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vegetarian/vegan dairy-free wheat-free dinner: spinach salad and spelt penne with vegetable-tomato sauce.

Julienne mushrooms, zucchini, and baby carrots. Reserve a few mushrooms to cut into quarters.

Reserve 1/3 of chopped vegetables. Toss with spinach leaves, crumbled red walnuts, and dried cranberries. Serve in salad bowl with strawberry vinaigrette to taste. (If non-vegan, I would have added goat cheese.)

Saute half an onion with crushed garlic and as little oil as necessary. When onion is browned, add rest of vegetables and about a handful of water. When well-cooked, take off heat and remove quartered mushrooms, then squish rest of vegetables with immersion hand-blender (or in food processor) until they form a chunky paste. Add quartered mushrooms, tomato sauce and tomato paste, and return to heat, stirring well. Add a few of the spinach leaves to wilt. Add herbs and seasoning to taste (basil, rosemary, pepper, salt, oregano, crushed red pepper) and allow to simmer on low for as long as you desire.

When ready to serve, cook pasta in boiling water.

Verdict: yummy.
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How have I managed to never try freezing grapes before?

Frozen grapes are amazing. It just takes a couple hours. They start to thaw in your mouth. It's like tiny sweet popsicle brain freeze.
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The front page of this morning has a story about which fast food breakfasts are the worst for you. It's followed instantly by a link to "make your own bacon donuts".


Are they trying to help us avoid the unhealthy food, or find it?
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I took a walk over to the Barnes & Noble in the mall to get some coffee. Coffee is just the excuse to get out and stretch my legs with some scenery that changes. The elliptical is good for a workout, but the view isn't very exciting. The mall is close, and the Barnes & Noble (with its cafe) opens at 9am, while the rest of the mall opens at 10.

The barrista talked me into sampling the new Starbucks orange mocha. She said it tasted like one of those chocolate oranges you smash on the table to separate all the little orange segment shaped pieces. I have a feeling she's never tried one of those, though, because this couldn't have been farther from it if it had been a grilled cheese sandwich.

If you love baby aspirin dipped in chocolate, this is absolutely the drink for you. For me... mmmmaybe not so much.

On the other hand, though, it's almost refreshing to see something out here that isn't organic, free-range, all natural and cruelty free. It's a reminder that the world outside of California still exists.

Even if the rest of the world is cruel and tastes like baby aspirin.
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1 egg
1 storebought flour tortilla wrap thingy
1 handful shredded cheese
2 small tomatoes from the garden, diced

scramble egg in nonstick skillet. set aside.

in another hot nonstick skillet, heat tortilla about 10-20 seconds on each side, or until it starts to poof up. Pre-toasting the tortilla makes it nice and crispy.

Place scrambled egg, cheese, and diced tomatoes, or whatever filling you have on hand and are inspired by, on one half of tortilla. a few ribbons of basil or chopped cilantro or parsley, maybe, or a tablespoon or so of diced ham if that's your thing. fold over.

Cook for up to 30 seconds on each side, or until cheese is melty.


Time expended: 5 minutes, tops.


Jul. 28th, 2006 08:49 am
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Yesterday morning I gave in to my cravings and had a bagel. It was an everything bagel, toasted, with cream cheese.

It didn't kill me, so today I'm trying another one.

I still think moderation is probably the key. Maybe I can tolerate wheat with one meal a day. I won't be trying to add it back into all three anytime soon.

Still, once a day is a huge improvement on never.


Apr. 11th, 2006 08:40 am
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There is nothing like being awakened at 5:10am by a cat licking your eyebrow.

And it's a good thing there isn't! Yuck!

I went back to sleep and had a very strange dream. I think it's a recurring dream, or at least a recurring series, because I remember having a very frustrating dream in that old castle before, and this one seemed to build on the events of that one. I had to find a certain room number, but not all of the room numbers were on the corresponding floors where you'd think they might be. Some of the rooms starting with 10 were on the 10th floor, but some might be on the 3rd or 5th. I could only complete the puzzle once I figured that out. I also had a brief stint as a fictional character. Unfortunately, I looked the same to me, and only different to the people around me, so I didn't get to enjoy the change. And then my alarm rang, and I woke up and debated calling in apathetic, but my sense of duty brought me to work anyway. And here I am.

Our book club managers are cruel to us. One of them has submitted her book list with a sudoku puzzle on the front. We can't do the puzzle. If we come to a meeting with the puzzle filled in, our supervisors will tell us we have too much free time, and assign more work. This happened once, when I colored in one of their cover pictures with highlighters while waiting for a meeting to start. So we get to stare at the puzzle and not work it. I think I may photocopy it and work it through on the copy at lunch.

Life continues to go on. Matt is in California this week, but he'll be home after that. Possibly for a while. I made spelt angel hair with veggie alfredo sauce on Sunday - ambitious cooking, for me - and had the leftovers last night. This cooking thing isn't so bad.

I've been thinking about doing something formal like a delayed seder when Matt gets home, but I'm not sure about it. Maybe I'll do some grocery store browsing tonight and see if I get inspired. You'd think Passover would be the holiday tailor-made for the person who can't eat wheat, but I find myself not looking forward to listening to people complain about giving up something for one week that I can't have at all. I remember when a week without bread or pasta or pizza felt like forever, and when I couldn't even conceive of how to plan a whole week's worth of grain-free meals. I remember sneaking off to Pizza Hut for a passover hiatus one year, because we couldn't hold out, and jokingly using a Talmudic excuse to pretend to rationalize it away. So it's not that I don't understand. It's that I don't want to hear it. Welcome to my world. You only have to vacation here.
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This is the second day in a row that the lunchroom has served the same meal for lunch that I had for dinner the night before. What are the odds of that?
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I made it through steamed chicken and rice for lunch today, so I decided I was ready to come off the jello diet. Dinner tonight was roast beef, rice, and vegetables. Matt made delicious gravy from the roast, and when he offered a bit of the leftover gravy to Truffles (for whom the gravy is the best and only part of the wet cat food worth eating), she turned her nose up at it. "Not enough byproducts?" I suggested. I didn't know what other cause there could be.

But food substitutions aren't only unwelcome in kitty land...

Newman's Own Spelt Pretzels = good. Amazingly good. Just like the real thing, or maybe better.

Newman's Own Wheat free, dairy free Oreos = just the thing to put you off eating, for good.

I said this to Matt, so of course, he had to go and try his own Newman Oreo. I followed him to the kitchen and refilled my glass of milk. "A chaser," I said. "You're gonna need it. Oh, and by the way, you might not want to put it all in your--" He popped one in and started chewing. "--mouth.. at.. once. Um," I murmured, wincing.

Less than a moment later, it hit him. The look on his face started me laughing, and soon he was laughing while trying to swallow the gritty, foul thing. I held out the milk and he took it.

"Need something stronger?" I asked, and he turned to see me holding up the jug of bleach. He laughed harder, but kept himself together and managed to swallow. Damn. ;)

"That is the worst thing I've tasted in a long time..." he started.

"That you didn't make, yourself?" I teased, at the same time that he said, "...that I didn't make, myself." Laughter anew, both of us nearly doubled over in the kitchen, holding onto the counters, him trying to swallow liquid at the same time.

The fact that we still have uncontrollable giggle-fits together after ten years of marriage makes me happier than I can describe.

Be warned, though... For someone who's willingly tried the Bertie Botts' Sardine and Black Pepper flavored jelly beans to make a pronouncement like that, it's serious business.

Kids, don't try these at home.
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Yesterday (technically this morning at around 2am) makes for thirteen years since [ profile] hbergeronx and I first met face to face. Yesterday was also his birthday. He hates having a fuss made over his birthday, so instead of making a fuss here, I did it in person.

Despite NYC being ankle-deep in slush, he came in to meet me in the afternoon and hung out in my office with me, browsing my bookshelves, until I could leave. I introduced him to some more coworkers and told all of them that it was his birthday. He was a very good sport about it. :)

I'd done a little research on restaurants, but hadn't come to any decisions. There's a concentration of them over on Mott/Mulberry streets, so I figured we'd browse and see what caught our eyes.

We ended up having dinner at Eight Mile Creek, a tiny Australian restaurant on Mulberry between Prince and Spring. A little too pricey to go on a regular basis, but really good food. I tried the seared kangaroo, because how often do you get a chance to try kangaroo around here, and it was great. Very mild and tender. To drink I had cider, and Matt had a sparkling shiraz. I hadn't known that sparkling red wines even exist, but it was good enough that we're going to track some down for home. We stopped in at the liquor store on Astor to browse, and they had several, but we didn't want to cart it around all evening.

All evening being our next stop, with tickets to see Blue Man Group. We've wanted to go for ages and just don't get around to going to shows very often. With the theater just up the street from my office, it couldn't be much more convenient, so I thought it would make a nice, memorable present, and it did. We sat in the "poncho section", where they give you a raincoat to keep you from being splattered by the performance, so it was almost a letdown that no splatter happened, despite a lot of buildup and "is /this/ the part where they shower us with paint?" sort of anxiety. The show was fantastic. It was also the closest I've ever been to being inspired to pick up a percussion instrument again. It was great musically and visually, with humor going on many levels, and with a bit of wry social commentary thrown in the mix, as well. I highly recommend seeing them if you get a chance. I also highly recommend being ON TIME. This is not a performance to be late to, unless public humiliation is your thing.

The bus ride home was quick, and I think I was asleep before I was in the door. If not before, then very soon after. I had beautiful, if strange, very percussive dreams. :)
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Take one chicken breast, dip in skim milk, coat in mixture of crushed peanuts, brown sugar and hot spice powder. Throw in hot oiled pan until cooked through. Toss frozen peas and carrots into pan, cover, let vegetables cook in the oil and spices. Serve. Eat, while fighting off hungry kittens.

It was not quite savory enough for me. I think next time I'll go heavier on the spice and lighter on the sugar, and it needed a stiff dose of ginger. Still, not bad for someone who can rarely be bothered to cook. It was relatively quick and a lot nicer than those frozen meals in a box.
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during dinner tonight:

matt: This is the most disgusting thing I have ever cooked.
me: Then why are you eating it?
matt: I don't know. [pause] Why are YOU eating it?
me: Because you made it?
matt: Dumbass.



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