Pineapple Express

Too bad I didn’t have any pineapple to eat!

I don’t know if anyone else has heard this weather term – I think it’s a west coast thing. But this monsoon we’re having is what we like to call a Pineapple Express. Warm, moist air comes up the coast, usually from Hawaii, resulting in warmer than normal temperatures, and torrential downpour. I tried to get some photos of just how wet it is out there, but none of them do it justice

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Ah, the wet west coast. I know some people find all the grey skies and rain depressing, but I grew up here. I find the rain so soothing. Plus it’s a good excuse to stay indoors and eat things like soup and stew 🙂

Fortunately, I managed to not drown while outside today, so I’m able to bring you my day’s worth of eats. I know you are excited.

On the unfortunate front, I had another middle of the night (3:30 am) random wake up, resulting in a sleepy Marianne who was running behind, trying to get out the door. You know what that means.

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Good ol’ cereal for breakfast. I went with Kashi Honey Almond Flax cereal with a smattering of pomegranate arils.

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A glass of juice – cranberry.

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All on my mom’s Christmas Kitty quilted tablecloth.

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I also had to pack a bit of a lunch – my Mondays have officially gotten busier, so no time to eat at home.

There was some leftover apricot bbq chicken from dinner last night, so I made myself a sandwich on Silver Hills bread, with chicken, avocado, and Sabra Roasted Pine Nut Hummus.

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Class was class, then I was off to my volunteer shift at Sprouts. Per usual Monday tradition, I nabbed a tasty baked good. And boy, did I pick a good one today!

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This is a Qunioa Blondie. It is completely gluten free, which made many of our customers happy, as often we don’t have any gluten free baked goods. It had all sorts of good stuff in it like honey, cinnamon, chocolate chips, and raisins.

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Let me tell you, this was insanely delicious. To all my fellow UBC’ers – get to Sprouts and buy one. They are moist, flavourful, and decadent. I’m tempted to go back and pay retail for one tomorrow!

I also purchased a new fruit to try out while I was there.

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Any clue what these are?

 

Guesses?

 

Come on….you know you want to.

 

They are quince!

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And no, it’s not moldy. They have this weird furry coating on them, but it just brushes off. They have the most fragrant smell. A great addition to your fruit bowl, if only for the smell! I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to do with them. My understanding is they really need to be cooked to be enjoyed, so perhaps I’ll make a little quince paste/jelly? Suggestions?

After I gobbled up that blondie, and got changed, I was out the door on my way to my newest volunteer position (do you think I have enough of those yet?) – working at the Diabetic Clinic at my local hospital. It wasn’t overly thrilling, but I didn’t expect them to give me any amazing projects on my first shift. I spent alot of time stuffing envelopes to go out to patients to attend workshops, putting together new files, and stamping envelopes. They are checking into some confidentiality issues, and hopefully I’ll get to do some more work with actual patient files (hello, experience to help out in clinical settings!)

I found my way home, and decided I was done with going outside in this rain and wind. Therefore, I passed on going to cardio kickboxing with my sister (at least the gym is open again). Instead I had my ass kicked by Jillian and her No More Trouble Zones. I even had to open the window to let in some fresh, cool air since I was sweating up a storm.

A shower later, and it was dinner time. Mom cooked up some hot Italian sausages.

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Let’s be honest – there is no way to photograph a sausage without it looking a little phallic.

There was also roasted red potatoes, which I enjoyed with some sweet chili sauce.

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And steamed broccoli & cauliflower, kicked up a notch with some parmesan.

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There was alot of spicy going on in this meal.

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I did a little prepping for my presentation tomorrow (I’m so over these presentations), watched a little TV (Battle Of The Blades! The best of both my favourite ice sports!), and played with the cats. Then it was time to snack.

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Another score from Sprouts! This yogurt had just reached its expiry date, so we couldn’t sell it, but since it had never been opened, there was no point in throwing it out. They offered it to me, and of course I said yes. I’ve never tried this brand – Avalon Organic Yogurt.

This one is a little different from most yogurts out there, because it is fortified with Vitamin D. Usually only fluid milk gets fortified, not milk products. Plus they have added inulin, a prebiotic to work in conjunction with the probiotics in the yogurt.

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It has 2% milk fat, hence the trace amounts of trans fats (naturally occurring, not the same as the ones from hydrogenated oils). What you can’t quite see in the picture is the Vitamin D amount – 35% of your daily value. Awesome for a yogurt!

So what did I do with my yogurt? Made a yogurt mess!

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I topped my yogurt with peanut butter, apricot jam, Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola, and some shredded coconut.

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And because it was rainy and cold, I ended up with a giant mug of Ecuadorian hot chocolate. I added a splash of coconut extract for fun.

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If you got through that marathon post, props to you! If you aren’t completely spent, head on over to Miss Gliding Calm’s blog to check out Earrings of the Blogworld  Yours truly is modelling her ear bling for all to see. Night!

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11 Comments on “Pineapple Express”

  1. Nicole
    November 17, 2009 at 4:15 am #

    I have never since one of those fruits before! I’d like to give it a try sometime..

  2. November 17, 2009 at 6:48 am #

    I’ve never heard the term “Pineapple Express” before! It sure does look wet, though.

    Wonder if Sprouts would give that bar recipe away? Sounds like something I’d like to dig my teeth into!!!!

  3. November 17, 2009 at 7:28 am #

    That quinoa blondie looks fabulous! I was in Starbucks yesterday morning and they had the best-looking baked goods. I think I may need to give one of them a try this week 🙂

  4. November 17, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    Haha, phallic.

    Your lunch sammy looks incredible, I’m planned something similar in my head already for when I have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.

    I’ve never thought to add quinoa into baked goods, that is a great idea and that blondie looks incredible. Even better since it was free right?

  5. November 17, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    Ugh. the pineapple express. cold cold cold. wet wet wet. I am not a fan.

    i love all your eats, so well put together. delicous! that fruit looks so interesting. Where did you find it?
    And your blondies look even more so incredible

  6. November 17, 2009 at 11:05 am #

    That fruit really has a great smell! I never had it raw though. In my country, people make jams out of it mostly, ad fruit compots

  7. November 17, 2009 at 11:10 am #

    That quinoa blondie looks SO good! And you just reminded me how much I love avocado mashed up on bread.. I will have to have that sometime soon… thanks! 🙂

  8. November 17, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    ROFL There you go corrupting me! I will never look at sausages the same way again!!! 

  9. November 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    my grandparents used to have a quince tree in their yard! grandmother made a really yummy quince jammy thing that we ate on top of rice pudding.

  10. November 17, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

    Hummus + avocado = one tasty combo, no?
    I’ve only had quince once, as part of my Alphabet Oats Challenge (there are only so many foods that start with Q…). Anyway, I diced it up and cooked in my oats, much like you would an apple. If you’re interested in the details, I think it’s under “Alphabet Oats Challenge” on my blog.

  11. November 18, 2009 at 5:34 am #

    🙂

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