Well, food has been in magnificent abundance! I’m still obsessed with raw foods, and have kept to the raw until dinner format. I’m not saying I have ambitions of being a raw foodist, but I do have to say the food is amazing, and I feel incredible.
Friday night we went out to dinner. I had a big chopped salad (which was OK – not great) and a caramelized onion and portabella mushroom flatbread (which they screwed up the first time by putting cheese on it, but when it was right, it was tasty!).
Saturday I didn’t eat much during the day – a fresh juice for breakfast and some veggies to snack on during lunch. Why?? Because it was vegan meet-up night! The theme was French food (our host just got back from France), and I knew the food would be plentiful and wonderful. I wanted to be hungry.
When the theme was announced, I called dibs on ratatouille. Hence the title of the post – and if you haven’t seen Disney’s movie Ratatouille, then shame on you. Anyway, my version was a very simple slow cooker version of eggplant, onion, garlic, zucchini, tomato, Herbs de Provence, and stirred in just before serving, a basil pesto. There wasn’t much left, so I think it went over well.
Here are some pics of the beautiful spread!
N’s brie en croute. HOLY COW. Yes, she made a homemade vegan brie…and I thought I was in heaven
brown and wild rice medley
chili relleno. Not French, but that’s ok :)
French Onion Soup
French lentils and veggies
yummy salad parfait – which really was amazing. Artichokes, olives, and lovely French dressing vinaigrette flavors
this ridiculous organic raw carrot salad. I took a pic of the recipe, just so I could make this all the time.
baguette slices with avocado and tomato
Today was another fresh juice (of course – with a new juicer, that’s going to be a daily occurrence!), a BAS for lunch, and some pumpkin curry soup at Whole Foods for dinner. YUM.
today’s BAS lunch! An entire head of Romaine lettuce, red onion, tomato, and pineapple in a simple dressing of raw cider vinegar, agave, fresh black pepper, and olive oil.
I spent the evening prepping eats for the week. I made a raw pineapple red Thai curry sauce that’s currently on sprouted wild rice and cauliflower for lunch tomorrow. I also prepped a container with all the prepped produce to make my morning juice faster. I have to leave by 7am, so no luxuries in the morning!
I did a great YogaGlo restorative class yesterday. I was feeling unmotivated to do anything, so opted for some gentle yoga vs. anything hard core. My back was a little sore (we’re badly in need of a new mattress), and figured that would be a good class. As usual, I loved it. I had actually don’t this one before and knew how much I liked it.
Today I had really planned to go run – but it was only 35 degrees out, and I just couldn’t face the cold. More yoga and a meditation session via YogaGlo.
I think I mentioned a few months ago that my office moved. Back in July, all of my division (save one team – my husband’s) moved to the same location. It’s triple the commute time for me (which I hate), but it’s also nice to be in the same building with almost all my co-workers. To decorate the new big building, my company decided to go with employee art! They did a photography “contest” (not really a contest, but an open call to the art committee to submit photos to be blown up and hung around the building). 4 of D’s were chosen, and they were all blown up and ready to hang this week. Since I work in the building and he doesn’t, he, R, M, and I went out there Friday night to walk through the offices and look at all the beautiful photos. I’m very proud of him. As a side note, he was eligible for the project because his VP works in the same building, and while he won’t see them regularly, I will! One of them is right outside my office!
Both Saturday and Sunday were extremely lazy mornings. After waking, I made my normal hot lemon/ginger/cayenne tea, and then crawled back into bed to read. Yesterday I spent nearly 3 hours before deciding to move! Today was 2. It actually felt really, really awesome to just wake up and relax.
Of course last night was the vegan meet-up dinner! AC was my date, and she brought French wine to the festivities! It was a really great time. She’s a social butterfly anyway, so I barely saw her the entire evening as we each chatted up different people at the party. All told, there were about 20 people. Afterwards, we did go out a bit so we could have a chance to actually hang out together! It was almost 2 am when I got home – though I slept until 11, so it didn’t really matter
L has a door in her kitchen that is also a chalk board! As we all brought dishes, she wrote them out on the door. So cool! I also didn’t get pics of everything, so there was much more than was portrayed here!
me and K enjoying the meet-up
AC is the blonde in the middle, closest to the windows. Flanked in conversation by J, K, and C.
another shot N took (of course she took all the pics with people…I only remembered to take shots of the food!)
I had no intention of going anywhere today. I had some work I needed to do, plus a lot of kitchen prep I wanted to get done- which is my typical Sunday. While I was sitting at the computer in the Green Room (sorry – it’s the room where we have the office, book shelves, and pull out sofa and bathroom – called such because the walls are painted green…), D came up behind me, massaged my shoulders, and asked when I was going to Whole Foods. When I told him I had no intention of going anywhere (it’s stupid cold), he gave me one of those looks like ‘who you kidding’. Yeah…I got dressed and went there and the Asian Market.
I hate cold weather. I think I’d be better about it if it was eased into like a normal place (being from the Midwest, I guess that’s my normal). Virginia isn’t like that. 70 two days ago – 30 today. What the heck? Give a girl a chance to adapt! So of course when it does this, I get very annoyed. When I was at Whole Foods, I picked up a bath bomb, and when I got home, soaked in a hot tub filled with lavender/vanilla goodness, drank a glass of wine, and watched the second Lord of the Rings movie. Yep. Lazy day!
Oh yeah – at one point this evening (at the same time) M, R, and D each had a cat snuggling on them. Too cute to pass up a picture opportunity…
M with Ginny
R (and her goofy expression) with Tonks
D with Bumble!
and my Sammie girl for good measure.
I’m looking forward to this week. Tomorrow will be painfully busy, I have a plumber coming one day, and a long drive to and from my daughter’s university on another – but then a four day weekend with my complete (nuclear) family! Yeah. Happy.
Some additional picture fun. Tonks and Ginny playing on my bed. Ginny and Bumble sleeping in close proximity to each other against D this morning (and since Bumb seems to dislike the little beasts, this is a big step), a morning pic, and R at her school’s Duct Tape Day.