Hi guys!! Sorry for the delayed post – sometimes on Sundays I just lump lunch and dinner together to get more done throughout the afternoon.
Brunch today was awesome!!! The husband and I devised a plan to get us uptown to brunch and to the grocery store all by two wheels and rail. Charlotte is still in a gas shortage and given the beautiful day today, it only made sense to get there any way but car.
After we digested this morning we went out on a 4.5 mile run, came home, showered, hopped on our bikes and rode to the lightrail (about a mile). My biggest complaint with biking places is that I can’t wear cute outfits or shoes. But today I wore biker shorts under my dress and compromised with flats instead of heels! It worked out perfectly. I also packed a change of clothes for when brunch was over to finish all of our biking.
On the lightrail:
Once we arrived at Pewter Rose, we were starving. But we were immediately greeted with the most delicious scone I have ever had: Butterscotch Toffee. Good thing they brought them to the table because had there been a basket of them I probably would have eaten 2-3!
For lunch I ordered a cup of Butternut Bisque (complete with almonds and some shortbread crackers)
And the hummus platter complete with flatbread (I had about 2/3 of them), delicious hummus (I only ate about 1/3 of it – shared the rest), kalamata olives (had about 7?), pickles, tomatoes and jalapenos (picked at all of these).
Coming from a huge sharing family, I also had a few tastes of the husband’s biscuits and gravy and eggs, my mom’s apple panini (Mmmm!!), a fried green tomato, and Karen’s fruit!
The lunch crowd, minus the husband, who took the photo, and poor Larbs who indulged in too much alcohol last night and didn’t even make it to the brunch!!!
While I didn’t feel like I ate poorly (sans the dessert scone), I was quite full when we left. Looking back, that was probably a 1000 calorie+ lunch, so no wonder I was full all afternoon. Eeeks! At least it all tasted great and was in good company.
And there’s nothing like a bike ride to counteract a full stomach! So after brunch and changing clothes, the husband and I set out for the grocery store, which was about a 40 minute bike ride, followed by another 30 minute ride home after that. Here’s our bounty:
We also had quite the prep day with wheatberries, garbanzo beans and lentils cooking for this week’s meals:
Dinner tonight was inspired by a recipe I am standardizing and adjusting for Foodservice: Fish with Bacon Grease + Dandelion Greens. We have to take a “wild” recipe (as in not measured, strange ingredients) and make it suitable for a hospital serving 237 portions. I decided to cook my updated recipe to test the cooking times.
Trout (really fresh and really good!) with salt, pepper and sage, baked at a 450* oven for 10 minutes.
Plus dandelion greens cooked with bacon. I would not recommend trying these greens. They were REALLY bitter. I decided to change my Foodservice recipe to collard greens!
And lastly, some leftover toast points from our tailgate with some whipped butter.
And for a sweat after-bite, TJ’s baby meringues and chocolate chips –
I’ve got a hard Organic quiz in the AM so I need to go study for that. We’re planning an early morning gym trip too. Night!