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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Gluten Lite - Day Two

Just as I thought, going "gluten lite" is proving to be tricky.

We had breakfast at our training this morning. Monkey bread and a fruit salad. I love monkey bread. Love love love it. It looked and smelled wonderful. I had the fruit salad, of course. That was also good. I looked up recipes for gluten free monkey bread, GF sandwich bread, and GF flour mix.

Lunch was junky. The line in the cafeteria was too long so I walked over to the shopette. I walked out with some cheddar popcorn. You know, Smart Food. Surpisingly I wasn't feeling all that hungry after the cup of fruit salad and coffee.

By the time I got home from work, I was STARVING. Cooked up some soba with a splash of tamari and pickled ginger. No stomach complaints... woohoo! Picked up a coffee for class and am now finishing the yogurt I bought with that coffee for my post-workout meal and part of my dinner. More soba for dinner. I should probably change it up a bit of I will get sick of that stuff.

Also, I need to buy more tamari.

As for working out, so much better to go to the gym later in the evening. Place was pretty empty so I didn't have to wait for a machine and I had real space between people over by the weights. These workouts are nothing like the WODs I used to do at CCCF. But it's been a while and this is a bit different. Tonight was back and biceps, tomorrow shoulders and abs.

Which definitely looks like I'll be doing later in the evening (if at all!) because I have the Shmaltz event after work. It starts at 4:00 so it would make more sense to go straight there. I guess I should dress more presentable, eh?

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Last Minute Game Day Food: Shredded Buffalo Chicken

I have to be honest here, I’m not planning on watching the game.

Oh, it will probably be on in the living room, but I will most likely be doing other things. Like cleaning out my closets. Organizing my clothes. Cooking food for the coming week. Drinking beer. Stuff.

If you have a viewing party to go to later, here is something you can throw in your crockpot and take over. Or you can just make it for yourself to eat during week. I found the recipe on Sweet Little Blue Bird, but tweaked it just a bit. What I cooked is listed below. The cream cheese addition was me.

2.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
12 oz Franks Red Hot sauce
1 packet Ranch dressing mix
1 package cream cheese, softened

1. Mix the hot sauce and ranch dressing mix in a small pan. Heat until it starts to bubble. Allow to cool slightly.

2. Pour over chicken in crock pot. Cook on high for ~4 hours.

3. Shred chicken. Add in cream cheese, mix to combine.

I’ve been this with tortilla chips and in wraps. You can add shredded cheddar, crumbled blue, scallions, chives… whatever floats your boat.


Monday, February 01, 2016

Vacation Eating -Rockland Edition

My vacation officially started Friday at 3:30, but now I am on full vacation mode. Not doing anything special, visiting family and doing errands I can't do while I'm working mostly.

But I am liking the waking up whenever I want. Sadly, I am still on work mode, so I got up at my usual.

I thought this week off would be a good time to change up my diet. More protein, not really concerned with fat, and being more careful with carbs. Refraining from white flour, white sugar. Stuff like that.

After taking Ford out for a walk at Children's Park, I stopped by Fairway for breakfast/snack. Currently eating smoked salmon trimmings and a spicy tuna roll with brown rice. Not bad, although I scraped most of that mayo stuff off. Green tea to wash it down. 

My mom wants to get sushi later. Can't say no to that.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

When Bad Cheese Happens to Good People (aka: Happy National CheeseLovers Day)

Hurrah for made up celebrations!

When was this day declared for the cheese lovers of the world? Thank you to whomever came up with it.

Whole Foods was having a sale on their organic cheese, but even with the 20% off it would be pricey. So I went to Honest Weight instead (support local business). Nibbled on a cheese sample or two and looked around the random cheese pile.

My method for choosing cheese is simple: the chosen cheese must be a decent portion and reasonably priced. Decent portion depends on how the cheese is being eaten - nibbles with crackers calls for a smaller portion; use in cooking meals calls for a larger one. There are just a handful of cheeses I will buy repeatly, but I like the adventure of trying new cheese. Something about that unknown... woohoo! I've done pretty well so far...

... until tonight. I picked up five small wedges. Mostly soft cheese, majority of the bleu variety. 


Double oy.

If you're out looking for a new cheese to try, you should avoid these:

  • Cornsider Barnwell Slyboro - Raw Goat Milk (West Pawlet, VT)
    Honestly, I picked it only because I saw Slyboro on the label. I've had their cider... I like their cider. So a cheese washed in it shouldn't be that bad... right? Wrong. Wrong wrong wrong. It smelled funky, and tasted even worse. M identified the odor as sewage; what I thought of it truly will not be posted here. What I will say on the matter is that I don't think they meant "grassy notes." That may have been a typo. 

  • Three Village Cheese Cascadita - Raw Goat Milk (Poland, NY)
    Okay, I think the safe bet would be to stay away from raw goat milk cheeses. They. Are. Not. Good. The Cascadita is more of a hard cheese, but it just doesn't taste right. Not at all pungent as the Slyboro, but there is a definite off taste. Not sure how to describe it... it taste like freezer burn (if that makes sense). It's as if the cheese absorbed the flavor of whatever it was in. Plastic. Waxy even. Weird, since the cheese wasn't covered in wax.

Four dollars down the drain.

We opened a third cheese (Onetik Bleu Des Basques - Thermalized Sheep Milk (France)) and that was delicious. 

So... lessons learned:

Raw goat milk = stay far far far away from
Sheep milk = makes for delicious cheese

Happy cheese day!

Friday, January 01, 2016

Hello 2016!

Most people celebrated the new year last night. My family celebrated this afternoon. Just family. I think the reason we pushed it back was because my grandma just got back from the Philippines and wanted to give her time to recover. She's okay, but my uncle that accompanied her came home pretty sick. But we celebrated anyways.

I wanted to make at least one Filipino dish. I ended up making bopis, which apparently is also called igado. Pork heart cooked until tender and then chopped fine and simmered in a vinegar/annatto sauce with chopped chili peppers. Lots of oohs and ahhs, and all that remains is just a little for my sister when she gets back from work.

I decided to break tradition and made a non-pancit dish - jap chae. The sweet potato noodles made for a nice change from the usual rice noodles we eat. Several people asked for the recipe, but it can easily be made without one. Cook the noodles according to the package. Drain, rinse, set aside. Wilt a dark green vegetable (I used kale) and chop to bite size pieces. Sauté vegetables in a little oil and sauce made of soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, chopped garlic, and white pepper. Sauté the kale in the same way and with the sauce. Add everything to the noodles and mix to combine. Top with scallions and sesame seeds. This disappeared quickly and I was asked to make this again for the next gathering.

My mom asked me to bake a cake for an aunt to celebrate her birthday. She ended up not making the party, but my cousin brought a slice home so she can enjoy. Nothing fancy, plain yellow cake. Made a stabilized whipped cream frosting, mixing in some cherry preserves for the middle layer. Never heard of a stabilized whipped cream? It's just whipped cream with gelatin added. Another request to make this for the next gathering.

Another Filipino dish, fruit salad, that my dad used to make for parties. Cream base is made up of cream cheese, condensed milk, and whipped topping. Fruit cocktail, tropical fruit blend, and maraschino cherries comprise the fruits. I should make this into an ice cream.

There's some karaoke action going on now... time to hide.

Happy New Year!