A Fresh Dille

6 months left…

Posted in FOOD, VEGAN by clairedille on July 2, 2010

Excuse my absence.

Since moving and beginning to prep my next project, I have been quite the pitiful foodie, runner, yogi, etc. Many meals have centered around leftovers that we were able to carry upstairs to the larger apartment in which we are now situated in. There have been many moments in the last week where I’ve reached in the freezer for leftover soup. ATT is now in my nightmares and hopefully all issues involving scattered or non-existent internet will be resolved today mid-morning. However, yesterday was the first day I have felt “at home.” Waking up with the sun coming in the sliding door to our new roof deck is making each morning a little easier. This is usually after previously waking up by V’s departure in the darker morning hours and re-attempting to get a few more hours of quality sleep.

It is still strange for me to live in a city where I don’t feel completely comfortable going out solo in the evenings. I’ve said this many times but Detroit needs so much help and maybe the film industry will be beneficial for the area. The few grocery stores within the city tend to be dirty, overpriced, and filled with processed junk. It is frustrating to have to drive to the suburbs to obtain good groceries from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. We have decided that a Farmer’s Market run is a must-do tomorrow morning because my fresh produce has been pretty minimal this week.

Although the move was not very far, we spent two days moving all our items up many stairs. V is pretty good at lifting heavy objects like bins of camping gear and racks full of clothing (yes, we use rolling wardrobe racks for our clothing…just like work), but I was incredibly tired. I am now at the sore stage, which isn’t making these any easier.

In order to ease some post-move soreness, I brought the yoga mat out for the first time in a while yesterday evening. Actually, it has been used in other ways in the last week, one being dinner on said roof deck since we have yet to buy patio furniture.

I spent thirty minutes doing Sun Salutations taught by Dave Farmar, specifically this class form yogadownload.com. It has been much too long since I’ve let out stress on the mat and I’ve decided this has to change for the second half of 2010. Can you believe that we are already halfway through the year? I certainly can not. Due to my upcoming crazy schedule of prep and shooting through August, training for a marathon may not be possible. Fitting in at least 30 minutes of yoga a few days a week is a much more rational goal for the upcoming weeks filled with 10-14 hour work days running around set. I do miss studio classes, but schedule-wise, I rarely can make a class. Besides, roof deck yoga doesn’t seem too awful.

The downstairs of our loft is pretty bare right now and I have been rushing upstairs to eat my oats in the sunshine. Coconut butter is something I will make from now on. It melts so nicely over warm oats and forms a great shell on overnight oats.

Of course I still love my raw almond butter and cacao bliss. V’s Surfer magazine was the perfect backdrop for these overnight oats. Apparently, strawberries are the only berries present in our fridge. I’ve been craving blueberries and because July is Blueberry Month, I better find some this weekend!

Angela and Ashley have been making overnight oats with banana soft serve that have made me swoon these last few weeks. Already a huge fan of Gena’s banana soft serve, I was dying to try a new version with cherries or berries. This did not disappoint. The only banana left was frozen and I whipped it with some organic frozen berries to layer between the overnight oats made with coconut milk and chia seeds. Cacao bliss and coconut butter were both poured on top to form a shell on the cold strawberries.

This lady’s pumpkin hummus tortilla pizza was another thing I’ve been meaning to make for a while and yesterday I made a pumpkin-less version with red pepper hummus. On top of the hummus, I layered mushrooms, leftover asparagus, and vegan lentil walnut loaf crumbles. This is definitely a lunch worth repeating. The crispness of the baked tortilla and the creamy hummus makes a tasty base for a bed of veggies I can’t wait to experiment with.

Our dinner celebrated another July Foodie holiday (unintentionally), Baked Bean Month! Baked Beans were a dish I ate a lot growing up. My dad enjoys his with toast (and sausage) like any other Brit, but I opted for sweet potatoes and a refreshing salad for the first night of July’s dinner.

Since we still have yet to grocery shop, I relied on the canned version of Baked Beans by Eden. They are the good but not as good as homemade. Eden is local, BPA free, and GMO free; therefore, I have no problem relying on them when in need. This VegNews recipe for Tempeh BBQ Baked Beans sounds great though.

The salad was composed of baby spring mix, shaved carrots, radishes, avocado, and better than bottled balsamic vinaigrette.

This was ready at least an hour before V came home but after some quick re-heating of the sweets and beans, we sat outside and ate while viewing far away fireworks from Windsor, Canada in celebration of Canada Day.

Now, it is time to head downstairs for the last of my Scottish oats and strawberries and another crazy day ahead. I am still trying to catch up with all things involving the blogosphere, but I hope everyone is having a great start to July and the second half of 2010.

Other things:

-Do you have any exciting weekend plans for the fourth? Do you have a special menu or dish planned? We have more furniture shopping to do, world cup watching, baseball game (second this summer = second game ever) attending, and hopefully some time spent with family and one of my best friends in town from Guatemala. As far as planned menus, I am unsure of where we will be Sunday and Monday evenings but I have many bbq type dishes bookmarked like these Portobello burgers and Grilled Bananas.

-Are you craving any certain fruit or veggies recently? Are they the ones abundant within this season or do you find yourself wanting out of season produce? For the most part, I am wanting seasonal berries and veggies. I can’t wait for some organic tomatoes and peaches but I still crave avocados and bananas which are never “in season” in the midwest.

-Do you have any goals you wish to accomplish by the end of 2010? Are you re-evaluating resolutions? I don’t tend to make resolutions for the year but I know that things such as adding more yoga into my life will be extremely beneficial for my physical and mental health these next few months. I miss racing so much and still hope to run a half marathon by the end of 2010, but if it isn’t possible, I will try to fit in smaller races.


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  1. Megan said, on July 2, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Your softserve oats are look gorgeous!! Mine never look that pretty but always taste awesome which is what matters. And I have been craving grapefruit recently!!

  2. Ameena said, on July 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Since getting to a yoga class is near impossible for me I use yogadownload.com almost exclusively. I love it! And rooftop yoga doesn’t sound too shabby to me.

    My 4th of July weekend will be spent attending 4 wedding events for the same couple…yes 4! I’m going to need another long weekend to recover.

    Have a fantastic weekend!!

  3. Amanda @ . seek . said, on July 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Oof. Life sounds pretty crazy for you right now, girlie. I’m glad to see you taking it all in stride though. You always seem so grounded, and I think it’s wonderful 🙂

    And your eats are looking fantastic, as always. Eden is one of my favorite brands as well. I use a lot of their grains/oils/beans and so far, I’ve never been disappointed in their quality. I’m always craving bananas and avocados as well… apples too. Lately I’ve been all about the berries, oranges, and mangoes though. I’m sorry that you can’t find any blueberries 😦 I went to the store to pick up some strawberries last night and they were all out, so I definitely feel your berry deprivation pain.

    No big plans this weekend, because we don’t celebrate July 4th up here in the North 😉 We had our celebrations yesterday and I went to a BBQ and watched some fireworks. My mom is coming back from her trip to Europe tonight, so I’ve been cleaning and getting thins in order for her return.

    Hope you’re doing well, girl! ❤ Have a great holiday weekend.

  4. Maggie said, on July 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I love that Dave class. Glad you are getting back in the groove.

    No big plans… just relaxing!

  5. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com said, on July 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    i love how you’ve done a lot of soul searching it seems and really having an open conversation with yourself and the goals you want. This is so important!!!

    i always love to see the yoga mat 🙂 it means ur grounding yourself and setting good intentions- how true is that!

    baked beans always have a special place in my heart. i admit it was usually the pork and beans, but ive found much more happiness in vegetarian baked beans- better for everyone ❤


  6. lisasfoods said, on July 2, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Wow. I knew you were busy, but you’re busier than I thought. Glad the move went well. And I’m glad to know that it’s Baked Bean Month – just bought a can today!

    We’re planning to go to New York City over the weekend, also to connect with old friends. My boyfriend’s old neighbors are visiting, so we’ll spend lots of time with them.

    I’ve been craving berries too. They’re so lovely, especially when fresh and local.

    I can’t believe the year’s half over either. I tend to think about resolutions and goals on my birthday, which was in June, so I’ll probably look at that list in the next few weeks to see where I stand.

  7. healthyexposures said, on July 2, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    busy, busy, busy! i’m glad you’re still enjoying the little things, though – like all these delicious meals and some deck yoga. and i bet you’re glad moving is over! it’s trialing enough without taking into consideration all those STAIRS! hats off to you both 😉

    looks like july is the month for fruit and bean lovers alike! i guess i celebrated baked beans unintentionally yesterday, too. and i hear you on the blueberries. can’t wait to go picking 🙂

  8. Natalie said, on July 3, 2010 at 12:08 am

    mmm now im craving baked beans…

    i also LOVE the picture of your breakfast on the surfer magazine… so cute!! love the illusion.

    i enjoyed reading about your move to detroit…i hope you are adjusting well!!! definitely takes time to adjust to new places, but i think we all learn so much from the changes we experience in our lives…

    ive been craving just all sorts of very water-filled fruits lately… like watermelon, peaches, plums, etc… which makes sense, because it’s hot…

    i don’t really have many goals for this year (i can’t believe it’s half over either!) but i should definitely write up a list… thanks for the inspiration =)

  9. sabrina said, on July 3, 2010 at 12:18 am

    That flight of steps looks treacherous! Hope your soreness eases soon. Amazing how you managed to whip up some amazing eats in spite of your crazy schedule!

    I’m always game for any type of fruits!

    Take care!

  10. Lauren @ Health on the Run said, on July 3, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I’m glad you’re feeling more settled into your new place. Those stairs are awesome (though look a bit dangerous — especially for someone who is already sore!!)…and the roof deck sounds amazing. I think I’d always eat up there in the summer — furniture or not. 🙂

    You’ve got a lot to balance in your life right now! But it seems like you are handling it all pretty well. I hope that you do have time to enjoy the summer and work on some of your goals for the second half of the year. I think it’s a good idea to split it up like that. I guess I haven’t really sat down to think about what I’d like to accomplish in the next 6 months. I would say a marathon would be one of them…and moving into a new apartment and getting settled at my new job.

    I also find myself craving certain fruits in the summer — more berries and peaches, mainly. But like you, I do still crave my staples that aren’t in season (mainly avocado). I’m trying to get better about that…but baby steps. 😉

  11. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said, on July 4, 2010 at 1:01 am

    I am the only vegan who’s never made her own beans. Yes, true. I have had 9878987 friends tell me their method and it all just confuses me…soaking, simmering, boiling…argh! But i want to learn!

    Detroit. Yeah I can see where you’re a little maxed out of that scene with no WFs, farmers mkts, etc. Yikes!

    Congrats on your move being done!

  12. Melissa @ For the Love of Health said, on July 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Great blog!
    I actually live in Windsor- right across the river from Detroit!!
    Amazing food photos!!
    Check out my blog for my giveaway!

  13. Katherine: What About Summer? said, on July 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    you have so much going on and goodness your eats look so great! I have been craving broccoli and sprouts so bad recently and have not wanted my usual love of carrots and sweet potatoes. I hate when staples become unappealing. Hope all is going well and you had a nice weekend!

  14. wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas said, on July 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Sounds like you’ve been busy….and I think you’re maintaining your foodie status very well! I’ve been terrible lately. No time, no time, no time…..and I’ve been ignoring my oats in the morning, which I think leads me to not eat as well for the rest of the day. I miss my coconut butter, so you’ve inspired me to get back on track tomorrow am.

    I can’t say I’ve been craving anything specific, but seasonal fruits and veggies in general sound good right now. Anything cold and juicy, because we’re having a week of 100º temps. Watermelon, berries, that type of thing. Especially in sorbet form!

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