I’m home! There’s lots of unpacking and cleaning to do, but I am so happy to be here…. and to have good internet connection again!
Today was a really long day- my fault… I didn’t get to bed til really late last night and only slept about 5 hours (and I really need close to 8)!. I actually missed breakfast this morning (woops!) so I walked next door to Dunkin Donuts for a whole wheat bagel with cream cheese around 8 am. A picture taken on the sly:
I only like a tiny bit of cream cheese on my bagels- I just don’t like the texture of the goopy cream cheese- but I love the taste. So I wiped most of it off. It was so warm and delicious. I love bagels! I also had an ice tea with milk.
Midmorning, I snacked on a kids Cliff Bar (sorry, no picture). Around 1 pm, the conference ended and they gave us boxed lunches to take with us. I chose the turkey sandwich box. A bunch of us had some time before our trains left so we walked to the LOVE Park to eat and sit in the sun. We’ve been inside with freezing AC all week!
It was beautiful- I love the LOVE pieces by Robert Indiana. So back to lunch…
It was actually really tasty… and I was happy to see a whole wheat, sesame bun!
I put a lot of mustard on this baby. It had one slice of cheese and lots of turkey :). The box also contain a cookie, pasta salad, an apple, and potato chips. I ate the apple and had a few chips on my sandwich for salt and crunch- but that was it. Anyone else love chips on their sandwiches? My mom loves it this way and I learned it from her :). It is SOOO good- you must try it if you haven’t!
The train ride back to NYC wasn’t bad- its only an hour and a half- but it took me about an hour to get home from Penn Station, so when I did, I was huuungry. There wasn’t much in the fridge, so I was creative with what we have leftover. I had 3 grape leaves while I cooked.
And decided to use my TJ’s tempeh- its been sitting in my fridge for a while and I just saw Lynn use some this week in a stir fry and it got me in the mood!
I also found an eggplant that really needed to be used. So, I cooked some white onion and eggplant in olive oil and a little water until the eggplant was nice and mushy (I covered the pan and set the heat to medium- low). I then added the tempeh and cooked it until it got nice and crunchy! I added some pepper, soy sauce, peanut oil (2 drops), and a little bit of teryaki sauce.
I also made a salad with the last of the produce in the fridge: the last of my greens from the farmers market, some raw squash blossoms, carrots, half a cucumber, and the little bit of tabouli that was left. I made a DELICIOUS dressing with olive tapenade, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. I added a scoop of Labne on top. It was perfection. You guys have to try this combo if you like Mediterranean flavors. The olive tapenade is a salty, savory addition, while the labne (or you could use yogurt) adds a nice, tart creaminess.
It was a dinner of two very different ethnic flavors. But it worked!
Alright guys, I’m off to veg on the couch for a little while and then get organized for tomorrow! Have a great night.