apples and quinces, lemons and oranges

There’s something that just sets me back on track when I feel that I’m slipping… when I make a terribly good meal, something that satisfies all the senses and leaves me with a pleasantly full belly, too.

Tonight’s dinner was one of those meals. I’ve been having a really tough time getting myself back on track, as you’ve seen me report, but today – despite a brief moment of sadness – was pretty okay. MrWhite and I had plans to see a movie, so after running some errands and spending a bit of co-surfing and caffeinating at the coffee shop, we zipped over to the movie theater… only to find that our movie was “broken” for the night. [wha-ha?] I decided that this was the night for a delicious redeeming dinner, one that I’d planned to make the night before, until my stomach rebelled and kept me feeling ill all that day.

After a quick trip to the grocery store for a few things we needed, we came home and I got to work. What did we have, you ask? Why, it was the Cappellini in Fresh Tomato Sauce from YeganYumYum! I don’t have photos of our dinner, but the shot on the recipe’s page sums it up pretty well. Folks, that was some TASTY stuff!

One thing that I found funny was that it called for four small tomatoes, for a two person meal. I guess my tomatoes were larger than what were intended [they were fairly standard romas] because I ended up with two cups of tomato puree, instead of one. So I blythely went ahead and just doubled everything, and it worked out just fine. We have leftovers and I’ll be able to see just how well they reheat.

Really, though, I have to bring home this point: I feel much more inclined to *do* things after a success like this. This is something to remember… I often have a hard time nourishing myself, despite my generally good diet. I just have a difficult time making food decisions, and sometimes I even forget to eat. But when I do put my mind to it, I can not only truly honour my body in the way it deserves with a delicious meal, but I can come away feeling like an energized, successful creatrix. Make a note of this, Xiane!

And since this post is all about food, I thought I’d end this up with a fun foodie meme that I saw on another friend’s journal. I’ll put this under a cut, because it’s looong.

Please keep in mind that before I was a veg-head, I worked as a line cook, sous chef, brunch chef… lots of food service… so I’ve eaten a LOT of food that I wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot-pole now, occasionally in the line of chef duty. Please don’t hate me for my past food choices!

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating. [I wouldn’t eat any meat product now! – Xi]

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare

5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding

7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp

9. Borscht [eww beets!]
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari

12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans

25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper

27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava

30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly

39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects

43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu

47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin

51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer

55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores

62. Sweetbreads

63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake

68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu [omg, this stuff will MESS UP YOUR DAY.]
77. Hostess Fruit Pie [I hate pie.]
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers

89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab

93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake

I write, as openly as possible, about my experiences with life, love, creativity, depression and not-depression. I share opinions. I promote compassion and change. I talk about music. I also write poetry and short stories. I like to share them here.

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