Time Goes By

December 12, 2008

Ahhhhh. I had a relaxing afternoon. But it still managed to fly by!

After I finished this morning’s post I set out on a run and ended up doing 5.5 miles. I got home at 12:45 and realized I had had breakfast at 6:30 and was still going! (But yes, I was getting really hungry.) I had a few crackers and an apricot along with a big glass of water to tide me until I showered and got to EarthFare (which luckily only took me about 26 minutes :mrgreen: )


My date


I think I was so excited to be done with classes that I went a little spoon happy on the salad bar! I had some of all my favorites. Please spare me this time of listing them – you guys know by know what they are! (Although I swapped my usual salmon, which was missing, for a few shrimp + artichoke and curried tofu!)


Somehow I managed to eat over a pound of salad though –

Before & After

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The husband joined me for an around the world for some dessert samples – I had 2 pieces of ginger snap


A spoonful of peanut butter GANACHE he brought me from the back


And some chocolate chips!


I spent the afternoon on the couch with some tea, candlelight and my down throw blanket ….


…..catching up on The Office (Dwight is hilarious!! And I LOVED Andy’s monologue!) and 30 Rock (which I think is just OK. I love Tina Fey but I hate Alec Baldwin). I haven’t had that much TV fun since I got my wisdom teeth out in 2004 and watched 5 seasons of Sex and the City for the first time!

For dinner I was excited about a new recipe – Fruitful Red Slaw from the cookbook Vegan Express by Nava Atlas. The cookbook is a good one with tons of recipes that suit people who cook like me: “What can I add to this to put some oomph in the flavor.” (Does anyone know the rules for sharing recipes from books? Can I put it up if I cite the source??)


This recipe is a blend of cabbage (we had to use green instead of red), apple, pineapple, red pepper (my addition), carrot, lime, pineapple juice, olive oil, kosher salt, sesame seeds, pecans (my addition), red pepper flakes, and coconut (my secret ingredient!)


We needed something to go with the slaw and initially had planned sweet potatoes topped with navy beans. But fearing that might be too boring, I randomly decided to change plans and make Bourbon Pineapple Baked Beans instead!


Here’s what I put in:

  • 1 can navy beans, drained
  • 2 tbsp crushed pineapple, drained
  • 4 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp bourbon
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Sprinkle garlic powder
  • Sprinkle red pepper flakes
  • Generous sprinkle dry mustard
  • About 5 glugs of Wochestershire sauce

Baked at 375* for 1 hour. Mmmmm!

It made about 3 half cup servings, or 2 bigger servings. I had a little less than half and he had a little more.


Plus whole grains for good nutrition!



I had a few bites of the husband’s cereal surprise for dessert – and candy cane lane tea. We just finished the movie Little Miss Sunshine. I liked it just OK. Mostly because of Steve Carroll 😉

Jingle Jog

Soooooooooooo……….I’m running in a 5K tomorrow morning: the Jingle Jog, which is part of Charlotte’s Thunder Road Marathon. It’s also the Girls on the Run finale to their 12-week training season. Originally I had planned to race hard and try to PR, but I’ve been under so much pressure these past few weeks that the thought of having to mentally prepare to run my hardest tomorrow morning wears me out just thinking about it. I’ve already ran 3 mental 5K’s and one marathon this week!! So I decided I’m just going to run it moderately fast and enjoy the fun of being in a race environment.

The bad news is we have to get up around 5am to get going via foot, then lightrail, and it’s going to be FREEZING (29*). But once I am home late morning, I will really have some downtime. Can’t wait!

My plan is to take a bath now and read in bed. Not sure how long I’ll last because I’m pretty tired and should get enough sleep tonight for getting up early. Tomorrow night Andrew is here and we’re having dinner at Karen’s! Whee!

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1 haya December 12, 2008 at 8:58 pm

i’m pretty sure that even if you cite the soure of the book, you can’t post copyrighted information from it on the internet.
if you make any changes to the recipe then i think it might become fair game. at least that’s what i’ve seen around on the foodie blogs.


2 zestycook December 12, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Kath, where to start… hmmm – The salad looks great! But the beans look amazing and that bread. Have a relaxing evening and good luck in the run.



3 M December 12, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Sorry, Kath, but you are definitely not supposed to post the recipes — your readers need to go buy the books, so recommend away! :)


4 Victoria December 12, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Enjoy the race tomorrow! Hopefully it won’t be too cold. With regard to the recipe sharing, everything I’ve read says it is a gray area. The list of ingredients isn’t copy-righted but any literaryish type materials associated with it like specific directions and things are. Not sure if that helps or not, but my husband and I recently looked it up.


5 Shelby December 12, 2008 at 9:06 pm

I need to try that beans recipe!!!


6 VeggieGirl December 12, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Fabulous food and overall Friday!!

Oh man… PB GANACHE?!?!?! Yes, please!!

Good luck in the 5K tomorrow!!


7 Tracey C. December 12, 2008 at 9:17 pm


I’ve seen a lot of recipes posted around, and assumed that if you credited it was okay, but I guess I shall have to change my ways. Whups. I basically do try to see if someone else has posted it somewhere so that I can link to it rather than typing in, mostly because I hate doing that much typing :)


8 Courtney December 12, 2008 at 9:17 pm

I love your salads. They always look so good. When I go to Whole Foods I try to add a little bit of everything too. SO good.

Enjoy your 5K tomorrow and congrats on being done!


9 hk December 12, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Couch, tv, and down throw blanket- you deserve it :) I’m jealous, still studying up here in Boston- soooooon!!
Good luck, tomorrow- have fun!!


10 Megan December 12, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Sounds like you had a nice relaxing afternoon! You deserved it! Love the dinner! Good luck with the run.


11 Justy2003 December 12, 2008 at 9:58 pm

I didn’t know you were doing a 5k tomorrow! I don’t blame you for not wanting to race it, though. You need a nice, enjoyable time…not stressful! :) Have fun!


12 Maureen December 12, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Glad you had a relaxing day!

I try not to post recipes from cookbooks, only internet ones. I’m not sure about copyright but it just seems courteous. On the other hand, perhaps authors prefer to have “teasers” from their cookbooks posted online with photos and a review. I’m not sure but I don’t want to cost anyone their living so I just don’t post cookbook recipes.


13 Biz319 December 12, 2008 at 10:09 pm

Glad you relaxed and were able to have lunch with hubby!

Bundle up tomorrow! Good luck on the race!


14 Jen December 12, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Mmm, your salad looks delish! What are you going to do with all your down time now that school is done? I had my wisdom teeth out in 2004 and also “celebrated” with SATC dvds…I think they were more enjoyable thanks to the painkillers, lol.


15 Mel December 12, 2008 at 10:23 pm

I know that the only part of a recipe that is copyrighted, if published, are the directions, not the ingredients. There was a big ho-rah with America’s Test Kitchen about that this summer on another blog. I would say if you want to post the recipe, email the author?

The recipe looks really good though, it’s making me hungry.


16 caroline F. December 12, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Enjoy the R&R 😉 run and relaxation!


17 Oh She Glows December 12, 2008 at 10:56 pm

hahaha I must agree with you regarding Dwight!!! Oh my hubby and I laughed so hard after watching the Office yesterday (well every Thursday that is!). It was so funny when he was selling those dolls…and then Meridith being dragged to the addiction centre…LOL. Great show.

Your day looked so lovely!! I am so glad you got to enjoy it to the fullest.

have a FUN run tomorrow! :)



18 Fitness Surfer December 12, 2008 at 11:06 pm

“Fruitful Red Slaw” looks an sounds delicious. I love cole slaw, but that gets boring. I love the coconut. I would have to say my secret ingredient is cinnamon. I use it in almost everything. It’s a good way to warm up any dish and make it savory.


19 Melissa December 12, 2008 at 11:07 pm

What a full day you’ve had!!

Good like at the 5K tomorrow your braver than me going out in that cold!!


20 Ninette December 12, 2008 at 11:32 pm

I read Barney Butter ingedients online…here in Canada I just buy almond butter that is made up of only almonds.How do you feel with the cane juice etc in it?
It really is delish if you buy a crunchy kind of butter that only contains almond,no sugar etc…
Curious your thoughts?
Thanks very much, N.


21 BethT December 12, 2008 at 11:36 pm

Nava Atlas’s 5 Ingredient Vegetarian Cookbook is also really great.


22 Maggie December 13, 2008 at 12:13 am

The slaw looks delish. I think if you make enough changes you can post it… or if you can find it online somewhere already you could always link to that.

You sound so relieved and stress-free. Enjoy your weekend and good luck on the 5K tomorrow!


23 FoodRenegade December 13, 2008 at 12:32 am

If you changed the recipe, it’s yours. If the recipe’s online that served as the inspiration, you could always link to it. Or, you could just tell your readers what book it came from. But I honestly see no problem with sharing recipes! The more, the merrier.

What I really wanted to say, though, is YUM. My body was really craving a salad today, and I failed to give it one! Thank God for tomorrow!


24 Moran December 13, 2008 at 2:58 am

Good luck on the race!
And the peanut butter sample looks to die for!


25 Anne P December 13, 2008 at 3:50 am

congrats on being DONE!!!!!!!! :) good luck in the race!


26 runjess December 13, 2008 at 9:57 am

Have fun at the Jingle Jog!


27 Amanda December 13, 2008 at 9:58 am

I would add a couple tablespoons of white wine or champagne vinegar to your slaw – it will add a nice, tangy, kick!



28 Fancy December 13, 2008 at 10:36 am

Sex and the City was the best show EVER. The day it ended was a sad, sad day for television :(


29 K December 13, 2008 at 11:36 am

Hope the race went well :)

Girl, you deserve that EF salad after your crazy finals!


30 Katelyn December 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Peanut butter ganache…my husband would be ravenous if I mentioned that to him!


31 Kelly Turner December 13, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Good luck at the race!

Kelly Turner


32 Kath December 13, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Ninette ,
I like both kinds of nut butter for different reasons. I love having a variety to choose from. I used to be opposed to the kinds with cane sugar and palm oil, but I decided that since those are completely natural ingredients and since I eat PB in small portions, their effect is probably negligible, if at all.



33 michelle December 14, 2008 at 7:10 am

Yes Dwight makes me laugh!! A lot!!! It was a great episode i may have to watch it again!!!


34 Kaye December 16, 2008 at 12:21 pm

In fact, I get a little, tiny bit defensive when people say they don’t get it. Part of me want to not be their friend anymore! (jk)
I totally feel you on 30 Rock though! I’m glad, because out here, in Cali. people love Alec Baldwin’s overall raunchiness (LA is such a raunchy city after all…) but I do not prefer it. It makes me sad, because Tina Fey works SO hard on it, and it’s the reason she left SNL, and Tracy Morgan has always been hilarious no matter what he does. But Alec Baldwin’s pervy-ness gets to me. I think it’s when he hooks up with hot chicks. It’s too unbelievable!

So, yeah, I had to get that off my chest. ;D


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