Monthly Archives: August 2011

Windy Weekend

After Friday’s near 7 miler and yesterday’s 3.5, I feel like a runner again. Appetite has returned in a big way, hence the Hurricane Irene baking.

Flour’s Old Fashioned Coffee cake only has 2.5 stick of butter and 2 cups of sugar. It was a great treat for a rainy, inside weekend. Did I mention the 6 ounces of créme fraiche? No?

And what’s better for rain than tomato soup and grilled cheese?


Homemade from Gourmet’s Roasted Tomato Soup recipe and then farmer’s market bread for a havarti grilled cheese sandwich, mm mmmmm.

As you can see, it’s been a super health conscious weekend.

Then, because I finished that loaf, I made two loaves of Flour’s Country bread. Even though my new oven thinks that when I set it to 450, I really mean  600, it turned out delightful.

I love bread so much.

Tonight I’m giving meat another shot, as Kathleen introduced me to the Brookline Farmer’s Market. I was able to get some pasture raised, grass fed ground beef and I think it will make a delicious quesadilla.

Until then, the Brewers are on tv and I could use a nap. Hurricanes are boring.

Flavor

I had a great run on Monday, not so great this morning, and hoping I can rally before Irene hits this weekend! I was literally too tired for yin yoga Tuesday, that’s the kind of week it’s been.

Any of you back and forth vegetarians out there, ever have a situation where you haven’t eaten meat in awhile and it feels AWFUL when you do? I made my mom’s oven fried chicken Monday with really beautiful bone-in cage free chicken breasts from Whole Foods. If you’re going to do it, do it right. It tasted soooo good and I ate almost my whooole chicken breast, and then I spent the rest of the night in agony. Just terrible terrible stomach ache! Jon was totally fine and his was bigger than mine, and gone. Any thoughts? Maybe I overdid it and when I eat it, I need to eat less? Right now I’m scared to try anything. Even the grass fed, free range beef I got at the farmer’s market today (but let me tell you, the bread I bought from Clear Flour got torn into on the way home).

So tonight, I made channa masala, sort of a merging, modification of two blog recipes that were pretty similar.

I don’t know why I couldn’t get a better picture than that, I blame the camera…Yep, it was the camera’s fault. But this was delicious. So much flavor and substance to this meal that you forget it’s vegetarian!! Even Jon forgot, I swear.

On Beauty, by Zadie Smith, was really really good. Now I’m still reading The Omnivores Dilemma and I just started Everything is Illuminated. I thought I’d read it before but, now I think I just saw the movie. Damn you Elijah Wood!

Lazy Sunday

This humidity is killing me slowly.

On to less sticky notes…

Friday night’s dinner was much more appealing to me than to Jon but, he tolerates me well.


Yep, that’s tofu people. I pan fried it and added it to Gourmet’s Peanut Sesame noodles and I thought it was delightful! Much different from my take on it as a 5 year old. Good thing I “occasionally” try things a second time right?

Yesterday’s run was, well, sweaty but at least it happened. Followed by another epic barbeque. I made Flour’s chocolate chip cookies (still struggling with the SilPat for texture…) which were yummy. The black bean burger was delicious again even though it did fall apart, but with a cashed keg and…45 other beers, I’d consider it a success. It’s like being an undergrad all over again. Except just on weekends. It’s nice to forget about work and money and training and things like that for a couple days. Heavy drinking and yoga have a similar effect on my state of relaxation.

Our trip to Whole Foods today was way too exciting to me to be considered a healthy food obsession. There are just so many options and ways to eat and more importantly, ways to eat healthier and more ethically. They have an animal welfare rating on each type of meat that I really hope isn’t complete bs. I know they don’t use antibiotics or anything but it’s nice to hold on to the shiny ray of hope that says that their animals really do have more space and are treated more humanely. I want my one or two meals a week to be consumed with a clear conscience. I want those two split, bone in chicken breasts that I prepare with my mom’s recipe to remind me of home and hope that the particular chicken that I’m eating had enough space and light to have a decent life before it was sacrificed so that I could have pleasure in eating it. I don’t think it’s so wrong to eat animals, humans have done it since the beginning of time, but I also think as an American in an extremely urban environment with access to so many kinds of other food and knowledge of what I can eat and be healthy, I should choose wisely. So when I choose meat, I’m going to make it count, and spend the time and money to seek out ethical options.

Zadee Smith’s On Beauty was a bit of a slow start but I’m really enjoying it now. The Omnivores Dilemma is a different kind of enjoyment but, being the perpetual student, I’m learning a lot from it.