Ice cream destiny

I’m working very hard on enjoying my last day of vacation today! I’ll be back at work tomorrow and back at class Tuesday night. Where did these three weeks go???

I did some food prep for the week this afternoon, which involved cooking 1/2 cup each of brown rice and BRM triticale berries in 2.5 cups of whey left from Greek yogurt-making. I forgot about the cooking grains until my nose led me to the burning pot! The grains happened to be cooked perfectly, and I scraped the crunchy bits out of the pot for a snack with a strawberry and some soymilk, mmm:

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I labored down my steps and outside to try to grease my achy and creaky legs with some walking … and I stumbled upon some exciting grocery finds! Purple cauliflower:

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Samoas ice cream:

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My grocery stores NEVER carry the fancy Edy’s flavors (and I totally missed the boat on buying girl scout cookies), so I almost screamed in the aisle when I saw this! And it was the only one. Fate.

The top was all melty when I finally got back home:

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Hmmm, which new find did I try first?

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There was no contest, was there?

Lunch was a salad with cucumber, tomatoes, spicy peppadew, a hard-boiled egg, feta, and the last of the TJ’s rice and bean chips (a sad moment).

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In other new food news, I brought these colored tapioca back from my mom’s house last weekend. She gets carried away in Asian grocery stores.

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I soaked the tapioca for an hour or so in water until they soaked it all up and got soft.

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Then, I cooked the tapioca in a boiling mix of 1.5 cups unsweetened soymilk and 1/2 cup water, stirring until it turned into pudding, mmm. For flavoring, I decided to mix it into the chia pudding. Plus, the tapioca was more or less devoid of nutrition (aside from the soymilk, which is of questionable value) while the chia pudding was jam-packed with nutrition. Might as well spread the wealth!

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I was right — the sweetness from the dates and the vanilla flavor was strong enough to translate into the tapioca-chia mix, and the result was a brilliantly varied array of balls.

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I inaugurated the pudding concoction with none other than my new Samoas ice cream 😀

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Layers: 1/2 cup chia-tapioca pudding, 1/2 chopped apple, 1/4 cup samoas ice cream, blueberries

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Yum infinity.

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Cookie piece!

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SO excited about this ice cream!!

Have you had any fateful food finds lately?

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20 thoughts on “Ice cream destiny

  1. Linda says:

    Congrats on the half!

    I love reading all your inventive food concoctions. I would have probably eaten a bowl of colored tapioca pudding and then a bowl of that ice cream.

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  2. erin says:

    i have that exact ice cream in my freezer right now! i bought it last weekend for my niece, but she ended up only having one bowl since we were out so much. i’m enjoying every mouthful!!

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  3. Melissa @ For the Love of Health says:

    Hey! That’s awesome you had a great vacation. I totally hear you on it slipping by sooo quickly! It’s amazing how fast that time goes 🙂

    Amazing looking food!! I love prepping too because it makes it a lot easier to eat healthier. The tapioca/ice cream dessert looks sooo good! A a purple cauliflower is so cool
    🙂 adds some color!

    have a great day!!

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  4. Gina says:

    My favorite part about buying ice cream is eating the ice cream that sticks to the lid when I first take it off! I have a think for ice cream that is slightly soft…I want to dive into it!!

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  5. homegirlcaneat says:

    THE BEST is when ice cream sits out and gets all melty!!! OOOH baby I JUST ADORE IT! Whenever I get froyo, I sit in my car and blast my heater so it melts 🙂 woopwoop!

    The tapioca balls are so presh! I love the rainbow colors..it reminds me of dippin dots!

    And I just recently found FLATOUTS! Life changing experience!

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  6. Anne K. says:

    That salad looks delicious, and that colored tapioca looks so pretty. I bet that samoas ice cream is incredible. And with pudding, too? Awesome! That looks delicious 😀

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  7. verbalriot says:

    Mmmmm…ice cream. I’ve seen that flavor, I might need to double-check the shelves of my supermarket again 🙂

    I’m horrible at making brown rice. I burn it pretty much ALL the time.

    Fateful food find? Definitely those spicy apple ginger chews. I’m in love!

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  8. coco says:

    wooooo….. I am so jealous of you finding that purple cauliflower!!! it’s soooo pretty!!!
    3 weeks of vacation sounds long but actually it’s sooooo short, especially when you are having great time! 🙂

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  9. Karina Pinzon says:

    That ice cream looks so yummy! I remember when I was little, my dad and I used to sit at the table and eat GS short breads with milk. When I was feeling less civilized, however, I would devour boxes of them by myself. Good times 😉
    Yogi tea rocks!

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  10. katecooks says:

    i love those little cups. cooking in individual portions is so cute!!! i have a few ramekins that i never whip out, i always forget about them but they make the perfect amount! everything you created looks delicious as usual!

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  11. Meghann S. says:

    I LOVE that Samoas ice cream…You might have noticed, but the top seems to STAY nice and melty! If I leave it out of the freezer for even a minute, there are yummy delicious little spoonfuls of the soup on top! mmmmm

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  12. Katharina says:

    I wish I could find that! Samoas are the only Girl Scout cookies I like.

    My fateful food find was the So Delicious ice cream bars made with coconut milk… IN EVERY FLAVOR!

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