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I think I need another food snob week

A while ago, I tried an experiment, where I tried to be incredibly discerning in what I ate, not just in searching for objectionable ingredients, but making the entire eating experience engaging to all the senses. It was fun and I had some great meals and developed slightly better habits regarding free snacks at work.

Well, I think it’s time I did that again. Pictures will probably go up on A Little Wild, if I bother to move them from camera to computer. That’s been something I’ve neglected lately. I’ve just been feeling overwhelmed with life, in general. I applied for some jobs, hoping maybe a job offer would help me light a fire to get my degree work done.

Saturday, I’m going to henna my hair. I did a first application a couple weeks ago, kind of a proof-of-concept with the leftover Jamila henna I had in the freezer from when I used to do my toenails. It worked nicely, although it pretty much only shows up on my grey hairs. I bought some organic Rajasthani henna, which is supposed to give burgundy tones, so it might actually change my overall hair color a little.

I’ll post pictures and thoughts when I have some sort of result.

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A Week In Pictures

This past week, I was solo in the apartment while my husband was away at a conference.  Combine the boredom of spending my nights socializing with a beagle and the pile of undone dishes leftover from the “hurricane” while the power was out, and I had little motivation to do much besides sit and watch Netflix and eat very simple food.  But I still managed.

Baked salmon, roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts

This was what I made for dinner the night that I sat around and watched Sex and the City 2.  People really disliked that movie, but if you look past the flash and, well, Samantha’s entire character (caricature?), it actually has some sweet plot points.  And it brought back Aiden, whom I’ve always disliked.

I did invite some friends over for a chicken dinner and board games (though we ended up watching How to Train Your Dragon instead).  But I didn’t take pictures of that.

Fried eggs over creamed spinach

I did take a picture of dinner the night I stayed in and watched Letters to Juliet.  It is a testament to the sheer amount of Top Gear I watch that I saw the scene where they’re driving through the countryside early in the film and immediately noticed… that they’re driving a Fiat 500.  What?  They’re cute cars.

Then my man came home and I was over the moon happy.

Pancakes with berry compote and cream

So I made brunch.

Monday Morning Musings

{I know I’m posting rather close together, especially for a Monday morning, so don’t miss my post on soaked whole wheat bread, a la Passionate Homemaking!}

Good morning.  Happy Monday.  Yeah, I agree, let’s all go back to bed.  While I love a good, busy weekend, it definitely puts me more in the mood for to sleep in a be a slug on Monday morning.

So, the weekend.  Newly recommitted to the idea of traditional foods, I woke up, all ready to make soaked whole wheat waffles.  Which proceeded to fuse irretrievably to my waffle iron.  Okay, then.  Soaked whole wheat pancakes it is.  Although there was some swearing involved; I don’t do well with snags in my breakfast plans when I’ve just run 5 miles before 9 a.m. in the sticky awfulness that passes for August weather in the DC suburbs.  Pancakes were amazing, not least due to the liberal amounts of cream dolloped on them.  But you all know about that already.

Saturday evening, husband and I took my mom out for a late birthday dinner at Victoria Gastropub.  Yumminess.  We had poutine and asparagus fries and then I had lobster grilled cheese.  I saved half of it so I could get dessert (three tiny, perfect scoops of homemade gelato in coffee, chocolate, and hazelnut) and a cup of vervaine tisane, but then I ended up sticking my leftover sandwich half under the broiler and eating it at 8:30 after we got home.  So much for leftovers.

But that’s okay because Sunday we had much food festivity planned.  We were going to a cookout/baby shower, and I was bringing salad.  So I got up, did my yoga, discovered that my wrist is seriously not happy, so I’ve had to delete vinyasa connectors and Surya Namaskar from my life for a while, and then made some poached eggs with pesto and oatmeal with butter and apricot compote for breakfast.  Then, off to the markets and home again, home again to put together a massive salad.

That's a large cutting board.

Made with massive cucumbers.  The guy at the market just called them “Armenian cucumbers.”  They’re kind of awesome-looking, but mostly just taste like a cucumber.

Salad and party turned out well.  It rained/stormed, but there was enough room to move things indoors and out as weather allowed.  The hostess was thrilled with green salad, as she didn’t already have anything of that sort.  And I ate an uncountable number of Nutella-stuffed mini-cupcakes.  Oops.

Back home, I made salad (leftover) and soup for dinner.  Just chicken stock, leeks, carrot, celery, salt, pepper, and cream.  Had leftovers for my lunch today.  And we watched Lost Boys, which was eighties-tastic.

Mmmm... soup.

Which brings me to Monday morning, where I didn’t do yoga, didn’t go to the gym, and didn’t even shower.  It was the kind of weekend that was utterly satisfying and fun, but left me feeling like doing the bare minimum before going into work.  Where I don’t even really need to be since things are still under construction.  But I ate breakfast, hauled my butt in, and fixed myself up a cup of pu-erh tea (hipster WAPF-er says I’m so traditional, even my tea is fermented) and a piece of coconut oil fudge, which I’ve stashed in the office fridge to keep me from the tender charms of the candy jar.

So far, it’s working.  So how’s your weekend-end?

Ye gods, she’s back!

So yeah. It’s been a while. Hi.

Where have I been (besides Rome, but you knew that)? Well, I’ve been playing with other things. Other diet ideas. Neglecting my herbs, but being more diligent about my yoga.
I’ve been exercising. Lifting weights. Running. Jumping and cartwheeling and dodging and bending (seriously). It’s been a wild couple of months.
Which brings me back here. Because I’ll always be a wild woman at heart. Who knows where I’ll go with this, but I think maybe I should try to update here more often. Maybe share some recipes. Some thoughts.
For example: I’ve come to the realization that trying to stick wholly to traditional foods, in the Nourishing Traditions vein, causes me to gain weight. There, I said it. And it’s not friendly, look at my beautiful womanly curves weight, either. I am a small-framed person with a naturally thin body type. Excess weight hangs around my belly and rear like teenagers at the movie theater. And it does nothing for how I feel about myself. So yeah, I’m not going to go vegan and start eating corn-syrup-laden fake foods, but I’m going to start going a little easier on the bread-and-butter and steak. More salads. Fewer desserts.
So, hi. I guess I’m back. Be seeing you.

Breaks and Travels

Well, it’s been almost a month since I’ve posted. My readers will be glad to know I’m still cooking, still going on wild jaunts, and still dosing my coworkers with herbal remedies. And I’ve also just come home from over a week in Rome. So nine days of Italian food, Roman ruins, European sun, and leisure time has left me inspired and refreshed, ready to get back in the kitchen. Of course I took lots of pictures. There are no diets or rules when I go to Europe, so expect to see a fair amount of bread, pasta, and pastries. But I feel great, and I’m ready to try to bring Roman leisure time and voluptuousness into my every day life.

Why Hello There

Hello there, my long-neglected readers. I’ve been terribly busy, what with having a birthday last week, and haven’t had a chance to update much at all. Rest assured that I have new recipes and herbal topics to cover soon.

Otherwise, what I’ve been doing:
I had my birthday party a week ago, which included homemade snacks and a beautiful homemade layer cake. No, not really healthy, but very very delicious.
I had my birthday lobster with my grandmother yesterday! It’s quickly becoming a yearly tradition, since I like lobster a lot more than I like most desserts. I had broth-based clam chowder, steamed lobster, mussels, broccoli, chorizo, a few bites of Boston cream pie, and a cup of Moroccan mint tea. Yum.
I’ve also been out way more than usual. I went out tango dancing Wednesday night at an awesome little bar in DC. Then, last night, I was out past midnight at a party. It was fun, but I can’t wait to get back to bed early, waking early.
For the coming week, I’ve decided that my birthday festivity week led to a little more sugar and junk food consumption than I’d like. So I’ve decided that for a week, I’m going to try to be a total food snob. If it’s not great food, I’m not eating it. We’ll see how that goes!
Coming soon to Wild, not Wise:
Spinach Pesto Meatballs
An introduction to the newest addition to our apartment
My portable herbal pharmacy
See you later in the week!

A Monday Morning Kind of Post

It’s Monday morning. Always a good time to take stock of what you’re been doing and where you’re going. Last week, I did lots of blogging, lots of cooking (as usual) and even started researching and writing my next Wellness the Wild Woman Way article. This in addition to my normal job. I hope I can continue my productivity this week!

I also made a nice big Mountain Rose Herbs order. I highly recommend them for all your herbal/natural needs. They have lots of nice, bulk dried herbs, spices, teas, oils and butters, and other supplies for herbal healing and natural living. I ordered a pound of pink Himalayan sea salt because I love the little jar my mother gave me for the holidays. And I got some peppercorns and paprika because I use them until I run out and then have not-as-fun food. I also ordered some more sage (my favorite stress-relief herbal ally!), some peppermint leaf, and some lemon balm, along with some small, corked jars so that I can bring some dried herbs to work to make healing herbal teas without going home. I’ll blog about my office-apothecary set when I get it done.
Today is Valentine’s day (or Lupercalia, or some extension of Imbolc, if you prefer), and I’m cooking a nice meal. I also made a soaked cherry-chocolate-chip loaf for the office. I’m also starting a capoeira class tomorrow night. So I guess my goals for the week are to keep busy, keep active, and keep blogging!