Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Day Brunch

Happy 2011 Everyone!  No that is not my morning cup of joe, that is actually my evening cup of joe...AKA my drink of choice last evening at the New Year's Party.  I was exhausted and just not feeling the punch or champagne (weird, huh?).  Instead I sipped on this fabulous latte one of the guests made with her brought espresso machine and Almond Milk that just happened to be at the party (lucky me!).

Perhaps the exhaustion and inability to drink had something to do with this 12-miler I completed on the last day of 2010.
While these paces are quite off from my October/November 12-miler pace (think 9:40 min/miles) I was still very proud and happy with my run.  You see, since I have been "injured" my pace has sunk to an 11-12 minute mile.  I'm okay with these paces so long as I complete a run, but it was exciting to push myself a little yesterday, thanks to Ashley and Erin!  The only time I walked at all was during the last mile when a dog kept jumping out in front of traffic and we were trying to save him!  Otherwise it was all running- which is also a rarity since my injuries.

While this run is a complete success in my book, I am happy to announce there will be no more long runs before my marathon.  I think next weekend is just 6 or 8 miles!  Woo-hoo!

Since I wasn't feeling the booze last night, I sure woke up with a honkering for that bottle of champagne that was reserved for New Year's Eve.  I think it went even better with brunch than it would have last night!  I sent Mr. Kummerow to the store for some OJ while I prepared the meal.

On the New Year's Day Brunch menu:

Scrambled Tofu
Hashbrown Potatoes
Cornmeal Pancakes
Sauteed Spinach
Fresh Apple Slices
Sprouted Wheat Toast

Sorry Tina, another trifecta of beverages!  (You are so close!)
Thanks dad for the champagne!
Yes, that is leftover spinach on my plate, which is a complete rarity...however, in my cooking frenzy I forgot to wash the fresh-from-the-farm spinach and there was certainly a grit to it.  Lesson learned, always wash your veggies!

Here is the meal altogether:
I have been craving a savory meal for quite sometime.  Oatmeal and cereal and muffins have just been too sweet for me lately!  This was the perfect fix!  There is even leftover scramble that I fully intend to make into breakfast burritos tomorrow morning with a little black beans, melted soy cheese and hot sauce!

Tofu Scramble
serves 4

1/2 cup diced onion
1 carrot, shredded
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 package extra firm tofu, drained
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp tumeric
liberal shake of red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste

In large frying pan heat olive oil on medium.  Mix in onions, carrots and mushrooms and saute until veggies are soft.

Meanwhile press your tofu.  To press, place tofu block on thick kitchen towel on a plate.  Top with another kitchen towel and another plate.  Pile on heavy objects such as cookbooks and flour/sugar canisters.

When veggies are cooked, cut your tofu block into quarters and put in pan.  With fork, mash your tofu until it becomes the consistency of scrambled eggs.  The carrots will also give it a nice color similar to eggs.  Add tumeric as well for color and flavor.

Season according to your tastes and serve!

Hashbrown Potatoes
serves 2

1 potato, shredded
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
Wild Mushroom and Sage Infused Olive Oil (or regular olive oil)
salt and pepper to taste

In frying pan heat olive oil over medium.  Add onion and garlic and saute.  Add shredded potato and cook 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently.  Season with salt and pepper.  For a crispy finish, heat oven to broil and place oven safe frying pan under broiler for 2-3 minutes.

Sauteed Spinach
serves 2

4 cups baby spinach rinsed well!
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp water

In frying pan, (to save on dishes, I used the same pan as the scrambled tofu!) heat olive oil and stir in spinach.  Cook 4-5 minutes and drop water into pan and quickly cover to capture the steam.  Let spinach steam another 2-4 minutes, remove cover and stir.  If spinach isn't wilted enough to your liking, add a little more water and repeat steaming process.  Sprinkle with salt to season.

As we were enjoying our meal and finishing up, I realized the clock read 11:11!  I said to Mr. Kummerow, "Make a New Year's Wish" (I'm certain he wished for more breakfasts just like today!).  He quickly did some figuring in his head and realized it was 11:11 on 1/1/11!  In that moment I realized it really was the new year!  And I made a wish of my own!  For this to be the best year ever!  No more fear, worry and guilt!  I am committed to becoming a confident and healthy woman this year.  Regardless of all New Year's Resolutions, goals and ambitions, whatever happens this year I will be happy!
That is me at 11:11 on 1/1/11 making that clear decision!  I look confident after all (even with my bedhead and tired eyes!) Now it is time to act like it!

Happy New Year 2011!

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