Posts Tagged 'new years resolution'

life and Atlanta’s Cupcake Factory

So I’ve been busy, some involving food, some things not. Obviously Thanksgiving was a few days ago, but I’m sure you all have had your fill of recipes and such. I’m sorry I haven’t been attentive – this real world work stuff is exhausting. So let me update you really quickly about what’s been up in my world of food:

– The week before Thanksgiving I did a semi-raw food/vegetarian week. I modified a really awesome raw food recipe by Ani Phyo of shredded zucchini, roasted butternut squash, and avocado. It was amazing, and surprisingly filling. I’d post the recipe, but I can tell you in one sentence: mix shredded zucchini, sliced avocado, and cubed roasted butternut squash in bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper. I had it with a co-worker’s left over pulled pork sandwich. She didn’t want it, and I can’t pass up free food:

pulled pork sandwich and raw food medley. the picture was taken with my phone, but i promise it was delicious!

– I made these dumplings last week for the Thanksgiving potluck I went to. They didn’t look nearly as amazing, but they still tasted good.

– This week I’m making a Persian stew by our friends at Nibblous. I will post that this week (hopefully).

And this past weekend was Small Business Saturday, sponsored by American Express (which is ironic because most small businesses don’t accept AmEx). So I went to Young Blood Gallery and Boutique to pick up some holiday cards, and I went to the Atlanta Cupcake Factory to have my first Atlanta cupcake. It’s smaller than the original Magnolia’s cupcakes, but whether or not they have fewer customers I’m honestly not sure. It was just one nice lady behind the counter with a small case of cupcakes. I wanted something different but also something standard, so I got a sweet potato bourbon and a red velvet.

red velvet on the left, sweet potato bourbon on the right. tasty all around.

The sweet potato bourbon cupcake was amazing. I licked the icing off my plate, my fingers, and the wrapper. The red velvet was also delicious, but the frosting was piled too high. Delicious as it may have been, I had trouble eating it. Not an elaborate review of the cupcakes, but the bottom line is that they were delicious. So go eat some.


Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

This (past) week I returned to a favorite recipe site: Recipezaar. I also received an acorn squash in my Urban Organic vegetable box, and wanted a recipe that wasn’t meat-based. So…I came upon this! I made a couple adjustments, however. First, I used a brown rice pilaf instead because the grocery store I went to didn’t have wild rice. Second, I didn’t use celery, pecans, or a couple of the spices. The pecans would’ve been such a great addition, but I was cheap. I also didn’t get a picture of it because it was so tasty, so here’s a picture of me drinking coffee with a gecko…hanging from my ceiling. (It was for my new year’s party…?)

if you watch BSG, then you'll understand the mug. if you don't watch BSG, then...go watch it.

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Baingun Ka Bhurta – unsuccessful indeed

I’ve tried making a recipe from PakiRecipes before, and I had a similar conclusion: I failed. Partly because I misread the directions, and partly because I don’t think there are enough directions. I should’ve just looked back at that post, because I pretty much have the same things to say about this recipe.

i wish eggplant were more flavorful. it looks so interesting.

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This Week’s Groceries

OK, so it’s been quite a week since the new year started. Yesterday Urban Organic seemed to have forgotten me, but they called today to confirm my box hadn’t been delivered, and they brought me one this evening. And keeping with my new year’s somewhat resolution, here is my grocery list (items not from U.O. in italics):

green chard (they forgot to include/ran out)
green beans (they ALSO forgot to include!/ran out)
green leaf lettuce
russet potatoes
dan jou pears
valencia oranges
braeburn apples
garam masala (supposed to get chaat, but they didn’t have any)
plain yogurt
canned, premade jaipur karhi (sounded like an easy meal)
annie’s mac and cheese

Urban Organic ($26.98) + other groceries ($30.50) = $57.48
total left in budget = ??? (I’ve spent a lot while people were visiting. Plus, school hasn’t started, so my budget/routine is all wack.)

Resolutions and Routines

So I’m trying to get back into a routine now that the holidays have passed. I hadn’t really thought of a resolution until I started making up my grocery list for this week. In a diet analysis I did for my nutrition class, I concluded that I should consume more vegetable proteins and less animal products. Now don’t get me wrong: I still eat meat. I still love meat. But I want to try adding more legumes into my diet.

Some people feel that a vegetarian diet doesn’t work for them because they never feel full or have enough energy. Since I should know how to combine my incomplete proteins properly to achieve maximum absorbency (or whatever), I’m going to try cooking less meat. My new years resolution is to cook no meat for at least one week out of each month. I can still eat meat in restaurants and whatnot, but I will not cook it at home. Eggs are OK though.

So please let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas. Let the challenge begin!

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