You Are All Brilliant!

August 11, 2008

I flip-flopped my schedule today and worked out first thing. I loveeee biking to the gym!! It’s so much more rewarding, and not to mention being out in the fresh morning air is a great way to wake up and warm up on the way. I did 30 minutes on the Stairmaster when I got there, followed by a round of abs. On my ride home I biked right into a Girl On The Run: Molly Barker!! What a coincidence. She was in the middle of a hard run and we couldn’t believe we saw each other just like that.

Once home I decided to give Cati’s Savory Prosciutto Oats from the Honest Foods Contest a try!! We picked up some dried figs and prosciutto at the grocery store and I had some goat cheese on hand.


I added a few strawberries and ryeberries and left off the pine nuts (didn’t have any) and balsamic because I didn’t really want vinegar for breakfast – but I added a drizzle of honey instead.


They were quite delicious! I’m not a huge meat eater, but it was fun for a special breakfast. I actually really enjoyed the goat’s cheese too. And of course the figs were fantastic – the dried ones tasted more like dates to me. Like a less sticky date. Yum!


With hot tea –


The Boca Haiku Contest Winners!

You guys did it again!! We were so impressed by your creativity and wit! It was another tough contest to judge – I don’t know if I could have chosen winners! But the husband managed to select five favorites. (Winners, be sure to email me your mailing addresses.)







Pizza in oven.

Warm, gooey, cheesy, crispy…

And… burning! Oh crap!

Anne P.


Marriage proposal.

Chicken, brie, melted my heart.

Of course I said yes.

-Nadine K.


ribs ribs ribs ribs ribs

melty cheese melty cheesy

i love ribs and cheese

Mason H.

Peach Season

Oh sweet summer peach!

I wish you could stay longer.

Back to apples now.

Polly G.

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos rancheros.

Eggs that taste even better

with two Coronas.

Sarah S.


I’d say the defining characteristic of the winning poems was setting up a vivid picture in my mind.  Pizza was nicely descriptive, but the last line really brings it into the real world.  It captures the expectation of perfect pizza with the utter failures that we’ve all experienced.  I like Proposal because it blends two topics so well.  The melted brie/melted heart makes me feel so content and cozy.  Ribs is hilarious!!!  While most people tried to be as thoroughly descriptive and attempt to say everything with just a few words, Mason took a risk and went the exact opposite, but it works great when you’re talking about messy ribs.  Peach Season makes me sad in a way.  Peaches are definitely my favorite fruit, and the end of summer and peach season is a bit depressing (not to mention that I sullenly resent having to go back to apples as well).  I like the dead-pan humor of Huevos Rancheros.  Also because you do that thing in your head “is it that eggs and beer are good, and H. Rancheros make it even better?  Or is it H. Rancheros are good, but even better with the beer?”  I really enjoyed reading these and can’t wait to do something similar again!

The Brilliant Entries

Happy Baby

Rice cereal goop

Slops all over wee ‘lil Me

Baby drools with glee!

-Sara M.

Johnny Depp

Consume perfection!

Johnny Depp shan’t be eaten,

… Breakfast shall suffice.

-Ansley D.

Almond Butter

Gooey and crunchy.

AB, like priest or rabbi

Unites them at last

-Matt A.

The View

It’s not about food

Believe me or not it’s true

The breathtaking view

-Sami R.

Earth Friendly Meal

Good for planet earth

No animals were harmed when

Creating my meal

Maggie H.

Autumn Sweet Potato

Sweet potato sin

Color of a harvest moon

Best eaten alone


Roasted Veggies

Roasted Veg’tables

Red, Yellow, Purple & Green

Great for any meal!

-Claire N.


Silvery thistle

Teeth on edge, scraping sweet flesh

Savoring your heart

-Julie B.

A Satisfying Meal

Greens, fruit, nuts, protein,

makes for a satisfying

meal for me today!

Midolie L.

Thanksgiving Reminiscence

Pungent aroma,

The smell of cooking spices

Roasting the air crisp


My Cup of Tea

The perfect mug full

hot tea swirled with creamy milk

my soul is at peace

-Leslie N.

A Favorite Childhood Memory

Eating with my gramp,

Way back when, on his small farm.

Fresh, crisp cucumbers.

-Laura E.

The Lost Brand

Hamburger Helper.

Rice Oriental is BEST

Where can I find it?

-Suzy S.

Breakfast Delight

Warm banana oats

Peanut butter covered spoon

A face with a smile :)

Megan O.

Mystifying, Mysterious Eggplant …

Spongy flesh, not quite

bitter, beneath glossy skins.

Nightshade dishes glow.

-Carrie H

Sweet PB

Smoothies, Oats and Bread

Creamy and Divine it is

A taste of heaven

-Kelly B.

Meatball Pasta

Semolina Swirls

in tangy meatball glory

pasta bliss abounds

-Christin S.

Strawberries ‘n Cream

Blossoms of sweetness

Showered in daring dairy

Swirls, touched by the bee.

-Sarah S.

London Vindaloo

Eyes water, nose runs

A taste bud smack down royale

London Vindaloo!


Great Meal

The perfect portions.

Entice one to explore and

Satisfy the body.

-Martha A.

Oatmeal Please!

Oatmeal for me please!

Clearin’ out these arteries!

Warm and dee-li-cious!

Caroline F.

I Love Food

I love all the foods…

Taste, texture, color, smell.


Laura E.

Caribbean Jerk

Jerk, rice chicken peas

Turquoise waters call my name

Respect, Jamaica.


Ice Cream Sundae

Peaked with clouds of cream.

Streams of chocolate flow down,

a mountain of bliss.

-Susan H.


I feel no regret

Over calories or stares

Icing still on nose…

-Molly F.

Not So Shaky Shake

One scoop and some milk

Now I got some protein, babe.

Here come the muscles!



Savor every last bite.

It’s a beautiful thing

What’re you waiting for?

-Bev R.

Breakfast For Lunch

Sunnyside up eggs,

toast, and spicy Boca links

Ah, breakfast for lunch!

-Julie H.

Cinnamon Roll


The way the cinnamon roll

always rocks my socks.

-Nicole P.

EggBeaters and Feta

Sizzle of fresh veg

Add lemony yellow eggs

Top with snow white cheese.

-D Joanne

On The Side

Sir, a table for two.

Grilled fruit de mer on crisp leaves.

Dressing on the side.

-James C.

Just Chocolate

I should eat whole grains,

Vegetables, fruit, dairy and meat.

I want chocolate.

Deretta A.


Forgotten Snickers

in my desk so melty sweet

so hungry. Why wait?

-Emily T.

Kashi’s Mighty Bites

They dance in yogurt,

Swim by the berries. “Crunch me!”

Army of sweetness.


My Salad

A scrumptious salad

veggies a plenty a must

green purple orange


Ben & Jerry’s

Cold but sweet affair

One night stand, two lovers mine

The day’s sorrows drown.

Judy M.

The Devil’s Comfort

Cheesy potatoes

Gooey, robust, heavenly

Perfect comfort food



They say, eat a tree

But I will forever be

Carnivorous me!

-Mary Beth H.

The Melting Pot

The boyfriend and I,

Giant pot of chocolate,

This must be heaven!



creamy, chickpea paste

tahini and garlic hints

tongues explode with joy

-Lee R.


scrumptious yet simple

pasta, tomatoes, basil

spaghetti, my love

Valerie H.

Summer Corn

Nature’s husked bounty.

Glistening yellow sunshine:

Buttery cobbed corn


Mozzarella + Tomatoes

fresh mozzarella

basil from my garden and

summer tomatoes

-Jennifer S.


Just like the crisp sun.

Golden, sweet, and comforting.

Moist melting morsels.

-Trina A.

Mint Chip Ice Cream

Soft spice and silk sweet

Organoleptic heaven

Mint chip ice cream cone!

-Ida R.

fufu In West Africa

ivory fufu

pounded and paired with poisson

feeds warm memories

Rachel L.

Avocado Maki Roll

Velvety green piece

Flavor encircled by rice

Sticks bring joy to lips

-Jackie M.

Pink Salmon

Oh salmon, pink fish

In yogurt dill marinade

A taste of summer

-Molly G.


Warm, sweet and creamy

Fills both my stomach and heart

The perfect breakfast.

Rae P.

Toots + Poots

Musical dinner:

Beans and rice, you pick the spice.

Toot toot, all aboard!


Peach Fuzz

Perfectly ripe peach

First bite feels fuzzy and then

Sweetness releases

-Erin F.

Sashimi Scallops

soothing white inside

lemon-seared sea-saltedness

orchid oolong steam

-Meagan K.

Lox Of Love

Chewy, doughy rounds

Warm bagels, rich smoked salmon

A “hole” lot to love

-Tracey P.

You are all brilliant :)

Thank you to Boca!



I am off to run errands and then home for a late lunch :)

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1 Jenn August 11, 2008 at 10:18 am

such a creative bunch!


2 greenpeeps August 11, 2008 at 10:21 am

Glad you enjoyed the oats, Kath! I feel a tiny bit famous, LOL! :-) The balsamic reduction was actually delicious, more sweet than vinegary. BUT, I agree with you, the thought of balsamic vinegar for breakfast would have put me over the edge (that’s why I had mine for dinner, because I never could have convinced myself to try them in the morning)!!

I love the haikus, but I especially loved “Caribbean Jerk” because I visited Jamaica for the first time this summer and the blue waters are calling my name too!



3 rhodeygirl August 11, 2008 at 10:25 am

wow all the entries are great!


4 arianna August 11, 2008 at 10:27 am

Kath, YOU are brilliant. I’ve been reading for a few months and LOVING your blog, and after watching your oatmeal video last night I tried your whipping technique. YUM. Perfection. Thank you.


5 Christie August 11, 2008 at 10:31 am

Oatmeal will never get old.. although I prefer oatbran it is just as versatile!


6 Anne P August 11, 2008 at 10:38 am

oh my goodness hooray!!!!! how exciting :) my english teacher from 10th grade would be so proud 😉

there are so many good ones!! love the peach/apple one… so true! i almost did one about watermelon, my other favorite summer fruit.


7 Rachel August 11, 2008 at 10:40 am

The haikus were so good! I loved the artichoke one.


8 Heather August 11, 2008 at 10:42 am

Those haikus are awesome!! So creative! I think the Ribs one is my favorite :)


9 Ange C. August 11, 2008 at 10:46 am

So fun to read the haikus. The artichoke one is sooo witty!


10 ray August 11, 2008 at 10:46 am

ribs ribs ribs ribs ribs?


11 Jenny August 11, 2008 at 10:47 am

Going back to the convo on here the other day, this is an great article the NY times did about bikes and cars sharing the road around the country:

(if it asks you to register to read it, it’s free!)


12 Jen August 11, 2008 at 11:05 am

Kath….you need your own show on T.V.!!!!!!


13 VeggieGirl August 11, 2008 at 11:22 am

Such fun, innovative haiku entries!!


14 Claire August 11, 2008 at 11:32 am

Wow, such creative haikus..I was too embarrassed to send one! Oh and oats with prosciutto, now that is interesting!


15 Denise August 11, 2008 at 11:36 am

Kath, I can’t remember if I already asked you… I’m adding your blog to my blog’s list. Is that cool?


16 Nicole August 11, 2008 at 11:42 am

What cute entries! I loved that contest, it was a fun one!


17 Laurenq August 11, 2008 at 11:50 am

i really like justy’s ben n jerrys one!!!


18 HangryPants August 11, 2008 at 11:52 am

Oh these were so fun to read! Thanks for posting them and thanks to the writers for writing them!


19 Jenn August 11, 2008 at 12:03 pm

just a note,,, before anyone goes back to Mcdonalds, just know that their fries are DIPPED in HFCS! gross.


20 Mason H. August 11, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Hahah thank you Kath!
When talking about ribs and cheese, I am speechless :)


21 C August 11, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Those haikus are great!


22 tfh August 11, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Nice job haiku writers!

Kath, when you wrote “I biked right into a girl on the run” I immediately imagined an accident before my brain worked things out. Glad you didn’t LITERALLY bike into her, but that’s such a funny coincidence!


23 Katie August 11, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Oh I am SO jealous that you get to bike to the gym. I can not BELIEVE that my gym doesn’t have anywhere to chain your bike to! It’s ridic. But, oh! You’ll be so proud of me! I joined the gym at work today so I can get my cadio done here and save time afterwork by doing my weights at the gym when I get home. YAY!


24 polly August 11, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Thanks for picking my peachy one Kath!

I do think you need your own show on Food Network. Have you ever seen Diners Drive-Ins and Dives? It cracks me up and it’s fun to see Guy (the host) eating all this crazy and yummy stuff.

Anyways, thanks again, Kath! I will soon miss my peaches… :( Good thing back to apples means apples season and yummy crunchy cortlands! MMMM.


25 Kath August 11, 2008 at 2:08 pm

arianna ,
Awww shucks, thanks :)

Jen ,
I wish!!

Denise ,
Definitely cool 8)

Katie ,
There’s not even a lamp post to lock to?? You should get on them with a complaint!! But awesome about the work gym :)



26 Betsy August 11, 2008 at 2:15 pm

sorry to say that that is one oatmeal combo of yours i iwill not be trying. you know, being a vegetarian and all. 😉


27 oatmeal August 11, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Hahaha the “Oatmeal Please” haiku is hilarious and awesome! 😀 The “Peach Season” one’s great as well!

And I’m tempted to try figs after reading your description of them a couple of entries ago!


28 Ali August 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Everyone did a great job, they were so fun to read!
When does the next contest begin?!


29 Kathleen W August 11, 2008 at 3:29 pm

YAY! Congrats Anne!!!


30 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm

I loved reading all the haikus :) So creative!!


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