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WIAW #13–The Week of Holiday Meals.


So, this is a good week for me, food wise.

I had a class lunch on Monday, I have another one today, and a Christmas party on Friday night, Clearly, I am eating well this week.

So this makes for an awesome WIAW!

Thanks for hosting Jenn! Believe me, there’s going to be a lot of fabulous eats going on this week.

So today’s WIAW is from Monday – my class is small (only six people) so one of my prof’s treated us to an Indian food buffet. I’m a huge Indian food fan, but I hadn’t it in about…5-6 months maybe? So I was excited that this was the plan.



Recycled picture because I forgot to take one in my sleep-induced haze, but you get the idea! Oats with 1 egg + splash of egg whites and peanut butter. I’m starting to love the peanut butter and egg combination…it sounds so weird in my head but tastes so good.


Yup – I’m still going with the ACV cocktail daily! It does seem to make a bit of a difference with my stomach (and it certainly doesn’t hurt) so I’m going to stick with it for now. I’ve gotten used to it enough that now it just tastes like I’m drinking watered-down apple juice with breakfast. Considering that I used to drink apple juice every morning as a kid, I’m not complaining!


And of course, nothing but love for my Advent Calendar. Smile


In the morning I had my final TA class of the semester. Minus a bit more marking to do, I’m done! I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it (Brescia (where I did my undergrad) is a small school, so I didn’t have a lot of experience with TAs. The ones I had at main campus, I never really made use of) but I enjoyed it a lot! I’m looking forward to start back up with a new group of students next semester. Smile

Then it was off to Taal Fine Indian for lunch! I hadn’t been here before, but I had heard good things about it. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked in – it’s very much of an “off the beaten path” sort of location. But, the food left me pleasantly surprised!


Round one: A popadom, Mattar Pancer (peas and homemade cheese in a tomato and onion gravy), Chicken Vandaloo, Goat Curry, and Chili Chicken.

I’ve never tried goat before, and while it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t something I’d really go out of my way to eat again. Kinda tough/stringy. The chili chicken was fabulous though! It was more sweet than spicy…kinda like a Thai sweet chili sauce.


When the naan came out, I of course had to grab a piece. Naan is amazing!

Round 2:


Round 2: salad (hey, I got veggies in there somewhere), more chili chicken, and an onion bhaji. Seriously, I could have eaten that chili chicken all day.

I can’t go for a buffet and not have dessert:


The fruit is pretty self explanatory (I didn’t end up eating it, it was pretty flavourless) but I had absolutely no idea what the other things were. Fortunately because of Mr. Google, I think I’ve figured it out.

The one of the left: Gajar Ka Halwa – grated carrot, milk and water cooked with sugar, usually topped with almonds and pistachio. This was interesting – flavourwise, it reminded me of carrot cake. Not my favourite, but not bad.

The balls on the right: Gulab Jamun – a dough made from milk and flour, deep fried at a low temperature and put in a cardamom and rose water flavoured sugar syrup. Some versions use honey instead – I think this version did. Either way, thoroughly enjoyed.

It was a great lunch, and incredibly nice of my professor to treat us. I’ve already told Eric that we will definitely be going back to check out the dinner buffet one night!

I headed home to plug away at a paper for a couple hours before heading over to the gym. A handful of carrots for something to crunch on before I left:


Lesson that I learned Monday: if you’re going to eat Indian food for lunch, you should probably go to the gym beforehand. You know how if you eat garlic or something you can smell it in your sweat?

Same deal with curry. Sorry, fellow gym goers. Smile with tongue out


Lunch held me over pretty well, but I wanted something small to get me through the next 2 hours or so until dinner.


I couldn’t decide whether I wanted hummus or cream cheese on my rice cake, so I just split it. Best of both. Smile


And cheesestring. Love!

I made friends with my foam roller and How I Met Your Mother – I’ve had the last couple episodes stored up for a while, and I’m slowly catching up.


So excited to see Joe Manganiello on this episode! I have a minor obsession with the guy.

Really, can you blame me? Smile with tongue out


After eating a buffet lunch, I went with a simple dinner.


Chicken breast, baked sweet potato with butter and cinnamon, and green beans. Simply delicious.

With a Zevia on the side:


I went to Goodness Me! (the health food store in Brantford) last weekend and picked up a few things for me:


They had a sale on Zevia: 6 for $4.49. Expensive little things, but they’re so good! This was my first time trying the Black Cherry, and it definitely got my approval. I also grabbed two new Christmas-themed Stash teas – MerryMint and Christmas Eve. I’ve tried them both and they’re both tasty! The Christmas Eve has a sort of orange-y flavour to it…it’s interesting!


I’ve noticed flavoured Stevia extracts popping up everywhere, so I picked up a few of those as well – French Vanilla and Dark Chocolate. The french vanilla with either of the above two teas makes for an awesome combo.


The before bed snack:


Whipped cottage cheese and chocolate casein with a few drops of dark chocolate stevia, with Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter (I’m desperately trying to conserve it but I’m definitely getting low!) and Panda Puffs.  Makes me happy!

And to wrap up this post:

Jenny’s Blogger Christmas Challenge, Day 5.

Honestly, I’ve been thinking about this all day and I can’t come out with anything. My family has always taken more of a “lots of small gift” approaches when it comes to Christmas. It always meant that we woke up with loads of Christmas presents under the tree! There’s a few nice gifts that stand out to me, but I can’t pick the absolute best. I love and appreciate them all! (Am I dancing around this question? Absolutely).

Happy Wednesday!

<— Do you like Indian food? Have you ever tried making it? I can buy a jar of sauce, but I’ve never tried making it from scratch. I should try it sometime!

<— Minor celebrity obsessions? Norman Reedus is up there too (Walking Dead fan!)


25 thoughts on “WIAW #13–The Week of Holiday Meals.

  1. yummm i never had indian food but always talk about having to try it ! im that type who has to try something first b4 making it myself lol uhh joe manganiello so hot, i also am obsessed with the guys in the friday night lights cast..

  2. Indian Food!!! Yum, yum, YUM! I adore papadums, and my host mum used to make gajar ka halwa, mmm…. Indian sweets are sooo sweet, but pretty tasty. Take me back to India please?

  3. What an awesome WIAW!! I’ve had some homemade Indian food before that was really tasty, but I have yet to go to an Indian restaurant. It’s been on my must hit list for awhile now, though, so I’m definitely going to have to get a jump on it! And your purchases from that health store make me want to google one in my area and check it out! Chocolate and vanilla stevia?? Teas?? Goodness, I’d be in heaven 🙂 Ohhh, I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award in my post today 🙂 You are truly one of my favorite blogs to read each day ❤

  4. I have never had indian food before. I really want to try it. I can’t wait when I am home to go to this little health food store and stock up on sale items.

  5. I’m a horrible foodie – the only Indian food I’ve ever had is naan (which, yes, is absolutely amazing). I think it’s mostly because of all the spices and sauces, though. My stomach doesn’t handle that kind of stuff well, and Indian food seems to be just loaded with it; but that chili chicken sounds/looks sooooo good, and I seriously love the sound of those Gulab Jamun.

    • That’s fair, Indian food does tend to be loaded with spices. You might be able to handle Butter Chicken though, it’s pretty mild. Or anything Tandoori – there’s no sauce involved there. The Gulab Jamun were definitely odd (it’s weird to compare North American desserts to any other ethnic desserts – huge differences!) but very tasty!

  6. Chicken and green beans are my favorite foods. I eat them every night for dinner usually. Well, lately I’ve been avoiding chicken but I still consider it a diet staple for me. Also, I agree with you on your Christmas challenge answer. I’m at the point in life where I don’t really need anything, and if I do, I go buy it myself. Christmas has finally reached that point for me where it’s about more than what I’m getting. And that’s really nice!

  7. Indian food intimidates me, but can I just say, I freakinglove Panda Puffs! haha… I’m glad to see I’m not the only one with the stomach of a small child when it comes to cereal. 😛

  8. I looove Indian food. So jealous you got to have it for lunch. I always forget about it when picking a restaurant to go to! I need to make a date with my foam roller tonight too – haven’t used it in a while. Thanks for reminding me 🙂

  9. I nominated you for a Liebster award! 🙂

  10. I recently bought stevia as well – is it just me or does it have a slightly noticeable aftertaste, especially if you put it in coffee or tea? What do you think? Am I putting in too much lol? (I bought the same brand, but in the original)

  11. Wait, I knew you went to Western, but I didn’t know you specifically went to Brescia! That’s so awesome. You should come back to visit next semester and we can go out for sushi together. 😉

    I’ve actually never had Indian food before (I tended to avoid all Asian cuisines growing up because of my nut allergies) but I’d love to try it if it’s safe for my allergies!

    My celebrity obsession is Ryan Gosling! 😀

    • I did! And will do! I’m actually looking at coming back for the Food and Wine Show at Western Fair on the weekend on Jan. 11 – I will twitter you updates though!

      And I think you would probably be ok with Indian food! I’ve seen pistachios a handful of times, but for the most part they don’t seem to use a lot of nuts in their food. I’d look into it, it’s delicious!

  12. I love the eggs & PB combo too. So fabulous.
    And it’s funny you should mention it — our coach used to know when we came to Saturday morning practice in the erg room after having been out the night before (we were allowed, as long as we could still stumble our way to practice at 9am) because he said he could smell it. (I only did it once, worst experience of my life. He pushed us 10x as hard knowing that we’d gone out.) You’re totally right on the garlic too. It can create quite the .. aura … in the gym. 😉

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