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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Poor Planning!

Smart move #1: Plan on this eating endevor just before a big exam.

Here’s the 411 when it comes to studying. I wait until last minute. It’s really not what I should be doing, but old habits die hard. With that being said, here’s Monday’s recap.


Breakfast: French baguette with Irish butter and strawberry preserves and graprefruit
Lunch: French baguette with herbed goat cheese and mesculin salad
Dinner: Mahi Mahi Fillets en Papillote (in Paper) with Bell Pepper and mesculin salad

Everything tasted great, but it wasn’t filling.

For starters, I am not normally a breakfast eater, so getting up and having something is interesting. Is it normal to have butter and jam on your toast? Seems excessive to me, but then again, when I go out and get toast, I’m given both butter and jam… but I thought it to be use either or. I’m not sure how to pick grapefruit, but I got lucky with what I bought. The grapefruit was sweet and satisfying. I guess lucky for me I bought that grapefruit cutting thing a while back.

While I’m not a breakfast eater, I am guilty of skipping lunch as well. When you’re going between classes and study sessions in the library… lunch escapes the mind. Plus I never carry cash when I’m on campus so my stomachs learned to not be hungry. How is bread with cheese and a salad supposed to keep you satisfied? I guess I’m just too used to eating large portions. I also caught myself rushing through my meals. Shame shame.

Dinner was my highlight. The original recipe called for Red Snapper, but sadly the seafood department at the local grocery store doesn’t carry it. What to do? I didn’t want to get something I normally eat, like salmon, and I didn’t feel like breaking the wallet for swordfish. But… there was mahi mahi. I find that it was a good substitute, but any fish would be good.

Mahi Mahi Fillet en Papillote (in Paper) with Bell Pepper
  • Bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 handful fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 mahi mahi fillets
  1. In a bowl, combine bell pepper, shallot, dill, basil, garlic, vinegar and olive oil. Toss until completely combined.
  2. Season fillets with salt and pepper.
  3. Tear off two decent sized portions of parchment paper (it’s an eye judgement, make it big enough that you can seal the fish in a paper pouch). Placed the seasoned fillets in the center. Top with the bell pepper mixture. Seal and place on a baking sheet.
  4. In a heated 425 degree oven, bake for 15 minutes, then put on broil for additional 2 minutes.
Pulling all-nighters really takes its toll. I had breakfast, but when I got out of my exam at 10:30AM I was exhausted. I took a nap, and woke up at 6PM! I thought of getting something to eat, but the bed was just too tempting.

I finally got around to dinner five hours later, and that’s only because someone offered me food. Pizza, wings and a stomboli. So good. I feel like such a glutton cause I had so much, but considering I missed a meal, I had to make up for it.

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