“Now I think moral fiber‘s about finding that one thing you really care about. That one special thing that means more to you than anything else in the world. And when you find her, you fight for her… And maybe the stuff you do… isn’t so clean. You know what? It doesn’t matter. Because in your heart you know that the juice is worth the squeeze. That’s what moral fiber‘s all about.”
–Matthew Kidman (Emile Hirsch), The Girl Next Door.
I found my one special thing and I’ll fight for him forever. (Love you sweetie! Can’t believe we are getting married in 4 days.)
I also found another kind of moral fiber. (Trader Joe’s High Fiber Low Fat Organic Moral Fiber Blueberry Bran Muffins.)
These moral fiber muffins makes a delicious dessert spread with (full fat) cream cheese. Great breakfast too. I am always finding new fats to obsess over. Recently my fat of choice has been cream cheese.
Exercise of the day: walking to and from work (2.8 miles). I’m not even going to pretend I’ll have time for a 20-minute video today.
What’s your fat of choice? Do YOU have moral fiber?
I first learned about soba noodles from my half-Japanese fiance. He introduced me to “zaru soba“, a favorite of his mom’s, which is simply chilled soba noodles that you dip in a soy saucey sauce. I made it way back in 2007. They are usually topped with scallions and bonito flakes and sometimes seaweed. Ever since my first bite of zaru soba I have been on the hunt for more delicious soba recipes. I found a recipe in The Dancing Gourmet and decided to Maggie-fy it into this…
(Note – I think this would also be awesome if you subbed mushrooms in for the eggplant. Just saying.)
Maggie’s Miso Eggplant Soba Noodles
Ingredients (serves 1-2; 1 as a meal or 2 as a side)
- 1 bundle of soba noodles (it’s probably 1.5 – 2 servings)
- 1/2 of a small/medium eggplant, thinly sliced (I used a mandoline)
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon miso
- 2-3 teaspoons honey
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- 1-2 tablespoons water (or more, as needed)
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 of a medium cucumber, thinly sliced (mandoline again)
- a few spritzes of bragg’s liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
- Cook noodles according to package (usually boil for 4 minutes and then rinse in cold water).
- Saute the ginger and garlic in the olive oil over high heat for 1 minute. Add the eggplant and reduce heat to medium; saute for 2 minutes. Add a few tablespoons of water if it starts to dry out.
- Add the miso, honey, and mustard and continue to cook over medium heat. Add more water as needed to make this into a creamy sauce. Cook for about 2 more minutes.
- Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the scallions, cucumber, and noodles. Spritz with bragg’s or soy sauce.
- Serve garnished with cilantro (or whatever is in your fridge).
This really was good. I brought it for lunch, which wasn’t the best idea as I don’t like having noodles for lunch, but it worked. I actually don’t like noodles in general so the fact that I liked this must mean it’s pretty delicious.
I have another soba recipe coming, so stay tuned…
What’s your favorite noodle? Do you even like noodles?
I have had a really amazing 6 day streak of happiness. Ever since Wednesday night I’ve been over the moon. Since I’m in such a good mood I wanted to give an update about the thing that makes me the happiest girl in the world: getting married to Bobby, the most amazing man I have ever met! (The engagement post is here.) I am also excited about a product review that I’m going to do for a company that sells bar stools – stay tuned 🙂 Maybe I will get some bar stools for my wedding, hehe.
We have picked a place for the ceremony – the meetinghouse I grew up going to in Yardley, PA. Here is a nice picture (this is in the winter):
They are so sweet – when my dad told them I was getting married they blocked off every weekend in July for us (we still haven’t picked the exact date).
Now for the reception! We have a few options. We may be able to have it at the meetinghouse, if we can get them to let us have wine and beer (Quakers typically do not drink, myself included). If that doesn’t work out, we will likely have it at my parents’ house in New Jersey. My really sweet Auntie Jo and Uncle Morris (remember our gingerbread houses?) offered their house (in Flushing) for the reception as well – they have a great backyard. I think we will have a party there this summer anyway even if we don’t hold the reception there.
Speaking of Auntie Jo, we took a really awesome cooking class last week… I must update about that. Soon, I promise. It was called “Eat Local, Drink Global” and the focus was fish. The very talented Peter Berley was the teacher. I think Bobby is jealous of my celebrity crush on him.
Onto the food! Here are some yummy things I have eaten recently: frozen yogurt from Berrywild – The Art of Yogurt.
Berrywild has two kinds of yogurt – “berry smooth” and “kinda icy”. Bobby and I both got “kinda icy”. So good! I will definitely go back. Bobby always gets toppings but I am too cheap for them.
I like to switch up my morning breakfast grains (when I go for grains). This is grits with lots of cinnamon (that’s why it’s kind of brown and looks like oat bran). I topped it with agave nectar and coconut oil.
I don’t understand what the difference is between coconut oil and coconut butter. The oil is solid at room temperature, so it’s kind of buttery. The butter melts really easily just like the oil. Are they the same?
I went through a phase once where I did not eat much oil or any fats in general, and I was miserable. I couldn’t get full not matter how much I ate, I was cold, my skin was dry, and I was cranky as hell. Healthy fats can be revitalizing for your skin, hair, hormones, etc… Fats are so necessary in a healthy diet! I would even go so far as to say that eating more fat will help you lose weight, provided that you don’t overdo it. When I eat more carbs and less fats, I gain weight; when I do the opposite, I lose (or maintain, if I want to).
What’s your favorite healthy fat? I think mine is coconut oil or butter. Love them both.
I’m blogging two nights in a row… what am I, unemployed again? (I’m not; still loving the new job and keeping busy.)
First, I must say – I loved all of your comments on yesterday’s post (about chilling out re: exercise). Guess what – no exercise today either (does 4 blocks of walking count?). But it’s all good. I don’t need much to be happy.
This weekend was jam-packed with fun. On Saturday night my best friend from high school (she lives in NJ) came up to visit me and Bobby. She brought her boyfriend as well. Bobby and I took them to walk down 5th Avenue, which is gorgeous this time of year. We stopped at the Rockefeller center to see the tree…
Oddly enough, I have a really similar picture of the two of us in the same pose (with a Christmas tree behind us) in Princeton from 2005 (I think). We love Christmas.
After we saw the beautiful Christmas tree at Rockefeller, we got stuck in people-traffic because everyone was watching this light show (the snowflakes light up and dance to holiday music).
Eventually we made it to 44th and 6th Ave to go to Virgil’s Barbecue… but actually Christine doesn’t like BBQ (whoops!). Luckily there was a nice restaurant next door called The Long Room, which is so new that it doesn’t even have a website yet (!). It’s a nice Irish pub/bar and it’s reasonably inexpensive (for New York).
The menu looked great. I ordered the “Cast Iron Roasted Chicken” – with cauliflower mash and haricots verts (18.95). Bobby, Christine, and Devin all ordered beers (Guinness – it’s an Irish restaurant) and I got a diet coke.
My meal was amazing. The “cauliflower mash” is mashed potatoes with some cauliflower mushed in; the green beans (haricots verts) were wonderfully seasoned and oiled; and the chicken was amazingly tender. I finished just about all of it (Bobby stole a few bites). Bobby (and Christine) ordered the Fish and Chips ($14.95 I think)…
Really good. He poured vinegar all over the “chips” (fries) so I didn’t like them, but the fish was great. Devin got a Buffalo chicken pizza (13.95 maybe?) and I think his was probably the best dish (no picture).
I would definitely go back here. I want that pizza! We had a really awesome time. Christine and I get along; Bobby and Devin get along – they are another perfect double date couple.
Can’t wait to see them again – probably for New Year’s, if not earlier.
Do you like to go on double dates? Bobby and I have been doing lots of couples outings recently (like Josie’s West with Kate and Simon) and I am absolutely loving it.
I’m thankful for a lot of things. Here are just a few of them…
- Bobby – 4 years on December 3rd (!) and getting married soon (thanks for all the feedback on this picture)
- Our family
- Our cats (Couscous and Bo)
- Almost 2 years of blogging (here’s my first post)
- My friends (new and old)
- My new job
- The future
- Salad and frozen yogurt (like Bekah)
- Kabocha (haven’t had any in a while though! must get on that)
- Cupcakes from Crumbs (from my boss’s wife)
- Grits for breakfast (instant! not actually from Metro Cafe; their container was handy though)
- Lots of other things that I’m not thinking of right now 😛
Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?