Everything Out Of The Norm

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Rant, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

For instance, I normally don’t post twice in one day, and never at night. But seeing as how tomorrow is a work day and a lot’s been going on/I’m really bored and whiney, I figured blogging would be best(and potentially amusing for you).

Before I start the complainathon summary of today’s festivities, let’s do a quick TV talk, shall we? The Best Thing I Ever Ate? More like The Best Show I Ever Watched. Sorry I’m a little late on this, but I tivoed the last episode and just got around to it, and it totally blew my mind. I love listening to chefs go gaga over other peoples dishes, and this week’s episode was all about Breakfast. I didn’t even delete it from my tivo, because I want to go back and rewatch it. That’s how lame I am good it was. Also, anyone else psyched for the new season of Ace Of Cakes? I wish I worked in that bakery; they always have so much fun for people “working”, and I definitely wouldn’t need to work so hard gaining weight if I was around fondant and buttercream frosting all day.

Ok, well after blogging, I went for a walk and came home to my 2nd banana whip ever.

Banana Whip

Banana Whip

Like I’ve said, I think we’ve got a real winner here people. It’s not there yet, but it’s damn good. I’m thinking about doing something a little special some time, but I want to keep it a secret… Ok I suck at secrets: I want to stick some fresh basil in the food processor. Basil?! What?! Evan, you’re mad! No, I’m just channeling my inner Giada.

Giada de Laurentiis

Giada de Laurentiis

Ok, I just wanted an excuse to look at/post that picture. Sue me.

Anyway, after that I got a little inspiration from France for lunch:

English Muffin With Turkey, Goat Cheese, Spinach, And Herbs Du Provence

English Muffin With Turkey, Goat Cheese, Spinach, And Herbs Du Provence

I’ll have that tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and for dessert, please. I’ve definitely been on an herb/spice kick lately. They just can add so much flavor for something so simple. I need to stock up well before heading off to college. I also had this for dessert:

Toffee Almond Blondie

Toffee Almond Blondie

I think this one was meant to be given to our neighbors? Well they haven’t been easily accessible so sucks to be them. I actually ate this on the car to Market Basket and Whole Foods. I kept the purchases to a minimum to soothe the madre, but I did manage to find and snatch some Deep Chocolate Vitatops and amber agave nectar. It’s all so cheap at Market Basket, I just couldn’t say no. I also picked up some Wallaby Vanilla Bean Nonfat Yogurt at Wholefoods because it was only 2.50 for 27oz. It’s a little thin for my preference, but I have no preference at that price πŸ˜‰

Now, normally I like to plan my baking a few days ahead and, as my coworker would say, “just do the damn thing” all at once. However, I spotted a recipe for Banana Chai bread this morning and needed to give it a go.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup agave nectar

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

2 tablespoons ground flax

6oz mushed banana

1/2 cup strongly brewed chai tea

Batter

Batter

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder. In a cup, let the flaxseed sit in the chai tea for 5 minutes. Mix together the agave nectar, yogurt, and tea in a seperat bowl. Incorporate the banana and blend well. Pour the wet into the dry and mix until fully incorporated. Note: The batter will be thick. Transfer into a loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Banana Chai Loaf

Banana Chai Loaf

The chai flavor wasn’t very strong; that being said, this is the best banana loaf I’ve ever made, so I’m sure that little kick of spice boosted the flavor. Hopefully, this will be a recipe I revisit in the future and find modifications for the better.

This was the part of the night where things started going down hill. Have I mentioned my order from Naturally Nutty yet? I have? Ok, well I’ve been obsessively tracking this with the UPS code, and it SHOULD have came today. In fact, the UPS man stopped RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE… and then gave packages the next 2 houses… Oi. Tomorrow’s another day right? I’m sorry, I’m just not a patient person.

The next disappointment of the night was this:

Broken Kitchen Scale

Broken Kitchen Scale

Sometime after dinner, my scale went a little haywire and froze like this. It also flashed a low battery sign at some point, so the problem’s pretty clear. However, if you’re like my dad and can’t accept anything at face value, you’re going to argue that a low battery sign might not mean low battery… I don’t get him. I love to use my scale for everything: measuring out amounts for recipes, measuring out food for calorie counting, weighing random objects out of boredom. Hopefully we’ll get a new battery soon so I can go back to playing “guess how much a lemon weighs”.

So all this put me in a whiney mood tonight, but now I’m sitting down to this magical trio to try to lift my spirits:

Deep Chocolate Vitatop And English Muffin With White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese And Maple Almond Butter

Deep Chocolate Vitatop And English Muffin With White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese And Maple Almond Butter

I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feeeeeeeel sooooo baaadddddd. Ok, I really need to stop drinking coffee at night(the really sad thing is it’s 98% decaffeinated… I’m a light weight). This meal has lifted my mood, though I’ll still probably have a deficit for the day. Oh well, what’s going to happen is I’ll wake up at 6am tomorrow, feel like crap, not run, and go to work sore and angry in the morning. Luckily I’m one of those people who believes life needs to really suck sometimes so you can appreciate when things aren’t so bad. And I realize that on the grand spectrum of things, things don’t “really suck” tonight, they just aren’t as peachy and rosey as normal.

Fun Fact: Vitatops have 50% of your DV of iron. What the hell? I don’t think anything in my house has more than 10%. What are they stuffing these amazing pillows of chocolate with? Anyone else have some nuggets of nutritional wisdom to share?

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haha you are too funny… (1) banana whip is lookin good- what do you top it with? (2) giada is very pretty!! (3)sucks to be your neighbor (4) loveee deep chocolate vita top!

As of that banana whip, I haven’t done any toppings/mixins. For my next one, however, I’m thinking I’ll start the experimenting. basil? Cream cheese? there’s a ton of possiblities

i’m glad you’re digging the banana whip. it’s SO GOOD. also, i would be so annoyed with ups if i were you. i hate waiting for packages and i always obsessively track them online, too. i hope your shipment arrives soon!

It came right before I got home tonight πŸ™‚ I’ll be blogging happy in the morning

ugh giada… giving new definition to “food porn”. she’s my dad’s favorite food network star, too. hahaha. =D

and you shold run a marathon!! just sayin…

and thanks for adding me to your blogroll! i feel so super-special cuz now people can click on me =)

http://runningstronger.wordpress.com/

Haha, last run I was thinking and questioning if I ever would run a marathon. I think I just need that last push and find someone crazy enough to sign up for one with me and hopefully not let either of us quit half way through

I’d do it if I hadn’t already devoted my life to high school cross-country. =/

oh, Giada. You Le Cordon Bleu darling.

that dinner looks AMAZING πŸ˜€ I love the simple combo of peanut butter and a vita top πŸ™‚


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