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Mah Spoon’s Too Big!

Today for breakfast, I had half a grapefruit, sitting on my couch watching John Hodgeman talk about aliens, pretty excellent morning, you’ve got to admit. I’ve liked grapefruit since I had a glass of grapefruit juice at a fancy breakfast buffet in the second grade, but haven’t had much occasion to eat it. They’re fairly pricey for fruit. As a result I didn’t learn until a year or two ago that one is supposed to eat the grapefruit with a spoon. This explained why my forking attempts were leading not to nourishment, but to a huge freakin’ mess.

I washed the grapefruit down with decadent chocolate milk. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it decadent, but it is damn good and balances out the health of having a half a grapefruit and calling it breakfast.


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Snow day and French toast.

French ToastWell maybe not a snow day. I’ve still got classes but there’s a little powder clinging to the rooftops. In honor of the snow I decided to try my hand at making French toast – success!! Whisked up an egg, added the toast and fried it in the pan. At first I didn’t think it was working – it looked like I had a fried egg clinging to some toast. Then I turned around to tidy up the counter and while I was rearranging my canned goods, took a whiff, “Does something smell like French toast? Oh! It’s my French toast!” A toast note: growing up we always had white bread French toast, but today I used whole-wheat “crunchy” bread and it tasted even better.

(I also had a banana and a hard-boiled egg. But I wasn’t as proud of the cooking for either of those).

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Oatmeal has become my favorite. Oatmeal and I were estranged for a long time in my late childhood and early adolescence, only to be reunited freshman year when I discovered I could make instant oatmeal in my dorm room using an electric kettle. Those were the days: banana bread oatmeal. Look it up.

Unfortunately instant oatmeal isn’t as healthy as real oatmeal, and it has high fructose corn syrup which I’m trying – desperately trying – to eliminate from my diet. Lucky for me real oatmeal is more satisfying and just as easy if you make it in the microwave.

My favorite oatmeal preparation is oatmeal + raisins + walnuts + brown sugar + cinnamon. It equals delicious. A bit of a sugar fix, but sometimes that’s what I need to get out the door on Monday.

There will definitely be no oatmeal tomorrow because I’ve run flat out! In a way this is a blessing, because I’ve been dying to try steel-cut oats since I saw this recipe on The Kitchn. I know it will take more time but the idea of a truly chewy oatmeal gets my mouth a-waterin’!

Later this week I’ll check out some farther out grocery stores to suss out the oatmeal situation. I also need new tea and would like an opportunity to ogle fancy cheese and “luxury” grocery items.

Happy eating!


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Half portion of real oatmeal with walnuts and fresh blueberries.

Sauteed red pepper and onions with egg and cheddar cheese.

Hot Earl Grey Tea.

Organic milk.

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