Plentiful Plants

Daily eats of a Torontonian student

Sweet Strawberries May 11, 2009

So today was an extra long day at work. But only by 45 minutes. And I’m perfectly okay with it because it means next weekend will be EXTRA EXTRA long 🙂 12:30 Friday to Tuesday morning, go May 2-4 a week early this year (I just realized it this morning, hence the excitment)!

Breakfast this morning I was happy to have a green monster featuring a banana, apple, spinach, and chia seeds. Yummy, and it didn’t even look any darker despite the addition of black chia seeds instead of white.

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For lunch I brought a zucchini, celery, and carrot all chopped up and waiting to be dipped in a tasty, but slightly odd sweet salsa/relish thing made by my roomie’s grandma.

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And of course some fruit, tomato, strawberries, and frozen pineapple and grapes. I wasn’t going to buy strawberries until local ones came since the last ones I bought were quite diappointing, but when I walked by the display the over whelming berry aroma broke my resolve. And I’m glad it did because these one’s are so sweet and delicious!

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For an afternoon snack I had a  nice and crunchy Starbucks yogurt and garnola parfait (a barista roomie perk).  The slices of strawberry in the yogurt were MASSIVE! I loved it!

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For dinner I made a delish stirfry of tofu, snow peas, portabello, wild leeks, rice, thyme, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.

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And finally, for dessert, I savoured the last little slice of delicious chocolate cake. Thanks again Ricky!

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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? 😉

 

Are you going to Scarborough Fair Bluffs? April 12, 2009

Today was a fun adventure to Scarborough Bluffs (33+ km > 3/4 marathon!). I’ve heard of them before, but never seen them, and going there has been on my todo list for a while.

But first breakfast, Peanut Toffee oats again. I cooked oat bran in unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, then topped it with peanut butter and toffee sprinkles. As delicious as ever.

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I passed by these.  They don’t seem to have been adversely affected by the snow and cold since last weekend

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I timed the affair so I would get to Bluffer’s Park around lunch time.

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I brought along some highly portable sustenance, a Raw Revolution Spirulina and Cashew bar, and a couple small bottle of water. The bar was delicous, but it a bit oily on the fingers. I especially liked the whole almonds and cashews hiding in it.

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Then I had fun taking some pictures.

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This little guy didn’t seem to mind that I was kneeling a couple feet away from him.

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He was much more interested in eating his grassy lunch.

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It’s not exactly yachting season yet…

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But there were a few people around.

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One of the nicer views of downtown TO on the way home from the Prince Edward Viaduct.

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By the time I got home I was starving for some early dinner, and luckily my roomie was just finishing a huge pot of stuff, and offered to share (aka he made way too much and wanted help eating it up). I know there’s rice, lentils, parsnips, broccoli, mushrooms, onions, and soy sauce involved.

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I also snacked on a plateful of snow peas, celery, and carrot along with a dollop of hummus.

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Later in the evening I was hungry again for a snack, and realized I might have gotten a bit of a sunburn on my face from being outside for >7 hours (oops), so I went in search of a source of antioxidants, figuring they could only help.

My eyes landed upon a box of acai berry juice that’s being hanging out in the pantry for a while. This was the first time I tried this, and the juice was really good, but I was a bit put off by the layer of brown/green fat on top of it (that’s supposed to be there, right?). I’m not sick now so I suppose it is. And if the antioxidants are fat-soluble, then they are now on my lips, which I can only suppose will help with the burn.

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I enjoyed the juice along with a piece of microwaved sweet potato with nutmeg, and a slice of Balderson 2 year old cheddar cheese.

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And now I’m ready for bed, good night!

 

Happy warm and sunny Friday! March 6, 2009

The weather’s gone topsy turvy this week.  Monday it was -15 (-26 windchill), today it’s +18!   Too bad it’s not going to be so warm all weekend…and it’s going to rain…

This morning I grabbed a quick to-go breakfast of an Elevate Me! Matcha Green Tea and Cranberries Bar. This is probably my least favourite of these bars simply because I’m not a huge fan of matcha powder. But of course I still had to buy and try it, because it would have been just silly not to buy one of each flavour when they were so cheap, right?

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The lunch I packed the night before included left over stirfry (romanesco concerto veggies, corn, wax beans, tuna, teriyaki sauce) as well as the last piece of pizza crust flatbread.

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And for snacks I had an juicy Fuji apple, crunchy carrot, cucumber slices, and sweet red pepper strips.

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When I got home I grabbed a snack of  Kashi Seven Whole Grains and Almonds bar, ditched my long sleeve shirt for a tee,  and went out to enjoy the warm weather on a walk to the grocery store with the roomie (I kept the winter coat, unzipped, I’m not that crazy).

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I love that there is a large grocery store (Loblaw’s) that manages to have an abundance of reasonably priced organic produce.  The bananas, sweet potatoes, and onions were all the same price (or cheaper, for the potatoes) as the not-on-sale conventional items.

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I spent 4 cents shy of $20 on that lot.  The only non-organic item was the canned tomatoes, I chose to save a dollar, and some salt (mainly the salt).

When we got home I reheated the last of the tuna stirfry (it’s gone, I swear!), and later had a some of the Carribean Rice and Pigeon Peas that the roomie was cooking up.  It was really good, there was coconut milk involved.

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And now I’m going to relax.  I tried to do my taxes, and I mostly did them, but my school’s student services website is closed until the morning, so I can’t get my tuition amounts.  What website has opening hours anyway?  Oh well, I wasn’t going to file tonight anyway because I want to change my address first so my parents don’t need to continue to deliver my government mail to me, but I can’t do that until CRA mails me (aka the parents) a password to let me sign on online  to make the change  some time next week, I hope.  Why do governments have to make things so complicated?