Baking, walking, singing, eating

Hi bloggies! Is everyone back from their Christmas weekend travels? It was quieter than usual around the blog world, which I thought was a good thing. Hopefully everyone spent time with their families and/or friends and got some quality R&R. I can’t believe it’s time to get back to work already. Time flies when you’re having fun! 😉

I started my last weekend day with a little baking project. I ended up with 5 new cookbooks for Christmas, and I’m dying to put them all to use. I found out about Baking with Agave Nectar by Ania Catalano during my last Cleaner Life Challenge, when I eliminated all refined sugars from my diet (did you follow my blog then?). The idea of baking with agave really interested me, and my first recipe from the book, amazing black bean brownies, was nothing short of amazing.

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This Sunday morning I chose this recipe from the book for power bran muffins. I’ve been craving warm breakfast lately, and there is only so much oatmeal a girl can eat. These muffins are little power houses with not only whole wheat flour but also wheat germ, wheat bran and flax. I used a mix of different dried fruit (cherries, raisins, cranberries, blueberries) and added walnuts. I also subbed 2T of oil with nonfat yogurt but I think I’ll use the full amount of oil next time – they were tiny bit dry.

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Adam and I both liked them :)

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WORKOUT

In the afternoon, I decided to hit the gym. I am slowly getting back into running on the treadmill and am looking forward to getting back to my half-marathon fitness level. I did 3.5 miles on the treadmill+ 30 mins on the elliptical on Saturday. On Sunday I was itching to get on the treadmill again and ran/walked for 5 miles. It’s getting easier! :)

SNACKS + LUNCH

After my workout, Adam and I rushed to the grocery store. I munched on some sample fruit at Whole Foods. So juicy!

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… and lunch was a bunch of stuff from their hot bar – chicken tikka masala, basmati rice, garlic broccoli, mushrooms and roasted peppers. SO good!!

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MOVIE TIME

I haven’t seen a movie in the theaters in ages! Yesterday some of my girlfriends went to see the musical Nine. Have you seen it? It was one weird movie. I can’t decide if I liked it or not. The entire time I was watching it, I kept on thinking I wanted more of it and that it was a little too strange, but by the end I was somehow “into it.” 😉

DINNER

We saw the 4:15 show, so after the movie the girls and I were ready to eat. A thai restaurant, Montien, was right around the corner. I was really excited – it’s been ages since I’ve had thai!

I started with a glass of Seven Oaks cabernet savignon. It was pretty atrocious – waaay too sweet. I had a few sips and gave up.

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As I was looking through the menu, a craving for papaya salad hit but I didn’t see it. I asked the waitress if they made it and she gave me the “thai menu” (as opposed to the American version) that included papaya salad. I decided to also order something else from it – I wanted authentic thai!

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I certainly got authentic! The salad was SO spicy – it was burning hot! I loved the taste but could do with slightly less heat. I ate about 1/3 of it (all I could handle).

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For some extra protein, I also got the grilled squid with sweet & sour chili sauce appetizer (also from the thai menu).

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The squid was very fishy and the sauce was too sweet. It did help to counteract some of the spiciness from the salad. Once I realized how spicy the papaya salad was, I also ordered some steamed brown rice to absorb some of the heat. Everyone else really enjoyed their meal (I tried a few things – the green curry was my favorite!). This is a good “secret” spot in the theater district. All the other pubs in the area are always packed and I think the food there is nothing to write home about. I wouldn’t hesitate going back to Montien again if I’m in the area! 😀

DESSERT

I can’t go a whole day without dessert. After coming home, I grabbed the last of the seven layer bars we took home from the Christmas dinner.

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… and then had about 8-10 dark chocolate covered cherries from my Christmas stocking 😀

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Yummy yummy.

I’m still fighting a cold. Hopefully it goes away because I sick of my runny nose, and we’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party so I have to be on top of things! Speaking of NYE – any fun plans? I still can’t believe it’s almost 2010! Doesn’t that sound futuristic? 😆

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18 comments to Baking, walking, singing, eating

  • Hi Elina–Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! Let’s make a salad date for next week! Also, just curious, what other cookbooks did you get from Santa?

  • Elina

    Kitchenbelle – I’m around next week – let’s definitely get together. I’ll shoot you an email. Other books included the new Ellie Krieger book (So Easy), the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream making book, a recipes book that came with the Vitamix (very thorough – lots of good stuff) + the one that came with the ice cream maker. So fun! 😀

  • I’ve wondered about “Nine”

    The previews don’t really say what the movie is about.

    The muffin’s looks delish!

  • Chocolate covered cherries?! Yes please!
    Yup, sure did follow your blog back then! That looks like a great cookbook. I’ll have to add it to my list. Actually the other day I was looking at my amazon wishlist and realized there are 2 or 3 cookbooks on there that I saw on your blog first! (Ellie Krieger, Best Light Recipes).

  • I loved Nine!

    Great job on your run.

  • sister inna

    woa looks like i’ve gone way too long without checking the H&S…whooopppssss
    hey… who gave you the idea for papaya salad? you’re welcome 😉

  • sister inna

    lol although… maybe not so much since it was too spicy

  • What a great book — I’ll have to look for it. Loving the Thai food. :)

  • Wow, 5 new cook books…SO awesome! I can’t wait to see what kind of stuff you’ll be making the next couple of weeks. I hope your cold disappears quick!

  • I don’t know why, but baking with liquid sweeteners has always been rough for me. I could definitely use a cookbook like that

  • Hello! And how are you? Hope you’re having a nice Monday. You must give the chocolate covered pretzels a go- they’re SO easy and everyone LOVED them.

    Muffins and coffee is such a perfect combo- your muffins sound super tasty. And dark chocolate covered cherries? What a great stocking stuffer yummmm!

  • those muffins look amazing! awesome! sounds like a great book. Id love to play with some of those recipes since Im always looking for ways to cut out refined sugars. Thanks for sharing that!
    The thai food looks great too. I haven’t had good thai in awhile. I really love it!

    I gotta say one of the many reasons I love shopping at whole foods is the free fruit samples! Yum!!

  • dinner looks very good!

  • mmm…I love papaya salad. That one looked like it was delicious!

  • Elina

    Lara – Best Light Recipes is an awesome book… and I got another Ellie cookbook for xmas :)

    Innz – hehe, I think it was because of you that I got the craving. It was yummy, no worries.

    Evan – I think you’ll like this book! 😀

    Erica – I may just do that 😉

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