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Jiggle in a Wigglin’ Spree May 22, 2009

As promised, last night there was spice cake, with maple icing even. Don’t mind the flat appearance of the cake, my roomie bought an old cookbook from the 1930s and made a few radical substitutions. He used whole wheat pastry flour instead of white (though we were wondering if they even had white flour back then), and he used 1T butter plus 1 1/4 cups 1% milk instead of 1 cup cream and 1/4 cup milk. So while the wasn’t very light and fluffy, it did taste absolutely delicious. And the icing recipe called for Log Cabin Syrup, but we upgraded it to maple, which was fantastic with the spice cake 🙂

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This morning I started out with a SUPER strong green monster. I wanted to actually drink it at home, instead of bringing it with me to work, and I want to have enough room left over to enjoy part two of breakfast, so I used the usual amount of kale (3-4 leaves), a foot long sprig of mint, only half a banana (instead of 1 plus a few chunks of other fruit), 1 T of chia seeds (instead of 2), and enough water to make a bit over a cup of green monster (instead of 3-4 cups). Let’s just say it was a bit stronger than I anticipated, but I drank it.

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And I was still hungry enough to fully enjoy this big plateful of watermelon chunks (that didn’t fit into the big container destined for the fridge nor the bag for the freezer, so obviously it had to ALL be eaten this morning).

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For lunch I had delicious (and out of focus) spinach salad topped with beets, carrot, and Back to Basics Balsamic Vinaigrette.

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When I got home from work in the middle of the afternoon I had an extra sliver of spice cake…or two.

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And for dinner I had another salad that did an excellent job of cleaning out the fridge at the end of the week. This one was a base of romaine, spinach, and hidden broccoli sprouts which I piled high with grape tomatoes, two fried eggs, “grilled” portobello mushroom, and lots citrusy bean dip (in order to finish the container). I grilled the mushrooms in a sandwich maker, and it worked surprisingly well (though no grill marks), I’m glad I had that idea. It helped that the mushrooms happened to be bread slice sized to start with.

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And another idea I’m glad I had produced a lovely dessert I’m enjoy right now. Stash Goji Berry Green Tea + gelatin + agave nectar = wiggly jiggly goodness. This might become my go-to summer dessert, it’s pretty awesome. I started out by mixing the agave with the tea + gelatin, but the jello didn’t taste very sweet after it had set. So I mashed up the jello a little with my spoon and stirred in a drizzle more of agave, which gives the perfect amount of sweetness surrounding each bit. Next time, I’ll skip the agave in the jello and just add it at the end. I’d love to get my hands on some coconut chai to make jello out of, that sounds really good to me.

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And I’m planning on a bit of chocolate later, Green and Black’s Milk Chocolate to be exact.

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Unfortunately, it looks like I’m going to have to sit out of this week’s BSI over at Say Yes to Salad, I can’t find kabocha ANYWHERE! I’ll have to try one more time tomorrow and go up to Whole Foods.  I did puchase (what I hope will be) a pretty awesome new food though.  But you have to wait til tomorrow to see it 🙂

 

Scuffy new shoes May 13, 2009

I did a very thorough job of scuffing up a brand new pair of shoes today.  I bought my work boots four years ago and didn’t end up needed them at the time.  So this morning, when I got to go on site for the first time, my shoes were still shiny and perfect.  Not so much anymore…spending a few hours crawling around scaffolding hammering at the roof will do a quick job of scratching up the toes of steel-toed boots.  But had fun doing it 🙂  There’s even the bonus that I got to leave home over an hour before I usually do, and got back an hour earlier too because a big chunk of my commute was cut away and our working hours were a bit shorter to allow for travel time for some people from the office to the site.

In anticipation of a busy, and different kind of workday I enjoyed a leisurely and large breakfast.  I started with a bowl of Kashi High Fibre Flakes and Granola cereal with strawberries and milk.

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Then I dug into two sunnyside up eggs topped with chopped sage, and paired with orange pepper strip.  Delicious, and held me over very well until lunch.

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Lunch I fixed up a  mess salad of broccoli, zucchini, and chicken breast tossed in yogurt, whole grain dijon, and a handful of chives.  Tasty and refreshing, as usual.

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Plus I had a Nature’s Path Optimum Energy Peanut Butter Bar.  The bar was really good, kind of like a peanut butter cookie, but less sweet (which is a good thing).  I would have liked it if the peanut flavour was a bit stronger, but it was tasty regardless.

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When I got home I finished my lunch salad with the addition of a handful of dried cherries (and didn’t take a picture, sorry).

Then when I was hungry for dinner I stared in the fridge indescisively for a while, then finally blended up a slighty disgusting looking but very tasty brown monster.  In the mix was red kale, an apple, and frozen raspberries.

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Followed by a Starbucks Peach and Raspberry Yogurt Parfait.  Apparently they’ve stopped using Splenda to sweeten their yogurts…

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And finally for dessert was a square of dark chocolate.  Talk about a weird food mood….

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Choco Power! May 9, 2009

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This morning I took a trip to St. Lawrence Market first thing to check out what was up for grabs (and to replenish my supply of chia seeds so I can bring back the green monster breakfasts). I was very happy to see more local produce available AND I found some excellent items to try for the CCV/K New Foods Challenge in order to redeem my papaya ordeal.

But first, before setting off I had an apple.

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I bought two new-to-me items, which get extra points in my books for being wild and foraged. Fiddleheads and wild leeks. I took my finds home with me and got to work on brunch. The internet had me paranoid about poisoning myself with the fiddle heads, so I boiled them first, then tossed them into a pan to sautee with the wild leeks, some portobello mushroom, and a little butter. The result was DELICIOUS (but would have looked nicer without the black mushroom…). I really liked the fiddleheads, they had a nice creamy texture with an artichokey-broccoli stalkish flavour. The leeks were what I expected, mild and tasty, but expensive enough that I’d rather just buy green onions. But I do hope the fiddleheads are still around next week. I also scrambled a couple eggs in the pan after the ferns were finished.

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Then for brunch dessert, despite knowing what was to come in the afternoon, I enjoyed one of the Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal cookies I made for my BSI entry this morning. After all, even though I had used the recipe before, I had to make sure this version turned out well before posting the recipe, didn’t I? It was a success.

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Now what was to come? Cake delivery! Ricky of Diet, Desserts and Dogs brought me this beautiful chocolate cake with sweet potato/orange icing that I won from here contest a while back. Thank you so much Ricky, it was great to meet you and HH!

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A few of my roomie and I’s friends came over this afternoon and we enjoyed cake and Wii Mario Party to celebrate the end of exams/some people’s graduations/grad school acceptances/and summer in general. I thoroughly enjoyed a slice. And then another, as did every one else. The cake was just so good, moist and perfectly chocolaty without being too sweet! It makes me want to buy Sweet Freedom just for this one recipe (p.s. you could also win a copy)! And everyone loved both the orange icing and the chocolate filling.

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I love that the cake must be relatively wholesome and healthy too because those two slices filled me up forever. I’m guessing it contains beets, am I crazy?

A whole 7 hours after eating that second piece of cake I started to get hungry again so I helped the roomie finished off his latest batch of Root Soup. I know it involved carrots, potatoes, parsnips, onions, rosemary, and chives at least, and was also very tasty. Though the bowl was quite full and I couldn’t finish it.

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All in all, today’s eats were wonderfully successful compared to yesterday. And I get to look forward to leftover chocolate cake tomorrow. Yum.

 

Mystery Fish May 6, 2009

This morning started out with a slightly different breakfast combination.  I had a bowl of Kashi High Fibre Flakes and Granola with soy milk and blackberries, and a fried egg.  I really liked the cereal, it stayed nice and crunchy and was perfectly sweet.

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I was quite proud of my lunch creation, my cubicle mate approves, she came back for a second and third bite after trying one.  I made a potato-ish salads with zucchini, yogurt, whole grain dijon, and a whole whack of chives.  Yummy, definitely on the repeat list.  I’m guessing the brands are key factors here, so they were Liberty Svelte plain yogurt and President’s Choice Whole Grain Dijon if anyone’s curious.

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For snacking I also brought along an apple, mango, carrots, and celery.

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When dinner time rolled around I fished around in the pantry and came up with a can of mystery fish.  The ingredients tells me it is black scraper, which I can find no culinary info about, and the contents of the can do not include cherries…  But at least it tastes good 🙂

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I tossed some romaine with the fish, it sauce, and cucumber.  Tasty salad.  I love chinese canned fish/eel (they taste the same, it’s just the sauce)

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And finally, I threw some frozen pineapple in the blender for a delicious sorbet!  It might have mostly been an excuse to use the awesome ice cream glass the roomie brought home this weekend 😉

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Under the Sea April 30, 2009

I’ve inexplicably had that song stuck in my head all afternoon.  And I don’t know why, I didn’t even like The Little Mermaid when I was a kid.

Anyway, my breakfast this morning was a tasty blenderful of banana, apple, chia seeds, and spinach.

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And lunch was a huge pile of various peppers and a couple of carrots.

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Plus a pear and brie.

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And I enjoyed the last of the Morning Glory bread.

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I also grabbed a handful a my chinese trail mix I keep at work since I was starving by late afternoon.  I’ll get a picture some other time but it contains a variety of dried soy beans, raisins, goji berries, and pumpkin seeds, plus spices.  And it’s delicious.  My mom brought it back from Taiwan last time she went, but I’ve seen the same mix in chinese grocery store here.

Then for dinner I did an excellent job of cleaning out the fridge by steaming a pile of broccoli and tossing it with lime juice, stirfrying onion, mushroom, peppers, and snowpeas with sesame oil, and whipping up some egg fo yung (2 whole eggs, soy sauce, and sucanat).

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Then to finish off (because I was really hungry, and that huge bowl wasn’t quite enough) I had half an enormous banana.

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And now I need to go do a pile of dishes, and pack to go home for a visit tomorrow (and my mom’s birthday)!  I think I’ll have time to do tomorrow’s post before leaving, but expect a weekend recap on Sunday night or Monday when I get back 🙂  Though I don’t know how much of a post there will even be tomorrow because there’s a staff lunch at work and I plan to partake since my fridge is nicely emptied for the weekend away, and the hope of a shopping trip with a car on the way back….

 

Mixing things up April 28, 2009

This raining day started out with a mishmash breakfast of a beautiful bartlett pear, and egg with salt and pepper, and a breakfast cookie made simply of oatmeal, pumpkin, a few raisins, pumpkin pie spice, and a little stevia.  Random, but delicious.  I’ve been putting off a craving for pumpkin for a while because I needed to come up with something to do with the rest of the giant can.  I’ll think I’ll try freezing some.

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Lunch was a slightly unphotogenic hodgepodge of fridge finds, red pepper, carrot, cucumber, lentils, snow peas, tofu and asparagus edamummus.  Again, random but delicious.

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And in the afternoon I enjoyed a blended green monster of a banana, a russet apple, lots of spinach, and a couple spoonfuls of chia seeds.

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When I got home I put the can of pumpkin to use to make sauce for a plate of steamed broccoli.  The sauce contains red onion and mushrooms sauteed in a little olive oil, then tossed with pumpkin, soft tofu, salt, pepper, and dried sage.  And with a sprinkle of lime juice on top, it turned into a delicious plate of food 🙂

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And to finish the night, dessert was a delightful fruit and cheese affair.  Pineapple and brie to be exact.  This Allegro low-fat brie tastes rather amazing, I wasn’t missing triple creme brie in the least (well, that’s probably because I haven’t had any in years and forget just how tasty it is), and was perfectly happy to save the 40 or so cals per ounce.

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Free fruit (and chocolate)! April 27, 2009

This morning started off with a relaxing breakfast enjoyed almost-outside, a hard boiled egg and a plateful of my BSI Morning Glory Bread. While rearranging my room yesterday I put a rocking sofa chair (is there a word for that?) beside the window, right where the breeze hits when I open my window the whole two inches wide. And I’ve discovered it makes a lovely little spot to look out (mostly at the sky) and enjoy a meal with some fresh air.

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For lunch I packed up the leftover balsamic asparagus and some orange dill Lake Erie striped bass from last night along with green pepper strips.

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As well as Liberty plain non-fat yogurt with Dorset fruits, nuts, and seeds cereal.

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And for snacks I had packed some strawberries and pineapple. But I didn’t eat them. But I’m including the picture to replace the fact I have no picture of what I did eat. Namely a little plate of mixed melon, kiwi, and blueberries, and a piece of a brownie. The fruit was leftover from a lunch meeting. And the brownies (as well as lemon squares) were brought in by my cubicle-mate for her birthday. And I knew they were from My Market Bakery in Kensington Market, so I has to try a piece, and as I suspected, it was amazingly delicious (with cherries on top!).

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For dinner I made use of some items I found lurking in the cupboard.  I made some sushi-esque wraps, both filled with orange pepper and asparagus edamummus, one wrap with only nori, and the other with both nori and rice paper.   They were some pretty tasty bites, I was pleased.

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Then I blended up the strawberries and pineapple I brought to work with ice and Celestial Seasonings Peach White tea to make a sweet smoothie.  Of which I only drank about half because it was too sweet for me…maybe I should have added greens…

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Then for dessert I had a different kind of sweet, a couple of parnoosh dates mixed with 2 T of dried coconut.  I’ve never had a coconut cream pie larabar (and don’t those have almonds too?) but this sure was good.

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Now I think I’m going to mix up a breakfast cookie for tomorrow. Though I sure do wish I could make it using the peanut butter and protein powder I could win in Nicole’s 100th post giveaway over at Just Sweet Enough!

And another note, Marianne commented that she had never heard of poor man’s pie, which got me to googleing, and I couldn’t find ANYTHING about my version.  I found a bunch of recipes for what looks suspiciously like a pie-sized butter tart, and some bread pudding in a pie crust, but no mention of a simple slice of bread spread with butter and molasses.  Which just seems odd to me because that’s what my dad would always call it (and he often used corn syrup too, especially for us kids who didn’t like molasses so much by itself).  And I assume he got it from my grandma, who grew up in Alabama.  So maybe it’s a southern thing?  A southern thing that hasn’t managed to make its way to the internet yet?  Will I become famous for bringing it to light? 😉

 

All Day Breakfast March 13, 2009

This wonderful morning start off with delightful CHOCOLATE! I had a bowl of oat bran made with unsweetened chocolate almond breeze, a spoonful of mascarpone ice cream, and topping with crunchy chia seeds and walnuts.

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Lunch time was a chili-licious experience.

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Along with a carrot and blackberries.

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I also had a Kashi Trail Mix bar later in the afternoon.

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And when I got home I grabbed a handful of Sahale Snacks Socorro Macadamia Nuts.

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For dinner I was craving breakfast food, so I whipped up a fluffly omlette using 1 egg and 3 whites, topped with some parmesan cheese. And I filled the plate with strawberries, sweet fresh figs, and a kiwi.

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And dessert was more fruity breakfast! A sliced banana topped with Kashi Honey Almond Flax cereal, dried cranberries, and the last of the chocolate almond breeze. I should go get some more of that stuff, it is very tasty.

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Birthdays all around… March 5, 2009

It was a slow day at work today, all the junior type people were waiting for further instructions on various projects from the senior type people, who were busy in meetings and on the phones trying to come up with things for us to do. So I amused myself by reading up on the various news articles about the city that have been published recently to celebrate that fact that tomorrow is Toronto’s 175th birthday! These pictures were particularly interesting.

Any way, I really like yesterday’s breakfast parfait, so I continued the trend this morning with a mixture of Kashi Honey Almond Flax cereal and Seven Whole Grain Puffs, topped with plain yogurt mixed with a bit of melted mascarpone brown sugar ice cream. A nice crunchy breakfast.

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Lunch time featured sandwich made of pizza crust flatbread, Big Bull Steak Sauce, red pepper, and two fried eggs.

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The tasty sandwich was accompanied by a sweet organic carrot. I also brought along some fruit, honeydew melon, red delicious apple, and ugli fruit (aka Jamaican tangelo).

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I’ve never had an ugli fruit before…it was good, but not spectacularly wonderful, given the price (1.29 for one) I probably won’t bother buying it again. It tasted like a less sweet, not particularly flavourful orange (but definitely not sour). It did get points for being very juicy.

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Home time finally came around, and after the commute I set to work preparing dinner. I stir fried some freezer veggies with a bit of teriyaki sauce  and tossed in a can of tuna for a tasty bowl of goodness. In the mix went Europe’s Best Romanesco Concerto mix, corn,  homegrown wax beans, fresh sqeezed lemon juice, Kikkoman low sodium teriyaki sauce, and albacore tuna.   The freezer is starting to look pleasantly roomy too, which is good news because there’s something I’ve been wanting to buy that requires some ice cold real estate.

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I topped off the day’s eats with a decadent dessert of dates stuffed with raw almond butter.

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Now I must go call my family to wish my dad happy birthday!

 

Dessert for breakfast February 28, 2009

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It’s really sunny out, but quite cold this morning.  But I went out shopping anyway, because that’s how it’s supposed to be all weekend.  Before heading out, I made some amazing oats for breakfast using an ingredient I’ve been wanting to try out ever since I found it a few weeks ago, but felt it warrants a special occasion.  Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Breeze.  I buy the Vanilla version all the time, but stores around here don’t seem to carry the unsweetened chocolate variety.  So when I saw it at an out of the way bulk food store, I of course had to buy a box.

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My lovely bowl of oats includes 1/3 cup oatmeal cooked in 3/4 cups Unsweetened Chocolate Almond Breeze, a small banana, and a sprinkling of chocolate chips and chopped dried cherries.  A decadent dessert for breakfast.  And it was perfect fuel for a morning in -16 degree wind chill shopping.

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Interested in what I bought?  Well I’ll show you anyway.

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That haul cost about $31.  The freshly spritzed swiss chard may have soaked a corner of the egg carton on the way home.  I’m excited the try the oat bran since so many people are loving it.   And the artichokes are exciting too since I’ve never made them before myself.   I also got something that is not at all ugli, it’s just uniq.

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Then, for lunch I sauteed some collard greens with red pepper, herbs, and white wine, fried an egg, and plated every thing up with something tasty that gets its own post.

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