July 28, 2010
Throughout my entire life I have prided myself on my independence. So much so that I often feel stifled by intimate relationships. As I grow older, I think I am learning that there is still a way to be independent in the mist of having a person you depend upon.
With that said, I’m happy to report that I am still seeing the ex-man. Is he still an ex? That, I do not know, but I feel incredibly comfortable, happy, and content right where I am at this moment. I am keeping my distance emotionally and making sure to honor and acknowledge how truly happy I am being in a relationship with him.
Basically, this summer has consisted of fruit, vegetables, couscous, cookies, and men.
I’ve been really into berries this summer. There is not one berry that I have not met and loved.
Also, there is nothing quite like asparagus in the summer:
I found a type of couscous that consists of giant balls instead of little balls. If you can find it, because I have only once, you will not regret it.
As for exercise, I’ve been running (but not as much as I usually do!) and doing yoga (more than I usually do!). During the heat of the summer I consistently find myself less motivated to run. Although, I did just discover that my hot bartender friend works out at the SAME 24 hour fitness that I do, which makes me much more passionate about frequent cardio workouts.
Tonight Hayley and I are going to watch a band at our local coffee shop The Laughing Goat. ”The Goat” is quickly becoming one of our favorites, especially since attractive yogis and crunchy men are abundant in this space. Additionally, the last time I ordered a latte the barista made a heart on the surface of my coffee. I’m telling you, this coffee spot is a winner.
July 24, 2010
On iron!! A trip to the doctor has revealed this startling fact, so I am attempting to increase my intake. I’ve been taking an iron supplement, as well as turning to real food.
Today for lunch I cooked grass-fed beef in 1/2 tsp of coconut oil. Before I put it on the stove, I marinated it in rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper. I served it with some baked sweet potato strips that were seasoned with ginger, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
Then I remembered that Gena raves about sweet potatoes and avocadoes together, so I added about 1/2 an avocado to the mix. She was right, together they are delicious and I don’t know why I hadn’t tried it before since I love both.
This meal was good but kinda… hot. The lack of air conditioning in my apartment combined with the stove AND the oven running really made me sweat. I had also just come back from the gym– perspiration got a little out of control.
I thought quickly (last night while I was babysitting I watched Chopped on Food Network and have been picturing myself as a contestant all day today) and assembled something to cool me down.
Grapefruit + Garbanzo Salad
1/2 cup chickpeas
1/4 cup cilantro
1 t cardamom
This recipe doesn’t get much easier- just combine, toss, and serve! You might add a pinch of salt to bring out the flavors– my mix already had some from my canned chickpeas. Don’t be afraid to go heavier on the cardamom, either. I thought it really complemented the grapefruit and cilantro.
Did you know that garbanzo beans are actually a pretty good source of iron, too?
Off to daydream about showering and maybe eventually take one.
July 6, 2010
Hello!! It’s been a while.
I didn’t take nearly enough food pictures while away, but here are a few that made the cut:
That would be a hot dog wrapped in bacon. Sausage in all forms (ew) was the street food I saw most often in Denmark. I didn’t eat them often, but when I did, I went big. Normally, though, I would choose a pastry, a crepe, a waffle, or ice cream instead.
I ate this beautifully arranged caesar salad at Tivoli, Copenhagen’s amusement park/beer garden.
Speaking of beer:
I drank tons of it. I didn’t ever go very many days in a row without having one, and I hereby vow to never drink Budweiser again. After tasting the thick, dark, flavorful beer of Amsterdam and Copenhagen, it would just be wrong.
That photo was taken at Taste of Amsterdam, a food festival. I have also been to Taste of Denver here and I believe they have similar things all over. While there, I not only drank but ate as well:
A friend and I shared these two plates. In the shade on the left is ricotta cheese with basil, tomato, grilled asparagus, and breadsticks. On the right is heirloom tomato bruschetta with sauteed onions.
Both were delicious! And yes, I totally pretended I wasn’t lactose intolerant for almost the entire duration of my trip. I was lucky enough to be travelling with people who had packed Pepto Bismol and were willing to share.
Back to Denmark for the next noteworthy item:
Smørrebrød is a traditional Danish meal that’s basically an open-faced sandwich with tons of toppings. (Can you find the bread underneath? I don’t think I can, but there was a piece there when I ate it!) This one had red leaf lettuce, roast beef, horseradish, bits of fried onion, cheese, and garnish.
Even though it’s the traditional meal, I only had it that once. Since both Copenhagen and Amsterdam are large, modern cities, they had a lot of options foodwise.
Restaurants were often pretty similar to things you would find in the US, but things they had a lot of in Europe but that I haven’t seen much of over here were small cafes with deli cases full of different prepared salads for the customer to choose from.
My plate had a chickpea salad, an artichoke and feta mix, and arugula with peppers. All had a light dressing and were flavored with different herbs. I always loved my meals from these places, and I really think that a similar setup would catch on in the US, especially among health-conscious people.
I’ll end with cookies that I bought because I thought they were crackers. I saw “spelt” and assumed they’d be salty, but instead they were wafers with a caramel, syrupy filling. In the Netherlands, they’re called “syrup waffle” cookies, but I bought that bag in Denmark.
I didn’t hold back when it came to food while I was away. So, did I ever work out? How do I feel about my body now that I’m back to reality at home?
All that and more is coming soon!