Today turned out to be a big of a splurge! But it was fun 8)
I went grocery shopping by myself and came home to freshly baked bread and clean toilets so I can’t complain!
Sourdough Loaf –
Potato Buns (the MOST doughy and delicious bread I have ever had!)
Here’s the visual recap of my trip:
(L to R)
- Butternut squash
- Sweet potato
- Frozen green beans
- Frozen brussels spourts
- Dried beans
- All-natural bacon
- Pumpkin (lots!)
- Yogurts for hub
- Tomato paste (on sale)
- Beer for hub
- Smart Deli Ham (I was so torn between this, the organic turkey, and the regular HT brand turkey. All were huge variations in price, health, etc. One was unhealthy, one was expensive, but the vegetarian experimental kind turned out to be the best deal. I hope I like it!)
I wasn’t too hungry for lunch around 2pm but we needed to get going on our wine trip so I had to eat then or never!
Leftover squash and kale soup!!
And half a potato bun. Again, the best, doughist bun ever. I LOVE dough taste!
From above –
Wine Bar #1
We tried 4 kinds here, all were excellent.
Wine Bar #2 – We Made Friends!
Freezing in the wind outside Under the Grape:
Tasted 7 wines – some were good, some not-so-good but all were fun to taste!
And we made friends! There was another young couple talkative about wines, which is kind of rare (it seems most of our wine tasting companions are always 30+!) So I thought why not ask them to join us for a glass!? We did and it was so fun!! the husband and I split a glass. They were very nice and we are planning to get together again sometime soon 🙂
An Experimental Dinner
So we decided on fresh catfish and okra for dinner (I remembered we had okra last night after I got home – whoops!). Anyways, we thought we’d do an experiment to see how cooking spray compared to an old fashioned fry method.
We breaded the fish in blue corn meal and egg.
Here’s the cooking spray piece going in (we did 1/4 in spray and 3/4 in oil)
And the vegetable oil/butter pieces:
So I had both and the husband had 2 fried pieces. Although I admit the fried pieces had a bit more flavor (understandably!) the difference was negligible. The fried piece’s crust held together better, but both tasted like cornmeal and fish. I have no idea what the calorie difference would be. I guess that would be the deciding factor!
Cooking spray on L, Fried on R:
We also made some oven-baked okra, but the husband forgot to do the milk/egg dredge so they were a little strange. But still tasted good! I dipped mine in ketchup 🙂 Here’s a dinner where we did the okra correctly –sooo yummy!
Lastly, I prepared a bit of sauteed broccoli. Nothing special.
Oh, and I thought beer would be fun (fish and chips style!) so I poured a 4 oz glass, but I actually gave most of it to the husband because I was a little alcoholed-out after 2 wine tastings and half a glass.
All together. I ate 3/4 of the fish (gave part of my fried version and the beer to the husband) and all the broccoli and okra. Plus some hot cinnamon tea to warm me up!
No idea on the nutritionals for today. I’m not really keeping track. I’ll be back to healthy habits tomorrow!
Off to watch Duke/UNC!