A Fresh Dille

award-winning breakfasts.

Posted in ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD, VEGAN by clairedille on July 17, 2010

These past few mornings, I have still been eating my fair share of plated oats.

When W magazine arrived…I was pleasantly surprised to see the faces of two actors I adore on the cover. The photo spread and interview were pretty fun as well. I won’t deny it, I am such a Mad Men fan (it returns the 25th!) and Jon Hamm is pretty yummy. Recently I saw the film Please Give, with Rebecca Hall and was reminded about her beautiful acting. If you haven’t seen Vicky Cristina Barcelona with her, you must soon. Although the upcoming film, The Town, with these two together is a crime/drama/thriller (read: not my favorite kind of film), I can’t wait to see their chemistry on camera.

To get back to more important things…OATS. Two days this week I had plated steel cut oats with the peach/blueberry combo. I restocked my blueberries this morning for the upcoming week, but we will begin filming bright (or still dark) and early Monday, so please imagine similar breakfasts for the week ahead.

Sunflower butter is the perfect nut butter with peach-blueberry oats. Half a banana is always sliced in to the oats while cooking, as well as the usual chia, cinnamon, and vanilla mix-ins. This week I have been using unsweetened coconut milk but that soon will be replaced with almond milk.

The only other berries on hand are the frozen variety. I had frozen some of our farmer’s market raspberries and microwaved them with some banana and coconut butter to make a berry banana mash topping to pour on top of my scottish oats. It was great to have a compote type topping similar to this lovely lady’s.

Speaking of the lovely Jess of Healthy Exposures, she was recently given a Sugar Doll Blogger Award which she passed on to me! I feel so honored since her blog is one of my favorites. Even when extremely busy, I make sure to keep up with her posts. Not only is she a beautiful photographer, but her love of all things food and horse related is captivating.

The rules are as follows:

Tell 10 little known facts about yourself and then pass it on to 3-5 other bloggers!

It is always hard for me to come up with little quirks or interesting facts about myself, but V disagreed and helped me come up with a few you may enjoy. Jess started off with some childhood stories and I have quite a few myself, so here I go…

1. I was pretty much a terror as an older sister when young. My poor little sister was told many crazy things to be considered cool and in the same “group ” as my best friend and I. We would make her walk on the sidewalks for blocks on the way to school, when she was still so small she had to basically do the splits the entire way. Other ridiculous things I did involved pickles and underwear…it was bad. I still feel awful about it actually.

2. I was never considered athletic. While my sister was on every team growing up, I was the one who started and quit each sport. It wasn’t until middle school that I realized my runner abilities. My gym teacher had us run a mile and I beat the majority of the boys. Soon after, I ran my first road race and won for my age group. It was pretty exciting to realize that although I may not be good at any sports with balls, I can still be a competitive athlete.

3. Traveling internationally is something I have been doing since birth. My parents took me to France and England before my first birthday, and a few tropical places by the time I was 5. Since then I have traveled throughout Western Europe, where I spent the most amount of time in the Netherlands (studying) and Italy (with family for a summer). I would rather live in a small bungalow or apartment with character than an enormous home so that I could still afford to travel to my heart’s content.

4. I was afraid dogs until I had my own. Every summer on Martha’s Vineyard, I would run past a certain home when I heard their brown chocolate lab bark. I still am unsure of why I had this fear since I now adore all (most) animals and have the sweetest yellow lab.

5. I thank chocolate for helping me grow. I was tiny growing up, the smallest in each grade I was in. During high school, I had yet to reach the growth chart at the doctor’s office and they become worries (and therefore made my mother). Although my family is very petite, I was incredibly so. When we went to Italy one summer at the end of high school, I ate chocolate as much as possible. Throughout that time, I would eat nutella on bread, chocolate flavored gelato, and many different chocolate desserts at restaurants. When returning, I had grown considerably and was no longer the underweight little girl I was before.

6. I gave up peanut butter and jelly for years after throwing up a sandwich in first grade on my friend’s desk while playing the game “seven up.” It was rather disgusting and it took me years to re-embrace its deliciousness.

7. I also “hated carrots” for years. I thought they made my stomach hurt when eaten raw and refused many cooked carrots because I had no clue that roasted carrots could be so delicious. Now, I adore them in salads, raw with hummus, and roasted with other root veggies.

8. I painted my nails almost daily at the end of elementary and early middle school years. Something about moving to Laguna Beach, CA made me want to become some kind of valley girl. I was ultra girlie back then and even owned a shirt that said “As if.” Clueless and the Spice Girls movie made an impact. Let’s leave it at that.

9. I can’t stomach beer. I secretly wish I could like it because I find the brewing process and craft involving beer pretty interesting, but it just always makes me feel sick to my stomach. Instead, I sip on wine and the occasional vodka soda with lime and/or cranberry when I do drink. There were days when I drank much more (late high school/early college), but now I only do on the rare occasion socially. Maybe one day I will drink a glass a night like my grandmother, but now I am fine doing without.

10. I can’t burp and don’t remember ever doing so. My mother says she burped me as a baby, but since then I haven’t burped. People have tried making me down sodas, etc. but nothing works. This may be the reason why I can’t handle beer, who knows. Recently I learned that my dad doesn’t burp either. Kind of strange…

I hope these weren’t too bizarre for ya.

I am going to pass the award to three of you, but there are many others I love too of course!

Danielle at A Nourishing Glimpse

Amanda at Seek Myself

Katharina at Katharina’s Food Adventures

Can’t wait to hear some more fun facts about these wonderful women.

Now it is time to get our grill on for the first time. V is full of energy after filming until 7:30 a.m., which means that he got to sleep all of today. I am jealous of the sleeping all day part, but definitely not filming all night. Those are the worst, especially when your Monday call time is back to 5 a.m. Not much of a weekend, is it?!

Other things:

-Do you watch Mad Men? Love it/hate it? I wrote about my love for the show once back in the day when I started blogging (before taking almost a year off) and still am pretty into it. I do think the last season went a little downhill, but the wardrobe keeps me coming back…and Don Draper/Jon Hamm is just…yeah…

-Are you a beer drinker? I really wish I could enjoy it, but as I wrote above, it just doesn’t sit well with me. Sometimes I feel it makes me “such a girl” to say I can’t stomach it, but it is the truth.

-Some people asked about my camera in the last post’s comments and I was borrowing my dad’s Canon G11 for a few days. I had to return it and already miss its photo quality. It definitely shows that nicer camera’s ($$) Β can take much better images than most digital’s. This gives me much more of an incentive to head out and purchase my own in the next month or so when I can.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. Tomorrow will be about bananas and pizza. Stay tuned…


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  1. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com said, on July 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Chocolate is truly a miracle isnt it!! haha. i love your blog award personal facts! btw i was deathly afraid of dogs growing up too. i always ran from them thinking they were trying “to get me”.

    excited for ur filming on monday! more breakfasts like this isnt too bad either!


  2. healthyexposures said, on July 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    The breakfasts look amazing. I agree – peach + sunflower seed butter = 110% WIN! And the raspberries with the coconut butter sounds amazing, too.
    Thanks so much for your sweet words! I get excited when I see you’ve put up a post, too. You have so much artistic talent, I always love hearing your stories about your day, thoughts, and photos. And I loved the tidbits! Funny how our tastebuds change over the years (re: carrots) and that’s awesome that you get to travel so much. I rarely leave the state πŸ˜›
    And I always hated beer, too. I never understood when people would be like, all technical about the taste of beer. To me, it all tastes like gross seltzer water.

  3. Amanda @ . seek . said, on July 17, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Aww! Thanks so much for the tag, hun! Totally made my evening πŸ™‚ I’ll have to think up some good randoms, because I loved reading yours.

    I can’t believe you can’t burp, though! That’s crazy… I know it’s not exactly the most lady-like thing to do, but sometimes it’s just got to come out πŸ˜‰ I also find the whole valley girl thing pretty humorous… I think I went through one of those phases as well, but it’s something I try to block from my memory.

    I’m not a big drinker in general, and I don’t like beer at all. It’s just one of those acquired tastes that I’ve never been able to acquire. I love a good red wine, but me and beer don’t exactly get along.

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  4. Megan said, on July 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    BEAUTIFUL oatmeal bowl!! πŸ™‚
    And as far as beer, I’m not a huge fan but recently had it mixed with Sprite and it was pretty fab. You should try it!

  5. maya said, on July 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Your too cute πŸ™‚ the facts about you were so fun to read, made me smile. Your such an amazing, talented, creative, admirable, special and interesting person! πŸ™‚ I hate beer as well, and when i was little i was always the smallest one in my grade, chocolate is a miracle, i didn’t like chocolate when i was little though, i remember crying when all they had was chocolate ice cream lol…i was such a vanilla-y child, only recently like 1.5 years ago, i started eating chocolate like every day…! I also was afraid of dogs..up until my aunt and uncle got one.
    Those oats look amazing, sunflower butter is the the perfection of nut butter! I could eat it on oats every day for ever on πŸ˜‰ Tomorrow i am having peach + sunflower butter! Or blooberries, or both, not sure if i have any peaches left though..hm. I must have steel cut oats again, i always forget to make it!
    I love mad men! My mom is like obsessed haha…she got me into it.


  6. Sabrina said, on July 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    It was fun reading the trivia! You naughty big bully! Haha. I’ve never tasted beer before and can only tolerate a few sips of wine. I dislike the drying effect lingering in the mouth. It’s quite strange and interesting that you don’t burp. Maybe gas escapes from your body through the other opening! Hehehe. I like the feeling of burping though. It’s kind of relieves stress.

  7. kbwood said, on July 17, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    oh the HORROR of having to give up PB and J’s! hahaha! so glad you can eat them again!!! those oats look awesome!

  8. Lauren @ Health on the Run said, on July 18, 2010 at 8:58 am

    First of all, I LOVE Mad Men. My boyfriend and I spent all last summer getting caught up on it, and I’ve been excitedly waiting for it to come back! I can’t believe I only have to wait one more week! πŸ™‚ And I agree — the wardrobe really does make the show. Also, it’s funny because every person in that show is so good at their role…but they aren’t really stellar actors when you see them in something else (or at least I don’t think so…)

    It was really fun reading those facts about you. I could totally relate to your story about how you got into running. I was the same way as a kid! Thank goodness for endurance sports that don’t require any coordination. πŸ˜‰

  9. actorsdiet said, on July 18, 2010 at 10:21 am

    LOVE mad men. probably the only show on tv right now that i am really, truly obsessed with. i think we have the same taste in shows/movies/breakfasts!

  10. Ameena said, on July 18, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I have to say how funny it is that you can’t burp! I never knew that was physically possible. πŸ™‚

    I’ve never seen Mad Men nor have I had a beer before. What can I say? I have little experience with the things that really matter in life.

    Have a great Sunday Claire!

  11. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) said, on July 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I got sick one night after eating fajitas in middle school (not the food, just had a stomach bug) and I was well into late 20’s before I ventured into eating them again. The smell in restaurants made me sick to my stomach. I am so with you on beer. I think it is amazing, but I just can’t stomach it. I do LOVE Mad Men! I love the look of the show and the story! Enjoy your day!

  12. Katharina said, on July 18, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Oh my goodness I’m painfully behind on your posts! I feel like I really haven’t been absent for that long, but I guess life still goes on, right? lol. More for me to read! Anyhoo, thank you so much the award! I can’t wait to fill it out. I have to check out the new issue of W. It’s one of my favorite magazines. Oh my gosh actually.. I had something happen to me yesterday that I know you would be excited about it. It has to do with another W.. πŸ˜‰ You’ll find out soon!!!

    Now on to the food! Peach and blueberries! I had that combination + strawberries today for breakfast. You know what I think is funny? I was contemplating which nuts or nut butter to use for this combo. I have no sunflower seed butter and I think that’s going to have to change. I’ve only had the Trader Joe’s brand (I am fell into a deep love with the first spoonful), but alas there’s no TJ’s in Florida. Is there a brand you recommend by any chance?

    As for your 10 tid-bits.. you and I have so much common.. and not so much either lol! I LOVED carrots growing up along with lettuce and dressing. I don’t know why though? Actually that’s really the only thing we don’t have in common hahaha. I too have been traveling since before my first tooth. That’s one of the things I miss about living in Europe.. it was so easy to travel to a different culture! I owned a shirt that said “Whatever” and had big cartoon eyes on it with long eyelashes.

    1. I have never seen the show actually O_O

    2. I’m not really a beer drinker, but I do taste them sometimes. Usually they just don’t do it for me. I get kind of queasy feeling pretty easily too. Although whenever I go back to my hometown (where they make Becks), I like to try the different flavors.



  13. wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas said, on July 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve never watched Mad Men, but not because I don’t want to. Just circumstances, I guess.

    LOVE beer, but haven’t had on in almost 2 years, since the first time I started trying to get pregnant. I can have a sip now and then, but while I’m nursing I’ve decided to abstain.

    I was always the tiny little one as a child, too…I never thought it might be the chocolate! I’m afraid it might be making me grow too much as an adult too πŸ™‚

  14. BitterSweet said, on July 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    It’s been so hot, but I’m so conditioned to having a big bowl of steel-cut oats in the morning, I just can’t bear to change the habit! Yours look really tasty, I like the sound of all your toppings.

  15. betterwhenweretogether said, on July 19, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    i love love love love love your blog! you have such yummy eats! arent oats just divine! ive been trying to experiment with sauces to such as sauteing my fruit in maple syrup and coconut milk and such but my favorite is cherries or any fruit with grated ginger melted in the microwave! its so good ginger gives it a great taste, keep up the yummy healthy eats ❀
    xo Ashley

  16. Mandiee said, on July 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Can I be honest and tell you that I’ve been “saving” reading your blog until I can fully enjoy it? Oh yes, I am that silly. Your eats and “sugar doll” personality were definitely worth it. The peach/blueberry combo sounds is something I wouldn’t have thought of but definitely sounds delicious! You even make me want to plate my oats, though honestly I still enjoy them pipping hot, even with the heat. I can totally relate the the chocolate thing. I’ve always been little (and still am), but when I went to Germany, the nutella and gelato definitely helped. Oh, and the homemade treats of 11 other countries didn’t hurt, either (I was at an international exchange summer camp with kids from 11 different countries. Talk about foodie heaven!)

    Have a lovely day!

    P.S. I hope work is going well and that you will make it to the farmer’s market this weekend. Eastern Market was absolutely amazing this weekend!

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