A Fresh Dille

getting back to it all

Posted in FOOD, MAGAZINES, SHOPPING, VEGAN, WORK by clairedille on September 30, 2010

It seems like there is a lot of catching up to do these days. I don’t just mean within the blog world, but also getting back to things I love. I have a pile of unread magazine issues that I am beginning to tackle. It is quite overwhelming.

This morning, I made scottish oats (always make these over steel-cut oats when I want to eat sooner rather than later) my usual way. Miss Mandiee asked me about my cooking method and it is really similar to the method of preparing my steel-cut oats.

First, I add one cup water Β and a sprinkling of salt to a small saucepan and cover it to boil on medium high heat. Once boiling, I add 1/4 cup scottish oats and lower the heat to very very low. Then I add in 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or another plant milk like coconut) and cover it for five minutes. Scottish oats take 20 minutes to cook compared to the thirty minutes it takes to prepare steel-cut. I add in thin slices of banana, chia seeds (1 Tablespoon), cinnamon (1/2 teaspoon), and a splash of vanilla extract throughout the twenty minutes. If I feel the oats thicken too much, I add up to 1/4 cup more of water. In the last five minutes of cooking on low heat, I chop the fruit of choice. Today I added 1/4 cup of pumpkin instead of water to my scottish oats and then added some stevia in the last few minutes of cooking. I then poured it into my bowl and topped it with strawberries, a chopped fig, and some raw almond butter. Honestly, oats really are the breakfast that keep me satisfied all morning. On days I go without for fun meals like pancakes and waffles, I become hungry much sooner. At least we can have a little excitement with all the add-ins to our morning bowl (cup, plate, mug) of oats.

I promise I don’t only eat bowls of oatmeal.

Falafel is one of my favorite foods, and I used an epicurious recipe earlier in the week to prepare a lot of mini falafel.

Although they may have baked a little too long, they were still delicious. In the last few days, I have eaten them both in wraps and topped on salads.

The shot above may give you a (big) hint to the movie that took over my man’s life all summer.

I made stuffed peppers utilizing a few leftovers, particularly butternut squash and whole wheat couscous.

One of my favorite blog ladies, miss Ashley at edible perspective has a great looking recipe here for stuffed peppers. I followed her method for the peppers and then stuffed them with cumin, coriander, cayenne spiced scallion couscous, red onion, butternut squash, and tomato paste.

Surprisingly, V doesn’t love peppers and I ate these alone. Even garnishing them with avocado, his favorite food, couldn’t get him to eat one. He did eat these though.

Kale chips are quite addicting and he has been known to eat a whole bunch himself with little to no help from myself. Notice the charming item in the background of that photo? Yes, that is movie “blood” Β on our table. We eat on a kitchen island in our apartment but the only place with light after 7 p.m. (other than the roof deck) is the table against the window that has been covered with all our work items.

Rather charming, eh? Really, “blood” is one of the main reasons I say our jobs are far from glamorous. Although I love working with clothing, covering them with blood is one of my least favorite parts. I just did three days as an additional costumer on a horror film and there was a little too much time spent in an incinerator room around “bloody body part” props for my liking.

Getting back to some savory eats…

Last night I made Kathy’s Smoky, Sticky, Sweet BBQ Sauce. This stuff was good, finger-lickin’ good. Although the sun had gone by the time we ate, I managed to shoot one photo of the covered tempeh.

On the side, we had Kathy’s Quick Sweet Potato Mash, switching inΒ our chives for the onion. The cayenne added a lovely kick we both enjoyed. There was a simple salad consumed as well.

Since this is such a photo heavy post, I will show one last meal. Today I made a spinach salad topped with bbq tempeh, our tomatoes, avocado, mung sprouts, leftover butternut squash, and radishes from our neighbors garden.

This is a perfect example of a meal featuring local greens and veggies that will make me miss summer produce so much.

Oh, and one last shot of something I am getting back to…

My fashionable self has definitely gone to the wayside and a few new purchases have been made to make up for the lack of shopping for myself in the last few months. Shoes are definitely one of my fetishes and I apologize if you are not into feet. Wedges are ideal for days I want the height but don’t want the discomfort from wearing heels. I am limited to flat closed toe shoes when on set, so I tend to stray from my flat boots and vans when not working. Yesterday I hit up the mall in these and was felt 100% myself. I got a nice new blazer (by one of my favorite simple lines, T by Alexander Wang) to dress up jeans and my favorite skinny cargos.

Tomorrow I hope to be back after some baking therapy, now that I got in some good ole’ retail therapy.


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  1. Eliza said, on September 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    hey lovie,
    First of all, those shoes are amazing! love them! And i love your method for making your oats, i love scottish oats as well, i can not remember the last time i made steel cut, which i adore too, yet i never am patient enough πŸ˜‰ well any way, your oats look delicious, i love your toppings and i swear i don’t only eat oatmeal too ;P lol…you’d think from my blog that i was bound to turn into oatmeal one of these days πŸ˜› haha…
    Your photography is gorgeousss, i am dying to make that tempeh dish, looks like a perfect dinner.

    lots of love,

  2. healthyexposures said, on September 30, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Looks like you’ve been cooking up some truly fabulous meals! And, heh…the blood looks like a great side dish πŸ˜› Seriously, though. The BBQ sauce looks like a great recipe. I bookmarked that for future use πŸ˜‰ The tempeh, too – and especially the stuffed peppers. I love my stuffed veggies, and peppers are no exception.

  3. Ashley said, on September 30, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    LOVELY photos!!!! πŸ™‚

  4. Lauren @ WWoB said, on September 30, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    you have the most amazing photography skills, and good taste in designers and shoes πŸ™‚ so glad youre back

  5. actorsdiet said, on October 1, 2010 at 2:23 am

    looooove those shoes. they’re so hot!

  6. thedelicateplace said, on October 1, 2010 at 8:38 am

    love those shoes, what brand are they? i’m slightly obsessed with jeffrey campbell and dolce vita

  7. Mary @ Bites and Bliss said, on October 1, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Ohhh the food looks so delicious! And those shoes are awesome πŸ™‚
    I’ve bever tried falafel but I clicked the link for the recipe after seeing your photos..I’ll have to give those a try!

  8. kbwood said, on October 1, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    wow your eats are AWESOME!! so fall-ish!!!

  9. Lauren @ Health on the Run said, on October 2, 2010 at 11:09 am

    It’s so good to see you back!! I missed you and your blog all summer. πŸ™‚ Glad you’re starting to feel like yourself again!

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, your photos are awesome. It makes your food look so delicious! (which I’m sure it is). I really want to try the BBQ tempeh and the falafels you made — both look amazing.

    And those shoes are awesome! I love wedges, especially with height because I’m short, but sometimes I’m not sure if I could really rock them….not like you do, anyway πŸ™‚

  10. Jessica said, on October 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm


    And all the recipe links! Definitely bookmarked the sweet potato mash for later use (maybe when I’m home over thanksgiving break?)…although I do wish I could make those falafels, but I’m without a food processor!

    Great post πŸ™‚ Glad to see you and your gorgeous bowls of oatmeal back!

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