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XIV.

22 February, 2011 Leave a comment

Dear world,

Today was pretty good.

I ran three whole miles! Well, 2.9 miles! And I felt great afterward. I still feel great. I’ll do it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next.

I also had a delicious lunch. I thought about having something other than oatmeal – since I’m sick of oatmeal – but instead I had 1/3 cup dry oats cooked in a cup of water with 1 T brown sugar, a banana, a spoonful of dried coconut, some almond extract, and 1/3 cup of soy milk…and I actually enjoyed it. I also had some yogurt with a chopped up apple and a drizzle of honey.

Dinner tonight is crust-less quiche. (We’re out of crust materials.) I’m going to use so many of the fresh, organic vegetables that miraculously (well, for a fee) show up on our doorstep every week. Potatoes, leeks, onions, maybe even those funny-looking jerusalem artichokes. Gosh are they funny-looking.

World, keep doing what you do best.

love ellis

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XIII.

21 February, 2011 Leave a comment

I lied – that was not all. For some reason, I was a little bummed when I wrote that post. Since then, I’ve become un-bummed and eaten lunch. (Which was pretty delicious.)

Lunch:
1 cup cooked chickpeas
1 can diced tomatoes
1 onion, diced
a “glug” of olive oil
2-3 cups kale (how do you measure this stuff? are you supposed to smush it into the measuring cup?)
Salt & pepper

Heated the olive oil on medium heat and sauteed the onion until translucent. Added the tomatoes, chickpeas, kale, and seasonings and simmered until the kale was cooked. So easy!

And I also realized I have no reason to be bummed. Rather, I have many reasons not to be.
1. My boyfriend and I are going ring shopping in less than two weeks. (Yes, that kind of ring.)
2. I don’t have to run every day – taking a rest feels good, too.
3. My refrigerator is full of delicious food: eggplant, bell peppers, yogurt, lemon curd, kale, leeks, and so much more.
4. I have a great family and great friends, even if they are far away and I can’t see them as often as I’d like.
5. I have exciting dinner plans for every day between Thursday and Monday, inclusive…more on that later!
6. I’m going to a yoga class tomorrow! I hope I like it. I’m a. bad at yoga and b. annoyed by most people who do yoga. But for some reason I keep wanting to go to classes.

So, that is really all for now.

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XII.

21 February, 2011 Leave a comment

I am so disappointed. It is raining. I had planned a 3 mile run, and I was really looking forward to it. Bah. Tomorrow.

Yesterday, I only ran 2 miles, but I ran them faster than I usually do. Speed doesn’t usually mean anything to me, but it was a nice change, for sure. And then I went for a 3.5 mile walk in the afternoon, which my legs liked.

Culinarily yesterday was sort of boring. I don’t even remember lunch! Dinner was a sort of red lentil dal with some veggies (zucchini, carrots, peas) mixed in, with rice. I used to abhor zucchini, but I didn’t mind it much last night. That’s good, since there’s another one waiting to be eating.

Dinner today will be leftover rice, fried with more veggies and topped with an egg. Again, pretty good but still kind of boring.

I am excited for lunch, though – I’m going to steam some kale, mix it with a can of diced tomatoes and half a can of chickpeas. Three of my favorite foods. And they go well together.

I guess that is all.

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XI.

19 February, 2011 Leave a comment

Ok, so yesterday I wrote about how much I love sandwiches. But that was before I experienced the fabulousness that was my dinner.

I like cooking for one, sometimes, because I can make it exactly how I want it. Most of the time my boyfriend and I like the same things, but we disagree about a few – capers, for one. So last night, while he was out “networking,” I put together this masterpiece:

1 cup savoy cabbage
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow onion
2 cloves garlic
1 large tomato
1/2 cup tomato passata
1 T olive oil
1/2 t crushed red chili
1 t capers
1 cup cooked spaghetti (I counted out 64 noodles – a 210 calorie portion – just out of curiosity but lost a few down the drain)

Assembly was as follows: bell pepper and onion were roasted with salt and 1/2 T olive oil in a 200 C oven for about an hour. I added the chopped and deseeded tomato about halfway through. Meanwhile, on the stove top, I steamed the cabbage until tender. In another pan, I sauteed the garlic and chili pepper in another 1/2 T olive oil for a few minutes, then added the tomato passata and a little salt and simmered for ~20 minutes. Mixed the roasted veg, the steamed cabbage, the cooked pasta, and the tomato sauce together, plus some capers.

Now, I don’t usually calculate exact calories, but I was curious about the spaghetti thing, mostly because I’m tired of hearing that Americans are fat pigs who eat their body weight in junk food every day. I may not live in America, but I still hate that stereotype. So I counted out my noodles – 64, which is 210 calories – and found that to be perfectly adequate and not any less than I would have eaten if I had just estimated the amount. I read some idiotic blog about how a “serving” of spaghetti is only supposed to be 1/2 cup cooked, at about 100 calories. OK, that’s fine, if you have an eating disorder. The “serving size” on a box isn’t always an indication of how much you’re supposed to eat – sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less, and the trick is using the information on the box to figure out how much you’re actually eating. If you were supposed to only eat one “serving” than nobody would ever have a sandwich with two slices of bread. But I digress. My point is that not all Americans stuff their face with 1000 calories of pasta at a time, and that some people need 1000 calories of pasta at a time, and that there is a happy medium between 1000 calories and a 100-calorie “serving.” Ugh.

But anyway: I put the total for this meal at ~460 . Spaghetti (210) + olive oil (120) + cabbage (20) + tomato (30) + bell pepper (30) + tomato passata (30) + onion (20). And that was a lot of food. Delicious, delicious food.

Ok. It’s raining so I’m not going running. I’ll go tomorrow.

And I broke out of my weetabix routine to have oatmeal this morning. No sugar! Kind of gross. But I added a banana, some soy milk, vanilla extract, and a few chocolate chips, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

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X.

18 February, 2011 Leave a comment

I want to dedicate this post to the sandwich.

You see, it’s been a while since I’ve had a proper sandwich. I hadn’t baked bread for a while, and even when I did have bread around, I lacked essential sandwich fillings such as tomatoes and lettuce. But, today, the stars have aligned and I will be having a sandwich for lunch.

Homemade wheat bread, a slice of edam, tomato, romaine lettuce, a thin slice of onion and – this is what really makes it – a ring of pineapple. That is correct. Pineapple on sandwiches is one of my lingering  habits from living in the West Indies, which I guess makes sense (tropical fruit, right?), but the strange part of the story is that I picked up the habit from eating at Subway. Not that I eat at Subway a lot. Never, actually, unless I’m in Piarco International Airport.

I am also excited because I get to cook dinner for myself tonight! (Rather than myself and my boyfriend.) He’s got a fancy black-tie academic dinner to attend, so I can make something extra spicy for myself. Or not. But I like having the option. I’m leaning towards pasta with roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and onions.

Mmm. Food.

But I guess I should go take a shower now, because I am covered in sweat from my run. It’s gross, but I feel like I actually did something, you know?

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IX.

17 February, 2011 Leave a comment

Ok, yesterday was pretty culinarily dead. I had multiple bowls of cereal and a few hunks of cheese. And instead of a run, I went for a walk. Yup.

But today was back to the usual routine. Weetabix for breakfast, of course, and then a 2.5 mile run. Nothing spectacular, distance-wise, but one of my discoveries today was that I can be pretty fast. I usually run slowly, and by “slowly” I mean “at a comfortable pace,” but sometimes I find myself thinking, “if I’m going this slowly, I might as well be walking.” Well, today there was a man out walking on the roads I was running on, and I passed him on my way out, got to the 1.25 mile mark, turned around, and passed him again on my way out, proving to myself once and for all that I’m actually moving faster than a walk. Huzzah.

Oatmeal for lunch – I may have oversweetened it a little, or maybe my oat tolerance is increasing. Either way, I had it with brown sugar, vanilla and almond extracts, and a few chocolate chips. Sounds like a dessert. But the vanilla really make a big difference in making it palatable. Still, I don’t aspire to be like certain bloggers who eat theirs unsweetened 😉 Some of the sugar is here to stay, I believe.

I’ve got a loaf of whole wheat bread rising, and I’m also planning to make a carrot bread today (like pumpkin bread, but carrot instead, because that’s what I have.) I always feel so domestic on bread-baking days.

Dinner is not for many more hours, but I have big plans for my big collection of vegetables. Mostly just roasting them all together. So many vegetables, though! Rutabaga/swede, parsnips, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower. If only I had a sweet potato to add to the mix. Vegetables excite me, perhaps more than they should. It’s Thursday, so I’m eagerly awaiting tomorrow’s veg box delivery…

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VIII.

15 February, 2011 Leave a comment

Today I was back to my “normal” running schedule – you know, two miles rather than five. I’m going to try for three tomorrow, but I was still a little tired from my adventurous run yesterday.

Speaking of normal, I had weetabix for breakfast – but with raspberries! – and then did not have oatmeal for lunch. How nice! Instead, I made myself a big bowl of pasta with roasted veg. I guess it should be “roasted veg with pasta,” actually, since I was down to the very last noodles in the cupboard. The veg consisted of red bell pepper, eggplant, and onion, and I threw together a quick tomato sauce with garlic, basil, capers, and red chili pepper. It was extra-good because I used tons of capers and chilis, which I usually have to skimp on because of my bland boyfriend. (Whom I love dearly.)

Dinner was delicious and full of vegetables, too. Quiche with leeks and potatoes and onions. I considered making a “crust” out of scalloped potatoes, but a. it seemed like too much work and b. I did after all have some sheets of perfectly good puff pastry dough in the refrigerator. I like my puff pastry soggy – in my hungry, growing teenage years, I’d sometimes just take a piece of the dough and microwave it, for a quick snack (I know, I know…) – so quiche is an ideal place for it, since I can skip the prebaking and just enjoy some nice mushy pastry underneath my organic free-range eggy stuff…and then lie to my boyfriend and claim I just “forgot” a step.

Shame on me, I know, but I’ve been stuck eating mild curries ever since I met my boyfriend, and I deserve some concessions, too!

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