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Salad Win & Name of the Wind Review.

Last night’s dinner was such a win.

I like salads. And veggies. I don’t eat meal-sized salads too often anymore (my digestive system doesn’t appreciate that much veggie-heaviness in one sitting) but once in a while, nothing sounds better than a salad the size of my face.

Eric’s view on leafy things is another thing. He’ll eat them as a side (when I make it), but there’s no way he’ll consider a salad a meal. He’s got an Irish background – he is all about the meat and potatoes.

But he has told me in the past that he would eat a salad for dinner if there was bacon in it. Well, the spring weather we’ve had the last few days (I wore workout capris outside yesterday! And I wasn’t freezing! Yay!) had me wanting a big dinner salad, so I put it up to the challenge.

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Hello, Cobb salad.

I threw together a bed of romaine (+ spinach for me), shredded chicken, tomatoes, avocado, crumbled bacon, a hard boiled egg, and feta cheese.

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Delicious. And got full boyfriend approval Open-mouthed smile Salad victory!

Name of the Wind

I’m a little overdue on this one, since I finished reading it a few weeks ago. But nonetheless, The Name of the Wind.

I had heard great things about the book first from Amanda,  and then from Caitlin and Lisa, so I decided to pick up a copy for myself. I mean, I had to get my fantasy fix while I was waiting for Game of Thrones to come back on TV Winking smile

Even though I had heard good reviews, I didn’t go into the book with overly high expectations. The Name of the Wind is Rothfuss’ debut novel, and I’m too caught up in GoT to pay attention to much else in the fantasy world. To be honest, I hadn’t really been a huge fantasy fan beforehand – I’ve been resisting everyone who’s tried to get me into The Wheel of Time and I’ve tried to read Margaret Weiss’ novels before, only to fail miserably.

But…wow. This book was pretty incredible. It follows the story of Kvothe, an innkeeper with a mysterious past. Although it takes place over a very short period of time, the novel covers from events from Kvothe’s childhood as an actor in a troupe of travelling performers, through his experiences as a child beggar, and covers the beginning of his time at the University as an arcanist in training.

As an individual, Kvothe is incredibly talented. His skills at the university and at playing the lute, his intelligence, his wittiness…they’re all pretty incredible. In fact, it seems almost unbelievable, until you realize he’s capable of making some very human mistakes. Although, I think I would have to name Denna as my favourite character. She’s so sweet, but it’s clear that she’s a fighter. She’s trying so hard to make it on her own by any means necessary, something that I can appreciate and sympathize with.

I think what I loved most about this novel was the believability factor. Any aspect of magic, Rothfuss explained in a way that made it seem real…almost like I wasn’t reading a fantasy novel at all. I think something that frustrates me about some fantasy stories is the whole “look at me, I suddenly mysteriously developed magical powers! Hurrah!” Definitely not the case here, as Rothfuss is able to explain the studies and skills learned at the university in almost a scientific way.

And the writing style itself is incredible. This is Rothfuss’ debut novel, but I would have thought he’d been writing for decades – the book flows so naturally. His descriptions are so enthralling that he makes you feel like you’re lost in Kvothe’s world. I spent many nights up late reading in bed, unable to tear myself away. He makes you feel everything that Kvothe is feeling – all of his sadness, his heartbreak and his joy.

I didn’t think I could like a fantasy novel as much as GoT, but I think this one may have done it for me. Seriously, if you’re a fan of The Song of Ice and Fire series, Lord of the Rings, or even the Harry Potter series, you should pick this up.

This is the first book in a trilogy – the third hasn’t been released yet, but the second is entitled The Wise Man’s Fear. Somehow, I think I know what my next book purchase will be!

<— Favourite meal-sized salad toppings? Crumbled bacon is now high on my list. Goat chevre is up there too.

<— Have you read Name of the Wind? What did you think?

<— What are you reading right now?

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Five Things Friday: 03/22/2013.

Woot Friday!! 3 weeks until I’m done classes! (Why yes, I am counting down).

Thank you so much for your well wishes on my job interview yesterday! I think it went well (at least, I’m hoping I managed to impress them).

And..lists of things!

5 Delicious Meals that Escaped the Blog:

1. Roasted cauliflower, salmon, and brown basmati rice that I cook in chicken broth with a few strands of saffron. While I prefer steamed broccoli to roasted, I’ve decided that roasted cauliflower is amazing.

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2. BBQ Chicken nachos. I tossed some shredded chicken with BBQ sauce, and served it on top of low-salt tortilla chips with salsa, red bell pepper, green onion, salsa, and mozzarella. Served with sour cream and guacamole – and yes, we finished it off between the two of us.

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3. Buffalo tofu (with more buffalo sauce), kale chips (with buffalo sauce) and Irish soda bread. The obsessions continue. Notice how the chips are significantly less burnt this time.

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4. A breakfast cookie. I used to make these once in a while, but I’d forgotten about them lately. Seeing Lisa’s delicious-looking breakfast cookie creations made me crave one again! I made this one with peanut butter, vanilla whey protein, applesauce, cinnamon and raisins. Going for an oatmeal raisin cookie kinda thing.

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5. Grilled cheese (mozzarella, brie and a slice of ham) with some incredibly sad looking yellow beans. Dinner of champions – copious amounts of ketchup was added post picture.

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5 Things I’m Loving Right now.

1. My candy jar.

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It sits on my coffee table. I realize it can be added to the list of things that makes me 80 years old, but I just love it.

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C’mon…wouldn’t that make you happy?

2. Coconut almond milk. A few weeks ago, the best friend told me that her mom had picked some up – my immediate reaction was “I want it!” So she very nicely gifted me a box while I was home(thanks love!). It is delicious – adds such a nice creaminess compared to regular almond milk!

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3. Quick cooking oats. I usually pick up large flake oats, but I accidently grabbed quick-cooking last weekend. And they’re so much more voluminous than the large flake. Such a little thing, but happiness inducing.

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3. The combination of a graham cracker, peanut butter, and coconut Oikos. It is pretty much perfect.

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4. Coconut Oil. I’ve been using it as a moisturizer on my face at night, and ohmygoodness my face is smooth. And it ensures that I go to bed dreaming of tropical things…mainly pina coladas. Open-mouthed smile

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5. The Name of the Wind. I have about ten pages left right now, so I’ll be finishing it tonight (Thursday night). It came recommended by Amanda (and I know Lisa and Caitlin loved/are loving it as well) and it is amazing!

5 More Gym Music Gems

(I seriously love the music that gets played at my gym. Takes me right back to high school).

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Hope your weekend ends on a fabulous note!

<— Would you like me to do a review of The Name of the Wind?

<— What’s your preferred kind of milk? I actually really hate cow’s milk, unless it’s for cooking or with cereal.

<— What are you loving right now?


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WIAW: Lotsa Greens and Bargain Book Shopping.

*Note: I love how many people have weird pinkie toes. I don’t feel so alone in my freak toe-ness! :-p 

Happy first day of Spring!

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Yea, I’m calling bullshit on that. Where are you warm weather?!

But I digress…

Happy WIAW! Many thanks to Jenn for her hosting duties, as per usual.

So, for once I feel like I actually followed the WIAW theme of the month. These are my eats from yesterday, and there is a surprisingly large amount of green things. At least, by my standards.

So, on with it!

Breakfast

A usual around here, my old-lady Fibre 1 with a sprinkle of coconut chia granola and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. 2 eggs + 1/4 cup egg whites on the side.

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I’m pretty much the most uninventive person when it comes to breakfast. I love getting creative with dinners and the occasional lunch, but at 8:00 am apparently I’m incapable of putting together something fancy for breakfast. I’m ok with that though!

Pre\Post Workout

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A scoop of Watermelon-y BCAAs pre and post workout. Yesterday was leg day, AKA: I-am-really-going-to-hate-stairs-for-the-next-two-days day. Buuut it’s still my favourite Smile

I swung by the bookstore at my school on the way home because they were having a bargain book sale – each book was $2.50.

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Woot cheap books! I picked up:

  • Entertaining with Sopranos (I have no intention of hosting an Italian wedding or Christening anytime soon, but the recipes looked good)
  • The Great Christmas Cookie Swap Cookbook (It is never to early to start thinking about Christmas cookies. Never)
  • Suck it, wonder woman! – Olivia Munn (she’s hilarious, so I’m intrigued to read this)
  • a Laura Lippman book of short stories. As much I love my epically long novels (I’m looking at you, Game of Thrones) I seriously adore a ten-page story now and then. 

Although, before I left I noticed that they had a ‘Goosebumps’ book – Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes. I kind of really wished I had picked that up. I was obsessed with those books when I was a kid. I’m pretty sure I had the first 50 or so in the series?

 

Lunch

Post gym = lunchtime.

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A massaged kale salad (olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and honey, then topped with salt and pepper) with chopped carrots, buffalo-marinated tofu, and a piece of Irish soda bread with a bit of butter. I’m not going to lie, I kind of feel healthier just looking at that picture (kale and tofu have that effect, apparently).

And side note – I’m not a huge bread person (I like it, but I don’t generally go out of my way for it; I prefer potatoes, pasta, oats and rice for my carbs) but I’m obsessed with that stuff. I give it a month, maybe two max before I make it again. There was definitely a small hunk of two in the afternoon that escaped pictures Open-mouthed smile

Then an afternoon of school-related reading (what else is new?) and marking before class. First, a snack:

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Cottage cheese, strawberry jam, peanut butter and a crumbled graham cracker. Simple and delicious.

Dinner

Second side salad of the day – I’m impressed with myself.

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I had a chicken in the slow cooker all day, which I shredded when I got home from class. I cooked up half an onion, and tossed everything in buffalo sauce before shoving it into wraps.

That means I had buffalo-flavoured proteins for lunch and dinner yesterday. And I’m giving you a buffalo recipe tomorrow. Is it fair to say that I really, really like that stuff right now? (yes).

Dessert

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That would be a graham cracker topped with cookie butter and chocolate chips. It was one of the smartest things I’ve done lately.

Nighttime Snack

I wasn’t too hungry last night, but just to keep me going until morning:

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A few spoonfuls from my giant container of coconut Oikos. Ending the day on a good note. Open-mouthed smile

Hope your Wednesday is fabulous!

<— Would you rather read a book of short stories or a long novel?

<— What book collections did you have when you were a kid? I also had pretty sizable Nancy Drew, the Baby-Sitters Club, and Sweet Valley High collections!

<— Favourite carb? It’s a tough question, I know.