Burned Around The Edges

November 14, 2008


Just did 15 minutes of cleaning and the house looks SO much better! I love to start the weekend off with clean floors, counters, and surfaces. Now I can focus on my work :mrgreen:

After a helpful organic class this morning I arrived home and the husband (who is working all afternoon and evening) and I went to the gym. I did 45 minutes on the ET with Better Homes & Gardens and then some lower body work: jumping lunges, jumping squats, the ab wheel and “husband throws my feet down” exercises. (I hold his ankles with my legs in the air and he pushes them toward the mat without my feet touching the floor). Great workout!

Once home we made what else: sandwiches! There’s a current requirement in this house that every lunch must involve bread, which is obviously our #1 staple this week. We made Ham + Cheese Melts under the broiler –


We used this cheese, which came from EarthFare because it was damaged. It tasted kinda like string cheese.


I also made this cute salad. I call it cute because it was in the big soup bowl (compared to a sprawling salad in a shallow bowl)

Romaine, carrot, frozen/thawed corn, Annie’s Maple Ginger dressing, almonds



You’ll notice that I had originally made a yogurt with flax + jam, but I decided that I was satisfied before I got to it. I’m going to go back for it for a snack in a while.


The King Of Bread had a bread-a-licious lunch! A fat bread sandwich and a side of bread:


(He also had a yogurt and some cereal)

Off to tackle my to-do list. I think I have to run one errand out of the house later, but otherwise it’s a cozy rainy day indoors. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow too 😥 At least we don’t have any big weekend plans other than a party tomorrow night.

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1 Oh She Glows November 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm

What a delicious looking lunch!

haha wow…the husband really IS the kng of bread!!! That bread looks mouth watering! It is well deserved- he has had some really long days.


2 Oh She Glows November 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Also, Kath I have a sorta technical question about blogging.

I use Wordpress for my blog, and I am wondering how you set up the RSS function, so that others can add your blog to their RSS feed. Any help is appreciated!



3 Runeatrepeat November 14, 2008 at 2:17 pm

I don’t know if you burnt the bread on purpose or not, but I love burnt toast and tortillas. Just perfectly burnt around the edges that is :)


4 Alice November 14, 2008 at 2:18 pm

This is a bit off-topic, sorry in advance…
I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now, and a few days ago I had this major craving for pumpkin and yogurt (a DELICIOUS recipe that I was inspired to try after your suggestion many months ago..); well, the only problem is that I now live in France…and no Libby’s pumkin :)
However, I DID manage to find one store that carried it here in the South (about 8$!!), came back home and prepared your delicious recipe, so GOOD!
Thank you for all the inspiration!


5 Christin S November 14, 2008 at 2:19 pm

RAIN is sounding really good to me right now! I live in Santa barbara CA where the Tea Fire is (we are on evacuation warning right now still after a long night of waiting with a packed car)

you can send us your rain and we will gladly take it! :)

That ham ‘n cheese melt looks really good though btw!


6 jess November 14, 2008 at 2:19 pm

I love how even 15 minutes of cleaning can make a Huge difference! My mom always burns things, and my grandma, so I’ve come to prefer the taste; haha. People don’t believe me when I say I do it on purpose, but there’s something comforting about it; i don’t know if it’s the memory or what.

And bread seems to be the perfect staple; especially since the husband is such a master baker and with the thanksgiving challenge.

Happy friday kath!!!


7 Mel November 14, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Your lunch looks really good. I love the salad in the soup bowl! Almonds in salad= love. I just never buy them!


8 halie November 14, 2008 at 2:20 pm

A little char is nice! I like my bread toasted well done! And it is a very cute salad. YUMMY looking too!

Oh She Glows:
I have your blog on an RSS feed already (that doesn’t answer your question but I thought I let you know)


9 Madison November 14, 2008 at 2:20 pm

that is some fat bread. hehe funny the husband’s eats get to squeeze into your posts (in parenthesis though!) :)


10 sarah November 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Maple Ginger dressing, mmm, that sounds good!
Enjoy your Friday afternoon….good job cleaning!


11 Marianne November 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Good looking salad, and you can’t go wrong with ham & cheese!


12 Amy November 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm

YUM! Now I think I might need to go get some lunch.


13 VeggieGirl November 14, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Great lunch!!

Good luck with your to-do list!!


14 HangryPants November 14, 2008 at 2:29 pm

I love melty cheese, especially the crispy pieces. Happy Friday!


15 ashley (sweet & natural) November 14, 2008 at 2:33 pm

Fat slices of bread! So delicious! I’m out of bread and all the loaves at the store had expiration dates very soon, so I mixed my sandwich fillings with Kashi Puffs cereal today. It was weird. Not bad, but very poor-college-student-esque weird. And I’m not a college student…


16 Tina November 14, 2008 at 2:38 pm

I did jumping one-legged squats today in Smartbells and it was so hard! I was dying! Such a good workout though!


17 zestycook November 14, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Kath, I love the maple ginger dressing…. and the sandwich looks awesome! I love it



18 Lynn November 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm

I love your blog…..and you lucky girl to have Halloumi…..this is the type of cheese you can grill (place cheese directly on skillet/grill pan) and it will brown and crisp up without melting excessively…..Our local restaurant serves it grilled and crispy on top of a salad with diced fennel…so yummy…


19 bobbi November 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Kath!!! I got my Barney’s Butter…mmmmm:) Thanks for the contest, and lunch looks yummers!


20 Mara November 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm

OMG i love halloumi!
Your sandwiches look great.


21 KatieTX November 14, 2008 at 2:54 pm

I just ate a ham and swiss sandwich with some char around the edges..creepy


22 Moran November 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm

That salad definitely is cute!


23 Cat November 14, 2008 at 3:05 pm

I absolutely love Halloumi cheese! I got it grilled as an appetizer a while back and it was sooo good! That salad is looking so tasty right now…


24 caroline F. November 14, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Awesome salad combo! I love the little “guest appearance” from the hub!


25 Allison K November 14, 2008 at 3:12 pm

I like to call things that I accidentally burn “cajun style” I recognize that this is a total misnomer….but in Idaho, I can get away with it!


26 Fitness Surfer November 14, 2008 at 3:32 pm

I never thought of putting corn on my salad. Well, now I can try it. I need to do 15 min of cleaning and get ready for a day with the kids in the car. Some say burnt it better, and it still looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.


27 Amandamoo November 14, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Hi Kath,
Oy, it’s been a while… Sorry to have disappeared. I was recently diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease and am off of gluten (and oats for now)! It’s been hard to read your blog consistently because I miss so much of the food you eat! I had a quick question for the husband related to my new gluten free life. I was wondering if GH had any gluten free options or if they have decided that cross contamination was inevitable and won’t do it. Let me know when you can.

In part thanks to your lifestyle, I am trying to eat “whole foods” that are naturally gluten free and not succumb to the “gluten free label fairy” temptation (I OD’d on GF cookies last night that were cross contaminated and am home sick from work today because of it!!). Anyway, thanks for the inspiration and information, you’re always such a pleasure!


28 Liz Turtle November 14, 2008 at 3:48 pm

What a cheerful-looking salad! So colorful :).


29 Jen November 14, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Yum… melty ham and cheese. And I agree with other comments.. the salad is very colorful!. Looks great.


30 Marisa November 14, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Sandwiches on bread, with a side of bread! Your husband is a man after my own heart!! All I need is that fat bread and that yummy cheese and I’m good, too!


31 rhodeygirl November 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm


Question and a comment. question first: do you feel any less or more satisfied now that you are eating around your staples and low budget items for the thanksgiving challenge?

and comment: halloumi cheese tastes best grilled. Heat up a pan until really hot (no oil or spray needed) and put a few sliced of cheese on it to “fry”. Flip after about 5 minutes or the bottom is a golden brown. It will look kind of like tofu does when browned, and tastes delicious! Also, if the cheese is too salty for you just soak it in water for a few minutes! Enjoy with pita or other breads!


32 Biz November 14, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Your husband has bread entree, bread as a side dish. . . mine has meat for his entree, meat for his side dish and meat for dessert!

Looks good though!


33 Rachel November 14, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Halloumi is so tasty! My roomate in college used to fry slices of it with a bit of olive oil (i think) in a skillet. We would throw it on some baby greens and that would be a meal in itself….healthy, i know. :)


34 Santa Barbara Dreaming November 14, 2008 at 5:04 pm

oooohhh jumping lunges…. those are killer!


35 Lyn November 14, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Halloumiu is FANTASTIC grilled or fried. I cut a thick slab and fry it in a spritz of olive oil. It holds its shape while cooking and gets browned and crispy on the sides. Then slice it over a salad. Excellent!


36 Laurel November 14, 2008 at 5:46 pm

Agreed–that lunch looks delicious :)

I’m wondering if someone can advise me. My husband and I are thinking about trying to start a family soon (as in, the next month or two). I’d like to lose some weight beforehand–ideally 18 pounds but realistically I’d like to drop around 10 (I’m 118 and 5 feet tall now) but the methods I’ve used so far are not the healthiest (basically, too-low calorie intake).

It’s also tough for me to work out as hard as I want to because I’ve been sick since September (I work in a preschool and the kids are constantly sick; my office has no ventilation and even though I use antibacterial gel and gloves constantly, germs spread from the kids constantly coughing, sneezing, wiping runny noses, etc.). I know that my “starvation” diet made things worse, because I just can’t shake this cold (just getting over bronchitis and now have a stuffy nose too).

I’d prefer to eat real foods (I don’t know if it was a coincidence but 2 summers ago I consumed little more than Slim Fast, lost a lot of weight and also had to get 5 cavities filled). Is there any hope for me? I’m willing to try fad-y type things if they’re healthy (e.g., the Zone).

Thanks for any help!


37 Mary November 14, 2008 at 6:00 pm

That salad looks great. I think I’ll give it a try, love the simple ingredients!


38 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) November 14, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Kath, for some reason the candle makes everything taste better! This salad, Romaine, carrot, frozen/thawed corn, Annie’s Maple Ginger dressing, almonds, looks so great. thanks for the yummy idea!! Have a goodnight.


39 Shelby November 14, 2008 at 6:06 pm

Bread, A side of Bread, AND cereal?!?! haha that’s a typical guy for you. My brother used to eat a monster salad with gobs of ranch, a restaurant-sized serving of pasta with parmesean cheese, AND a whole pizza…just for lunch! He was stick thin too. *turns green with envy*


40 Fancy November 14, 2008 at 6:10 pm

I just posted this on Jenna’s blog but I thought I might try it here, too!

Today I FINALLY tried Coconut Cream Pie Larabars and I think they have the ability to CHANGE my world….they are AMAZING! Thank you sooooo much, Jenna!

CHICAGO READERS….where can I buy them?!?!? All of the places that I buy my Larabars do not sell that flavor…HELP!

If you haven’t tried this flavor yet….RUN and buy one. Your world will be changed, too


41 Kath November 14, 2008 at 6:13 pm

Oh She Glows,
There should be a Widget you can add. But you can put any website in an RSS reader and the reader should automatically find it. And Firefox automatically detects as well.

Christin S,
Oh my. I hope everything turns out OK.

Amandamoo ,
Oh no – so sorry to hear that :( I know that Great Harvest makes spelt bread (and might have another grain that is gluten free) but I know they are all mixed in the same kitchen, so I bet cross contamination would be a problem. Best of luck you.

rhodeygirl ,
Oh my, yes, I feel SO much better with the food situation. I’ve been meaning to blog about this. You know that happy feeling you get after a whole day of healthy, fulfilling meals knowing you did your body right? It’s the SAME FEELING! Knowing we’re buying less – not just in groceries but in all parts of the budget – makes me feel so satisfied. Now I might feel different if we didn’t have all the bread and samples coming in, but for the time being, I’m really happy with the month’s food bill.

Laurel ,
It sounds like you know what you’re doing wrong and what you need to do to correct it – eat whole foods. I would recommend reading SuperFoods HealthStyle. It was really a turning point in my weight loss and the way I thought/think about food. It taught me that health + diet isn’t about what NOT to eat but what you SHOULD be filling up on. I think it would be a great read before you decide to start trying. I’m sure there are some other great pregnancy nutrition books out there, but I haven’t come across them yet. Guess I need to get up to speed. Good luck!

Fancy ,
I AGREE – they’re amazing. Since you like them that much, why not just buy a whole box on Amazon? PS. I put your thank you for your taxi services in the mail today!!



42 Fancy November 14, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Kath, you do not have to send me anything! Seriously, it was so not a big deal. Thank you so much—I’m excited!


43 Erin November 14, 2008 at 6:38 pm

If I were doing the Thanksgiving challenge, I’d hope I was working somewhere delicious like a winery or bread shop or coffee shop! I am envious of your bread always:z


44 LT November 14, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Check out recipes/preparation tips for saganaki (fried and flambeed Greek appetizer) using your Halloumi cheese–that would be super-fancy :-)


45 Hil November 14, 2008 at 7:12 pm

I agree about the Thanksgiving challenge. I actually just posted about my thoughts on it. I’ve run into various challenges along the way, but on the whole, I’m so glad I did this. Thanks for the idea!


46 Madison November 14, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Fancy, the only place i’ve seen the coconut cream pie larabar is the whole foods in downtown on Huron St.


47 Leah November 16, 2008 at 5:24 am

Hi Kath,

Delurking briefly just to say I adore Haloumi! Try pan frying it or grilling it until golden and then squeezing some lemon juice on it. It’s often served that way as a Greek appetiser and is to die for!


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