Monday breakfasts are hard. Every Sunday night, I’m hit with a solid case of Monday-is-imminent blues, and this severe case of nearly-Monday-itis makes it unlikely that I’m going to prep tomorrow’s breakfast that night. Then Monday morning arrives, and if I can make coffee and stand in front of the fridge blinking my tired eyes, that’s a success. Luckily this breakfast practically assembles itself, with some earlier in the weekend prep work.
This winter we’ve been picking up pomegranates at the farmers’ market or at the grocery store, depending on how much time there is in the week. J takes on the chore of opening the pomegranates and separating the arils during the weekend, and then all week we have a bowl full of pomegranate seeds to dip into for snacks, salad toppings, or a simple breakfast like this one.
I tend to go through breakfast ruts, totally content to have every Monday through Friday start with the same comforting dish. I’ll have oatmeal with banana and almond butter for weeks on end. Last winter I ate this wheat berry breakfast bowl with pears and cranberries from November to March. In the summer I’ll eat this blueberry and cheddar cereal bowl every single morning of blueberry season. This winter, my breakfast love has been Greek yogurt topped with pomegranate seeds and chopped walnuts. The yogurt and walnuts keep me full even on late lunch days, and the bright zing of the pomegranate seeds makes the morning feel less gray, less like I’m stuck in the long stretch of dark winter days and more like summer is just an airline ticket away.
On a particularly ambitious occasion, I made a bunch of tiny ziploc bags of pomegranate seeds and chopped walnuts, and brought the single serving packs plus a big tub of Greek yogurt into work. A guaranteed easy breakfast all week, even on a day when you’re lucky to arrive at the office wearing matching shoes.
I made you cinnamon rolls!
Er… Hi. Remember me? It’s kind of been a year. 13 months if we’re being exact. But that’s why I brought cinnamon rolls! To help jog your memory.
2013 was a whirlwind of work, life, wedding planning, seven cross country trips, marrying my best friend, an incredibly honeymoon to Fiji, and a Sunday that was 41 hours long. Through it all, I cooked and baked, but I didn’t share any of it with you. I missed this space though, and I’m happy to reclaim it.
So, cinnamon rolls. I know it’s January, but if you’re looking for resolution recipes, allow me to point you here or here or here. I love salads and vegetable soup and stir fries as much as the next girl, but how often have you welcomed someone with a bunch of kale? Don’t get me wrong, if you show up on my front door with a bunch of kale, I’m going to happily bring you inside, put it in the fridge (to make into this salad later), and then feed you a cinnamon roll. Seriously, cinnamon rolls are a much nicer welcome for the new year.
I wish you a 2014 full of cinnamon, sugar and other sweet things. Hope to see more of you very soon.
It has taken me nearly a week to get a handle on my race last Sunday at the California International Marathon. All the runners who lined up at the start knew what they were getting into. I’m sure everyone else had spent the week before obsessively checking the weather too, thinking that there was still time for the chance of rain to become something less than 100%. By 6AM on Sunday, standing in the dark at the start with thousands of other equally crazy runners, I knew we’d be running in the rain. I knew it was likely parts of … Continue reading
Fall at the farmers’ market has a whole different feeling, and while I miss the fresh berries terribly, I do love how forgiving fall produce can be. I lugged home a heavy bag today, filled to the brim with butternut and delicata squashes, onions, garlic, a bottle of apple cider and several pomegranates. One of my pomegranates escaped and went rolling down the sidewalk in front of me, but I just scooped it up and it was really no worse for wear. Fall produce can be just as pretty as it’s spring and summer brethren (I love the colors of … Continue reading
You probably don’t need another chocolate chip cookie recipe. I grew up in a house where my mom always kept the cookie jar full. Chocolate chip cookies were a staple, as were her oatmeal scotchies. I needed a new chocolate chip cookie recipe though, because my mom’s recipes never taste quite right when I make them. My mom’s rolls are a perfect example of this unfortunate phenomenon. She swears her rolls never taste the same as her mother’s even though they use the same recipe. I’ve only attempted to make my mom’s rolls once in my own kitchen, and they … Continue reading
Once I’d discovered how easy spring rolls were to prepare, vegetable dumplings jumped to the top of my list. These are a much more significant time investment than the spring rolls, but they freeze beautifully. I made a batch of about 60 while watching an episode of Bones on my laptop (so 45 minutes, give or take). My first try with dumplings, I followed this recipe for golden potstickers from 101 Cookbooks. I always trust Heidi to carry me safely through any new recipe or technique with carefully crafted instructions. I bought gyoza wrappers at Berkeley Bowl (same aisle as … Continue reading
I’d almost forgotten about this race. I signed up for the lottery on a whim and was shocked when I got the email that said I’d gotten into the race. I’m training for CIM (the California International Marathon) in December, so my goal for this race was to use it as a training run. I wanted to run 10:00 minute/mile (my marathon goal pace) for the whole race and end up at the finish line feeling like running another 13.1 miles was possible. I’d heard some horror stories about this race being incredibly crowded, and the expo did nothing to … Continue reading
When we planted the garden this year, along with the zucchini plant, the tomatoes, the basil and kale, we had a lone eggplant seedling. I really didn’t think we’d have much luck with it, but our neighbor thought it would be fun to try. Last year’s “fun to try” plant for the garden gave us more than 100 serrano peppers, so perhaps I should have been more optimistic about this little eggplant seedling. Our little seedling has given us nearly 12 small eggplants so far this season. I’ve made eggplant parmesan and eggplant sauce with sweet corn polenta. When I … Continue reading
Kitchen failures are common. Cookies spread out and run together into one giant flat cookie pancake. The bread doesn’t rise. You overestimate your spice tolerance and make a stir fry so spicy that just breathing near the pan makes your eyes water. All of these things have happened to me. Kitchen disasters are so much simpler than life disasters, though. A flat cookie pancake might not look pretty enough to take into work, but it still tastes pretty delicious. Even if you’ve concocted something truly inedible, the worst kitchen disaster can almost always be solved by ordering pizza. At this … Continue reading
Sometimes I just want a sandwich. This feeling usually hits on a Saturday afternoon. When I was swimming regularly on Saturdays, I’d leave the pool exhausted, just trying to figure out where I could pick up a good sandwich. I’m not normally a sandwich person, but the chlorine in the pool seemed to trigger old memories of summer camp. Right after a swim workout I’d become fixated on the idea of a grown up version of an old camp lunch. I wanted a delicious vegetarian sandwich, a bag of Pop chips, and an Izze. Sometimes I even wanted a peanut … Continue reading