Monthly Archives: May 2010

New Apartment

So as most of you know, I’ve moved into the basement apartment at the big guy’s house.  I’m sure you’re all picturing a murky dungeon-type area, but in reality it’s quite cheerful and rather perfect for me.  Ignoring the fact that there are now three people in this universe who refer to me as the landlady.  (Upstairs tenants)  Not too sure how I feel about that.  But I definitely could have some fun with it: Picture me walking around in a robe, smoking cigarettes and barking orders…

But I digress….Third night of cooking in the new place proved highly successful.
Veggie tacos: Broccoli, Red Peppers, Sautéed Onions, Avocado and Salsa. YUM!

Now for a short tour of the new digs…Here’s my cozy couch

And my lovely new table from Paris Street Market

And a little blog version of  “Where’s Waldo?”

And my kitchen, with a counter full of comida from Whole Foods

I’ll refrain from posting pictures of the disaster that is my bedroom.  I need to come up with some storage solutions PRONTO!  Catch you sweet things tomorrow. 

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You are what you eat

In what could possibly be the most boring post ever, I’ll share with you some of the things I’ve been eating lately.

Asian Stirfry Salad w/ Tofu from Organixx.  Without a doubt my new favorite meal.

All mixed up like 311.  Mmm I might have to go grab this for lunch today.

My first dinner in the new apartment: A Snack Plate!

Hummus filled peppers w/ siriacha, chips & salsa, strawberries.  Awesome.

Oh man I love those chips.  Funny thing is, the bag says there should be 6 servings but mine only held 2…

I cooked my second new apartment meal last night, but ate it before I snapped a pic.  It was spaghetti – Check out that tiny stove!   Perfect for one person, and I’m so glad to have gas burners instead of a flat top.

I had some strawberries & hersheys for dessert

See?! What did I tell you?

Most boring. Post. ever.

On the hunt…

For a really good, not too expensive food processor.  Reason: there are lots of yummy vegetarian meal/side/sauce recipes that require one, and I want to be able to expand my cooking abilities in my new (much smaller) kitchen. 

The meal that really got me thinking about processing was at The Otherside Cafe in Boston

It was my first raw vegan meal, with mock chicken salad, some spicy asian thing and a dip.  Yah, I’m being vague…all you need to know is that it was really tasty, fresh and I’d eat it a few times a week if I had the option!

Here’s a recipe that looked the most similar to what was in Otherside’s Mock Chicken Salad

Cashew or “Mock Chicken” Salad

1/4 c. sunflower seeds
1 c. cashews
1 c. pecans
1 cucumber, peeled/seeded/cut into chunks
2 green onions, cut into smaller pieces
1 celery stick, cut into smaller chunks
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp curry powder
1/2 apple
(1 avocado)

Put the nuts, seeds, seasonings and lemon juice in food processor. Pulse for a few seconds until the pieces are smaller. Add remaining ingredients, including avocado (which was my addition and it was AMAZING!!!). Pulse for a few more seconds until mixture is in smaller bits, but not smooth. Spoon into red peppers or serve in a romaine wrap. You will love it!

 

I can’t wait to make this! 

The Original Portland

Get a life Meghan

My car, work parking lot – 5:45 pm Friday

The beautiful beers

This post was supposed to be about soccer, but my Cinco de Drinko Mayo beers got in the way of my intentions… I saw two games last night, one on TV and one live, and was hoping to write a  post about why I like soccer and how much I enjoy it when my friends start liking it too.  (Their interest peaks about every 4 years…)

But instead of that well thought out soccer post, you’re just going to get some pictures of me and my friends drinking at the game.  My head hurts.

First beer o’ the night: Boddingtons

View from our seats

‘The Crew

Dos Tecates con Sombreros

The Group formerly known as Rapids Staff

Flying my cranky girlfriend flag

Off again tonight for a friend’s birthday dinner.  Yo necesito un siesta!

Roughage

I was quite proud of myself yesterday as I not only FINALLY went to the grocery store, I also began running in advance of Memorial Day’s Bolder Boulder 10k.   Okay, not huge accomplishments…but I’ve taken a few weeks off running (partially in favor of Hot Yoga the past week) which makes beginning again rather painful. 

I celebrated my 2 miles with a glass of my new favorite wine.

I enjoyed this at $8 a glass with a dinner last week and was happy to find it at my local liquor store for only $11 a bottle.  Man those restaurant folk know where to make their money!

Picked up some Pink Ladies &  Peaches

And the most hearty, crunchy chips I’ve had in an age

Proceeded to much on chips and work on dinner

Major Roughage: Chopped Broccoli, Red & Green Cabbage, Carrots, Liberal Scoop of Hummus

The result was a tasty, spreadable mess topped with Siriacha.  Pitas for scooping.

Loved it and was so full after

Catch you all tomorrow for a post about beers & the beautiful game!

Trying new things

Peanut Butter w/ a side of dog

Welcome change from the Nature Valley bars that haven’t changed since ’95

Better than Soymilk by a country mile

TOFU Gyro!  from the Cherry Creek Farmers Market

Market to Market

This Saturday was a lovely affair with two trips to local markets. First, a vintage flea market with beautiful treasures…

Bouncing Betty Chairs

Cute Candlesticks

Fabulous Hats

Shabby Chic Furniture

Next was the Cherry Creek Farmers Market, where I was looking forward to buying lots of locally grown produce.  Alas, this market shuts down muy early, so the fruits of this trip were lunch for my girlfirends from the Biscuit Bus

That would be a biscuit w/ fried chicken, honey, mustard and homemade pickles.  My former self is swooning…

It was a perfect Saturday, my friends!