Hey hey-yo! How are you? How was your Wednesday? I can’t believe that one week from tomorrow is Thanksgiving! I usually try to wake up early enough to catch some of the parade, then my mom and I make our famous sticky buns. Do you have traditions you keep up every year?
I seem to have unleashed the oatmeal beast within me yesterday, because that was just what I wanted this morning.
In the bowl:
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- frozen berries
- frozen pineapple
- flaxy peanut butter
The rest of the morning was spent preparing for an interview. I went into the city an hour and a half early so, subway problems or not, there’d be no chance of being late. I had so much spare time that I went into a deli to go over my notes and read some Canadian snail mail. To secure a seat, I bought some fruit salad.
The interview went well, I think; I was given an assignment to complete for Friday, so I went straight home to get started. I needed some brain fuel, so I made a quick salad:
Our house guest came into the kitchen while I was assembling it, took one look at the bowl, and said, “Are you really going to eat all of that salad?! You must have a really fast metabolism!” It was a salad of great girth, I’ll give him that. But of course I ate every scrap 😉
In the mix:
- grape tomatoes
- 1 grapefruit
- 1/2 avocado
- leftover salmon
- dressing made with rice vinegar, sesame oil, sesame seeds & chili flakes
The Lindt store on 5th was handing out holiday truffles on the street today, so I snatched one up and had it for dessert.
My body must have needed sleep because I nodded right off after lunch! Today is the fourth consecutive day I’ve gotten up significantly earlier than I’m used to, and the rest of the week will be no different. Hopefully in the next few weeks there will be more early mornings and regular hours, if you catch my drift! When I woke up, I made some coffee and snacked on these Jalepeño Honey Mustard Pretzel Sticks from Kay’s Naturals.
The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent working. When it was getting close to dinner time, I simmered and marinated some tempeh using the recipe for Hot Sauce-Glazed Tempeh from Veganomicon.
After about an hour, I plopped the tempeh onto the George Foreman, the apartment-dweller’s best friend. Aren’t grill marks satisfying?
I proceded to make one of the best sandwiches on earth: The LVP Reuben.
A reuben sandwich is traditionally made with corned beef, Swiss cheese, saurkraut, and creamy salad dressing. I don’t remember eating one even when I did eat meat, but my version is much more appealing to me. It’s based on one of my all-time favorite sandwiches: grilled cheddar with Granny Smith apple slices on Peppridge Farm Cinnamon Raisin Swirl bread. Tonight, I went a step further…
Grilled cheddar with Hot Sauce-Glazed Tempeh, Gala apple slices and baby spinach on Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel bread. My tum is grumbling at the memory. I also had a bowl of Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Leek Soup, garnished with cinnamon, nutmeg, shredded coconut and parsley.
Dinner for 1, at home, does not have to be boring.
Luckily I had the foresight to plan my dessert early in the day; I had two bananas sitting in the freezer and waiting to be processed into Chocolate Banana Soft Serve. Three words: Move over, Stögo! I topped mine with roasted almonds and walnuts.
I can’t wait to play around with this! There are so many options based on what’s in the pantry alone.
After dinner I finished my reading, and just as I was about to e-mail my notes to myself (I type everything out on my Blackberry… it’s an odd habit), the memo deleted itself. I searched IT message boards, asked people I knew with Blackberries if there was any way to retrieve data that wasn’t backed up on a computer… nothing. Seven hours of work has been LOST. So… tomorrow will be another early morning. It’s not the end of the world.
Bonne nuit 🙂