No psycho animal photos today, folks. Sorry, I know that’s disappointing. You’ll just have to push through it…
For some reason I wasn’t very hungry yesterday morning, so I just had a handful of grapes ($.57/lb at Newflower!!!) and took off for a short run around the neighborhood. Afterwards I tossed a few Morningstar Farms “Chicken” Nuggets in the skillet- oven takes too long, microwave makes them soggy- and put together a nice little kindergartener’s lunch:
Nuggets (w/ honey for dipping, just like at Mickey D’s), pickles and mo’ grapes.
The rest of the day was spent running to Michael’s and Target to get supplies for a big cupcake project this weekend. We had the best afternoon thunderstorm, too. Chloe was freaking out; she barks and spins around at EVERY clap of thunder. It’s funny for about 2 minutes. And then just really, really annoying.
A few weeks ago I bought one of those new Luna cookies at WF, the chocolate mint flavor. The other day I was really excited to try it, but when I went to the pantry- no cookie. Apparently Brian got a little munchy and ate my damn Luna cookie. Luckily Newflower carries them, too, so I grabbed the pb-chocolate flavor and had it for a snack yesterday:
Verdict? Not bad. They’re very moist and chewy, and the flavor is along the same lines as a Z-bar* (though I much prefer the Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar). It was surprisingly filling, too.
*On a side note: Has Clif stopped making the Mojo bars? We can’t find them anywhere.
There are still about 20 recipes I want to try from the Molly Wizenberg book (and many can be found here). Last night I made a small dent in the list by attempting the Tomato Soup with Two Fennels. Though to be fair, I only used ONE fennel. It’s hard to justify spending $5 on fennel seeds that I’ll probably use once. And instead of using canned whole tomatoes and tearing them apart, I substituted crushed tomatoes.
This was great. Even if you don’t like fennel, I would still give it a shot. The licorice flavor really tones down as the soup simmers. It’s fresh and tangy, and the perfect rainy day meal- particularly if served with either a grilled cheese or some good bread with goat cheese (per the author’s recommendation). Like liquid sunshine. Oh, and if you do make it: Don’t leave out the pinch(es) of sugar and dash(es) of red wine vinegar at the end. And salt liberally.
I had the soup along with a baked potato w/ sour cream and chives and a hunk of bread spread with goat cheese. Goat cheese is great in the soup, too. Just FYI.
I just got back from an early morning run and think I might jump back in bed for a few more winks. Have a great day!
Favorite rainy-day meal?