Hey babycakes. If you’re a guy and you’re reading, take that as a compliment, or pretend I said studlycake.
Quasi-Apologies for the repeat nectarine oats for breakfast. But you know what? I read Katie’s post on foodblogging and how it can affect intuitive eating, and realized – it doesn’t matter if you don’t want to see the same breakfast two days in a row – it’s my stomach and taste buds and I’ll feed them what they wanna. Meant in the most affectionate of ways – of course I still care about you guys!
It’s a really great subject that she wrote about – definitely check it out! As far as myself, I can say that for the most part, my meals are based on what I’m craving or want to try, not a “I’ll make this because it’s pretty and I need to come across as healthy” affair. Blogging has also been a huge help in getting me to try out new foods and see new ideas. Remember when I had leftovers all the time?! Now I don’t want leftovers – I want to keep experimenting in the kitchen! And today, experimenting I did.
After this lovely bowl, of course! Le Base:
- 1 T. Bob’s Rolled Barley Flakes, 2 T. Bob’s 5 Grain, 1 T. Oat Bran, 1 T. Wheat Bran
- 1/2 c. brewed coffee, 1/2 c. almond milk
- trail power
- 3/4s of a diced nectarine
- almond extract, drizzle of agave
- 1 t. golden milled flaxseed, 1/2 T. chia seeds
- vanilla chia-acai icing
- chopped macadamia nuts
- slivered almonds
- Naturally Nutty White Chocolate Coconut PB
- and a monster compote of 1/2 of a diced nectarine and some frozen cranberries in some almond milk and agave nectar.
I have no idea why this bowl is monstrosity sized today. Maybe I was spacing in the kitchen and added an extra tablespoon of oats, but I really don’t think I did! haha. Maybe because I used so much nectarine? The first one I cut into was bruised on an entire half, so I ended up just using half and grabbed another whole one, too.
While eating (mind you – I eat slower than death, so that’s why my oatmeal starts to “gel”, haha) the past two days I’ve had to laugh at myself – look how I eat!
I wasn’t lying when I always say I love those last melty spoonfuls of PB 🙂
I was up ridiculously early and didn’t even realize it until I had left to make a quick trip to the bank to deposit a check. I was wondering why on earth they were closed – and then realized it was only 8:30. Yeah, college kid on a day off from work and school, is up, has had breakfast, has cleaned up breakfast, quickly thrown on some clothes, and left the house before the bank was even open. Okay, Jess.
Luckily, Price Chop was just a minute away and I still needed spinach, so I figured I’d go grab some. Uhm, they were all out of spinach. Well, the kind I typically get – they only had the bagged Dole kind, which I dislike because it seems they spoil so fast. That would happen. Hopefully I don’t have spoilage problems.
I had a partner in crime riding in the car with me – otherwise known as Kaia – which was a good way to keep me from finding too many goodies 🙂 I did have some cottage cheese to replace, though. For future reference, nobody get “Vermont Style” cottage cheese. Ever. I don’t know if it’s because it’s 4% and the first kind I tried was 1% or what. But I switched back to 1% today until I solve the mystery. Anybody have any cottage cheese suggestions for me? Namely, brands & milkfat/curd size hooplah? I’m not kidding, I want to know. I realize many of you probably don’t much care about my cottage cheese woes, but I would think 4% would taste miles better, so I must be doing something wrong brand-wise.
Anywho. Upon arriving home, I had some serious Suzie homemaker callings. Actually, I had these callings last night. Well, I have these callings 24/7…but that’s besides the point. Enter: half a batch of oatmeal cookies, and half a batch of ugly but really yummy apple & date oat-bran muffins from my Moosewoods book. I’ll probably post a recipe post soon 🙂 My partner in crime stuck by my side, but that’s not surprising considering the nature of the business.
Oatmeal cookies looaddded with goodies! Butterscotch chips (looove butterscotch chips in oatmeal cookies – had to do it) dried sweet cherries, and almonds. I also played with flax eggs again today. Normally I’m not a cookie junkie but the craving struck me yesterday, and I thought these sounded really great out of the book.
I hate when food tastes delicious but looks funky. Both these goodies turned out so good! I was worried prior to baking for both of them, actually – the muffin batter was far from your typical pourable muffin batter, and the cookies were difficult to stick together. I thought for sure they would be dry, and afterwards – I realized I didn’t add much sugar at all to either product. Or oil or butter or your average baked goods inredients. But they didn’t need it, just like the book says! The fruits provide everything you need – and they are far from too dry. Yum!
I took a short blogger break from breaking before getting ready for lunch, which was obviously a quasi-repeat from last night. This bread is just too good! Can’t get over it.
My girl Jess mentioned broccoli raab the other day when I was talking about new veggies or some tangent in a post. I go on tangents a lot. Anyways – when I went to the store Tuesday I had to try it for myself! I just sauteed some beans, red pepper, broc raab, and pressed garlic in some evoo while I toasted a slice of bread in the oven that had been drizzled with evoo and garlic powder. Shprankled some almond mozz on the bread when it was a little bit golden, returned to oven until melted, and topped with the lovely yet incredibly simple bean mixture. Yum! I also made some kale chips that weren’t so chip-like do to impatience.
I absolutely love how Moosewoods includes such simple recipes. Reminds me that things don’t need to be overthunk (uh…) to be delicious! Sure, slop this on some mediocre bread and it might not be so stellar – but all the simple things work together to create pure awesome. I use such big words, I know. Lunch was consumed whilst thinking about what to make for dinner for le familia. I finally found the victim:
I followed the recipe to a T, so I won’t be posting it. Sorry guys! And actually I feel bad you can sort of read most of the ingredients from that picture, but I’ll pretend you all have bad eyes. It wasn’t the fastest process, yet pretty simple. I made it after lunch, and then refrigerated it until it was a more reasonable time to pop ’em in the oven. Afterwards, I rewarded my hard work with a dessert.
Irish Creme Agave, say you?!
You know I couldn’t resist this co-op temptation. Just waiting for my Irish Creme coffee to get here! Aannd, you better believe those truffles are divine frozen. granted, they don’t actually really freeze, but hey – work with me.
Not stopping there, I chose to make heavenly fig and chevre sandwich spread and of course, wiped the spoon clean on a small piece of toast.
Really – does anybody want to come over and have a cooking party? I just want to cook all day long! Luckily, I know to halve things, hah. I only made a half dozen muffins, a dozen cookies, and four veggie burgers for the three of us. And, considering I’m not the only one who loves the cookies, don’t think we’ll have a problem with the consumption 😉 The sad thing is, I really wanted to make more truffles/homemade Larabars today – but hey, I’ve gotta leave something for this weekend! hah. I’m too intimidated by work to bring in baked stuff. Since the cookies were a hit, I think they’d be safe to bring, though.
A short while later my mom came home, and let me know the FedEx man payed me a visit while I was cooking up a storm. I can finally enjoy coffee other than Wild Mountain Blueberry in the morning!
In the winter, I drink coffee like it’s going out of style since I just crave warmth. Lately, I’ve just been having a cup or two in the morning, and hardly any throughout the day! I think I’ll start icing it myself…thoughts? Can I just brew a cup in the morning, and refrigerate it all day, or will it taste funny?
I was all set to snack on some berries and cottage cheese or yogurt and a cookie, and then realized it was 4:30 already! My mom likes to eat early (5:00) so I opted to just start making the burgers, and snacked on some plain berries while they baked. Love fresh berries. I can’t wait to go picking this summer.
I was so happy with the outcome of these burgers!Everyone else loved them, too. I served them on some toasted bread (that’s a lie – I served mine on toasted bread, my mom & Henry wanted a subpar roll.) with melted mozz & garlic, then the burger, then some tomato slices and left them to do what they wanted with it.
But, they really didn’t need anything! They are moist and seasoned enough as-is. Next time, i think I’ll add a flax egg or an egg white just for a liiiitle bit more binding power. They held together fine for the most part, but I don’t think it would hurt. I might try pan-cooking them, too – just for a little more crunch on the outside! Of course, I’m one of those people who just gets really impatient when cooking things in the oven.
These were really quite simple to make, and I can’t wait to try more of the Moosewoods burger recipes. Should we count how many times I’ve sang my praise to these people? If you’re not convinced yet, I don’t think anything could convince you to look into their cookbooks.
Although, my day did have an almost tear-jerker moment. Let us all bow our heads in silence, and pay our respects to the beloved Maine Maple Mustard that has stood by me and covered my bum through thick and thin.
His remains were used to create tonight’s side-dish of sauteed kale and apples.
(I realize I have this as a side dish just about every other night. My defense: I have a ton of kale, and it’s a side dish that everyone enjoys. Surprisingly. haha)
I hope everyone’s had a great day and got more accomplished than my lazy bum 🙂 Hey – I don’t feel too badly…but I am not looking forward to going back to my already almost nonexistant school life 😉
What are your thoughts about posting recipes online from a book that you’ve adapted? AKA – is anyone interested in the cookie or muffin or truffle recipes? I did alter them slightly, but they are still quite Moosewoods. I certainly wouldn’t post a recipe I followed exactly just because, well – I support Moosewoods and want them to stay in business and keep selling books 😛 I know other people have done it, but – I just have issue with doing it myself.
Do you have any Moosewoods books, or a cookbook you just can’t get enough of? If yes – spill!!
And now, after having re-read this post, I’m laughing at myself. It looks like I just ate all day long, aha. Love it; because I really didn’t! Actually, I sort of missed out on normal snacks today!