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Exciting things!

I explained to G today what I am doing with this blog. He is helping me think of a new name. I will be archiving this one soon. I told him that I no longer need this blog for 2 big reasons:

#1) I understand that not everybody believes in “recovery”, but I trust I am now fine. I don’t obsess. I don’t count calories. I don’t dislike the way I look in the least bit even though I am 20 lbs heavier than my lowest weight. I am not depressed. I eat well and regularly, not overeating, not undereating. I curb my sugar cravings naturally, just eating a little here and there, not binging and not denying myself. I am a perfectly healthy and acceptable weight. I maintain it with a naturally active lifestyle, a retail job, walking, yoga, and visits to the gym 3 times a week. I am no longer disordered.

#2) I have someone to keep me accountable. Him. We are honest to each other about what we eat every day. We discuss what we’ve eaten/cooked/thought about eating literally every single day. We eat together a lot. These are all things my ex-husband never did with me. I couldn’t trust him to care. I couldn’t share with him that I had a problem because he would have just said “Well, I liked you better fat anyway, so what the fuck is wrong with you?” and that would have been his solution to the issue. G actually gives a shit. He cares. He doesn’t see it as weak. He loves me. No matter what size I am, what diet I am on or not on, if my clothes are too big or too small. But he still wants to help me in any way he can. If I wish to lose weight, he will help me. If I wish to gain back weight, he will help me. As long as I am eating balanced meals every day, he is willing to be supportive through whatever journey I choose.

I can’t wait to reveal my new site! I might even purchase a domain. ^_^

Breakfast:

 

Miss P’s Test Kitchen: Muffin Experiment #5 – Chocolate Mint Walnut

Now these gave me a very startling result. I made these with a first draft of what will hopefully be a good muffin formula. These were made with:

4.1 oz Flour
1/3 t Baking Soda
2/3 t Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
2.6 oz Sugar
A heaping 1/8 cup Oil
1 Egg
1/3 cup Half and Half
1/2 t Peppermint extract
2 T Cocoa Powder (half dutch process, half Hershey’s dark)

I also tried to fill them with chocolate syrup, but it didn’t turn out, so I won’t post that.

The results were interesting. They rose REALLY beautifully, which I was not expecting. They had perfect domes that I have since not been able to recreate 3 experiments later. The only problem was that they were a bit dense. Not as light and fluffy as usual. And not quite as moist. I am not certain why. I ate 4 of these.

Lunch:

You shall be seeing far less of these!

For dinner tonight, I got lazy. I was visited yet again (when SOMEONE should be writing instead of seeing me…) to watch more Doctor Who and some Portlandia. He stayed until somewhat late and I didn’t feel like making a crazy dinner. I just wanted a bowl of cereal and maybe a muffin. So that’s what I ate. I was happy.

I took some hours at work for (the friend formerly known as) PFH#2 on Saturday of this week and of next week. This is my slow time of year with my business, so it is best I stock up on hours at my retail job! And I am ALWAYS willing to do him a favour. Anything in the world, I will do for him. He is an extremely close friend and one of the best people I know. In the morning: MORE MUFFINS!

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5 minutes

Once again, I made muffins for breakfast in my test kitchen:

Miss P’s Test Kitchen: Experiment #3 – Spiced Buttermilk Muffins

Taken from: http://www.mylifeasamrs.com/2012/01/spiced-buttermilk-muffins.html

The most moist 7 delicious spiced muffins!

Ingredients:

For the Muffins:
1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon buttermilk

For the Streusel Topping:
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice

Directions:

For the Streusel Topping:
Combine ingredients in a small bowl and set aside until ready to use.

For the Muffins:

Preheat oven to 375°. Prepare muffin tins with muffin papers or parchment paper.

In a medium mixing bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer) cream together the sugar and butter until thoroughly mixed. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, allspice, and cinnamon. Slowly add the flour and the buttermilk to the sugar/butter mixture (alternating wet with dry) and mix at low speed until smooth and combined well.

Fill each of the prepared muffin tins about 3/4 full with the batter. Add a rounded tablespoon of the streusel topping on top of each muffin cup of batter. Bake immediately so the topping doesn’t sink to the bottom of the muffin.

Bake for 20-28 minutes, until golden brown and when a toothpick is inserted into the middle of the muffin it comes out clean. (Oven temps vary, so check the muffins after 20 minutes).

Serve hot!

*I baked these at 350° for 21 minutes. I was disappointed in using butter instead of oil, they simply were not very moist because of this. So from now on, I will use oil. They didn’t burn or brown too much on the outside, but still had an awfully thick “shell” of brownness around them. Hm…perhaps it is the baking pan I am using? I’ve heard that since it is a darker colour that it may not be the optimum tool for the job as they tend to cook the outsides too fast. To test this theory, I will try my ceramic pan tomorrow. Then the next day my lighter-coloured aluminum ones.

I do highly recommend the spices in this recipe, if nothing else. So far, I liked the first combination of ingredients the best as they rose really well, but preferred the second temperature/baking time. I will try again tomorrow!

Lunch:

Usual.

I did give one of these to G. I stopped by work in the evening to say hi and bring him baked goods. He was elated to see me. That made me feel wonderful about myself. He complimented me so much in the 5 minutes I was there, I nearly cried. He treats me so much better than any other man ever has.

It’s crazy when 5 minutes can change your entire outlook on the day. And make you feel like the most beautiful, most amazing woman in the world.

Dinner:

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken on Couscous

Adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-balsamic-chicken/

Ingredients:
4 (8 ounce) containers strawberry
yogurt
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 large strawberries
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon minced fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (optional)
Directions:
1. In a medium bowl, stir together the yogurt, 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, sugar, pepper, cinnamon and salt. Place chicken breast halves in a shallow baking dish, and pour the sauce over them. Refrigerate for 1 hour, turning chicken over half way through.
2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Scrape the marinade off of the chicken breasts, and place them into the hot oil. Quickly brown the chicken on both sides, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and let rest for 3 minutes.
3. While the chicken is cooking, transfer the marinade to a saucepan. Bring to a low simmer over medium heat. Remove stems from strawberries, and slice thinly so they will fan nicely. Set aside.
4. Slice chicken breasts on the diagonal into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place on serving plates, and sprinkle with lemon juice. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the marinade over each chicken breast, and fan one sliced strawberry over the top. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh mint and parsley. If you really love balsamic vinegar, finish the dish off with an artful drizzle.

*Okay, I in no way made it like this at all. But I WANT to at some point. I bascially just cooked some chicken breast strips with olive oil, onions, mushrooms and strawberries, added the balsamic, yogurt, sugar, and spices mix and served it on couscous. I will make this properly at some point, but not tonight. I just wanted to get this done fast and don’t have time to let the chicken marinate properly.

Still haven’t been able to get back to the gym yet. I was working from home all day, I did very well and got a lot accomplished! I am still working out a time that I can get there.

I am missed

I started chatting with a customer today at work. Turns out he frequents a diner that I walk by every single day. I am somewhat of an inside joke there. I know nobody there, I have never actually been in or eaten at this diner. But they all “know” who I am. I promised him that one of these days, I will shock everyone and walk in. Maybe I will even have breakfast, stay, and chat for a while. I am a landmark on my street.

I cannot disappoint my fans. I will have to continue walking every once in a while.

Breakfast:

Since I had to work, I just did my Cap’n Crunch with Crunchberries without Crunchberries.

Stupid cereal.

I had half a cranberry turkey sandwich and chicken noodle soup at work.

I decided to relax and not work after work today. No second job. Just make dinner and chill.

Dinner:

Broccoli and Mushrooms with Pesto Sauce on Angel Hair

A basic pesto sauce is just basil, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, S&P, a little lemon juice, and a little water to thin it out. I also added mint. Blend all of that in a food processor. Then I sauteed some broccoli, onions, and mushrooms in some olive oil and threw all of that into a bowl along with angel hair pasta. Pesto is my favourite. My brother gave me the basil. He’s the best brother in the world.

I am a little sad that I am no longer going to be the constant presence that people were so used to seeing. I want the city to know that I am fine. I will have to go on a walk at least once a week to keep up appearances.

 

More food and love notes

I’m incredibly happy to have pictures of all of my food again. And to be cooking again. I really hope I can stay on this streak this time.

Last night I explained everything to G. Everything. Why I have this blog. What I post here. The entire story behind it. The extent of my eating disorder. And the end of it. He has vowed to help. He will make sure I remember to take pictures of our food when we go out to eat from here on out. He understands how important this is to me. How much it has helped me. How very dire it is for me to continue. He’s still not been here, I am still hoping he never sees it. I would rather divulge the information and problems that I have had directly to him anyway. It’s actually easier to share with him that way.

No breakfast, sorry! I woke up a little bit late (8:00 is late for me) and that startled me. So I started working sort of right away since I had a LOT to get done!

Lunch:

Have to go on a walk, so just eating something quick so I can have my work done in time! PB&J!

I went on a long walk to the library, then post office, then supplies shopping, then I stopped at work to refill my water bottle. I ran into the cute girl that I work with that I sort of have a crush on. We got to talking and she offered me a ride home. Well…no use in getting water anymore if I’ve got a ride…and I DID do a lot of walking already today…so I accepted. BUT FIRST I had to leave a note on someone’s car. ^_^ She knew who it was for. I didn’t show her the note itself, but it read:

“You should come over and kiss me before going home. <3”

I put it right on the driver’s side window so he couldn’t possibly miss it.

I got dropped off at home and hoped and hoped that he would come over. I understood totally if he didn’t. I knew he had to go to his parent’s house and whatnot for dinner. Probably not enough time to stop here.

And he came.

I was so fucking happy.

He brought me some items from the coworker who is going to fix my car. He left me with the belt, instructions on how to install the belt, and a bat. Because I don’t lock my doors and it worries him.

So as soon as he gets here, I give him lots of kisses and, while incredibly happy about them,  is confused as to why. It turns out he didn’t even see my note. He just wanted to surprise me and so offered to drop off all the items from our coworker. We looked at his car and the note was still there on his window. Oh my god. He is THE flakiest person on the planet. Too. Cute.

He leaves about an hour later (yes yes yes, we talk too much…WAY too much…) and I start making dinner:

Basil Pesto on Angel Hair with Sauteed Mushrooms and Pine Nuts

People, when it comes to pesto just follow your heart. Don’t follow a recipe, it doesn’t need it. All you need is:

A ton of fresh Basil
Olive Oil
Parmesan Cheese (or there’s LOTS of great substitutes…use cream cheese for a creamy pesto, or feta cheese, or goat’s cheese all work well! I actually used feta cheese in this one!)
Pine Nuts (once again, very versatile!)
A little Lemon Juice
A little Water till it’s at your desired consistency

—and whiz all of that together in a food processor! I also added some fresh Mint leaves from my garden. Gives it such a beautiful scent and extra kick of flavour! I sauteed the mushrooms in olive oil and butter and salt, as usual. I made SO much pesto! Oops! I saved the rest and will use it somehow tomorrow…not sure how yet.  I had some greek yogurt and granola for dessert as I was out of ice cream.

I loved my kisses. My day was fantastic! My food was fantastic! YES!

 

Pain

I don’t know what happened.

One second I was helping a customer and the next I’m crying on the floor in MASSIVE amounts of pain.

I’m pretty used to foot cramps. I get them every single morning. I know how to fix them and they don’t really bother me at all.

This was a thousand times worse. This cramp left me completely debilitated. I couldn’t stand. My brain couldn’t focus because I was in so much pain. My customers didn’t know what to do for me. My coworkers didn’t know what to do for me. I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t get the pain to stop. I can always get these to stop. Why won’t this stop?

I cried. I never cry. I hate showing any form of weakness.

As much as I wished he was there to just touch me and tell me I’d be okay, I’m glad he wasn’t there to see me cry.

This happened 3 times.

I kept having to get help at the cash registers because I would fall in a crumpled mess on the floor and literally could do nothing at all about it. I almost messed up a huge transaction and had to get my drawer counted because I was so blinded with pain that I fucked up. When I could finally stand, I would walk around the store a few times until the pain subsided enough that I could stand in one spot without aggravating it. Then go back to work.

I really wish I could understand what was going on. I’ve never ever had anything like that happen to me before. I didn’t know what to tell my managers. Everyone was incredibly understanding and did their best to help.

Breakfast:

Southwestern-style Scrambled Eggs

Eggs scrambled with fresh corn, tomatoes, mushrooms, chives, garlic and chili powder topped with shredded cheddar cheese and salsa.

Lunch:

Peach Cucumber Salad

This was taken from a website, but I seem to have lost it…its super easy though! Just dice up some cucumber, slice up some peaches, chop up some fresh mint and basil and toss everything with lemon juice! I also added a pinch of salt. VERY refreshing!

And I don’t know why, but my foot cramp lead to a small binge.

Not anything substantial. But enough to be slightly annoying.

I bought a Mediterranean quiche at work and a banana. I thought the potassium might help my foot. I then decided I wanted something from the vending machine. So I bought a small package of peanut butter cookies. Then I wanted another cookie. So I bought a big chocolate chunk cookie from the cafe. Then I decided I wanted a Hostess Apple Pie from the vending machine. Hm. Okay. Well. It could be worse I guess. And when I went home a few hours later I had some granola and yogurt with peaches. I stopped eating when I was full and didn’t want any more. It was nowhere near the point of uncomfortable or a real binge. But all in all I think I was just in physical pain and wanted to make myself feel better with sweets.

I probably won’t have breakfast in the morning.

 

COUCH DAY! (For real this time!)

I finally got my couches!!! YAY!!!!!!

My same friend came back to help me, who is AMAZING and cool and all my friends are cool.

So now I have places for people to sit.

Nothing to do or watch or anything when they get here…but at least there’s something to sit on.

AND I LOVE THEM!!!!

Maybe I’ll take pics for you kids.

Breakfast:

Baked Banana Oatmeal

Adapted from: http://www.katheats.com/favorite-foods/baked-banana-oatmeal

1) Bananas

Slice 2 bananas. You can add these however you like – in with the wet ingredients or arranged in a pattern on the top (and/or bottom!) of the dish. (You’ll need an additional mashed banana for the wet ingredients below)

2) Combine the dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

3) Combine the wet ingredients:

  • 1 egg, beat
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1.5 cups skim milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ADDED: Orange zest

4) Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix well.

5) Line an 8″ pan (square or round) with parchment paper (for easy removal and cutting!).

6) Layer some banana slices on the bottom. Pour batter into pan. Top with remaining banana slices.

7) Pop into a 375* oven for about 26 minutes.

After 26 minutes, increase heat to broil, sprinkle oatmeal with 1 heaping tbsp brown sugar and broil for 3-4 minutes.

For the topping, I added walnuts and coconut.

*This would have been fabulous had I not managed to burn the top during the broiling phase. I’m just not used to my oven yet and it was the first time I’d used the broiler. Oops. Well, I just scraped off the burned pieces and ate it anyway, it was still really good! Just not as fantastic as it could have been. Damn…

Lunch:

PB&J + Apple. My usual quick lunch when I have a lot going on.

Dinner:

Sweet Potato Sage Pasta Sauce on Vegetable Linguini

OK Jesus H I’d better remember how I made this because it was SO good…amounts? Not so much…ingredients I can at least list…

Butter
Garlic
Onions
Olive Oil

I made a brown butter base with those ingredients. When the butter browned I added:

Chopped Tomato
Diced Green Pepper
Fresh chopped Sage
A little fresh chopped Lemon Mint
Pureed Sweet Potato (with a little milk)
Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
S&P to taste
Water
Brown Sugar

I simmered all that together for a little while, sort of let it reduce down to the consistency I wanted. It was INFUCKINGCREDIBLE. I am amazing. I love sage, and its been a while since I’ve made a good sauce with sage. Well, brown butter and sweet potato go AMAZING with sage, so I figured I’d sort of combine all of them. This did NOT disappoint.

Now I get to wake up at 5 AM to go to work tomorrow. Not a problem…..except a certain Potential Future Husband #1 is keeping me awake online being all sweet to me….

I told you he’s trying damn hard to win me back.

It’s working.

I do have a movie date with Potential Future Husband #3 tomorrow though.

It’s weird being single again.

I’m enjoying it.

I get a date next Saturday!!!

Yep, I am finally the official date to Potential Future Husband #1 at a party that he is hosting next week.

Ex-girlfriend is not invited.

It’s going to be a troupe of us who were all friends back in the day.

I am the only one invited to the after-party. ~_^

I had to switch some shifts around at my retail job to make this work. Totally worth it. I even took an extra day for someone else who really needed it next week just because I was so happy about my date, I wanted to spread the joy.

AW! He just wrote me to tell me how excited he is that I’m going to be there. He’s so sweet!

I could easily spend the rest of my life with someone like him.

Especially compared to who I was GOING to spend my life with.

I am sorry that my camera battery died and I could find the charger. I have no pictures for you today.

BRIGHT SIDE: I went to my brother’s for nail painting and game playing with mutual friends and WE FOUND MY CHARGER! It was hiding behind a curtain plugged into an outlet I do not remember plugging it into. This happened AFTER I had already eaten all of my meals for the day though.

So still no pictures.

For breakfast I had a bowl of cereal.

For lunch I had half  of a turkey wrap sandwich and black bean soup at work.

For dinner I made an AMAZING pesto that I actually do want to reference again even though I once agian have no form of measurements whatsoever. I wanted pesto. But did not have fresh basil, pine nuts or parmesan cheese. Hm. Puts a damper on things. Well what DO I have? I have dried basil, fresh mint, goat’s cheese and pistachios. Sure why the hell not? Threw those into a food processor along with some olive oil, a little water, salt and pepper and blended all that together. I put it on top of some rigatoni, mixed it in and garnished with a few extra pistachios on top. It was FANTASTIC. DO NOT FORGET THIS RECIPE, SELF!!!

Had a great night with my brother, sister-in-law and a couple mutual friends. We played games and chatted, ate cheese and crackers and drank home-brewed beer. It was awesome to have a night “off” with people I love.

Once I catch up on work, I’ll get more of those soon.

Exercise: 4 mile walk, + walk to my brothers and back