summer sampler

Oh, hello! Welcome back to my sad, abandoned blog.  May 23rd? Seriously, Roellke? Get it together.

Once again, I let my bad habits get the best of me, and the result of that is no blogging for a full month! I fell off the good food wagon hard, and spent the last month stress-eating my way through mountains of chocolate and late-night bowls of cereal. If I’m not updating, you can be sure it’s because I’m eating terribly and ashamed to tell you about it. But it’s summer now.  And I have no job.  Therefore, I have no more excuses.  We’re back in the saddle, folks, so grab your forks and join me for the ride!

There are so many things I could write about, it’s paralyzing trying to get started.  Just like at Applebee’s when you can’t decide between chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, or potato skins, let’s order a little bit of everything (with way less saturated fat): The Sampler Platter.

Item 1: The Fork
First and foremost, this now hangs over my bed.

It’s giant, and random, but not SO random considering how much I think about food, and if you ask me, really awesome.  That is all.

Item 2: Kristin Wartman and MyPlate
It seems like lately I’ve been hearing the same sad story over and over about the sad state of affairs in our country’s food system, about how the unhealthy relationship between our government and food industries has resulted in an unhealthy population of Americans.  Michael Pollan, Jonathan Saffran Foer, Eric Schlosser, Jamie Oliver, half the food blogs I read… they’ll all tell you tales of complicated corruption that have gotten us to where we are today (misinformed and fat).  She doesn’t go into a ton of detail, but Kristin Wartman will give you the run-down on her recent blog post.  It’s a good overview and eye-opener.

Item 3: When Mom brings you lemons, make lemonade!
My parents visited this week with roughly 700 pounds of lemons from their tree in tow.  Liz and I filled no less than 5 ice trays with lemon juice to be used in future lemon projects, and were still left with upwards of 30 lemons.  We pureed some strawberries and added them to our first pitcher of summer lemonade (1 part lemon juice, 1 part sugar, 5 parts water).  It doesn’t look like much more than red barf in the picture, but it tasted way better than that.

a fraction of the supply

Item 4: My new favorite oatmeal
I know that oatmeal seems like something not worth taking the time to make yourself on the stove, but you’d be surprised at the junk they slip into those little convenient packets.  Plus, if you make it yourself, you can come up with your own inventive concoctions that are delicious and nutrient dense, like this one!
Cherry Almond Oatmeal

  • Rolled oats
  • Almond milk
  • Cherries- I used fresh, but you could definitely get frozen ones and add them while you’re cooking the oats.
  • Almonds
  • Almond extract
  • Agave

Cook the oats with the almond milk.  I totally make up the proportions here… whatever looks right.  Probably about 1/4 cup oats to 1/3 cup liquid? Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, stirring frequently.  Stir in a drizzle of agave for sweetness and some almond extract to make it extra almondy!  Pour it into a bowl and top with cherries and chopped almonds.  I could eat a large bucket of this.

That’s all for now, folks.  Keep on me this summer if I lag in posts.  My goal is twice a week! There, I said it! Now I have to do it! Waaah!