A Milky Day

Were you aware of just how many different types of milk are out there? And how different they all taste? We spent part of our afternoon class doing a blind milk tasting in preparation for our trip to a local dairy farm on Thursday. It’s crazy when you taste all these different milks back to back, how you can pick out so many different flavours and really compare them. Is it weird that my favourite was the buttermilk? I know, who picks buttermilk?! But it was just like sour cream, and hey, I’m Russian – I love me some sour cream.

That wasn’t all the milk I had today either. There was some at breakfast…

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  • 1/2 cup oats, milk, water
  • 1 banana, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • splash of vanilla
  • Maranatha Organic Peanut Butter
  • raspberry jam

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Breakfast also featured the return of the Happy Planet Mango Peach Party juice. Woot!

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Tasty tasty.

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Lunch was exciting today, because I got to try out a new toy.

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I finally picked up a Thermos Food Jar! Actually, I bought one small one (pictured here), and one larger one, so I can expand my portable eats for school. I knew I couldn’t go all winter without some warming soups for lunch.

Speaking of soup…I cooked up a big pot last night.

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I knew when I read about this Coconut Curried Butternut Squash, Carrot, and Sweet Potato Soup on Jill’s Test Kitchen, it was going on my “To Cook ASAP” list. It just so happened that I had basically the right ingredients in the house, just in differing quantities. Here’s what went into my pot to produce this beautiful soup.

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tsp red curry paste
  • 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled & diced
  • 1/2 kabocha squash, roasted
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled & diced
  • 1 gala apple, diced (would have been peeled, but I forgot!)
  • 3 cups organic chicken broth
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • salt & pepper to taste

Just a few minor adjustments based on what was in my kitchen, but it still produced a smooth, rich, complex soup – perfect for fall. There is a great coconut aroma that hits you, then you get a subtle heat from the curry paste, that gradually builds as you eat the soup. I highly recommend trying this soup, and checking out Jill’s blog – she has some excellent recipes with awesome photos, and we went to high school together! Gotta promote my fellow local bloggers 😀

Obviously, I brought along some soup for lunch.

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As well as a hummus, cucumber, and chive & onion cream cheese sandwich on Silver Hills Squirrelly Bread.

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Thumbs up to my Thermos product – it kept my soup warm until lunch time.

I also packed some snacks to tide me over through my marathon class (not knowing we had a milk tasting as well – that milk fills you up!)

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Some plain, roasted almonds (of which I only ate maybe half of what I took).

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And a Raspberry Fruit Source Plus Veggie bar. Apparently it gives you 3 servings of fruit & veggies in that little bar. I don’t know if I believe it. We didn’t have any easily portable fruit to grab this morning, and the ingredient list was acceptable, so I figured I’d give it a go.

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Like a thick fruit leather. Not bad. Fruit leathers aren’t really my favourite, but it would do in a pinch.

Alas, when I got home from school this evening, there was no dinner ready & waiting for me 😦 The family had pancakes, but thought I wouldn’t want any, so there were no leftovers. Oh well. I set to work on throwing some things together, and ended up with an impromptu Tex-Mex millet dish.

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I cooked up some millet, added frozen corn & peas, salsa, and a diced green onion. Then I topped it with some avocado, cheddar cheese, and more salsa.

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Since there was a little chunk of homemade soda bread still around, I sliced off a piece, and spread on some Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus. That stuff is like buttah!

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Not bad for an impromptu meal. Olé!

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Mom baked muffins, but I was too full to have one 😦 I did have enough room for a warming mug of hot chocolate to accompany my Hell’s Kitchen watching. Too bad it was camera shy. Now it’s time to get in a little biochemistry studying before I sleep. Night!

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13 Comments on “A Milky Day”

  1. October 14, 2009 at 3:46 am #

    I’m going to have to cave and get a thermos this year… I brought lots of soup for lunches last year, and lost quite a few tupperware containers in the process!

  2. October 14, 2009 at 4:37 am #

    Hmmm three servings of fruit/vegetable?!?! Is that possible?! I’d like to know the nutrition facts on that label! I dunno about products like that, I mean how is it possible to really take the place of three servings of fresh fruits and veggies?! Crazy.

    That soup sounds absolutely wonderful. And, I love your thermos 🙂

  3. October 14, 2009 at 4:40 am #

    REAL MPP!!! Hell yes 😀

  4. littlemissminny
    October 14, 2009 at 4:48 am #

    Love how that soup looks like. What is the taste of it, with apple inside?

  5. October 14, 2009 at 4:59 am #

    your food looks great. i especially like the sandwich! could you tell me what kind of cream cheese you use?

  6. October 14, 2009 at 4:59 am #

    your food looks great. i especially like the sandwich! could you tell me what kind of cream cheese you use? : )

  7. October 14, 2009 at 5:31 am #

    How cool is that that you found a fellow bloggie you went to high school with! Your soup looks great!! That homemade soda bread? Delish!

  8. Lizzy
    October 14, 2009 at 7:25 am #

    YAY for local bloggie friends! thats awesome!

    You know i never thought about all the diff milks until you just wrote about it. There is probably tons! what do you normally drink on a day to day basis when you drink it??

    http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

  9. October 14, 2009 at 8:33 am #

    I wouldn’t have faired well in your class. I HATE milk! I use Almond Breeze for cereal/baking/etc, but would still never, ever drink a glass of it (or any milk) straight up…not even if it’s chocolate or vanilla. *shiver*

    The soup you made looks like velvet. I bet it tasted great, too, judging by the ingredients you used! And I think your din din was much better than pancakes woulda been! 😉

  10. October 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    I would have much rather had your dinner than pancakes!!

    Great idea on the thermos too – love the combination of that soup! I’ll check out Jill’s blog – thanks! 😀

  11. October 14, 2009 at 7:12 pm #

    hey! thanks for the link. so glad you tried the soup!

  12. October 14, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    No dinner waiting foryou?! That’s crazy talk! Yours looks pretty nom nom tho 🙂
    My dad always had buttermilk in the fridge growing up. He LOVES it. So cute!

  13. October 14, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    sweet potato? coconut? Yes, please!

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