When I lived in Vancouver at the beginning of the '90's, September was fantastic! I would wake up at around 6am, the sky was cloudy, but it was still warm. By 10am, the clouds had begun to disappear. By noon there were no clouds in sight and it was about 20C, 68F. By 2pm, it was an absolutely awesome afternoon. This happened almost everyday. Now, here in Calgary, the sun pokes through the clouds for short periods of time, but that's about it. Now, I hear it's supposed to snow tonight! Son of a....
I went outside today for awhile, but drove instead of walked. I picked up Mrs. Urban Eater and went to her doctors appointment together with her. When she was done, it was lunchtime. We stopped at an Italian place which was on the way back downtown, La Vienna. Decent food, lunch pasta specials for $10. Decent sized portions but not too much to weigh you down if you eat it all. They make their own pasta everyday, which I love. I had the Linguini Tonno (tuna). Linguini, canned Italian tuna packed in olive oil, garlic, pepperoncino and Parmesan shredded over top. I make this at home all of the time. Not too many calories and good flavours.
The sweet but slightly bland pasta-like strands, which look like spaghetti, come out easily by using a fork. You can add pretty much whatever you wish to add flavour to the mix. I usually go with fresh tomatoes, a little garlic, fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, parsley, basil and/or oregano. Use all in moderation or just a couple. They all add a nice flavour kick to the dish. Add a little nice EVOO, Parmesan, sea salt and fresh ground pepper and you have a pseudo pasta-like dish which isn't near as heavy as the actual thing. Some people add butter, but I try to keep the calories down to a minimum. Some chilies and cumin are also ingredients which go well in moderation. Any tomato-based pasta sauce will suffice as well.
I like the spaghetti squash mostly, but any type of squash is good to eat and good for you (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=63). Squash is not a highly liked food by many people, especially kids. But if we can all change this thinking by showing how versatile they are, we can all benefit from them a great deal.
Little O's Menu
The past few days, Little O has been a bit under the weather with a plugged up nose. She's getting better, but the bug is still hanging around. She's taking it all pretty well as this is the first time in her 8.5 months she has been ill. She eats very well everyday anyways, but we are just making sure her menu is heavy on the fruits for the vitamin factor. For breakfast, she has been getting lots of apples, plums and bananas with her regular organic whole grain rice cereal.
For lunch and dinner we started to add more protein. Mrs. Urban Eater cooked a rib roast on Sunday night, so Little O has been getting some of that in small doses. She has also been getting protein from eating hummus as well. She likes it but looks like a dog eating peanut butter as she has to scrape the hummus off of her tongue with her gums. Very entertaining to watch. I think she knows I get a kick out of it. She keeps giving me the "What are you lookin' at??" expression. For lunch and dinner today, I fed her carrots, zucchini and some of the spaghetti squash. Went down in no time flat. For dessert she has been getting plums, saskatoons and apples mixed with yogurt. She seems to like this mix as well.
Now it's time to go outside to harvest the tomatoes and whatever else we can salvage in case it snows and/or freezes tonight. We have a few plants out there, but not too sure if they all were as productive as they could be. I think 3 or 4 of them did fairly well, but the 3 others not so good. We learned tomatoes grow well if they get sun all day long, not just 3/4 of it. Next year will be a lot better, guaranteed!
"Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying."
- Fran Lebowitz
Until next time, good eating everyone.