Tuesday, July 1, 2008

no canada day cake nor beer here

There's a reason I haven't been posting this past week... and a reason I haven't been around to your blogs. It is a very good reason, but we'll get to that in a moment. For now, here are the handful of beautiful things I've eaten recently. That salad up there was way back on Father's Day, but it was so delicious and so lovingly assembled by my own sister that it has to get blogged. You can't see it for all the chunky/sumptuous organic veg on top, but she bought one of those salad mixes with furry bites of mint and even flowers in it - so posh! All it needed was a squeeze of orange and some sesame oil to make it sing. And also cashews on top!

This is my Om-inspired meal. The bean salad component was actually made at 3 in the morning, the night I got in from camping. No, not shower first, oh no... beans need time to marinade of course! And then the next day I threw together this miraculous pilaf with apricots and cumin seeds that tasted WAY better than I ever could have predicted (what did I do??? It just started melting in one's mouth!), and an addictive tahini-dressed salad with radish greens, red onions, yellow beets, parsley and cucumber.

I think the best part of this was my mother's roommate admitting that she didn't need to make that eggy frittata after all, it was a complete meal on it's own. (duh!). No, actually, the best part was the leftovers.... mmmmmmm.

And this is a last meal of sorts. Pretty good for a last meal, though, eh? The sushi ginger was even the fancy kind I had stored away with shiso leaf in it, ooooooh. And it's probably okay that we polished all this off between two people because..........

It's MASTER CLEANSE time! - nothing but lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and mint tea for 10 whole days. Who'da thought I'd ever do it? Actually, it's going okay. I'm on my 5th day right now, and since P and I are both doing it at the same time, it's been really supportive and fairly easy. I'm not even light-headed anymore, and I have zero cigarette cravings. I can't believe I used to poison myself like that, tsk... not when my skin looks this good right now! Things I have noticed, however:

* one must budget heavy-lifting/long walks in proportion to nap times
* limes are totally allowed and taste way better
* eating food seems weird to me now
* I miss alcohol and coffee, though :p
* P is crazy for wanting to do this for 14 days. It's peach season, after all! Expect 5 more days from me and then back to wanton baking/stirring/blending/concocting of actual real FOOD, I can't wait!

16 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

You're ALWAYS eating beautiful/delicious food - love the look of it all!!

Good luck with the rest of your cleanse!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

How brave of you to do a cleanse! I often think about it, but I'm not really sure how to do it while working...

kindkitchen said...

Good luck on your cleanse! I would love to do one, but I only lasted about 2 days on ETL, so I don't think my fate would be good on the Master Cleanse... You, however, are halfway there!!

The salad looks beautful. The Omm insoired meal and sushi look awesome, too.

Cyn said...

Oh, yum! What will we do without your awesome food pics while you're cleansing? :)

Theresa said...

Ooh, master cleanse. I can't wait to hear the final report.

That sushi looks really yum, as does everything else!

Leigh said...

Keep us updated on how your cleanse is going!
I really like that maple syrup container, it's so cute. Much cuter than the maple syrup containers here in the U.S.

Erin said...

The bean salad/pilaf/tahini meal looks SO delicious. And the plethora of sushi. You are braver than I to try the master cleanse! Good luck on completing it.

Carrie said...

Good for you! I've wanted to do the master cleanse for awhile now but I keep talking myself out of it...and all that sushi looks amazing!

Jes said...

Oh man, good luck with the cleanse. I admire your gestalt (and gumption!). In between no alcohol or coffee, I can't do it. Been talking about it for almost two years now, but no dice.

Could you e-mail me the bean recipe? I've been wanting to get into the more salady/pickled side of life but have no idea where to start. It looks great! (jes@sopobikes.org)

Katy said...

Wow, I don't think I could ever do the master cleanse. I'm excited to hear your thoughts when you finish though.

That sushi looks awesome!!!

Rural Vegan said...

That salad is gorgeous. There's no way I could post that in the middle of a cleanse and not start eating. Good for you!

aTxVegn said...

I admire your strength for doing the Cleanse now. I am totally into peaches right now.

Your sushi always looks fabulous!

mad about udon said...

Good luck with the cleanse! It sounds tough but I know you can do it! And I'm sure the benefits at the end will make it all worthwhile. Oh, and the salad at the top nearly made my head explode from its probable deliciousness. WANT.

Kelleen - Picks Over Peas said...

That sushi looks incredible- love the variety! And that bean salad...yummmm! Can't wait to hear how you feel after your cleanse. I certainly don't have the restraint required for that so will have to live through you vicariously!

sarchan said...

Good luck with the cleanse--and brush your teeth scrupulously! All that maple syrup.

I'm really into interesting salads right now, and that is lovely. The sushi also looks great.

Pink Theory said...

lovely! As I've been mentioning to other bloggers, sushi and salads are my favorite right now to beat the heat...so your post is really making me hungry! I just love colorful salads.