Episode 024: Shishito Peppers, Misplaced BMWs & Self Care

Today’s episode is all about self care! We chat the important things: what self care mean to us, the science behind relaxation, if we have always made time for self care, and our top three favorite ways to recharge and make ourselves a priority. We ate blistered shishito peppers, coated in a soy sauce and ginger reduction. Rachel made it, we both devoured it. Get the recipe at the end of this post!

shishito peppers

Things we discussed in this episode:

THIS GREAT ARTICLE on the 7 types of self care

Erinn has been enjoying the Headspace app for daily meditation but the Calm app is on her list as well! She also just loves the outdoors, but there’s no link for that. *wink* *wink*

If you want to grab the white noise app Rachel mentioned, THIS is the one she likes! She also loves using her One Line a Day journal.

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Soy Ginger Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. About 25-30 whole shishito peppers (If you have a Trader Joe's, it's one single packaged bag of the peppers!)
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. A pinch of coarse salt
  4. 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  5. 1 tablespoon ginger paste (also available at Trader Joe's, check the spice section!)
  6. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  8. 1 tablespoon honey
Instructions
  1. Place a large skillet under the broiler or on the stovetop over high heat to warm.
  2. Place the peppers in a mixing bowl. Drizzle them with cooking oil (I like olive oil for its flavor but you can use what you prefer!) and a healthy sprinkle of salt. Use your hands or a spatula to toss the peppers until evenly coated.
  3. When the skillet is hot enough to evaporate a flick of water instantly, pour the peppers into the skillet. The peppers should start to sizzle immediately.
  4. Cook the peppers until blistered- you can do this over medium-high heat on the stovetop, but make sure and turn on the overhead vent or a fan...this will get smoke-y! If you don't like the smoke, transfer the skillet with peppers beneath the broiler. Cook the peppers without moving them for a few minutes so they char on the bottom, then stir with a spatula. Continue cooking and stirring every minute or two until the peppers are blistered and darkened all over, 5 to 6 minutes total.
  5. In a mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, ginger paste, garlic powder, onion powder, and honey. Mix until combined. Transfer into another pan on low to medium heat. You want the ingredients to thicken up, but be careful not to burn it! Once you get the sauce to reduce and thicken, remove from heat.
  6. Combine the blistered peppers and soy sauce reduction together. Eat!
Adapted from The Kitchn (for shishito cooking method)
Adapted from The Kitchn (for shishito cooking method)
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Episode 022: Radish Toast, Space Jam & Saying NO

Today’s episode is all about saying NO! If you think back to Episode 19 with our goals for 2017, Erinn mentioned she wanted to learn how to actually say “NO” instead of saying “yes” to taking on too many obligations. Consider this episode a how-to! We chat the important things: the things we have had a hard time saying no to, how to make “no” a part of your vocabulary and an action in your life, and even examples of how we have firmly said no and survived to tell the tale. Erinn also shares a great metaphor for why saying “no” truly matters as once told by her sociology professor back in college.

radish toast with butter

We also crunch (like, crunch realllly loudly) on some crusty bread topped with whipped butter, radish and ground pepper. It’s an easy-peasy creation but we think it’s also an easy snack. Rachel made it, we both devoured it. Get the recipe below!

Crusty Bread with Radish and Butter
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tsp. unsalted butter
  2. 1⁄4 tsp. sea salt
  3. 2 slices baguette, cut on the bias (I used sourdough! So good!)
  4. 2 large radishes, sliced into 1⁄8" rounds
  5. Fresh ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, blend together butter and salt using a small spatula until butter is soft and airy. You can also use a kitchen aid mixer.
  2. Spread baguette slices with butter, arrange radish slices on top, and finish with a grind or two of pepper.
Adapted from Saveur and Spilled Milk
Adapted from Saveur and Spilled Milk
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