Tuesday, June 19, 2012

WIAW -- Deirdre Eats...

I can't believe it's Wednesday again! Mid-way through June, whew! Time is flying by...Alternating weeks, Tamar and I participate in What I Ate Wednesday hosted by Jenn from Peas & Crayons. If you like to be inspired, see how other people mix, match and make it through the day with food as their companion check in here and on Peas & Crayons for an eyeful of yummy goodness.

If you've been following us for a while you'll see my breakfast staple in my food diary never varies (okay, rarely varies and only to the extent of fresh or frozen blueberries and if I don't have a banana (gasp!) I will slice up a pear, apple or whatever fruit I've got that is ripe.)

Here is my fabulous and favorite breakfast to get me going everyday:

And don't worry- I don't eat the plant, it just makes me think I'm in the tropics along with that almond-coconut milk blend. So what I've got there is Ezekiel cereal, blueberries, bananas, alt-milk and a splash of flax-oil for me brain. (It has those essential omegas.)

After breakfast I did an hour long yoga practice with Elena Brower on Yogaglo who has the most calming effect on me. I adore her. I am a yoga instructor, but I really enjoy shutting off that part of my brain and just tuning into someone else's instruction.

Then I take a seat at my desk and write, write, write about...you guessed it FOOD!

For lunch I had a bowl of Creamy Broccoli Soup. It was leftover from dinner and I topped it with onion straws and a sprinkle of cheese.

Creamy Broccoli Soup

by Deirdre
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes or so
Ingredients (4 Servings)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of butter or butter-alt
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 carrots- peeled and sliced
  • 2 broccoli crowns - sliced
  • Optional: any other veggies you have on hand that need to be used (corn, potatoes, peppers, celery, etc.)
  • 4 cups of milk or milk-alt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1-2 cups of cheese
  • Optional: onion straws

In a large soup pot melt butter over medium heat.
Stir in onions and cook until translucent (about 5 minutes)
Stir in garlic and cook (about 2 minutes more)
Add flour and stir until it forms a paste.
Heat milk until luke warm (I use the microwave)
Add milk 1/2 cup at a time allowing mixture to thicken
Add veggies
Heat water until luke warm (or get warm from the tap)
Add water 1/2 cup at a time allowing to thicken.
Cook until veggies are soft (about 10-15 minutes)
Remove from heat.
Use an immersion blender to blend soup (or use a blender *but blitz in small batches...hot liquid and the blender can cause a big hot blow up!)
Add cheese
Ladle and top with some more cheese and or onion straws and a sprinkle of pepper.
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The afternoon called for a pick-me-up so my girls and I baked Banana Snacking Cake from Nicole of Local Sugar Hawaii (one of my favorite blogs written by a lovely gal who has a real way with words.) We made a few modifications to her original recipe. It was moist and the coconut topping gave it added sparkle. I require added sparkle as frequently as possible, especially in the afternoon, I tend to get slumpy.

*The changes I made: added 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup brown sugar, upped the buttermilk to about 3/4 cup (just added until it looked more moist) used Ener-g egg replacer instead of eggs and for the first half hour of baking I covered with foil, then removed for the last 10 minutes.

Dinner came a while later and I prepared a variation of Simple Summer Spaghetti from the Better Homes and Gardens June 2012 issue.

*My changes: I used cellentani - corkscrew pasta, added white beans, regular tomato instead of grape tomatoes and I added summer squash as well.

And for dessert: my very own container of So Delicious...and Yes- I did eat it right out of the carton, it was after all mine!

Happy Summer- hope you get your hands on your very own container of your favorite cold and creamy summer treat!

Bon Appetit,


  1. I love broccoli soup! Seeing your picture has sparked a major craving!

  2. Creamy deliciousness...not on a hot summer day, but well, actually I could almost imagine it chilled. hmmmm.

  3. That DOES look like one awesome brekfast! :)
    Your dinner has got me craving pasta! :D

    1. It is so simple and relatively light and adaptable- just add whatever veggies you like!

  4. I'm going out and buying EZekial cereal ASAP-that looks so delicious and it's so healthy! As does the soup:)

    1. Ha! My family jokes that I eat twigs (the cereal) and berries for breakfast. The ezekiel is so wholesome, but most would say it is an acquired taste.

  5. I really want to try SoDelicious Cookie Dough Ice Cream - I have heard nothing but good things about it

    1. Oh haven't tried that one yet. Will have to check it out for sure!

  6. That banana cake got my attention! But everything else looks yummy too!

    1. It is delicious! I was tempted to add coconut to the batter...It is so adaptable- I think choco would be tasty too:) Though then I guess it would just be cake. LOL!