Outta the closet
Hi my lovelies! I have been basically commanded by my biffle to update my blog because he’s bored and has nothing better to do on the internet, so I’m indulging him. And also, I missed you guys.
I have an announcement to make: I am officially out of the Blog Closet. Because, you know, that’s a thing that exists…
Apparently, I have a creeper stalker named my boyfriend, who somehow “stumbled” across my blog.
Some of you may remember me agonizing over how and when and if I should tell him, and the rest of the people in my life. Well, he sidestepped my anxiety by finding it on his own, and though he thinks it’s “awesome,” he’s slightly jealous I’ve never cooked any of my “vegan specialties” (what vegan specialties?) for him (on a side note, he told me now he understands I have a running narrative going on in my head on a near-constant basis). That’s a major weight off my back, because although I’m not blogging anything secret or anything I don’t want people to know about, the whole, “So by the way, I have a blog,” conversation was one I wasn’t sure how to start.
Then today I came out to my family. My mother is concerned I don’t eat at all – of course I don’t live with her and she’s really just projecting based on the fact that at my age she suffered from an eating disorder – so I pulled out my cell phone and started flipping through pictures of my past several meals. Really helpful, no? She was impressed and asked if I have a website where I post my pictures, so I said, “Actually I do have an online food journal where I post my regular meals and kitchen adventures.”
So there you have it. I am out. The end.
And since this is now a “food blog,” here’s some food (today was hectic I forgot to photog everything).
Breakfast – using up the last of my leftover oats before Passover!
Awesome overloaded oatmeal – steel cut oats, 1/2 a banana, peanut butter, chocolate almond butter, raisins, raspberries, blueberries, cinnamon, cocoa powder.
There is a very high likelihood that I have eaten chocolate for breakfast every day this week. Oh oatmeal, I’m going to miss you over Passover. Quinoa for breakfast?
This salad also got scarfed down at some point – I timed my meals and shopping very well this week, using up the last of my produce and cooked leftovers tonight.
Insalata de ceci, spinaci, carota, avocado, i salsa condimento. Ok, I lied, I don’t know that many words in Italian. I just like the way Mario Batali says “ceci bean” on Iron Chef.
I also prepped breakfast for tomorrow that I remembered to photodocument. Basically I’m in the predicament of “there’s no food in the house and we’re leaving at the asscrack of dawn for lands unknown (aka New Jersey).”
After breakfast today, I still had these leftover oats.
Not wanting to toss them, I figured I could try to do a fake overnight oats preparation using precooked steel cut oats. I had all the makings right in the fridge, non-Kosher for Passover leftovers waiting to be used up.
1/2 banana, chocolate almond butter, oats. Unpictured, almond milk.
My basic “overnight oats method” (which sounds so much more official than what it actually is) includes me mashing up a banana with nut butter, then combining the oats, banana-nut butter mixture, and almond milk in a container.
I’m probably a weirdo but mashing up bananas by hand is one of my favorite kitchen activities. It’s up there with kneading dough – it’s a major release and gets out all my stress and frustration.
So then you combine the butter and banana like so
Honestly this can be eaten straight, as is. Banana-chocolate-almond butter. No complaints.
But I digress.
Add the oats to the chocolate mixture (I also added cinnamon), stir to combine, and into the fridge to sit overnight. I will return tomorrow with an update as to how this worked.
Since I’ve slept 4 hours in the past 48, I’m pretty exhausted. I’m gonna go for now but before I do, please tell me-
What is your favorite holiday? And why is it your favorite holiday?
Since I’m Jewish I’m woefully bereft of in-depth knowledge about the holiday traditions of other religions, so please share with me some of yours!
My favorite holiday is the Jewish holiday of Purim. We dress up, give gifts of food and drink and most importantly, are spiritually commanded to get as intoxicated as need be until you can no longer tell your best friend from your enemy. I’ll take it. Also, I am named after the heroine of that particular tale, Esther, and it’s a story I have always personally identified with.
PS- In honor of Lady Gaga’s birthday and my lack of shame and self regard…