Octopuscarwash's Gourmet Adventures

I live to eat. Yes, I am an Asian Jew. My favorite meal is breakfast (oatmeal in particular). I'm only in high school, so I am a complete amateur. Some of my favorite cuisines are Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Japanese and Korean. I eat so much Chinese food that it's hard to say whether I like it or not... all I know is that I don't like what most of America seems to think of as Chinese food, Panda Express. I'm a pescetarian and love coming up with my own healthy fusion food.

Monday, December 8, 2008


MM, dinner tonight was fantastic, if I do say so myself. I have a ton of work to do, and it was even more horrible outside, and somehow I hurt my lower back really badly in yoga, so no workout today. Speaking of my back, it really hurts to bend. Suggestions?
Breakfast: I haven't had a grilled sandwich in ages! I had one on my delicious new whole grain sandwich bread with crunchy PB, half a banana, and some pumpkin butter. I also had cottage cheese and yogurt with blueberries and a little honey. This was really filling, so I didn't need a morning snack at all!
Lunch was very light, but kept me full for a while. Just leftover miso soup (with a crumb of rice) and an apple. I didn't end up eating the ZBar or the soy pudding.
I COULD KILL MYSELF. I know the PSAT doesn't mean anything, but somehow I made the idiotic mistake of leaving out the entire last page of the reading comprehension, which is what I'm good at. I know I could have raised my score a lot by those points, which I probably would have gotten :( It's the math where I have trouble. I just find it really frustrating.
I had a light snack of Kashi crackers, hummus, and a carrot.
Plus a chai tea latte

Dinner was very easy and delicious! I decided to make gumbo! I had already bought the okra and everything... I realized we didn't have green peppers, but it didn't really matter. I didn't want to make it too heavy with a real roux, because that also takes a long time, but while I was cooking the rest of it I made a mini roux with 2 tbsp of flour and 2 tsbp of olive oil, and I think with the addition of okra, it really thickened it a lot.
Into the pot went onions, scallions, celery, garlic, mushrooms, okra, salmon sausage, shrimp, tomatoes, seasoning, and some greens at the very end.

We ate this with white basmati rice because you have to have it with that. I only had a few spoonfuls... I prefer to eat gumbo on its own. My dad isn't a huge fan of the salmon sausages, but I loved all the textures. He had thirds, which made me feel accomplished, especially because I didn't use a recipe :)
We also had the last of my salad from Whole Foods, which was kind of soggy.

Dessert: a pear

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Anonymous Molly said...

Don't worry too much about the PSAT. It doesn't really count for anything. I hear you on the SAT math! I'm pretty good at the other sections but the math always kills me!

December 8, 2008 at 10:17 PM  
OpenID Santa Barbara Dreaming said...

Wow gumbo. I've never had it, but your photo made my mouth water!
I'm sorry about your back... is it sore, or is it pain in your nerves? Hopefully, some rest will make it all better!

December 9, 2008 at 10:33 AM  

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