Mes Repas Excellents = My Amazing Meals! ☺

Hi! I hope you’re having an amazing week. The weather’s been GREAT here recently; the sun’s up at 6:30, just in time for a morning run (which I’ve been doing for about a week because of the rainy spell we’ve had). I love sunny weather – it always puts me in a good mood. 🙂

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Doesn’t this look yummy? Since school’s out (BC teacher’s strike) until next year, I’ve got plenty of time to bake before my group leaves for Montreal in 16 days.*** I really want to try this recipe for blueberry coffee cake, especially because our fridge is overflowing with big, juicy blueberries from the farmer’s market. This recipe, from the Whole Foods website, looks exceptionally tasty. I’m also betting it would taste great crumbled over oatmeal, like my blueberry muffin oats!


***Dear host family, if you’re reading this, HI! Or… bonjour! ♥ I can’t wait to meet you, and I am so excited to see your wonderful city. 🙂 We have only two weeks until the big switch! Je suis tres excitee, et j’espere que vous etes une bonne semaine.

I had this salad one day at school. Mixed greens topped with berries and some goat cheese. On the left are honey-roasted pecans + walnuts and some dried cranberries, plus a bit of poppyseed dressing. I’ve also got half of a lemon-poppyseed muffin top for dessert.

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Whipped banana oatmeal, just like Kath’s version on KERF. Oatmeal is hard to photograph because it doesn’t look very attractive unless you add lots of fruity toppings! Like Kath, I added chia seeds, a whole banana, raisins, regular milk, and a big blob of peanut butter. This bowl was SUPER sweet – I should have left out the raisins. I also added a drizzle of maple syrup, which probably wasn’t a good idea. 😛 Next time, I think I’ll stick to slicing the banana on top. That way, there is more to chew. The texture of this concoction was nice, though – sort of melt-in-your-mouth. This was a pretty tasty bowl of oats. If you prefer something sweet in the morning, this bowl is for you. 🙂

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Sorry for these terrible photos – I was too excited to dig in. :mrgreen: This salad featured mixed greens, blueberries and blackberries, goat cheese, toasted almonds, dried cranberries, and cubed avocado. All of it was tossed in creamy poppyseed dressing. I think my favourite part was the avocado – it’s a great addition to any salad! I really liked this quick and healthy lunch.

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More of my love: oatmeal. This delicious bowl (made with almond milk) was topped with strawberries, sliced banana, almond butter, and crumbled honey-almond pear muffin. Summer fruit on oatmeal is incredible. 😀

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This lunch featured leftovers from this day: chicken fried rice with green peppers, mushrooms, cauliflower, sweet corn, and something else that I can’t remember. Fried rice makes awesome leftovers, and I always bring it when there’s a microwave available. On this day, I volunteered all day as a block leader at Place des Arts, a local art school. They have a lovely kitchen with all sorts of appliances. I also snacked on strawberries and the last of my peanut butter pretzels from Trader Joe’s. Aww! 😥

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The next day, Mom and I made plans to go to Whole Foods (YAY!). Knowing I had to get ready for a big lunch like the past three times , I made myself a light breakfast of banana + crunchy Barney Butter (so good!). Here it is, sprinkled with cinnamon. 🙂

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Then we were at Whole Foods! It’s about a 40-minute skytrain ride from where we live. We have to take the bus for a short while, too. This time, we were there at about 12:30, and I was hungry! We filled a huge bowl with all kinds of goodies from the hot bar. Some highlights were the super-creamy macaroni and cheese, which was covered in buttery breadcrumbs (OMG) and the smoked mozzarella pasta salad. I’m always so happy to see the smoked mozza pasta, because it’s not usually there. Super yum! I also loved the tofu cacciatore and chicken chili verde.

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Hi Mom! 😀 She likes to take photos of her food, too – she posts them on her Weibo. Weibo is like Chinese Twitter, and Mom has quite a few followers. Go Mammaaa!

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We demolished this bowl! I saved a big chunk of the blueberry French toast to eat at the very end, and OMG, it was amazing. The best French toast I’ve ever had – it had an incredible vanilla taste. After all of that, we were SO. FULL. Usually, we have a sandwich after eating a bowl of hot bar food, but we just couldn’t. I didn’t even need dessert!

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We bought this sandwich at WF: my favourite, the turkey apple brie. This one, and the big chicken + arugula, are tied for the position of my favourite sandwich EVER. At the moment, though, this sammie is my #1. I had about a third of it for a light dinner, along with some Mom dishes and dessert (no pics – sorry!).

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Creamy and tangy brie cheese, with savoury turkey breast, crisp greens, a slice of tomato, and sweet/sour grilled apple. The bread is one of the best parts – it’s SO crispy. I think it’s ciabatta?! Love it!

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Lunch at school: quinoa sauteed with butter, scallions, and sweet corn, topped with lemon, black pepper, and goat cheese crumbles. I ate this like a cold salad (ie. no microwave). I love lunches after a trip to Whole Foods or Costco – so much fresh, crisp produce. These cherries and grapes (both organic!) were so, so crunchy good. Mmm! I’ve said it lots of times before, but ORGANIC PRODUCE TASTES BETTER! It really does. I think it’s sweeter, and the texture is so much more pleasant. If you can afford it, I highly recommend you spring for organic fruit. You won’t regret it! Most of the fruit that we buy here is organic or local. I am so lucky. :mrgreen:

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Next up – a PB + B sandwich for breakfast. We bought a nice loaf of organic whole wheat bread from Whole Foods. It was really soft, and I loved the crust. Here it is with lots of natural peanut butter, cinnamon, a drizzle of honey, and a sliced banana. I put it on the skillet with a bit of coconut oil to crisp it up. Nice ‘n toasty. 🙂 This was a really filling breakfast, too.

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And agaaaaaain, that turkey apple brie sandwich. This is the other 2/3 of the sandwich. We have a panini press, and it’s perfect for warming up the middles and making the outsides toasty. I don’t even brush oil on the “plates” – they still get crispy on the outside without added oil. Check out those grill marks! 😀

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I think the melty brie is the best part. Or maybe the apples. Or the crispy bread… never mind.

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That’s it! Thanks for reading today’s post. I’ve got to go now – I will be attending my school’s awards night. Last year, I totally lucked out and won the Top Student Grade 10 award, and I hope I’ll be winning the same award this year (for Grade 11). I’m wearing a dress right now, and I think it looks pretty dopey… and then there’s the pom-pom flats that I have to wear. Oh gosh.

Bye for now – I hope all of your school years end well and have a wonderful weekend!

A++ Meals

Hi there!
How are you doing? I feel like I haven’t posted in a loooong time, but really it was just two days ago. :mrgreen:
So A LOT has been going on for me right now. Finals are coming, my first SATs are in three days (eeek), and I will be going to Montreal this summer.
Okay, it’s not 100% decided yet, because the YMCA Student Exchange Program still has to look at my references and do a criminal record check. But there is a 99% chance that I will be flying across the country in only three weeks. Talk about short notice! The interviewer came to our house on Sunday, interviewed my family and me, and then toured our house. He even asked me three questions in French!
The program is offered to 16-17 year-old students in Vancouver and Montreal. We’ll switch lives for a summer (6 weeks), and I’ll be working there while living in the house of a teenage French-Canadian girl. She’ll live in my house (homestay) and work here. I’m excited, but super nervous. My mind is swirling with those classic what-ifs.
What if I feel sick on the plane?
What if I get lost?
What if I miss my family and want to come home?
What if I suddenly forget all of the French I’ve learned at school?
What if my homestay parents offer only roast beef burgers and poutines for dinner?
What if…

I’ll update you on this later, as I have to make a portfolio and a resume (en francais!).

Back to ze food!

Fantastic trip to Whole Foods with ma mere. I was starving, so I went a little crazy at the hot bar. This is a little bit of everything! I especially loved the tomato-ey brown rice with tofu chili, and of course the mac and cheese. Go Whole Foods! Too bad Montreal doesn’t have a Whole Foods OR a Trader Joe’s. 😥

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But then again, that might be a good thing… I’d probably go broke on my second day. 😉 Oh, and we had a big sandwich! Turkey-apple-brie. I had 2/3 of this beauty. So yummy – the melty brie was the best part!

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Sweet petites, as usual. Chocolate Turtle ganache on the left, and coconut cream pie on the right. I loved both. The chocolate ganache was rich and deep, but the coconut tart was sweet and coconutty. Again, I loved both! Bonus marks to the coconut cream pie for having shredded coconut in the crust. Yum…

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Top notch oatmeal! Topped with berries (blueberries + blackberries), sliced banana, and a big blob of my favourite almond butter. This was so, so, so good. My favourite summery, light oatmeal for sure!

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Tuna melt for lunch. I made this up on the spot. 😛 I just mashed up a can of tuna with some sundried tomatoes for flavour, plus a little mayo, lemon juice, and mustard. Then I toasted some focaccia bread and spread the mixture on top. Lastly, I shredded up some sharp white cheddar on top and broiled it. This was really good! Crispy focaccia bread can make shoe leather taste food. Black pepper on top, of course!

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I liked this a lot. I think next time I’ll use a bit more cheddar. This kept me full for hours!

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O-M-G. This oatmeal.

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These oats are the equivalent of loaded nachos or an everything pizza. Seriously – ALL possible oatmeal toppings are on here! Crumbled lemon-poppyseed muffin, berries, toasted nuts, almond butter, and banana (cooked into the oatmeal). I added some yogurt after taking these photos, too! This kept me full for HOURS. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – oatmeal is boring; toppings are not. Toppings will make oatmeal exciting + delicious AND keep you full. Plus, you’ll never run out of possible combinations.

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Like I mentioned on this post, Mom bought dungeness crab ravioli. Here, I topped it with crumbled goat cheese and black pepper. Served on a bed of baby spinach. This was a fun alternative to having a side salad! The ravioli were okay. They weren’t my faves – I prefer the spinach-ricotta ravioli from Costco, or even the portobello mushroom ravioli.

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My weakness = pancakes. My favourite breakfast (well, for today at least. Oatmeal and pancakes are always battling for top spot.) 😉

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These babies were made according to my healthy pancake substitutions, then topped with honey Greek yogurt and chia. There’s a mashed banana in here, plus a tablespoon of ground flax. A couple of blackberries for decor. 😉 Oh! And nut butter, of course. Barney Butter, sunflower, peanut, and almond.

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Here they are posing with my math homework… and half-eaten with maple syrup for dipping. I rotate my plate every few bites, by the way!

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Mom Meal: early dinner because I had to go to a hospital orientation. Steamed eggs, beef + broccoli, lentil stir-fry with frozen corn/peas/carrots, and a spicy onion + pork stir-fry. Not my favourite Mom Meal, but I really liked the beef + broccoli.

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Lunch! Whole Foods sandwich with grapes. I love grapes… until the skins get stuck in my braces and take half an hour to pick ’em out.


Same ‘ole oatmeal topped with blueberries, crumbled lemon poppyseed muffin, and almond buttah. This is one of my #1 oatmeals EVER! Obviously anything with AB, muffins + berries I love.

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Same thing, sorta! This was for dessert – there’s honey Greek yogurt under there.


Okie, I guess that’s it for now. I have to do some homework, study for my math test on permutations (Friday), and work on a resume in French. Luckily there’s no school on Thursday, thanks to the teacher strike. Random, but my teeth hurt. 😥 Just got my braces tightened, and now I have to wear elastics. Boo! Also random, but OMG – it’s already June! Where did the spring go?

Oh – one more thing! Check out my updated Mom Meals page and my revised Oatmeal page. I added all of the new ones from the past three posts. Thanks for reading, and I hope you have an AWESOME Wednesday, everyone. 🙂

May Showers

Hello! Happy Thursday. 🙂

Thankfully it’s almost Friday. I’m so tired from this whole week – math exams, Leadership project, speeches and essays to write, emails to answer… blah. The weather is just making it worse. It was sunny ALL of last week – I’m talkin’ tank top + sunscreen sunny – and then it poured all weekend. It’s still raining now. I can’t believe it’s already been May for a whole week, because the weather = February. Cold and drizzly!

Anyways – today’s post is going to be a goodie! I’m so excited to show you all of the yummy meals I’ve been having recently. Here we go!

Banana pancakes with berries on top.


As always, these healthy pancakes are topped with chia, four types of nut butter (!), and yogurt. Yogurt is like whipped cream in that it adds moisture to the meal, but it’s not so light and airy. You know? By the way, I’m making a whole new PAGE just for pancakes. You can see it here – it’s still under construction now. 😉


Sushi lunch with the family – my fave way to spend a Sunday.


I always make a tally of how many I eat – usually I’m done at 16-20 pieces, plus a little salad.


We had chocolate brownie for dessert! Used the Trader Joe’s brownie mix. It was SO easy to whisk it up with a cup of plain yogurt and bake. Done!


Check out that crackly top. To DIE for!


Dinner was maple-soy salmon, just like last time. Onion scrambled eggs on the side, and also some baked burned baked butternut squash.


Lunch salad the next day featured leftover baked trout and butternut squash.

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Honey mustard dressing – olive oil, mustard, honey, salt, and peppah. Honey-roasted pecans to sprinkle on top. 🙂


Dinner is egg + scallion noodles with some baby spinach. All swimmin’ in chicken broth. I love runny eggs in soup! There’s also some bok choy in here. Dinner for one is good, but I still like my Mom Meals!


Another salad! This one stars mixed greens, carrots, and radishes. My mom cut the radishes pretty thickly, so I didn’t have a good first impression! I honestly thought they tasted like dirt. AKA not good. BTW, that’s cubed papaya on the right. It was not good! Sort of powdery and mealy. I didn’t finish them.


Dressing was simple: EVOO, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, a little blob (I just wrote blog) of Dijon mustard, and honey. Quick and easy, but totally delish. The addition of honey is awesome. Goat cheese, TJ’s toasted almonds, and berries on top. These salads get all jumbled up in my backpack, so when I eat them at lunch they’re already dressed in melty goat cheese. :mrgreen:


Oatmeal! Plain ‘ole oats topped with sliced banana and berries. LOVE fresh berries on oatmeal. That’s a big spoonful of almond butter on the left, and a drizzle of maple on top. Check out that landscape!



And the grand finale…




Coconut chicken curry is my absolute fave, as I’ve gushed about here and here. This time, we added pretty much every vegetable in the fridge, plus butternut squash (melted into the sauce – put it in too early!) and cubed chicken breast. Fluffy, coconut-infused jasmine rice on the bottom. I just had dinner, but I would kill for a bowl of this right now. Mmmm!




And thirds. 😛


Obviously I hated my dinner. 😉


I guess that’s it for now. These are my favourite posts because I love writing about the meals I’ve been having. Can’t wait to do another one. Bye byeee.


Aloha everyone! How was your week?
I hope your week was less hectic than mine. I’m so busy now that I’m starting to work again. That’s 6:00-9:00 twice a week. Add that to loads of volunteering, school, exams, and studying for SATS. All that on top of skating and aerial silks! Did I mention I also have to squeeze in some time to, ummmm… sleep? 😉
Yup, I’m BOOKED! My only worry for not getting a volunteer position at the local hospital? That I won’t have enough time to make a committment. I know it’s just a few hours a week, but those hours do matter in the end. However, volunteering at the hospital will be one of my #1 priorities – I will definitely make time for that. 😀

Ahem! Sorry! Tangent! (trig is on my mind too).

So… the past few days have been good to me. Oh! Yesterday, my mom and I made a DEE-licious lemon yogurt cake from scratch! There’s nothing better than spending a Friday evening baking with Mommy. ♥ We used this recipe by Whole Foods, and used 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest instead of almond extract (don’t have it). It turned out amazingly well. Anything lemon-flavoured has my approval! The crust that formed on top and on the sides was definitely the best part. This lemon cake didn’t crumble and have that melt-in-your-mouth texture of the lemon pound cake my mom and I made a few months ago. Probably because this recipe ditched a cup of butter and used plain nonfat yogurt instead! Nonetheless, I loved the cake – it was tender yet chewy and not overly sweet. We had to buy a bag of cane sugar just for this recipe, and it was worth it. I guess you could also use granulated sugar, but why? Ours was from TJs. 😛


Anyways, here’s a classic Mom dinner from two nights ago.


We’ve got broccolette sauteed with mushrooms and baby scallops (so good, and they impart a sea-salty taste to the whole dish, LOVE).


Under that? Onion scrambled eggs with extra pepper! So good. I love getting the big chunks of egg, especially when the insides are still a little runny. O-M-Good.


Lastly, we have Mom’s classic hong-shao {braised} chicken. Oh-so-tender chicken thighs are simmered for HOURS in a flavourful mixture of soy sauce, garlic, star anise, red chili peppers, and scallions. Mom also adds daikon (white carrot, like we say in Chinese) and regular ‘ole orange carrots. They literally become pillows of soy sauce – they are SO tender, and even better the next day. I loved this meal for leftovers at school! And gosh – check out that toasted sesame. Don’t leave it out! Adds a ton of flavour.


Served on white rice. I had these three dishes over quinoa for lunch. No pics because I’m forgetful! :mrgreen: But wow, my mom sure can COOK! GO MOM GO!


The next day, I had oatmeal with blueberries and blackberries. Followed the usual recipe, and topped it with an amazing local cinnamon honey from Costco. After I finished the berries, I topped it all with granola. 🙂


Lunch was a salad.


I was inspired by this recipe, by Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats. She inspired me to try spaghetti squash, maple-soy salmon, simple stuff like almond butter, fried trout on a pilaf (15 mins!), healthy wraps, oatmeal with sliced banana, cranberries, and almonds, coconut chicken curry (hey, I could have a bowl of this right now ☺ ), and even Caesar salad! LOVE that girl. What did I eat before I started reading her blog? :O


Anyways! This salad was super. 50/50 spring mix + spinach topped with blueberries, blackberries, goat cheese, and pecans. Dressing was simple: extra virgin olive oil + balsamic vinegar + Dijon mustard + honey + salt + pepper. I usually just make enough for one serving.


I had the same thing again for dinner the next day. So yummy! This time, the dressing had half of a microplaned clove of garlic. Usually I don’t eat raw garlic because of the bad breath – but this time it was totally worth it. I may have been breathing fire for a whole night (sorry Seline) but… it was worth it! I wouldn’t do half a clove next time though. It was too spicy!


The cinnamon-honey and butter roasted pecans that I baked also rocked my socks off. I’ve been eating them for a snack and using them to top my salads/oatmeal/yogurt. I literally JUST walked into my kitchen and grabbed three pecans to nibble on. 🙂 The cinnamon-honey on top is to die for. It goes with the flavour of the pecans perfectly. I followed IGE’s recipe, but made a few teeny changes. What you can (and should) do is microwave cinnamon-honey (or regular honey if ya don’t have any) with butter until melted. Use a 2:1 ratio. If you have 1 tablespoon cinnamon-honey, use 1/2 tablespoon butter, etc. Mix with pecans until coated, spread ’em out on an oiled baking tray and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees until toasty, then remove to a plate to let cool. Make a lot, because these will go FAST!


One regret – I didn’t add grilled chicken or fish. I was hungry again at 10:00pm, even though I thought this would be enough. Even though I had two three slices of lemon yogurt cake, my tummy was grumbling before bed! 😦


Does IGE’s salad look like mine? 😀


Today’s breakfast was… interesting. I opened the fridge to find that the milk expired TODAY – and I used it. Come on, I was desperate for oatmeal and there is no way in heck I’m using water to cook my beloved rolled oats. So expired milk it was! Turned out really well – I didn’t detect a trace of sourness. Topped with almond butter, those amazing pecans, blueberries, and toasted coconut (skillet).


In case you’re wondering… it’s 7:00 pm now. I just had a pretty FABULOUS dinner that was seriously pretty incredible. Homemade pizza! I tried to make it like my all-time favourite Mediterranean pizza from Boston Pizza, but it wasn’t even close. What the whole fam made was was basically whole wheat pizza dough from our local bakery, topped with spicy tomato pizza sauce, cheese (mozzarella AND goat cheese!) and some of my fave veggies (mushrooms, etc.!) Sounds totally scrumptious, but I thought it was a little too bread-y. The dough, even though I rolled it out really thin, puffed up quite a bit. I also think the cheese (from Costco, I think it’s Kraft?) was of a terrible quality. The mozzarella, instead of melty on and into the pizza, simply became a blanket. I like my cheese melted into the pizza. I totally want to spill all the deets, but you’ll have to wait and see! Will post about this ‘za soon.

Now, I’m chomping on an amazing dessert. Greek Gods honey yogurt + frreeesssshhhhh blueberries and blackberries + chunks of that lemon yogurt cake that I mentioned above! Sprinkled with chia seeds. Mmmm! Made this dessert a la this recipe. The best bites? Definitely the blueberries. I haven’t had blueberries in way too long! These, from Costco, are my favourite kind – they’re big, super sweet, and hard. I like the hard blueberries the best! I’m still eating this dessert as I type this right now… I wish this could last forever. Go berries + yogurt + crumbled cake!

And… I should really be moving on to my homework now. I can’t wait until tomorrow’s breakfast – I’ll be making healthy pancakes with mashed banana AND berries. OMG! 😀 (And yes, I am aware that I just ate… and that I’m totally stuffed!)

Last thing: check THESE out! I know I say this a lot, but OMG! Flourless, butterless muffins (that are mostly sweetened naturally!) with a chocolate middle? I have to try this recipe soon. Simply Scratch is one of my favourite bloggers – I’ve made her super tasty chili-garlic roasted broccoli before – read all about it on this post!

Okay! I guess that’s it for now. Bye! Have a wonderful Sunday everyone. 🙂

Berry Almond Oatmeal

It’s no secret that I am a serious oatmeal connoisseur.


This bowl features some of my favourites – creamy Quaker oatmeal made in milk and water, fresh blueberries and blackberries, a sprinkling of toasted sliced almonds, and a puddle of almond butter. The almond butter makes the whole bowl of oatmeal. I like getting a tiny spoonful in each bite, and I NEVER mix it all together (the horror!). Now, this was before I discovered granola as an oatmeal topper. :mrgreen:


I can’t wait until May for the farmer’s market. Local, fresh berries are truly irreplaceable in the winter! Trust me, I’ve tried it all – there are frozen berries in the freezer and dried berries in the cupboards. Nothing can beat farmer’s market berries, especially on top of oatmeal. Yum!


Is there a food that you consider yourself an expert on?

Mine is definitely oatmeal. Like Kath of Kath Eats Real Food (see the Oatmeal Queen’s blog for thousands of craaaazy oat concoctions!, I eat oatmeal at LEAST 6 days a week. Too many people look down on oatmeal because it’s “too mushy” or “too healthy” (my dad). Not true! Like salad, oatmeal is all about the toppings. I like nut butter, granola, and chocolate chips if I’m feeling rowdy. 😛