Saturday, February 26, 2011

Give Me Bok Choy - Change My Life

It's Saturday night.

I've got food on the brain.

Here's something you might as well know about me: For a very large portion of my waking hours, I'm thinking about food, in some form. Sometimes I take a break and think about flowers. Sometimes the condition of my home.

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Cory and the kids are my autopilot - so don't go worrying that I'm neglecting my family while I dream up two thick slices of cinnamon bread dredged in eggs with cinnamon and nutmeg, fried just-so, drizzled in syrup.

It turns out, I can multi-think.

And sometimes it's easier to talk about food.

Other times, there's just no escaping the other stuff. Sometimes it follows me around relentlessly until I share it. That other stuff can be a little greedy. Not only does it want my undivided attention, it apparently wants yours, too.

So I'll warn you now: I've got some other stuff on my mind.

recipe here

But tonight? I'm a little sleepy and I'm nutrient deprived due to an entire week without a trip to the grocery store. The photos herein do not, in any way, represent our dining experiences for the past seven days. They are here simply for inspirational purposes and as reminders of fonder, more nutritional moments in our household.

We cleaned the pantry, ya'lls. We ate peaches I canned in August and applesauce I froze in September. I was so thankful for the abundance, but after a while, a girl just wants a bite of something that will bite back a little, you know?

(My mom is probably twirling her hair right now, thinking I'm denouncing canning. No worries, Mama. It hasn't come to that.)

I froze this marinara last Summer and it was de-vine.

Thursday night I couldn't take it any longer. I needed something green. So we broke down and...went to Subway.

Friday night Cory and I landed a very last-minute date. I ordered a gigantic salad with red beets, avocados and goat cheese, Baby. I shoulda gotten two.

I've been scouring my binders for the past several days. I've made my list. We'll be eating well this week. I'll be shopping on Monday morning, and my Mojo is at the very top of the list, along with thirty kilos of produce.

recipe here

Exactly how much is 30 kilos?

I'm hoping it's a lot, man.


PS - I'll be posting more info on the African dresses soon!


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29 comments:

  1. i'm not a big food fan. i tend to stick by my old faithful favorites.

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  2. everything you've posted is orange-ish red. ANNND now I want spaghetti.

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  3. giosmama26@yahoo.comFebruary 26, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    Everything looks so delicious. But what I'm sure is on the minds of all is, what is your menu for the week consists of? I have a feeling it will be very very rocking meals.

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  4. ahhh, we love trying different, weird recipes! but we still love old favorites:)
    food.
    oh my.
    love!!

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  5. Sounds like Monday's shopping trip will cost more than $50. Please share the bill! ;) On a happy note, I think I just might manage to keep our bill down to $50 this week... even with making sandwiches for fellowship lunch at church tomorrow!

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  6. Oh, and 30 kilos should work out to about 65 pounds. Yep, loads of produce! :)

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  7. All your food pictures look so yummy! I've been craving produce lately, espcially summer fruits. Can't wait for watermelon! Oh and peaches too. And strawberries. Blueberries! And...well, you see where this is going, right? :)

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  8. i always have food on the brain and love trying new things....i have some of your suggested butterscotch rolls sitting out tonight. i just wish i could get organized enough to remember to look at the recipes before i go to the store....maybe when the kids get older and i have a 'moment'.

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  9. I love food, I love cooking, I love being in the kitchen with something a stewin...
    I totally know what you mean about cleaning out the pantry, we have been there more times than I can count, ummm like last week. The kids live, they love canned peaches and apple sauce! : ) Happy Monday shopping to you.

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  10. I am totally with you. I've been on a cooking kick lately. I think its the desire to eat something fresh. I have been trying to make things way out of my skill set. As usual my 1 out of four is fed directly to the dogs ratio is holding strong. Damn you chili cheese entouffe

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  11. I, too, crave something that will "bite back." So I bought a bag of apples yesterday and now the kids are continually pestering me for an apple. And I say no because I don't want to share. (What kind of a mother am I?) (Don't worry, I might not share, but I also won't eat in front of them.)

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  12. Oh, will you be my menu planner? Not my strong point. You can look at my grocery bill and tell.
    All of the above looks so yummy I'd eat it all...except for the cookbook even though it looks yummy, too.

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  13. It sounds like your "abundance" was very good~
    Feels good to clean out the pantry. Have fun this week and let us know what you cook!~

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  14. Wow, you keep a recipe planner, can your own fruits & vegetables, and still have time with three kids to actually prepare a healthy meal. Very impressed! Lori

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  15. i love that you think of food...i wish i did that more. i have no imagination whatsoever when it comes to that area. don't know why. i love food i just don't think much about preparing it.

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  16. Okay the Life cereal in my bowl right now is not cutting it after reading this post. So sweet that you scored an impromptu date - love when that happens! Happy Sunday, Lisa

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  17. I love the binder-I made my first one to try to prevent covering all of my recipes with strange recipe remnants (gross, I know), but it's actually changed my cooking life! Between my plastic covered pages and my new aprons, I think I might just be cleaning up and growing up...

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  18. Yum, yum, and yum. I really shouldn't read your posts just before lunch. On the other hand, though, it was before my grocery shopping trip...here's to the green stuff...and red, orange, and purple stuff, too. Cheers.

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  19. As always, you make me laugh, smile and think. Fave part of this post is your disclaimer:


    The photos herein do not, in any way, represent our dining experiences for the past seven days. They are here simply for inspirational purposes and as reminders of fonder, more nutritional moments in our household.

    You are hilarious. Thanks for making me LOL today!

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  20. Thanks for posting the recipes with the photos! Call it inspiration for my grocery list this afternoon. :)

    I was feeling the same longing for green things this morning, thinking that I'm going to get the cold frame warmed up this week and try some early planting. A girl can hope, right?

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  21. I have always wanted to try to skip the weekly shopping trip and see how we would survive living out of the fridge and cupboards! I think it would make for some interesting meals!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  22. Mmmm...it all looks good. I'm really bad about planning my meals/shopping trips. We're kind of eating the stuff in the way back of the cabinet right now. I think I need to make a grocery list. You're inspiring me.
    -FringeGirl

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  23. you had me at food! I have been sick for over a week and not baked or cooked much and today I am making up for lost time, a triple layer from scratch chocolate cake is in the oven and tonight it's homemade meatballs and mashed potatoes... I'm so excited about it I just blogged.

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  24. I always have food on the brain too! And your pictures are mouth-watering! I am off to make dinner!

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  25. nice...looks like some cool things to try...i am a sucker for trying new foods...unless it includes lima beans...about the only thing i can not eat...

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  26. I love how you think and write...now I'm off to catch up on your other posts from this week:)

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  27. Girl, can I just tell you how much you inspire me? Seriously. Your beautiful food and your beautiful words and your beautiful, beautiful heart that just spills over all over here with love for your family and others. I'm so glad you're writing a book -- you are truly gifted with an ability to impact with words. I know I only know you from visiting your little corner of the world here, but it blesses me, with each and every post.

    Regarding your comment on my tattoo -- yeah, drastic, I know. I got it as a sort of kick-my-own-butt gesture -- to remind me to stop neglecting that which I know I need to do, want to do, was designed to do... to not let writing get buried beneath the laundry pile and covered up with daily to-do's. It's hard to ignore, hard to forget, when its right there staring at me every day.

    Anyway, thank you, muchly for sharing what you share here. Your name is on my gratitude list, today.

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  28. Ok, when I first started reading I thought "Didn't she tell me they were out of good food." And then I thought "She and I don't have the same measure of 'out of food'..." and then I read on... lol

    Happy shopping tomorrow!!

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  29. Mmmmmm. Now I'm hungry. For more than the boxed mac and cheese my 10 yr old made for dinner (Hubby is gone tonight).

    So I will multi-task tonight, thanks to your inspiration, listening to Peasant Princess sermon series online while I copy my fave new recipes into a recipe collection notebook. A good use of a husband-less evening, yes? :)

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