats if you will!

The rest of the morning is self-explanatory–naps and Dr. Phil. I am getting completely sucked into Dr. Phil and this needs to stop asap…..probably tomorrow since it looks like I will go back to work then.

I needed to get out of the house so I walked over to Dilworth Coffee and Harris Teeter. It’s only a few blocks away but it felt like it took me over to get there. I had to watch each step and was slipping every other step. Last thing I need on my plate is to fall on the ice and hurt myself so I strolled on over and got myself a cup of coffee. Surprised they were open but also surprised that I was the only chick in the place. It was sausage fest 2011—woo hoo! I sat around there for awhile, sipped my coffee and read. Very relaxing and nice to me around people as opposed to a needy fur-baby (got nothing but love for you Lincoln but momma needs her space sometimes!)

Tuesdays at Harris Teeter is $2.99 any half sub day, I got turkey on a whole wheat wrap with mustard, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers and black olives. Fresh and delicious!

I decided to break out my mandolin that I got for Christmas. My mom sent my gifts to me this wknd so it’s been sitting around in the box and felt it was time to pop its cherry.

I sliced a potato into thin rounds, brushed extra virgin olive oil on them and then tossed with Spike seasoning.

The main dish was baked chicken stuffed with a Laughing Cow cheese wedge, spinach and mushrooms.

I cooked the frozen spinach and mushrooms on the stovetop with garlic and black pepper until soft.

I took one chicken breast, wrapped in plastic wrap then pounded until flat

Spread the laughing cow cheese  wedge over the chicken

topped with the spinach/mushroom mix

And of course, some extra mozzarella cheese to add to the gooey cheese factor

Fold the chicken breast over and secured with toothpicks

Why buy toothpicks when I can get them for free? Thanks Chipotle!

 Proceed to toothpick the chicken until it looks whole again. Disclaimer: you may curse at the chicken when it’s being difficult with you when toothpicking-such as “I effin hate you, you effin chicken” don’t worry, it can’t hear you and won’t get talk back at you!

When closed up, sprinkle some seasonings on both sides of the chicken. I chose to keep it simple and went with black pepper and garlic.

Cook on the stove top with extra virgin olive until cooked thoroughly

When I’ve made stuffed chicken in the past, I’ve baked in the oven so my only issue with this method was getting the side and ends of the chicken. I wasn’t sure what to do so I would hold it for a minute and let cook!

When the chicken was almost done, I took the potatoes out of the oven

I should have sliced them thicker and used foil (but was out of it b/c I didn’t pick it up in one of the three supermarket visits in the past four days) but they were edible. I also had corn heating up in the micro then topped with pepper and spray butter when done.

The meal?

Gorgy, melted, ooey gooey chicken goodness!

But it didn’t stay pretty for too long

I’ve had some good dinners in the past few weeks but this has been the best-hands down! It was a perfectly balanced meal with meat, carbs and veggies and took less than 30 minutes to make (yeah Rachael Ray, I’m looking at you!) The chicken was succulent and tasty and only took a few seasonings to make it so. The stuffing reminded me of spinach and artichoke dip so I think I will make spinach and artichoke stuffed chicken next time around. When I was lucky, I would get a bite of the stuffed chicken with a potato and all was in the world for a couple of seconds. Way easy to make, I recommend making this tasty chicken!

After seeing Laury’s post, Something in the way she moves, I’ve had “Something” in my head all day. Which is perfectly alright with me since I love the Beatles and to me, their music is timeless.

My Top Five  Favorite Beatles songs

1) While my Guitar Gently Weeps

2) Across the Universe

3) It’s Only Love

4) All You Need is Love

5) A Day in the Life

And you can’t forget when they went solo

John Lennon

1) Oh My Love  (One of my top 10 songs of all time)

2)  Instant Karma

3) Woman (I sing this to Lincoln all the time but instead of woman replace it with “Lincoln”, you need not tell me I’m a nut)

4) Watching the Wheels

5) Whatever Gets You Thru The Night

Paul McCartney (with some Wings thrown in there) This mans energy absolutely amazes me

1) Back in the USSR (I like Paul’s version better than the Beatles)

2) Maybe I’m Amazed

3) Live and Let Die

4) Ebony and Ivory

5) Wonderful Christmas Time

George Harrison-never really got into his solo music but love My Sweet Lord

Ringo Starr-sorry Ringo, I don’t like any of the stuff you’ve done solo.

It’s sad that only two of the Beatles are still alive, John and George were such wonderful musicians. If any of you like classic rock, I suggest Wonderful Tonight by Patti Boyd. Married to both George Harrison, then Eric Clapton, she was the inspiration for The Beatles “Something” and Claptons “Beautiful Tonight. If you don’t know the story of Boyd, here’s the short story of it but I definitely recommend “Wonderful Tonight”

Are you a Beatles fan?

42 Responses to “While my mandoline gently weeps”

  1. Laury @TheFitnessDish January 11, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    thanks for the shout 🙂

    “Something” is one of my favorites. We almost picked it for our wedding song. If you ever get to Vegas you MUST MUST MUST go and see LOVE at the Mirage. We saw it twice. Amazing!

    • simplyshaka January 12, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

      So now I’m curious as to what your wedding song was. I used to go to Vegas all the time but never saw Love. It’s up there on my list though, trust me!

  2. TheSceneFromMe January 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    I love spinach artichoke and I know I would love your version of the stuffed chicken! I always have Laughing Cow cheese on hand too!
    So jealous of your snow “ice” day!

    • simplyshaka January 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

      Me too but I am running low and only have two wheels left—eek! I must coax a friend to take me to Costco ASAP!

  3. thefitacademic January 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    I’m definitely a Beatles fan!
    Love the veggie slicer – how cool is that!?

  4. adventuresofpretendcook January 11, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    I tagged you with an award!


  5. Katherine: Unemployed January 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    let it be let it be let it be oh let it be

    I love the beatles. also, props for stealing the toothpicks! I totally do that too

    • simplyshaka January 12, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      Woo hoo! I need to steal more of them fo sho, I am running low.

  6. Amy @ Second City Randomness January 11, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    Snagging extra toothpicks at a restaurant is SO something I would do. Awesome!

    You should definitely youtube George Harrison’s “got my mind set on you”. It’s so damn catchy!

    If you think “500 miles” is gonna be stuck in your head all week, just wait… lol

    • simplyshaka January 11, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

      Hahaha, I forgot about that song! I used to love that video, sigh, I miss the 80’s.

  7. Whitney January 12, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    Love the chicken recipe. I get so bored with Ms. Dash and the George Foreman!

    • simplyshaka January 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

      Me too, it’s always fun to mix it up a bit. Plus it’s perfect for when I want a little crunch to the chicken but don’t feel like breading it and all that jazz!

  8. dianacheung January 12, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    um..I was saving this for a wedding wednesday post but…we are playing acoustic versions of the beatles songs during the ceremony! YOU BEATLES SLUT! jk. Fave song is blackbird..it’s suppose to be about slavery but I say it’s about ME!!! The emancipation of DIANA! jk. Anyways, glad you got some delicious eats today!! Did you know I dreamt I ate your chicken (TWSS) cause of your twitter pic!?!

    • simplyshaka January 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

      Wtf is up with calling me slut??!! I’m laughing about it but was like whoa this is the third or fourt time now you have called me that!

      Blackbird is one of my least favorite songs of theirs 😦 I find it depressing. But I am happy you will be celebrating your emancipation on your wedding day! Was the chicky good in the dream??

      • dianacheung January 13, 2011 at 7:49 am #

        lol I’ll stop. I’ve been calling people in real life slut too…I need to save that term for when I get cast in the bad girls club. Anyways, it was all creamy and sh*t! (the chicken in my dream)

      • simplyshaka January 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

        Creamy and sh**, this my friend is why I love you.

        When ya making the bad girls club application video??

  9. Carly January 12, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    That mandolin is awesome! I think it’s time I invest so I can 1) save time and 2) not be scared I’m going to chop my fingers off when cutting thin.

    • simplyshaka January 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

      Do it–it’s a great investment and I can’t wait to use it for more stuff!

  10. Monique January 12, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    judging by the fact that at age 9 i had a beatles haircut (not by choice) I was taunted with “cant buy me love” and soon learned to love me some beatles.
    I have outgrown the haircut.
    LOOK AT YOU WITH YOUR FANCY MANDOLINE! that is on my list of must haves for the kitchen. and the chicken breast is indeed- gorgeous. I should make one of them… yum!

    • simplyshaka January 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      How do you not have your own? You have everything! But I guess when you have a Kitchen Aid Mixer you dont need any other gadget right??! 🙂

      Im sorry but I’m laughing about your hair b/c I am trying to visualize that! Please tell me you have a pic somewhere accessible?

  11. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    I’m on my THIRD snow day. I have yet to do anything productive besides a small bit of cleaning. Today, I WILL be venturing to the grocery store though.

    Be careful with that mandoline! Stephen cut his finger and had to go to the ER when he used it the first time.

    • simplyshaka January 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

      I remember you posting about that (if my memory serves me right) trust me, I was ultra paranoid while using it.

      Hope you got out for a bit today!

  12. This Italian Family January 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Suuuuper yummy dinner!

    And I looove me some Beatles! I grew up listening to them and Simon and Garfunkle and love both!

    • simplyshaka January 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

      I love them too-Sound of Silence is one of my favorite songs.

  13. Kace January 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    First, I approve of your snow day choices. Naps and trashy tv should win out all the time. I slept till 10 and will be watching E! for most of the day today.

    Second, the chicken looks amaze-balls. (Got that word from Giuliana; told you I love trashy tv).

    • simplyshaka January 12, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

      I think I’m going to steal that saying. I’ve never seen the Giuliana show. I would have watched E! but I don’t have a zapper and was too lazy to change the channel.

  14. OliePants January 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    I just saw and commented on this same mandoline on The Avid Appetite. To repeat – I have the same thing and I love it!

  15. Monique January 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    That chicken looks BOMB!!!! 🙂 And I, too, have been milking holiday flavors. My eggnog is good until mid-February. Eggnog lattes with breakfast? You know it.

    • simplyshaka January 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

      Thanks girl. Um, I’ve never had anything eggnog flavored…it kinds scares me!

  16. Rachael January 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    My best friend in high school was a Beatles fiend, and you just provided my yearly reminder to break out my old albums. Last year, watching “Across the Universe” set me off on an all-Beatles kick for a good three months. And “Hide Your Love Away” always makes me cry.
    Is mandolin jealousy a recognized condition? I want one!

    • simplyshaka January 12, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

      I havent seen Across The Universe in awhile–thanks for reminding me!

      I think mandoline jealousy is a true condition. However, you know there is only one way to cure it right??

  17. nic - the auspicious squirrel January 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    I’ve never considered myself a Beatles fan… but then I find myself knowing (and liking) the lyrics to quite a few of their songs (both as a band and the solos). I don’t know… I guess the band was so experimental that some songs really work for me while others (maybe the older stuff) doesn’t.

    I do like Paul & Wings… I also like John… so maybe I do like the Beatles… I just didn’t know it 😉

    • nic - the auspicious squirrel January 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

      ?? The video of Instant Karma… Yoko Ono is crocheting blindfolded … huh?

      • simplyshaka January 12, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

        Thank you! I was waiting for someone to comment on that. No clue what that’s about….

    • nic - the auspicious squirrel January 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

      Just looked it up… and I heard this song the other day… I like it… A day in the life.

  18. Ashleigh January 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    At least you got to watch some daytime tv! Today was a snow day for me but all the daytime tv was taken over by storm updates!

  19. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl January 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    Stuffed chicken breast is one of my faves! I love your combo of ingredients! Looks amazing!

    Glad that you got a relaxing day!

    I had to laugh a bit when you talked about only guys being at the store!

    • simplyshaka January 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

      Glad you laughed, it was fabulous. And of course, I had no make out. Grrrr hiss sausage fest gods!

  20. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt January 13, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    I Love Love Love The Beatles! My grandma gave me a few records when I was a little kid and I just fell in love with them.

    I’m digging the mandolin. Those potatoes look pretty yummy even if they did get a little messy. 🙂

  21. jasihn January 17, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    In high school I had pretentious friends they me they were mainly Lennon fans over being Beatles fans. Years later though I realize how the John/Paul combo was far better than the sum of their parts. So much solo John work was crap (yes, there are a few gems). I think Paul had more quality in the 70s alone, but still, nothing came close to their work together.

    • simplyshaka January 17, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

      Got that right brother, I agree about them as a combo.


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