Picky Picky

No, I’m not talking about my eating habits. I would think I’m one of the least picky eaters out there actually. Sure, I may be particular in the ways I choose to prepare and consume certain foods, but almost everything is fair game. Plus I’m always up for trying new things. 


I came across Silk True Almond Milk while I was out the other day, and had to pick it up to give it a try. Nothing against the Almond Breeze I usually consume, but the Canadian version of the product is NOT fortified with Vitamin D. This bugs me, because the US version is, and when I emailed the company about it, they said it was “due to regulations” that they couldn’t. I’m not sure what regulations they are referring to, as I’ve found a few other brands here in Canada that have Vitamin D. Now if only those ones (including Silk) would make an unsweetened version, it would be perfect!

How did I try out my new almond milk?


Another bowl of cereal. I’m determined to clear out some old boxes of cereal in the cupboard (mostly so I can buy news ones).


This here bowl contained Kashi Honey Puffed and Cinnamon Harvest cereals, topped with local BC strawberries, and an old favourite – cashew butter. Oh, and of course the almond milk.


With a glass of some sort of tropical type juice. I didn’t really pay attention to the label.


Another patriotic breakfast!


You know how when you don’t have something for a long time, then eat it again, and remember how much you freakin’ love it? Yeah, that was me and cashew butter today. Sorry almond butter, but you will never live up to the deliciousness that is cashew butter. It’s just so buttery and scrumptious. I must not neglect it anymore.

As for the Silk True Almond – tasted good. Sweeter than the unsweetened Almond Breeze I normally buy, which is a given, but not overly sweet which is good. But I still maintain there is no reason to sweeten it, and hope that Silk realizes that.

After breakfast (which, was late of course, since I slept in – it was my 1st day off after 8 at work!), mom and I went for a walk in Mundy Park. We took a bucket. 3 hours later, it did not come home empty.


Why hello there wild blueberries and huckleberries. And a rogue salmonberry or two.


We bush whacked through the underbrush and picked as many berries as we could. The huckleberries were just starting to ripen, and we managed to get quite a few good ones, but in a week or so, those bushes will be covered with little red jewels. The blueberries were what we were really after. They are truly a treat.


Berry picking is messy work.


Please ignore the fact that I had gotten back in my pajamas when we got back. And my horribly wrinkled hands. I swear, I’m not 80.

All that berry picking sure worked up a lunch appetite.


Mom had picked up some multigrain bagels, and they were just asking to be made into a bagel melt.


I toasted the bagel, slathered on some caramelized onion hummus, added cucumber slices, and topped it with aged white cheddar.


Throw it under the broiler for a few minutes, and you’re good to go.


Did I mention I slept in? Yeah, lunch was pretty late in the afternoon, so only an hour or so later, I was back out the door on my way to Zumba. Fridays are a nice class, because there are so few people there, so you have lots of room to move around. I like not having to check over my shoulders all the time to make sure I’m not going to step on someone.

When we arrive home, dinner was just finishing up on the BBQ.


It featured fresh wild sockeye salmon, seasoned with just some dill, pepper, lemon, and olive oil.


Steamed then grilled new potatoes.


And a bit of Caesar salad to make a complete meal.


Sockeye is the best salmon, hands down. Chinook is a close second, but if you can get sockeye, do it. Totally worth the cost.

I took an impromptu trip to the mall after dinner, as I was restless and bored. I ended up leaving with a snazzy new sports bra from Old Navy for a mere $13. Gotta love sales! When I got back home, my sister was making a run up to the grocery store, so I tagged along for something to do. We may have spent $12 on avocados so she can make guacamole for a BBQ tomorrow. Damn things need to go on sale again stat!

Per usual, the chocolate nibblies came a’ calling this evening, so I indulged them in a mini sundae.


Some sort of vanilla fudge peanut butter cup ice cream mom bought with two black bean brownies. With the requisite mini sundae baby spoon.


Pretty fantastic way to squash a chocolate craving if you ask me.

So tomorrow I have another whole day off from work, and found out that I will have the house to myself in the evening. Woot! I think my cousin and his wife are going to come up for dinner. I just need to figure out what to make. I want to make something that my family wouldn’t necessarily all enjoy. Fortunately, my cousins are adventuresome. I’m thinking perhaps something Indian or Thai? I’m totally open to suggestions though – what should I make for dinner tomorrow? Be specific – I need inspiration people!

And now, I sleep. Or play Wii. You decide which one will happen first. Night!

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8 Comments on “Picky Picky”

  1. July 3, 2010 at 3:08 am #

    oh my god, how your eats look like! that bagel, and that salmon… I am so hungry after seeing this 😀

  2. July 3, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    WOW! Love this post, Marianne. Especially those berries. How awesome is picking your own?? Thanks for your thoughts on that Silk Almond Milk. I’m pretty loyal to Almond Breeze, but I wouldn’t mind trying others. Like you, I wish they all made unsweetened versions. The cuke sammie and dessert are both tantalizing looking delights!

  3. July 3, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    What a berry haul!!! Wild blueberries are basically my favourite berry – especially when they involve pie. What are your plans for those bad boys?

    Also, on your Egg Hiding post . . . I find it funny you’ll put an egg in oatmeal but won’t eat it plain. Meanwhile I’ve thought about custard oats (when I’m out of bananas) but I can never bring myself to pull the trigger. In the end the thought just grosses me out. And I LOVE eggs!!!! lol 😛

  4. July 3, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    Those berries look awesome! I would make Indian food – and post some recipes you use so your readers can try them out after 😉

  5. July 3, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    So what did you think of the taste of the almond milk?


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