Where Are My Pickles?!

Had you been in my kitchen when I got home this evening from volunteering, this is a phrase you would have heard me yell as I searched the fridge for the elusive jar. Turns out – someone ate the last of them.

But way before the pickle catastrophe, my day started off as any day virtually free of obligations should start off – with sleeping in. Until almost 11 am. I imagine I needed it, what with the sore throat deal and all.

Once I was finally up, contacts placed in my eyes so I could actually see what was happening, I was in the kitchen rustling up some grub for breakfast.

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The speckled, ripe bananas in the fruit bowl swayed me in the oatmeal direction. As did the soothing qualities of warm oats on my sore throat.

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  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp skim milk powder
  • 1 banana, thinly sliced
  • end of a container of yogurt (maybe 1/4 cup?)
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • Artisana coconut butter
  • peanut butter

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A deep, dark glass of antioxidant-rich pomegranate berry juice was also poured.

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Made for a delicious breakfast…or should I call it brunch?

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I added the yogurt only because I wanted to finish off the wee bit left in the container, but I don’t know how I felt about it. Added a somewhat weird tang to my oats, and no, the yogurt wasn’t going bad.

I hummed and hawed over how I should spend my day. As I have a full day planned tomorrow, I decided to make it a day of rest, keeping that ever present sore throat in mind. So I spent some time with reading materials and the Wii, until it was time to head out to volunteer at the senior’s home.

Seeing as breakfast was so late, I never really bothered with lunch. I didn’t want to go without anything until I was home for dinner though, so I grabbed an Elevate Me! Cocoa Coconut Cluster bar to tide me over.

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With 16g of protein and 8g of fibre, I knew I wasn’t going to have a grumbling tummy while the seniors ate their own dinner.

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These bars are quite enjoyable – they are mostly made of dried fruit and nuts, but with the addition of whey protein. I just wished the coconut flavour was more prominent in this one, because as we all know, I love me some coconut.

So this now brings us to the foreshadowed dinner.

When I got home, I found my parents finishing up their leftovers from their dinner out last night, and my sister making herself tuna melts, so I knew I was on my own for dinner. I had the perfect sandwich idea in mind, but I wanted pickles for it. I knew we had a few left from the last time we had burgers for dinner, and went rummaging through the fridge to find them. Mom advised me she had eaten them. I pouted, and put all my sandwich items away. I refused to go to the grocery store on my day off! But then my sister went to pour herself some milk, and we were also out of that, and I gave in, put my shoes back on, and drove up to work to get the damn pickles and milk. And everyone I worked with kept asking me what the hell I was doing there on my day off. I needed my pickles!

So, the sandwich. I wanted to make a BLT with my tempeh bacon. But I don’t eat tomatoes, so that would just make it a BT. What I do enjoy on a tomato-less BLT is pickles though!

I did a much better job frying up the tempeh bacon strips this time around – check out how beautifully crisp and brown they are this time.

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In between two toasted slices of Silver Hills “The Big 16” sprouted grain bread, I nestled my tempeh bacon with some avocado, sweet pickles, spinach, dijon, and mayo.

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I only used the spinach, because by this time I was too lazy to wash the lettuce.

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The plate was also loaded up with raw veggies and hummus.

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Plus a San Pellegrino Limonata for some refreshment.

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Dinner was served – a little late, but worth the pickle run.

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This sandwich was a great mix of sweet, salty, smoky, crispy deliciousness. Tempeh bacon, you make a good sandwich. It will be made again. Oh yes, it will.

I wanted to go for a walk after dinner, but black rain clouds came in, and starting drizzling. I said screw it, and went anyways. I did get stuck in one random downpour, but it only lasted a couple minutes, and it was still relatively warm out, so it wasn’t so bad. Take that weather!

As I’m sure you can all guess – I had an evening snack.

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In the mug – just some hot water, lemon, and honey for my throat. In the bowl – a chopped, microwaved apple with cinnamon, hazelnut butter, and granola.

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I’m now looking forward to my day with my friend tomorrow – we’re off to shop in Vancouver for the day, and have plans to eat at Refuel for dinner. I’ve been perusing their seasonal menu, and man, I cannot decide! I think I’m leaning towards the wild salmon and spot prawns, but the halibut and morels look awesome, as does the gnocchi, or even the fried chicken! How does a foodie decide?! Did I mention they have a Peanut & Chocolate parfait on their dessert menu? Pretty sure that’s the only given…unless I go with the rhubarb crisp. Check out the menu – what would you order? And after you help me out with my meal choice, make sure you enter my Vega Shake & Go Smoothie giveaway!

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5 Comments on “Where Are My Pickles?!”

  1. June 15, 2010 at 5:12 am #

    The sandwich is awesome! My sandwiches never look as good as teh photos I see on people’s blogs! I bet it was super.

  2. June 15, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    Hmmmm tempeh bacon sounds amazing!

    I can’t even find regular ol’ tempeh anywhere near me these days…

  3. June 15, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    god pickles are a sandwich MUST! i love the big crunchy ones. not really into those sour tasting ones that are too sweet at the same time…. but otherwise theyre fantastic!

    elevate bars are great! the banana one has a bit of a chalky taste to me but i love the coconut cocoa cluster one. or the acai!!! yum

  4. Yuki
    June 15, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    That sandwich looks delicious!
    Hmm… I would probably choose the gnocchi! Have fun shopping!! :D

  5. June 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

    Now I’ve got a mega-craving for two things–tempeh bacon and coconut butter. Thanks for the reminder:)

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