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Five Things Friday: 04/19/13.

Happy Friday! Despite the fact that I haven’t had classes all week, I’ve been insanely busy. I don’t really have exams in grad school, but I’m definitely weighed down with final papers/assignments. Plus, I’m trying to work on my thesis proposal AND job hunt.

So…yes. Glad it’s almost the weekend. Open-mouthed smile

Lists of things!

5 Things I’ve Eaten This Week:

1. Homemade applesauce (?)

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I don’t know if I can really call it applesauce, because I let all the liquid soak up so it’s just the cooked, cinnamon-y apple pieces. Suddenly I understand what all the applesauce fuss is about (Khushboo and Amanda!). I’m pretty sure most of this stuff has been eaten directly out of the fridge with a fork. So good.

2. Annie’s Mac and Cheese with hot dogs, broccoli, and ketchup.

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Note: mac and cheese of any sort must include ketchup. But, it must be squirted on top and never mixed in. Mixing the ketchup in just ruins it. Smile with tongue out

3. A turkey and hummus wrap and a cheese string, eaten for lunch at school.

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Usually I arrange my schedule so that I don’t have to go to school until after lunch, or I just go home during. I kind of hate packing lunches…it’s going to suck when I have a job that requires me to actually leave my house for most of the day.

4. The wafflewich.

I’m pretty sure that this is the reason why freezer waffles exist. The best things you can do with waffles, in my humble opinion. Especially when you go for maple cinnamon waffles and throw some jam on there…sweet and savoury at it’s best.

5. Chicken tortilla soup.

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I’ve never actually had chicken tortilla soup before, let alone made it. So this was a “throw-together and hope it works” sort of meal. Worked pretty well, actually – although really, it’s hard to go wrong with anything that’s topped with grated cheese, avocado and crumbled tortilla chips.

5 Things Happening This Week:

1. The first really warm day of the year (Monday) this happened.

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That would be a vanilla and chocolate swirl soft serve cone with a cake batter dip. It is just as fabulous as it sounds. I made a trip with some friends to the Dairee Delite in Brantford, which is a soft-serve, seasonal, walk-up ice cream place. I knew I wanted a cone with a chocolate dip, but then I looked directly above my head and saw a list of at least 15 kinds of dip – white chocolate, peanut butter, cotton candy…but cake batter seemed like the way to go.

When I got the cone (regular size) I took one look and thought “wow! that’s really big, I should have got a child’s, I won’t be able to eat all of this!” Then I laughed at my silliness and proceeded to devour it. So.good.

2. It was 25 degrees yesterday. 25!!! It was amazing. I wore flipflops. In April. Day made, right there.

Except I will never complain about warm weather…I kind of thrive in humidity.

3. I won Vice President for my Student Council for next year!! Open-mouthed smile

And by I won…I mean I ran unopposed. But nonetheless, I am excited. Smile with tongue out

4. I’ve presenting in and volunteering at a conference on Saturday. When handing out roles for the volunteers, I was offered the role of the official “tweeter”. Umm, that is pretty much the coolest volunteer position either. You guys set up the food, I’ll sit on my computer and tweet about things Smile with tongue out Awesome.

5. Between Boston and Texas, I think we could all use some happiness next week. Still sending positive thoughts to all those who have been affected.

5 Reasons I Can Waste Hours on Buzzfeed.

1. The 40 Greatest Dog gifs of All Time.

I actually can’t even handle how cute that is. Jesus, I need a pug (so do you Caitlin!)

2. The 7 Funniest Frustrated Gordon Ramsay Memes.

Yes, it is vulgar. But it is hilarious. And my inner nerd always appreciates a Mario reference.

3. 25 Foods You’ll Never Be Able to Eat Again.

Please tell me that you remember these. And you miss them. The jalapeno cheddar flavour was amazing.

4. 26 Ridiculously Amazing Sweatshirts you Can Actually Buy.

Umm, I just posted a recipe for donuts yesterday. And the sprinkles go without saying. Clearly, I need this.

5.Peter Dinklage’s Hottest Moments as Tyrion Lannister.

He’s already the wittiest character on the show, but he’s also compassionate? I’m sold.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

<— Regular ice cream or soft serve? What would be your ideal ‘dip’ for a soft serve cone? I might have to go back and ask them if they can mix the peanut butter and chocolate varieties…

<— What’s a discontinued food that you wish still existed? The green/purple Heinz ketchups was on that list too…as gross as it looked, it was oddly compelling.


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WIAW: No Measuring Required.

Good morning! Once again, we’ve reached the middle of the week. Which means:

WIAW. Of course!

Breakfast

Breakfast yesterday was a two-parter.

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One part savoury:

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(Two eggs + a pour of egg whites)

And one one part sweet:

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A mix of All Bran, Leapin’ Lemurs, and blueberries with almond coconut milk.

While I was putting this breakfast together, I couldn’t help but think about my relationship with these little buggers:

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The measuring cups. A few months ago, I was counting macros/protein grams again, so I was breaking out the measuring cups. Especially with cereals, oatmeal and dairy. Even though I got off macro counting (it’s ridiculous and there’s no reason for me to do it) I was still habitually using them. A couple of weeks ago, I thought about why I was doing that, and I realized that I didn’t have an answer – because there was absolutely no good reason. I know it’s pretty typical in the HLB community (for some individuals, anyways) to count macros, carbs, all that stuff. But in ‘the real world’…that stuff doesn’t really happen. I mean, I don’t know too many people who break out the measuring cups for their cereal in the morning. I certainly don’t need to either.

So, the last couple of weeks those cups have been staying right in the drawer. And it feels much better that way Open-mouthed smile

Pre/Post Workout

Today felt like a gym day. More specifically, legs day.

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So the BCAAs were broken out before and after. Mmm, watermelon.

Lunch

I decided to go the snack plate route.

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Shredded chicken, baby carrots, bell pepper strips, hummus, pretzels, and feta. One of those I-don’t-know-what-I-want-so-I’ll-have-everything sort of lunches. Kind of the best ones to have Smile with tongue out

And as a palate cleanser:

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A Kiss, Hawaiian style Smile with tongue out

A little while after lunch, I made my way to class, where I had a presentation to deliver. So, I wore my presentation shoes:

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So, I bought these shoes when I was in the first year of my undergrad. I got them on a fantastic sale – I think they were about $20. Ever since, I have deemed them my lucky presentation shoes. I’ve worn them to 98% of school-related presentations in the last…oh…six years? I guess I consider them to be a good luck charm.

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At least they’re a pretty good luck charm Smile with tongue out

A Cinnamon Pecan Simply Bar was inhaled on my way to class:

Which apparently was not enough food for the afternoon, because I got home from school ready to chew my arm off.

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But I settled for a spoonful of almond butter and some baby carrots:

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Good enough to tide me over until dinner!

Dinner by the way, was interesting:

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I made the squash and perogie stew from the March issue of Food Network magazine. The combination was a little odd so I didn’t know what to expect: the main ingredients were turkey sausage, cremini mushrooms, coleslaw mix, butternut squash and frozen perogies. It actually turned out really good though! I can’t even remember the last time I had perogies – I’m happy there’s leftovers Open-mouthed smile

And after an evening of cuddling with the boy and watching Mad Men (I can’t even. I love that show. But do you know what I’m not loving? All the sideburns) I had a bedtime snack while typing this up:

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A deep chocolate vitatop with Bee’s Knees peanut butter. Ending the day on a good note.

And today…I have one more presentation! Gotta love the last week of classes.

Have a good one!

<— Do you use measuring cups/spoons on a regular basis?

<— Are you superstitious? Do you have a lucky charm of some sort?


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Why I Love Nigella.

Good morning! I hope your week has been treating you well. And if it hasn’t…well…at least it’s almost Friday?

I don’t have cable, so I don’t get the chance to watch a lot of TV/hear about a lot of new shows. But checking out Katie’s blog last week, she mentioned a new show I hadn’t heard about – The Taste.

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When I heard that Anthony Bourdain was on it, I knew I had to check it out – he is one of my favourite people ever. But as I watched the premiere, I found my attention and thoughts continuously going back to the lone female and the judge representing the home cook – Nigella Lawson.

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Back when I had access to the Food Network, I used to watch her show whenever I got the chance. And now, I’ve remembered why I’ve always had a slight girl-crush on her.

Her attitude and her relationship with food is one of the most admirable things I’ve ever seen. Watching her describe food serves as one of the biggest reminders ever that food is meant to be enjoyed. Everything she makes looks homey and comforting, and you can tell that she truly enjoys everything that she puts together.

Really, it reminded me that we tend to overthink our food. We tend to be so concerned over calories, over macros, over the guilt that we feel for eating something that we ‘shouldn’t’ that we completely lose the joy that dining is supposed to bring.

Tell me, what’s more enjoyable – eating a delicious homemade chocolate cake, savouring every bite, or eating that same cake while you’re wondering what the calorie content is, or how much extra time you’ll need at the gym the next day to burn it off? Somehow, I think it’s an easy answer.

Yes, once in a while, we’re forced to grab something out of the fridge and eat it in the car because we’re running late, but whenever I see Nigella describe her cooking or describe the flavours in the dish she’s eating, it reminds me that I need to make sure as many meals as possible are enjoyed to the fullest. Yes, food is necessary for survival, but I also think that GOOD food is necessary for sanity and for happiness.

And really – look at that woman. If that isn’t an argument that eating butter, red meat and chocolate can be good for you, I don’t know what is. Woman is 53! While she’s obviously very blessed, genetically, she’s also a fabulous example of why you don’t need to be a size two or have flat abs. Yes, she is absolutely beautiful, but she also comes across as a very warm, comforting, intimate human being.

So basically, what I’m saying here – food is meant to bring you health and energy, but it is also meant to bring you comfort, warmth and happiness. It is meant to draw people together and is a huge part of bonding experiences. So remember that next time you sit down to a meal – make sure it’s something you enjoy, and if you can, take the time to savour it. If it brought you happiness, never, ever regret it.

Hopefully, my dinner last night would have made Nigella proud:

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Salmon with a cilantro-dill sauce, brown rice, and steamed broccoli. All flavours that I loved and made sure to savour.

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I’m sure she would have been cool with the chocolate that followed, too. Smile with tongue out

Have a good day!

<— Is there anyone whose relationship with food you particularly admire? someone you know or a famous chef/food personality?

<— Do you ‘eat on the run’ a lot? It happens once in a while, but I do my best to avoid it.