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Cooking up a storm

January 12th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

I like to minimize the number of things I "have" to do on Sundays, preferring instead to spend the day close to home, either cooking, reading or spending time online.

Today, I'm cooking up a storm. I've been inspired by reading Super Immunity by Joel Fuhrman. I tried one of his recipes, an eggplant hummus with a lot of healthy stuff in it. It was on the bland side and I wound up with a good 4 cups worth, far more than I needed, but I will bring it to work with some raw broccoli and carrots.

I also whipped up another batch of my own granola.

Next, I made a delicious mushroom soup. It's not quite like a cream of mushroom soup, but it has onions, garlic, leeks, carrots, celery, barley and both button and portobello mushrooms for more complexity of taste. It was very good. Though the recipe didn't call for it, I used my immersion blender to make it more cream-like. Very good...also will use for workday lunches.

Tonight, I want to try one more new recipe, a "crustini" on crusty bread made up of cannellini beans, flat leaf Italian parsley, red onion and sun-dried tomatoes. How yummy is that??

Still inspired by Dr. Fuhrman, I returned a bottle of multi-vitamins to BJs because it had several ingredients he says aren't good: Vit A and beta carotene, iron, folic acid and copper. (I am thankful they have such a liberal return policy, as I didn't have a receipt and had opened the bottle.) Plus I bought a bottle of zinc, which he said, along with B12, is important for vegans to supplement with.

Today's the last day I'll get to enjoy my free month of Netflix. Being a reality TV junkie, I sort of got hooked on Dr. 90210, a show featuring several plastic surgeons and the work they do. Surprising that the vast majority of patients want breast implants. The face lifts, etc are much fewer and far between.

Talked to 2 friends and my mother, but didn't leave the house today except to pick up a few groceries. And there I ran into my old boss from 6 years ago when I worked right here in town. His kids are all in college now, when they were just in middle school at the time I worked for him. He's one of the nicest people I've ever met, just a kind, gentle and humorous person who was very easy to work for.

I had a light, early dinner last night with Bachelor #4. He was nice enough. My problem is that I seem to have difficulty feeling any strong attraction to men I meet in this way. I don't feel a chemistry, although he was clearly intelligent and, as I said, nice enough that I could see. I suppose I could go out with him again and see if "something develops," but then again, I wouldn't be too upset if I never saw him again. I'm wondering if I have lost my capacity for romantic love.

After saying goodbye to him, I did some grocery shopping at Trader Joe's, which was right down the road, and then, since the all-day rain had kept me from leaving the house earlier, I also stopped to get gas, shop at BJ's and shop at Shop Rite. So I got many of my chores done and got home around 9 pm.

Tomorrow night there's a lecture on certain aspects of our town's history by a local, well-known historian. I've always wanted to attend these monthly meetings, but when I'm working, it's just so hard for me to venture out, especially in winter, after putting in a day of work. I really have little excuse, as the meeting is less than a mile from my house. But I have a feeling I won't go even though I'd like to.

3 Responses to “Cooking up a storm”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    FYI...for those of child bearing age folic acid is important to prevent many birth defects including spina bifida. I have a friend who has a child with spina bifida, so just consider this a public service announcement.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    CCF - the folic acid and the iron caught my eye in the list of bad ingredients too. Both are important - esp for women of childbearing age (esp those actively trying to have children!)

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    Sorry, I meant to clarify. The iron and copper are bad for women over 50; it's ok to get those in a supplement if you're still having your monthly cycles.

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