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Why I Love Salad: An Essay in Four Points

1. Crunchy! I love crunchy foods. I crave crunchy foods. Crunch crunch crunch.

2. I like variety. I have a short attention span, even when it comes to food. The love of variety is why I'm so fond of buffets and pay-by-weight and tapas. And salads (good salads) have lots of stuff in them.

3. I know it's odd, but I think I like food better when it's presented in small pieces. Especially vegetables. I like them chopped up into little pieces! There are quite a few vegetables that I always thought I didn't like - it turns out I mostly didn't like them when they were just a large vegetable on a plate. This is why stirfries are awesome.

4. Salad dressings. Dips and dressings make life worth living.

It's a fact

Aug. 5th, 2009 10:31 am
listersgirl: (muffins)
A granola bar does not fill the mid-morning hunger pangs nearly as well as yogurt. Come back to me, yogurt! I promise to be more organized tomorrow and actually put you in a container, if you promise to help me last until lunch without scaring my co-workers with the empty belly noises.
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I had salad for both lunch and dinner. I was berating myself for being unimaginative, when I realized that there wasn't even one ingredient in common between the two salads. Take that, unimaginativeness!

Lunch: romaine, mushrooms, lentils, egg, purple cabbage, green olives, cucumber, avocado, feta, red wine vinaigrette

Dinner: spinach, yellow pepper, grape tomato, carrot, chickpeas, walnuts, goat cheese, capers, ranch dressing
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I am so failing at cooking for myself this week! (Starting from about...Friday? Or maybe even all last week, too, heh.) I am buying lunch and dinner left right and centre. Or some other meaningless combination of words. It's all very tasty, of course, but the longer I go without making food at home the harder it is to get back into that habit. And it's not likely to be broken tonight, since I have dance class and then I have to go to the library to pick up some books, which gets me home just in time for SYTYCD pretty late, and very hungry.

Maybe tomorrow I will remember to go to the farmer's market across the street, and will be inspired by the food? Maybe.
listersgirl: (dodgeball)
My roasted veggies and tofu were very disappointing tonight. :( The tofu (a different brand than normal) tasted sour, the carrots didn't fully cook, the cauliflower got mushy, and I still can't cook with eggplant. Lame. Also, I have piles left because this was going to be lunches for the next couple of days. I'll have to pick out the good stuff and supplement.

On the plus side, I have almost filed my taxes. My return is complete, but I can't netfile because my address is wrong, and I had to create an account to change it, and they're mailing my account verification etc etc etc. Still, almost done! Whew.
listersgirl: (braiiiiiins)
I'm trying to expand my food-making palate, while also being better at using everything I buy (I'm definitely guilty of letting bits of vegetables go bad in the crisper, because I can't think of anything to do with them). There was couscous leftover after Friday's awesome dinner of roasted veggies and tofu on couscous, and chickpeas from earlier spinich salads, so I decided to randomly throw stuff together to make a couscous salad:

-couscous
-walnuts
-dried cranberries
-red pepper
-cucumber
-goat cheese
-chickpeas
-lemon juice

It was tasty! A little bland, because my abilities at randomly flavouring aren't the best, but it was a nice combination of stuff. Fabulous. I had it for lunch today with some tempeh and grape tomatoes.
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Good morning! I am craving pizza LIKE MAD.

Yes, I realize that it's only 8:45 in the morning (...or at least was only 8:45 in the morning when I wrote this), and no, I'm not craving leftover cold pizza for breakfast. I want hot fresh pizza with mushrooms and olives and lots of cheese. And maybe a glass of wine.

In my defense I've been up for 3 hours already, so it's not quite as ridiculous as it could be, but still. If this keeps up I may have to do something about it tonight.

***

So, here it is, the end of summer, and it's 14 degrees outside. Wait, what? Not that I'm complaining, because I love autumn, but now that I finally have a balcony I would have liked a few more evenings of being thankful that I had it and could cool down. :D I really, honestly, believed that I was going to spend vast numbers of summer evenings on the balcony reading...in French. Yes, that's right, I thought I was going to practice my French all summer. Ha! I mean, I did spend many evenings on the balcony reading, but mostly I was re-reading all my romance novels. Not quite the same thing.

ps. now it's 11:30 and I'm still craving pizza.
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I just cooked my first real (non-salad, non-sandwich) meal in the new apartment! It was kind of disastrous!

It's entertaining cooking in a new kitchen - I'm still not totally sure where we put some things, so there was a bit of a shuffle to find the measuring cups. Also, the spices still don't have a place to live, so they were a bit awkward to find. And then, there were bugs in my basmati rice! I somehow completely read the recipe wrong (even though I've made it dozens of times before), so it was a little overly cumin-y. Finally, the (brown) rice totally didn't cook -- "min" on this stove is basically completely lacking in heat. A good thing to know.

So, yes, dinner was not entirely tasty. And I was so looking forward to it! Oh well.
listersgirl: (braiiiiiins)
1. I love that we have the green bin for food composting, but I have to remember to take the organics out at night, because the bin is full of bees during the day. Aieeeee! Bees freak me out entirely.

2. Lettuce sure doesn't last long without getting sad and soggy during the summer, does it? Neither does cucumber, really. It's sad, because salads are very awesome in this heat, but seriously - I can't go through a head of lettuce by myself in two days! I may have to start cooking things that require the stove, now that it's cleared, instead of relying entirely on things from the so-called crisper.

3. Sugar and I are in a bad place right now. I can't stop eating sweet things! It's really over the top. I'm trying to figure out the best way to deal with it, but all I can think about is pie and candy and brownies and bread with honey.

4. Since I wrote that last night I have decided to go on a sugar fast for a few weeks or until I can't take it anymore, whichever comes first. Naturally, today all I can think about is ice cream.

5. Before [livejournal.com profile] sarcasma left, we took a little trip around the south end of the neighbourhood, dropping stuff off at Goodwill, picking things up at Home Depot, and availing ourselves of all the Indian food along the way. This time, we went to Siddhartha Pure Vegetarian (which appears to not be related to Siddhartha across the street). It was the best Indian buffet I've ever eaten (and I've eaten a lot). Every single dish was awesome, the rice was fluffy, the naan was fresh. Not to mention how much variety there was for me, since it's purely vegetarian. I don't know how much I'll be able to convince people to give up their butter chicken and join me, but I'm definitely going back.
listersgirl: (tea)
You guys, I just packed my tea.

IT TOOK UP AN ENTIRE BOX. And that's with squishing and squeezing.

I took a photo of the ridiculousness, but of course I've already packed the camera cable. :D
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My library system doesn't appear to have any single, borrowable, book copies of Persuasion. CDs? Videos? Complete works? Illustrated complete works? Reference copies? Large print? No problem! But just a book, of the one work, that I can carry around with me? Unless I am blind. Which I now have to go double check.

I had my last Mitzvah technique class tonight. I totally enjoyed it, but I don't really have any interest in going on. I think what I need right now is not more classes, but more days where I come home, stopping by the grocery store, and cook a proper dinner. Maybe I can consider it my making time to cook class. Complete with the glass of wine bribe.

Meanwhile, I'm down to almost nothing on the to-be-read shelf (if you ignore those books I bought last weekend, but those are totally for travelling. totally), and I ran through all my holds at the library, so I went on a book-holding spree on the weekend. But I still have more room! So recommend me a book...

[Poll #1145018]
listersgirl: (cowardice and sandwiches)
Why is it that whenever I bring lunch, I don't particularly want to eat it when the time comes? Even if it was awesome tasty the night before?

Sigh.
listersgirl: (muffins)
I was reading a TWoP Pushing Daisies recap, and the recapper mentioned cupcakes, and now I have decided that the answer to all my problems is cupcakes, lots and lots of cupcakes. Never mind that one of my problems is that I'm too fat for all my pants, the answer is still cupcakes. CLEARLY.

I'm going to have to buy some cupcakes this weekend. Maybe lemon. Mmmmmmm.
listersgirl: (cake)
I think I have too much tea. I know, not possible, right? Except that today, as I was trying to decide what kind of tea to have, I discovered a cardboard box FULL of tea, at least 5 different kinds, none of which I recognized and none of which are in my tea spreadsheet.* So either there's a magic tea portal on top of the fridge behind the microwave, or I have more tea than I know what to do with.

Okay, audience participation time! Two books that I love to pieces are Bellwether by Connie Willis, and Pattern Recognition by William Gibson (which I'm currently re-reading as my subway book, because all my library books are too heavy to carry around. There's something about the trend tracking and "cool" as a concept and how trends get started that absolutely fascinates me. So I'm looking for more (fiction) books that have something to do with these ideas. I know many of you (chickliterati in particular) have read one or both of these books -- any others spring to mind?

On a completely different subject, I think my love for How I Met Your Mother has been well documented here, particularly my love for Barney and Neil Patrick Harris. But a funny thing happens when you mainline an entire season 3 times in a row: you start to notice things. And here's the thing I noticed, the thing I'm totally unimpressed by: the show is way too fond of fat=ugly comments. And it's not even just one character making them. It's not like there are entire episodes built around this idea, but enough throw-away remarks that it's noticeable, especially when you watch so many episodes at once. BOO WRITERS. No gold star for you.

*Yes, you heard me right, I have a tea spreadsheet. So I can keep track of which kinds I like, and which ones I don't want to buy again. See above re: too much tea.
listersgirl: (autumn)
I am craving pancakes like a mad crave-y thing! Where in Toronto has really excellent pancakes?

* * *

So, what will you all be up to this weekend? Assuming this is your weekend. It used to drive me crazy when people assumed I had Saturday and Sunday off (especially when they assumed that as we were closing the CD store at 9 on Friday and I wasn't off until Tuesday), and now here I'm doing it. ANYWAY. It's a gorgeous fall weekend, and I hope everyone has exciting plans. Me, I think I'm hunting down pancakes.
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So I have this barley...

Basically, when I made the soup a while back, I (as one of the stupid things I did while making that soup) forgot that I was only making a half recipe, and cooked the full amount of barley. So now I have some cooked barley left over that I don't know what to do with.

Anybody have any barley thoughts? That aren't soup, preferably, because I'm still making my way through the last batch of soup.

(I just remembered that I did the exact same thing last time I made the soup, and I had the same leftover container of barley that I had no idea what to do with. I should write something in the book so I don't do it YET AGAIN.)
listersgirl: (meh)
I stayed up way too late last night making soup - soup that, as [livejournal.com profile] sarcasma says, I'm probably not even going to want to eat because apparently summer is making a return appearance this week. But without soup, I had nothing to bring for lunch today, and I just wanted to do one thing right this week. Of course, in the end I fucked the soup up anyway*.

It was at the point where I was really happy to come to work this morning, because at work, I'm terribly competent. Not so much at life.

*It worked out in the end, but it took me twice as long as it should have. Sometimes I really hate cooking.
listersgirl: (break's over)
I completely failed to make soup last night, which had been the plan. In fact, I failed to do anything whatsoever of usefulness. I'd like to blame it on lethargy after donating blood, but it was probably just laziness. I did manage to bring lunch again today (that's both days this week, so far!), but it was supposed to be dinner (with lunch being soup), so now I have nothing for dinner, unless I can manage to wait until I've made soup. Haha! Sure.

Had another semi-unpleasant but not terrible blood-donating experience. This time I got terribly nauseated after the needle came out, and ended up surrounded by nurses fanning me and giving me cold cloths. I am such a princess. I felt fine after a few minutes, though, and feel fine today, with none of the lingering dizziness and arm soreness of last time. My blood was faster, too.

And I had my first French class this morning! After almost no notice about when it was going to be -- they called yesterday afternoon to say that the class was starting this morning at 8. Which was not one of the "preferred" times I chose on my form. So much for my hopes to switch to a later shift. Anyway, the class was okay - the teacher seems a little undecided about what she's going to do, but that might have been because she was trying to assess where we all were, level-wise. It's a pretty typical mix -- a couple of people who are pretty good with the speaking but sound just like they're talking English, one who reads and comprehends fluently, but can't speak at all, one who is already struggling, and me (I'm the one who generally sounds lovely when reading, does all the exercises easily, but can't get any kind of complete sentences out of her mouth). This time I'm determined to retain what I learn. Determined!

And now, lunch is over so it's back to work for me. I swear, the CDs are multiplying behind my back.
listersgirl: (stole a car)
I am feeling old these days. Old and boring.

HOWEVER.

...damn, I was really hoping I'd come up with something exciting to put there.

***

I've been waking up at 4:30 every morning. I suppose, if one has to wake up in the middle of the night, it's not a terrible time to wake up -- after all, I can still go back to sleep for a while. Better than waking up at 5:30, that's for sure, because waking up at 5:30 means getting depressed over how soon the alarm is going on, working myself into a panic trying to get those last few minutes of sleep, finally falling asleep at 5 minutes to 6, and then being rudely woken up with the alarm 5 minutes later. That's no fun at all.

I do find it odd that I'm so regularly waking at 4:30, though. Maybe I've been programmed! Maybe I'm really a sleeper spy. I should work on my fighting skills, in that case. And my wig collection.

***

Today I came home from the library with a huge bag full of holds (I have to counteract the dwindling to-be-read shelf, after all) and sat and read the first chapter of each, something I haven't done in years. It was always my way of picking which book to read first -- the one where I didn't notice that I'd moved on to the next chapter. And now I know for sure that I have a passel of delightful books waiting for me.

***

Speaking of things to read (...sort of), where is the EW Fall TV Preview? I am anxiously awaiting it, here! Never mind that I don't have cable, I still want to read about what I'm not going to be watching. I heard that the Designer Guys have a new show this fall! I kind of love them. I miss extended cable time-waster shows -- I want to take a vacation that involves me staying in Toronto (so I don't feel guilty about not exploring wherever I am) but being somewhere with all the cable so I can lie around all day, watching home decorating shows, and makeover shows, and cooking shows.

And now we all understand why exactly I got rid of the cable.

***

I made two actual meals for myself this week, and have been living off the leftovers. One, curried chickpeas and tofu, is something I used to make all the time. I don't know why I stopped -- other than chopping onions it's pretty effortless. The other was an attempt to use the chipotle that's been opened. It was a vaguely Caribbean wrap of some sort, involving black bean chipotle hummous, and red peppers and cabbage. It was ok, I guess. The hummous was good, although I couldn't taste the chipotle and my wee food processor wasn't entirely up to the taste of chopping everything up, so it's not super blended. And now I have tortilla shells left, so I am going to think of something else to make with them. Also the rest of the red cabbage. And I'm going to think of it quickly, so that I'm not buying groceries on Sunday. Seriously, never again. That's 3 weeks in a row I've gone to the store on Sunday, only to find them out of the most ridiculous things: this week, it was garlic, cabbage, chick peas, tofu, and my soy milk. CRAZY.
listersgirl: (claude)
Hello livejournal!

Today after work I got all the way to the subway platform before realizing that I'd left my keys on my desk (this, after getting all the way to the subway entrance yesterday morning before realizing that I'd left my August metropass on the kitchen table). So I went back to work. And my keys weren't on my desk. Because they were in my bag after all. *is very, very pretty*

Two Things Completely Unrelated to the One Above

1) It is officially too hot for cheese. I thought it was too hot for cheese last week, when the time between taking it out of the fridge and eating it was enough to make it go all weepy and *ew*. But today I took the cheese out of the fridge and could feel it melting in my hand. I don't think so.

2) I am reading Special Topics in Calamity Physics. I have been reading Special Topics in Calamity Physics for eons now. I have taken it out of the library, renewed it, renewed it again, returned it to the library, waited for it to be my turn, taken it out of the library, renewed it, re...I think you get the picture. This last time I got clever and left my bookmark in when I returned it to the library, although I immediately realized that with 99 branches there was bound to be more than one copy, reducing my chances of getting the same copy to 1 in a frog's life. However! When I picked my hold up yesterday, it fell open...to my bookmark.

A Multiple-Choice Quiz

Two people are off sick (or "sick") on the same day. The initial reaction of every person who is told this news is to make a joke about how they are having an affair. This means:

a) They are having an affair.
b) They are the two last people you could ever imagine having an affair.
d) Everyone at work is obsessed with sex and really needs to get laid.
e) Oh my god grow up.

Things What Are Wonderful

-Spooks
-Blueberries
-Not feeling like I should be doing anything other than what I'm doing right at this minute
-Getting a fantastically entertaining word in Scrabble, even if it isn't worth that many points
-The upcoming long weekend
-Really good books
-Sabra on So You Think You Can Dance
-Sabra's hair on So You Think You Can Dance

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