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Yehaw…

So, I’ve been feeling rather lazy and uninspired lately. I blame the lazy part on the days spent sitting on the beach, and the uninspired by the fact that my times been spent mostly studying rather than…well, whatever everyone else does on the beach…

 

For as long as I can remember my family has been going down to the beach at the same time, and as long as I can remember I had summer homework to do during those couple of weeks because I put it off through June and July. When I was young the work was easy, just reading a few book, a couple essays. Now in college it’s playing catch up and preparing for classes, and getting ready to move. This year I have the GRE to study for and I’m continuing the work from my earlier internship. I love what I do, and I wouldn’t trade this summer for any other, but at the same time I hope some day I’ll look back on this and recall this as an easy summer as well. (this will probably happen some time in the next couple months when I’m sleep deprived and in up to my eyeballs in school work and research)

 

 

But let’s get to something y’all are more likely to want to read about…more beach eats, from the last couple days…

 

Breakfasts:

 

Polenta on a bed garlic spinach, an topped with diced zucchini*, tomatoes*, feta cheese and an egg (could’ve gone without the egg) all beautifully lit in the morning sunlight.

 

Lunch:

 

 

A cup of roasted red pepper soup toped with chives and blue cheese, paired with a sesame seaweed salad. All courtesy Mama Kwan’s OBX mile post 11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinners:

Lightly breaded baked eggplant on top of broiled zucchini* served with a fresh mairanara and parmesan.

 

 

Macaroni and cheese with kale, served with lima beans and topped with salt and pepper tomatoes*

 

*brought from my garden

 

 

I did manage to get out a bit yesterday. It rained so we (along with most everybody else on the beach) decided it was the perfect time to go see a movie. What did we choose?

 

Cowboys and Aliens

 

 

We’ve got Indiana Jones paired with James Bond as our two hunky tough as nails cowboys, and Tron’s new drop dead damsel for the eye candy factor. How can you go wrong with this cast? (probably by throwing in aliens)

 

Well unfortunately it wasn’t good enough to make my top ten but I did enjoy it. I went into it not expecting a full on serious movie, I mean they mixed a a western with a sci-fy for goodness sake, but it was fun.

 

It starts off with a few shots of Butch Cassidy esq scenery, a bit more violence than I enjoy and then we introduce the aliens. I cant say much more without giving away any spoilers, and I hate when people do that to me so I’ll shut up here.

 

~ Have you ever had to work through a vacation?

~ Harrison Ford: do you prefer Han Solo or Indiana Jones?

It’s probably not surprising that I fall into the Han Solo category…

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Home, home on the farm…

It’s my first time spending any sort of extended time at home for quite some time. That means:

  1. I have access to a surplus of fresh veggies
  2. I have to break it to my parents that I’ve stopped eating meat
  3. I get to go to as many Tae Kwon Do practices as I want
  4. I get a daily reminder that my baby brother is ~6 ft tall
  5. I get to experience 90*+ weather without an air conditioning
So it’s got its ups and downs, but it’s good to be home, if only for a few days.
The weather yesterday was brutal so I decided to take advantage of the sun and take a few photos of the farm:
Our main garden is absolutely loving the weather (so long as we water it daily) The greenhouse, on the other hand, isn’t doing so well…
              I love all the fresh produce here…
…and it’s interesting to have a bunch of animals running around your yard…
…and your house…
my cat Schrödinger is hitting the books
Today, it rained. So I took the opportunity to get a bit of reading (and a lot of laundry) done.
 
I absolutely love the rain. It’s so peaceful and does wonders to cut the heat.
(just because I love this photo)
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So what does one eat while holed up in an overly hot house all day?
Overnight oats to start with!
Chocolate-Almond Overnight Oats:

"someone is thinking about you"

I decided to try a new type of almond butter while home this trip. The really cool thing about this brand is the almond butter has the consistency of traditional store bought peanut butter. It was perfect for melting on top of my cold oats this morning. I then topped that with some chilled dark chocolate, a shaved piece of Dove dark (I love the totally cliche sayings on the inside wrapper) and enjoyed my breakfast!

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Lunch was rather anticlimactic after my overly thought out breakfast, just hummus on rice cakes:
simple, but something I’ve fallen in love with over the past couple weeks of packed lunches in Manchester. I also had a few raw veggies with this (not pictured).
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Then TKD practice in the evening and a movie with my high school friends (my nerds). All in all I would call it a great day.
~What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

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Day 2…

… stir well.

Herman is still a baby, he was quite bubbly when I got home to stir him. He’s feeling quite at home sleeping in our microwave, covered with a tea towel.

Shh! Herman in sleeping!

Shh! Herman is Sleeping!

I’ve discovered that I actually received Herman on the traditional Day 1, so for me this will be a 9 day process instead of 10.

~

Before

After

Today I tried Overnight Oats for the first time. I mixed equal parts oats, hazelnut almond rice milk, and peach provamel soy yogurt, with a dash of cinnamon then let it sit in the fridge all night. I must say I was very skeptical when the oats went into the fridge looking like a pile of goo and, well, came out not looking much different…

But I cut up some peaches and strawberries and threw on a dollop of almond butter and it tasted pretty good. I still think I’ve got the liquid to oats ratio is a bit high, but it was good enough that I’ll keep trying. I did enjoy the fact that the oats were cold, I’ve never been a fan of hot oatmeal in the morning.

Tonight I finally got to try Indian food in England. Indian food has to be one of my favorite types of food. All those curries, and it has to be super spicy! My flat mate came with me, she had never tried Indian food before (it’s sometimes hard to come by in little American farming towns) so I decided a sampling of all the typical foods was a good idea.

First we had a starter that our waiter recommended, I forget what he called it but it was basically a sampling of many different chutneys on cracker like bread. My favorite was the curried pickles and my flat mate liked the sweet honey colored on the far left:

We then each got a vegetable samosa, very traditional but very tasty.

 

I then introduced my flat mate to the lassi, a traditional indian yogurt drink. They work wonders for cutting the spice of a main dish. We got the mango flavor.

Then finally the main course. I got Karahi Mash Daal & Chana, a lentil and chickpea dish, “very spicy” and my flat mate got Karahi Prawn and Spinach, “less spicy”.

Karahi Mash Daal & Chana

Karahi Prawns & Spincah

I absolutely loved mine (I’m a huge chick pea fan) and it was extremely spicy in the best possible way. My flat mate liked hers, but I’m afraid it was a bit too spicy for her, she had to drink a lot of lassi.

We also ordered some Naan, an indian flat bread, to go with our meal, and boy did we get Naan.

This is the largest piece of Naan I have ever seen, and they serve it to you hanging on a metal rack, quite interesting.

What’s your favorite Indian dish?

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