The Memory, The Reality

Posted on February 20, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Memory: 90 degree, sunny days over the Summer with nothing to do but enjoy the outdoors

The Reality: Mid-40’s with low/no Winter breeze, but plenty of work to keep me inside

The memory totally owns here; I spent most of today reading Plutarch’s life of Alexander(should’ve just sucked it up and watched the movie with Colin Farrell) along with other work. BUT in a lot of other ways the reality beat(or at least came close) to some good memories.

Cooking A Grass-Fed Burger

The Memory: I’m 6 years old, my mom’s most probably out of town, and my dad’s idea of a “dinner” is leftover pancakes from McDonalds(to be fair, I probably asked for these) and maple syrup, which we stuck in the microwave with an aluminum tin–mini-fire, anyone?

The Reality: Cooking my own grass-fed beef burger in my own pan in the dorm kitchen.

This one’s pretty clear: reality wins. Getting a full pound of beef at the beginning of the week felt daunting, but I’m loving the meals I can get from it; I hope to pick up a big(cheap) piece of quality meat tomorrow for next week.

Grass-Fed Burger, Steamed Broccoli, Sour Cream & Onion Popchips, Root Beer Zevia

The Memory: Spending Summer days at my grandparents’ home for daycare. My grandmother knew how to cook 3 things: eggs, tacos(from a seasoning packet), and hamburgers. A typical meal would probably be a hamburger on white bread and Ore Ida french fries, washed down with a Mountain Dew

The Reality: A grass-fed beef burger with steamed broccoli, a 100-calorie portion of Sour Cream & Onion Popchips, and an all-natural diet root beer ala Zevia.

Again, need it be pointed out? It’d be one thing if the “unhealthy” meal were clearly more tasty, but I would choose today’s meal anytime. I was practically dreaming about a grass-fed burger all of yesterday but I didn’t let Lent get the best of me! Popchips are still my crack but I find this amount is perfect for satisfying my chip tooth.

Chocolate Xagave Frosty With Whole Milk

The Memory; Stopping by Wendy’s drive-thru for a chocolate frosty and dipping fries into it

The Reality: Making my own “Frosty” using Xagave, Bob’s Red Mill‘s guar gum, xanthan gum, sea salt, cocoa powder, and whole milk

The real Frosty still wins here :-/ But I’m getting closer to making the reality be better! This time, I very clearly added too much ice without noticing(it should not make almost two cups worth). I think the whole milk from cows helped the flavor, too. I had to get it from the dining hall because, well, I really don’t remember the last time I kept milk in the fridge. To be honest, I was a little scared I’d be getting some cheap-o, hormoned up junk. But after I did poking and prying, I found the milk I got was Rhodyfresh, which is from local farms all pledging against the use of hormones–yippee! That put this foodies mind to rest.

Raw Vegan Mint Chip Emmy's Organic Macaroon

The Memory: Big bowls of mint chip ice cream that was an unholy shade of green

The Reality: An all-natural, vegan, raw mint chip macaroon I won from Emmy’s Organics

Surf Sweets Sour Gummy Worms

The Memory: Junior year of High School in Boston. Nearly every day, we would spend our dining points at the campus store where you could make a bag of mixed candies and pay by the pound. My favorite bag usually had in it Reeses Pieces, Swedish Fish, and Sour Gummy Worms.

The Reality: Organic Vegan Sour Gummy Worms to review from Surf Sweets

Weeeeell the memory still wins, here. But only because of the lack of Reeses Pieces and Swedish Fish(someone needs to get on making these natural, pronto). The sour gummy worms were really quite good and flavorful, and really didn’t feel like a candy that had anything “funny” to it. You could totally pass this off to a 3(or 18)-year old to sneak in some natural sweetness and 100% their DV vitamin C. Kudos to Surf Sweets!

Roasting Sweet Potatoes, Maple Tofu, And Broccoli

The Memory: 1st semester, eating every night at the dining hall. Sometimes there was a lot to choose from, and some nights I was mixing chickpeas from the salad bar with honey and mustard

The Reality: Sticking pressed tofu with maple syrup, sweet potatoes, and broccoli in the dorm oven for 55 minutes at 350 degrees

I’ve really loved the reality of this semester; I’m very inclined to believe food affects mood and by cooking my ‘good mood food” I haven’t had a dull dinner yet. I still take cues from the dining hall(that’s where these sweet potatoes were from because mine grew mold), but I’m certainly not looking back with regrets. Also, does anyone else think if I were a country in the Olympics that tray of veggies could be my flag?

Maple Tofu, Sweet Potato, Roasted Broccoli

The Memory: My mom’s classic dish was penne with broccoli, garlic, and white-meat chicken

The Reality: My classic dish is roasted broccoli, sweet potato “fries”, and maple tofu

Obviously, if I’m willing to call it my dish, I like it a lot πŸ™‚ No offense to my mom, but I’ve never been a pasta person, and nowadays I’m more inclined to the dark meat if I eat poultry, soooo this was an easy one. Unfortunately, the sweet potato wouldn’t “fry” up here because they were pre-baked. Boo 😦

The Memory: Translating “fun” texts in Latin class in 11th grade like Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura(I must have a very warped sense of “fun”)

The Reality: Translating Horace, Catullus, and Petronius this year, all of whom are very very raunchy

What is it with the authors these professors post classes for? I swear they’re just entertaining themselves. Ah well, Petronius and the Olympics it is.

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Ahh memories, there’s nothing like some nostalgia to begin the weekend!

Mmmmm, grass fed beef! It’s funny how memories about food are so salient and influence us years later! I used to dip fries in my frosties too, by the way!

I hope there are many more happy food memories to come!

Ah you made me take a trip down memory lane…

Awesome post. I loved the premise. You could also say:
Memory: Sami and Lucas
Reality: Sami and Rafe

reality > memory a lot of times for me too! esp when it comes to food, i much prefer the eats i get to choose for myself than what i was given as a youngin, or even the weird stuff i ate in high school!

Your frosty looks way better than the original!

your food could totally be the flag!

the memory/reality trip was excellent. I love gummy coca cola bottles. I dont know if youve had those but when i was a kid, hot diggity i loved those gummy things.

The coconut milk on oats. I remember that post of jessie’s, thanks for the refresher!

And coconut milk…TJ’s is a great value just as an fyi that’s my go-to. That, or WF’s 365 is fine.
For most applications, you can buy full fat, skim off the top layer and save that for something really special. Then use the middle of the can for everything else.
Or, you can add water to full fat to create “light”. Or you can just wait for you coc cream concentrate to show up”)

Awwh I love memories πŸ˜€
I swear it’s a given right of all grandparents to be able to cook decent eggs – my gran cooked the most amazing scrambled eggs, I think they were the best I’ve ever had!

oh the memories…but it’s good to see how you’ve made something of them…and healthier!

LOL the leftover pancakes from mcdonalds (that you probably asked for) love that!

dining hall was always hit or miss, sometimes loved it sometimes hated it very strange like that bc they should ALWAYS have enough food for everyone to be happy right?

love the grass fed burgerrrr

Memory: Eating cereal from the dining hall cereal buffet every night for dinner

Reality: Eating cereal from the dining hall cereal buffet every night for dinner


I second that veggie flag at the Olympics. πŸ™‚

now i want a wendys frosty. and unnaturally green mint chip ice cream. guess i have a mission for sunday ha

love the root beer stevia!

I’m new to your blog (found a comment you sent to Iowa Girl Eats).

I think it’s really cool that you can manage to keep a healthy diet while living in the dorms. I was the worst at that, though at the time I don’t think I cared about my health.

I think you should make a veggie tray flag and hang it up in your dorm or on the antenna of your car…or something to that effect. You could go running with it, but that might look a bit silly.

And I hope you aren’t too upset with the weather. I’m in North Dakota, so we’re at about ten degrees right now.


Oh the memories of dipping fries into a frosty. I may still do that once in a RARE while. I agree, I’d take most of the reality’s over the memories πŸ™‚

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