Eggs, that’s what for lunch and dinner

July 25, 2010 § 22 Comments

The banana pancakes this morning kept me full for 4 full hours! It must be the combination of bananas plus whole grains and some protein! Definitely a keeper of a recipe.

As if we didn’t get enough eggs last night, the star of my lunch today were…eggs.

I used Allie’s method of cooking her eggs, and by golly, they indeed turned out beautiful! How shameful of me to cover them in nooch before I took a picture to do them justice. 😐

The eggs were on a bed of spinach and arugula, with some sugar snap peas, red pepper, roasted eggplants, and roasted sweet potatoes on the side. Can’t have roasted sweet potatoes without the ketchup!

I don’t know what took me so long to try date + nut butter, but it totally blew me away when I popped this bite-sized dessert in my mouth!

Love affair of date and crunchy almond butter.

Like what any normal person would do on a lovely Sunday afternoon, we window-shopped at this beautiful outdoor mall called Victoria Gardens in the P.M.

“Cinderelly, Cinderelly
Night and day it’s Cinderelly…”

I guess my legs were a bit tired and sore from the long-a$$ bike ride yesterday, so we came home for some splashing in the pool. While we were in the jacuzzi (hot tub) to end our splashing session, these two little girls (3 and 7 maybe?) joined us. At first I was playing with them, so I cupped my hands to get some foam and blew it at them. You know, for fun. They returned the foam blowing. At first it was just friendly and fun, and then they started to get violent! They’d put the foam on my head and pat my head, hard. They also splashed me in my face with the warm water :(. Now that’s not cool. I know, I know, they’re just kids, and I do love playing with kids. But sometimes they need to know when they’re stepping out of the line!

I had been planning to make this dinner ever since I saw it on Tina’s blog a few days ago. The Tortilla-Crusted Feta and Broccoli Quiche becomes the Tortilla-Crusted Feta and Spinach Quiche.

  • 3 La Tortilla Low-Carb tortillas
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup feta
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • salt & pepper

But first, the onion broke my fragile little heart. It laughed at me as I shed tears and cursed at it.

Well, I’m a tough girl so for my sweet revenge I sauteed it with some mushrooms in a little olive oil. I added the spinach to block out its glistening, golden eyes. I dumped everything onto the “crust” that was simply 3 layers of tortillas, and buried the onion deeper with the feta cheese.

pre-baked, without egg + yogurt mixture

I mixed the 2 eggs plus the yogurt in a bowl and whisked till well incorporated. I poured the egg mixture over everything.

Baked for about 40 min (instead of 30) because it was watery!

I put the okras that I got on Thursday to use. I usually eat them steamed with some soy sauce, but this time I decided to roast them. It was a good plan πŸ˜€

A wholesome meal!

Oh onions, why must you cry and turn the crust soggy? Well, I believe the yogurt was his accomplice too. See, I used plain yogurt which contained more water than your regular greek yogurt. Gosh darn it, I should have strained the plain yogurt first!

Well, I think I’m off to go relax and snuggle up with this cinnamon roll (or here)Β  that was just fresh out of the oven! Mmm..the smell of heaven…:D

Now go and enjoy your Sunday evening!

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Did you know…?

July 17, 2010 § 14 Comments

I know, I know. I’ve been gone for too long. Two days in the real world is equivalent to 2 weeks in the blogland. Hah, I feel like I’m referencing Inception.Β  GREAT movie by the way. It really got my mind all out of whack when I left the theaters last night. I swear I was in some sort of daze for 20 min afterwards, just thinking about the complexity of the mind, the conscious, the subconscious, the super-subconscious, the super super-subconscious…

Personally, I think the mind has nth dimensions.

Well, I don’t want to give too much of a spoiler for those who haven’t seen it yet. It’s something that you must pay attention to for the entire length of the movie, or else you can get easily confused. I don’t think I’ve ever concentrated so hard on a movie before. Ever.

So two weeks two days away from the blogland naturally ended with me having way too many pictures to share, so I’ll just give ya’ll some highlight ;-).

Did you know that cottage cheese melts superbly when heated up?

Lunch #1: Frozen veggies and spinach thawed in the fridge overnight, topped with cottage cheese, and microwaved till melty when lunchtime came.

Did you know that thawed frozen spinach is delicious with marinara and cottage cheese (melted)?

Lunch #2: Spinach w/ cottage cheese and TJ's Garlic Marinara sauce.

Melty and cheesy!

Did you know that you can make pesto out of arugula?

Roasted Squash with Arugula Pesto

(Recipe inspired from here; the arugula pesto from the back of the package of arugula)

First blanch about 2 cups of packed arugula in boiling water. Immediately plunge into cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain and use your hands to squeeze dry the leaves.

Two squished cups of arugula into one fistful!

About 1/4 cup of toasted pine nuts.

Blend in food processor the arugula, toasted pine nuts, some salt and pepper, a dash of cumin. Blend till you get a mushy paste. Then add olive oil till desired consistency (I added about 1/3 cup)

Kind of chunky pesto...

Also roasted some butternut squash at 350 degrees for 45 min, sprinkled with cumin.

Golden.

Roasted squash says: "Gimme the pesto and more pine nuts please!"

Complete meal with a side of Swiss chard sauteed with onions, crushed red pepper flakes and garlic.

Tip: roasted butternut squash is also very good topped with butt loads of parmesan cheese!

Did you know that I got a tub of mini plums for $3 (~a dozen) at the Farmer’s Market at La Verne on Thursday evening?


Did you know that I am currently obsessed with anything cheese + fruit related?

Sliced up and ready to be sandwiched.

Plum with Laughing Cow cheese on Sandwich thin. Yum!

Speaking of the Farmer’s Market, there was some sort of “petting” area filled with goats, pigs, chickens, and bunnies there?

What can I say? It was a sight to see. I felt horribly sorry for the animals, because there were literally a dozen or more 3-8 year old kids in this tiny pen, all chasing after some animal or the other. Of course, there were lots of shrieking involved as the children ran after the bunnies.

At least this little girl seemed gentle enough to the chickens.

Did you know that Chai Spice totally blew my mind away?

Obviously, I needed something to munch on while I read this boring exhilarating paper. Upon first bite I was taken back to when I first tried chai tea. This bar totally captured the essence and the spice of a warm or cold cup of chai tea!

Needless to say, my last Kardea bar was pretty darn amazing too–the Lemon Ginger. I am now a sad little girl because I have finished all my Kardea bars :-(.

I loved all of the flavors of these Kardea bars. They are true to their words in terms of flavors. Each bar was unique in its taste and with each bite you always get hit by its intense aroma of either chai, ginger, almond, or banana. I am a satisfied taste-tester! πŸ˜€

Anyways…

Did you know that last night, my boyfriend and I went to a Thai restaurant, where we were constantly attacked by flies, and the waitress was swatting them just a table next to ours? Um…yeah. Not a very enticing atmosphere. The food sort of made up for it though, but I don’t think I’d go back to get attacked by flies or the fly-swatting lady again.

Hah! Dmitri was trying to act “Asian.”

My turn. I always laugh at the instructions on the chipstick slips.

I don’t know why I had that surprised look on my face. LOL I looked like a dork.

Thai salad: Iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, onions, hard-boiled egg, with spicy peanut sauce. Plain, simple. The spicy peanut sauce was good though!

Pad-see-ewe: flat rice noodles stir-fried with Chinese broccoli and tofu.

Vegetable medley with rice.

And this! My fav dish: rice biscuit stir-fried with bean sprouts, eggs, and came with hot sauce. The lady said it was house-specialty.

Chewy and sticky.

Did you know that this wrap made the perfect post-run breakfast this morning?

Banana + PB with cinnamon on a La Tortilla wrap, pan-fried till crispy. Side of yogurt for some dipping action!

Gooey and melty inside!

That pretty much sums up the past couple of days when I was MIA. We’re off whale-watching off the coast of Newport Beach this afternoon! Since it’s blue whales season, I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll get to see some blue whales! πŸ˜€

Have a great Saturday!

Oh, Sundays

June 27, 2010 § 10 Comments

= baking + cooking day!

I love it when weekends are relaxing and actually feel like summer! Yesterday’s BBQ was a blast. Well technically it wasn’t a barbeque because we were served corn tortillas, spanish rice, black beans, refried beans, guacamole, salsa, chips, you know the fare. I didn’t feel comfortable whipping out my camera and obsessing over all the angles of the food there, so I didn’t have any pictures to show you. I had two small corn tortillas topped with rice, beans, cilantro, guacamole, green & red salsa, dollop of sour cream. So good! For dessert we had watermelons and homemade chocolate marbled bundt cake!

After a day’s rest yesterday, my body was ready get back and rock ‘n’ roll!!! Haha literally, ’cause I had the best run in a long time this morning! I finished 5 miles strong in about 47 min (best time yet!), and felt I still got energy for one or two miles.

I came home, took a shower, and recharged with this breakfast.

Wrapped some frozen banana chunks in a La Tortilla 100-calorie wrap, smeared with PB2 and sprinkled with cinnamon.

Microwaved till tortilla was warm. Then I decided to whip up some vanilla-scented yogurt to keep the little guy company (and for added protein of course :-D).

Oozing with goodness.

As always, running makes me hannnnngry. But I need to go to lab today to do some work, so I made a quick Green monster smoothie, but with a new twist!

See that beautiful green? It’s from avocado girlies! I added half an avocado to buff up the creaminess and for some healthy fats! That 24-oz tumbler you see is my new find from Bed Bath & Beyonnnnd yesterday. I’ve been meaning to get the Starbucks one, but those are kind of expensive. This one was $7.99!

Lab work –> TJ’s –> Sprout’s –> Home.

It was already 1pm by the time I got home from all the errands. I love simple but satisfying lunches, and I couldn’t think of a better one than an egg wrap!

This wrap totally rocked my day! I even took out my blender to whisk the 1 egg + 1 egg white so that it will be nice and fluffy when I cook it. Haha even Dmitri agreed that the eggs looked “pretty” when I was cooking them. Halfway through cooking the eggs, I threw in a handful of spinach and folded the eggs in half. I then layered the tortilla (La Tortilla 100-calorie wrap) with Laughing Cow Light Swiss, TJ’s spicy hummus, the eggs + spinach, some ketchup. On the last minute, Dmitri suggested I spread on some of his TJ’s Olive Tapenade. I concurred…hahaha. He’s learning to be creative too! πŸ™‚

Eww okay this picture turned out gross and blurr. I love the green sandwiched between the white and beige though!

Lunch was served with some leftover slaw and green beans.

The afternoon was spent with some quality-napping, cooking,Β  baking, and lounging in the sun!

Sneak peak at what I baked today:

Recipe to come tomorrow! Stay tuned πŸ˜‰

In other news, I decided to follow the blogworld trend and try out the raved and praised Jenna’s Lentil Walnut Loaf! I’ve been looking for the perfect lentil loaf recipe since…uh..since I can remember? It was love at first sight when I saw these circulating the bloggieworld this past week. It’s somewhat time-consuming, but the results are soooooo worth the effort!

After I dumped the loaf grubs into the loaf pan, I stopped working and accompanied Dmitri to the pool. Poor thing had been cooped up at home all afternoon while I was busy minding my own businesses. I thought I could be his play date for awhile :-D.

To the pool!

Who doesn’t love a warm sunny afternoon with a gentle breeze, the pool, a good book, and plain relaxation?

Dmitri found me a pretty flower! πŸ™‚

It was 6:40pm already when we returned. I quickly made the glaze for the loaf and popped it into the oven. Grumble grumble tummy!

At last, the sweet-smelling loaf was ready for some serious devouring!

Hmm…the results were kind of crumbly, not because it was too dry, but it was actually kind of wet. Perhaps letting the mixture sit in the loaf pan while we were at the pool wasn’t a good idea. Those onions can sure leak!

It was yummy nevertheless. I had a mini 2nd serving for myself, and there’s still some for lunch tomorrow! Nom nom nom.

A night isn’t a night without some sweet endings.

I blended some frozen bananas and frozen strawberries with a splash of soymilk to make this Strawberry-Banana softserve. I then topped this creamy deliciousness with some nonfat plain yogurt, PB2 (yes I eat them just straight up sometimes), Nature’s Path Flax Plus Red Berry Crunch, and lastly some of April’s addicting protein brownie batter! This was so good and made me so full!
What I baked today is supposed to sit in the fridge overnight for the optimal flavor, but that didn’t stop Dmitri and I from sampling a small piece. I got four words for you:

Creamy, smooth, spongey, tangy.

Until tomorrow!

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“The body is your temple…

June 12, 2010 § 6 Comments

…, keep it light and clean for the soul to reside in.”

— B.K.S. Iyengar (Founder of Iyengar Yoga)

This, along with a few other quotes by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, is a quote I live by daily. It can mean so many things in one sentence. How one perceives to “keep the body light and clean” differs from individual to individual. For example, alot of fitnessistas/foodies circulating the bloggie world would maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating wholesome meals and exercising regularly. Others may meditate or pray daily to cleanse the mind and soul. Yogis observe their bodies by eating clean, mostly vegetarian, diet, along with body rejuvenating practices that allow the mind to declutter. Meditation is also often practiced daily by enthusiastic and serious yogis. Whichever category mentioned above you belong in, Iyengar has described you all. Because when your body is healthy, your mind is healthy, and consequently your soul is at peace. By maintaining a healthy body, you are not worrying about diseases that may plague you in later years,Β  your weight issues, whether you’ll be hit by another insomniac attack tonight, or having to drag your battered body through another day. You would feel energized, and face your everyday with a carefree mind, and hence a carefree soul.

“The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life.”

–B. K. S. Iyengar

I consider myself an atheist, though my family leans more towards Buddhism. One of the reason why I love yoga is because it is not a religion, but rather a philosophy you embrace. Regardless of whether you’re Christian, Catholic, Buddhist, Jewish, atheist, etc, yoga welcomes you into its practice and art with open arms.

On that note, I hereby present you what nourishment I gave my body today! πŸ˜€

Btw, I loved reading what you guys put down as your fave types of movies to watch! It seems like most of us were in a consensus there that horror movies are a no-no, and thumbs up for funny, light-hearted movies! πŸ™‚ I love to curl up on a couch at home with some popcorn or a cup of tea and just relax with some funny movies to cheer me up after a long day!

At 6:50am, my eyes fluttered open, but my body lay in bed till 7:30am. Ahhh, love it when you get to roll around in bed on the weekends and just take your time to wake up! I made myself some blueberry-infused Green monster similar to the one on Thursday.

(Unashamedly recycled picture)

Yumm-o!

The mix included:

  • 1/2 frozen sliced banana
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup soymilk
  • 2 T plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • a splash of H2O
  • 1/4 tsp xanthum gum

I had to go into lab this morning to finish up some stuff, so I did. It was only an hour or so, no biggie on a Saturday morning! When I came home at around 9:40am, my boyfriend was still sleeping, so I busied myself with some blog-reading. When he finally did wake up at around 10:10am, he grabbed some breakfast (bread with nutella) and I drove him out to San Bernardino to pick up the bike he bought on eBay! a week ago.

Record: He lost his bike TWO TIMES within the past year.

And of course, he rode home from San Bernardino, all 21 miles, while I drove back for some lunch. Just some leftover Chipotle salad from yesterday that I didn’t finish. I am sparing you guys the picture because you wouldn’t want to be turned off by the slightly blackened guacamole! 😐 No no, can’t do that to Chipotle!

For snackage, it was half a mango and 1/4 cup cottage cheese.

This has got to be the best mango I’ve had in the United States! Hah, but I got this from an Asian Market. Does that count? My encounters with mangoes here have been sour, dry, cardboard-like. Mangoes in Taiwan are the REAL mangoes! Oh. My. Gosh. I can probably eat 2 lbs of mangoes in one sitting.

It was cold today (63 degrees) so I fancied myself a cup of Yogi Detox tea.

Then it’s errands time: Trader Joe’s then Sprout’s Farmers Market. Yum yum I got La Tortilla wraps again! πŸ˜€ Also restocked with plain yogurt (I see more Greek yogurt making in the future!) and a dozen bananas! I go through bananas sooo quickly. Those green monsters, banana soft-serves, and just plain frozen bananas…I can’t get enough of those!

I puttered around a little after I got home, and ate a snack:

10-grain toast spread with PB2 and blackberries, topped with cottage cheese and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Because cinnamon just makes everything tastes better. I was opting for a PB&J sandwich, but made this healthier version instead. Does that remind anybody else of shortbread and custard or cream?

decided to go out for a run seeing that the weather has warmed up a little bit more. It was only 63 degrees the entire morning! Brrrr…SOOO not So-Cal!

I managed to cover about 5 miles in 46 minutes. Woohoo! I think this is my new record, as I’ve never ran a full 5-mile before, and this is just under 10 min/mile (I usually run 10 min/mile…yep slow runner here)! I felt great. I felt rejuvenated.

A leisurely shower after, I leisurely strolled to the kitchen and leisurely prepared a fantabulous dinner. Just before I headed out for a run, I put a spaghetti squash into my oven to bake for an hour at 375 degrees. I instructed Dmitri to take it out of the oven when the timer goes off. He obeyed accordingly. πŸ™‚

I’ve never had a spaghetti squash before, so this was all fun and new to me!

Look at that heapin’ pile of strings!

Next, I got to work with the sauce. First, I chopped up 1/2 onion, 1 small zucchini, and about 9 cremini mushrooms. Threw in a handful of fresh basil in the last minute. Because, like cinnamon, basil makes everything tastes better.

Next up, it was the pan. I heated some olive oil and sauteed the onions until golden.

Then I threw in the other veggies.

I deglazed the pan with some white wine vinegar while sauteeing. When they’re almost cooked, I stirred in about a cup of TJ’s Tomato Basil Marinara and added pepper to taste.

Let it simmer for a few minutes to let the flavors blend together! Just before turning off the heat, I threw in the bunch of basil leaves. Annnnndddd……

Ring, ring, ring. Dinner’s ready!

Topped with some more peppah and served with a side of steamed asparagus, drizzled with olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and a dash of salt. Tell me that looks delicious!

Despite the fact that it was a superb dinner, and we both had a heaping plate of spaghetti squash, the plate was still full of veggies. My body and stomach was in post-run mode, and Dmitri in a post-bike mode. We were still hungry for carbs. And becauseΒ  I got lots of tortillas today from my grocery run, we both decided we wanted home-baked tortilla chips. I went for sweet ones while he favored salty.

We first cut the round tortillas into triangular shapes. For the salty ones, I lied the tortilla triangles onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, covered ’em with another coat of spray, and sprinkled salt all o’er. For the sweet cinnamon ones, I pretty much adapted the method from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. Pop ’em into a preheated oven to 425 degrees, and bake for about 15 minutes, flipping in between, or until starting to get crispy. Let cool slightly before digging in!

Salty.

Sweet.

These are, HANDS DOWN, the BESTEST OF BEST tortilla chips I’ve ever had! And Dmitri agrees too! No salsa or dipping sauce required.

I also made myself a dessert version of my Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie.

This yummy bowl was topped with two slices of my last frozen bananas, fresh blackberries, and April’s protein brownie batter.

And now, we’re lounging in the cool evening before the sun sets, complete with homemade tortilla chips and a lovely strawberry dessert. Ahh…life can’t get any better can it? πŸ˜‰

Have a great weekend folks!

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+ Have you had spaghetti squash before? If so, what other ways have you eat them with? If not, what recipes would you come up with?

+ What do you do to keep your body “light and clean”?

Guacamole guacamole!

May 29, 2010 § 8 Comments

Today has been a lazy day yet a very tiring one! I jumpstarted my morning with a 4.5 mile run with my boyfriend at the crack o’ dawn. Lol not really, it was 8am. It was heating up as I was heading back to my apartment complex at around 9am, and got up to 80 degrees today! Nice, sunny So-Cal weather πŸ™‚

After we got home and both showered, I made him some French toast while I used up the last of my La Tortilla wrap to make this peanut butter banana quesadilla, which was just another variation of my SB&B Quesadilla the other morning. I smeared half of the tortilla wrap with PB2, and then layered mooshed bananas on top. I heated the whole thing on a skillet until it was nice and crispy. Deliciousssss! I love it when after a good workout, you find just the right food to fuel you!

I also had half a cup of Chobani plain greek yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzled with Walden Farm’s Blueberry syrup, completed with a few strawberries. Doesn’t the Chobani yogurt look like cream? There was a special sale for 99 cents per small container of Chobani yogurt at Vons, and I literally grabbed like 7 of ’em! I love Chobani, but it’s expensive, so I really took the opportunity that time πŸ˜‰

After some mosey-ing around the apartment and doing some laundry, we headed out to TJ’s and then Sprout’s to restock the fridge. We spent $100 + for groceries next week! Because I tell ya, that boy can sure eat!

It was really hot today, so for lunch all I wanted was a green monster smoothie, so I made one, with the new package of frozen spinach that I just bought this time! On the side I had a slice of toast smeared with some sunbutter, topped with more Chobani, and lastly drizzled with April’s protein brownie batter.

Oops, I guess I might have taken a BIG bite before I remembered to take a picture! It looks like a volcano erupting with the coconut shreds on top, and the chocolate drizzle is the lava. Hehe!

Ohh and guess what I got today?! My new yoga mate from Easyoga!

Got the purple Eco-care mat, and boy is it squishy! I’ve rubbed my hands over the surface and did a few down dogs on it already, and I can tell that it is very resilient! I actually didn’t expect it to come this fast, as I only ordered it earlier this week and it was shipped all the way from Taiwan! I bought this because one of my yoga teachers in Taiwan recommended it to me πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to try it out tomorrow morning!

So, we pretty much bummed in the house the entire afternoon. We finally stepped out of the house at around 5:30pm since we were both getting bored and restless. We went to school to check out some board games, and got Scrabble andΒ  a Simpson’s 1000 piece puzzle. The puzzle looks like this, but with the whole Simpson’s shebang replaced:

I’ve never really played Scrabble before, but have seen other people play. I guess it’s time to learn! I’m also horrible at puzzles, but I guess I have the whole summer to work up my skills!

I was actually hungry when we got back, and I already had dinner planned. Earlier in the day, I made some guacamole.

The guac consisted of 4 cloves garlic, half an onion, 2 ripe avocados, about 6 cherry tomatoes cut into small chunks (didn’t have regular tomatoes), a squeeze of lemon, and S&P. Hmm..I think I might’ve added too much onion, and not enough avocado. I had lots of fun spooning out and eating the leftover “meats” on the inside of the avocado skin! πŸ˜€

I then I made this:

1 can of black beans plus 1/2 cup (?) of TJ’s Fire-roasted Tomato salsa. Mmm-mm!

And the finished product was Chipotle-inspired.

Hers & His.

From bottom to top: chopped romaine lettuce, brown rice, black beans + salsa mixture, guac, and more salsa. It was good, but I think I still yet have to perfect the guacamole. It wasn’t as creamy as I would have liked it to be. Any suggestions?

After dinner, I got RIGHT to work to these delicious vegan cookies:

Dreena’s Supercharge Me Cookies! I used whole wheat flour instead of spelt flour, and used craisins and peanut butter. These were amazingly good! It’s not at all oily and heavy like your regular choc chip cookies, but light yet filling! It was like eating an uber delicious granola bar or something!

Packaged and ready to give to my cousins when I go visit them tomorrow. πŸ™‚

I also made Brandi’s Nutella Marbled Banana Bread.

Holy moley these were soooo moist! See how gooey the nutella came out to be? I wolfed down two slices of these immediately when they were cooled enough. I also had 1.5 of those cookies and downed them with some milk. Nothing beats chocolate chip cookies with some milk for bedtime dessert! πŸ˜‰

Tomorrow’s plan:

Can’t wait!

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+ Have you made guacamole before? Any tips to share?


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