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French Toast

19 Dec

I caught a spot of cabin fever yesterday.

Working out and making breakfast were really the only two things I had planned on doing all day. So when they were over by noon, I was faced with an intimidating reality –was I really going to spend my entire sunny Saturday in my pajamas?

Around 1 o’clock, I made the decision to go out. I was going to head downtown and go to the National Gallery of Art.

Since coming to DC last year, I’ve discovered a few places I can go whenever I’m feeling frustrated or lonely. One of them is the National Gallery. It’s always swarming with tourists and art enthusiasts. I find new exhibits and new rooms every time I’m there. The atmosphere cheers me up immediately.

Since I always go to the East Building where they hang the modern art first, I decided to check out the West Building. I saw German sketches, Renaissance paintings, French works, and the only work by DaVinci that hangs in America. They also had a choir singing Christmas carols in the rotunda. It sounded beautiful.

But the trip wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the modern art wing. So I got on the moving sidewalk pictured above and made my trip under the lights. Only the NGA would find a way to make my transit a way to expose me to more art!


I got to watch a movie about Archimboldo that was narrated by Isabella Rossellini. If you don’t know who that is, go watch her short film entitled “Bed Bugs”. You’ve heard of her, I promise.

I was really craving Chipotle when I left the museum, so I walked a couple blocks up to Chinatown. On my way there, I spotted the Downtown Holiday Market and walked through. There were so many vendors selling interesting things.

I’m thinking that this hat/beard/mustache combo might be my next knitting project. Thoughts?

After eating half of my Chipotle burrito, I walked down to the Metro Center metro stop. By along the way, I passed by an Urban Outfitters and had to stop in. I looked around for a while, reading the books and looking at the shoes, before finding the sale section. Inside, I found a dress covered in little anchors. For those that don’t know, anchors are my sorority’s symbol. I took it to the dressing room and it fit perfectly. When I took it to the register, it was even more on sale than it said on the price tag. So I got a cute new anchor dress for 10 dollars. That’s what I call smart shopping!

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I knew I wanted something different for breakfast this morning, something I can’t usually make during the week.

French toast was the answer to all of my prayers.


What you need:

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 tbsp ground flax seeds + 1 1/2 water

cinnamon

nutmeg

3 pieces sprouted wheat toast

How you do it:

1. Make a flax egg – mix the ground flax seeds with water in a 1:3 ratio. Microwave for 30 seconds and let sit for 2 minutes.

2. Mix the flax egg with the coconut milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

3. Heat a pan on a very low flame, adding a little oil to help the bread cook.

4. Coat both sides of the bread in the milk mixture and place on the heated, oiled pan. Cook until both sides are golden brown.

5. Keep toast warm by heating the oven to 170F and placing cooked bread inside while you wait for the other slices to cook.

6. Cut into strips and top with almond butter, frozen banana slices, and honey.

Harry Potter and the Bowl of Oatmeal

19 Nov

Almond butter and jelly oatmeal.

I think fruit preserves are absolutely delicious. I have the strawberry flavor from Polaner. It’s only sweetened with fruit juice. I literally take spoonfuls of it and eat it plain.

I had sushi for lunch and it looked amazing. But I didn’t want to awkwardly take pictures of my food in class, so you’ll just have to imagine.

 

I’m so excited for HARRY POTTER 7 tonight. Alex and I are going with a bunch of our friends to belatedly celebrate our birthdays.

Only 5 more hours!

I’ll be listening to this in the meantime.

 

I should find a tree all covered in mangos…

18 Nov

Juicy mangos, fat and well-fed.

(Snaps to the first person to guess the name of the musical I’m referencing. I’ll give you a hint –I was in it in middle school and I crimped my hair for opening night.)

How To Cut a Mango

1. Lay the mango on a cutting board. Take a sharp knife and cut the ends off. This will let you see the way the pit is facing.

You can kind of see it on this one. The pit is facing horizontally.

2. Peel your mango.

3. Next, lay the mango on one of its cut, flat sides. Take your knife and, starting at the top near the pit, cut downward. The trick is to follow the curvature of the pit.

4. Finally, cut the mango into small pieces (or leave them like slabs and eat them with your hands).

So I’ve been severely lacking in the blog posts lately. I’m going to try to get back on it but I only like to post when I have something interesting to write about. I don’t want to make this thing just a list of what I eat at every meal.

However, I did make an amazing chocolate avocado mousse last week. I promise I’ll post the recipe and pictures within the week.

1 week until Thanksgiving –get excited!!

Also, huge shout-out to the Food section of the Washington Post for their vegan Thanksgiving recipes in today’s issue (scroll to the bottom of that linked article)! I’m planning on seeing a few of those on my dinner table next weekend.

Make Falafel, Not War

7 Nov

I’m already starting to fail at blogging.

The end of this week was really stressful. I had two major tests and a paper revision due on Thursday. It was also my Chamber concert week, with double rehearsals on Monday and Thursday and concerts on Friday and Saturday. Blogging hasn’t even been on my priority list.

But you don’t want to hear my excuses– on to the food.

Alex and I went shopping on Wednesday. I may have gone a little overboard on the canned goods…

On Thursday, I made one of my favorite dinners of all time– zucchini chickpea pancakes.

This is one of the easiest meals I’ve ever made. I found the recipe over the summer while looking for uses of the chickpea flour I bought for sweet potato falafel.

The best thing about it is how versatile it is. You could put any spices you wanted into the batter, depending on what you like. I’m a big fan of middle eastern food, so I used garam masala, coriander, and the like.

This is one of those recipes where you can just eyeball everything.

I started with one beautiful looking zucchini.

I used a cheese grater to grate about 3/4 of it into a bowl.

Then, I took my chickpea flour and started putting quarter cups into the zucchini until it looked like batter.

Then, I added 2 cloves of garlic, garlic and onion powder, coriander, cumin, garam masala, basil, salt, and pepper to taste.

Next, put a little safflower oil in a frying pan and spoon out some batter.

And wait for it to get delicious and golden brown and top it off with a dollop of hummus.

It’s pretty hard to mess this recipe up in my opinion. Just make sure you end up with something that vaguely resembles batter and it’ll work out fine.

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Breakfast on Friday was Sprouted Wheat Bread with Almond Butter and Strawberry Jelly.

I’m a big fan of easy breakfasts. I’m usually rushing to my classes in the morning, so it’s good to have an easy fall-back breakfast that I can make in my room.

1. Toast sprouted bread.

2. Pour a little bit of olive oil on top of the toast. Sprinkle salt and pepper on it.

3. Spread almond butter and jelly over the top and top with shredded coconut.

My dad taught me to put olive oil, salt, pepper, and jelly onto my pumpernickel bagels as a kid. It’s a weird combo, but I really like it.

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Last night, I went to Amsterdam Falafelshop with Laura and Nick after my Chamber concert. They only serve falafel and fries and have a giant toppings bar at the front of the store. You can just go up and put whatever you want on top of your pita.

I got mine with this salsa thing, hummus of course, cucumbers, something else that was green, and tahini sauce. Wonderful.

They did some decorating since I was there last. As we were finding a table, I spotted a sign that really summed up my outlook on life in four words.

🙂

Oats in A Jar

3 Nov

Today was Oats in a Jar day a.k.a my favorite breakfast day of the month.

The idea is to wait until you’re almost done with your jar of peanut butter/almond butter and use it instead of a bowl to make your oatmeal. That way, you get all of the residual butter that sits on the bottom, making for an amazing breakfast.

The reason why this day is so rare is because I basically only eat almond butter with my oatmeal in the morning. It takes me about two months to go through a jar, so I get really psyched when I see myself nearing the end.

*Pro Tip* Never make OIAJ if your butter jar is made of plastic. I did this at work over the summer and it turned into a molten plastic puddle. It was pretty disappointing.

Recipe for this morning:

1/3 cup instant oats

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1 tablespoon chia seeds/buckwheat/hemp seeds

1 handful raisins

honey

cinnamon

vanilla extract

almond extract

rice milk

1 frozen banana

Combine the first eight ingredients into the almond butter jar.

While you’re waiting for the rice milk to boil, start cutting up pieces of a frozen banana.

When the milk comes to a boil, pour it into the jar with the oats. Stir. Add the banana slices and enjoy.

Fantastic.