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In the interest of getting through lots of delicious veg, today was an unintentionally mostly raw day. I was cold when I woke up, so I started with some vanilla rooibos in my favorite mug.

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This mug is from the Christmas Tree Shop, which is emblematic of everything that is wrong with our country, but I still like drinking out of it. Especially now that it makes me feel like Lady Gaga. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For lunch I made myself a hummus plate. I started with this:

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and ended up with this:

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Loved it! The Asian cucumber was a little hard to get used to at first – it’s fairly fuzzy. But it tastes like a cross between a cucumber and summer squash, so once you get past the hairiness it’s pretty delicious.

I will be the first to admit that my dinner was not pretty. In fact, it was downright ugly. But it had intense inner beauty.

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In the mix: a head of romaine, more Asian cucumber, raw sweet corn, a smooshed avocado, balsamic vinegar.

I’d say I’m off to a good start getting through my CSA abundance before it goes bad.

I’ll leave you with some encouraging news via Civil Eats:

“Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack are joining together to hold public discussions on โ€œcompetition issues affecting the agriculture industry in the 21st century and the appropriate role for antitrust and regulatory enforcement in that industry.โ€ This is the first time any such talks will have been held on an industry that is massively consolidated and under-regulated. For example, did you know that in 2006, 83.5% of beef-packing was controlled by 4 companies, same goes for 66% of pork packing, 58.5% of the chicken processing and 55% of turkey processing. Similar numbers exist for the seed companies, the grain processors bringing animal feed to feedlots and HFCS to most of the packaged foods in the supermarket, and the supermarket retailers themselves. Numbers this high indicate a lack of competition.”

Check out the original post to see how you can join the public discussions and help support smaller farms!

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I had an awesome workout this morning. My goal was to absolutely tire myself out so that I can sleep on the plane tonight. I ran 5 miles, did 15 minutes on the elliptical, and did weights. Mission accomplished!

1st hit when I googled "gym rat"

1st hit when I googled "gym rat"

I thought that the gym opened half an hour earlier than it did, so I had to do my run outside instead of on the treadmill. Though I vastly prefer running outside, I’ve been trying to stick to the treadmill for a while to make sure that my knee stays injury-free. There’s just too much pavement and not enough soft stuff around here. There are a few trails, but they happen to run right alongside major roads. The soft ground might do my knees some good, but the car exhaust doesn’t do my lungs any favors. I spent most of my run fuming about the fact that had we’ve invested so much money in car-friendly infrastructures rather than mass transit.

Eats today included a pb banana before my workout, a chummus (so dubbed by T – cheese + hummus) sandwich after my workout, granola and CANDIED KUMQUATS that T randomly whipped up while I was in the shower (he is amazing, folks), and veggie pad thai with tofu for dinner.

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Now I’ve got to finish packing!!! See you in two weeks!!

Q of the day: What does your dream city look like? Obviously mine would include green space, well-run public transportation, and would ban cars. Also there would be lots of fresh, local food available, plus chocolate. ๐Ÿ™‚

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We’re in full-on panicked packing/errand mode here at the Morgendorffer/Lane household. I love travelling but hate the logistical stuff!

Breakfast this morning was a peanut butter-filled banana and a big cup of frozen cherries. Take if from the frozen fruit queen herself (aka Chocolate-Covered Katie) – nothing beats it! I didn’t actually need to cool off this morning. In fact, it’s quite cool and grey, as per usual this summer. I’m starting to feel like I’m living in Wuthering Heights.

ghost-hunting, moor-haunting weather, for sure!

ghost-hunting, moor-haunting weather, for sure!

Lunch was a quickly-thrown together sandwich of curried hummus and TJ’s yogurt cheese. Snackage included some cerealz and some weak, wilty celery that I didn’t want to throw out. Copious amounts of chocomint rooibos have also been consumed.

I’m afraid my eats have been a bit lackluster, since we’re preoccupied with planning this trip. All I can think about are pain au chocolat and wine and fresh French produce and markets and Montmartre and Gertrude Stein.

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Seriously, how can you not love this woman?

Dinner tonight should be better – we’re going to do a massive stir-fry to use up all of our remaining CSA veggies. I can’t wait!

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I had an awesome workout today, minus having to deal with the stench of the guy on the treadmill next to me. Seriously, dude, I roll out of bed and head straight to the gym too, but I put on some deodorant first. I ran 5 miles total and did some weights, then headed home for a giant bowl of Elvis Oats.

It was gorgeous today – 70s, breezy, sunny, perfect. I think my camera was happy about this, because it suddenly rediscovered the salad pictures it had eaten earlier (I understand, camera – it was a good salad. I would have eaten it too if I were you).

spinach, lettuce, peas, figs, kumquats, curried hummus, balsamic

spinach, lettuce, peas, figs, kumquats, curried hummus, balsamic

T and I strolled down to one of our favorite cafes and sat next to the giant open window while we enjoyed lunch, iced beverages, and reading.

Unfortunately as we read the clouds rolled in and it started to sprinkle. It didn’t look too ominous, though, so we picked up some Portuguese muffins to use as buns and raced home to try to beat the rain so we could grill our CSA burgers. Little did we know that our landlady decided to clean the basement throw out all of the charcoal the 3 apartments in our building had accumulated. Given the clouds and the lack of charcoal we admitted defeat and pan-fried our first CSA burgers. Of course we were sad not to grill, but yet again, the meat shined through the technique. We made sure to err on the rare side, since grass-fed beef is very lean, and the burgers came out tender and juicy and amazing. We sauteed our beets for a topping and a bit of their greens for a side:

Aren't they pretty?

Aren't they pretty?

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and the final product:

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Mine also had pickles and copious amounts of ketchup. T’s had jalapenos and mayonnaise. Overall, a very successful night of CSA eats.

We need to spend some time tonight getting ready for our big trip…in 2 (very short!) days we are headed to France and Spain. I can’t wait for the food, the wine, the scenery, the food… ๐Ÿ™‚

Unfortunately this means I’ll be away from the blog for an extended period of time just as it’s getting of the ground. Maybe I’ll have a chance to check in from a cybercafe once in a while, but of course I’m going to focus on having a good time. Huzzah vacation!

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.. a healthy way to start the weekend. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well, we at least managed to make both of those things healthier than usual.

Trent got home later than expected last night so the CSA burgers I’d defrosted stayed in the fridge. Too bad – it was sunny but not too hot, perfect for grilling! Let’s hope the weather holds today.

Instead I made a big ol’ salad with spinach, lettuce, peas, figs, hummus, and balsamic. Fab! For dessert I had one of Happy Herbivore’s vegan baked donuts. Delish!

When T finally made it home we decided it was time for a good old fashioned night in. We’ve had a bottle of champagne hanging around in our fridge since T’s birthday months ago, so we decided to use it up. We pureed some strawberries with one kumquat for tartness:

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and topped it off with the finest of the finest (that would be Andre, because we’re classy).

We stirred it up a bit after this photo

We stirred it up a bit after this photo

We then watched more TV than is safe or healthy. Long enough that we both had some beers as well. And maybe some more of these guys:

but they're healthy, so it's ok ;)

but they're healthy, so it's ok ๐Ÿ˜‰

All in all, an excellent night in. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Today started with tea and Elvis oats (1/2 cup quick-cooking oats made on the stove with 1 tbsp pb, 1tbsp cocoa powder, shake cinnamon, drizzle agave, and a sliced banana on top). I don’t know if Elvis would like much about this breakfast other than the pb and banana, but I love it. And if restaurants can call anything with PB and B in it “Elvis” whatever, then so can I. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is probably more the King's style

This is probably more the King's style

Tea is a somewhat unusual occurrence for me. I used to be a dedicated coffee drinker (1-2 cups per day), but then I started having attacks of supraventricular tachycardia (basically my heart beat really fast for no apparent reason) and of course caffeine didn’t help those attacks. I was pretty upset, since I love everything about coffee – the ritual of preparing it, the smell, the taste, the euphoric caffeine feeling – but I’ve managed to transition into only drinking the occasional tea. Trent’s parents gave me a beautiful tea gift package for Christmas, which included this stuff from Teavana:

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T says it smells like hazelnuts; I say it smells just like heaven. (And for the record, my doctors never did figure out what was causing the attacks and they’ve more or less gone away. I refuse to believe it was just the coffee because I’d been drinking it regularly for years without incident. And now you know more than you ever wanted to about my heart health.)

Shortly after breakfast and I went out on a run/gym excursion. And while I was out, this guy showed up:

Oh hey there. I haven't seen you in, oh, I don't know, SIX+ DAYS?!

Oh hey there. I haven't seen you in, oh, I don't know, SIX+ DAYS?!

Post-workout I made a stellar (ha!) salad and took a great photo, but then my camera ate it. Boo! It was a mix of CSA lettuce, spinach, peas, Non-CSA figs, curried hummus, a drizzle of balsamic, and 2 kumquats. I wasn’t sure if the kumquats would work, but actually the citrus tang went really well with the other flavors. Hooray for odd combos!

I treated myself to one of Amy’s pot pies for supper. They were out of the veggie (my fav!) so I had to settle for broccoli/cheese (hello Lactaid!).

I like to eat the inside first and then pick up the crust and eat it by itself.

I like to eat the inside first and then pick up the crust and eat it by itself.

I also picked up some caffeine-free rooibos varieties from my favorite local tea shop, Tea Zone. I can’t very well get locally-grown tea in Massachusetts, but I can get tea from a small, local shop. Compromise is the name of the game.

I had the vanilla tonight and it was great. Can't wait to try the chocomint!

I had the vanilla tonight and it was great. Can't wait to try the chocomint!

I’ve been craving donuts all week. When I saw Lindsay’s (the Happy Herbivore) recipe for Baked Chocolate Glazed Vegan Donuts, I knew that I had to try them, stat!

BUT…I don’t have a donut pan and I don’t like to buy single-use kitchen items since our kitchen is the size of a postage stamp. So mine came out looking like…bialys? rolls? scones? I don’t even know. The important thing is that they are DELICIOUS! I highly recommend them.

Pre-glaze

Pre-glaze

Post-glaze

Post-glaze

So damn unpretty…so damn delicious!

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It’s veggie CSA pick-up day! Good thing, too, since we scarfed our first box PDQ. I made some hummus yesterday for lunch:

Poor little hummus...you're just not photogenic!

Poor little hummus...you're just not photogenic!

On a whim I threw in some curry spice along with the garbanzos, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and this beautiful stuff:

sambalI like the curry kick, but T was not happy about it. More for me! I’ll admit that the taste was a little off, but I think that this is due to the fact that 1) T skimmed some of the oil off the top of the tahini to fry our beef because he realized at the last minute that we were out of sesame oil. Resourceful! and 2) we were low on lemon juice so I used rice milk to make up for the missing liquid. I was only thinking about replacing the fluid and not the tang of the lemon….oops.

I spent all day at the library yesterday so I needed something portable and spirit-boosting for lunch. I decided to make a cheap imitation of the crack wrap by combining the hummus with TJ’s yogurt cheese on wheat bread.

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LOVE this stuff - plus no lactose!

It was AWESOME even though it wasn’t warm and toasty. Thanks for the inspiration, Sarah!

Now, onto serious business: we have a problem. A FRUIT FLY problem. They showed up a few days ago when the produce refuse in the garbage got a little ripe, and now they’re EVERYWHERE! Does anyone have a good method for dealing with these little buggers? We’ve just been chasing them around like crazy people, clapping them between our hands when we can. I’m sure our neighbors think we’re either rhymically disinclined or building up to an epic slow clap.

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