March 12, 2008

So I just found out that I’m having lunch here again on Friday with my sister, who will be visiting Winthrop for a grad school interview. That will not be a problem! Hopefully they’ll have a good soup and I’ll get soup/sandwich then.

Today I got the spinach salad with a scoop of the delicious roasted red pepper hummus. The salad came with spinach, carrots, cabbage, goat‘s cheese, almonds, a slice of (organic!) bacon, and the delicious herb (rosemary) dressing.


I ate half the hummus and brought a tupperware to bring the rest home for a sandwich!


I also ordered a “side of apples” – how cute!


From above with hot peppermint tea



This place has a case full of homemade baked goods as well – I think on my third visit it was time to try something! I choose a cranberry scone (I LOVE scones!) and ate half (I’m bringing the other half home for the husband to try).

I have to say, the scone tasted great, but it didn’t compare to the ones I had in England when I studied there. This guy was a little too cakey for my preference (I like them REALLY crumbly). Actually, there’s a restaurant in my hometown of Hillsborough called the Saratoga Grill that makes the hands-down best. scones. ever. They are little round biscuits that just flake away. It’s hard to have just one!


See you all tonight!

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1 Susan March 12, 2008 at 11:57 am

I am out of shape (and young). I have begun exercising, however my knees and shoulder area crack while I am exercising (ex: tri-cep dips on a chair ). I am not over weight (as I am guessing extra weight would affect joints), does anyone know why my joints crack? And how to make them not crack?


2 Becky A. March 12, 2008 at 12:12 pm

My knees crack almost every time I bend them…I have no idea why, they’ve done that since I was little. Just wanted to let you know you’re not alone!


3 Justy2003 March 12, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Yum! This Cupps place looks so fresh and tasty! They need to open one here in Houston!


4 Tina March 12, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Where did you study in England? I spent a semester in York!


5 Katie March 12, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Lunch there twice this week sounds awesome! By the look fo the food I’d eat there every day! Yum!


6 Caitlin March 12, 2008 at 12:42 pm

I LOVE goat cheese. My best friend makes this hors d’oeuvre that involves baguette rounds topped with goat cheese, proscietto, and artichoke hearts…and I think they’re broiled or baked then. There might even be another kind of cheese melted on top? So delicious.


7 rhodeygirl March 12, 2008 at 12:54 pm


My ankles have cracked since I was really little and my doctor said it was completely normal and that I just had a “cracky body” ha.

So hopefully you are just in the same boat!


8 Cara March 12, 2008 at 12:54 pm

This place impresses me yet again! haha :-)


9 christina March 12, 2008 at 1:03 pm

I wish I had a place in my city with amazing food like that, I love the pics of your food, always so appealing


10 Chellybelly March 12, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Kath, I love this blog, and you’ve inspired me to be creative with oatmeal breakfasts!

Quick question, do you (or anyone else) know of a food blog similar to this one that is written from a men’s perspective? My brother is trying to pick up some healthy eating tips, and I’ve recommended that he read this blog and others (Jenna’s, Cristin’s, etc) but I think it would really help him to read a blog written by a fellow male. Any ideas would be much appreciated!


11 nolongerreadingthis March 12, 2008 at 1:15 pm

KERF = Kath’s Ego Requires Feeding

stop namin nasty pasta salads and breakfast breads u don’t bake after yourself. nobody cares.


12 Caitlin March 12, 2008 at 1:19 pm

HA! That sentence made such little sense that it literally made me laugh out loud.


13 rhodeygirl March 12, 2008 at 1:21 pm

p.s. Susan I could never have even tried to sneak out of my house when I was a teenager as my ankles crack so much when I go down and up stairs waaaaaaaaaaa


14 Caitlin March 12, 2008 at 1:27 pm

I swear this is my last post but could someone please tell me how to find where Kath wrote about her lunch bags? Having trouble locating that info.


15 Kelly T March 12, 2008 at 1:31 pm

i made your apple and brown rice concotion last night with some fish. it was delicious! execpt i added some pureed butternut squash, and instead of terragon i used rep pepper flakes. so good! thanks for the idea!


16 Liz March 12, 2008 at 1:31 pm

I wish I could take you (or at least my computer) with me on spring break, Kath! I know that you could find healthy options, even at the Vegas buffets.


17 Betsy March 12, 2008 at 2:04 pm

oooo, your lunches there always look fab. and i also prefer dense crumbly scones. sooo good! I made some once and couldn’t get that texture…they came out kinda cakey. I guess that means I’ll have to try again!


18 Ana March 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm

i like my scones flaky, too. I just never was a cake fan period (I was the kid who liked the icing off the cupcake and left it -_^). As for noisy body parts-it just means that a tendon/ligament/bone, etc. is rubbing off on another-nothing serious! My own ankle pops (just my right one!). If you notice pain, swelling, redness in the area, however, it may mean something’s wrong. Normally, it’s just our body parts trying to work past each other -_^


19 Amandamoo March 12, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Re: crackling body parts – You should check out this month’s Real Simple magazine! There’s an article about all kinds of common body issues that are “communication” from our bodies that we, all to often, ignore! I don’t have it here in my office and it’s not on the Real Simple website yet but let me know if you’re interested, I’ll type out what it says about crackling!


20 Paige March 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Caitlin, I think Kath has a Built NY lunch bag (you can search for them online) and also some other ones that I don’t know the name of but that I’ve seen at the Container Store. So maybe check there too.


21 Susan March 12, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Kelly T, since you are a trainer, do any of your clients experience cracking joints? Thanks!


22 Kiala March 12, 2008 at 3:07 pm

I made roasted beet soup last night with goat cheese.

It was kind of the best thing one human being has ever done with beets.

I’m just saying.


23 Ally March 12, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Kath- I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to post on your blog every day! You have inspired me so much that I have actually started up my own visual food log! I’m a vegan so it’s going to document how I can eat vegan and be healthy!

I’ve done lunch and breakfast pictures and let me tell you, it’s hard! I give major props on keeping this up!

Also, that hummus looks amazing!!


24 Amandamoo March 12, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Kiala –

My parents used to trick me into eating beets from a can by calling them “beet cookies”. I still hate them for this.

Where can I find your recipe?


25 Meg March 12, 2008 at 3:23 pm

My spine cracks all the time, but I have been told by dance instructors that it’s totally healthy, and just the sound of my spine releasing tension in the form of little air pockets (if it didn’t crack the tension build up would cause me back pain later).


26 piehead March 12, 2008 at 3:31 pm

To lose weight, i’ve been having (sample day)

larabar for breakfast (I’m never hungry in a.m.

piece of fruit for mid a.m. snack

salad (usually the combo from trader joes that has i.e. greens, dressing, a few toppings (250 calories about)

dinner is a coup of soup, or a veggie patty or something like that. I have the world’s slowest metabolism. I’ve tried every online calculator. When I eat 1200 cal. I actually gain weight. I’m short. Have no health insurance or anything to afford an RD> I use crystal light or iced tea for drinks. I’ve cut out most dairy. Don’t eat any chicken, fish, meat, etc. Will have some egg. I’ve cut out cereals and breads for the most part as well/trying to avoid bread carbs.


27 VeggieGirl March 12, 2008 at 3:34 pm

That salad looks stellar!! I love how perfect that scoop of hummus looks :0) Oh and your breakfast looks scrumptious and innovative as well (sorry I missed your morning post!) – I had a mango today too :0) I never thought to eat it in oatmeal though! Yum!

Happy Wednesday!!


28 Alison March 12, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Yum, Kiala, how did you make it?


29 BethT March 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Caitlin – I have the same lunchbags as Kath. Here:

I use them as shopping bags too.


30 Gemma March 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Kath can you start taking pictures of the husbands meals to compare? Other readers have mentioned this too, and I thought it was a nice idea.


31 Leah March 12, 2008 at 4:19 pm

I live in England… Birmingham to be exact. I moved here 1.5 years ago. I’d love to know where abouts you studied and what you thought of different areas in England!


32 Ange March 12, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Just wondering if this ever happens to anyone else-

Yesterday I had a ton of blood tests done (6-7 viles of blood taken!).

I noticed at night that I was really CRAVING foods with IRON in them….rainsins and oats in particular. Does this ever happen to anyone else?

Do you think that our bodies can TELL us what we need so to speak? I found it very interesting :)


33 Paige March 12, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Piehead, It sounds like you’re eating too few calories, which is actually slowing down your metabolism.


34 Kelly T March 12, 2008 at 4:46 pm

yeah, i do have clients that crack, and my knees crack myself. the only time you should be concerned is if it hurts (actual pain, not a release of tension) and if your range of motion starts to deteriorate, like if you cant bend you elbow as much as you used to and your elbow cracks, etc.

for the most part, not a big deal. weirdly enough, my sternum cracks when i sit kind of leaning to one side and suddenly straighten up. and it hurts, so i went to the doctor. i had inhaled some mold and it inflammed my cartilage. weird, huh?


35 Kelly T March 12, 2008 at 4:50 pm

wow piehead, no wonder you arent losing weight. you are eating way too few calories and cutting out vital nutrients by limiting your food groups so much. your body probably thinks its starving so it is holding onto all of your calories you are eating and slowing down body functions because it doesnt know when its next meal will be. take a hint from kath- well balanced is key, and less is not always better. a healthy lifestyle should be fun, not a punishment full of restrictions and no’s.


36 Kiala March 12, 2008 at 4:53 pm

I roasted a pound of beets in the oven (I wrapped them each individually in foil) at 400 degrees for about an hour so that they were soft enough to pierce with a fork like a potato.

Then I sauteed half of a yellow onion in olive oil (about half a tbsp) and the same amount of earth balance butter until the onion was clear. Oh! right before the onions were done I added about 4 cloves of chopped garlic. I also sprinkled the onions with salt. Just to taste.

Then I dumped in a carton of Pacific chicken broth, peeled the skins off the beets (the skins are really gritty, too bad fiber!), chopped them up and dumped THEM into the broth, added half an ounce to an ounce of goat cheese, some fresh thyme, and a splash of red wine vinegar – brought it all to a boil, turned it down to medium, let it cook for about 20 minutes and then pureed it with a stick blender.

I garnished it with a tiny bit more goat cheese because why not? And we had a roll with it.

It was sooo good. And much easier than that sounds. The hardest part was peeling the beets.


37 Kelly T March 12, 2008 at 4:54 pm

kiala that sounds delicious. i bet it was an amazing color too.

i need a stick blender.

side note: i bought sweet corn Pacific soup once and it was the worst thing i have ever tasted. waaaay too sweet. so be warned.


38 Kiala March 12, 2008 at 5:03 pm

It was Kelly and so was my morning um, you know, bathroom things.

Thanks for the soup tip. I will steer clear.


39 Romina March 12, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Wow that’s a super beautiful and loaded salad. I thought the hummus was ice cream for a minute!!


40 Kristie March 12, 2008 at 5:56 pm

I would LOVE to have a salad that scrumptious. Especially with that big ol scoop of hummus. It looks SO good!

I feel weird though to state that I don’t believe I’ve ever actually tried a scone? Or if I have it certainly wasn’t memorable…


41 Bev March 12, 2008 at 6:01 pm
42 Bev March 12, 2008 at 6:05 pm

I forgot. Scroll to the bottom of page. They are Reisenthel . I got green one from container store. I use it every day . Put it in my purse and use it for a quick trip to the store. Love it


43 goalie30 March 12, 2008 at 6:08 pm

re: cracking joints/backs/etc!
A lot of the cracking people here in their joints is actually just synovial fluid and sometimes air bubbles in the fluid moving around in the joint when you move a certain way. You can also get cracking from stiff tendons/ligaments moving over bones quickly as well. There is no known proof that cracking joints or cracking your knuckles even leads to arthritis or problems down the line. These are normal sounds. Now if you’re having pain in the joint that is cracking, that could be a problem on the other hand. If you hear popping in your knee, for example, and you have problem with the joint giving out or locking up, something we call in medicine “instability” of the joint, that could signal an “internal derangement” or a torn meniscus or torn ligament which would need further scanning, such as an MRI, to investigate the source and cause of the popping and pain.


44 laura March 12, 2008 at 6:59 pm

hey everyone, this question might sound weird but i need some help. i have been counting calories to stay my weight, but i’m getting tired of it. i was wondering how (if you did) count calories and how you know dont? i want to keep the weight i am, but i want to devolp eating by hunger. i’m worried i’ll gain weight when i do this and start to get pariniod. could someone help me? u can always email too, i dont know if i’ll check this. THanks everyone! i love this blog by the way!


45 laura March 12, 2008 at 7:00 pm

okay, me again. i’m a high school junior and i’m going to go to college and major in nutrition. what are some good colleges? but, not to expensive? thanks again!


46 Kath March 12, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Tina and Leah,
I studied at Cambridge (Corpus Christi College) for a summer. It was fantastic!! I love England! I had such a classic experience – scones, tea, traveling, pubs. We traveled to Whitby (LOVED it!), Bath, Oban and Isle of Mull and Iona in Scotland, among a few other places. It was such an amazing summer. The husband was on an archaeological site in the Yucatan – talk about opposite experiences! We would LOVE to take a trip to England together since the husband hasn’t been to Europe as an adult, but unfortunately that’s not high priority right now :(

Chellybelly ,
Scott at One Food Guy’s blog is cool – and he’s a guy! He drinks Hemp Milk too!!

Ally ,
Your blog looks great – so did dinner! I added it to my reading list :) Great job taking nice, crisp, artistic photos too.

(You bloggers might not know I’m reading all the time because I don’t have much time to leave comments, but I do read many of your blogs daily!)

Gemma ,
I posted this response last night.
We usually have about the same portion (this one was the same but he had cream cheese on his burger). But he usually has an after-dinner snack of cereal, peanut butter and nuts, so he’s getting his extra fuel

Unfortunately I don’t have the time or space to take photos of all of his dinners too, but I will try to highlight some significant ones. We generally eat the same breakfast and dinner, but he will add a handful more nuts to his oatmeal or have extra toast with dinner. He also pointed out to me that when we have meat (like chicken on the bone) he usually has 2-3 times as much as I do.

Ange ,
I’m not sure about the iron, but it doesn’t surprise me at all! I think our bodies are very smart.

Kiala ,
Your soup makes me think of the Beets song from Doug!! I want to try beets some day and yours sounds great – I’ve saved it for future meal plans!

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