Whoops I did it again. A manifesto.
Sometimes this happens. Actually this is really the first time it’s happened in 7-months to this extent. I haven’t been posting because I have had this weird aversion to food lately. Don’t fret, I’m eating, but nothing appeals to me. Nothing. I eat for the sake of eating. I don’t want fruit, I don’t want vegetables, I don’t want something too carby, I don’t want something hot. I don’t really know what I want (okay that’s a lie – the past two days all I want are pita chips and hummus).
This has obviously taken a toll on my creativity, my interest in blogging, and my interest and reading blogs (so please do NOT take this personal – I’m going to catch up). I have a feeling it’s because my vitamins are all effed up or something, as I haven’t been consistent in almost 2-months with taking them. I’m working on it. It’s the best explanation I can come up with. So, for all these reasons, I have not blogged or participated in blogging. I’m hoping this changes.
I’ve attempted to make awesome ice pops, which tasted amazing and got stuck in the popsicle mold. Fail.
However last night, for the first time in literally two weeks, I made a new dinner. We’ve been pretty much living off of frozen throw-togethers from Trader Joes until this point.
Mexican Polenta Casserole
- 1 polenta tube
- 1.5 cups frozen “Latino Blend” vegetables (corn, peppers, onions, black beans)
- 1 can of fire roasted tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup daiya (or cheez of your choice).
This was super simple. Preheat the oven to 350. Meanwhile, after oiling a pan, saute frozen vegetables until smelling fragrant over medium heat. Add entire can of tomatoes to vegetable mixture until begins to bubble. Lightly oil a casserole dish, then layer the bottom with slices of 1/4 inch of polenta slices, pressing into the bottom. Layer with 1/4 cup of cheez. Cover with vegetable/tomato mixture. Top with remaining polenta circles and remaining 1/4 cup of cheez. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes.
I think this was pretty tasty and so so so easy to make. And it was my first time using polenta! Honestly though, the vegetable/tomato mixture stole the show. The polenta added the right flavor and texture to beef it up. The Daiya was a fail. I love Daiya, but I think my food apathy is not a fan of it. I would have preferred a different cheese to take things up a notch, preferably of the pepper/jack variety? Any suggestions?
When I’m not dealing with food apathy crisis 2010, I’ve been hitting up hot yoga like crazy. I learned of the terrible things that happen when you go to hot yoga, in the heat of summer, not properly hydrated. Not doing that again. I also am cheating on my yoga studio with a studio that is around the corner from where I live (versus 15-20 minutes), currently promoting a $50 unlimited month (versus $15-17 a class), and where I am beginning to at least build a relationship with my teachers (class of 5-10 versus 25-50). While I love love love my regular studio, and this studio does not compare on many levels, I can’t say I’m not enjoying the pros of the current change. I think in the future I’ll probably juggle both studios, for convenience and love.
Anyhow, yoga and the message of “letting go” have totally become my mantra this week. An old friend, who I once was best friends with and haven’t spoken to in 4-years, jumped out of their car and stopped me in the middle of my run on Tuesday. He shared how much he missed our friendship and sincerely valued how great of friends we once were. In the past, I’m not sure how I would have responded to this. Considering the circumstances of our dissolved friendship, I’d mourned this friendship’s end long ago and went through all the phases of sadness, anger, etc. etc. But it was just so easy to let it go. And accept that the past was the past, and there was some good in that. And I missed our friendship too. And so we are moving forward, after four years. It’s something to think about.
And finally, I end with a few photos from where I spent my day today. At a coworker’s home, with her animals. I love animals, and I completely fell in love with her cat.
Have you ever had a random food apathy episode?! I’ll be catching up with your blogs this weekend, promise!! 🙂 Also I joined twitter, and am sort of embarassed? Are you on??