A Fresh Dille

banana bread & bbq’s…

Posted in FOOD, VEGAN, WORK by clairedille on July 23, 2010

Oh blogging, how I’ve missed thee. This week has been anything but dull. The first week of filming always brings surprises and I’ve been running around all day (and night for the last two days) for 12 + hours. Food-wise, I have been pretty disappointed with the catering because the vegan options are limited to vegetables and bread only for the most part. When call times have been as early as 6 a.m., oatmeal is not prepared, who am I kidding? Yesterday however, our call was a little past 2 p.m. (calls are in 6 minute increments) so I made some steel cut oats to travel to set with. Since I only awoke a few hours before because of a late night/early morning, I knew I’d want breakfast to be my first meal considering it was my favorite. When arriving to the new location, our wardrobe trailer was M.I.A,. which meant I sat in a parking lot with piles of freshly altered clothes while eating my warm oatmeal in the 85 degree weather. That wasn’t so lovely but at least I had something delicious to eat. The catering truck only had turkey burgers and hot dogs and although it was past lunch in real-life schedules, it was only breakfast for us. “Lunch” was six hours later as usual and I was out picking up lots of petty cash for the entire wardrobe department. Let’s just say I didn’t feel entirely safe walking around with thousands of dollars of petty cash in downtown Detroit past sunset. But when I made my way back to set, I grabbed a plate of the veggie options on hand. After letting catering know the day before that I don’t do meat or dairy, they told me the options would be better last night and they were. I should be better at packing snacks by now though after learning that the only vegan options on Wednesday were corn (off the cob, probably canned, and white bread). Thursday’s meal had the first vegetarian protein yet, vegetarian baked beans. They also had a salad without mounds of parmesan poured on like previously, and fresh corn on the cob. I was much happier but still am worried about my lack of protein this week. I’ve only been packing raw food bars, such as Larabars and Pure bars, and been munching on all the fruit and veggies I can find at craft services near set (and bringing my own since ideally, organic would be best). I hope I didn’t overwhelm you with all the cons of eating in the film industry. Although some think it is glamorous, it really can be anything but. I was on a dock in the pouring rain until 4 a.m. this morning and when I came home, I crashed…hard. Today is the first time I’ve had a chance to come onto the computer to post and I miss blog reading like crazy.

So let’s talk a little about the good food I had last weekend.

Both nights of the weekend, we have made use of our new weber grill. Since V slept until dinner time on Saturday because of working until the a.m., I made sure to prepare a few things I know he loves. Ironically, he prefers kale chips over sweet potato fries. That is fine with me considering sweet potatoes are pretty much the ideal food in my mind.

Kale is one of the leafy greens I have in my possession most often. Spinach is the other. When our new neighbors told us they had a small garden in the city where they grow Kale, we confessed our love of the veg. We’ve been given two bunches already and used one for Kale chips Saturday night. The other simple components were sweet potato fries, chips and guac (a staple from a local mexican market nearby close to V’s heart), veggie and bison burgers, corn, and veggie kebabs. The last two were saved for the following night since we were already rather full by the time we had munched our way through the rest.

(please excuse my dirty Vans, I was running work errands all day)

The simplicity of this meal is pretty ridiculous, but sometimes it doesn’t take much to make your taste buds happy. Just give me a few of my favorite veggies, and I will usually be happy. Avocado, being a fruit, is definitely one I can eat daily. My daily apple and banana are others.

The weekend mornings involved stove-top oat making, since finding out our call times would me much too early for me to prepare oats for this week.

The plum I had bought was probably too firm, because it didn’t compare to my recent favorite peach topped oats. The blueberries were up to par, as always, as was the Naturally Nutty Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter. Into the pot went steel cut oats, coconut milk, half a banana, cinnamon, vanilla, chia seeds, and a pinch of salt.

Later, while V was still sleeping, I made banana bread with the bananas that were on their last leg.

the black hole in the center, caused by my impatience while testing its done-ness. oops.

This wasn’t just any banana bread, but Amanda’s Blissful Banana Bread. When V finally woke up from his slumber, he ate two pieces on the spot. We are both completely in love with this bread. I can’t believe the tiny amount of sweetener used either. Instead of picking up maple syrup the other day, I bought sorghum syrup by mistake. After searching my way around the internet to reassure myself it wouldn’t completely destroy Amanda’s recipe, I found it was similar to molasses. Since molasses are more potent that than maple, agave, honey, etc., I halved the amount of sweetener needed. It still was adequately sweet, dense, and tasty. Into the mix went sliced almonds and raisins. They added great flavor to the already wonderful bread that I need to make again soon. It has been eaten many nights (or early morning) after work by both of us and the loaf is long gone.

Another meal involved pizza on the grill. I’m still extremely interested in making my own dough, but the night before the first day of work, I was getting pre-shoot jitters and opted for the already prepared dough. V had two/thirds with all the same veggie toppings as myself, with extra cheese on top. I then cut off a third for myself and added the mozzarella daiya to try. It was much better than the cheddar I’ve tried previously, but I still think I prefer cheese-less pizza. Growing up, I wasn’t ever a pizza person, and would prefer focaccia, flatbreads, and even pasta when having italian carbs.

The dough was pre-cooked and then topped with Eden pizza-pasta sauce, the local company that is non-BPA and GMO free. Of course I made use of Angela’s Garlic Scape Pesto that I saved for the pizza topping and all the herbs in our little roof top garden. We had basil, rosemary, and chives that I added to the sauce ย mixture. The kebab veggies from the previous night were chopped up and placed on top. There was red pepper, mushrooms (for me only), red pepper, and yellow and green squash.

The corn that was grilled the night before wasn’t the best and this is probably because we couldn’t find any local farmer’s market corn. Although organic, it was from far away and that is ย not the best when it comes to corn, is it? The pizza though, was great. We both loved that the crust was chewy and crusty and the flavor of the fresh herbs and garlic scape pesto really brought it to the next level. On the side, we had a spinach salad with cucumber, carrots, avocado, and sesame seeds. On top, I later poured on Angela’s better than bottled balsamic, a favorite of both of ours.

Hopefully I can get in the kitchen more this weekend. My camera is being used by one of my coworkers so I can’t even post a few measly oats pictures today.

In the meantime, I would love to hear about some of your favorite made from scratch pizza dough recipes. If you have any recipes online, send them my way!

Oh, and I’d love to hear some of your favorite simple meals as well!

ciao for now.


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  1. Evan Thomas said, on July 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I wish I had a good pizza recipe, but I just use Bob’s. It’s so easy, because it’s gluten-free and whole grain. And I can make it vegan with a few flax eggs.

  2. mapledreams said, on July 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Don’t worry about your Vans! For white shoes…they are VERY clean..ya should see the state of mine!
    Shame the catering wasn’t very good..HOWEVER banana bread WINS xx

  3. Diana said, on July 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Hi! I’m loving your veggie kabobs… so colorful and summery ๐Ÿ˜€ Yummm at the banana bread, black hole and all; pizza too! I wish I had all those goodies ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. therabbitrunner said, on July 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    my favorite simple meal is just a sweet potato with almond butter or peanut butter (or both haha)

    Wow that sounds crazy – 6 a.m filming call! sounds kind of exciting and thrilling though!
    mmm your sweet potatoes look crazy good and now im craving corn because it just looks fabulous.

  5. Lauren @ Health on the Run said, on July 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Glad you’ve made it through your crazy week! Sorry the food options have been rough…hopefully it gets better next week. And the food you’ve been making looks amazing! Even your “simple” meal with the kabobs, sweet potato fries, etc — it looks like the perfect dinner to me!

    My favorite simple meal is usually just a mixture of sauteed and seasoned veggies over pasta or quinoa.

    Unfortunately I don’t have a homemade pizza dough recipe to share. But if you find one, I’d love to see it!

    Have a good weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Amanda @ . seek . said, on July 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Wowie, hun, that sounds like a pretty crazy food situation you have to deal with. I really admire you for being able to stick to your vegan diet under those kinds of circumstances; I imagine it can’t be easy. But at least you can still enjoy the occasional bowl of oatmeal, and your other meals look super delicious as well. I wish I had a good pizza dough recipe to share with you, but I’m currently looking for my own as well. I’ll let you know if I find a good one.

    I’m so glad you tried the banana bread and liked it! I wasn’t too sure if the little amount of sweetener would be enough, but I find that the bananas provide enough sweetness, and the maple syrup is just a lovely extra touch.

    Hope you’re doing well, and have a great weekend!

  7. Danielle said, on July 23, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    I am not the person for pizza dough recipes… I usually do store-bought or a tortilla. As for simple meals, each and every one is my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚ huge salads with avocado/eggs, roasted vegetables over quinoa, baked sweet potato and healthy refried beans, legume-based soups, and so on and so forth!

    Sounds like quite the crazy week you’ve had and I’m sorry that the food situation wasn’t easier. Hope you have a chance to prepare yourself this week! And if all else fails… and V happens to be sleeping… you could always bake more banana bread as a treat, and, you know, send some my way ๐Ÿ˜‰ it looks fantastic.

  8. Megan said, on July 24, 2010 at 8:03 am

    All your food looks so fresh and amazing! My favorite simple meal is definitely sweet potato fries (or just a sweet potato) with a veggie burger. And I am waiting for my bananas to turn brownish so I can make bread!!

  9. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com said, on July 24, 2010 at 10:03 am

    i wish the catering truck had more options!! there should have been more selections for vegetarians/vegans! urgh ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Dr. McDougall says greens and sweet potatoes are the two foods that are ideal for humans and they could live long lives if they only ate those two things, so im guessing if thats the truth, you and me will be set haha.

    mmm but i would have to add this protein to the list! THATS INCREDIBLE โค

    ps. i like ur dirty vans ๐Ÿ˜‰ comfy shoes are a MUST when running errands/ being on ur feet all day.

    take care girl, have a fabulous weekend โค โค

  10. actorsdiet said, on July 25, 2010 at 1:50 am

    i love your vans – in my opinion, the dirtier the better!

  11. Ameena said, on July 25, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    It must be hard to work such long hours and have so few eating options! I can relate…I’ve been to epic Indian wedding events when dinner is finally served at 11pm and there is nothing but meat. And bread. Nothing annoys me more.

    Simple meals are my favorite! You could easily bring pre-made quinoa mixed with black beans and salsa. I also like to steam some spinach or broccoli and toss that in there too. So tasty and easy to make ahead of time. I hope that helps Claire!

  12. wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas said, on July 25, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I love your post. A selection of fresh, whole ingredients on a plate is perfect for me on most days. It just feels so clean and healthy. I love to cook, but I also love the bonus of not having to clean up much after a meal of simple foods!

    I like kale, but I always, always find a bug in it.

    Are you not a fan of overnight oats? I can’t remember if you had written about that before. I get up at 3am on some days, and 5am on others, and I just put my oats in the fridge the night before and eat them at work. I might microwave for about 30 seconds, or not. If I don’t do that, I end up with horrible breakfast options. Office = donuts.

  13. Run Sarah said, on July 26, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Too frustrating about the limited eats! I make my oats in the microwave and sometimes prep the dry ingredients and just add water in the AM. My favourite simple meals are salads, fruit, and sandwiches on the go. Yogurt & berries or cereal as well.

  14. Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) said, on July 28, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Crazy stressful, but you made it work! It sucks to have to let things go sometimes especially with lack of food options etc. but luckily we all survive in the end. Your pictures make me hungry and your food looks delish!

  15. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) said, on July 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Everything looks amazing! Good grief I don’t know where to begin! You have been one busy lady and your eats look amazing!

  16. Rachael said, on July 29, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I know too well what it’s like to be limited with food choices in work situations – I used to work for an environmental non-profit, and surprisingly, I always ended up eating canned pineapple – the only vegan, gluten-free option available.
    My simple meal of choice consists of steamed zucchini, quinoa and chili sauce. It never fails to fill me up and just tastes good!

  17. Lori said, on July 30, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Everything just looks so so good. Especially that pizza. Wow. Oh and the banana bread. Sounds like you had an eventful couple of days! That’s good and bad, I’m assuming.

    Happy Friday!

  18. vegansunshine said, on August 8, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Hello there! I searched for vegan blogs in michigan and your blog popped up! I’m from the flint area and I enjoy following local blogs! Keep in touch!


  19. maggie said, on August 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm




  20. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com said, on August 23, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    hey claire โค hope ur summer has been going really well and uve been enjoying urself as much as possible! miss you love. take care XOXO

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