Since I need the motivation to get off my computer and actually start baking, I’m going to work on this post while working on the pie.
You know what’s worse than finding a worm in your apple? Discovering that all the apples you’ve been buying at the farmers market with dreams of baking delicious apple baked things… are going bad. Any of y’all who have been following this blog know how much I love my apple baked goods. You may also know how much I hate waste. This situation is seriously heartbreaking.
But the thought of peeling all those apples, and cutting off all the rotten bits and what not isn’t really motivating me. Instead I’m chatting with a friend about how I want to go to the farmer’s market on Saturday to buy more apples. I have a problem, and its time to fix it. So here goes.
A couple of weeks ago, I became obsessed with the idea of vegan chocolate chip cookies. I’m not really sure what got me the idea. I wasn’t even sure if vegan chocolate existed or how much I would have to pay for it. But I wasn’t going to let the idea go without at least a little Googling.
In the Googling, I encountered a recipe titled “The BEST Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies” and I thought that might be a good place to start. As it turns out, Trader Joes chocolate chips are vegan, and vegan chocolate chip cookies are really not all that difficult.
It’s been surprisingly hot in Seattle lately. Hot enough that, for a couple days, turning on the stove or the oven to cook anything just seems irresponsible. Of course, I still need to eat, so the best plan I could think of was to make a bunch of something I could keep eating for a while, without needing to reheat. Hummus seemed like a good choice.
Every Friday night, I go to the local yarn shop and knit. I do it mostly for the community (because God knows some days I don’t feel like knitting and I go anyways). The friends I’ve made at this place are the solid kind of friends that you know will be happy to spend time with you even if you just want to curl up in a corner and face the wall and not talk to anyone… and usually, if I show up in that kind of mood, I still leave the happiest I’ve been all week.
Sometimes, people show up with food to share. (I should probably do this sometime…) One week, the food was a candy-like concoction from a local bakery. The best way to describe it would be a granola brittle, that was far more granola than brittle. Since buying it online was very expensive (the cheapest option cost around $40 plus shipping) and I didn’t know where to go to buy it, I decided to try to replicate it.
I’ve been struggling with stomachaches for the last several years. Nothing debilitating, most of the time, but definitely not something I want to live with for the rest of my life. The pattern was random – I could go a week or two and be fine, and then the next week would be terrible. I long suspected some sort of food intolerance was at stake, but I didn’t know what. A few gluten and/or lactose free friends encouraged me to try an elimination diet, or just try eliminating one thing at a time until I found it. However, not wanting to give up my favorite foods, and not liking the prospect of randomly eliminating things for a couple weeks a at a time until something changed, I decided to get a blood food allergy test. While not 100% accurate, these tests look for antibodies in the blood specific to foods, and can offer a good starting point for anyone wishing to locate food intolerances.
The results that came back were not altogether surprising, but also weren’t things I would have thought to pinpoint on my own. While I had figured I had a problem with eggs, I hadn’t suspected bananas, cranberries, pineapple, mushrooms or broccoli – nor would most of these be eliminated in a standard elimination diet. I’ve since stopped eating any of these things and am feeling a good deal better. At some point I’ll try them all again to look for false positives, but that’s beside the point.
The point is, knowing I had some foods I needed to avoid gave me the motivation to really start rethinking how and what I eat. I wanted to start eating better food (healthier, more delicious, better quality, all of the above). Where better to start than with the stereotypical superfood, kale? I mean, they’re putting it in everything these days!