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French Toast Breakfast, Chicken Soup Dinner

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment

I used up the last of my cranberry lemon with pecan preserves (that I got at the JamPot) this morning. I have a jar of lemon marmalade to look forward to now.

French Toast! Co-starring blueberry yogurt, a little bit of granola, and coffee.

Bread: Shokupan from Cafe Japon
Eggs: Ernst Farms
Soy Milk: Edensoy. Soybeans from Michigan Thumb area.
Yogurt: Thomas Organic Creamery
Coffee: Rich French Neighbor from Roosroast

We did a little bit of running around today: Best Buy (bought nothing, checked out Kindles), Victoria’s Secret at the mall, and the Salvation Army. I dropped off two garbage bags of clothes and one of shoes at the donation dock – it feels really good to have clothes that I wasn’t wearing and those that don’t fit anymore to just be out of the way.

At around 5pm, Tim decided that he wanted to have chicken noodle soup for dinner, so we went to the store to pick up egg noodles. The only recipe that I had was the “8 cups of water plus entire chicken in the pot” kind, so I figured I could just wing it. I’d had chicken noodle soup enough times in 24 years to know what it tastes like.

Spur of the Moment Chicken Noodle Soup
8 cups of chicken stock (good if you’ve got homemade on-hand frozen)
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 zucchini, sliced
Approx 2.5 cups of chicken, white/dark meat, torn up
Egg noodles (I think I used about 2 cups? I like a very noodle-y soup)
3 cloves of garlic, minced finely or through a press (I used one clove of elephant ear garlic)
Dashes of parsley, basil, paprika, crushed red pepper, onion powder, sea salt, & black pepper

Defrost chicken broth and pour into “big enough” soup pot on medium high. Add carrots, garlic, and spices and bring to a boil. Let boil for a few minutes and bring down to lower heat. Once carrots are tender, add celery and chicken. The chicken won’t take long to heat up. The egg noodles I used take about 3 minutes to cook according to the package, so I added the zucchini and noodles at the same time. Just check and make sure the noodles are done and everything else should be ready too 🙂

Aprons make me feel fancy. I got this one from Questionable Content, a webcomic I read.

Finished product, with a focaccia roll


Three Day Week

November 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Thanks to Thanksgiving Day this week, I’ve only got one day left of work.
Thanks to Thanksgiving Day this week, it is unbearably slow at work today (hence the blogging). I could do some filing, but yea, not as entertaining (and I need something to do tomorrow as well).

Again though, there are some meals to catch up with.

Saturday we had our friend Brian with us for dinner and we had some rather simple stir fry.

Red Pepper (not shown, since I don’t like it), snow peas, broccoli, carrot, baby bok choy, and romanesco cauliflower

Cafe Japon was at the Farmer’s Market this weekend so I was able to get some shokupan… which means French toast for breakfast 🙂 I am almost out of the preserves I got at the JamPot up north…

Sunday Breakfast

I decided that on Sunday afternoon that I was going to head out to downtown and maybe look at some Christmas presents for people and pick up more shampoo at the food co-op. Is it weird to post an outfit? Because I am. Please ignore that knick-knacks (ps I made the little clay dudes!)

I came back with two gifts for people from Heavenly Metal and some much needed bar shampoo, seeing as I ran out on Friday. I really want to get some pretty bar shampoos from Lush, since they are awesomely colored and smell nice, but ALL of them have SLS listed as an ingredient… so sorry Lush. Twelve Oaks is too far away for me to drive to get some anyways.

Sunday afternoon we went out to the movies to see the new Harry Potter and I was totally surprised that it was already dark when we got out! Given it is a 2.5 hour long movie and it started at 3:15pm… Dinner was simple. Marinara sauce from Veganomicon, some bow-tie pasta I had in the cupboard, and Gimme Lean veggie ground beef crumbles. First time using the veggie ground beef and it was rather successful. I had to spice it up a bit with a bunch of spices since I bought the plain style, but once it was all mixed up in the sauce it was really good.

Monday night dinner marked another first– Chickpea cutlets from Veganomicon and my first time using vital wheat gluten. I wasn’t quite sure about the “strings of gluten” they were talking about and then BAM I became very familiar. The cutlets were simple, but needed a bit more spice which I’ll do next time. I just wanted to make them according to the recipe first so I would have something to base variations off of. Also included were baked potato wedges and stir-fried baby bok choy.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be heading down to the Farmer’s Market to pick up my turkey from Ernst Farms, then one more day of work and vacation until Monday!

Bears, Beets

November 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Let’s just say we’ve been watching a lot of Battlestar Galactica lately.


Weekly Menu
…in no particular order, starting 11/6/2010…

1.) Leftover Red Lentil soup
2.) Vegetarian Thai red curry with tofu; lemongrass & cardamom rice
3.) Pasta with Italian Sausage, Garlic Marinara
4.) Roasted Cauliflower, Quinoa
5.) Bean burgers, Israeli Couscous, Corn, Peas
6.) Homemade Pizza
7.) Leftovers Day

Lemongrass, ginger, shrimp paste: Tsai grocery
Potatoes, Chili peppers: Tantre Farm at Farmers Market
Cilantro: Frog Holler Produce at Farmers Market
Cauliflower: Farmers Market
Sausage, Whole wheat flour: Ernst Farm at the Farmers Market
Shallots, brown rice, cardamom, pizza sauce, Israeli couscous, quinoa, pasta, Al Dente marinara sauce, coriander seeds, peas, corn, broccoli, tofu: People’s Food Co-op
Yeast, Garlic, : from Nathan and Jenn

We had a pretty productive day on Saturday. We went to Northside Grill for breakfast, then to the Farmer’s Market and People’s food Co-op. We needed some more ingredients for the Thai Curry so we headed over (in full U of M football traffic) to Tsai Grocery…. and also Target! I got a $50 Target giftcard at work for Thanksgiving and I figured it would be a good time to stop in there since we aren’t over on that side very often. I looked around in the kitchen things around for a while…. immersion blender! Red! $49.99! Mine!

After that we drove out to the east side to see my uncle in the hospital. Yesterday was 11 months that he has been in the SICU at St. John’s, but his doctor told us yesterday that he is almost ready to move out of the SICU and on to a rehab floor.

On our way home, we stopped in at the Apple Store at Briarwood Mall and picked up some handy new iPhone 4’s. I really think it is faster than the laptop I am using right now. We got back home, worked on syncing up the new phones, and I bought our plane tickets for Denver as well. We’ll be gone from February 16 to the 20th to visit my friend Amanda and get some skiing in, of course.

Sunday morning’s breakfast was French toast syrup and preserves, blueberry yogurt with granola, and a cup of Rich French Neighbor from Roosroast coffee.