On my days off, I like to sleep in. The first thing I do upon waking up is wash my face and brush my teeth. But less than a second after, I make coffee.
After that I water my babies.
Then, I set up shop on our dining room chairs and read blogs, write, and do whatever internet related errands I’ve put off for the past few days.
All while enjoying coffee.
Coffee topped with froth and cocoa, to be exact. At least, that’s what I did on Friday.
I also had the last piece of my pumpkin banana bread. It’s created quite the buzz in the blogworld, which is evidence enough of how tasty it is…but in case you still don’t believe me, how’s this for a glamour shot.
I drizzled creamy peanut butter on top of the warm heel piece. While I’m sad this loaf is gone, I still have the other loaf in the freezer to enjoy in the coming week (hooray!). I try to make extra portions of my meals, baked goods, just about anything and everything to freeze and save. It’s especially helpful during the work week, to have already prepared, home-cooked food, that requires nothing more than a quick session in the microwave. Easy peasy.
Lunch was a different kind of sammie.
Layers of fall and breakfast.
You see, I had some fall items on hand, but wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the AM part of the day…
…hence the breakfast ingredients in the sandwich.
Daiya love it? I do. I also love avocado.
This was the weirdest avocado I’ve ever seen. When I tried to split it open, the entire skin came off the one side, leaving the fruit in tact. As a result, I had a tough time slicing it, and resorted to using the entire top portion.
One half avocado, one half winter squash. This frikin’ gourd was the most impossible thing to cook by the way. I went to desperate places, involving Halloween-inspired knife maneuvers, multiple microwave intervals, and quite a bit of sweat. I actually gave up half way through the first time I tried cooking it.
[Photo evidence] I seriously couldn’t get the knife out of the dang gourd for a few hours. And since I was starving at the time, I gave up and came back to it the next day.
After a few different sessions on the microwave, I was finally able to get the knife through it.
And look how pathetic the yield was? That little amount of flesh was hardly worth the effort. In other words, this may be my last gourd purchase.
Cool looking? Affirmative. Worth it? Negative.
But because I am persistent above all else, I vowed to use it in some way. Thus, the following sandwich.
After caking each half with avo and gourd guts, I topped it with an egg and vegan cheese.
Fall breakfast sandwich
- 1/2 avocado
- winter squash, mashed (ie butternut, delicata, chayote, etc.)
- 1 egg, sunny side up
- Daiya cheddar cheese (or whatever cheese you want)
- sprouted bread (I used Ezekiel 7 grain)
Fold the egg, give the bread a quick smoosh, and dig in.
I usually cut my sammies in half to make them easier to eat. Heaven forbid the ingredients slide out…
And I always eat the smaller half first, because that way once I’m done I don’t get sad, because I still have the BIGGER half left. I’m a freak, I know.
This sando was good, but next time I will use a different squash. Maybe one that doesn’t require 2 days of prep?
I ended lunch on a sweet note. An extra special one, at that.
OH. MY. PEAS.
To say this was a treat would be an understatement. So where did this delicious looking cookie come from?
I thought this family couldn’t get any cuter, but I was wrong.
Mama Pea you have outdone yourself… The cookies are light, moist, and flavorful. Not too crumbly, not too chewy, but rather a perfect hybrid of both characteristics. There was a subtle ginger flavor, which I loved, but the outer sugar crystals were the best part. And somehow they weren’t overly sweet either. Brilliant!
I have no doubt Mama Pea’s imminent cookbook is going to be a huge success. After tasting this recipe, I’m beyond thrilled for it’s release. Her reci-peas are gonna be the next best thing since
sliced bread Ezekiel english muffins.
After digesting another cookie and a half :) I went for a run. I try not to force exercise in on work days (unless I feel up to it), because I have way more energy on my days off and I prefer saving it for a more productive session. I think that pushing myself to do a half-a$$ workout when I don’t have much energy is pointless. Even if this philosophy means fewer workouts and less time exercising as a whole, I’m pretty sure my body gets way more out of a workout when I’m giving 100%. Granted I’m not doing the kind of mileage that really requires recovery time, but I’m sure the days off don’t hurt with that either.
Post run (and post shower), I had some vegan fudge. Then Ethel came over and we went for a romantic stroll.
We enjoyed the sunset from Ocean Ave, and then walked back to la casita. On the way home this happened:
Ick. How gross am I for showing my foot on the blog? The blood just wouldn’t stop. Rather than freak out, I couldn’t help but brag at how vascular my toe was. What seemed like a simple stub looked like a Dexter-esque blow. My hands and feet are almost always 15 degrees cooler than my body’s core temp, so I sometimes worry that I have crappy circulation. But this blood-fest confirms it – I’m a very vascualr girl. If I had diabetes or if I smoked my toe would’ve produced maybe a drop…but no…I’m a healthy bleeder. Perhaps I’ve taken my cardiac nursing too far…
Back to the food.
WF prepared eats!!!
The end of the work week needs to be celebrated, right? Ok, ok, so I didn’t even work on Friday…whatever…any excuse will do.
I got the tofu fumi salad and Asian sesame tofu too.
Ordinarily, WF is know for it’s fresh, local, organic, clean prepared eats, but let’s not forget they have perfectly delicious hangover food too. Not that I was hungover while eating this, but that’s kinda the genre I put certain foods in. And Whole Foods’ prepared tofu is the perfect meal when you are craving super greasy Chinese food (which – and I’m sorry to make this association – is sometimes a post-boozing necessity). While still insanely oily, it’s a good alternative to a generic Chinese take-out order. I mean, for one, there’s no MSG, plus, there’s no hydrogenated nastiness, unhealthy oils, and the produce involved in the fumi salad is quality produce.
After dinner, Ethel got out her goods for a major girly night.
My toe finally stopped bleeding enough for her to give me a pedicure. Now that’s a good friend!!
Plus my fingies. I’m in a purple phase.
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