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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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III.

10 February, 2011 Leave a comment

Today I have a real confession. Last night, I intended to sample lots of wines, plural noun, which I did, but then I also ended up drinking lots of wine, mass noun. And it was great! I haven’t had a little too much to drink in a long time. Or ingested such an abundance of cheese! It made my boyfriend and I feel like undergraduates again. (Because, as graduate students, we are very far removed from that life, of course.) When you live with somebody, things can fall into a comfortable routine – I suppose the alternative is a never-ending series of passionate altercations – which is really, really nice most of the time, but doing something novel and crazy once in a while is a welcome change. And if the craziest thing I ever do is have half a wheel of camembert for a bedtime snack, I still qualify as a boring person.

I was a little thirsty this morning, but otherwise unscathed. I had my usual four weetabix for breakfast, with a few raspberries for added oomph. (And vitamins.) In addition to my wine habit, I’ve developed quite a tea habit, so I also had a few cups of rooibos.

Then my run, my longest in a while. I mentioned before that I sort of hibernated for the darkest and most depressing parts of winter, and this week is the first that I’ve been racking up any significant mileage. I stayed out for 30 minutes today, which is a very nice amount of time, I think. I’m happiest with a 30-45 minute run about five days a week, and I’m confident that I’ll be back at that point in a week or two. If I had nicer places to run, an hour would be great, but I think I’d exhaust all of the scenic roads in the area in an hour, and I don’t like repetition or doubling back. Well, we’ll see.

For a post-run snack I had some delicious rhubarb yogurt, a sprinkling of my homemade granola (all that was left), and a few more berries.

We’re a little low on food, so lunch was a bowl of oatmeal with a bit of sugar, some cocoa powder, and vanilla and almond extracts. I have to trick myself into thinking oatmeal is something else or I can’t eat a whole bowl of it.

Dinner was the only “fun” meal of the day, since I got to cook it! I was a bit mad at myself, though, since I forgot to save half of the onion I used yesterday for today. Still, inner was delicious anyway – a sort of aloo channa chaat to which I added some carrots, just to use up our bounty. I prefer all of my foods carrotless, certainly, but if you make the curry flavorful enough, those darn carrots can disappear. Almost. (I learned to cook when I lived in the West Indies, in case you’re curious about why a white girl like me does so much Indian-inspired cooking.)

No late-night wine-drinking or cheese-eating today – I have a long day tomorrow. Details to come.

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II.

9 February, 2011 Leave a comment

Well, I’ve made it to day two as a blogger. (Do I count as a blogger if I don’t have any readers?)

Today was a more eventful day than most for me, since I’m pretty much a stay-at-home girlfriend these days. It’s a little like I hit the pause button on my life – I went from working 40+ hours a week, or going to uni, or both, to doing none of those things. The funny thing is, I’m all set up to resume my old life next year. But yes, back to today.

I began with a bowl of oatmeal, only because I was out of soy/rice milk to go with my usual weetabix. I love plain weetabix, but can’t stand plain oatmeal, so I made a few additions: half a banana, a few raisins, a bit of cinnamon, a spoonful of muscovado sugar. It was…pretty good. I still prefer my oats in non-porridge forms, like the absolutely stellar oatmeal-cardamom pancakes from the Minimalist in the NYTimes. Let’s pause a minute to mourn the Minimalist column. Oh, Mark Bittman, I just want to see you cook, not emulate Michael Pollan.

Then I went off running through my newly-discovered field. It wasn’t as foggy as it was yesterday, so I was able to see all sorts of things: various farm buildings, a flock of fat white geese that I at first mistook for sheep, the busy road I live on, the nearby park-and-ride. There was also traffic on my little farm road. Two trucks passed me, and I kindly stepped off the path for them. I checked a map and apparently went somewhere in the neighborhood of 2.04 miles, but who’s counting? I’m still a little sore, and that two miles drained me more than it would have last fall when I was more active, but I’m pretty happy to be back outside, getting all sweaty and mussing up my hair. In a week or so I’m going to try to get back up to 3 or 3.5 miles a day, 5x a week or so, which I know is still a terribly small amount for some people – the people I like to refer to as “runners” – but is a good amount for me.

Lunch was a few eggs from the nearby organic farm, with some cherry tomatoes also from that farm and a few basil leaves plucked from the plant on my windowsill.

I did some grocery shopping in the afternoon in preparation for dinner on Monday (which is Valentine’s Day) because I have a big weekend planned. More on that later.

Dinner had to be early and quick because, well, I have a confession. I drink a lot of wine. Or should I say, a lot of wines. Today was wine tasting night, so while I sampled 8 wines, I probably only drank a couple glasses-full. (I’m not a spitter!) In order to make it to our tasting on time, we had a simple pasta dinner. Spaghetti with a sauce made with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, onions, anchovies, a bit of red wine, and some capers. I would have thrown in olives if we had any.

I guess that’s all for now.

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