From His Lawn To Mine

March 27, 2012


My day filled out with a walk with my friend Elly! I’m speaking to Elly’s health topics class on Thursday, so we met to go over some logistics while getting in some exercise. A we killed a third bird roach with our walking stone by going to the bakery to pick up a bunch of coupons for tonight’s panel. Elly and I were sporting neon colors – and we matched my lunch!

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Back at home I geared up for my event and downed a Larabar. I was nervous about getting too hungry during dinner hour, but this held me over beautifully.


The panel went really well. I was sandwiched between the sisters behind Once Like A Spark Photography, the owner of Cville’s Wine Made Simple shop and two UVA students who started Let Them Eat Pops, a cake pop business on grounds! It was such an inspiring group! I was there to talk about both being a blogger and bakery owner and flip flopped between the two. The businesses are so different, and they offer such different perspectives of entrepreneurship. Thanks to my friend Wendy for inviting me to speak!

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Back on our lawn, I found Matt with a box of herbs and Tate there for some garden consulting. I really hope we can get a garden going this summer! Eating food you’ve grown is so rewarding.


Unfortunately, dinner tonight was rather blah for my mouth. I could tell it tasted good, I just wasn’t into it. Part of my nightly dinnertime wonked-up appetite.


We made maple baked salmon, which is simply salmon marinated in a generous puddle of tamari (soy sauce), maple syrup and garlic and baked for 20 minutes at 350*. It’s a recipe we invented in 2002 and have been making for years!


On the side was sautéed kohlrabi! Wikipedia sez: “The name comes from the German Kohl ("cabbage") plus Rübe ~ Rabi (Swiss German variant) ("turnip"), because the swollen stem resembles the latter, hence its Austrian name Kohlrübe.”

Interesting because I thought the leaves tasted like a potato!


Lastly I made rice cooker brown rice smothered in plain yogurt. Geez Kath, is it the first trimester again!?


Moose Drool to drink!


Unfortunately, my appetite was so off I only got through about 2/3 of this dinner before I decided I couldn’t take another bite. I kept telling myself that all were superfoods and were so good for the baby, but I finally had just had enough.


Snacking on a few graham crackers to ward off midnight hunger. Man they are good!

Excited for breakfast….because I always like breakfast!

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1 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] March 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm

maple baked salmon, mmm!


2 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Love spring and the planting season :) I hope you can get a garden going, too!


3 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Oooo I’d love to have a garden! Maybe one day if I have a house, or at least a balcony! haha.


4 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh March 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Well it LOOKS good at least!

I can’t wait to plant herbs. My entrees are screaming for them!


5 Megan's @ Megan's Munchies March 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm

That is such a weird feeling when you feel like you need to eat but just can’t enjoy the food! Hope breakfast is more appetizing!


6 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

That salmon looks really good. Too bad you weren’t feeling it tonight… :(


7 Sana March 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Yesss! I love that you add yogurt to savory food, it’s so freaking good! You will like it soon enough :)


8 Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not March 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I wish I had space for some sort of garden, but I can barely keep a plant alive in my tiny apartment. Maybe one day :)


9 Elizabeth March 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Where did you get that Moose Drool mug? At the brewery? My husband and I love that beer so much we had it on tap at our wedding.


10 KathEats March 28, 2012 at 7:48 am

At the brewery, yes. Fun times!


11 KathEats March 28, 2012 at 7:48 am

[They might have an online shop??]


12 Cait's Plate March 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I go to bed excited for breakfast every night too! And coffee! :)


13 Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 27, 2012 at 9:29 pm

That salmon looks fantastic!


14 kaila@ healthy helper blog! March 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I love kohlrabi! Such a great flavor! I have never tried it sauteed though…I’m sure its delicious!


15 Kerry @ Totes My Oats March 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I love gardening! We have a huge one at my parents’ and grow tons of things. There is nothing better than picking your very own produce and immediately preparing it!


16 Sydney@ Nutrition with Sydney March 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Go Montana! (From the Moose Drool) :)

Also, do you think kohlrabi is something you would recommend if you weren’t in pregnancy-palate mode? I’ve never tried it before, but I am always up for trying new things!


17 KathEats March 28, 2012 at 7:49 am

YES! I apologize for my negative state!


18 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl March 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Well dinner looks good. 😉

I love the box of herbs. Such a fantastic way to enhance any dinner.


19 Angel7 March 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Gardens are so rewarding, which is why I would like to start one sometime in the near future.


20 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm

You just never know with pregnancy what’s going to taste good, bad, great, or indifferent. The food LOOKED amazing!

And that Lara…never tried that flavor. I need to!


21 susan March 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Interesting Kohlrabi… Did you saute the leaves? I’m asking, because I’m German and grew up with kohlrabi, but we always only ate the root (either raw, or steamed with carrots as a side dish). I need to look into this…
And this post reminds me that I need to get herb or my balcony this year!


22 Erin March 28, 2012 at 1:39 am

I live on Okinawa, and the produce at the commissary is super expensive and obviously not fresh since almost all of it is not produced on island. There is a lady here who sells produce that she gets directly from Okinawan farmers and she delivers it…sort of like a CSA in the States. One of the things I almost always get from her is kohlrabi but she always has the root, not the greens. The first time I cooked it my husband thought it was a potato. :) I have gotten some greens from the produce lady here that look like the ones in this post but for the life of me I can’t remember what they were called.


23 Sarah Crowder March 28, 2012 at 2:22 am

Yes I was also wondering if those were just the greens? Which I love but the kohlrabi bulb (it’s surprisingly not a root and grows above ground) is super delicious. Although its commonly sautéed I prefer it raw too – either in a slaw or just sliced up like an apple.


24 Nancy March 28, 2012 at 7:34 am

I love raw kohlrabi bulb – in fact I grew it in my winter garden, sadly they are done for the season already. I’d heard that you can eat the greens, but have never tried that.


25 KathEats March 28, 2012 at 7:49 am

Good question! Matt actually DID saute the root and it was good! I just had no palate for it. He gave me one bite and I liked it, other than the garlic oil he smothered overtop.


26 Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 27, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I am now craving salmon! It has been too long!


27 Jenny March 28, 2012 at 12:03 am

what a coincidence, i just found out yesterday that the Let Them Eat Pops girls are the roommates of one of my friends! She brought me a Thin Mint one and it was INCREDIBLE.


28 Khushboo March 28, 2012 at 12:09 am

I love adding yogurt to rice, especially if daal/Indian food is involved!


29 JessicaE March 28, 2012 at 12:11 am

I bought graham crackers and have wisely decided not to buy another box… they are just TOO good tasting right now.. as in, I will eat the entire box by myself in less than five days. 😀


30 andrea March 28, 2012 at 12:25 am

I made salmon one time while pg, and I swear I have not made it again! I can order it out, but can not cook it. ugh.


31 Dani March 28, 2012 at 1:14 am

I have very strong memories of not eating many dinners I prepared while I was pregnant. By the time the meal was ready, none of it sounded good or sometimes appetizing! So weird.


32 jojo March 28, 2012 at 1:23 am

hmm too bad you didn’t like the salmon because it looks amazing!
Good luck on the talk to the class, about nutrition I’m assuming?


33 KathEats March 28, 2012 at 7:49 am



34 Kristin March 28, 2012 at 1:28 am

That looks wonderful! I love salmon but I’ve never tried it with yogurt. It looks amazing!


35 Haleigh March 28, 2012 at 3:45 am

The salmon looks delicious. I’ve made a variation of the same recipe before, and it was outstanding.


36 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) March 28, 2012 at 6:03 am

Salmon is one thing I have not been able to stomach since becoming pregnant. Really my only aversion! I thought this aversion would fade the farther I got in pregnancy but not so! I am almost 35 weeks and honestly the thought of fish in general grosses me out. Your recipe does seem appealing though – might try this after the baby comes – if my love for salmon decides to return!


37 KathEats March 28, 2012 at 7:50 am

Actually it hasn’t been on my list either. I’m trying to eat it for the omega-3s, but it doesn’t taste nearly as good as it used to.


38 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes March 28, 2012 at 6:04 am

The salmon looks awesome! 😀


39 Erika - The Teenage Taste March 28, 2012 at 6:06 am

Salmon and kohlrabi – two of my favorite healthy foods! Looks like a delicious dinner Kath! Have a wonderful day! 😀


40 Catherine @ Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth March 28, 2012 at 6:19 am

Your salmon looks like it is straight out of a 5 star restaurant! The color is gorgeous. I want to try kohlrabi so badly. When I learn about new foods I get so excited! This one looks like a winner :)


41 Catherine @ Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth March 28, 2012 at 6:19 am

Your salmon looks like it is straight out of a 5 star restaurant! The color is gorgeous. I want to try kohlrabi so badly. When I learn about new foods I get so excited! This one looks like a winner!


42 katie@newmamamac March 28, 2012 at 6:28 am

i remember being in mexico with my husband at a really nice steakhouse and getting a beautiful steak, cooked to perfection. taking one bite and feeling completely nauseated. i couldnt eat steak or red meat the rest of my pregnancy. it is amazing the food aversions that you can have. i would love to research it more because it is so intense sometimes.


43 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles March 28, 2012 at 6:48 am

Love maple baked salmon! So jealous you are already set to get your garden underway! Not safe here until the May long weekend…it seems so far away!


44 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 28, 2012 at 6:57 am

Maple baked salmon is my favourite! I do mine with maple syrup, soy sauce, and a bit of Dijon.


45 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope March 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

The food looks good! I’m not a huge fan of salmon but perhaps maple baked salmon would change my mind? Sounds yummy!


46 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 28, 2012 at 7:09 am

It has to be tough when you have a beautiful dinner in front of you and you can’t eat it. Hope your appetite gets adjusted back to Hearty!


47 Katie March 28, 2012 at 7:55 am

Love the flavor combo, so simple and delicious, it’s one I use a lot. It’s also a good base to add other ingredients to to make a more complex sauce. This reminds me that I really enjoyed the Jack Daniel’s salmon at TGIFriday’s when I was pregnant. With the warmer (almost hot) weather here in Nebraska we are finding it harder to eat as much for dinner. We are ready to move from soups and casseroles (and canned deer meat) to grilled meats, veggies, fruits, salads, can’t wait for local sweet corn, watermelon, tomatoes, and more! I need to get some herbs and a few other things planted for a small garden soon! Just have to say again that you have that beautiful pregnancy glow! I forget how yummy graham crackers are, we bought some Annies’s bunny grahams on vacation a few weeks ago. I better get my kids some oatmeal, they are practicing their addition while they wait.


48 Sarah March 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

I am German and I think it´s funny you are eating the leaves of the kohlrabi, back here we only eat the roots. They are white and taste like cabbage.


49 Christine @ BookishlyB March 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

Super random- but seeing the University made me think of this: have you watched the documentary The Parking Lot Movie? It’s filmed in your town! It’s about feisty, hip parking lot attendants. Weird, but cool. It’s interesting to see how they seem to view the people that live in your town…


50 KathEats March 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I did!!! Wrote a little about it in this post:

It was cool to see Cville from another perspective!


51 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings March 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

One day, the Moose Drool will resemble the real stuff 😉 You gotta eat what works for you…superfoods or not. So super exciting to see the herbs! I’ve got garlic and onions starting to come up in my garden already. You’re right — it is so rewarding to eat what you’ve grown! :)


52 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach March 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Oooo I hope the garden works out!


53 SushiandStrudel March 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm

back in 2002? How long have you two been together? :)


54 KathEats March 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Since January 2002! Although we met in August 2001 during college orientation


55 Kimberly March 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Eek! I would have freaked out to see a roach on my walking stones! Hope Matt was around to squish it (unless you are braver that I am and can squish bugs yourself!) and it wasn’t headed towards the bakery!


56 KathEats March 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm

It wasn’t a real roach :) I just didn’t like the sound of killing a bird! I had to think of something more gruesome.


57 Jess March 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm

That salmon looks great, I’m definitely trying that. Also, I don’t know why, but EVERYONE is talking about larabars today! So weird!


58 Lora April 5, 2012 at 9:18 am

Hi Kath, planning on making that salmon tonight for dinner. I know you probably don’t even bother measuring, but how much tamari, maple syrup and garlic do you suppose you use? Thanks.


59 KathEats April 5, 2012 at 9:19 am

Maybe 1 tbsp tamari and 2 tbsp maple? Depends on how sweet you like it! And a few cloves of chopped garlic.


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