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Thankful for Food Porn! October 12, 2009

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Thanksgiving = incentive to buy sweet potatoes

Today’s lunch:

0.5 sweet potato and golden delicious apple sprinkled with TONS of cinnamon,  6 grape tomatoes, and a huge cup of chai tea!

I ate the sweet potatoes with cream cheese as well…new favorite combo? I think so!

Lots of closeups:

Most colorful lunch ever! Table top decorations courtesy of my housemate’s parents–who visited yesterday! As soon as I saw the mini pumpkins and flowers I knew at least one of those things will be under the mercy of my camera lens :mrgreen:

I also did some baking this morning!

Carrot spice muffins from SusanV! They were more like muffin tops, because I don’t have cupcake molds! Can’t wait to have these with my oatmeal tomorrow morning–it tastes very cinnamony & gingery!

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I halved the recipe and used a mashed avocado because I don’t have butter! I also used 2 packets of Splenda and 2 packets of raw sugar …because I haven’t bought any sugar yet! I keep meaning buy some honey at least, but I keep putting it off 😛

Unfortunately I don’t have my pumpkin oatmeal from this morning because my sleep schedule’s all screwed up, and my camera isn’t high tech enough to take pictures in the dark 😦 But it was awesome anyway! I soaked some oats and goji berries in milk and yogurt over night, then added pumpkin, flax, ground pecans, and a little granola this morning!

However, I have oatmeal pictures from several days before!

Oct 10 – Cocoa & apple oatmeal

oats, apples, cocoa, cinnamon sugar, flax

All nuked in the microwave for 2 minutes!

Sept 20 – Chocolate Banana Oatmeal

I can’t tell you how many times I had this for breakfast last year!

0.5 cup oats, water & milk, banana, cinnamon, ground ginger, cocoa

Also made with the microwave! I’m really getting the hang of microwave cooking~

It’s awesome that my housemate Sarah likes to decorate things~because otherwise this picture would be a lot more boring!

I should really be studying for a midterm I have tomorrow at 8: 30…but I don’t wanna 😦

Last Meal January 9, 2009

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Last breakfast at home 😦 [this was a few days ago–jan3]

  • oatmeal, banana, black & white chocolate chips, cinnamon, almond extract, almonds, milk

WILL MY BREAKFAST EVER LOOK THIS GOOD AGAIN?!

Maybe I’ll wake up earlier so I’ll have time to cook the oatmeal on stovetop–the boiling water method makes oatmeal so ugly 😦

More pictures just for good measure! I miss being home already…AND I JUST GOT BACK TO SCHOOL -headdesk-

I guess it’s not so much being home as having enough time to go to the grocery store…but my parents aren’t here! [And just for good measure–I also miss being able to play Guitar Hero everyday]

Still jetlagged. It always takes me a while to adjust to the time difference. Booo because I want to go to the gym! I have too much energy 😛 Can’t sit still in class! That’s why I always sit in the front row in lectures, ’cause I keep crossing and uncrossing my legs and I need room to fidget :mrgreen:

Giant Oatmeal Entry December 24, 2008

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It is giant because it’s a catch-up post! 😀

Dec 22

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  • wheatberries!!, white chocolate chips, almonds, cashews, cinnamon

+ hazelnut mocha

I have finally hopped on the wheatberry train! A very chewy train, I might add :mrgreen: [does that even make sense?]

And having chocolate chips in my oatmeal makes my mornings exciting!

Lunch:

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DUMPLINGS! [I had 3 bowls of that stuff in total–would have had more, but we had to go out 😦 ]

Every time I have these, capital letters and exclamation marks are used, because they are awesome!

I added a shitake mushroom and some tofu thing, plus some fish thing 😛 I should find out what those are called!

Exam oatmeal:

The day before my orgo final:

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I made exam art! The molecule depicted above is ethylene 😀

The rest of the other stuff:

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Too lazy to describe every single one of them 😄

Oh and there was this:

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I documented the oatmeal making process! 😄 Too bad it was a failed experiment!

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Yeah…didn’t taste that good…the only thing that saved it were the PB and the peaches…

To finish off:

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Frozen yogurt!

It was so cold that everything in my fridge was frozen 😄

The snow over here is ridiculous! I have never seen so much snow in Vancouver! There’s probably two feet of snow by now. Crazy!

What’re people doing for Christmas eve?!

Hooooome! December 21, 2008

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Elongated vowels to emphasize my excitement!

Now that exams are over, regular posting of entries and blog reading can resume! 😀

First bowl of stove-cooked oatmeal in months:

My breakfast just a few minutes ago!

  • oats, cinnamon, milk, small banana, white & dark chocolate chips, almonds

+ hazelnut mocha

Against a snowy backdrop! We’re having some kind of snow storm right now, which kinda kills my soul but at the same time I’d rather be stuck in the snow at home than at school…

Yesterday:

The same thing in pancake form and without the white chocolate chips:

Quaker’s quick oats just aren’t powdery enough for the texture that I usually get! But I kinda like this chewy version :mrgreen:

On the morning of my last exam:

  • strawberries!, a very small banana, flax, coffee, cottage cheese, mocha, PB

There were more strawberries involved than depicted above, but they were hidden :mrgreen:

And yeah…there’s a whole bunch of exam-time oatmeal pictures that I skipped, but that’s ’cause those ones aren’t really pretty! I’ll probably post them all in a blob later on though–just because some of them are kinda fun! But I’m not going to upload them now because I have HOMEWORK to do.

[I think my TA may have taken the "spirit of giving" concept a little too far…]

awake 22 hours a day! November 23, 2008

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The other two is for napping 😛 I just don’t have the willpower to pull an actual all-nighter–sorry guys, I guess I’m not that hardcore! :mrgreen:

Nov 17

  • vanilla yogurt, PB, flax, banana, chocolate almond granola bar

The key word here being chocolate. ❤

I was so stoked to see this being sold on campus! And pretty much any type of exciting food I see goes into my oatmeal the next day 😀

[and this is kinda gross, but I wonder what those noodle salads I like so much tastes like in oatmeal! I might have an off-the-side experiment on this one–although I probably won’t photograph it–I know when to have mercy on you guys :mrgreen: ]

Lunch:

Soup, english muffin, roasted red pepper hummus, crackers.

Small lunch 😦 The store didn’t have the turkey chili I was hoping they’d serve–so I ended up getting the only option they had–aka the vegetable soup. 

Dinner:

Acorn&butternut squash chili + egg + cottage cheese + carrots & peas

Chili currently owns a piece of my soul. And it’s even better with cottage cheese

Late-night snack:

Which means I had another all-nighter.

Bright side: the cranberry almond bar was good! I wish I had the foresight to buy some more food though 😦 [I was hoping that’d be a motivator in avoiding an all-nighter–but I guess life hates me…]

Nov 18

 

  • coffeeeeeee, cinnamon, ground ginger, flax, milk powder [ran out of real milk], honey almond granola bar,  walnuts, banana

I miss caffeinated oatmeal! Plus I needed fuel–and this provided me with 7 hours of it. Win! 😀

Back to work!

Nutty Oats – Part III November 19, 2008

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It just occurred to me how appropriate it is that I have a Nutty Oats series on the blog the same time of year that I’m about to go nuts from a combination of homesickness and stress…see how hilarious I am? 😀

Nov 11

  • pumpkin seeds, walnuts, milk, coconut, flax, banana

 

Ever since I came up with the microwave pancakes, I’ve been craving them like crazy! I’m thinking of doing a savory pancake for dinner sometime 😀

Nov 15

  • raisin granola, goji berries, longans, flax, milk, cocoa, walnuts

I haven’t had granola with oats for a while!

Dinner

Baba ghanoush, tomatoes, whole wheat english muffin, scrambled egg, kidney beans, chickpeas

Nov 16

No oats for breakfast!

English muffin with margarine, watermelon, and scrambled eggs.

Kinda refreshing to have a change from the usual routine! I think I’m going to try and have something different for breakfast once every week so I can have oatmeal at the cafeteria 😄

Dinner:

Hummus, baba ghanoush, roasted red pepper sauce + bread, tuna, kidney beans, chickpeas, coffee

All-nighter snacks:

 

Fruits, pistachios, apple, and coffee.

Only my plan failed and I fell asleep…

Home stretch! Only one more week of classes left! When do you guys finish school for the holidays??

Nutty Oats – Part II November 17, 2008

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Nov 14

  • walnuts, peanut butter, cocoa, flour, milk, flax, oats, microwave

Note: if you want ginormous pancakes–don’t use flour! And I only used 2 tbsp [and 0.25 + 2 tbsp oats], whereas if I used 2 tbsp of oats instead, I would have gotten more surface area and volume!

 

Nevertheless–still tasted good 😀 Also, I only added a tiny bit of water this time ’cause I wanted to use up all the milk before it expired–not sure it made any difference in terms of flavor though!

Dinner:

Pumpkernickel, turkey, eggs, tomatoes, kidney beans

On another exciting note–my res was on fire! Not the whole building [because in that case I would be crying, not blogging], but apparently the washing machine was what set the alarm off?! It would have more made sense if the dryer caught on fire…but anyway the fire happened ’cause someone overloaded the machine…I have no words.

And I settled myself for a third all-nighter yesterday night, but it didn’t happen because I have no willpower 😛 So I guess I’ll be paying for it tonight!

Off to class~

Post-All-Nighter Party November 14, 2008

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I actually ended up having a second all-nighter after the first [well…I did sleep for about 4.5 hours…so I guess it’s an all-night wannabe :mrgreen: ]…the inner workings of yeast turned me into a zombie for two days…

Nov 5

  • mandarin oranges, pineapple, milk, flax, PB

Lunch:

Corn, peas, peppers, eggs, chickpeas, kidney beans, hummus sandwich

Corn~<3. I kinda want to bring out the veggie oatmeal again~but no time to go grocery shopping! [the store’s like…half an hour away D: ]

Nov 6

  • mango, papaya, pears, pineapples, PB, milk, flax, cinnamon, ground ginger

It’s canned fruits, just so you know 😛 No way I would have had access to real papayas and mangoes! Although I wouldn’t have any objections if the caf decides to bring that stuff out 😀

Lunch:

Broccoli, cauliflower, hummus sandwich

Caffeine:

 

This is like fore-shadowing…I haven’t drank coffee in the afternoon since first year..

Nov 7

 

  • pears, walnuts, cocoa, cinnamon, ground ginger, milk, flax

+ orange spice white tea. I don’t like the dried orange peel smell, but the tea didn’t taste bad or anything~

My awesome dinner:

Jasmine rice, black beans, zucchini, ,red pepper, carrots, mushrooms, ginger hoisin sauce

LOVE jasmine rice! It smells even better than normal rice–which I didn’t think was possible until I took a whiff~and that is why food is so awesome 😀 [other than the fact that y’know…we need it to live]

I originally planned on going to the gym today…but I don’t feel like it…so maybe I won’t go 😛 I have a commerce assignment due tomorrow anyway~

Everyday is Oatmeal Day! November 1, 2008

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Oct 26

Oatmeal #128: Mochi

  • Pear, milk, flax, walnuts, cinnamon, mochi!

Reiterating: mochi!

The package my parents sent me = best thing so far this semester. 😀

Dinner:

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Oct 25

The last meal…

…before my doom aka Orgo midterm…

  • cocoa, longans, milk, walnuts, flax, goji berries

+ mint tea

I wanted coffee but I didn’t think I need to be any more agitated 😛

Pre-midterm snack:

Free Kashi bars from the cafeteria! Got the coupon in the mail–I also got a free coffee mug! This is why living in residence is awesome 😀

Lunch, aka, consolation meal

 

Pumpkin & tuna sandwich, yogurt parfait from the tuck shop~

Dinner:

 

Surprisingly, I was full on this…and it didn’t really even look like much~weird.

pasta salad + beans, cottage cheese + cheerios + PB, pineapple, chocolate chip cookie

Oct 24

 

  • black sesame, goji berries, longans, coconut, walnuts, flax, milk

  

This Post Has No Title October 27, 2008

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Because I’m not a clever blog title machine 😛

Anywhoo–I’m almost caught up! Now that midterms are mostly over [one more in November]–I can post somewhat regularly!

Oct 21

Pudding!

  • strawberries, banana, PB, milk, flax

I haven't had strawberries in my oatmeal since the summer!

Lunch:

Buckwheat noodles! If I had some mirin to put in soy sauce my life would have been complete. Still a good meal though!

Noodles, egg, cauliflower, chickpeas, kidney beans, rice seasoning, black pepper

Oct 22

  • strawberries, mocha, milk, walnuts, flax, cinnamon, ground ginger?

As for the tea--I have no clue what it is but it tastes great and I think it's passionfruit 'cause it smells really sweet...but I'm not sure! It was great though--the tea turned an awesome shade of red when I poured in the water! Highlight of my day 😀

My giant dinner:

Noodles, broccoli, carrots, beans, seasoning, black pepper?

Part II:

Turkey!!, cranberry stuffing!!!, carrots, beans

I was supposed to save this for Friday--but for some reason I was feeling ravenous that day, so I ate it :mrgreen: I ate 3 boxes [the 2nd box was unphotographed 'cause I didn't feel like it 😀 ] of vegetables--which is actually kinda awesome but I was so stuffed by the end D: I guess that's why you have to eat slowly so this doesn't happen 😛 

And no week is complete without:

Oct 23

Banana & PB!:D

  • cottage cheese, peach yogurt, flax, banana, pb

And Earl Grey~

Question: which is better--apples & PB or banana & PB?

I keep wanting to have apples & PB with oatmeal but the thought of not having banana with PB stresses me out too much 😛