Spice Is Nice

October 1, 2008

I sent myself to the library this morning for an hour as punishment for procrastinating and watching a movie last night. It’s AMAZING how much I learned in 1 hour of focus. Guess that’s a sign I should visit the ol’ library more often :mrgreen: I’ve still got some more to learn, but I am out of the danger zone for tonight’s Micro exam.

Once home, I scrounged up a sandwich for lunch on these buns that the husband made (same batch as yesterday’s round loaf). This bread is AWESOME!! It’s only 15% whole grain (wheat + spelt) and the rest is regular bread flour, which is probably why it’s so fluffy and doughy.

I made an open-faced sandwich in the oven with a slice of swiss cheese (couldn’t really taste it – when will I learn!!!), hummus, pickled jalapenos and avocado. The jalapenos were quite spicy and really contributed to my palate ending on a satisfied note.


Also had some fire-roasted kashis (still prefer the plain) and some pear slices –


And a Gliding Calm-style carrot with AB. Love this combo!



My plan for the day is as follows:

  • 1:30-2:30: Study Micro, including a walk with flashcards
  • 2:30-3: Commute to GOTR
  • 3-4: GOTR
  • 4-4:45: Run with my coach, change clothes
  • 4:45-5: Commute to CPCC
  • 5-6: Eat a big yogurt with high fiber cereal; study
  • 6-7:30: Micro test, hopefully getting out at 7:30
  • 8:00: Dinner made by the husband
  • 8:45: Blog + recoup
  • 9:30: Bed

Let’s hope my yogurt + cereal snack, which usually holds me over for hours and spoils my dinner appetite, can get me to an 8pm dinner.

See you all when it’s all over!

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1 magpie October 1, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Busy day! Good luck on the test!

I’m trying to get Bobby into bread-making because your hubby’s breads always look and sound so delish :)


2 Jennifer October 1, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Good Luck on the test. You will have to let me know how it was. I did horrible on the first exam.


3 zestycook October 1, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Kath – Good luck on the test!! You operate on a super busy schedule. Don’t burn out!! Bread looks great.
Take care


4 Sara October 1, 2008 at 12:38 pm

You’re sandwich looks delish! All the ingredients sound like a great combo.


5 Kathleen October 1, 2008 at 12:44 pm

I was just wondering what consensus is on refridgerating nut butters? I go back and forth and can’t seem to find a happy place for my poor nut butters. Also, I was wondering if there are any readers in the Denver area?


6 Amy A. October 1, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Wow, I don’t know if the aesthetic appeal is any more so than usual, but your lunch looks so appetizing!! It just looks so simple and wholesome and delicious!!


7 lisa October 1, 2008 at 12:55 pm


I refridgerate my nut butters upside down. It has made a big difference for me by the time I get to the bottom the nut butter it isn’t all dried out. I think it keeps the oils spread more evenly upside down in the fridge.

Man that bread does look good. I think it’s impressive your husband makes bread so often it sounds difficult and time consuming, but worth it at the same time if it comes out like that.


8 Ally October 1, 2008 at 12:58 pm

ah, you can tasted the cheese more when it’s melted on top of things. Otherwise it melts into the bread. Like if you put it on top of the open faced sandwich halves and put it under the broiler to melt you could tasted it more.


9 lauren October 1, 2008 at 1:09 pm

your lunch looks incredible.


10 caitlin (seebriderun) October 1, 2008 at 1:13 pm

i think you need to put the cheese on top of the bun and then eat the sammie. :)


11 Vaughn October 1, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Hi Kath!

I am a longtime reader who shares your cheese problem! Instead of swiss, have you tried gruyere? I find it has a really great savory bite that tastes great with any bread, most veggies and lots of meats, melted or cold!


12 Katie October 1, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Harvati’s flavor really shows through other components as well!


13 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 1, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Wow, busy day!

Good luck on your test!


14 VeggieGirl October 1, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Hooray for Gliding Calm carrot/pb snacks!! 😀

Good luck with the rest of your day!!


15 Megan October 1, 2008 at 2:10 pm

What a busy schedule! Love the carrot pic! Yummy eats!


16 Biz October 1, 2008 at 2:17 pm

I haven’t seen the fire roasted Kashi crackers before! They sell Kashi crackers at Big Lots by my house for $1.25 a box!

I am in Kashi heaven.


17 stephanie October 1, 2008 at 2:20 pm

just read your post about the poss. tv. spot . that is seriously exciting! you were really cut out for that sort of gig :)


18 madison (follow my weigh) October 1, 2008 at 3:05 pm

i find i get a lot of stuff done when i’m at the library too! hm carrot + AB actually seems like a good combination!


19 Jenn October 1, 2008 at 3:09 pm

can Husband share the Bread recipe!? i try most of his stuff so im interested!


20 bobbi October 1, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Does your husband use a bread maker??


21 ModelBehavior October 1, 2008 at 3:44 pm

the library is your punishment? The library would be my reward AFTER i got done studying, who can concentrate with all those books around??? 😀


22 smilesara October 1, 2008 at 3:50 pm

what is a gliding calm carrot? is that an heirloom variety local to your area?


23 jen October 1, 2008 at 5:11 pm


Random question – i am a medical student and i am also taking a micro/ infectious disease course right now, which got me wondering why they have you take it for a nutrition program? we are learning about a lot of food-borne bugs, is that it? It’s always good to have a well-rounded background but the stuff i am doing is very clinical/ medical so i’m wondering if it’s the same for you and if you think it will be useful to you. Either way, good luck on your exam! I’m sure you will rock it!


24 Gliding Calm October 1, 2008 at 5:16 pm

smilesara! a gliding calm carrot is the way I LOVE to eat my carrots (and do quite often)- with NUT BUTTERS. it’s amazing. PB and a carrot is even better than PB and a banana (which I thought was IMPOSSIBLE to beat!) try it!!!

And Kath, thanks for the shout out!!! They really are DELICIOUS aren’t they?!

Sorry bout the swiss. I like to eat mine plain… even when I melted it on crackers the other day I couldn’t taste it…and that is only TWO flavor components!! I’d rather just savor it by itself!

good luck on your test!!!!!!!

and I’m exctied to see what The Husband has blanned for your din din!

take care!!!!!!


25 emmy October 1, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Are you using nonfat cheese? That might contribute to the problem.


26 Kat's Veggie Life October 1, 2008 at 6:11 pm

That looks delicious! Especially the gliding calm carrot – it is such a perfect match.



27 mom October 1, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Katherine dear, going to the library is not punishment! Going to the library is a joy.



28 Ozlem October 1, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Hi Kath,

What did you do with the acorn squash you bought the other day?? I bought one today myself at the farmers market and I have no idea what to do with it now. Thanks.


29 Ozlem October 1, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Hi Kath,

What did you do with the acorn squash you bought the other day?? I bought one today myself at the farmers market and I have no idea what to do with it now. Thanks.


30 Kath October 1, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Jennifer ,
The first exam was ROUGH! Several people dropped our class – maybe she would let you switch in!?

Vaughn ,
I haven’t had gruyere in easy slice form, but I LOVE the stuff when I’ve had it in hunks.

Biz ,
WHOA!! $1.25!? I thought my 2/$5 was a good deal!

Jenn ,
He says it’s just his ciabatta baked into loaf form. (He usually does it in long logs).

bobbi ,
Go read The Husband’s page!

jen ,
Yeah, I wish I didn’t have to take Micro. I think we do have to take it because of food-bourn stuff.

emmy ,
Not non-fat, but not high quality either.

Ozlem ,
Now you haven’t seen it on the blog, have you!? I haven’t had it yet!



31 Steph October 1, 2008 at 8:30 pm

i think the fire roasted crackers are almost too spicy! i can’t even eat them on their own, i have to tone down the taste with some hummus or laughing cow!

hope you did well on your test


32 kristie October 1, 2008 at 11:59 pm

wow, i would’ve never thought to put almond butter on a carrot….i can’t decide if that sounds good or not, haha. i’ll definitely have to try it though!


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