‘Twas a tasty Tuesday that seemed to zip by
Cravings were aplenty, and I was eager to comply
But my eats were a bit uncharacteristic. (We’ll soon have a gander.)
And I couldn’t help feeling like Derek Zoolander
When I found myself questioning, “Who am I?”
Worry not. I’m not having an identity crisis. But, go figure, the day after I dedicate an entire post to how my foodie personality is predictably the same as it’s always been, I experience a day full of “this is so not me” eating.
My first inkling that some other foodie spirit had repossessed my body came with my mañana cup of coffee.
My kitchen’s currently boasting a pretty extensive selection of coffee. But I’m pretty faithful to my tried-and-true favorites, those usually being some jazzed-up version of a vanilla or hazelnut base. Ayer, I wanted none of that. I awoke in a chocolate state of mind.
Now I know what you’re thinking. That’s not really grounds for a “who am I?” moment, as I’ve recently realized and confirmed my fondness for cocoa. However, while I’m certainly acquiring a taste for chocolate, I’ve yet to seriously crave it or favor it over my veteran front-runners. Until yesterday.
I completely fast-forwarded over the part of my mañana routine where I habitually stare into my coffee cabinet for a good five to ten minutes, debating el café del día.
No deliberation necessary. I wanted chocolate coffee.
Specifically New England Coffee’s Chocolate Cappuccino. I tried this last week, and I’m pretty sure it’s been on the brain ever since. But because I’m a save-the-best-for-last OCD freak, I’ve been rationing it until I can locate and hoard several more bags.
But there was no fighting that chocolate feeling yesterday. I gave into my moment of chocolate cappuccino weakness. And it was glorious.
This coffee is so bueno that I drank it straight up.
Herein lies my next “who am I?” moment. My café always features creamer, almond milk or whipped cream, and I usually sweeten it with azúcar or stevia. Yesterday, I took it negro. And it was the best cup of coffee I’ve had in months. You know what they say, once you go negro…
Moving along… I was ready to shake the whole “who am I?” hindrance with breakfast. I already knew what I was making, and it was very me.
Or so I’d intended.
I’ve been wanting to make Tina’s “Baked” Pumpkin Oatmeal” since I first laid eyes on it. I doubled the recipe porque I know mi estómago, and one packet of instant oatmeal would keep me full for approximately 20 minutes.
Looks a little diferente from Tina’s, right? On a whim, I decided to add cocoa powder. Seriously. WHO AM I? I had a perfectly delicious, pumpkin-y concoction sitting before me, and I chose (read: needed) to chocolate-ify it?
I’ll stop whining, though. My case of the “who am I?”s worked brilliantly here. This. was. AMAZING.
Los ingredientes: 2 packets maple brown sugar instant oatmeal, 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, 1/2 cup egg whites, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp. agave and 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder. Mixed and microwaved for 3 minutes. (Or 2:59 if you’re weird like me.)
Chocolately pumpkiny perfection. Make. This. Ahora.
Sometime after that bowl of deliciousness, I G-chatted with hermana and learned that she, too, was eating out-of-character.
Melissa: you’ll be happy to know the brownie rampage has continued at school
snowstorms mean 8238928329329 brownies
i made CHOCOLATE OATS for bfast
like, i was CRAVING chocolate
WHO AM I!?
Melissa: um i made waffles and eggs with spinach and laughing cow for bfast
like what? i made myself a real breakfast… WHO AM I!?
At least we’re in this together, hermana.
Lunch parte uno was a pretty standard Sarah sandwich.
On a toasted sandwich thin: laughing cow, Sabra hummus, roasted eggplant and roasted red peppers.
It was during lunch parte dos that I had to step back and ask myself, “who am I?”
Apparently I thought I was a 5’10 blonde with a snacky disposition.
On my undeniably plagiarized snack plate:
The leaning tower of red bell pepper.
Filled con salsa.
Manzana con cinnamon.
Plus triple C crudités: carrots, cucumbers and celery.
Which christened this fresh tub of Greek Olive Sabra.
This is currently my favorite Sabsession. But I’ve yet to try the caramelized onion flavor, which I suspect may change my life.
Post-lunch came errands, a writing project and some at-home pilates. If you follow me on Twitter, you know I slept through my Tuesday clase. So, I attempted to do some mat stretching, scissors (because they’re naughty) and rollovers (because they’re fun) en mi cuarto.
‘Lates ended up looking like this:
Yea, somewhere between stretching and scissors, I got lost in blog-reading, which somehow led me to get lost in Cherry Garcia. My newfound sweet tooth is really confusing me.
For dinner, I decided it was acceptable to have dos. Who am I?
Ok, fine. That food decision is entirely characteristic of me. But both of my cena components were large and in charge, and I’m sort of surprised I was able to eat it all. Sort of.
First up: una ensalada enorme.
I realize that doesn’t look so enorme because it’s on a plate. But I assure you it was massive. In fact, I have proof it was massive. But we’ll get to that later.
In the mix: baby spinach, red bell pepper, cucumber, celery, apple, brie, grilled shrooms, green cheetahs, asparagus, grilled onion and fried egg whites. Predictably dressed in a honey-balsamic blend.
The increible trifecta of fried egg whites, green cheetahs and grilled cebolla in the center.
And the no-fail combo of manzanas y brie dispersed throughout.
One more cebolla shot because grilled onion doused in sweetened balsamic is both aesthetically and gastronomically mind-blowing.
So much so that it was the star of dinner numero dos: savory Asian oats.
1/2 cup oats cooked in 1 cup water and 2 tbsp. soy sauce. Topped with grilled onion and asparagus.
I’d sort of forgotten how much I love savory oats. One bite into that creamy, soy saucy creation, and I fully remembered.
Onto that evidencia that my ensalada was one of great size.
I couldn’t eat it off the plate. Seriously, it was imposible.
So, into my hugh jass mixing bowl it went.
Oh, and if you’d like evidencia of my aforementioned save-the-best-for-last approach to eating… this is how I eat my salads.
Yes, I consume the 3 pounds of baby spinach first and save all of the well-marinated goodies for the end.
And now, for my final and most profound “who am I?” moment of el día: I wasn’t in the mood for popcorn for dessert.
My fridge is currently harboring a massive tub of vanilla pudding, and I was inexplicably drawn to it post-cena.
Con grahams, of course.
This was SO GOOD. Just to forewarn you, I feel a pudding kick coming on. Though, if my popcorn addiction doesn’t return by tonight, I may have a full-blown “WHO AM I!?” meltdown.
Do your food cravings ever throw you off? Up until very recently, my sweet tooth was non-existent. And its frequent presence is really freaking me out. Clearly, though, I’m embracing it :).