Posts Tagged ‘cauliflower’

Sandra Bullock

Friday, October 28th, 2011

She’s so adorable, is she not? She was 27 when this cute shit was filmed in 1991, and I was 10 in 1991… so perhaps she’s too old to want to hang out with me – but I would totally chill with her all the live long day.

(I have Speed playing was I write this. Dude, my brother and I must have watched this movie once every other week when I was in high school. The only movie that was higher on the rotation list was, obviously, Tremors.)

I didn’t get to see Sandra today.

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Since I used up my steel cut oats on Tuesday, I decided to try something new. It was $3.19 for a one pound bag, making it more expensive than oats from the bulk bins at Whole Foods. However, it’s five grains are rolled whole wheat, rye, oats, barley, and triticale. And it has flaxseed. It sounded like something in there would probably be chewy, and I’m sure it’s 100% healthy.

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I cooked it up with water and some frozen cherries, for sweetness and because frozen cherries are proof that Costco loves me and wants me to be happy.

Sadly, it was pretty chew free. It was texturally interesting, though, so I’ll definitely finish the bag.

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This is the only picture I took today in natural light. I walked the girls before I left for school (like I do every day), and this tree with the sun rising behind it was just too gorgeous. Sadly, it was 22 degrees, so I think the rest of the world missed this.

Then – lecture (teaching, not taking), meetings, lunch (Malt ‘O Meal with peanut butter – I decided no one wants to see more hot cereal), gym….

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I got home midafternoon and tackled my pile of homework. I need to get ahead of the game on homework because I have this paper that was submitted to a conference that isn’t done, and if our abstract is accepted then they’ll expect us to actually have the paper. And right now I’m the hold up. Sigh.

Crockett went to hang out with his niblings (children of his sibling), so when dinner rolled around I knew exactly what to cook.

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Romanesco broccoli. (It’s actually cauliflower). If you haven’t seen it before (like Crockett), it can be a little scary.

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He thinks it looks like someone was messing around with genetics, but it’s been available in Italy since at least the 16th century.  It’s just one of those things. I actually bought it two weeks ago, and I kept thinking I would do something special with it since it’s so wacky looking, but that special idea never came. I just plain roasted it.

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I saved Crockett a piece, though. So he wouldn’t feel left out.

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I am in the process of eating half the cauliflower (the other half is in the fridge) with some butternut squash soup from a box that I added some yellow curry powder to, and some crackers and goat cheese.

Yum.

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

I’ve started watching Weeds again from the beginning.

I have very strict requirements for the television that I play while I do homework. It needs to be something I’ve seen before or something I don’t particularly care about, and there needs to be a lot of it. Several seasons, minimum. When you have 10 hour homework streaks, you can go through a lot of tv.

Don’t judge me. I tried listening to music, but I like tv. I like it when people are talking.

Anyway.

After my post Sunday, I went to the gym for a medium long run. When I got home, I was STARVING.

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Crockett was starving too, so I made an early dinner of soba noodles, frozen chinese vegetables, frozen white fish (of some kind that I don’t remember – pescole? is that a thing?), coconut milk, and lemon grass. We were slurping 15 minutes after I started cooking, which was pretty much the only requirement, but it was surprisingly tasty.

And then I had another terrible day at school.

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I made myself feel better with the comforting remains of the cauliflower and cheese.

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She’s just watching it for me, to make sure nothing happens to it – she swears.

We went to Lucky Pie for dinner (for the $15 pizza and pitcher deal), but I forgot my camera.

What I didn’t forget was froyo.

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The don’t have a pumpkin pie flavor, which I’ve heard some places do. They did have caramel apple. I made this dish for me and Crockett.

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It was one quarter plain yogurt, one quarter caramel apple yogurt, one quarter coconut yogurt, and one quarter chocolate yogurt. It was topped with, respectively, chocolate chip cookie dough, nothing, flaked coconut and almonds, and chocolate sprinkles. And then there was some Captain Crunch on top of everything, at Crockett’s request.

I love build your own froyo.

roasting peppers and taking names

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

I taught my first full lecture alone today.

It was not as good as I’d hoped but perhaps as good as I had any right to expect.

I hope that the hour I last night spent making a dinner that could best be described as slightly-better-than-mediocre wasn’t the dealbreaker, awesome lecture wise.

I was planning on giving you the recipe, because I was really proud of my invention. We had chicken chili rellenos, that were not fried and did not contain any simple carbohydrates.

Yeah.

I don’t know how I didn’t see ‘slightly-better-than-mediocre’ coming.

 

I roasted some local Anaheim chiles in the oven.

I mixed cooked chicken with some low fat cream cheese and also some low fat Mexican cheese blend. And also some cilantro.

I made guacamole. (I also burned myself with the oven while roasting the peppers.) I stuffed peppers. I made and whisked batter (eggs and milk and almond meal – actually quite promising. Oven pancakes, maybe?)

They looked good.

They tasted fine.

They were not worth the work.

Another possibility for why my lecture wasn’t perfect?

Today’s breakfast smoothie, that you see on the right, was disgusting.

I’m not lying.

Don’t believe me? Ok – the ingredients were cottage cheese, V8, hot sauce, and a cucumber.

Yeah.

When I got home from lecture, I got sucked into the school vortex and only came up to scrounge leftovers.

Buffalo tofu lettuce wraps, anyone?

I entertained myself while I ate by perusing J Crew and W magazines most recent attempts to make me wish I were rich.

And that Crockett was Justin Timberlake.

(What. JT is hot. It’s an undeniable fact. Anyway, Crockett isn’t worried. He knows I wouldn’t leave him for anyone less than Ryan Gosling.)

Tonight I put Crockett in charge of dinner. Holy hell did he come through. Helllllllo steak.

I roasted some local (I include the word ‘local’ so that you know it came in our produce delivery and I was forced to use it - usually I think cauliflower is too expensive for the return) cauliflower and made a cilantro almond pesto to dip it in, as an accompaniment.

Have to go. Must eat steak. Lecture? What lecture?