vegetables n beer

September 3, 2011

We had a great day at the bakery today – record breaking since opening week in June! I think the scuffin sale helped ; )

I spent the afternoon, fueled by that cookie, helping customers and totally cleaning out our behind-the-counter shelves. They are SO much more organized now! It was a total case of “these are somebody else’s problem” with things just stuffed in cracks and crumbs everywhere. Hope we can keep them looking nice!

As we wrapped up (me on my hands and knees, wiping out the last few crumbs), I asked Matt:

“Whaddya want for dinner. I’m going to the grocery store.”

“Vegetables and beer. Nothing more.”

Can do!

I went to Whole Foods and filled my cart with vegetables while Matt dug out a special beer from the basement


A German smoked beer that Seamane and Rob gave us!


It was like a campfire in a bottle! Very dark and beery, although I would have liked a bit more alcohol and/or sweetness. Still, delicious.

Dinner was a vegetable stir-fry pulled together with this Sesame Ginger marinade a blog reader brought me at the bakery!



We sautéed bok choy, pepper, shitake mushrooms, ginger and half a slab of tempeh in our wok and added the sauce for flavor.


Matt concentrated the sauce by boiling it after removing the veggies and poured that on top. Garnished with honey peanuts!


Delicious while eating, but too much aftertaste!




During dinner we watched the documentary Man On Wire about the guy who tightrope walked [illegally] between the World Trade Centers in 1974.


Phillip’s talent is truly incredible. No nets or harnesses or anything. But knowing the fate of the buildings, the film was so sad to watch. The way the group was describing their break in made me feel kind of uncomfortable. And I thought it was a bit disrespectful! But I guess we have to separate the two events and watch this one in its 1974 context.

Matt and I are both exhausted! Excited to be going to bed with 2 days of freedom ahead of us.

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1 Molly @ RDexposed September 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Cheers! The boy is picking up a 4 pack of Duvel right now. <3 Beer


2 [email protected] September 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm

If you ever created a new blog you could call it “Veggies ‘n’ Beer.” Just thinking about tightroping is making my palms sweaty!!


3 kaila @ healthy helper! September 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Now I really want to see that movie!! Sounds so interesting!!


4 Kristina September 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I just watched Man On Wire a couple weeks ago–it was incredible!! I was surprised at how suspenseful I found the film to be, even though I knew he would make it safely across. I still can’t believe those images of him dancing so insanely high!


5 Sue September 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I thought that movie was fantastic…that guy is a nut! And my husband quite often requests vegetables for dinner too!


6 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm

that meal looks delicious! and that movie does seem like it would be interesting, yet a bit weird to watch…


7 Hillary September 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Going to bed, knowing you have a relaxing few days ahead of you is always the best. Enjoy it!


8 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

We were out today and stores were buzzing! Labor Day is always a zoo retail-wise, so like I predicted, you guys are gonna have excellent holidays. Whenever people have off = expect business to boom. :)

That stir fry looks yummy! Love all the fresh veggies.


9 Sana September 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I strongly dislike a weird after taste it just ruins the meals!


10 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm

i can’t even tell you how many “these are somebody else’s problem” drawers i have at my house! adding that to next weekend’s honey-do list!!

that movie is intriguing… might have to check that out on a lazy night this week :)


11 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I would have been sweating bullets FOR that guy just watching that movie. WOW!!!

The Sesame Ginger marinade sounds fabulous..that’s totally my kinda marinade. Sesame, ginger, mmm, good stuff.

The vertical shot of your dinner is beautiful, 6622-2 I think you labeled it.

Have a great nite and congrats on the record breaking day!


12 Cait's Plate September 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Oooh I’ve been dying to see that documentary actually – good to know it was good (though I can totally understand the “hard to watch” part of it).

I love that Matt’s request was “vegetables and beer, nothing more” – haha. That’s incredible. Dinner looks like it was delicious (even despite the too much after taste!) :)

Congrats on the record breaking sales – that’s so exciting!!


13 Sweet and Savvy September 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Congratulations on the great bakery day rounded off with an Awesome meal!! :) that sauce Sounds Sooo yummy!


14 Ally at A Girl In Her Kitchen September 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I saw that doc too! It was really interesting! Hope you have a great weekend!


15 Evan September 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Sounds like my kind of dinner! I’m all about vegetables and beer or wine and carbs 😉

LOVE Man on Wire!! I saw it at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens when it came out. I totally know what you mean…it’s hard to separate 9/11 from ANYTHING, especially with the 10-year anniversary coming up, but it’s important to try. Can you believe it’s almost been a decade?! For a year in college, I lived 2 blocks from Ground Zero…makes me wish I could move back to that ‘hood for the occasion.

enjoy your two days off! You guys deserve it, big time!


16 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Ironic – Travis and I watched Man on Wire for the first time this week on Netflix. Such a great documentary!! Something I could NEVER imagine doing, but am so intrigued by! Heights scare me.


17 Camara September 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

You should read the book “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCan. The central theme of the book is the tightrope walking that Man on Wire is about, so all the intertwined stories are taking place on that day. It’s so good!!


18 Haley S. September 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm


That book is awesome and I definitely recommend it


19 Janet September 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I was reading through comments to make sure someone suggested “Let the Great World Spin”. McCann won Book of the Year in his home country of Ireland for it. It’s a great read.


20 Vanessa N September 8, 2011 at 11:21 am

Gah! I need to give that book another try. I started reading it over a year ago and could not get into it. Did you find it has a slow start? I think I only got 70 or so pages in.


21 Emily September 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Today is my birthday and we’re watching our favorite football team and all I can think about is going to bed. Is that bad?!

Have a wonderful two days off!!


22 KathEats September 4, 2011 at 8:44 am

Happy Birthday!


23 Emily @ the doodlebug September 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Thanks!! I just saw this :)


24 Claire September 3, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I agree with Camara!!! If you haven’t already you should definitely read Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. Its about the guy that walked on the tightrope between the towers in 1974…kind of. It’s about a mix of people and what they were doing on that day and how their lives intersect. Won the National Book Award and I highly recommend it (I’m sorta a book snob, so you can trust that recommendation 😉


25 katie @KatieDid September 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

well congrats on the record breaking sales today, that’s exciting!
I almost watched that documentary on instant que netflix but I chose one on north korea instead, which was really really interesting if your ever looking for another one to watch.


26 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Stir fry is a great impromptu dinner! I need to use bok choy more…I love it when I have it so I shouldn’t be scared to use it at home. Why are we often so closed off to “unique fruits and veggies”? Maybe it’s just me, but it’s just so easy to stick to the usual fruits and veggies instead of branching out.


27 The Healthy Hipster September 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Using shitake mushrooms always makes a stir fry sing! Looks rich and delicious :)


28 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 3, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I don’t like it when food has a funky aftertaste that lingers – it makes it so hard to truly enjoy all the components of the meal :-). BUT, that stir-fry looks amazing – so colorful and fresh!


29 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm

You can have the beer if I can have the veggies! YUM! Enjoy the days off I know you two deserve it!


30 Jillian September 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I don’t eat *anything* that leaves an aftertaste! (that I can’t easily get rid of with a quick brushing, like coffee 😉 Not being able to eat garlic or onions makes it much easier by default, but whenever it does happen, it always seems weird to me and funny that most people are probably used to that. On a sillier note, it also drives me crazy when I kiss a guy and can taste what he ate last- ACK!


31 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 3, 2011 at 10:02 pm

mmmm a belly full of veggies feels so amazing! :)


32 Nicole September 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I LOVED Man On Wire. The main subject’s passion for life was really intriguing to me. The world needs more people like him.


33 Emily September 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I loved this movie. It was amazing. WHat they did was unthinkable and awesome.


34 Angel7 September 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Holy cow!!! … Just thinking about someone walking across a wire that high off the ground scares me to even think about it!!!


35 Nikki September 3, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I feel like I have a house of disorganization lately want to come clean our my shelves?… too many renos that still aren’t finished and haven’t been for a LONG time! I guess we are lucky we are still married. 😉
I am nervous even looking at the poster for the movie! I do not like heights!
Enjoy your two days off… :)


36 Ari @ Skinnified September 3, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Veggies and beer sounds like the most perfect dinner ever!


37 Margo @ Peanut Butter Trees September 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I’ve been wanting to see that movie! The last time I went to watch it a few months ago I remember being too tired to keep up with subtitles (I know, really lame). But, regarding your dinner. .. what do you mean when you say Matt concentrated the flavor of the sauce by boiling it? I do a lot of stir frys and am always disappointed when a lot of liquid gathers at the bottom after I add a sauce and the veggies begin to cook and let out water and liquid. How do you avoid this?
Thanks! :)


38 KathEats September 4, 2011 at 8:45 am

We do this a lot with sauces. Remove all the veggies and main parts and just leave the sauce. Crank the heat up to medium high and let it bubble away until it’s a thick syrup. Then pour on the veggies you have resting in the bowls.


39 Lara @TresLaLa September 4, 2011 at 12:25 am

Which had too much aftertaste: the beer or the sauce? Reason I ask: I could not stomach that beer. We opened one a few months ago — the hubby was so excited about it — and I could not do it. The smokey flavor really blew me away. Thought it would be good to boil a few brats in it though – but that’s kind of a waste of such a high quality beer…


40 KathEats September 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

The sauce!! I loved smoky things so I thought the beer was great


41 Khushboo September 4, 2011 at 12:34 am

I hate meals which leave a lingering aftertaste! However I wouldn’t mind if that was the case with dessert 😉


42 Alba&Dilek @TwoBaklavaStory September 4, 2011 at 12:53 am

You just reminded me of the long weekend! For the too much aftertaste, why not pop a piece of something sweet in your mouth and surprise! Problem fixed! I hope you enjoy your two days off! :)


43 KathEats September 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

The problem with that is 10 minutes later the aftertaste is back – and I need more sweets!


44 Jillian September 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm

My favorite remedy for that is peppermint extract- esp Herb Pharm’s. You have to like peppermint, though- it’s strong! A few drops might be enough, but I just take more as needed and it helps a lot with digestion, too 😉


45 Sarah Jane MacMillan September 4, 2011 at 1:12 am

If only I could make my (future) husband to want to eat vegetables like this!

Oh and I noticed that in Europe, in general, everything is less alcoholic! It’s quite a shame lol


46 watercolor nutritionist September 4, 2011 at 4:17 am

Hi! I’m so with you on intense aftertaste. A bit like a long rain, never stops.


47 Jenn September 4, 2011 at 4:47 am

That movie is incredible but it made me a little bit uneasy to watch. Some of the camera shots straight down made me slightly nauseous thinking about being up that high!


48 Marci September 4, 2011 at 4:54 am

I thought the movie was hard to follow with flashbacks and hard to understand their accents. I thought it was interesting to learn about, but didn’t love the story telling.


49 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) September 4, 2011 at 5:31 am

We make veggie stir fry many nights in our house. Easily one of my favorite go to meals. Enjoy your two days off work… you deserve a break. And congrats on the bakery breaking sale records!


50 Holly @ thefrozenpineapple September 4, 2011 at 5:53 am

we’ve seen that movie…my husband is the king of finding obscure films on netflix! it was interesting, and totally freaks me out! your dinner looked great–i LOVE ginger!


51 Molly September 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm

It’s not that obscure. It won an Oscar a couple years ago.


52 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 4, 2011 at 6:31 am

I’ve seen that documentary! Its soo freaky!! Great looking stir-fry :)


53 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 4, 2011 at 7:06 am

You’re lucky you married a guy who loves his veggies so much! Most guys I know would have requested beer and something fried haha. Maybe I just need to wait a few years for their college aged taste buds to mature. 😛


54 Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 4, 2011 at 7:23 am

Walking between the WTC buildings on a tight rope is some feat for sure! I used to hate it when I had to walk on the balance beam on gymnastics.. I don’t know HOW a person could stomach that. Amazing


55 faith September 4, 2011 at 7:23 am

Congrats on a great bakery day! That’s awesome!


56 Tina September 4, 2011 at 7:37 am

The photos of the twin towers were very poignant. When I watch movies made when the towers stood, and they have shots of them, casually in the background, it’s always kind of jolting. I didn’t find their attitude disrespectful. To me, it was more like they were talking about a long-gone old friend. Maybe if I watched it close to the anniversary, like you did, I’d feel differently, though.


57 Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee September 4, 2011 at 8:23 am

I love man on wire!!! One time my xc team was running across a bridge in here in austin (texas) and we saw a guy tightrope walking, illegally but it was exciting!!! :)


58 Erica September 4, 2011 at 8:32 am

Im so glad to hear the bakery is doing well!! Yall put in so much work-its well deserved. Dinner looks fantastic. I need to start making bok choy. Enjoy the time off


59 allpointswhole September 4, 2011 at 8:35 am

That pic of the video clip made my stomach have butterflies. Wow!!

And congrats on your biggest day and getting organized. High five!


60 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 4, 2011 at 9:16 am

I had that beer last week! We thought it was reminiscent of bacon (in a good way).


61 lynn @ the actor's diet September 4, 2011 at 10:26 am

can’t believe i still haven’t seen “man on wire”! my husband is a documentary filmmaker (amongst other things) and so we watch basically every non-narrative movie for his work. he saw it (and loved it) but i forgot about it!

another recent doc i saw that i recommend – the PBS special version of michael pollan’s “botany of desire” which is on netflix demand now!


62 Kris September 4, 2011 at 11:39 am

Nik Wallenda of the famous Wallenda tightroping family did a walk right outside my DH’s office window in Sarasota. He had lots of company in his office watching, but I stayed home. I’m scared to death of heights and couldn’t watch.


63 Kristen Waby September 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Those veggies look yummy and inspiring! Have a great 2 days off. You both deserve it!


64 Kevie September 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm

There is also a children’s book, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein. I am reading it to my students this week to discuss and bring awareness of 9/11 as my students were not alive at the time of the tragedy, can you believe it?!
Where did you get a hold of the documentary? I would like to watch it myself.


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