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Daily Log–Saturday, April 24, 2010

April 24, 2010

Breakfast: Clif energy bar.

Snacks: Sample of spicy peanut brittle in the morning at the Farmers’ Market (not much there–it starts for real next weekend, and I can’t wait), sample of cracker and some type of spread in the afternoon while I was grocery shopping.

Lunch: Leftover shakshuka with some croissant-type bread, red pepper hummus with whole wheat tortilla chips.

Dinner: Satisfied another craving and had Chinese delivered–Hunan beef, fried rice, and an egg roll.  Also had a Mike’s margarita.

Dessert: Two Dove caramel chocolates and milk.


I can’t even sum up the will to put this in all caps.

December 20, 2008

So, that roommate trouble I was having? I thought it was all okay, but apparently she was really just bottling it up until she exploded at me a few hours ago. The smell of my cooking, especially the garlic, onions, and spices, is making her sick, she says. She can always smell it, it’s on her clothes, it’s making her have to use her inhaler more than ever before (which seems suspect to me, but whatever), etc. She even brought up one of us moving out, although she doesn’t think she should have to, because she was here first. (I think that I shouldn’t have to move out either, but I digress.) But if we both stay, she doesn’t think it’s “fair” that she should have to feel sick all the time, and that I need to stop cooking ethnic food and stick to, in her words, “mainstream” food. (I won’t EVEN get into the fact that when I mentioned that none of my friends could smell anything, she threw back that maybe we were used to it, being engineers and around Indian and Asian people every day. Nothing racist and prejudiced about that, NOT AT ALL NO SIR OMG.) I’d like to just laugh, shake my head at her, and continue cooking the way I have been, but I’d really rather not be, like, killed in my sleep or something.

So. Does anyone have any suggestions or recipes for me that don’t include onions, garlic, or pretty much any spice?

Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

November 24, 2008

So!  Yes!  Still here!  Sorry about that.  Grad school started kicking my ass big time.  I’m thankfully in a little (itty-bitty) slowdown right before Thanksgiving break, so I thought I better suck it up and update while I had the chance.  And in convenient bullet form!

  • Kale is quite tasty sautéed in olive oil and mixed with other things in pasta.  (And cheap, too!  Must work it in more often.)
  • Roasted sweet potatoes (and/or yams, because no one seems to know the difference) with curry powder are yummy as well—thanks for the idea, DR.  They are, however, a bitch to peel at times.  Can you roast them with the skin on as well, or should I just suck it up and keep peeling them?
  • Speaking of sucking it up, my college has a nutritionist that you can visit for free, so on the advice and urging of a friend, I’ve gone a couple times.  And…eh.  I don’t know—I feel like she’s just telling me things I already know.  I apparently pretty much know what I should be doing to eat healthy, but the planning always trips me up.  It also doesn’t help that the fact that I’m trying to not eat so much processed food a lot of times runs smack into the “OMG I have no time and a frozen meal would be SO much quicker than this” reality.  So far I’ve succeeded in not eating any frozen meals since this school year started, but that also means that I’ve resorted to pasta for dinner and sandwiches and soup (Yes, it’s prepackaged, but!  Hopefully not too horrible.) for lunch a lot.
  • She also thinks that my engineering background keeps me from just jumping into things—if I don’t have a plan of exactly how everything is supposed to go, I have a hard time starting.  Which…yes, most likely, but good luck breaking me of that.  She did, however, give me some pamphlets of info, and a cookbook for eating healthy in college, which I’ve glanced at some but not much, what with grad school kicking my ass and everything.
  • I impulsively bought a cookbook/book/whatever called “660 Curries,” because college has shown me I love ethnic food, and it was on for REALLY cheap, and I couldn’t resist.  Maybe now I can do more than make a weak Thai curry from store-bought curry paste and canned coconut milk.  (I really shouldn’t rag on that curry, though.  It’s quite tasty.)
  • In spite of ALL this, my scale this morning said I have reached 202.5 (gotta love those extra-precise digital scales) pounds.  Just a LITTLE more, and I’ll be back under 200 pounds for the first time since…I don’t know, actually, because I never really weighed myself that much at home, and then one day I was at my college’s gym and stepped on the scale and was like, “Oh!  Hello there, large number.”  But it would be SO nice to get under that marker.

Of course, Thanksgiving probably won’t help that, but oh well.

Speaking of Thanksgiving!  I’m going to be heading home for the holiday, and I don’t want the two heads of broccoli I have in the fridge to go bad while I’m away.  My aunt said I should blanch it and then freeze it, and then I can use it when I get back.  Does this sound like a good idea?  Does anyone else have any suggestions?


October 23, 2008

I impulsively bought a few sweet potatoes last week, even though I’ve never really eaten them before (“They’re supposed to be better for you than regular potatoes!  I should grab some!”).  So, of course, they’ve been languishing in the pantry ever since.  I’ve decided that I should use them before they go bad, but in my quick Google-ing for sweet potato recipies, I’ve mostly come across holiday recipies, or recipies involving copious amounts of sugar and/or marshmallows.  No thanks.

So, does anyone have any good ideas for me?  Should I just bake them or mash them?  Anything good to top them with/add in?  (And remember, this is just for me, so it’s not like I’m going to be using pounds of potatoes, so no huge recipies, please.)


October 5, 2008

I’ve been trying to make more of my own food lately, in an attempt to be healthier.  And one of the things I love to cook with is garlic–I’ll put it in just about anything–pasta, fajitas, beans and rice, you name it.

My roommate, on the other hand, apparently despises garlic.  She and people around her can smell it on her clothes, she says, and the smell is making her nauseous and unable to breathe.  Of course, it can’t be because of anything but the garlic, so I have to cut back, which is going to completely fuck up how I cook, because I can’t really imagine some things–like pasta (pasta!) or fajitas without garlic.

*deep breaths*

So, does anyone have any suggestions about what I could cook without garlic?  Or is there some way I could make the smell less potent?  Would using the pre-cutup garlic in the jars from the store possibly work?

God, I am inordinately angry about this.