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What’s For Breakfast?

Posted: 5 March, 2018 in Diet, Food

Long before Bill Cosby recorded his skit about giving his kids chocolate cake for breakfast, I had already wondered why it was okay to have a donut for breakfast, but not a piece of cake? And why were sugary cereals preferable to donuts?

I even asked my mother about this once, but like so many childhood inquiries, my questions were unable to generate any useful answers.

Lately I’ve been wondering. Why do breakfasts often feature hash brown, but not mashed, potatoes? Why do we serve rench fries with hamburgers and hot dogs, rather than. mashed or boiled? Well, okay–boiled potatoes in a potato salad.

I can’t stand to even be near to someone who puts ketchup (a tomato-based sauce) on their eggs, and yet I was quite put out this morning when I realized I had no Frank’s RedHot sauce (another tomato-based sauce) to put on my omelette.

(As an aside,growing up, one of my brothers hated tomatoes but loved tomato juice, while the other one loved tomatoes but hated tomato juice. And don’t even get me started on my German great-grandfather who insisted on spreading good German mustard on his pancakes.)

And the greatest mystery of all: Does anybody drink milk with their pizza? If not, why not? My mother always served us milk with just about every other Italian dish, so why not pizza? It was the same ingredients just arranged differently.

I believe that beer is the perfect accompaniment to Chinese or Mexican food. But for Indian or Thai? Thai iced tea or Masala Chai.

I’m pretty sure most of us prefer American versions of Chinese cuisine to the real thing. I mean really? Baby octopus?

Then again, I prefer TexMex to Mexican food. I had a couple of friends who spent a spring break in Mexico, and complained that there wasn’t a single Taco Bell in the whole country! They had to eat REAL MEXICAN food! Oh, the humanity!

And even this blog, which is ostensibly about food, is more about culture and my own personal philosophies of life. It’s just that most of my insights occur over breakfast or dinner, or as is more often the case, a nice cup of tea.

What about you, dear reader? Do you have any hard and fast breakfast rules? Or do you believe as I do that when it comes to food, rules are meant to be broken?

My Newest Favorite Sandwich

Posted: 5 September, 2017 in Diet, Vegetarians
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Yeah, it’s been a while. I’ve been having serious health problems—I’m sick of the fascist, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, homophobic orange clown we call the president.



I’ve often said that bacon is the only thing keeping me from being a vegetarian. Last week, I discovered a product that has eliminated that excuse.

I started reading about meat alternatives a few months ago when, for health reasons, I decided to cut down on my consumption of animal protein. The only alternative seemed to be tofu—and I didn’t like the texture (yes, I know: I’m a picky eater). And the recipes I found to alter the texture seemed like an awful lot of work. I mean, who wants to spend the better part of an hour just to fix breakfast?

Then I discovered tempeh (pronounced TEM-pay). Like tofu, it’s made from soybeans, but it has a much firmer texture. I looked around and found what I was looking for: a soy-based bacon substitute.

I was doubtful at first, but after reading several reviews, I decided to take the plunge. I headed to my nearest Wegman’s and bought a package of Lightlife® Fakin’ Bacon. As George Takei would say, “Oh, my!”


Trust me on this: as a dyed-in-the-wool pork bacon eater, I can honestly say that this is the one food that has overcome my last objection to a vegetarian diet. Don’t believe me? Try my newest favorite sandwich—and the ultimate test for any bacon substitute—a TLT (tempeh, lettuce, and tomato) sandwich:

Robyn’s TLT

  • 2 slices of your favorite bread
  • 2 slices of Lightlife® Fakin’ Bacon (I use 2 strips cut in half. I find that gives me the perfect size forr my bread)
  • Romaine lettuce
  • A nice ripe tomato
  • Mayonnaise
  1. Toast the bread and lightly coat with the mayo.
  2. Tear a piece of lettuce to fit.
  3. Slice the tomato.
  4. Put all of the ingredients on one piece of toast.
  5. Heat the tempeh in a fry pan with a little bit of oil or butter until the edges are crisp.
  6. Remove the tempeh from the pan and put it on top of the other ingredients. Cover with the other piece of toast.
  7. Enjoy!

I’ve also enjoyed this sandwich with the addition of a fried egg and a couple of slices of cheddar cheese on it as well. Hey! It’s cooking! Use your imagination: if you can imagine it, you can make it!

Obladi, Oblada Life goes on

Posted: 15 April, 2016 in death, Diet

I guess my father’s death hit me harder than I first realized. It’s been over six weeks and I’m still having trouble with it. Since returning home from the funeral, I’ve been grocery shopping twice, and other than that, the only times I’ve left my apartment is to see my therapist or to go to my Friday morning job. Oh, right: I puppy-sat Fyona last week.

But except for rarely venturing outside, I think I’m behaving (mostly) rationally: I’m eating properly, baking bread when I need it, and have become more serious about my diet. No, not a weight-loss diet, but rather diet in the sense of what I regularly eat,

I’ve become a vegetarian. Again

I was a vegetarian for a couple of years back in the ‘70s, and for some unknown reason gave it up. But while I was manning (would it be more accurate to say “womanning”?) the Gay Alliance table at the Nazareth College Health Fair a couple of weeks ago, I chatted with the women at the KickStart Rochester table. I had earlier decided, for economic reasons, to cut out meat from my diet, and I hit them up for information. They were vegan, but I’m not ready to make that drastic a step yet; I like my dairy products too much to want to give them up just yet.

Coffee Without Creamer?

My mother-in-law stops on the way to work every morning for a cup of coffee. She’s done this for years, and always orders the same thing: a large coffee, with two sweeteners and two flavored creamers. One morning she was running late, and when she got her coffee, she drove off without realizing that they had messed up her order and left out the creamer. She didn’t have time to go back and have then fix their mistake, so she drank it as it was.

She liked it! She decided that from then on, she was going to drink it without creamer.

So what’s the big deal? The big deal is that by simply eliminating the artificial creamer from her coffee, she lost 4 pounds in one month. Compare that with the sign by the elevator at Strong Memorial Hospital, which says that by walking up a single flight of stairs instead of using the elevator will cause you to lose 5.4 pounds—in a year,

My creamer ran out last week, and I’m not replacing it. I’ve already stopped using Splenda® and started using Stevia®. Both of them cost about the same, but I only need to use half the amount of Stevia®. Instead of creamer, I’m using skim milk. One ingredient instead of 20 or 30 chemical ingredients.

But since I’ve given up flavored creamer, I remembered that I don’t particularly care that much for coffee! So I’ve gone back to tea. And since brewing a decent cup of tea is a bit time-consuming, that cuts back on how much I drink.

I also have to watch the time. For example, it’s 9:00 pm as I write this. I’d dearly love a cup of tea—I haven’t had one all day—but I know if I have a cup this late at night, I’ll have to stay up at least another hour while the tea makes its way through my system so I can download it before bed.

And my sleep has been terrible lately, and that’s given me migraines.

So the tea will have to wait until morning.

And I shall close this entry on that note and say, in the words of the great Samuel Pepys, “And so to bed.”

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