Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

I had a lot of decisions to make today.

Now before you go getting all concerned, relax! Relax. Fortunately for me, the hardest decision I have on days like today is what I’m going to have for dinner. Before you laugh, that’s a pretty big decision. I mean, it can make or break your day! …or maybe I’m just a little dramatic.

In case you haven’t heard, it’s snowing all over the northeast.

I’m guessing you’ve heard.

My first decision I faced wasΒ whether I wanted to call in to work or not.Β I’m guessing you can figure out pretty quickly that I called in.

Which meant that I decided sauteed apples were in the forecast for breakfast this morning. I was awed when I saw that my beloved Gala apples were on sale at Hannaford’s. Unless they’re fresh picked from the farm down the road, they’re the only apples I truly enjoy. (okay, so I probably prefer them over the local McIntosh apples, but I fear that might be un-Vermontan of me to admit, so I won’t. We have maple laws for Pete’s sake, I wouldn’t put it past us to have an apple law, too)

My, oh my, how I’d forgotten how amazing sauteed apples are.

I polished off the last of my bread yesterday, and knew I had to make more today. The decision?

Do I keep it as the original inventor intended, or mix it up again?

I kept it as intended, and think this loaf is a bit prettier (re: less embarrassing) and so won’t withhold the name of the kind woman who shared her recipe with me this time – it was the lovely Sarena, of course! I don’t think there is anything she can’t do in the kitchen. And if you don’t want to see really delicious looking pancakes with a beautiful pour of maple syrup, definitely don’t go to her blog right now.

While that rose, I faced another decision: strength or cardio?

Cardio won.

But these things can only keep me entertained for so long. It was 9:00 and I was already looking for my next project.

Biscotti or granola bars?

Biscotti, says mother – who also had a snowday.

Orange chocolate chip or cranberry almond?

Orange chocolate chip. Best biscotti I’ve ever made all thanks to Veganomicon. No I can’t share the recipe and no I can’t find it either. Buy the book. The biscotti and the chickpea-quinoa pilaf are worth that $15.

…but do I want peanut butter, jelly or maple cream on my hot-from the oven bread?!

Maple cream.

But what kind of nut butter do I want smothered into my date?!

It doesn’t matter because I’ll have another one in five minutes.

If I have hot cocoa in my Easter mug, will it be Spring tomorrow?

probably not, but you can try.

I love this Dagoba hot cocoa!

Should I shovel multiple times so that I only shovel a couple inches at a time, or once so that I’m shoveling more than a foot – but only one time?

Uhhh, well, I banked on multiple times, but this so-called “storm of the century” fizzled out, and I didn’t need to shovel after the once.

As it is, though, the snowbank to the side of our front porch is taller than the front porch, and if I venture off the beaten path I am up to my waist in the fluffy powder.

I hope I can go to the barn tomorrow so I can ride Teddie in it! Hopefully he won’t be like my Corona pony and decide it’s more fun to roll in said snow than it is to play in it. I’m not worried about getting rolled on, I’m worried about my saddle getting saturated. I paid more for the saddle than I did for the pony.

Do I make buffalo tempeh or barbecue tempeh?

Both! Sorry, guys – but I think I’m getting tempeh burnout. I’m sort of bored with it. When this block is done, I need to bid goodbye for a couple weeks. Needless to say, I do adore buffalo tempeh! Especially with the last of my caesar dressing and red onion (I heart red onion + buffalo + caesar)

I think I struggle making the decision between sweet potato fries or whole-baked sweet potatoes more than I struggle with the decision about what to wear.

It takes me a while to figure out what to wear in the morning. It’s too early to think clear, so I just stare into my closet for at least five minutes as if it’s some other-worldly realm.

And in case you were wondering, a whole baked sweet potato won, but I didn’t get to use this picture yesterday and was pretty proud of how perfectly baked and cut those fries are. Not to toot my own horn or anything.

Dinner was a big decision today, but I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

I knew I should use the eggplant I had in the fridge, but nothing was particularly speaking to me.

Yes, when I flip through recipes certain ones call to me. I can plan “ooh I want to make that!” until I’m blue in the face but I can never decide what I want for dinner until 3:00 that day.

What did speak to me was Chickpea Piccata. (< Lucky for you guys, Isa has the recipe for this one on her website!)

But what to have it with?


But how?

My new favorite way ever, of course!

I was flipping through my binder of recipes,and saw this very plain-jane recipe for roasting eggplant originally from Cooking Light. I was a bit apprehensive that it would be all that great – it is basically eggplant straight up, after all – but combined with the absolutely amazing piccata, this meal was enough to make me fall head over heels in love with…well, everything in site. It turned me into a hippie peace-love flower-girl.

For the eggplant, though:

Roasted Eggplant

slightly modified from cooking light, for one eggplant:

  • 1 medium eggplant, about 1 lb.
  • olive oil for brushing (I used basil oil)
  • pinch salt, pepper and herbs de provence

Preheat oven to 450*. Carefully slice your eggplant the “long way” into 1/4″ slices, leaving the end in-tact. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and fan out the eggplant. Brush with olive oil and bake for 15-20 minutes, until lightly tender. Remove from oven, press down to fan out more, and brush again with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and herbs. Bake 15-20 minutes more or until tender and skin is beginning to crisp.

My mom: “are you going to eat that whole eggplant?”

Don’t mind if I do!

Decisions – do you find yourself sometimes having a terrible time deciding over the silliest of things, too?! Please say yes so I’m not alone. And don’t ask me who you should marry. I’ll just say “everyone! peace and love!”


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26 responses to “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

  1. Oh wow, I love that baked aubergine! It looks SO good! Nothing beats squishy baked aubergine imho πŸ™‚
    Yep, I have a terrible time with decisiosn – I never know what to cook, what to wear, what time to do something, what to say, what to do in the arena, the list is endless. Life is hard!

  2. Yes! I have the hardest time deciding what to bake or cook all the time! Silly little things like that will just get me going! Everything looks so good. The maple cream with the biscotti…yes please. Oh and the bread, beautiful! And the eggplant, yes, I will eat the whole thing and I love the presentation on that! I hope you get to go see your boy tomorrow, but for now, stay warm and enjoy the night!

  3. YES! I sometimes have the hardest time deciding what class to take, what to bake, what to wear, how to do my hair/makeup, etc. Enjoy your ride with Teddie if you get the chance! πŸ™‚

  4. Yes! I had the silliest longest decision making process over dinner tonight… Mac & cheese or Grilled Cheese… Noodles and cheese or bread and cheese?

  5. I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure…BAHAHA!

    Yep, I’m the worst when it comes to decision making. I can’t even come up with a time to meet someone. I have always preferred being told what to do – I am by no means a “bossy boots”.

    Would you believe that I have never had eggplant before? I’m eager to try it though. (I love the colour purple :P)


  6. Can I just say that I LOVE dates with nut butter and choco chips?! They are the best thing to hit the bottom of mah belly since sliced banana bread.

    Slash cranberry almond is my FAVORITE new cookie combo, I just posted a recipe for some! Aka they are in my freezer and I eat like 4 every night, no big.

  7. Oh me, Oh My! Everything on this page looks SO SO SO good! Can I just come over and eat your whole house?! Thanks you:) Ah but really that eggplant looks divine and buffalo and bbq tempeh!?!?! Such a great idea! I have tempeh in the fridge right now and I am SO making this tomorrow. Thanks for the great idea; I’ll link back to your site when I post about it:)

  8. that sweet potato decision comment- STORY OF MY LIFE!
    so i end up making both πŸ™‚

  9. Kind of makes you think how many decisions we make in a normal day. Glad I’m not as indecisive on all of them as I am in the cereal aisle. πŸ˜‰ That biscotti looks amazing, too!! I’ll definitely have to give that a try. Or at least try to repeat it since it’s a book-recipe only.

  10. I definitely have a hard time deciding on the littlest things. I’m seriously always way to indecisive! It looks like you made all the right decisions though because everything looks delicious!

  11. Unfortunately I’m constantly trying to “balance” out what I eat. “Did I have ‘too many vegetables/fruits/grains’ today? which group should I eat now?” It’s more of a hassle / OCD than actual choices I’d like to make.

    I do have a bad tendency to have trouble making a decision over what type of grain or bean to make when I’m trying to make dinner or something though. I look all all of the beans / grains I own and I see which I have the most of and try to balance everything evenly whether I was planning on eating that food or not.

    Beautiful eggplant display by the way! I love them a lot and I usually just wolf them down after grilling so I don’t take the time to make them all fancy and take pictures. πŸ˜›

  12. You have had to make quite the decisions today! πŸ™‚

    Im going on snow day numero dos tomorrow!

  13. That’s perfect looking biscotti, love the chocolate orange combo.

  14. That biscotti looks so good, it would be worth the book for that recipe. I too have trouble when it comes to making decisions. I still have that college girl persona where I will change multiple times until I get it right…I don’t know why – I am in my 30’s and work with kids for pete’s sake!

  15. Me + decision-making = disaster. And that’s putting it mildly.

    I have never seen an eggplant cut that way before — but I love eggplant, and I have no problem eating an entire one straight-up all by myself, so I think this will make an appearance one day soon!!

    ❀ ❀

  16. I love this post! It was perfect! the chickpea dishlooks great! I made a chickpea sauce today for my pasta TO DIE FOR!

  17. looks like you made the right decisions. that eggplant looks absolutely delicious! can’t wait to try it.

  18. I do! The other morning, I couldn’t decide between a bowl of cereal and an english muffin. I stood there for five minutes just staring at both options. I finally made Ryan come over and tell me what to eat. So silly! It seems like you had quite a few decisions to make…and I loved seeing the outcome. Your eggplant looks AMAZING.

  19. Haha…great post. My breakfast reading :-). If i had a easter mug I’d use it every day just to bring on some warmer temps! In case you forgot what it feels like I can report that it feels just great when the snow melts – AND it’s above freezing, the earth smells like thaw and the birds are singing. Now all we’re missing here is the sun…:-)

  20. I am the worst decision maker ever. I spent forever deliberating my options and sometimes I run out of time to pick one of the options, so I end up doing nothing haha!

    I especially get stuck on the decision between sweet potato fries/rounds or a whole baked sweet potato. Maybe I should just start eating 2 sweet potatoes at a time so I can have both? πŸ˜›

    PS. Those fries do look perfect!

  21. I always make the silliest things into tough decisions! Sometimes I’ll spend hours trying to figure out the perfect thing to bake/cook. Lucky for me I do have Veganomicon so I can make that biscotti, which will be happening soon πŸ™‚

  22. movesnmunchies

    I CAN totally relate to hard decisions.. you convinced me to buy Appetite for Reduction and i it just arrived today and ive spent th past hour looking thru all the recipes and i DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO START.. everything looks so flippin’ delicious… oh boy.. that will be a tough decision!

  23. The biscotti looks amazingg! And how on earth did you slice those sweet potato fries SO perfectly?!?

    I always have little conversations in my head about what I want to eat/make, trust me, you’re NOT alone!!

  24. absolutely. That happens alot with what I’d like to make for breakfast and dinner. Also, whether I should eat that sweet fruit/nut bar if I already had too many sweet things even if they ARE natural sugars. You’re not alone πŸ™‚

  25. I’ve literally been dreaming about sauteed apples and then I come to your blog and see them! I think it’s a sign πŸ™‚

  26. i love cooking i cook everynight but i have never put anything on the web about what i cook etc its not the way the food is or even what it tastes like for someone on the other end reading a blog its how it looks and all your stuff looks really nice

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