Happy Monday! The last couple weeks have really flown by; the first summer school session is almost over! I have been working on continuing to be a Yes Woman, and it has been fairly successful. On a whim, I drove to the state capital and met a new friend at the state fair on Wednesday night. We went on most of the rides, including my favorite – the one where you lean up against the wall as the room spins faster and faster to the point where you can turn side ways and upside down without falling off. On Thursday, I cajoled one of my hardest-to-convince-to-go-out friends to see some live music with me and try my favorite ice cream at the local creamery… avocado coconut! Finally, on Saturday, my roomy and I drove to San Francisco for food, exploration, and to meet up with Natalie from Cinnamon Bums! We went to the farmers market and I purchased a fabulous lox sandwich for lunch. It had crisp sourdough, cream cheese, tuna lox, slivered red onion, yellow tomato slices, and walnuts. Unique, no?
We sat down to chat while I ate and ended up talking for so long that when we stood up to return to the farmer’s tents, the whole place was cleared out! Desolate! As it turns out, Natalie is just as cute, witty, brilliant, and charming in real life as she is on her blog. :) It was amazing how easy it was to talk with her, despite never having met before. Of course blogging and food was discussed, but most of our conversation revolved around life on the different coasts, our [uncertain] futures, school, relationships (slash-lack thereof), and… secret societies! After saying good bye to Natalie, Kristi, her friends Tiff and Vince, and I went for ice cream at Bi-Rite. Apparently it is muy famoso, and now I understand why. It really is just. that. good.
In the last few months, and especially last few weeks, it seems as though I have been connecting with people more and in a deeper manner (at least, I feel that way!). This weekend, it seemed as though every conversation I partook in left me feeling both stimulated and at peace, and as though I had grown. I am not sure if it is that I have been surrounded by a different type of person than in the past, or if there is something different with me, but I am loving the outcome either way. My favorite topic of discussion this weekend was the imagination’s role in true love. Tiff’s boyfriend was talking about the book he was reading, Intimacy and Solitude, and said that it talked (“in the man-hating chapter”) about how women tend to be more empathetic than men and use their imagination for the benefit of their relationships. He said it had never occurred to him that imagination is an element of relationships. I think I do.. when you deeply love someone, you put yourself into their shoes, mind body and soul, so that you can figure out what their deepest needs, desires, fears, and hopes are. By recognizing those things, you can help them achieve or overcome them. Imagine every person as a composition of puzzle pieces, but we are all missing a few here and there. An edge piece on our arm, and perhaps a few middle pieces around our heart and mind. Our significant other can help us find the pieces and fill those gaps. Dependence seems to be bred when the other person becomes the pieces, rather than helping their other find their own.
Uhhhhh… anywho! Breakfast this morning was bomb? I was too lazy to make a homemade crust for the quiche, so I simply used a slice of whole wheat bread as the base!
Southwestern bread quiche with corn on the cob
Recipe: Serves 1
For the quiche-
1 slice whole wheat bread
2 egg whites
1 tbsp sour cream
1-2 tbsp onion, chopped
1/2 green jalapeno, chopped [seeds removed]
~4 cherry tomatoes, chopped
dash salt, pepper, and fajita seasoning (chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic salt, cayenne, red pepper flakes)
1/4 cup cheddar (or ‘Mexican blend’) cheese
For the corn-
1 corn on the cob
sliver of butter
fajita seasoning (chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic salt, cayenne, red pepper flakes)
salt & pepper, to taste
Directions – Preheat the oven to 375. Peel back the husk of the corn, remove the hairs, and rub with butter and spices. Replace the husk (or just wrap in tin foil). Place in the oven and bake at 375 for about 30 minutes, or until roasted to your liking.
While that is baking, grease a Pyrex dish and place a slice of bread at the base (I tore off a bit to make it round). In a bowl, mix together the eggs, spices, and sour cream. Fold in the veggies. Pour the mixture on top of the bread and top with cheese. Put into the oven with corn. It is done when the eggs have puffed up and everything looks cooked! Perhaps about 30 minutes.
Tomatoes * also contain a LOT of vitamin A and C. Vitamin A is a potent antioxidant that has been shown in studies to reduce the effects of smoking. This does not mean it is okay to smoke, but if you do, it is a VERY good idea to make sure are getting lots of vitamin A daily. Tomatoes are also rich in lycopene, which has been proven to halt the growth of cancer cells!
Onion * Contains quercitin, an antioxidant that halts the growth of tumors! Also, studies have linked regular onion consumption with lower cholesterol and reduced risk of colon cancer. A prime source of chromium.
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. The egg white has 6 grams of complete protein!