Wow, thank you so much, everyone, for your wonderful comments and encouragements. You truly made my day, and I totally had a big, Cheshire grin all over my face as I read each and every one of them! I think it’s truly amazing, how as long as you have the correct and optimistic perception, you will find that you can meet precious, beautiful people anywhere, everywhere (like you, dear fellow bloggers!).
I really do feel that what makes each of your day on earth meaningful is who the people you meet and how you interact with them and affect/is affected by them.Well, I can count on getting an A+ in this awesome community!
I have actually just started writing my “saga” in this eating disorder journey, which I have always been meaning to record down, but had pushed it off until now. I was hoping that I would be able to jot down a tale of success after completely overcoming this disease. But then I decided it was best to start writing while I’m still in the process of recovery when the pain and battles are still strong and real, and at the meantime remind myself of how abhorrent and horrible anorexia is, so that I’d be even more motivated to fight. I hope to be able to share my story someday soon.
But don’t worry, I’m not gonna dump my whole sob story on you…just yet. Nope, thankfully, today’s just gonna be about fabbity fab fab eats~
First, yesterday’s lunch, which was another play on my favorite flavor combination, sweet and salty. Many of you agreed in your comments that that’s your favorite, too, so I think you’ll like this one, especially the tofu-lovers out there!
That’s right, I had tofu. I used to dislike tofu very much, turned off by their bland taste and wiggly, eel-like texture. But then I tried them marinated and baked per Gliding Calm’s instructions, and discovered that with a bit of creativity and work, tofu need not be the pale, wet mush I used to loathe. In fact, they can be downright delicious!
So anyway, bearing in mind that tofu can be manipulated however way I like, I begun brainstorming for different ways to flavor them. Citrusy? Fruity? Herby? Spicy? Oriental-style? Western-style? Indian-style? In the end I decided I was craving something that was sweet, breakfasty, and that incorporated coconut. So I came up with: Maple-Coconut Baked Tofu.
This is how I prepared it: Just like Gliding Calm’s tofu, I sliced a 300gm of tofu and dabbed them dry with paper towel. Then I mixed together about a 1:2 ratio of dark soya sauce and maple syrup, dunked the tofu pieces into the mixture, and left them to marinate for a few hours while I yakked away into the phone. Then I dredged them in unsweetened, desiccated coconut to coat on all sides, slapped them onto a baking pan and baked them in a 425 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Here are a few pieces hot out of the oven:
MmHmmm~ They were absolutely divine. Seasoned perfectly with the soya sauce, with that lovely touch of sweetness from the syrup, and the fragrance and crunch of coconut!
The rest of the meal:
Maple-Coconut Baked tofu, sunny-side steel-cut oats, garlicky greens, Orange-pekoe iced green tea.
I dribbled some of the remaining marinade mixture into my oats, with a bit more extra maple syrup…
I had some of the tofu in with the oats, and others at the side to retain its crunchy exterior, with a drizzle bit more maple syrup for dipping…
Lunch was awesome, and I savored each bite slowly while catching up with some reading online. Dinner was packed, though, because I had Discipleship training. I packed some chicken hotdogs and sweet potato chips. Here’s a random picture of the hotdogs:
I love them charred like this, as it reminisces memories of the BBQs I used to have frequently with my family. But I don’t like how it always gets so wrinkly like a prune!
Lunch today was ultimate comfort food. After several hot, sweltering days, it finally cooled off with a big storm! The weather was surprisingly cool today, and I had a craving for something hot and comforting…and what is more comforting than a nice bowl of soup?
So I whipped up a pot of creamy pea soup, following the basic guidelines for my pumpkin soup, except with green peas instead of the pumpkin. For the side, I wanted some toasts for dipping, so I made garlic bread toasts!
I simmered a handful of peeled garlic in hot water until soft, then mashed them up with a few spoonfuls of Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of salt and Italian herbs. Then baked them in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
Holy cow, the smell drifting from the oven was deliriously glorious! I was in sort of a garlic-high. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into them, and was really impatient taking this picture:
Snap, snap pictures, then crunch crunch into this lovely fragrant toast!
I swirled some yogurt into the soup, which made all the difference with its tangy addition. I actually dislike peas, but I really liked them blended into this soup, giving it a natural sweetness with its mild flavor, and turning it into this lovely shade of green! Somehow, the fact that this soup is green made it all the more appealing and tasty to me!
The sinking crust in a sea of green ocean…
Okay, the following picture is not for those with a weak stomach. It is a gruesome one, let me warn you…For I am guilty of pancake mutilation. I have a horrible way of eating my pancakes…
Skinned and gutted and left to bleed to death. *Evil, maniacal laughter of the clinically insane*
Yeah, I have a weird way of eating things. For example, I also love to skin my bagels. I’ll nibble off the thin, outer waxy layer and then finally munch on the naked remainder. Same with sweet potatoes, potatoes, pumpkin, basically anything with some kind of edible exterior that I can have the pleasure of peeling off.
But I refuse to believe I’m the only one with weird eating habits. So here’s today’s question: What kind of weird eating habits/styles/patterns do you have?