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Pee Chee

I spied some gorgeous peaches at the co-op the other day and suddenly remembered that tomorrow brings a) an employee’s birthday and b) another employee’s farewell soiree AND I had promised my staff that I would bring something sweet.  Rather than bake a cake (expected, boring), I felt inspired to use that luscious fruit in something simple.

Like a tart.


Using this as a bit of a guide, and instead of making a free-form galette, I lined my 11″ round tart pan with defrosted puff pastry.  Slathered some peach preserves on top.  Sliced up five ripe, juicy peaches.  Made a pretty spiral pattern.  Brushed the whole impressive mess with Earth Balance and sprinkled with raw sugar.  Into the oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes it went.





(And here’s another shot, just because.)





Didn’t skip yoga today.  Nope.  Went to bed at a reasonable hour last night, woke up, guzzled down another Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie (this time cherry-flavored!) and got to class early.

Unfortunately, our teacher, Veronica, seemed a bit off today.  We did a series of one-legged dog, moving to modified one-legged chataranga poses, and back to one-legged dog on the right side, but she neglected to move us through the poses on the left side.  We did a series of shoulder stands, moving to plough, and back to shoulder stand, but no fish pose to even things out.  Savasana was at least seven minutes long, and while you won’t hear me complaining about that, it just seemed excessive.  STILL, glad I made it.  ‘Twas an excellent way to start my Sunday.

Note:  heading to yoga today marks five trips to the gym this week, meeting my personal goal.  Together with my good friend, Diana, I had set a number of objectives for the week:

  1. One 20-ounce bottle of water consumed daily
  2. One serving of vegetables consumed daily
  3. One multi-vitamin consumed daily
  4. Five trips to gym weekly

Happy to say I met or exceeded all of them.  How to celebrate?  How ’bout one of these!


Agave-sweetened brown rice crispy treat with cashew butter and chocolate!  I ate half and took the other half home for later.

Where did I find such a treat?  At one of my new faves, the V Spot in Park Slope.  100% Vegan.  Unlimited mimosas (I decided to skip those but my pal, Rippy, enjoyed ’em for me!).  Burgers, wraps, panini, brunch foods, raw options, organic juices.  The works.  I had an iced coffee with soy milk and this lovely breakfast burrito wrap:


It contained their house-made tofu scramble, black beans, soy cheese, soy sour cream, guacamole, and lots of veggies.  The salad was not dressed — which I preferred, actually.  I gobbled it all up quickly.

Just another beautiful Brooklyn day from the backyard dining patio.


After parting ways with Rippy, I braved Marshall’s at the Atlantic Center and picked up a Misto and a Diet Coke.  (Trying to get away from whatever comes in those cans of non-stick spray, thankyouverymuch.)

Now my only priority is to cool off after spending the afternoon in the heat.

Have a fabulous rest of your weekend!


Playing catsup

You know what this blog needs?  This blog needs more pitch-yaahss.  Yes, indeed.

My lunch yesterday was a Dr. Praeger’s California Burger wrap, but I had to tote said burger separately, mais oui, so that I could heat it up without wilting the greens.  Peep the construction the night before:

Sriracha and spicy mustard with Parm on a multi-grain tortilla!


Romaine and baby spinach!


Mmmm!  Greens!


Honestly, the Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie held me over for hours, so I didn’t eat the sucker ’til around 2pm-ish.  Had some coffee and tucked away an apple for later.


Seriously “Office Space”, no?

Today I treated myself to some cherries from the coop (yes, I’m finally a member!), my first sugar plum from the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, and a deeeeeeeeelicious scoop of Jamaican Grape Nut ice cream on a sugar cone from Bittersweet.  I mean, hey!  I walked to the gym, powered through an hour of Total Body Conditioning, and walked to Ft. Greene, so…



Yes, it was deserved.

Oh oh oh!  But before all of that (but after the grueling yet satisfying gym workout), I met my ol’ pal Rippy for brunch at Moim in Park Slope.

Eh, wait.  It wasn’t really brunch.  It was LUNCH.  (Brunch implies imbibing in a Bloody for me, something I do less often now, I s’pose.)  But, anyhoooo, I ordered kimchee rice with tofu and salad.


It was — how do you say? — just okay.  The tofu was silken and fried tempura-style.  Would have been better if firm and stir-fried until golden.  And four pieces of silken tofu for $1?  Seriously?  Seriously?

We finished the afternoon off at the Brooklyn Flea, and please do notice that I am still in gym attire with gym hair, while Rippy looks on with that stoic Rippy pose.


Must go to Flea again, but with deeper pockets and emptier stomach.

Check out these babies, please.  (Would certainly put that kimchee rice dish to shame, y’know?)


And this menu from this vendor!


Not sure what tonight brings.  Perhaps a drink or two in the ‘hood.  Perhaps an early bedtime, as I have my second weekend trip to the gym (yoga!  yay!) in the morn.

(Incidentally, I spotted a certain judge from the Next Food Network Star at the gym this morning, and while I wanted to inquire as to the results of tomorrow’s next week’s finale, I simply just tried not to stare.)

Hope your Saturday night brings rollickin’ trouble, kids.


And in the beginning…

I skipped yoga tonight.

I skipped yoga tonight and came home and started a healthy living blog.  What does that tell you?

To be honest, I did 45 minutes of Step & Sculpt at lunch today, so I thought I’d give myself a bit of a pass.

  • Breakfast was a delicious bowl of overnight oats, coconut, cinnamon, raisins, agave, and almond milk.
  • Lunch?  A homemade seitan sandwich with romaine, spicy mustard, and Sriracha.
  • Snacks included a Light & Fit yogurt in Cherry Vanilla topped with wild blueberry flax granola, a homemade soft oatmeal bar, and a juicy Pink Lady apple.
  • Dinner?  More seitan, but this time stir-fried with zucchini, yellow squash, cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, and (mmmm!) kale, topped with Thai chile sauce.
  • Dessert was a bowl of red seedless grapes, covered generously with a handful of ricotta salata and sliced almonds.

So, yeah, I skipped yoga tonight, but I ate yumminess throughout the day and sweat most of my stress away and started a blog and I feel fine.

(Oh, and photos will arrive eventually.  Promise.)