dining diaries and the daily toil

Oh how the time between good meals seems to fly.  As you may have noticed, I like to eat.  Really, the only reason I exercise is so I can eat more cheese, drink more wine and eat more cheese.

I have 2 jobs.  I’ve had 2 jobs for a long time.  One for money and one for fun.  At times money and fun have collided into the same job.  But rarely do the two meet so neatly.  For my own personal balance I need to stay busy and if I’m going to work, I might as well get paid, right?

I like work where I’m moving.  I hate the “j-o-b” where all I do is sit on my duff for 8 hours a day.  That is sheer torture to me.  I like the job where I’m moving and lifting.  Not only does “work” then count as exercise it means I get to eat more.

This weekend the weather was beautiful.  Almost too nice even to go to the fun job.  Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho off to work I did go.  Only to be coaxed and cajoled into going out for dinner afterward.  (damn, if I have to)  I’m so glad I went.  Megan introduced me to secret sushi.  That’s really just her name for it, so I’m sharing the secret with you.  It’s really called Umenoki Kaiten.  It’s a sushi train in a strip mall.  But don’t let that stop you.  The fish was super fresh.  The salmon was being cut up right in front of me.  I had spicy krab rolls, salmon rolls and we finished with the sesame balls filled with mung bean paste.  They were fresh and hot and so good.  Winner, winner $1 a plate dinner!  For $6 bucks I had a really good dinner.

My Monday morning started off slow.  It was a little foggy out and the bed was so warm and snuggy.  Coe and I went on a short walk.  I get bored when all she wants to do it sniff.  Headed home for sustenance before taking on a busy day.  I made oatmeal from scratch for the first time.  Kristin was stunned that I had never made oatmeal before.  My usual warm winter breakfast is grits.  After all, I’m a “grits” -girl raised in the south!

1/2 cup 2% milk
1/2 cup whey (left over from my yogurt making last week)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon(ish) vanilla extract
a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon flax seeds
teaspoon(ish) honey on top
Brought just to a boil and turned down to medium-lowish and cooked until it looked the consistency of oatmeal.

It was tasty and quite filling. I had this at 10am and wasn’t craving a snack before we went to lunch after 1pm.

Then I had lunch at one of my favorites, Pacific Pie Co.  Savory meat pie goodness.  I can honestly say I have never had a bad meal here.  All of their pies are incredible.  I had the special which was the Cornish Pastie filled with pork and root vegetables and a side of spicy slaw.  I could have stopped when I hit the halfway point, but it was so good I couldn’t bring myself to stop until it was all gone.  There wasn’t even a crumb on the plate when I was done!  I apologize, this picture doesn’t do justice.

Dinner was again pizza on the grill.  Today was another experiment.  I told you I made yogurt last week and strained the whey to make a thicker Greek-style yogurt.  I subbed part of the water in my pizza dough with the whey.  It didn’t add anything to the flavor.  Again, this pizza crust was better than the last.  I’m getting close to pizza perfection.

Tonight’s was tomato sauce, Trader Joe’s roasted pepper and eggplant dip/spread stuff, fresh basil, mozzarella and parmesan.

Off to work so I can earn more calories for more cheese, I mean pizza, I mean bacon…

Published by Lula Harp

I'm a mad scientist trying to find my tools.

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