What We Ate Wednesday: Day X

April 27th, 2011 - filed under: The Food » Food Styles

In contrast to last week’s fiasco, this Monday was the polar opposite. Positively unremarkable in every way, this day was sort of like a “template”. The foundation, the blank canvas. I don’t have a lot of days like this, because life is crazy and tends to fill up, but if someone asked me “What is a typical day like for you?”, then this is the story I would tell. Because this is the baseline. It goes like this:

I’m editing this post and the html tags around the word Coffee are “big” and “strong”. Indeed.

Yes, I am still using a Christmas mug after Easter. Since I don’t really celebrate either of those holidays, I’m allowed to.


We do a “Happy Baby, Fit Mama” DVD. Seriously. Don’t judge! It was passed on to me by a Bonzai Reader and it’s AWESOME.

Baby Breakfast.
Oatmeal with ground flax and cinnamon, coconut cream, raspberries. Also a spoonful of blackstrap molasses, not pictured.

Raspberries, blueberries, lemon juice, spirulina, hemp protein, flax meal. Waits helped with this.

Plant blood.

Mama-Baby Bath Time.
We always brush our teeth right after brekkies. Gotta get those molasses off!

Nap Time.
I have a 1-2 hour window to get a *lot* of work done. Precious writing time.

I can haz wok?

We had some leftover hummus on a fatty carrot. Also some tabbouleh, not pictured.

An hour around the neighborhood plus a stop at the market.

This one was cucumber-celery-parsley with a twist of lime. YUM!

Waits sure enjoyed it:

I can see you . . . peace!


Compost, on our way out to the heap.

Chickens, enjoying the fruits of their labor.

Piles and piles of laundry. My life is pretty glamorous, no?

Waits helped with the laundry. Screw glamour, I am one lucky lady!

Late Lunch.
Weekend leftovers from our favorite Lebanese place. Hummus with carrots, hummus on ‘matoes, tabbouleh, lentils and rice with tahini sauce on top (this combo rocks my taste buds so hard).

We can haz Lebanese?

Waits helped me eat and enjoyed a bottle of water, but he was pretty tired. Look at those sleepy eyes!

Waits took nap number 2 (not pictured), and I had coffee number 2 (not pictured) with my afternoon writing session. When Damian got home I got to making dinner.

I had some home brew while I cooked.

A Total Eclipse Of The Sun, caught on film.
Damian cooked! (my husband is many, many, MANY wonderful things, but in the kitchen he is generally lost). Rockin’ out!

Lentil dal. Someday I will create a “healthy” rooster sauce (RAW rooster sauce??). Until then I will continue to eat and adore the original (I re-read the ingredients and really, it could be a lot worse).

Salad with bib lettuce, tomato, red onion, cucumber, vinaigrette.

Waits had what we had (minus the rooster). It’s so cool that he can do that now.

After Dinner Walk.

I took this picture reflected in the window of a chocolate shop.

And this little guy came over to say hi!

Work Work Work.
Back home, I put Waits to bed and then settled in to my work night. I drank 2 glasses of nettles with lime as I typed late into the night.

The End.
Are you a creature of routine or totally spontaneous? Can your days be “templated”, or are they always different?

  • http://www.cultivating-consciousness.blogspot.com Mercedes @ Cultivating Consciousness

    What a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your life! :)
    I think I need to learn more about nettles…

  • http://peasandcrayons.blogspot.com Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

    Dude you had an awesome day! <3

    ooh and before I forget: http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/04/homemade-sriracha-chile-sauce.html Rooster sauce recipe! <3

    I want to make that juice but I only have a blender… hmmm…. think it would work?

    Happy WIAW!!!! Your day of eats was beautiful and super fun to read! <3 I adore the captions!

  • http://www.cultivating-consciousness.blogspot.com Mercedes @ Cultivating Consciousness

    Um, homemade Sriracha Rooster sauce…. you just made my day. Life.

  • http://windycityvegan.wordpress.com Monika {windycityvegan}

    My husband is also many wonderful things, but totally lost in the kitchen. When I got sick a few weeks ago and was put on a BRAT diet he took over the cooking for a few days…and we ate hashbrowns for at least a week.

    My weekdays are very cookie-cutter, but I suspect that’s because I work out of the home. The weekends, though – Nina is *all mine* (giving the Stay at Home Daddy a break) and we go crazy! We always fit in a run and the FarMar, but other than that, we fly by the seat of our pants.

  • http://northernveg.blogspot.com/ Fanny

    I love this kind of posts!

    My days have been a very varying the last year and a half, since I’ve been working as a volunteer for a youth organisation, travelling a lot and now I’ve been free for a month. So I never do the same thing two days in a row, which I like. But I also long for some routines, like running before breakfast, go to the market on Mondays or whatever. Everything has it’s time I guess and I will probably miss these free days when I get more structured ones.

  • http://spabettie.com Kristina @ spabettie

    oh, the workout photo – SO cute! also the carrot, the wok dog, the bath… all so cute! I love this post!

  • HeatherG

    I ADORE WIAW’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome day, awesome family!

  • http://joyfulyogawithtara.blogspot.com/ Tara

    Looks like a wonderful day! Lentils, rice and tahini rocks my taste buds as well. So good! I’m really enjoying these posts. Very cool indeed.

  • Beens

    I had some delicious tofu summer rolls dipped in rooster sauce today. Pure delight! And thank you for sharing your day!

    I generally stick to a routine, but I get ‘glimmers’ of spontaneity such as getting piercings on a whim, bursting into song or booking a last minute trip. I’m soon to start working as a doctor; sure there’s a set structure, but the people will bring the spontaneity to the job through their personalities, physiology and different needs: I’m really looking forward to that aspect of it.

  • Kathryn

    What a wonderful post and I’m so glad that you had such an awesome day!!

  • http://twitter.com/erosan erosan

    Ah Sriracha!… the oatmeal already described my feelings for you here: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/sriracha

    Also, a bowl of lentils with sriracha is totally going to be my dinner tonight.

  • Moira

    I could definitely benefit from more routine in my life.. thanks for the motivation.

    A reversal of roles in this household. My husband DEFINITELY kicks my butt in the kitchen. I’m not terrible, but really… I definitely need to step up my game.

    Sriracha is great. But tabasco sauce has my heart. *swoon*

  • http://craftylittlegnome.blogspot.com/ Adrienne Audrey

    mmm your food always looks so tasty!

  • Bridget

    I own Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook (don’t judge! It was slightly gifted) & I never noticed what the heck is in sriracha until she said someone else pointed it out to her. She has a recipe for it in her book, & there are definitely some online. It was such an err duh moment- if I can make tasty saurkraut & kimchi at home, why the heck not sriracha?? It also keeps for a long time in the fridge, just like the original :)

  • http://windycityvegan.wordpress.com Monika {windycityvegan}

    @erosan: That comic’s awesome! I pull a “Napalm Jungle” at least once a day. My daughter seems to be building up a tolerance, err, I mean developing a taste for, Sriracha. So I’ve switched to Pukka Sauce, which uses yummy-delicious scotch bonnet peppers, or my own homemade habanero sauce.

  • http://vegetalion.blogspot.com Sarah P

    I find I need some structure in my day, or I end up not getting anything done. But if I get too structured, I stress myself out with how much I must do.

    Definitely keep us updated on homemade sri racha! The boyfriend loves that stuff, but I ‘ve had to convince him it’s a special-treat hot sauce, because the ingredients list isn’t too whole-foods-diet friendly.

  • http://twitter.com/erosan erosan

    @Monika: My in-laws are on a trip, so we are taking care of their garden… and -fearing they might go wasted- I had to harvest a couple of habaneros the other day…

    Nothing quite like good chiles, especially if fresh.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    Thanks for all the comments guys! I love that these posts are so well received. I have a lot of fun writing them, and I feel like it’s a good place to practice my birthday resolution of opening up more. So yay!


    @ Jenn L – You can totally make juice in the blender! – http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/2011/04/how-to-make-fresh-juice-without-a-juicer/

    @ Monika – Sounds like our house when I was pregnant and put on bed rest. There was some serious craziness going on up in our kitchen with Damian at the helm. At least we got a LOT of laughing out of it.

    @ erosan – You were the first person who turned me on to The Oatmeal and it’s SO GOOD! I still use the apostrophe one all. the. time.

    @ Moira – Tobasco eh? I was always in the Tapatio camp. ;-)


    Also to everyone, I love all the Rooster love and your comments have inspired me to action. I begin recipe testing tonight!!!

  • http://iwannarockyourgypsysoul.blogspot.com tara

    Would LOVE to know where you got that poster that is behind your son’s highchair . . . .

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    @ tara – Herbivore, but I can’t find it on their site now!

  • http://iwannarockyourgypsysoul.blogspot.com tara

    Well, thanks anyway!