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My morning routine

Good morning everyone :)

I am sitting here in the midst of my morning routine and feeling so cozy. Every day, I wake up and trudge to the kitchen. Then I drop a handful of coffee beans into my burr grinder and press ‘Start.’ For about 10 seconds there is this insanely loud mechanical noise that infiltrates my ears, rattles my brain, and wakes me up. Merciless. I feel guilty because I don’t want awaken the housemates (but I need my coffee). So far, it hasn’t woken anyone up, but how, I have no idea. I transfer the grinds to the coffee maker and during the 3 minutes it takes to brew the coffee, I load or unload the dishwasher and tidy up the kitchen. Then, I pour the coffee into my giant handmade mug. I painted it with my friend Courtney this summer in one of those kiddy pottery places. It took three hours.

Makes me happy with every use.

I add either heavy whipping cream or half and half or whole milk to my coffee, depending on my mood and/or the fridge. If you haven’t had heavy whipping cream in your coffee, go do it. It is amazing. And no, it is not more high calorie because you need to use less of it to get the creamy effect of half and half or milk. Then I go to my room and cozy in my bed mattress pad on the floor, set my laptop on my belly, and sip my coffee. Usually, I read blogs and Al Jazeera, but if it is Friday then I am studying for my 8am biochemistry quiz.

Biochemistry. So far, so fine. But apparently I am going to have to memorize literally every detail of glycolysis and metabolism. He scared me so much that I dropped 6 units after the first lecture. For the first time in my life I am only taking 13 units of class. My classes are:

Animal Biochemistry: the teacher is really cocky, but kinda funny. Definitely a demanding class.

Food Chemistry: so far I have learned everything already in Ochem, so cool

Cultural Anthro: a freshman class, so it will probably be an easy A. The teacher is precious, he is this old man that makes little under the table jokes and says um every 4 words. His lectures are actually infuriating. His sentences aren’t very coherent and he is extremely hard to understand, but it’s all good.

Today is Saturday, which means it’s the big Davis farmers market! Y’all, this is seriously the coolest farmers market I have ever been to. Actually, the Austin farmers market is tied with it, but I am slightly biased…….. Perhaps I will take some pictures of it today and post them later.

For breakfast today I had

Crunchy Cauliflower Quiche

So good. I forgot the milk though, so thats why it’s not fluffier.

Recipe:

1/2 tbsp real butter

1 clove garlic

1/2 sweet onion

3 tbsp water

1 cup cauliflower

1 tbsp milk

1 tbsp parmesan cheese

1 tbsp cheddar cheese

1 egg, 2 egg whites

sea salt

whole wheat bread crumbs

Directions –

1. Preheat the oven to 375. Melt the butter in the pan and saute the onions and garlic until the onions until the begin to get soft. At this point, add in the chopped cauliflower and 3 tbsp water. Cook until water has burned off and the cauliflower is slightly soft.

2. In a bowl, mix the eggs with the milk, cauliflower mixture, cheese, and salt.

3. Grease a baking dish and pour in the quiche batter. Top with a heaping 1/4 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes, or until the egg has risen.

Benefits:

Eggs * the yolk is where all the nutrients are! It contains tryptophan, selenium, iodine, B vitamins, and phosphorous, many of which are necessary for optimal metabolism.

Cauliflower * a good source of vitamin C, K, potassium, fiber, and phosphorous!

Whole wheat flour * more B vitamins, fiber, folic acid, calcium, zinc, phosphorous, copper, and iron than white flour. Whole grains reduce your risk for diabetes and have also been linked to weight loss and maintaining a lower BMI.

Fruity Cobbler Muffins

Hi! I am sorry it has been so long since my last post; getting settled in Davis has been hectic. So far, I am really liking it here. I am living with 4 other junior transfers in a beautiful, two story house about 2 miles from campus.

There is Kristi, the tall azn with gorgeous cheek bones who’s a bit shy, but only at first.

There is Chelsea, the beauty with a boy-cut and a misleading voice. She sounds a little valley girl-esq but the girls got brains.

And Ruby, the sassy Filipino fire cracker with the loudest, most infectious laugh. :-D

And then there is Marissa, the super chill blond that I can talk politics with.

I love them all.

Anywhos, Pace called me today to tell me that he has already eaten the muffins. I made him 24. And this was 7 days ago. You do the math. I wasn’t planning on sharing the recipe, mainly out of laze, but he told me that his roommates were begging for it. Obviously, I am going to oblige.

Berry Cobbler Muffins

Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a muffin tin.

Take the carton of strawberries, wash them, and de-stem them. Cut them in half and put them into a bowl. Add 3 tbsp water. Microwave for 2 minutes, or until they have become a hot mush. Using a fork, mash them. Microwave longer if they are not completely soft and mushy.

Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another. Pour the wet over the dry and stir with as few swoops as possible. Pour into a greased muffin tin. Top with the crumble topping.

Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

Dry ingredients –

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

pinch salt

dash cinnamon

1 small carton blueberries

Wet ingredients –

1 carton of strawberries

1/2 to 1 cup milk (this depends on how much liquid the strawberries yield)

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

Crumble topping –

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Benefits:

Whole wheat flour * when you choose white flour over whole wheat flour, you are losing over half of the B vitamins, fiber, folic acid, calcium, zinc, phosphorous, copper, and iron. Whole grains reduce your risk for diabetes and have also been linked to weight loss and maintaining a lower BMI.

Blueberries * have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of all fruits and veggies. Their anthocyanidins counteract free radicals, which damage cells and tissues. One study demonstrated that blueberries improve memory and learning capacity in aging animals. They also protect against all forms of cancer, especially colon and ovarian cancer.

Cinnamon * In one study, after taking 1/4 – 1 tsp cinnamon daily for 40 days, all participants benefitted from a reduction of fasting blood sugar levels, blood triglycerides, and LDL (bad) cholesterol! It is very high in antioxidants and can help stabilize blood sugar levels, which will help prevent an insulin spike, and thus the storage of fat.