Life without hummus and recent obsessions
August 13, 2010 § 15 Comments
I told y’all I’ll be back really soon! 😆 Anyways, on to my “regular” post!
While I very much enjoy Taiwanese food while at home, I sometimes do miss the various nut butters and hummus that can only be found back in the States. For example, while prepping my lunch today, I was really craving raw broccoli and carrots with hummus.
No hummus? Any peanut butter? Sadly, we just ran out as well.
What’s a girl to do when she obviously needs some dippage to go with her raw veggies? After scrummaging through the fridge, I decided on this:
Obsession # 1: Black Sesame and Honey Paste
It’s definitely not your regular nut butter, but it’s still nutritious, full of healthy fats, and most importantly, delicious! I usually spread this on bread, but I took the chance and dipped my raw broccoli and carrots in there. Verdict? Not bad. I’d still prefer to have hummus for my raw veggies though
So I may be craving for hummus, but the everyday eats here still makes me one happy gal! 😀
Obsession #2: Sweet Sop (sugar apple or custard apple)
This fruit is native to tropical Americas, India, and Pakistan. It’s believed to have been brought over to Taiwan by the Holland folks about 400 years ago.
[Sidenote: Taiwan was inhabited by Hollanders in the 1600s]
Sweet sop, as its name implies, is very sweet, very soft, and has a texture much like custard. Its seeds are huge (you see the black oval shaped stuff there?) and are scattered ubiquitously throughout the flesh of the fruit. Much like avocado, it becomes softer as it ripens. At its ripest and sweetest time, you can easily cut the fruit open and either (more lady-like) scoop out its flesh with a spoon or (more barbarian) attack the fruit with your teeth. It is definitely not a pretty fruit to eat. You are going to be spitting out on average 4-5 seeds with every bite you take. You’ll acquire a gooey, sugar substance around your mouth too.
Despite its messiness, it’s oh-so-good! I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in California. Anyone else seen it in stores/farmer’s market around where you live?
Obsession #3: Oats with salted egg
It’s savory, it’s filling, what’s not to like? This stuff is perfect to fill up my hangry tummy after my morning Ashtanga yoga classes (2 hours!!!). I simply cook 1/3 cup oats with 2/3 cup water (shamelessly in the microwave) and then add chopped/mashed salted eggs into the oats. Stir the goop up and call it a satiating meal…and it is! It’s been awhile since I’ve had this combo of grains+protein, so I’ve been having this for lunch almost everyday.
What about the high sodium content? Okay, not exactly the healthiest stats, but I justify by claiming that I need to replenish my salt storage in my body after sweating off a a gallon of fluid in my yoga class.
Obsession #4: Mr. Mark Bakery
This is, hands down, my favorite bakery, ever ever ever, on the face of this planet. It’s got dozens and dozens of different types of whole-grain bread and pastries, from plain to savory to sweet. This is where I get my Black Sesame and Honey Paste from. Some of their breads include:
- Sunflower seed multigrain toast
- Cream cheese bun
- Barley and oats toast
- Green tea with red beans (adzuki beans) toast
- Soy bean toast
- Sweet potato stuffing roll
- Chocolate and walnut loaf
- Cream cheese and red beans (adzuki) loaf
- Crispy rye multigrain toast
- Chocolate truffle roll
- Organic vegetables toast
- Walnut and cheddar cheese loaf
Let’s see what goodies I got recently, shall we?
First up, red beans (adzuki) with sweet cream multigrain bread.
Secondly, rye multigrain bread with red bean stuffing with white sesame seeds sprinkled on top (see the red bean trend here? :)).
Last but not least, Original Sugar-Free Multigrain toast.
I certainly didn’t waste time tasting these doughy breads? I quickly incorporated the toast into my breakfast the next morning.
Look how thick the slice is! So doughy and so soft! I ate that toast with some Black Sesame paste. On the side I enjoyed some fresh papayas and guava.I bet you’ve never seen green guava before :).
Obsession #5: Amanda’s Blissful Banana Bread
I couldn’t help but pull out my baker’s hat (no I don’t really own one) after seeing Amanda, then Jessica, rave about it. I had a serious itch to try it, and it’s also been ages since I’ve made myself some ‘nana bread. I deserve it. 🙂
I substituted the spelt flour for whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt for regular yogurt, and maple syrup for honey. I also didn’t have ground flax seeds (omitted), and neither did I have coconut butter (replaced with vegetable oil). With all these modifications, I prayed that it would turn out alright. It did.
I couldn’t resist to sprinkle some muesli and some mini chocolate chips on top. Why, hello beautiful! 😀
I made these two days ago, and I had my last piece today while shopping and with an iced Starbucks latte. Truly b-l-i-s-s-f-u-l.
Obsession #6: Quaker’s Barley milk
Have I told you yet how much I love 7-eleven’s here in Taiwan? Yes! This is another one of my fabulous finds there!
Barley, barley loveee! 🙂
I’m meeting up with an awesome and lovely lady tomorrow for the first time. I’ll be showing her around Taipei city, as this is her first time to Taiwan. I cannnnnn’t wait! I’ve never done “touristy” things here before, so I’m actually excited to hop from one tourist attraction to another tomorrow!
+ If you live in a big city or near tourist attractions, do you do “touristy” things?
+ Current obsessions?
+ Make sure to check out my guest post here!