missdiane: (Kitty Chinese food)
Since I ate out for lunch WAY too much last week, I wanted to do a better job of prepping and cooking at home and packing lunches. Tonight's dinner was super good - Korean bibimbap. 

Since I don't have the classic clay pot, I took the rice and pan fried it to get it a bit crispy which really does make all the difference when you mix in the soft yolk and the spicy sauce and the juices from all of the yummy vegetables.
I have leftovers packed for lunch but since I can't do the whole fried egg, I chopped up bits of a Korean omelet that I got in the prepared section at H-Mart to serve as the protein. Going to eat well tomorrow for sure.

missdiane: (kitty catnip)
Another sweet video - chef Bobby Flay and his kitty Nacho Flay

Wouldn't have pegged him as a cat dude but you can't always tell!

As far as a me update, still hitting the gym with Emily. Hoping sometime that I'll have less random soreness on and off through the day but doing well otherwise. I must have pretty strong biceps since I had to up the weight pulldown machine to 60 pounds to feel adequate resistance around the 10 count mark. However other muscles need more work and I've been able to identify those (triceps, core, glutes, quads) so I can work on them. I've also done a mile each time I do the treadmill the last few days which is good. Still keeping an eye out for a convenient yoga class to get good stretching in but I should try to fit in some yoga stretches at home. 

I made some strawberry lemon freezer jam today - my first attempt at freezer jam that I can recall. It didn't firm up as much as I'd hoped but the taste is amazing so I won't fret about it being a bit thin. It'll still taste awesome on toast. 

Starting next Sunday I'm doing a vegetarian challenge to focus on the eating again and enjoy fresh summer produce. I'll make a post soon on the LJ Healthystart community if anyone wants to join in. It's vegetarian rather than vegan so eggs and dairy are permitted (though check those cheeses!)

Hope everyone is doing well *huggles*
missdiane: (Kitty Chinese food)
Sometimes YouTube gives me fun suggestions. This woman making a 1950s style lime jello salad intrigued me and she seems very sweet.

On her channel, she makes more old-style food videos. I'll have to subscribe to her page and watch them. I also think I'll make that jello salad for fun sometime soon.

missdiane: (kitty fortune cat)
It's a cool and very rainy day today. I went for a short trip out to pick up a few groceries that I forgot the other day and to get a lovely loaf of bread from Paris Baguette. My favorite varieties are their multigrain and the pumpkin with black sesame that I picked up this morning
 
 
I've gotten into the whole "avocado toast" craze, which wasn't a stretch since I've always been a big fan of avocados for breakfast, adding them to omelets and such. I saw the stupidest things on the news yesterday that there are some people trying to lobby for a warning label to be put on avocados because dopes aren't being careful when trying to cut them and are stabbing their hands. Give me a break. I've never heard of a call for a warning label on bagels (yeah, have sliced my hands a few times) or butternut squash, or pineapples. 

Anyway, it was a rather foolish choice to go out today. I walked out of the first of three places I'd planned to stop and promptly dropped my umbrella and broke it so that it wouldn't close. Then I found that I parked in a spot where I'd have to step in a trouser-hem-deep puddle to get to the driver's side door. I was a soggy mess when I got home. 

My downstairs neighbors are moving out today and I would've gone down to wish them well but it looked like they were struggling enough with the rain and moving furniture. Poor things. Besides, I did get to run into Natalie yesterday who was about ready to pack the kitties up to move them. This morning she texted me a sweet picture of kittyboy Miles enjoying their new sliding door. I'll text her in a couple of weeks and see when she's around campus if she wants to get lunch or something. 

Once I got dried off, the rain did its work of lulling me into a nap. The kitties have been out cold most of the day. Rainy cool days are the best for napping. I'm not looking forward to next week's weather. After a stretch of below-average temperatures which I was just fine with, it's supposed to suddenly jump to near 90 by mid week. Sheesh. I mean I know summer has to come but could there at least be a gradual introduction? 

Suffice it to say, I got some ham to go with the bread and some other frozen meals and toss-together stuff for the nasty days since I don't want to heat up the apartment by cooking much.
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Sometimes random suggestions from YouTube make for some new favorites. Since I watch videos from channels like Strictly Dumpling, Peaceful Cuisine, and TabiEats (they are so cute), it suggested videos from Seonkyoung Longest one of which was this little gem:

Since I had some slaw mix on hand, I made it for breakfast this morning and HOLY MOLEY I think I have a new favorite breakfast. I did make some modifications mostly based on what I had on hand but some also due to preference:
Unbuttered, toasted sourdough instead of white bread (might lightly butter it next time but not a big deal)
No ham (didn't miss it at all)
Thin sliced monterey jack instead of American 
Much less sugar, mayo and ketchup. 
No onion or scallion 
One egg and some egg whites - I made enough for only one portion, obviously

Surprisingly, I may add a smidge more sugar next time and I might get some scallion for more flavor but other than that it was delicious. I'm always looking for ways to eat more veggies at breakfast and the lightly crunchy slaw was perfect. It would also make for a good diner-style omelet for less carbs (they cook the veggies in most of the time instead of making a pocket for the veggies like I usually prefer)

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