Well, as much fun as a two-week-long “Wah wah wah I lost my camera” pity party was, I think it’s time to get over it.
I am irresponsible. I should never ever have nice cameras. What I REALLY wish I had was the pictures. But, yknow what? People remembered things before there were cameras. I still have my *brain*. As my dad pointed out, I’m not exactly going to *forget* riding an elephant.
Also, another thing went missing night before last… my cat.
We let him out once the snow had calmed down (more on that later) and we saw him bouncing around, inspecting his territory, annoying Bert, his archrival next door… and then poof. He disappeared. With three feet of snow on the ground.
He was gone for two days and nights and missed THREE MEALS, which is unheard of for him (yes, he likes food more than even I do!) and we basically thought he was dead.
And then he strolled up at 6 this morning, yowled to be let in, nonchalantly ate his breakfast, and has been sleeping furiously ever since.
And last night, guilt-striken, I swore to myself that if I had to choose between the camera and the cat, of course, OF COURSE, I’d choose Smokeface (shut up, I named him when I was 8). So I don’t have the camera. Bee eff dee.
Okay, I know, epic tangent.
I ate great food in Asia, and actually even ate some yogurt in Thailand (they have coconut yogurt there that leaves you weak at the knees!) but there is something wonderful about one’s own yogurt ‘n cereal mess. This is plain yogurt, wheat Chex, banana, and a bit of milk all smushed around and topped with almond and cranapple butter.
Smashing. The dish it’s in? One of my GORGEY souveniers!
I also got my mom, along with some gorgey Thai silk things, these cute little dishes from Taiwan:
That guy on the left is a fish! They are excellent luck in Chinese culture. On New Years (I am SO BUMMED I left too early for Chinese New Year!) everyone prepares fish, but then only eats half. The remaining fish indicates surplus and abundance in the new year!
Now, let’s remember that I still have the tan lines from Thailand so you can really see the weather extremes I experienced in a few short days…
Maybe you’ve heard that the DC area has had some snow?
The trees are a little tired. As am I, after LOTS OF SHOVELING.
This is after Snowmageddon Round 1… there was more.
My mom likes to do photoshoots of me shoveling (?). Doesn’t my Camry look tragic?
Anyway, being snowed in means lottttttts of time for cooking. Definitely my favorite snowed-in recipe was healthy vegetarian shepherd's pie. Holy yum. I love mushrooms and lentils. Sorry no pictures!
It also meant having time to make BREADDDDDD! This is the best pita bread I’ve ever made. Look how profesh!
It also had fabbity fab flavor (and omega 3 out the wazoo) due to the flaxseeds! Recipe can be found here.
I had it for lunchin’ along with another snowed-in recipe, Winter Squash Stew with Pinto Beans and Corn. Gorgey and healthy but honestly a bit bland. But worth tweaking.
The abundance of plants in this post means that, as I do for a ridiculous quantity of the year, I am not eatin’ meatin’! It’s Lent, baby! Get ready for veggie goodness, with hopefully some new Asian inspiration thrown in. It’s good to be back :D