A Mighty Wind

It has been one stormy day here in Metro Vancouver. Well, in BC in general actually. The wind is blowing, rain falling, power outages abound, cancelled ferry sailings – all on the Easter long weekend. We have so much blow down in our yard and on the roads. One of those days you don’t want to leave the house unless you have to. Alas, that was not in the cards for me.

I did sleep in though, which is always a nice treat on a Friday. Eventually though, I had to pry myself from beneath the covers and start my day – with a glass of greens+ extra energy of course!


It was tempting to make oatmeal, but I didn’t really want to dirty up the pot. Plus we have a plethora of tasty cereals, so I went with quick and easy.


Just a 2 cereal combo – Nature’s Path Pumpkin Raisin Crunch with some Peanut Butter Puffins.


Extreme puffin close up!


After adequate internet digestion time, I made my way to the gym for some sweaty fun. I timed it perfectly, so I could make a good lunch before heading off to work for the afternoon.

Lunch featured these little nutritional gems.


Yes, I decided to break out a can of sardines! Can you believe I’ve never tried them before? And I consider my self a bit of a seafood buff! I guess I’ve always associated sardines with something gross, probably because my mom has bad memories of sardine sandwiches as a kid (apparently my grandma didn’t cook on Saturdays, so grandpa made toasted sardine sandwiches every Saturday night – he toasted the whole sandwich, including the lettuce).

So what’s so great about sardines? They are chocked full of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, and that ever important vitamin D that all of us in Canada won’t be getting this time of year, no matter how much time you spend outside. Plus, sardines are a very sustainable fishery, so they get bonus points on the ethical eating front!

I went pretty basic with my sardine, and turned them into a sandwich. I mixed the can with mayo, dijon mustard, dill, pepper, and grated carrot, then spread half of it between two slices of toasted Silver Hills sprouted grain bread, with a little lettuce – just for mom.


Served up with some noochy kale chips, and something else new in my world.


What is in that glass bottle, you may ask?


Kombucha! The Wonder Drink! When I stopped in at Whole Foods the other day, in search of ginger beer for my dad, something made me finally made me buy a bottle. I went with the “Essence of Peach” variety, made with rooibos tea.


I really liked the strong rooibos taste of the tea, as well as the tartness. The peach was very subtle, but I think kept it from tasting too vinegary, if that makes any sense. I don’t think they’ll be a regular in my diet though – a little pricey at $3+ a bottle! I may just need to try a few more flavours though…you never know.

Oh – and as for those sardines? They were like a very strong tasting tuna or salmon. I probably like tuna and salmon better, but these could find their way into rotation from time to time, especially considering all they have going for them. Talk about bang for your buck!

There may have been a cookie after lunch. But I’ll never admit to it.


Hey, how did that picture get in there? 😉

Work was actually a lot less busy that I imagined it would be, what with it being a holiday and Easter weekend and all. I think people just didn’t want to go out in the storm. It was crazy out there – when I got out of my car, I was almost blown over. We had some flickering lights, but never lost power at work or at home, so that was good. Especially since I had hockey to watch tonight!

I checked in at home to see what was for dinner before leaving work. That way I know if I should pick something up for myself or not. So convenient, working in a grocery store and all. Turns out they had A&W for dinner, so I picked up a few random items with a dinner idea in mind.


Hiding under that whole wheat kaiser is an Amy’s California Veggie burger, dressed up with havarti cheese, pickle, onion, avocado, mayo, dijon mustard, and baby spinach.


With an assortment of side dishes – strawberries, dolmades, and Barbara’s Cheese Puffs. Totally bought the puffs & dolmades because I saw them in people’s purchases tonight. Damn power of suggestion!


No matter – trumps A&W any day. And perfect for hockey watching.


Not only was dinner good, but so was the hockey. Entertaining, and we won! My Canucks definitely redeemed themselves after that bed shitting last night. Not that I was ever off the bandwagon.

Now it’s time for me to go to sleep while the wind howls outside my window. I kind of like that sound as I fall to sleep. How about you – do you enjoy storms? Do they scare you? How do they make you feel, if anything at all?

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7 Comments on “A Mighty Wind”

  1. April 3, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    Hating the wind storms here, it reminds me of hurricane season in Florida! Those dolmades look amazing, yum!

  2. April 3, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    I love PB puffins but sometimes it makes for tooo peanut buttery of a cereal bowl. I am going to try mixing it with another cereal next time because your bowl looks great! All your food looks delicious, nicely done!

  3. April 3, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    That burger meal looks AWESOME. Cheese puffs are a major nostalgia food for me:)

  4. April 3, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    That burger looks great. I have been looking for a veggie burger to try.
    I do not get soothed by storms, I can sleep but not well.

  5. April 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    I love a good storm! We actually have wind warnings right now. It’s gusting at 80-90km. No rain yet, though.

    I like sardines well enough. My Mom has always put them out whenever she makes pasta. I think it’s an Italian thing.

  6. April 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    I used to love storms but since we got skylights I hte them at night


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