A Ladies’ Lunch

March 29, 2008

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Casey and I had the best lunch – everything I put in my mouth tasted absolutely wonderful! We went to M5 Mediterranean, one of my very favorites in Charlotte.

I started with sparkling water – for hydrated and because ice water was NOT appealing on this frigid, windy day! Wine wasn’t exactly appealing either :oops: I LOOOVE sparkling water but don’t buy/order it often because tap water is free…

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For lunch I ordered the Pan-Roasted Salmon with Roasted Beets, Citrus, Walnuts & Israeli Couscous Salad. A-Mazing! The couscous was the big pearl kind – so doughy and delicious! The salmon was cooked rare (how I like it!) and was about a 6 oz portion under all that arugula. So tasty too! I cleared my plate :)

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This restaurant also has the most amazing pita bread ever. It’s doughy – just like the “fried dough” the husband and I made a while back. I had a whole piece and resisted the second….which was very difficult! It was hot out of the oven and perfectly puffed, toasty and chewy.

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Casey got the Falefel - it was SO GOOD (she let me have a taste!) Very doughy (can you tell that’s my texture of the month!?) and LEMONY. Next time I make it I’m going to add a ton of lemon juice.

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We decided order the Vanilla Bean Crème Brulée with Fresh Berries for dessert – because they were so tiny! We each got our own little cup:

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I ate the berries and the crunchy topping and left about half the cup of the creme – it was a little too much after a rich lunch (not for my tongue, which could have eaten more, but for my stomach).

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Off to relax…

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1 Romina March 29, 2008 at 2:47 pm

This restaurant has beautiful presentation, an everything looks so fresh. Great choice. =)

I especially love that pita, it looks wonderful.

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2 Yaz March 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Hi Kath, glad you enjoyed your lunch.
Everything looks yummy…unlike you I would of cleaned out the creme brulee ramiken.

I’ve never had my salmon rare, is it safe to eat like that? I’ve heard that fish should not be eaten raw.

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3 linds March 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Lunch looks gorgeous! I wanted to let you know, I just made your pumpkin bread recipe, and wow you sure are right about doughy! It came out fantastic. I’m sick and all stuffed up so it was hard to taste it but the texture was amazing lol :)

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4 Brynn March 29, 2008 at 4:40 pm

I just tried the pumpkin loaf recipe that you posted (plus chocolate chips and walnuts) and it was delicious! It was doughy, just like you said it would be and just the way I like it. Thanks again for another great snack idea! :)

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5 Meg March 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Hey! so i was just randomly wondering what kind of jelly you use, or what kind you recommend thats healthy and hfcs free?!

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6 Amanda M March 29, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Hi Kath!!
I’ve been reading for a while and have posted a few times, but I’m wondering how often you weigh yourself? I have struggled with an eating disorder in the past and prefer not to weigh myself, but you say you’re maintaing your weight, so I wonder how often you actually step on the scale. Thanks!!
Amanda

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7 Liz March 29, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Lunch looks amazing!

Yay for Carrot Cake Oatmeal! I need to get a few ingredients, but if I try it before you do I’ll defiantly let you know how it turns out!

Amanda M-I think Kath says she prefers not to weigh herself and just go by how she feels in her clothes. She talks about it more in FAQs I believe? :-)

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8 Karen March 29, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Kath I’m dying to try the pumpkin loaf!

Can you tell me how many calories are in the entire loaf? (I’m guessing you figured this out so you were able to calculate how much each piece is).

Thanks!

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9 Jill March 29, 2008 at 6:46 pm

I saw a Good Eats the other day where Alton investigates how to make cookies (though I believe his techniques could work for any bread!) chewy or puffy, and thought of you with the doughy-ness (nor sure if you would use the term ‘chewy’ or ‘puffy’ for that) but here’s a link. http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_ea/episode/0,,FOOD_9956_17114,00.html

I second Karen’s questions, but rephrase as how many per ounce how much the recipe makes. Is it one large loaf or small? I just want to know if I should half it or not as it’s just me for the week!

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10 Kelly T March 29, 2008 at 7:03 pm

i had an arugala salad last night for dinner. it wasnt very good, but I blame the dressing.

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11 Kath March 30, 2008 at 8:28 am

Yaz,
I doubt the restaurant could serve it if it wasn’t cooked to a safe temperature. It wasn’t raw, just rare.

linds and Brynn,
So glad you guys liked the pumpkin loaf!! I can’t wait to have some more as a snack today :)

Meg ,
I like Trader Joe’s fruit spreads a lot. I also like Bionaturae, which I found at EarthFare: http://www.bionaturae.com/spread.html

Amanda,
From the FAQ: I don’t weigh myself anymore (I think weighing is important for weight loss but is too frustrating for maintenance) so I’m not sure exactly how much I lose or gain, but I use how I feel and how my clothes fit as a gauge, and I seem to be maintaining well.

Karen
The whole loaf was about 1325 kcal, about 700 grams total.

Jill ,
We have that episode saved and have seen it before! I think you could easily halve the recipe, or you could freeze half. But if you had a piece a day, you could easily it it in a week :)

Kath

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