Sunday, February 2, 2014

My newest obsessions...

Okay. So I realized the hardest part of food styling is practicing patience and self-control while photographing the food and not eating it. I have recently developed two major food obsessions: flourless chickpea blondies and tofu scrambles (preferably not together).
My recent go-to meal has been tofu scrambles. The reason that I love them is because it is a great way to incorporate veggies and protein. Lately, I have been lacking a key component in my diet. This component is called protein. I have been getting back into running and have unintentionally been eating almost raw and vegan. The other day, around 10 at night, my stomach was rumbling and I had major hunger pains. I said to my roommate, "I am so hungry for some reason...I don't know why." To which my roommate responded "Here. Eat this apple that I found in my room." After I politely turned down my roommate's offer, I began to realize that most of my diet that day had consisted of salad and fruit and absolutely no protein. Not good. This is where the tofu scramble comes in. Not to mention that tofu scrambles take next to no time to cook and is incredibly easy. I chop up some onions and garlic and sauté them in some olive oil. I add whatever vegetables I have on hand (I really like zucchini, eggplant, carrots and or peppers especially) and then I add some salt and pepper. When all the veggies are cooked, I add some tofu to the pan and break it up (so that it resembles scrambled eggs) and continue cooking until the tofu is warmed through. Top with some avocado and some hot sauce if desired. Bam! Delicious and healthy meal.
My second newest obsession is flourless chickpea blondies. You would never guess the ingredient list: chickpeas, peanut butter, honey, salt, baking powder, baking soda and vanilla extract. Add all those ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. You can then add some chocolate chips, I also like to add chia seeds or peanuts or almonds. The result is pure decadence without the decadence. I gave some of the blondies to my friend Lauren who is gluten intolerant and she replied, "Oh my gosh Marissa! When are you going to open up your own bakery already?" I was very flattered. Other than the two recipes mentioned above, I haven't really had much time to bake. I am currently occupying my time with researching and writing three fifteen page papers: my first paper is a research paper where I am looking at the possible interaction between self-esteem and thin-idealized images on body satisfaction, the second paper is about how culture impacts psychology and the problems with the DSM-5 and my third and final paper is...wait for it....about the meaning of life. Heavy. I know. With all this mental energy, I tell myself, "Well, I NEED these blondies for brain fuel."
Well that is all I have for you lovely, lovely peeps.
The recipe for the blondies is from here:
http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2013/04/flourless-chocolate-chip-chickpea-blondies-with-sea-salt-vegan-gluten-free-healthy/
Again....sorry for the lack of pictures....the camera will come soon!!
When I am not studying and writing papers, I am procrastinating and taking pictures on my computer.....
Green Tea time!!!

My cat was right next to me so...picture time



I really love her.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Here's to you Ellyse!

Okay, I know. My last post was in September. I told you to stay tuned for fall recipes and none of that happened. I am very sorry to let you down. My excuse is school. Nothing you haven't heard before. School is kicking my butt big time this quarter. I am taking the last of my statistics classes (where I have to conduct my own experiment and complete a research paper on it), my capstone class (where we talk about different views in psychology, actually an interesting class) and positive psychology (where my professor asks us things like, "What is happiness?"). Whenever I tell other psychology students what classes I am taking, they say, "Jeez, why are you doing that to yourself? That's a big load." My answer is always, "because I want to graduate by spring." So in the days where I feel overwhelmed and find that I cannot read another sentence, I think about why I am here. I think about all the things I want for myself.

Unfortunately, I do not have another recipe for you just yet. I am trying to figure out my camera situation. And by trying to figure out my camera situation, I mean remembering to bring my camera from home....and the worst blogger award goes to Marissa! I hope you readers (all three of you) don't lose hope with this blog. I love this blog so much, I love sharing recipes, doing food styling and writing these posts. Sometimes I like to imagine that there is some person out there who stumbled upon my blog and decides to try one of my recipes. Or cracks a smile at one of my horrible jokes....Anyways, I am here to say, I haven't forgotten about you blog. I swear I haven't. Once I graduate this spring, I am back full force (that actually sounds a bit scary...).

Before I leave you, I wanted to dedicate this post to the beautiful Ms. Marx. Ellyse, my Australian roommate last quarter was one of the most beautiful, kind-spirited and funniest human beings I've ever met. Her sunny spirit and personality lit up my days and I will always think of her as a best friend. Lately, I have been feeling kind of down and hopeless (maybe it's winter blues), but I saw a card that Ellyse gave me before she went back to Australia, and it brought a tear to my eye (wow...this post is getting really cheesy really fast). I hope you don't mind that I post what you wrote me, love, it's just that your card helps so much.
So here it goes...
"Marissa, Marissa, my gorgeous Marissa...What to say about the most gorgeous girl in Bellingham? I LOVE YOU to the moon and back! I will always cherish your beautiful smile and kind spirit. I am truly blessed to have met such an amazing soul. But this is not goodbye-just see you later mate! I'll be saying "g'day" again in the very near future, I know it! Until then, chin up, smile because its contagious and always remember "there is no hard work that ever goes unrewarded". You are beautiful. Stand tall. You're gonna go far, kid...Look after Ryan (Gosling) for me! He loves it when you do the dishes...he loves it even more when you do yoga in the lounge room! Haha. All my love,
Ellyse"
I love you so much girl! So here is the lesson kids, go out and make an Australian best friend! No, I'm kidding (kind of), when you are feeling down, remember that you are loved and that you deserve admiration as much as the flowers!
All my love,
Marissa
Ohhh!! I almost forgot! I do have one picture for you! I recently bought some organic carrots at the farmer's market, and this little guy made it into my bag:) I named him Eddie and I loved him dearly...until he shriveled a week later...
Here we have Eddie with Little Felt Man next to the blender