Hello to anyone out there still reading this blog after my long weekend of internet freedomImeanneglect! If you have indeed returned to me this week, just know that you're my favorite.
Actually, I only missed one regularly-scheduled post. Normally, I would have posted Thursday night, but at the time I was on my way to MA for a visit to my sister, BIL and niece.
I've also been battling a cold, if you recall, so I will officially not feel guilty for blog-absence anymore. My sister and her household had the pleasure of listening to me work out the majority of the goo that had taken up residence in my head. I'm feeling much better now, but am still not entirely without periodic explosions of snot.
Aside from my decimating the house's supply of tissues, we all enjoyed a fantabulous sibling-style weekend in the sunny-crisp weather (you'd think I was describing an apple), and I was privy to multiple impromptu living room dance recitals.
Living in New York City, I naturally have an unnatural impression of nature as folks in the 'burbs are able to observe, so I was pretty amazed to see how much color there is on the trees already! I guess it's almost October by this point, but the ride up to Beantown definitely proved that fall has befallen us in earnest.
I s'pose I'm obliged to include edibles of some sort in the post, so I'll give you what I have.
This was an exceedingly random lunch I threw together upon arrival at my sister's house. Groceries were on the low side and I was to be in the house babysitting for the afternoon, so I did what I do best and raided the freezer.
Secretly, I kind of love frozen vegetables. At the end of the day, they're pretty much my idea of a blank canvas, especially when options are few. I pulled out everything they had: green beans, bell pepper strips, corn and peas, threw them in a skillet with some heated olive oil and let 'em thaw/cook for a bit while I cut up a tomato.
I simmered all the veggies with dashes of dried herbs like oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary, plus a bit of garlic powder and salt. Topped with some sunflower seeds and a healthy blob of hummus (shh! it goes with everything), it was pretty much the tastiest thing I could have done with the given ingredients! I highly recommend a meal like this when resources are depleted.
On Saturday, I got to dine at Big Fresh again. This is probably my favorite (known) restaurant in my sister's neighborhood-vicinity (except for that time their beets made me barf). Their menu always has fun specials and utilizes local, sustainable ingredients. The special on the menu for Saturday's lunch was a veggie stir-fry with a garlic-butter lentil sauce. The garlic factor intimidated me, as I'm no fan of lingering garlic flavor, but I thought, how bad could it be? Foolish Diana.
I think I probably consumed at least a couple cloves' worth of garlic. It was powerful, dawg. My breath was rockin' after that. That's not to say I didn't like it! You know I loves me some lentils, and combined with fab veggies and brown rice, it was super-satisfying.
Oh, I got my hair did, too.
Documented eats from today (Sunday) include white chili and corn muffins. And that is the extent of it. I managed not to snap a pic of the actual food, but I actually think I got an even better shot of the work in progress:
The Muffin Man (aka BIL) himself and his wee muffin in training, both sporting very official matching aprons. The training must have gone very well, because the meal was chili perfection! It was an ideal lunch for a lazy, rainy Sunday. I will post the not-so-top-secret family recipe sometime when I make it for myself.
And so it is that I am indebted to the fam for sponsoring my belly happiness. I traveled back to Brooklyn this afternoon, quite reluctantly, but having the boyf on the other end of the journey took the sting out of the return. :)
I also found a present awaiting me in the mail! Turns out I won Applegate Farms' Rock the Box contest and scored myself one of their super-cool lunch boxes! I will totally use it too!
This box is SO my jam! It comes with five little individual containers that fit inside the large orange box. I'm kind of a closet bento-style lunch-packing freak, so I will have the opportunity to weird out my coworkers in a whole new way now. Click here to enter the contest for yourself. Winners are many and frequent, so definitely get in on this action!
What's your lunch style? In the home? At the desk? Brown-bagged? Boxed? Take-out? Restaurant? Standing on your head? Gravity boots? I dunno, give me something to work with...