Friday, December 22, 2006

Merry What Have You.

The solstice was yesterday, Hannukah is in process (I think -- correct me if I'm wrong, please!), Christmas is days away, and I'm all used up! I had a moment at work the other day when I realized I was maxed out on the holidays -- I didn't want to listen to any more Christmas music, be in a busy noisy store, deal with the commercialism, etc. The theme for my holiday this year seems to be "too much crap" -- too many people, too much noise, too much stuff, too much junk food. I'm actually looking forward to being on my own on Christmas day -- my plan is to stay in my pajamas as long as humanly possible, chain-watch movies until I can't take it any longer, and then maybe get dressed and take a walk. (Especially because I have to work the 24th and the 26th!)

I shouldn't really complain this much, because, after all, it did snow (finally) yesterday! I love the snow. :) Everyone was complaining about how bad the roads were; my reply was a shrug and, "well, I take the bus, and the bus just keeps plugging along, so I LOVE SNOW!"

So, I wish you all a Merry What Have You, (if even all you are celebrating is a day off of work,) and leave you with two food photos, because that's all that I've cooked that's been blog-worthy since I posted last!

broiled zucchini with extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of romano cheese (everyone should own a Microplane, if you don't already! Get the one without the handle -- it works the best.)

Vanilla-Cinnamon waffles with bananas, pecans, and maple syrup. Breakfast this morning rocks. :)

(Oh yeah -- I did make scrambled tofu and hash browns, with a side of grapefruit for Dan and I for dinner last night, but since I've taken so many pictures of scrambled tofu already, I decided to spare you.) :) (The funniest part was, Dan was most excited about the grapefruit, I think -- he practically licked his entire plate clean, but kept talking about how much he loves grapefruit. Silly boys.)


Anonymous said...

Those waffles are dreamy! I just heard of broiled grapefruit. I think they said they cut in half, sprinkle a little cinnamon and agave and broil until toasty. I definitely want to try this.

Unknown said...

He likes grapefruit, huh? I don' me it tastes like drinking orange juice right after your brush your teeth. Sorry that you have to work so much...I've only got this year and next year left for Christmas break. Then I'll be on the hospital schedule, which is Christmas eve and Christmas day off. Oh, well. Can you send me some snow? BTW, the zucchini looks SO good.

Anonymous said...

yum! have a good weekend!

Crystal said...

Mmm...grapefruit! I love juicing grapefruits in the morning. Your waffles look awesome.

I didn't mind the snow either and I had to drive in the thick of things in the afternoon. I don't understand why people complain...we live in Minnesota afterall!!


funwithyourfood said...

I love the waffels most! They look wonderfully sweet and crunchy


urban vegan said...

Holy gargantuan waffles, Batman!

Carrie™ said...

Catherine, I hope you enjoyed your Christmas. When I was single, I spent many Christmases alone. (My parents live 1000 miles away) When you have only 1 or 2 days off work, travelling doesn't make sense. I used to love my alone time! A movie marathon sounds awesome. Perhaps you could give us some reviews? I'm so far behind on movies.
Like Dan, I'm a grapefruit lover and Nov/Dec is prime time for citrus fruits from Floria. No offense to those in California, but Florida citrus tastes so much better to me.
I see you're putting your waffle iron to good use!
All the best for 2007!

bazu said...

Happy New Year! I hope you had a fantastic Christmas/What Have You day off. I totally understand the "too much" feeling...

Those waffles look so good. And I have to admit, I'm an insanely big fan of grapefruit. Mmmmmmmmm.

Catherine Weber said...

Crystal, if you do try broiling grapefruit, let me know how it turns out -- sounds interesting!

Claire, thanks for your comment! Unfortunately, the snow didn't last very long (it melted in a couple of days.) However, it snowed again for New Year's Eve, so now everything's all pretty again!

Johanna, thanks!

Crystal, thanks! My waffles were pretty awesome. Still have some leftovers in the freezer . . . !

Teddy, thanks! They weren't all that crunchy -- I used whole-wheat flour, which is why they are so dark. :)

Urban Vegan, they actually aren't that huge -- I used a salad plate. :) Deceiving, eh?

Carrie, thanks! This is the first Christmas I've ever spent alone, and I think it will take some getting used to. I explain more in the post above. Best to you in 2007, too!

Bazu, I hear ya on the grapefruit thing -- I just bought two more at the grocery store yesterday! Mmmmm!