Wreaking Havoc, and love.

February 15, 2010

Before I get to the havoc wreaking, I’d like to show my softer side:

As you  have noticed, I love to make breakfast for my little brother. No idea why, but I do. So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I made him some blueberry pancakes with butter, syrup, & love. Because after all, I love him berry much.

I love to spread love through food, I really do.

I also love cereal, Kashi Go Lean Crunch, to be exact. It’s probably my favorite! Especially when covered in the best fruit combination ever. Strawberries & Bananas. Great way to celebrate President’s Day, eh?

Now, here’s where the executions of vengeance and passion come to play:

Trader Joe’s Raw, Creamy Almond butter. All good things come to an end, and this one was violent. Many carrot lives were taken in the process.

and the brutalities continue…

I can turn 30 oz of hummus into 5 oz like it’s my job. After my next meal, I’m certain the plastic container will be completely transparent. Those chickpeas don’t stand a chance. Like I said, wreaking havoc.

I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. Ask me anything!

Happy Monday!

Pizza Pizazz

January 15, 2010

Momma’s Birthday Dinner:

Raspberry Ale Parmesan, Balsamic Red Onion & Pistachio Pizza on six grain crust.

Damn tasty, if I do say so myself.

Watercress & Pear salad with Balsamic/Mustard dressing.

The best was topping the pizza with the salad. Also, try garnishing a pizza with pistachios sometime. You won’t regret it.

The watercress was still in contact with its root. It has such a unique, peppery taste that I thought would be overpowering… the pear & balsamic/mustard dressing complimented it nicely, though.

Overall, it was a terrific meal for a terrific mother.

*It’s perfectly fine to indulge in a slice or two of pizza every now and then, don’t deprive yourself!

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I’ve been craving yogurt like crazy. It’s like my body has made it a requirement for things to function. SO Yesterday morning, I obliged.

Whole Foods Organic Nonfat plain yogurt, sliced banana, mango, peanuts, & a little bit of a crumbled lemon Larabar.

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I don’t have school today, so last night my friend Amber and I hung out. It was marvelous!

Kombucha & Grilled Veggie and Hummus wraps at Whole Foods.

Sugarhouse Coffee Shop. I ordered the LaDee-Dah-Tee (Macadamia and Almond flavored latte w/ Soymilk). Delicious. But Amber hit the jackpot when ordering a ‘secret/off the menu’ drink…

Banana Cream Chai. Mouthgasm.

We also nibbled on this little slice’o’heaven. So buttery, so fruity, so awesome. Great Harvest can do no wrong. I absolutely had to save some so my family could taste it. I think they’re glad I did.

When I picked up my drink and the cute barista said “Up to vegan standards!” , I noticed a fly trap named Lilith.

We sat upstairs, chatted, and listened to the live jazz band.

….and sat next to this lovely lady.

We came back to my house and watched It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia, “The Night Man Cometh”.  Hilarious.

This morning, I took my jab at Maggie’s breakfast burrito.

It calls for 1/2c egg whites, but I accidentally dropped my last egg… thus leaving me with ~1/3 cup= tiny burrito. I added a little lemon zest to my egg whites, too. Now, mine does not look anything like Maggie’s masterpiece, but I tried. I served mine with banana, mango, apricot, almond butter, and yogurt!

Perty.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday & a wonderful weekend!

…and all through the house, not a creature was stir, except for one mouse…

That mouse would be me, for I was putting myself together a little bowl of bliss-

Raisin Cinnamon Buckwheat GranolaKaia Raisin Cinnamon Buckwheat Granola. w/ a banana & vanilla soymilk. Accompanied by Lemongrass Green Tea.

This was mind blowing. I think it will be hard for me to go back to oat based granola now…. this was perfectly chewy & crunchy. Unlike most cereals that boast ‘raisin’ in their title, this stuff did not fail to deliver. I encourage you all to go to your nearest Whole Foods and purchase some of this raw granola. You won’t regret it.

Let us pray, there is hummus among us.

Hummus Among Us

Blue Moose of Boulder Hummus. Best in the US. My mom got this for me 2 days ago…. and now it’s gone. All 12oz of it.

Of course, I had a little help from my friends.

We have no shame.

2009 has flown by. I’ve experienced a lot (mostly from May onward), such as:

  • Merit to the Carrot was born in May.
  • I was in San Francisco for 6 weeks, living in a dorm with other artsy teens, for the Academy Of Art University’s Pre-College Summer Art Program, and I took a break from blogging.
  • I met the love of my life, Grant–a wrinkled, sun beaten carrot farmer– who taught me all there is to know about carrots at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market.
  • I ate a purple carrot.
  • A boy, who is now called Satan, convinced me that he really liked me, and then decided he’d become a Polygamist on me… for he soo slyly tried to date another girl at the same time. Oh, joy.
  • I attended the Gay Pride Parade on Market Street.
  • I turned 16!
  • My mom (on her own) moved all of our stuff up to a new house in Salt Lake City in July, because Nick and I were off at art camp.
  • Nick and I came home to a new home up on a mountain, and fell in love with our new surroundings.
  • My older brother (who has lived in Utah my whole life) moved in with us. I am so so so glad that he came into my life. This is probably the highlight of my year.
  • I was the ‘new kid’ at a new highschool, and almost shit my pants with fear.
  • I made new friends, whom I love dearly.
  • I joined BBYO, a youth Jewish Organization.
  • I went to Spain!
  • I restarted the blog.
  • I went to my first dance, Winter Formal.
  • I shoveled my first driveway.

Pretty exciting, right? hah.

I leave you with yet another Nick quote.

My brother grabbed my massive, quart sized water bottle and used it as a gavel while shouting:

Order in the Quart

“Order in the Quart!”

Mind you, he is 14 years old and we are extremely cheesy.

…with my oats.

Apple Banana Oats

with a drizzle of almond butter, of course. For breakfast this morning, I had a bowl of oats cooked in vanilla soy milk, and then I mixed in the fruit. I prefer my fruit fresh with my oatmeal, as opposed to being cooked in. I love the crunch of an apple and the creaminess of a banana. (Take that as you will… be mature!)

Fantastic.

Lunch was equally so:

Spinach, Romaine, Radicchio, Corn, Carrots, Beets, Pinto Beans, Cucumber, Balsamic Vinegar, Hummus, & a Wasa Cracker and avocado ‘smear’.

The core of an avocado is beautiful once you peel away its surface.

Avocado

Zoe enjoys my being home all day. (Sarcasm)

Zoe

I really do enjoy my time off from school, but I do get a little bored without a car. To render myself productive, I’ve created a recipe binder:

Recipe Binder

and I’ve also made use of some near empty jelly & pasta sauce jars:

Recycle. Reuse.

Recycle. Reuse. Plus, it looks cute, too.

Mmmm… Granola 🙂

Given the time of the year, I was thinking about gifts today. It didn’t require much time until I concluded what the best kinds of  are… at least to me. The best gifts can disappear.

They’re either experienced or consumed. You can only live each experience once, eat each meal once, and they are entirely unique and inimitable, no matter how hard you try to recreate them. The laughter and ambiance experienced from these gifts definitely trumps material. I find no greater joy than living with those I love, whether it be through a trip to the symphony or a special sit down supper. Ultimately, I’d rather give and be given the gift of experience than something tangible. Hey, that’s just me.

Has someone special to you given you the gift of experience? If so, share 🙂

The greatest gift I’ve ever been given was a trip to Paris for my 16th birthday. I asked my dad if he’d take me to the city of love, as he’s the one man in my life who will never break my heart. We went in October of 2008, during Paris Fashion Week. I stood outside the tent of the Hermes fashion show, where I saw the masters of the fashion world. Carine Roitfeld, Hamish Bowles, Virginia Smith… I gawked at everything in the D’Orsay. I walked through incredible neighborhood markets. Twas the perfect gift.

My Grandmother is also the greatest of gift givers, for she has taken me to several continents, exposing me to the wonders of the world. I am eternally grateful for her.

I had a hot date

December 21, 2009

…this morning with one Haute Diggity Date.

Haute Diggity Date

Mmmm… this bar was fantastic. I could really taste the coconut from the granola and you could see all of the ingredients in the bar:

Scrumptious.

Veggie Scramble

Lunch was an Egg white scramble with red onion, carrot, spinach, pinto beans, garlic & herbs topped with hummus and eaten with Wasa Crackers.

Last night I made some Apricot Almond Cookies via my own recipe, which I created moment by moment. The recipe needs some improvising, but I’m content with how they turned out. Not too sweet, perfect texture.

Apricot Almond Cookies

Cookies are the best.

Of course, almond butter on the cookies is even better.

I love making my own recipes. Especially for supper.

What’s the best recipe you’ve ever made?

PS- My younger brother, Nick, awoke this morning enraged. He has the flu, and complained about how he couldn’t sleep all night… but when he did sleep, he had the SAME dream over and over again. He said it wasn’t a good dream. He put it in his own language:

“It was like sitting through Atonement. It sucked. Or any other Keira Knightely movie that isn’t Pirates of the Carribean. I was just like “Why am I here?”

I started off my day with Pumpkin Molasses Oats, topped with a chopped granny and PB (smile)

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…It was okay good, but not my best bowl (frown).

A component of my lunch today was a Raisin Spice Heart Thrive (smile) and another granny (smile)

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…not a very pretty color scheme I’m keeping up here (frown)

-I give the Raisin Spice 5/5- (super smile)

Same texture as the Lemon Poppy seed, but I enjoyed this flavor a whole number more! I love the chewy raisins that were plentiful in this treat. It was pretty sweet for a Heart Thrive, but only as a result of the raisins. Which is a-okay with me! I can’t wait to eat its twin! Oh boy, I’m getting violent (frown/smile?)

I’m pretty sure I failed my Scarlet Letter test (frown)

Last night’s simply scrumptious supper (smile),

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…steamed sweet potato, black beans, diced tomato, garlic hummus, and a little ketchup atop a bed of spinach…

Sweet Potato + Peanut Butter = Heaven in my mouth. (smile)

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This afternoon, I received another great piece of mail (smile)

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The amazing company,18 Rabbits, sent me some of their very aesthetically pleasing granola bars (smile)

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I have never been so impressed with packaging as I am with these bars. Seriously, all those rabbits, 1 through 18, have great taste. Can’t wait to taste these! Haute Diggity Date, here I come!

I stumbled down the stairs from excitement (frown)

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…and finally, tonight’s dinner. Brown Rice and veggie marinara (with a few Whole Wheat noodles, too)… (smile)

Now I’m watching The Strangers with Liv Tyler as a wordless wuss and Gemma Ward as a model gone murderer (frown)

Have a great Friday! (SMILE)

Quicky…

November 23, 2009

… before I’m off to school!!

I started my day off with this-

What’s inside?Yummy, warming banana oats topped with some PB and sprinkled with cinnamon.

I love oats in a mug! Especially when I wake up to this:

My own little Winter Wonderland.

Here’s my random lunchy plate from yesterday while studying for today’s Human Bio Test on the HEART!

Pear, leftover bnut squash, a carrot, some cucumber, celery and hummus 😉

Well, wish me good luck on my test! Hope everyone has a great Monday!