June 22, 2008

It was just not our night to go the symphony! First, it was a very busy weekend, so we probably should have just stayed home, but carpe diem because there were only 2 weeks left! Second, a boy vomited right in front of us everywhere. I felt felt bad for the parents. But it was nice to see how many people helped them by offering diapers to mop it up, rolls of paper towels, water bottles, etc. All from picnic baskets! We gave them our cooler bag’s ice water to rinse the spot. Then when the symphony started our closest speaker was out so we could barely here. THEN it starting pouring about 20 minutes into the night. It was Broadway night too, so I’m sad we missed it. We ended up leaving early because it was hard to hear anyways.


I got hungry this afternoon around 5:00 and knew I couldn’t wait until 7 to eat or I’d be famished, so I had a small bowl of cereal. WHO KNEW that Cinnabon had a healthy cereal? I received this box as a sample to try and was quite surprised by the nutritional panel: It’s whole grain and made with all-natural sweeteners . 3 grams of fiber and 150 kcal per cup. Not too bad for a crunchy sweet snack!

I added skim milk to my bowl after the photo…

Once at the symphony, I had a mini bottle of wine . I surely didn’t need wine tonight, but it’s no fun to watch other people drink and have a good time, so I had a glass anyways. This Riesling was a little too sweet for me tonight, but luckily it’s also low in alcohol so I didn’t really feel it (which means no negative effects either!)

The husband brought a mint julep in a flask!! Naughty!

Salad of the Week

I ordered some new kinds of grains to try from Bob’s Red Mill , and Millet was one of them. Since it’s popular in Asia, we went with an Asian theme tonight:

Asian Millet Salad


  • 1/2 cup uncooked Bob’s Red Mill millet
  • 1 small head cabbage, sliced into ribbons
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into bite size pieces
  • 8 oz package cremini mushrooms
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into pieces (about 2.5 cups)
  • 1/3 green pepper, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 corn on the cob, corn cut off (or 1/2 cup frozen corn)
  • 1/2 poblano pepper, diced
  • 1/2 a jicama , cut into bite sized pieces
  • Clove garlic
  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds

Cook millet as directed on package. Sautee veggies in garlic, ginger and cooking spray or olive oil until tender.


  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (half a lemon)
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • S+P

Shake or whisk together dressing and pour over millet. Combine millet and veggies. Toss with toasted sunflower seeds.

Makes about 12 cups . About 110 kcal, 6 grams fiber and 4.5 grams protein per 1 cup serving.

It was delicious – but unfortunately not very pretty:

My college roommate Alaa’ is visiting from Florida and joined us for the evening. She brought along a fruit salad –

Dinner plate (I ate another 2-3 pieces of fruit after)

I also had a Seltzer water .

We’re home a little early, so we’re hoping to hit the gym first thing in the morning. We managed to get our oatmeal pot made today, so we have 6 servings for the week. I’m excited!

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1 Jessica June 22, 2008 at 8:31 pm

i just need to tell you that i have really relearned to look at a bowl of grains and vegetable as a meal since i have been reading your blog. i was vegetarian for a long time and often ate just such things but once i started eating meat i reverted back to the idea of meat/starch/veggie makes a meal…
Also wanted to let you know i finally got around to making the baked banana oatmeal- i have been wanting to try it since the first time i saw you make it… It was really good! i did accidentally leave it in the broiler an extra minute and burnt the top to a crisp but i just scraped it off and we ate it anyways lol… i just hate wasting any food! well, good luck with another busy week!


2 Allyson June 22, 2008 at 8:43 pm

Bob’s Red Mill is awesome! I love all their products! Have you tried the Extra Thick Rolled Oats? Its the only stuff I’ll make my oatmeal with :)


3 Alex B June 22, 2008 at 8:43 pm

I love that Riesling! It’s my favorite!


4 tiedtogetherwithasmile June 22, 2008 at 8:57 pm

What a bummer about the symphony. Have a good week!


5 Andrea June 22, 2008 at 9:43 pm

Hello, I’m a new reader. Love your blog, and I hope it will help me make some healthier food choices. I can’t wait to try the kale chips! I went to Whole Foods today to get some steel cut oats. Thanks for blogging so that those like me can get some inspiration!


6 Kristie June 22, 2008 at 9:45 pm

That’s really too bad about the symphony! Doesn’t sound like too much fun at all…

And I really wish that cereal was sold here in Canada. It looks so good. Although I’d probably end up going through half a box in a sitting so maybe it’s a good thing I can’t find it…


7 Sidi June 23, 2008 at 5:36 am

I miss so much my piano… I’ll be rich once, buy a bigger house so that I could fit a full size piano…


8 Kath June 23, 2008 at 6:19 am

Jessica and Andrea ,
Welcome to KERF! Hope you enjoy the recipes :)

Allyson ,
YES, I love thick rolled oats. They’ve got so much chew!



9 Alcohol June 23, 2008 at 7:35 am

Has anyone thought that Kath and her husband drink an awful lot? Maybe it’s a Southern thing.


10 caitlinbo June 23, 2008 at 7:40 am

alcohol – maybe you should get out more.


11 Julie June 23, 2008 at 10:14 am

Re Alcohol:
Not at all! A few glasses of wine or a few drinks on the weekend is quite normal in my opinon.


12 sirenjess June 23, 2008 at 11:53 am

Alcohol, she doesn’t drink a lot AT ALL. I drink WAY more than Kath does. Every time I see how much she drinks it makes me feel like an alcoholic. Plus wine is good for you.


13 Julie June 23, 2008 at 1:35 pm

SirenJess – I totally agree with you – I feel like an alcoholic too compared to Kath 😉


14 Trish June 23, 2008 at 2:04 pm

She drinks like 2 oz of wine per glass 😉


15 Anne June 23, 2008 at 5:26 pm

that story was so gross, I was still grossed out by it today (I’m deathly afraid of puke)


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