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01 October 2008 @ 02:12 pm
Well, this is day 6 of our McDougall experiment.  We got some books from our friends which are opening up new worlds of possibility.  We erred on the side of caution, not having all the info - but have discovered there are quite a few things allowed on the program - even the maximum weight loss program - that will make our lives easier.  (like honey and soy sauce, sparingly)  We decided we really want to keep track of the recipes we create that we enjoy.  So I figure this is as good a place as any - plus I'm enjoying snapping off pics of the things that turn out pretty.  Last night I made my favorite McDougall meal so far....

Tomato Curry Stew
Pour vegetable broth into a deep skillet
Add chopped onions, green and red pepper and chopped garlic and cook
Cut yellow squash into thick chunks and put into center of pan to cook
Add curry powder (lots), red wine vinegar, hot sauce, garlic powder, parsley and salt
When squash begins to get tender, add a large can of tomato sauce
Add more seasoning as necessary and cook on low heat
Strain and rinse 1 can black beans and 1 can garbanzo beans and add to stew
When beans and squash are tender, add thawed green peas

mcdougally tomato curry stew by you.   
It's yummy by itself in a bowl - but we served it over brown rice (cooked in this awesome new rice cooker):

Today for lunch I put water and quinoa in a pan and as it was cooking, added chopped red peppers, and sliced mushrooms, chopped cilantro, lime juice, garlic powder, some tony chachere's and a bit of tumeric.  I cooked it till it was tender, then added thawed green peas and stirred in a bit of soy sauce.  I blanched some fresh broccoli and served it w/chopped cilantro on top. It was tasty.  Here it is:

mcdougally quinoa lunch by you.

Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Seasons of Love from RENT
28 September 2008 @ 03:22 pm

Today's McDougally lunch was homemade (oil-less) hummus - which I made by blending up a can of garbanzo beans and adding lemon juice, garlic powder, paprika and a bit of salt.  Also, I made a cold salad with peas, corn, carrots, cilantro and balsamic vinegar (mixed w/some red wine vinegar).  It all turned out really good - and again, was surprisingly filling.  Oh yeah, we each had a 1/2 pear sliced up as well and brown rice cakes to spread the hummus on. 

Here are pics:
mcdougall lunch by you.

homemade hummus by you.
my gorgeous girl enjoying lunch:

jasperfields eating lunch by you.
Current Mood: mellowmellow
Current Music: church bells in the background
26 September 2008 @ 11:29 pm
My girl and I have decided to give the McDougall weight loss program a try (a shift to a healthier lifestyle, really - but primarily now to lose weight).  It's pretty fun, coming up with ways to cook without any oil or refined flours.   But I think the fact that the plan is centered around starches makes it really doable.  Starches are satisfying and I crave them naturally (Dr. McDougall makes the point that we all do) so centering my meals around them seems like a good thing, in terms of feeling satisfied by what I'm eating even though my choices are limited, overall.

Last night, my girl made our first McDougally meal.  She made quinoa (a mild tasting, yummy whole grain that can sub for rice), mixed in corn and fresh cilantro (w/garlic powder and salt) and topped it with black beans.  We put salsa on top and lemme tell ya - it's was really yummy.

This morning we had oatmeal with applesauce and cinnamon. It was okay.  I'm gonna experiment with other fruits - I sliced some banana in it and that improved it tremendously b/c it was more the right kind of sweetness than the applesauce was.

Tonight, I made dinner.  I sliced and boiled some sweet potatoes (or yams, I forget which is which) and mashed them up.  And I blanched some fresh broccoli and just put a little salt and pepper on it.  To go on top of the potatoes (and broccoli if we wanted), I made a roasted red pepper sauce.  After roasting the red pepper on the open flame of our gas stove (trick learned from my girl), I put it in the blender with some chopped onions, fresh cilantro, balsamic vinegar, a little curry powder, cumin, basil, salt and garlic powder and  blended it.  Then I heated it in a pan and ladled it over the potatoes.  It turned out super good. And I thought I'd missed the boat on giving us enough food to be full, but by the time we finished our potatoes, we were stuffed.

I'm still a little confused about some things though.  Have more reading to do on it.  But I'm looking forward to being creative and to hopefully taking off  weight!!!

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Current Music: msnbc debate analysis
15 September 2008 @ 02:59 pm

Here are my newest all about O pics: 

This first one is a picture I took (action figure courtesy of my girl for my birthday :)



I absolutely love this next one. It's done by artist, David Choe.
Check out The Obama Art Report for more O art.

Like others, I am glad to see O a bit more on the offensive lately with McPalin.  But I really see the repugs sinking their
own ship and I feel confident that O/B will come out ahead as long as they continue to conduct themselves
and their campaign with the integrity so sorely lacking from McPalin. 

01 September 2008 @ 05:49 pm
so gustav may be on the way. I've been tearing up all day.  not exactly sure why - but the memories of 2005 are just so intense - especially b/c today is the 3rd anniversary of the big K - 8/29/08. 

Well... obviously I never finished the post I started with the 2 sentences above.  It's now Monday, 9/1/08 and I am sitting at the Motel 6 in Memphis, TN with my girl and our pup.  We evacuated here yesterday.  From our house to room-check-in was 14 hrs.  Now it looks (looks) like NOLA is pretty much in the clear.  No severe flooding reported - no levee breaches at this point - and I've even gotten reports from tweeple that some power has been restored (already!).  So I'm feeling pretty calm and hopeful that we'll be able to return home soon and that we'll find our city and our home in decent shape, considering.  I've definitely experienced a wide range of emotions over the last few days - but I suppose that's to be expected after what we all experienced in 2005.  Though part of me really wishes we hadn't evacuated at all this time, I know it was the right thing to do.  "Better safe than sorry" is an understatement when 'sorry' could mean losing your own life or losing someone you love.  I'm grateful my family and I were out of harm's way and I'm looking anxiously forward to returning home. 

Under the circumstances, my love and I (and our cute dog) did pretty well yesterday during the evacuation.  We were stressed out, but we managed to keep things in perspective and even laugh a lot of the day (I have the best partner in the world).  Here are some pics of our trip: (More can be found on my flickr page at: www.flickr.com/photos/midcitygirl.)

When we first headed out of town, the highways in New Orleans were completely deserted.  It was eerie - especially because the emptiness reminded me so much of the days after Hurricane Katrina.

At first, we were extremely encouraged by the pace at which traffic was flowing.  But at some point (a friend said for him it was at the MS state line), the traffic slowed to stop and go and it felt a lot like previous evacuations (Ivan and Katrina),  The contraflow is always interesting - especially when you're on the wrong side of the highway like we were.  On our route (I-55N) I thought it worked better than previous years.  But those traveling on I-59N would strongly disagree with me, as they were in a big parking lot for hours upon hours.
Trixie did okay on the trip.  She gets kinda stressed out and she didn't look like she felt too well - but her rebel streak was in full force every time we pulled over to walk her around.  So I was pleased that she was curious and lively when given the opportunity to explore.  She spent most of the car trip sacked out - but ocassionally popped up and pressed her nose against the window waiting for us to roll it down so she could stick her head out and sniff the 60mph wind hitting her snout.  So cute.   
My girl was in good spirits and made me laugh throughout the long journey.  Her smile could light up a city! No, a continent! What am I saying? Her smile lights up the universe! (...what's bigger than the universe?)

One of my very sweet birthday gifts from honeypie was a sony digital camera.  So I had fun at sunset, taking picutres of the lovely sky and trees while we cruised along on the highway.

I  love the way they turned out - like abstract art. 

Sunset silhouette of the most gorgeous, loving woman alive...

Impressionistic Jasperfields.

Today we met friends who also evacuated here to Memphis for a scrumptious lunch at India Palace.  It was so great to see them - always is.  But today especially nice to connect with people who love New Orleans as much as we do.

Love sees us through.
03 August 2008 @ 11:31 pm
I am completely overwhelmed by the loving generosity of my partner... For my birthday this year, she checked us into the W hotel here in New Orleans for three nights.  I have A L W A Y S wanted to stay here.  It is so gorgeous and swanky.  I feel so lucky!!!  I totally started crying when we were checking in.  I just can't believe how absolutely wonderful she is to me.  I've been so needing a break from life and we couldn't really afford to leave town, so she's treating me to the most amazing stay-cation ever!  And it's wonderful, really - because I seriously need to experience a renewed love for and connection to this incredible city I call home.  It can be wearing living here in post-apocalyptic, post-levee failure, post-region-wide trauma, post-life-changing storm New Orleans.  Sometimes, ya just gotta get away - and sometimes, ya just gotta look at what you've got with fresh eyes. 

Thank you thank you thank you, sweet love, for being the most incredibly loving, thoughtful, kind and giving partner in the world.  I'm yours.




Wonderful Room - W Signature Double Beds
Current Music: Alternating Zen-like meditation; Celtic; Gay Boy Techno Dance (W Lobby)
03 August 2008 @ 01:03 pm
Welcome August!
Latest All About O pic...

23 July 2008 @ 02:27 pm

Angular Momentum
02 July 2008 @ 07:54 pm
My honey pie has been gone on her (nearly monthly) business trip to Santa Monica, CA this week.  She comes home tomorrow (YAY).  When she's gone, me and trix are total frat boys.  It's ridiculous.  we don't pick up after ourselves, we don't clean anything, we don't even straighten our beds before going to sleep at night.  And then, the day before our favorite girl comes home (today) we suddenly kick into action and get our acts together again!  So far tonight since being home from work I have done dishes (that would be, every single dish we own, practically), taken out all the trash, dustbusted the floors to get up all the trixie hair (she's no help), cleaned the bathroom sink, folded and put away laundry, threw all the old food out of the fridge, cooked myself a proper meal (more about that to come) and ate it!  Phew... I'm exhausted.  Not really.  Which is good because before the night's over I want to finish the dishes (tonight's dinner dishes and some random left-overs), brush the dog, vacuum the carpet to get the rest of the trixie hair up, change the sheets on the bed (that's a must) and clear all my junk off my love's desk where I've been sitting every day since she left b/c I miss her and it feels good to be surrounded by her stuff (I'm a total sap).  <shake head>  Good lord.  Oh yeah! And I gotta call my grandmother.  Luckily I have a cute new earbud for my phone so I can talk while I work! 

So about my dinner.  Don't have a pic b/c I'm not savvy enough to get it off my phone and into the computer.  But it was super yummy.  I made basmati rice - so easy, in the microwave - just pop it in with the water and a lid and let it do its thing for 20 minutes (thanks Pam) and then
i cooked up some sliced red potatoes and red peppers and put them over the rice and drizzled it all with homemade peanut sauce.  The peanut sauce turned out really good which is kind of amazing considering I've never tried it before, didn't have a recipe and was working with the limited ingredients with have in our house (oh yeah - was supposed to go shopping too...).  I started with creamy peanut butter and added some of all of the following (little by little, tasting as I went along):
soy sauce
a different soy sauce that tastes different
worstashire sauce (sp?)
bottled nuac cham sauce (vietnamese sweet chile fish sauce)
fresh lime juice
garlic powder (I think... did I? I must have - I put it in everything)
oh yeah (this is weird) sour cream (just a little!)
oh yeah and apple juice too

Ya know, that's my thing - my food always has at least 100 ingredients because i just keep trying different stuff till I get the taste I want.  It's pretty fun to cook like that but when you try to tell people how you made stuff, it gets a little silly.  Anyway, the sauce turned out fabuloso.  I decided that the potatoes and rice were a little too starchy together (I was thinking it'd be kind of like potato curry over rice but it wasn't saucy enough to taste right.  But the red peppers were a perfect match with the peanut sauce.  Next time I think I'll do all veggies - peppers, squash, broccoli etc... YUM!

So I better sign off so I can get working!  Can't wait to see my beautiful love tomorrow (trix can't wait either). 
Current Music: Mika - Life in Cartoon Motion
27 June 2008 @ 12:49 am
je dois etudier francais, mais je ne veux pas etudier maintenant.  demain, j'ai un examen de francais.  nous etudions passe compose.  je dois comprendre etre et avoir.  je suis allee a la plage... j'ai etudie ou j'ai pris des photos hier soir.  j'aime apprendre francais. c'est bon!  ma petite amie et moi pouvons aller a france quand je peux parler bien.  je peux bien parler?  je suis deja allee au cinema aujourd hui.  ma petite amie besoin de dormir.  bonsoir...