As the title implies, I had a really good week. I started my pediatrics rotation Monday, and it's going really well. Surprisingly, I really enjoy peds, and as the lead pediatric tech said to me Tuesday, apparently I have "an excellent demeanor for working with children". Who knew!? Really!? But I must admit, I really like them. First off, kids take directions way better than most adults. And second, there is something infinitely gratifying in getting a frightened child to trust that I'm not going to hurt them, and work with me, and get good images from them. I know that they won't be scared the next time they come to xray. And most of them really like seeing their images afterward. So it's been a good week at the hospital. And I've been cooking a lot on Fridays lately, and today was no exception. I made granola for the first time ever. I started with a recipe from Mad Aster's blog, and went from there. My version included: Bob's Red Mill GF Oats, Mesa Sunrise Flakes, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut, and some dried fruits including cranberries, cherries, and golden raisins. I made it with butter, maple syrup, agave nectar, honey, vanilla and a little cinnamon. I toasted it until it was nicely brown, and then added the fruits when it was cooling. Next time I will add more of the sweeteners, so it will stick together more, and add a dash of salt to bring out the flavours a bit more. I will also use the bigger flakes of coconut, as mine was the small kind for baking and didn't stick together in clumps like I would like. I'd also like to try it with puffed rice or something like that, and maybe some hemp or flax seeds. But for a first time out, I'm pretty happy with it.
Tonight for dinner I made a really good healthy bowl. It had rice made with fire roasted tomatoes on the bottom. Topped with black beans seasoned with cumin, coriander, garlic, onion, and oregano. I satueed some tofu in taco seasonings and put that on next. On top of that I melted some cheddar on The Budgie's portion. Then topped each one with fresh tomatoes, red peppers, cilantro, green onion, and tofu sour cream with some taco sauce. It was super fresh and healthy -sort of a deconstructed burrito - and we both wondered why we'd never made it before.
Coming soon: A pizza crust I can live with.