I have no idea where this week went. It is beginning to feel like I will never get caught up. Do you ever have days like that?
On Wednesday I made Dan’s breakfast (a kale and banana smoothie), packed his lunch and headed outside to get my blood pumping. I knew that I need to get moving quickly since I had a lot on my to-do list today. Good thing I work well under pressure huh?
Here are a few pictures I took while I was outside getting in a little activity.
Once I got home I did some strength training and got cleaned up so I was ready for my 10am appointment which was not to be. I thought I was doing one thing, and then something happened and I was doing something else. I am not one that adapts well to change but did manage to be constructive in spite of having my schedule turned around. It is funny when I am very busy the least little thing can throw me off my routine.
I used my unscheduled “off time” to make myself breakfast. Since I knew I would be eating more calories for dinner than I normally would at home I combined breakfast and lunch. This time it was my favorite savory oatmeal. It contained my usual: wheat germ, freshly ground flaxseeds, nutritional yeast, cumin, paprika, oregano, no-salt seasoning and was topped with broccoli, salsa and a few white chia seeds.
I worked on my post that I scheduled to post while I was in cooking class which fortunately worked fine. Technology and I are not always friends so I didn’t know what to expect. Needless to say I was happy that it worked. Now I will need to use that more going forward.
Early in the afternoon I had another appointment before I needed to leave the house. Given our very fuzzy felines that climb all over me like a jungle gym I got my face and hair ready but didn’t change clothes until I was ready to walk out the door. Something tells me all the cat and dog owners understand that process very well. ;-)
On my way to cooking class I needed to stop at Costco for a few essential items: nuts, quinoa, and herbs that sort of thing. The rain slowed down my trip but thankfully I was still on schedule, which means early since I don’t like to be late for anything.
It was wonderful to see the regulars at cooking class. I have missed attending class on Wednesday but since it was usually meat and/or cheese it wasn’t a ton of fun for me. When I ran into Donna last week (the cooking teacher) she told me that the next class was spring vegetables and that she could make dishes that were finished with cheese and/or meat and leave those off for me. That was all I needed to hear to attend class. I had a wonderful time on Wednesday and look forward to being able to attend more classes in the future when meat isn’t going to be dominate in the meal. Hmmm, I wonder how Donna would feel about using tofu or tempeh for me. Maybe I will send her an email about that. ;-)
Here are the dishes from class:
We started with roasted asparagus and shallot over mache, and quinoa cooked in veg stock. The asparagus was topped with pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes. Everyone else had goat cheese and crispy capicola on their servings. I thought this was fine without the meat and dairy. If you wanted to add a crispy element you could use either kale chips, flax cracker shards, or even crispy flat bread. A good substitute for the goat cheese would be almond feta, cashew or macadamia nut cheese.
The next dish was a potato and leek galette served with a baby arugula salad dressed with truffle oil. This was excellent but then again I do love the aroma of truffle. ;-)
The final dish was a spring risotto topped with pea sprouts. I do love my risotto; it must be an Italian thing. It is hard for me to imagine that I used to always add cheese to my risotto. Once you get used to the clean flavor of food with cheese or dairy it is difficult to imagine why you were ever addicted to it. However I was a cheese addict and thankfully that situation is long gone now.
I stuck around for a while after class and talked to everyone and got caught up on what it going on in their lives. When you see people for 3+ hours once it week you tend to get very close to them. I loved having people that were as passionate about food as I was in my life. I really do need to start going to cooking class again when the dishes are ones which are finished with non-vegan items.
• What a great week this has been. Between the cherry blossoms, meeting Jose (swoon), and cooking class it has been a notable week for me. Too bad every week can’t be this much fun. However that is probably what makes weeks like this so special.
• It was fabulous to catch up to everyone from cooking class. However now I realize how much I miss them all. As Dan pointed out I could take care of that by going to class more. Now I just need to find time in my schedule to make that happen.
• Wednesday was a super long day since I didn’t get home until after 10:30 and Dan and I talked until almost 1 am. However it was still a wonderful day.
• Do you have those days where you wonder how life got so busy? That has been my week and I am not sure how it happened. Okay so realistically I know that I did it to myself taking on too many responsibilities but when I started them I had free time. I am thankful that I have time to do so many things, and hope that I have learned to say no to many more things for the foreseeable future. ;-) Only time will tell right? I still want to work in a few cooking classes. I am a glutton for punishment sometimes. LOL
Questions for You:
I was very surprised by the lack of comments to the post yesterday which I thought was one of my better posts. Since the post did get a lot of traffic I assume I am the only one that enjoyed that post. Which leads me to wonder what is that you want to read here? What information are you hoping to see on the blog? Any hints or suggestions that you can provide would be very much appreciated. My goal is to provide information that is useful and hopefully entertaining and am not sure that I am accomplishing that at the moment. *shrugs shoulders*
It is time for me to make myself presentable for dinner. Assuming that I do things correctly this will post while we are out socializing. *fingers crossed* Talk to you all again tomorrow. I hope you are having a fabulous weekend.