Versatile peaches

July 8, 2010 § 16 Comments

Peaches and nectarines are summer.

Not only are they delicious and sweet, a medium-sized peach contains 2 grams of dietary fiber, and are are also a good source of vitamin B3 (helps reduce high levels of cholesterol in the blood), potassium, and vitamin C.

Did you know that peaches are of Chinese origin? Illustrations of peaches have been found as far back as 10th century B.C. in China. Apparently the Chinese have also developed a number of races of peaches. [Source]

The peach got its name around 300 B.C., because a Greek philosopher thought the beautiful fruit came from Persia.

The English name is derived from the Latin word Persicum malum, which translates into “Persian apple.” [Source]

It is a negative-calorie food, meaning, you burn more calories by eating and digesting it than the actual amount of calories contained in this fruit (about 60 calories).

Today, I discovered a beautiful way of incorporating peaches into my three meals.

I started out with Peaches ‘n’ Cream for breakfast.

Toasted up a Cinnamon spice Alternative Bagel, nuked half a peach (the other half went to my lunch!) with cinnamon, and topped the other half of the bagel with “cream” (plain nonfat yogurt strained to make it creamier).Of course everything was sprinkled with cinnamon.

I decided to top my leftover yogurt with cherry, just because it makes it look more “dessert-like”! πŸ˜€

A beautiful tower of peaches ‘n’ cream!

The main character for lunch today again is…peach!

My research advisor went to Hawaii for 6 days to spend his wedding anniversary/July 4th weekend there. I know right, Hawaii!!! So jealous!

Anyways, he was kind enough to bring back some gifts πŸ™‚

Passionfruit-Mango goodness in a jar! When I opened it I was immediately attacked by the sweet-smelling aroma of passionfruit and mango! They are not kidding when they said passion-mango butter!

I slathered a thin layer onto one half of a sandwich thin, and topped the other half with microwaved peaches (spiked with cinnamon), and brie!

Glossy peaches!

Oh my word, I cannot tell you how good this sandwich was. Again like my apple-sweet potato-brie sandwich from yesterday, I was savoring every single bite.

note to self: buy more peaches for next week

Today was by far the longest and slowest day in lab. I was so sure that Time just jumped into a pool of jello or something, and was just swimming along a little too slowly. Good thing I had this bright pink shirt to cheer me up a lil today.

When 5 o’clock eventually came around the corner, my lab mate and I stumbled into my car and hit the road for a Potluck Party and our lab manager’s house.

I made 3 batches of these flourless peanut butter cookies, with crunchy peanut butter!

I think I like ’em crunchy than smooth! πŸ™‚

Well, the forgetful part of me left my camera at home, thus the lack of pictures of all the gourmet food we had:

  • Spinach salad with peaches, walnuts, cranberries, feta tossed in olive oil
  • Enchiladas!
  • Lasagne
  • Pasta salad
  • Watermelon!
  • Brownies
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • homemade Snickerdoodles
  • Chips & guac
  • Homemade ice cream
  • Homemade Dark Chocolate truffles (sooooo good!)
  • Ravioli
  • Cheesecakes
  • Other stuff that include meat that I can’t eat

See? Told ya I had peaches x 3 today! The dark chocolate truffle was seriously AHHHmazing! I need to ask for that recipe fo’ sho! Or raid his room tomorrow…haha. The guy who made this said he still had 16 or so in his dorm room. I really wanted some homemade ice cream too, but I was too full by the time the professor who brought it showed up. It looked delish!

Tomorrow’s a Friday! And the end of my 8th week of research (out of 10). In less than 3 weeks I’ll be heading back home to Taiwan! Woot woot πŸ˜€

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+ Do you like crunchy or creamy peanut butter more?

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Lack of inspiration

July 7, 2010 § 13 Comments

I’m experiencing one of those days when I just have no inspiration whatsoever for my blog, which I’m sure you’ve all had encountered at least once during your bloghood. BUT! Yes, there’s always a BUT! I do have alot of inspirational eats to share! If you guys don’t mind, it’s gonna be a short post with plenty of pictures and some captions πŸ˜€

I’ve noticed that my posts have been lacking in the dinner and other eats department…

How about some big-mouth burger?

Piled high with a Gardenburger Sundried Tomato Basil veggie burger, sauteed onions and mushrooms, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and lots of arugula. All between a whole-wheat sandwich thin! You gotta agree with me that the Sandwich thins are by far the best invention in the foodie world! While I love sandwiches and burgers, I don’t like having too much dough in the pile.

One thing I know for sure is that my version of the big-mouth burger is a whole lot better and healthier than this:

One flimsy piece of lettuce and a thin slice of tomato and call that fresh veggies? I think the grease/carbs/meat-to-veggie ratio is something on the order of 6 to 1. Yuck.

Speaking of healthified, here’s a healthified creamed spinach!

This simple recipe came from The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet, which merely called for some silken tofu, spinach, a teensy butter, salt & pepper. I added some nutritional yeast for some cheesy flava!

Served alongside some roasted sweet potato doused with cinnamon! Mm-mmm! πŸ™‚

What else can you play around with roasted sweet potato moons? In a sandwich of course!

Again, on a sandwich thin with brie cheese, sliced apples, and leftover roasted sweet potato. Oh man, this made a gourmet lunch! I heated this thing up for 30 secs in the microwave at work today so that the cheese was slightly melty and the apple slices were warm. Sooooo good! I was so sad when I finished my sandwich, even though I ate as slow as possible to savor it 😦

I’ve been wanting to make these oatmeal pancakes made with egg whites for some time now. I finally got the courage to spend a little extra money on grocery this week to buy a carton of egg whites (I hate wasting egg yolks!).

I’d have to admit, I was a little skeptical about the recipe at first. Oatmeal + egg whites + baking powder = pancakes???? Well, I got totally kicked in the butt by this recipe when my perfect pancakes were born.

Made myself a Chocolate PB2 + J pancake sandwich! The pancakes were sooo chewy! Love the texture too! πŸ™‚

My pancake mix:

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • dash of sweetener
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla extract

Yum yum yummidy yumyumyum!

Dinner today was quick and easy–literally from kitchen to table in 15 minutes or less! All thanks to this yummy find from Trader Joe’s.

All I did was pop it into the microwave for 4.5 minutes, and the spicy aroma was filling my kitchen! I served this along with TJ’s Whole Wheat Couscous, which was conveniently cooked in the microwave as well!

For the couscous:

  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1/2 cup veggie broth
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp curry powder

Microwaved for 3 minutes, fluffed it up, then added some more apple juice, curry powder, and about a tablespoon of honey. I also threw in half a chopped tomato. I almost added some red chili powder, but thank goodness I didn’t!

Because the Channa Marsala was spicy already!

Oh boy oh boy! This was surprisingly DELICIOUS! The couscous that I made up on a whim paired perfectly with the spicy channa marsala (also had a hint of sweetness). I served the couscous and channa marsala on top of a bed of romaine lettuce. Initially, it was just for aesthetic appeal, but my first bite of the meal told me otherwise.

The cool, crispy, and refreshing lettuce contrasted perfectly with the hot ‘n’ spicy channa marsala! With every bite I had a cooling crunch, a grainy delight, and an excitingly hot flavor!

Definitely repeating this dinner!

Now I’m off to bake 3 batches of cookies for tomorrow’s Biology Department Potluck. πŸ˜€

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+ What’s your favorite Indian dish?

Challah & Brie

April 16, 2010 § 1 Comment

Okay, your first impulse may be…what the heck?!?!?

But think about it, both are salty, both are ridiculously yummy, and it’s like a bread and cheese combo right?

Right!

And that was where my inspiration came from. As I was (and still am) typing away a paper for my Neurobiology class, I remembered the loaf of challah I bought today from the dining hall and the wedge of Brie I have in my fridge. And I was craving something salty after I’ve had a couple 8 of these delicious Banana Oat Cookies.

I do have pictures of my results. But seeing that my priority is to churn out this paper first (and being the lazy person that I am), I will just leave it at that. Maybe sometimes in the future I will post a pic when I make it again. But thus far, I’ve been getting raving compliments about them: “ooohhh sooo banana-y!” orΒ  “sooo chewy!!!” or “this is like seriously healthy and chewy granola bar!

yay! ^^

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