I am of the mindset that dreary weather = the need for a homey, “comfoat” breakfast. [ahhh, I’m so chheeeezyy.]
For me, that’s obviously oats…and personally, the most comfort-like bowl of oats to me is apple oats. Something about it is just so homey and reassuring. The warm apples and oats are just so autumnal – and while I may not want autumn and rather, would prefer our winter storm advisory that we are under to just disappear – a bowl of oats with jubilant, fresh berries just wouldn’t cut it for a rainy morning like this.
Does the weather affect your breakfast/meal choices? What’s your favorite comfort breakfast?
I thought the idea of having rye for breakfast was just too cool! I had thought I would pair it with banana for the first taste test – but I was already set on apple, so that wasn’t changing. I quite like the rye! It’s not overpowering like you would think rye bread to be – but it definitiely adds a fun, whole-grain-like flavor and has a great bite (texture) to it. I’ll definitely try it with water next, so that the coffee doesn’t fight with its’ flavor.
The base today:
- 1 T. Bob’s Grains & Nuts Hot Cereal, 3 T. Bob’s Creamy Rye Flakes, 1 T. Wheat Bran
- 1/2 c. coffee, 1/2 c. almond milk
- 1/2 gala apple, chopped
- chopped dates
- small drizzle of maple syrup
- 1 T. chia seeds
And topped with:
- flax-chia icing
- candied pecans & walnuts (using the method here)
- PB&Co. Cinnamon Raisin PB
- and a chutney (maybe?) of the rest of the gala apple with some chopped dates and a dollop of fig preserves, simmered until almond milk and maple syrup have been absorbed.
…with a dollop of locally made Apple Walnut Rum Conserve on top that I’d totally forgot about in my fridge! And Green Mountain’s Southern Pecan was the perfect comfort flavor for the morning.
I braved the bitter cold to get to my cray-cray first class. Note the sarcasm. Ugh. Almost over. I did, however, enjoy half of this bottle of Odwalla Wholly Grain smoothie. Check out the stats on this puppy – I couldn’t pass up all those whole grains, or pineapple/banana/mango!
And wholly cow this smoothie was gooood. Yes, its carb count rivals that of maple syrup, but oh well? It was definitely abundant in the banana flavor – a good thing for me! I don’t like smoothies with primarily apple or orange flavors, even though this had orange juice as a primary ingredient. I sipped it while staring in disbelief at some honkin’ big snowflakes coming down outside. Uhm, hello, it’s almost May. It should not be 34 degrees out and snowing, with a winter storm advisory, thank you very much.
After freezing walking back to my car, I hustled home so that I could whip up the muffins and lunch I dreamed up in class. Because everybody knows that even if I’m sitting in a world regions class, I’m still thinking about what to concoct next, and not so much the issues in middle and south america. Although they are a large contributor to global warming, and I felt proud to have consumed a cup of Rain Forest Nut priot to leaving since they cut down so much rain forest.
But, I digress. Once I was home, I took the hint from Mo that I ought to cook with quinoa. She had a recipe for lemon poppyseed bread that I’ve been dying to make – but since I didn’t have any lemons, I flipped through Veganomicon to see if I could find something similar. I found a quinoa muffin recipe that I decided to funkify, and that I did. I present: Cranberry-Almond-Poppyseed Quinoa-Bulghur Muffins. Vegan muffins, bee tee dubs.
‘dem boys gooooood. I should have taken pictures during to do a recipe post, but it was sort of dark in the kitchen and I had no idea whether all my altercations would work, hah. Buuuttt, I’ll post it soon 🙂 I only made 6, so I’ll need more by the weekend, I’m sure. These will definitely make good morning snacks. Protein, fiber, whole grains, naturally sweetened, all ‘dat good stuff.
While those were baking I also made some parsnip fries, and more date balls because I ate the last one last night. I have no more dates left now, and that spells trouble. Won’t be going to Hannie’s for a while and I prefer buying them in bulk. Guess I’ll have to eradicate that addiction.
My other concoction I was day dreaming about while “learning” about South America? Lunch.
So it’s no secret I’ve been a tempeh fiend lately. With fiending comes mass consumption, and in turn – running out of consumed product. I’m not out of tempeh yet, but don’t have much left. What could take the place of tempeh in a tempeh and jam sammie?
Chickpeas. Yep. Not sure if that sounds gross to you, probably does – but to me it sounded amazing, and it tasted even better. I mashed some canned garbanzos with some apple-rum-walnut conserve and spread on some harvest grain with baby spinach and almond mozzarella and then panini’d away. To. Die. For. Might be more of a winner than tempeh + jam. They’re both winners in my eyeballs. And you know what? I know I’ve said I’m a fan of the mini loaf, but this loaf of harvest grain is seriously tiny, and a little bit larger would be more than welcome. Remember that, Price Chopper, remember that.
While home I had some reading-up to do since my power point presentation that I’d worked on all weekend and Friday was tonight. Let me share with you: I. Hate. Presenting. If there is one thing that absolutely terrifies me, it’s standing up in front of a bunch of people, giving a presentation. I am not a fan of public speaking or drawing attention to myself. Which, is rather ironic since I have a blog where I talk about myself, and I probably come across as quite confident or outspoken since I’m not afraid to gloat about some sort of amazing food. Hm. Maybe if I had a culinary class or something I’d be more outspoken 😉 Anyone else have any fears of something that is so seemingly simple? (I like alliterations, what can I say?)
Anyways, I probably stressed myself out even more reading the notes I’d written up. Sometimes it’s better to go in blind, so that you don’t freak out when you go “off track” – so I tried not to work myself up. Just told myself…this time tomorrow, it’ll be all done, and no one will even remember. No one cares if you mess up. We all have to present. We all don’t want to. Just deal.
So that’s what I did. Before that, though, I dined on a toasted scone and a cup of coffee. It was fahhh-reezing all day, and continued quasi-snowing, too. And toasting the scones = the way to go. Not that that has to do with snow.
You didn’t hear it from me, but driving is a really good time to figure out your presentation. You can’t look at our notes too long, but it’s okay to glance down for a second every so often.
I grabbed a bar on my way out the door so as not to get loopy halfway through class. I’m not sure if I was hungry when I actually ate it, or my stomach was just in a knot. I couldn’t tell, so I ate it anyways. I love those nectar bars, and this cherry pomegranate was espeically pleasing. I wish Clif still made them!!
The presentation went quite well on my part – but remember how I said I ended up putting the powerpoint together all by myself, even though it was a “team” project? Well, I pretty much presented alone, too. I take that back – I would have prefered presenting alone. I made up notecards as guides and everything – but my partner could still hardly read it, and didn’t paraphrase at all. Not bangin’ on the poor kid…but honestly. I made up the notecards as guides – not to be read wuickly through so it sounds like we’re reading to the class rather than presenting.
That being said, eventually it was over with, and I came home to a quick dinner. I still had a frozen homemade veggie burger (the tempeh-quinoa-sweet potato ones from Moosewood’s) that I reheated and then pan-fried, and paired it with a quick kale-apple saute.
I hope everyone’s day has been swell – Vermont has been schizofrenic all day. The sun started shining as I left for class, only to start snowing again while halfway there. Currently, it is shining really bright and there’s a portion of blue sky. And tonight we’re slated for 3 inches of snow. Uhm, I am about as impressed with this weather as I am with Courtney Love. Hint:I detest Courtney Love.