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”! 😀

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 🙂

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! 🙂

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 😀

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+ Do you like crunchy or creamy peanut butter more?

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Cirque du Soleil

June 3, 2010 § 7 Comments

When I opened checked my email this morning, I found this in my Gmail inbox:

I’m guessing it’s a baby seal? Whatever it is, it’s so friggin’ adorable! What a great way to start a day! I think my favorite marine animal would be sea otters. The way they roll on their backs and feed themselves just make me go awwww…

Which reminds me of this video…

Awwwwww….

Okay, so that picture was probably the highlight of my day. Yup pretty boring day for me huh. Lab was the same old same old. Ran some experiments in the morning, and was busy till 1:40pm. Funny, I wasn’t all that hungry for lunch, but I gobbled up what I packed nevertheless, which was leftover Sweet & Sour Chick’n from last night with a side of plain quinoa that I cooked up last night. I was hungry again not merely 2 hours later though, so I ate my apple and string cheese while doing some image scanning in a cold room. Technically I should be 10 feet away from any machines if I have food. But for the records, I was sitting right in front of the computer playing away with images of red and green neurons.

Ugh, I am so sick of looking at neurons. Spent part of the morning and the entire afternoon looking into the microscope. I’m seeing green and red dots now.

It’s a lonely room, that cold imaging room. So I brought my laptop down to waste my time on while the images were scanning. I went to Grooveshark, where you can literally listen to whole albums online, just to liven up the room ya know? And guess what I listened to? Cirque du Soleil soundtracks!

Sadly, my history with Cirque du Soleil is sparse. The first and only performance I’ve seen was in Tokyo last summer, where they had a new production called Zed. Some of the acrobatic moves were just out-of-the-world and impossible. Kind of like this one:

Did they just find a recipe to defy gravity or something?

So, let me tell you a secret. I say it’s a secret because I don’t normally tell people this and well…it’s slightly embarrassing. When I was in Middle School I was in a play production that was based on Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria, playing the small character of one of the dancers. Horrible play, horrible director, horrible costume and makeup. End of story.

Anyways, here’s something not so secret: Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies. The original recipe can be found here . I put 2/3 cup of sugar instead of a whole cup, and added 1/2 cup of oatmeal, because I like my cookies with some texture.

I admit I was kind of skeptical about this recipe at first, because 3 ingredients? How is it going to get a “cookie-like” texture? Miraculously, the cookies turned out suuuuuppppperr soft and chewy, slightly crumbly, and oh-so-addicting! I guess it’s the fat in the peanut butter and the eggs that are holding the cookies together. Next time I might add even less sugar, since I’m not one with a super sweet tooth.

So for dinner today I made something that I’ve been dreaming about for days. Again, a recipe adapted from Eat Drink & Be Vegan: Teriyaki Quinoa. Last night I cooked up a batch of quinoa, and today I mixed the quinoa with the necessary ingredients  for the teriyaki flavor. I also added a handful of chopped spring onions.

To make the meal more interesting, I decided to make stuffed bell pepper with teriyaki quinoa. I simply put the quinoa into a cut open bell pepper, sprayed the peppers with some cooking spray and baked at 425 degrees for 20-25 min, or until the bell peppers are slightly browned.

Prebaked.

On the side, my boyfriend sauteed up some TJ’s Beefless strips in Organicville’s Island Teriyaki Sauce. And while the peppers were baking, I steamed some cabbage. Cabbage is soooooooo good just steamed or blanched with water! Sprinkle some salt on and voila!

The complete meal:

Can you guess which one’s mine? 😉


Satisfying!

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+ Have you ever been to a Cirque du Soleil show? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it if you get the chance!

+ What’s your favorite marine animal?

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