Monday, July 30, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
|It also had this really cool guitar sculpture!|
Monday, July 23, 2012
I also spent some time thinking about my dietary habits. I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that maybe counting calories isn't a good solution for me. When I do, I find myself obsessing over food and thinking about it all the time makes me hungry. Plus, if I end up going even a tiny bit over, its pretty much game over and I just eat whatever. So, instead I've decided that I'm going to aim for 3 400-500 cal meals a day and 2 100-150 cal snacks a day, for a total of 1400-1800 cals a day. I'm also going to make sure that I really like the food I'm eating. I wonder if maybe in the past I've felt "deprived" and compensated by eating junk. For dinner last night I made tuna-zucchini casserole, which looked a bit gross, but tasted delicious! I (roughly) followed a recipe, but made a few changes. I used:
2/3 large carrot
6 pieces of garlic
1 can tuna
1.5 tbsp light sour cream
A few tbsp chicken stock
Cheese to sprinkle on top
I cut up the veggies into very small strips and then sauteed them. I let them cool a little and then added the tuna, sour cream chicken stock and pepper. I mixed everything (except the cheese) together and then put it in a pyrex dish and cooked it at 350oF for 45ish mins. I added the cheese about 5 minutes before the end of cooking. Delicious!
Monday Exercise Goals Review
Sunday, July 22, 2012
On Saturday I went for a run around the lake, talked to my family and went to a friend's Bastille Day Cookout. To be honest, I was a little nervous about going because I didn't know anyone else who was going, and wasn't sure quite what it was going to be like. I'm glad I did end up going though because it was pretty fun.
On Sunday I had a lazy morning, skyped with the boyfriend and then had a crazy afternoon! I've been meaning to go to the islands off the coast for quite a while and just haven't for various reasons. I decided that I should just go (even though the weather was a bit grey) and I'm really glad I did. There wasn't really much to do on the island, so my fear that I'd need a full day there was pretty unfounded. I ended up going to a little museum on the history of the island (with a super nice curator, who showed me around and explained everything to me) and then just wandered up and down the main street (and bought more thread to make a bracelet for the boyfriend, which I've been looking for for a while).
After I got back to mainland Seattle I popped over to Chinatown to pick up some things I needed for my attempts to make ginger chews (they're still a work in progress! If/when I find a recipe that works I'll post it :).
After that it was back home, a quick dinner (chilli) and a run around the lake (it got quite dark during the run, which wasn't too good) and then bed!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
We didn't actually do that all much exciting stuff (the boyfriend really isn't one for sight seeing), but it was amazing to spend some time together. We did go for a walk around Greenlake (a lake near where I live), which was gorgeous and a lot of fun.
So, onto the yummy dinners:
Sunday - homemade bolognese sauce on pasta (this is the boyfriends go-to dinner. Unfortunately I didn't get any pics :( )
Monday - pea and mint "soup" with teriakyi chicken. Both of these were absolutely delicious and will certainly be added to my repetoire!
Peas (we used about 0.5lbs for two really big servings)
Chopped fresh mint leaves
We first cooked the peas in boiling water (we didn't cook them enough, would have been better to cook them until they were starting to get really mushy). We then dumped out the boiling water and added chicken stock (diluted with water so it wasn't too salty, I imagine any kind of stock would work) and the chopped mint. We then just let it simmer away while we mushed up the peas fully. It ended up being a very thick soup!
|In the making|
|The final product|
Soy Vey Teriakyi sauce (or any kind of sauce, I just like this one).
I'm not too great at cooking (especially meat/poultry), but I really liked how the boyfriend did these. They turned out really moist. He...marinated the raw chicken for about 30 mins, cooked it on a fairly high heat to get the outside of each breast cooked for a few mins and then added the rest of the marinade and let it simmer away in that (and then obviously checked that it was cooked!).
|In the making|
The boyfriend is part asian and has been promising to make me asian food for a very long time, so he made chicken spring roll-esque things and chicken/pea leaves soup.
Pea leaves (spinach or other greens work too)
Chopped ginger root (I used a piece about the size of a pingpong ball for the two of us)
2 stems of lemongrass (chopped)
We let the stock, ginger and lemongrass simmer together for about 15 mins. We then added the chicken and pea leaves. In retrospect we should have strained out the ginger and lemongrass (especially the lemongrass) before we added the greens and chicken, as lemongrass has a really woody texture.
These weren't really spring rolls at all (they had much softer shells), but they were still really good. I'm not quite sure how the boyfriend made the filling, but you could put anything in them. To get the "shells" to cooperate you need to stick them (one at a time) into boiling/hot water (I liked using fairly hot but not boiling water). After about 30 seconds (depending on how hot the water is) they'll start to curl at the edges, and that means they're "done". Fish them out, flatten them out on a plate, add some filling and roll!
I also had these for lunch two days later and they were pretty good!
That was a long post (we ate a lot!).
|Spring roll esque things!|
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I'm on the Greyhound bus going down to Portland, where I'm spending the weekend with the boyfriend (which I'm insanely excited about!). I was a bit apprehensive about traveling on the Greyhound, but so far its been a fairly decent experience. I had a bit of drama getting to the station (I was meant to be there at 7am, which meant leaving home at 630ish, but I couldn't find the right bus stop :( ). Anyway, once I got there things went a lot more smoothly. The station was clean and felt pretty safe. I had to wait in a bit of a queue to pick up my ticket, but got it about 20 minutes before I was due to leave.
The bus itself is packed (remanant July 4 traffic!) but the guy I sat next to was nice enough. The seats are decently comfortable and it wasn't boiling hot or freezing cold or anything like that.
We made stops in Tacoma, Olympia, Centralia and Kelso. It was kinda cool to get a glimpse of the cities. The scenery between them was also gorgeous - lots of green! I was surprised by how unbuiltup the areas between the cities are, and how close to the cities the greenery starts!
Anyway, I'm off to enjoy my 24 hours in Portland!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
At night there was an amazing fireworks display, which I took lots of photos of that I'll post.
Yesterday (Thursday) was a day that made me think. It started off badly, very badly. I accidentally hit my camera with my foot and broke it. Like, its pretty much unusable in its current state. I was really upset about it, because I love taking pictures, it'll be a pain to replace and my boyfriend is coming to see more for a few days and we're taking a trip down to Portland, which I'd love to document. I tried to calm myself all morning, as did my boyfriend, which helped, but not too much. Help came in an unexpected form - a walk in client at my job. This guy had an illness, which had eventually ruined his kidneys (he was maybe 50 or 60). He'd (apparently) never really drunk alcohol, smoked or done drugs. Anyway, he was extremely fortunate in that a donor had been found for him, and the operation had been fairly successful. He was unfortunate in that his housing plans had fallen through at the last minute and he had no more money to stay in a hotel. So, basically, this guy, who'd just (like 5 days ago) had a kidney transplant, was going to have to sleep on the streets unless we were able to sort something out. (In the end he was able to get a voucher for a hotel for a few nights.)
Anyway, it really put my problems in perspective. Yes, its annoying that the camera is broken. But everyone that I love is fairly healthy, everyone knows where they're spending tonight and we all have an incredible support system in each other. The camera is a luxury item that I don't even really need, yes I having one, but I don't need one. The camera was expensive ($350) but not thaaat expensive (I get paid $450 a week). I'd like to put my salary towards other things (law school!), but at least I have the money to do something with!
The whole experience made me reflect on what's really important in life, and next time something "bad" happens to me, I'm going to think back to this experience and remind myself that its probably not as terrible as it seems.
Monday, July 2, 2012
|Our tour guide explaining the process|
|They mix in the "extras" by hand!|
|I bought two of these...it sounds like a really odd flavour, but believe me its soooo good!|