Namely… X, Q, and Z.
For the X, I intended to get my hands on some Xagave… never mind that I’m not even sure I can have it. I went to the only store around here that supposedly carries it… and wouldn’t you know, I forgot to even check for that. Oh, well. My Alphebruary, my rules: I can use xanthan gum, because even though I have used it before, I’ve never found a way to use it that didn’t totally gross me out.
So I blended up a smoothie… a banana, special dark cocoa powder, whey protein, crushed ice cubes, and the tiniest bit of xanthan gum.
You know what I hate about xanthan gum? I can taste it. It’s kind of … slimy. Maybe if I used it in bread or something, it wouldn’t be an issue, but I still can’t stomach it in smoothies. Neeeext.
I saw this in the grocery store a couple of weeks ago, and I got all excited because it starts with a Q.
That excitement was moronic, but I’ll get to that in a minute. First, these straws. I stuck one into a glass of Almond Dream.
It was fine, I guess. Just slightly chocolate-flavored, and I would have preferred it stronger. And I’m not big on drinking things other than water (and crack, but that’s a category all its own).
The misplaced excitment was moronic because it completely slipped my mind in the moment that I had an unopened box of red quinoa at home, which I’d just never gotten around to trying. And for my purposes, it is hereby known as quinoa, red.
Stir-fry! I know, I know, shocking. There are always random bits of vegetables that I need to finish, and that’s just the easiest way. On a bed of steamed baby bok choy leaves and red quinoa: baby bok choy stalks, shredded cabbage, baby peppers, baby bellas, and edamame, stir-fried with peanut oil. At first, I thought that the red quinoa tasted exactly the same as any other quinoa I’ve ever eaten… but then I decided it was a little sweeter. Not really the right word, but… you know how quinoa has that slightly bitter taste, even if it’s rinsed? This didn’t have that. Now, personally, I don’t mind that in regular quinoa; but for someone who does, this would make a good substitute. And, hey — it looks pretty. 😉
And, finally, the Z… I decided that since I’ve never made it before, zucchini bread qualified. I made two mini loaves — one for me, and one for my brother to thank him for resuscitating my mini. (He’s a miracle worker; everything is still on there!!)
Except that, um, I kind of invented the recipe as I went along. So I obviously had to taste it before I gave it to him. Just to ensure I wouldn’t indavertently kill him… he is my favorite brother, after all! 😉
There was a little too much ginger in it. Which isn’t a problem, I suppose, if you like ginger. I don’t hate it, but I’d definitely cut back on it next time!
Since my senioritis is getting worse by the hour, I’m probably going to just end up watching the Oscars tonight. Even though I don’t really care about it, since I haven’t seen any of the movies. But… pretty dresses! Sparkly things! The magpie in me likes to come out to play. 😉
Sort of related to play… I heard about on the radio last week that Wonderland is coming to Broadway! I wanna goooo… then again, considering that I’ve been wanting to see Wicked for years, I’m guessing that won’t be happening any time soon. I have a talent for honing in on expensive things, apparently.
Happy Everyone’s-Favorite-Day-of-the-Week (well, not mine)!
“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.”
~Frank A. Clark
…and um, yeah… I kinda signed up for a 5K today. I’m clearly insane. But we’ll discuss that some other time.