FOOD FEST!!

June 25, 2008

It was quite a food sampling day ! Food Comp test went great, and we got to start lab early – in time to eat it for lunch!

I had a carrot for a snack -

We were in charge of making a Tofu Quiche . It turned out quite good! The only unhealthy part is the store-bought crust, which had trans-fat in it, but the filling was broccoli, garlic, onion (eww) and a blended mixture of firm tofu, skim milk, mustard, nutmeg, cayanne, and Parmesan cheese. I might try to make this again sometime!

Today’s experiments all involved legumes – and unfortunately too many onions!! I could never go to culinary school because of my onion aversion. Luckily 2 of the 3 I could pick around -

Lentil Salad , Bean Burger (didn’t eat it b/c of undercooked onions), Tofu Quiche, MorningStar Soy Crumbes "taco" meat (really good!!).

And finally, Tofu Mocha Mousse ! It was a little grainy from instant coffee, but otherwise pretty good.

EarthFare Grand Opening!!

I was going to eat my nectarine and kashi crackers to round out lunch, but since we were done with lab around 1pm I decided it was perfect timing to check out the new EarthFare ACROSS THE STREET FROM WINTHROP (!!!) that opened today. I am more than ecstatic about the EF because I’ll have to eat lunch at Winthrop 3 days a week this fall and it’ll be the perfect place to go for wireless and a delicious lunch. The salad bar is a little smaller than my Charlotte EF, but the deli case of pre-made salads and salmon and all is huge. Yay!

Much to my unexpected delight , they had samples of tons of stuff!! I definitely ate too much, but what’s more "worth it" than a gourmet grocery store opening.

I found out quickly that cameras were banned from the store, but I managed to snap some quick shots. I’ll do a recap of the unphotographed stuff at the bottom….

I had two veggie chips

Clif Bar samples ! On pretzel "toothpicks" – so cute! I liked the chocolate chip but not the brownie.

Cheeses…..

Grilled cheese…

Brie..

Really good dutch cheese

Smoked salmon!!

Curried Chicken salad -

Sushi

I also ate (get ready…)

  • 1 oz wine sample
  • Another cheese cube
  • Pineapple
  • 3 small crackers
  • 2 pretzel samples
  • 3 bread pieces
  • A snickerdoodle cookie
  • BBQ tofu cube
  • Hot wing tofu cube

Whew!! It was a blast though :mrgreen:

CSA

I was early for the CSA, which wasn’t supposed to be ready until 2pm. I got there at 1:40 and it wasn’t there yet (in someone’s garage.) I thought it would be hypocritical to be waiting for a CSA delivery in a running car so I turned it off and opened the windows. 25 minutes in 100* heat is H.O.T! I managed to get an assignment done, but was SO happy when the truck finally got there.

Here’s what’s supposed to be in there:

Yellow Squash
Soft Neck Garlic
Swiss Chard/Mesclun/Encore Lettuce Mix
YaYa Carrots
Cucumbers
Onion
Collards
Pak Choi
Yellow Nugget Beans

Herbs:
Sweet Basil
Purple Basil
Thyme
Rosemary

Onions and Leeks for the MIL:

Going to try to write a paper . I am SO not ready for dinner in an hour. Le sigh. 2.5 weeks to go of this madness!

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1 amy June 25, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Kath,
I am so with you on the onion thing. I also can’t stand undercooked peppers, but it more of a indigestion problem that a not liking them problem. My onions and peppers have to be SUPER cooked. It got worse after I had kids, so watch out! =)
Other than the onions, it seems you have had quite a yummy day!

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2 sloan June 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm

How crazy that both you and Jenna had healthfood stores opening near you today! All of the samples…I’m SO jealous. Your CSA delivery looks awesome, by the way!

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3 Justy2003 June 25, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Wow, that IS a food fest! How fun!
Does the CSA not have fruits? How sad :( At least you get lots of veggies though! I think I’ll do a CSA next year…I’ll just have to share with the boyfriend since right now I live by myself and I don’t want to waste tons of fresh food!

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4 Heather June 25, 2008 at 2:52 pm

SCORE on the samples!

Had you never tried the morningstar soy crumbles before? They’re delicious in chili and sloppy joes too.

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5 Amy June 25, 2008 at 2:53 pm

What is a CSA? Sorry if I missed something

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6 Tina June 25, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Yum to free samples! Lots of good cheeses in those pics! :)

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7 Evey June 25, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Okay, I’m sorry, but I can’t keep reading these comments and keep it in any longer:

GOOGLE. SERIOUSLY.

Do people not know what Google is? (If they don’t, they should Google it.)

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8 DaisyMay June 25, 2008 at 3:11 pm

haha Evey. watch out. you are going to get some angry commentors….

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9 BethT June 25, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Kath, did you like the Clif Kids Fruit Twist? I am newly addicted to those – they’re kind of like licorice to me!

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10 Stacey June 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Hi–love your blog!! I’m not sure what a CSA is either, can you fill me in? Thanks!

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11 D June 25, 2008 at 3:16 pm

I’m with Evey.
Seriously people. I just google’d CSA, and it popped up in the first hit.
It takes two seconds.
Are you really that lazy or Internet-stupid?

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12 DaisyMay June 25, 2008 at 3:19 pm

this is what GOOGLE said

Community Supported Agriculture (And Other Farm Subscriptions)

Many farms offer produce subscriptions, where buyers receive a weekly or monthly basket of produce, flowers, fruits, eggs, milk, coffee, or any sort of different farm products.

A CSA, (for Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become “members” (or “shareholders,” or “subscribers”) of the CSA. Most CSA farmers prefer that members pay for the season up-front, but some farmers will accept weekly or monthly payments. Some CSAs also require that members work a small number of hours on the farm during the growing season.

A CSA season typically runs from late spring through early fall. The number of CSAs in the United States was estimated at 50 in 1990, and has since grown to over 1000.

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13 Clara June 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm

I love samples :)

I think Evey makes a point… it is just more convienent to google. the time it takes to ask your question here and then wait for another commentor or Kath to answer it is tons of times longer than the time it takes to pop the answer into the Google search bar.

when it comes to internet laziness, it is actually a lazier/easier thing TO google something! :P

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14 Clara June 25, 2008 at 3:38 pm

pop the question i mean, oops :)

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15 Betsy June 25, 2008 at 3:41 pm

wow-those are some amazing samples. and quite an amazing CSA bounty! i need to join a CSA next year.

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16 Kate June 25, 2008 at 3:42 pm

I just had a new Whole Foods open in my town today! Crazy! I went down there and it was nuts–super packed, but a gorgeous store. I didn’t get to try any samples, though. It also had the most amazing and largest salad bar I’ve ever seen. Too bad it’s not closer. I can’t justify driving 15 minutes just for a salad…

Looks like you scored on the samples! Perfect little bites so you get to try a little of everything!

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17 Christin June 25, 2008 at 3:43 pm

You guys crack me up, but I must agree Google rocks…it especially helps when trying to convince your cousin not to move to Nicaragua, but I digress…anyways, onions gross me out too, Kath…its the TEXTURE it reminds me of worms or something bleh! I mean, anything that makes you cry when you cut it is just wrong…its a bad omen or something lol

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18 Emily June 25, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Kath, Can you tell us what went into the tofu quiche? I would love to try to bake one! THX

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19 Christin June 25, 2008 at 3:51 pm

sheesh! I just googled to find my local CSA and it works out to $35 per week, plus working there! Thats too much for me to justify…I’d much rather go to my local Farmer’s Market on tuesdays and spend about $15 a week to get exactly what I want…but its a good idea in theory! I like the idea of supporting local farming…maybe it doesn’t cost that much everywhere…

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20 DaisyMay June 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm

emily. it says it in the post

Tofu Quiche . It turned out quite good! The only unhealthy part is the store-bought crust, which had trans-fat in it, but the filling was broccoli, garlic, onion (eww) and a blended mixture of firm tofu, skim milk, mustard, nutmeg, cayanne, and Parmesan cheese.

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21 emily June 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm

I realize some people will get upset, but THANK YOU Evey! The past couple of weeks no one has put that out here and I was feeling like a bitch everytime I screech “have you seriously never heard of google?!?!” at my computer. I do also think all of us “google it damn it” readers should give Kath props for dutifully answering every inane question without comment or complaint. You are going to be a fabulous mother someday!

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22 oyvey June 25, 2008 at 4:19 pm

You know what I find is hilarious? Whenever Kath takes a photo of herself. People always ask oh my gosh where did you get that shirt from. I guess for me I view this as a blog for healthy eating and ideas

Not to emulate what she wears or where her freakin spoons are from. I think some people are a little obsessive about Kath as a person. Get a grip

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23 Sidi June 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm

I love onions. Can’t live without…
The CSA, I hope I can find a place like this around Montreal. My kids are huge fans of veggies and this would be a fun and healthy way of having it…

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24 Christin June 25, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Dang, there is a lot of hostility here today! I think we all need to step back and eat a bar of chocolate…(73% cacao organic dark chocolate, that is) hmmmmm

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25 BethT June 25, 2008 at 4:55 pm

It’s a cycle you can practically set your watch by, Christin. Every two or three weeks, we are reminded that we are dumb Kath-obsessed groupies who can’t use Google. Kath is reminded that she is too thin and too scheduled.

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26 Christin June 25, 2008 at 5:00 pm

lol!

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27 haya June 25, 2008 at 5:10 pm

i’m surprised that the crust had transfats. here in canada, amost everything is now transfat free. it’s like if i wanted transfats, i’d have a hard time finding them :-P

hurray for earth fare. a planet organic is opening up soon near my house (and on my bike route home from work). i can’t wait!

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28 emily June 25, 2008 at 5:12 pm

If my comment added to the hostility I apologize, I was commenting more from a anthropology point of view than a critical one (although it may not have come off that way). I read some of the questions people ask and cannot imagine asking someone else to answer them rather than looking myself. I’m not sure if that means I am too secure or too insecure. I think it’s interesting to see how different people view different (random, non-important) situations.

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29 hk June 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm

NEW EF! Jackpot :) glad the test went well, enjoy the rest of your day…seems as though it’s gone well thus far!~ hooray for the beautiful, new CSA bounty :)

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30 Christin June 25, 2008 at 5:27 pm

For what its worth Emily, from an anthropological standpoint, your point is well taken :) I think I just wanted an excuse to eat chocolate…

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31 PS June 25, 2008 at 6:12 pm

I think it’s possible people just want to leave a comment, so they ask questions that they could easily find the answer to themselves? Maybe?

What irritates me is when Kath answers a question and invariably, someone else will later ask her the same thing! And I don’t mean like another day, I mean like in the same post.

Ok. I’m easily annoyed. That’s all.

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32 Courty June 25, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Do you think you could post the actual recipe for the quiche? I understand what the ingredients are, but I am not sure how much of everything to use and it sounds delicious!!!

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33 laura June 25, 2008 at 7:18 pm

Ok, I accidentally posted on the earlier post – but just wanted to see if anyone that reads this lives in London? I am from San Francisco but have lived in London for 2 1/2 years. Living here is so different food wise than it is at home. They’ve got crazy options – pretty much only prepackaged sandwiches and sushi for lunch, for example. And none of the same brands that you girls talk about like Kashi. And although they’ve opened up a Whole Foods in Kensington, I am not impressed with it. I prefer Waitrose. Anyway, just wanted to say I LOVE reading this blog and am addicted – while I love living here I miss certain things about living in the U.S. Reading this each day reminds me of home. Plus it is great for health – Kath is amazing and I am pretty confident she is going to become famous in the next few years – she’ll have her own show on the food network or she’ll have a cookbook, probably both! Anyway, just wanted to post this, because I am really enjoying the blog (not so much all the weird arguing in the past 2 posts) but generally it is great. Thanks Kath, keep it up. xx

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34 Evey June 25, 2008 at 7:40 pm

BethT,

I did not mean my comment the way that you took it. I said nothing about Kath – I love her blog – nor did I call anyone stupid or incapable. Honestly, I wasn’t trying to be hostile in any way. I was merely expressing my frustration at the frequency with which questions whose answers are quite easily found get posted. That’s all.

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35 KrisT June 25, 2008 at 7:49 pm

Hi Kath,

I have a quick exercise question. I’ve heard and read so many different answers, and i wanted to know your 2 cents. About how many calories would an average person burn in an hour spinning class?

** anyone else feel free to answer.. Thanks!

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36 KatieTX June 25, 2008 at 8:05 pm

KrisT–There are so many variations because it depends on so many factors! Age and heart rate, how hard you are working(interval or endurance class), how much you weigh, and length of the class. Usually I go by 10 calories/minute if it is a moderately intense class.I burn 500 for a 50 min ride and about 350 for a 30 min ride because it is usually intervals.

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37 Kath June 25, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Heather ,
No, this was my first time having them. I tried one of the fake sausages once and thought it was gross, but these were great! I can’t wait to try them at home.

BethT ,
Unfortunately – no! It was the one sample I threw out :( It was just kind of gummy to me.

Emily + Courty ,
It was about 2 cups chopped broccoli plus onion (I don’t recommend those!) and garlic sauteed. Then you make the “egg” part with 1 block firm Nasoya tofu, 1/2 C milk, 3 tbsp parmesan cheese grated, tsp mustard, tsp cayanne, 1/2 tsp salt. Blend together in blender and pour over veggies in a pre-cooked store-bought crust (the tofu was thick so we had to press it in). Bake for 40 minutes at 400*. I’ll try it sometime and do a formal recipe, but that should get you there.

laura ,
Thanks so much :) I studied in Cambridge for a summer and LOVE England. You’re so right about the “extra large” size glasses of wine. I miss those! The husband has never been to England and we really want to go, but we’ve got a lot of saving to do first.

KrisT ,
I second KatieTX. It really varies – even from your own self. I’ve burned anywhere from 350 to 500 depending on length and intensity, but most classes I’m probably around 450 or so. I’d lean more towards 8 kcal/min. But that’s just me.

Kath

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38 Sidi June 25, 2008 at 8:24 pm

I normally read all the comments before posting mine, “mais” today I didn’t, and yesterday I had people coming over for the St. Jean, Quebec`s National Day, and was busy , so didn`t get the KERF pill. Now, I came back to read the comments and I see a lot of action. It`s funny how each of us knows he/she is right. It reminds me of my son’s last words before going to bed tonight : “Mommy is mine!” and my daughter who was waiting for her kiss said, “No, she’s mine.” And they both believe they’re right, but they are only kids. Let’s grow up, guys!

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39 amy127 June 25, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Ouch, sorry, I just thought the CFA was some crafty Kath acronym, not something Google worthy. On the plus side, I don’t care where Kath bought any of her clothing.

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40 Little Black Dress June 25, 2008 at 9:14 pm

Kath- that sounds like a fantastic sampling. I hope you enjoyed every moment!

On the comments on your blog, you are such a dutiful “answerer,” so thank you! And, personally, I kind of like some of the personal tidbits like finding out where you got cute housewares of seeing wedding pictures. I think this healthy eating blogging community is a really supportive and positive one, and showing support and interest in things other than the food itself is just a product of that.

Thanks to all of you for being such a great group, especially Kath!

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41 Leah June 26, 2008 at 1:06 am

Hi Laura! I replied to your post in Kath’s ‘breakfast smoothie post” but I am from Birmingham! I know exactly what you mean about large portions of wine and hard to find healthy foods. I find it exciting to know that someone who reads this blog also lives in the UK. I want to get to London sometime to go to the Wholefoods.. are things really that pricy there?

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42 KH June 26, 2008 at 4:20 am

Laura- not sure if you will see this but I’m from the states and have lived in Dublin for 2 and a half years- so I’m in the same boat in not being able to get some things here! I always bring my lunch to work here even though no one else does because I can’t do those prepackaged triangular sandwiches!
Anyway, Kath- love the blog! I never post but read daily!

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