I had my usual oatmeal today, but I mashed up an entire banana and it was way too much. For the first time in forever I couldn't finish my oatmeal. I topped my oatmeal with a few carob chips and banana slices. I'm not as huge of a carob fan as everyone else. Something about it just tastes strange to me.
Today I only had class until 12 so I decided to plan a delicious meal. I was low on food so grocery shopping was in order as well. The weather was beautiful today so I went out onto my porch with a big stack of cookbooks and started picking out recipes for the rest of the week.
I wanted to do some leisurely shopping and try out some new places. My first stop was a little specialty store called Ed Hyder's Mediterranean Market. It's one of those places that I've been meaning to go forever and today I got the chance. It was exactly what I was hoping it would be. It's a tiny store but full of delicious things. A whole wall full of dried beans, interesting pantry staples from a multitude of cuisines, and even a selection of wines. They make their own hummus, baba ganoush, tabouli, and soups, carry a whole bunch of cheese and desserts. They had homemade pita breads and bulk spices. I only bought a small tub of baba ganoush and one of the ingredients for tonight's dinner but I am sure I'll be shopping here a lot more.
Next I went to Big Y, a supermarket that I don't usually frequent but I wanted to change things up a little. Within five minutes of getting there though the power went out, totally nuts! I ended up just leaving to do my grocery shopping at my usual haunts.
Lunch was on the run because I had plans to go shopping with my friends. When I got back from shopping I started cooking the recipe I chose for today Cold Way Hot Soba Noodles from Potluck at Midnight Farm by Tamara Weiss. I can't post the recipe because of copyright stuff but it's a beautiful and useful cookbook that I totally recommend. The recipe is for hot buckwheat soba noodles covered with a cold, spicy peanut sauce and topped with tons of fresh cilantro, scallions and cubed firm tofu.
Too much noodles tend to make me feel sick and overstuffed so I put a small portion of noodles over a bed of freshly shredded red cabbage and carrots. I used about a quarter of a block of lite firm tofu. It was definitely one of the best tasting and best looking recipes I have cooked in awhile. Even though I cut it down to a fourth the recipe still made tons of sauce. It says it should keep for a few days so this will definitely be on the menu again tomorrow or Saturday
Tomorrow I am planning on going to a wine tasting and remembering to bring my camera! Just today I bought the latest issue of Food and Wine Magazine with an articleon the top 30 pinot noirs for all budgets. Maybe I'll pick one up tomorrow.