Before I get to talking about this week’s school-stress-induced junk-fest, I feel the need to take you through round 2 of healthy things I made and ate. The green-power continued with this week’s spin on CSA salad enhanced, once again, by my CSA bok choy blossom centerpiece:
(The flowers are edible, but I thought they looked prettier on the table than in my tummy.)
The salad had a base of CSA mesclun and CSA spinach, and the topping of the week consisted of a sauteed mix of spinach stems, kale, bok choy, and garlic scapes (all CSA); mom’s herb-infused olive oil; dried cranberries; CSA snap peas; red wine vinegar; cooking sherry; coarse sea salt; freshly ground black pepper; and freshly grated homemade parmesan:
In the center, I added a teeny bite of the lasagna I rescued during work-fridge cleanout last week and some leaves of homegrown basil courtesy of my fire escape garden:
Plus a few carefully selected arugula leaves from the fire escape garden:
Sigh, such a satisfying salad, the product of sweat and tears that were not my own 😛 …
My other feat of scrumptiousness (there are so many that it’s hard to keep track) looked like this:
Who loves farm-fresh CSA strawberries? I do, I do!
The yogurt part was actually a peanut butter-yogurt-chia mix. Tara left behind about 1/4 jar of Jif peanut butter when she moved. I don’t go for the Jif on its own so much, but it was tasty tasty mixed with yogurt! I added chia seeds for their thickening powers, and the concoction lasted me a good three days.
This time, I added dried apricots to the berries:
(Do you see my strategic positioning of the bowl in the center of the tablecloth design?)
If you are topping-identification-challenged, those white bits are unsweetened shredded coconut:
There was a night that I mixed the pb-yogurt-chia with cocoa powder and a smidge of honey and froyo-ed it (freeze for 20-stir-freeze for 20-stir), topped it with a spoonful of real vanilla ice cream, and sprinkled chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and cinnamon:
Just as I can stare at avocado all day, I can stare at chocolate all day:
Here are those circles-of-decreasing size again. Such a recurring theme around here!
Oh, another thing. (I know … this is way too much for one post. But I have so much to say still!) I’ve also been enjoying my iced white peony tea all week, thanks to this excellent straining spoon that I found on the street a couple months ago. (It also comes in handy for extracting poached eggs from boiling water.) Step 1 = Pour:
Step 2 = Remove spoon:
Speaking of things I found on the street, these joined the collection the other day:
And the last thing (I promise?)! When the pb-chia-yogurt ran out, I had to think fast. I blended a sweet potato with yogurt, spices, and vanilla; froyo-ed it, and topped it with a square of Newman’s Own espresso dark chocolate (I also followed it with like 4 more squares of the chocolate with the reasoning that the espresso would help me stay awake to finish my paper, and then I went right to bed.) and a packet of Fitnutz Pro:
I am lucky there are so many reasons to say YUM in my life.
Classily arranged on my cinder block, errrrrrrr, table …
The rain brigade says bye byeeeeeeeeee …
Did you make anything this week? I made the tent‘s cinder blocks serve as a photography table …
10 thoughts on “Other things I made”
Wow…that salad looks great! I love the Parmesan. It really adds something.
i haven’t made anything pic worthy in a long time. everything you made is drool-worthy! I have given the BD Cookbook for many a gift, enjoy!
Hmmm, we set up our new iMac and the desk it sits on – does that count? 😉
I like you cinder block table. It’s very….industrial!
Espresso dark chocolate? Yum! There is a “chocolate Cafe” across the street from my apartment (what a bummer!) and they always have little dark chocolate espresso balls out to sample. Lets just say, I LOVE going in there!
Omg, how does that sweet potato froyo concoction look so amazingly delicious?! You’re a genius!
I love the addition of the Parmesan to your salad. Yum! Your pb-yogurt combos look fabulous and decadent, too! So creative to blend the sweet potato with your yogurt.
that first berry snack of yours is lookin so patriotic! haha how appropriate, since it is almost the 4th. all of your soft smooth treats looked so good!
chocolate everyday for me too!!! 🙂
I can’t believe that you can still eat like a true foodie when work is crazy!!! ~~~
you come up with the greatest creations.
and I love the bowl centered on the tablecloth pattern 🙂
I need to “fro-yo” some yogurt asap.
Your chocolate creations always look so good!
I made a roasted corn salad- simple, but pretty big for me because I don’t generally cook, never mind throw ingredients together and hope they merge somehow. Was really good! I also tried a couple different things with tempeh this week! I’d never eaten it before…not quite convinced I like it yet!