May 5, 2009

New grain & reading-holic!

Hi everyone, how was your Monday? productive? I hope so, it's supposed to be productive, right? But mine was not productive at all in term of work, but yes in term of leisure readings. I spent the morning doing errands, filling out thousands of forms for my summer intern (hate this!), worked 3 hours in the afternoon (fighting with sleepiness) and then read read read, I finished both: Journey of a Thousand Miles: My Story, The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed.
The diabetes one wasn't as good as I expected (very general ideas and too much talk, not enough info) and Lang Lang's biography was great! It was my first time reading a biography, never really understand why should I be interested in someone else life story. But I was so wrong, it's sooooo interesting and mind opening. I learned so much and confirmed once again that success does not fall from the sky, you have to work for it. You could be a genius, but if you don't work hard, you will never success.
After finished these books, I ordered 3 more books on amazon and I want them to arrive right now!!! I crave reading!!! Have you ever experienced this kind of craving?

Now food, which was not bad.
breakfast: new grain!!! AMARANTH: high in protein, calcium, and iron. The combo:
  • 1/4 c. dry amaranth
  • 1/2 c. almond breeze
  • 1/2 chopped apple
  • 1/4 c. ricotta
  • vanilla
  • homemade Almond Butter.
Together with the other half of the apple. It was a very interesting grain, so tiny, I could taste each of these little balls. It's not as creamy as oats/oatbran, it's more like millet/couscous, so if you want to get some creaminess, you might want to add some oatbran.
AM snack packed to school: cereal bar and chocolate from Arg.Lunch: a super plate of poached egg whites over smoked salmon, leftover barley risotto and steamed broccoli slaw.I was sooooo stuffed when I finished so I had a tiny piece of the ricotta cheesecake.Later in the afternoon I had another chocolate from Arg that I store them in a cute box from Paris.Before I went to gym for some magazine reading, I had 1/2 of each of these bars. The right one is from Arg (see how small are they compared to Americans?)For dinner I made stir-fry with mushrooms, spinach, eggplant, tofu and tomatoes, seasoned with soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, sesame seeds and sesame oil.And two squares of the dill cornbread.Yummy~~
Dessert: fungus soup (black and white fungus) with Chinese dates.Question: Do you like reading biographies? What was the one you liked most?

18 comments:

burpandslurp said...

I crave reading books ALL the TIME! I am SUCH a bookworm! I love the feeling of being engrossed in a good book...
amaranth porridge! I can't believe just 1/4 cup will give so much! at least, it looks enough for me...is it as volumnious as oatmeal?
hmm...I do enjoy biographies, though not all...politics bore me, but I did sort of find My Life by bill Clinton interesting...but so far,my fav was Wasted by Marya Hornbacher...she write about her struggle with ED in such a lurid detail...

Krista said...

I love that cute box from Paris!!!

I will read anything and everything! My family teases me because I read the cereal box at breakfast time!! :) I don't know that I've rea any biographies, though....

Lucia said...

Hi!! I've been reading your blog for a while and just wanted to say I really enjoy it. I happen to live in Buenos Aires so when I stumbled upon your blog I was very surprised to see all those Bon o Bons!! :) I really enjoy your recipes and admire your amazing and healthy attitude towards food, treats, etc.

Un beso enorme!!!
Lucia

A Toronto girl out West said...

Thanks for the Amaranth review - I'd been thinking of buying some. Not sure if I will now given it's non creaminess. Still good to know though! :o)

laurajane said...

I love reading, and I do crave it sometimes! It's so hard, though, because I have a bad tendency to get caught up in a book to the neglect of many other things, so I have to limit my reading.

Run Sarah said...

I usually read fiction! I love your stirfry - so colourful!

Sweta said...

Amaranth seeds-wow,haven't tried that after experimenting with it way back in college!! We use the leaves regularly though-thanks for reminding me:)
W.r.t biographies-don't remember any that has left an impression,but yes the autobiography that has remained in my memory is "My Experiments With Truth" by Mahatma Gandhi!

Pearl said...

i love to read anything! i usually get into book kicks where i will read everything by that author after i've learned to really like them. however, i try not to do that now as i want to read books from more authors :)

Maggie said...

I love how you're introducing us to all of these grains. I'm kind of stuck on oat bran, but sometime soon I'll branch out.

I am a reading addict. I think I'm going to go to Borders today to just sit and read for a while.

I like biographies but I haven't read many. Lang Lang's sounds great.

Julie said...

Haha I totally craved reading when I was reading the Twilight series!

The Dainty Pig said...

Amaranth is very very interesting. I have tried it a few times, as it is a common breakfast grain in macrobiotic cooking. I like it (there are some good recipes with dried apricots), but it definitely isn't my favourite! Definitely not as creamy as oats or millet.

I am such a bookworm. I could read for hours! I like bigographies as well, but I haven't read that many--usually I read fiction (i heart haruki murakami).

xoxo

Alison said...

Thanks for the rec for Lang Lang's bio. I heard an interview with him a while ago and thought he was very interesting.

Bios are probably my favorite book genres although I haven't read any lately. I particulary like biographies of historical figures.

Gina said...

Great call on the bars. The American bar is so huge in comparison! That is the definition of the reason why diabetes is such a problem in America. However, those Superfood Odwalla bars are full of fiber, protein and healthy vitamins and minerals!

By the way, feel free to ask me anything about diabetes :)

Erica said...

Confession- I hate to read! Blehhhh. I guess thats part of the reason I went to school for engineering- way more math problems than reading ;) Interesting new grain! I want to try it

ChickPea said...

ooh! Amaranth looks tasty--I've never tried it.

Emily said...

I want some of your delish looking stir fry! :-)

I love reading, and biographies are really interesting. I love reading anything about WW2 heroes, like Corrie Ten Boom ("The Hiding Place"). I think biographies can be very inspirational.

talesofexpansion said...

i'm a book craver, too! but i do it the free way -- at the library. kind of like amazon, though -- i reseve online, and they call me when the books are in.

new grains are so exciting!

HangryPants said...

Yes, I definitely have that reading craving - especially in rainy grey wwather like this!

I never read biographies. I guess I should try!

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