a seasonal dinner

Good evening, lovelies!  Have you all hopped over to Meghann’s blog to check out the Blogger Bake Sale?  There are some amazing-looking baked treats up for sale, and all proceeds go to a wonderful cause, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Bidding ends at midnight for Day 1 so be sure to get over there and place your bids before your favorite items get snatched up!  I’ve got two items up for sale, chocolate chip cookies and my own banana apple bread.

This morning I woke up feeling really yucky.  I was nauseous and light-headed, and would have put-off work for a few hours had I not had so much to do at the office.  I dragged myself up, took a shower, made my breakfast then went straight back to bed.  After about 30 minutes I felt a little bit better and got moving again, and my hubb  brought me a glass of OJ to get something in my stomach.  I wound up packing up my breakfast and taking it to the office with me, eating it once my stomach felt not-so-flippy.

Breakfast: 8oz of OJ, a toasted ezekiel muffin with TJ’s crunchy peanut butter and sliced apples.

[446 cal]


My hubb was such a sweetie and made me this gorgeous salad for lunch, complete with homemade vinaigrette!  He even took pictures…can you believe him?!?  I also was craving some soup, so I ran across the street to Revolutionary Soup for their Spicy Senegalese Peanut Tofu soup…YUM.  I must learn how to make this.

Lunch:  fresh salad and spicy peanut tofu soup, along with a small whole wheat roll.

[salad = 200 cal, soup = ???, whole wheat roll = ???]


My salad had:

  • baby greens
  • spinach
  • cucumber
  • yellow bell pepper
  • dried cranberries
  • slivered almonds
  • 3 tbsp roasted garlic hummus
  • homemade balsamic vinaigrette

Sadly, my stomach got all weird again about halfway through my salad so I couldn’t finish it.  😦  I had a couple of iffy hours where I was willing time to go by so that I could go home and lay down.  I decided to eat a granola bar to settle my tum around 5:00, and it actually helped quite a bit.  But not enough for me to feel up for yoga at 6pm…I’m so sad that I missed it.

Afternoon Snacks:  A Quaker True Delights bar while at work, a dried fig while cooking dinner.

[162 cal]



When we got home I knew I wanted something warm and comforting.  Luckily I had some soup on the menu…  This weekend I managed to fit in 2 long hot baths, complete with bubbles, vino and the latest Bon Appetit magazine.  I also had the February 2008 issue of BA, which I hadn’t had a chance to read last year because I was deeply entrenched in my graduate studies.  I held on to all of my neglected foodie magazines so that I could read them this year, during their intended month to take advantage of the seasonal recipes always featured.  I read about yukon gold potatoes, kale, meyer lemons and leeks.  My reading left me craving a hearty winter soup…and a lemon drop martini.  I fulfilled the first craving tonight, the second will probably wait until the weekend.  🙂



Tonight’s dinner isn’t a recipe from BA, unfortunately…it probably would have turned out a bit better if it had been.  It was good, the flavors were spot-on, but the texture of the soup was a bit, well, gluey.  For lack of a better descriptor.  I believe the reason for the extra thick creaminess was my use of yukon golds, which in hindsight I think would be better suited to a chunky soup than a pureed soup.  Lesson learned.  I will definitely try this recipe again, just with a different type of potato.

Dinner:  potato leek soup with kale and hearty oat biscuits.

[437 cal]


Potato Leek Soup with Kale

226 calories, 7.4g fat, 1g sat fat, 37.5 carbs, 4.9g fiber, 9.2g protein

makes 4 servings


  • 2 medium leeks, chopped finely
  • 1/2 large onion, about 1 cup chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 3 potatoes (next time, I’ll use russet)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups of veggie broth
  • 4 cups chopped kale, loosely packed
  • salt + pepper


  1. Heat oil on medium.  Add leeks, onion, celery and potatoes, stir to coat with oil.  When veggies start sizzling, lower heat and cover pot.  Let the veggies sweat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally , until veggies are tender.
  2. Add veggie broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat back down to simmer and cover.  Let simmer for about 20 minutes until potatoes are starting to fall apart.
  3. Puree’ soup in a blender until smooth and creamy.  Pour back in soup pot and keep warm on low heat.  Season with salt + pepper.
  4. Place chopped kale in large saucepan and cover with water.  Boil for 5 minutes, until kale is bright green and tender. Drain kale and add to soup.


I also made some hearty oat biscuits with the addition of sharp white cheddar cheese and scallions.  Again, flavors were great, but the texture was off.  The dough was wetter than normal…I’m thinking that in my slightly hazy/ill state I mis-measured something.  I’m going to hold off on sharing the recipe this time because I really want to work on perfecting it and I don’t want to mis-lead you.


Dessert:  more beautiful grapes.

[110 cal]


Alrighty, I’m feeling much better now but am ready for bed.  I really want to get up in the morning for my run so that I can keep my evening free for yoga, although that means I’ll only be getting about 5.5 hours of sleep.  😦  There are not enough hours in a day!!!  How many hours of sleep do you get a night?  I feel really lucky if I get 7, but I’m usually closer to 6.  Not good…



30 responses to “a seasonal dinner

  1. I’m glad ‘m not alone in the sleep department! Last week I was averaging 4-5 hours, normally it’s 6-7 hours. Oh and that salad is phenomenal. Good luck with your day tomorrow!

  2. Your pictures are great looking! You can’t tell the soup is “gluey” it looks like something I’d eat! 🙂

  3. That soup looks so good!!! I hope you are feeling much better this morning!

    I ususally get 6 hours of sleep on average, 5 if I cant sleep and 7 if I am super lucky on the weekends…

  4. FIG PORN!! 😀

    Hope oyu’re feeling 100% better now!!

  5. I’m sorry about your tummy! I hope you feel better soon!

    Rev. Soup!

  6. Feel Better Soon!!!

    Love the breakfast, salad (how sweet of the hubby), soup (I’ve never had leeks before!), and yummy fig. Delicious eats as usual.

  7. hope you feel better soon! I usually get around 7 hours, but feel best when I get 8 =)

  8. Hope you’re feeling better! You’ve got a sweet husband. 🙂

  9. I didn’t feel good at all yesterday either!! Feeling better today! What a great hubby!

    Lately I’ve been going to bed waaay after 11, like 11:30pm or later!!! and I wake up at 6:15am!! NOT GOOD! My new goal is to be in bed by 11 this week and then I will slowly make it earlier. 10pm would be optimal for me since that would give me 8hrs nightly. I just can’t seem to drag myself away from the TV, but I really need to becuase thats what DVR is for!! (except LOST of course)

  10. Feel better! How nice of your husband to take care of you!

    I wish there were more hours in the day! I usually get around 7 and feel pretty good.

  11. As always, I love your photos!

  12. That soup sounds delicious!

    Be sure to visit my blog today to take part in my contest!!

  13. I love the picture of the leek rings – they’re so much fun to slice.

  14. I absolutely love all your soups. You need to create a separate page for these beauties!

    I get about 6 hours of sleep a night. I would lie and say 8 – but I just know that’ s not true (even if it’s what I’m aiming for)

  15. Hope you’re feeling better today Andrea. Seems like everyone is getting sick these days. So sorry, especially that you had to miss yoga!

    How sweet of your husband – he makes one beautiful salad, AND he even remembered to take a picture. Love it!

    I would also like for you to get the recipe for that peanut soup…and then share. 🙂

    I need about 8-9 hours of sleep, but I’ve been staying up way too late these days. Not good for me either!

  16. your pics are really stunning, they make me want to devote all your eats! 😀

  17. Aw I hope you’re feeling better today! The hubs did a good job on the salad!!

    Thanks for the soup recipe – sounds fabulous 🙂

  18. Hi! Well sleep – with the two young pups we were getting much sleep while crate training and taking a potty trip or two outside. Now that they are 6 months they can make it through the night. Now it just means I stay up to late some nights. Work schedules vary for me too. 😦 Some nights I get 5 some 8. I’d love 12! I’m a sleeper. 🙂

  19. hope you are feeling better now! i try and get at least 7 hours of sleep.. and i hate admitting it, but i sleep in a lot more than necessary! i love sleeping!!!

  20. lovely photos! i especially like the fig shot. my camera is not great at closeups and the fig seeds always look blury in my pics!! I am totally feeling you on the sleep…i usually get between 6-7 but would love 8. i just get home so late and am usually up until midnight — doing nothing it seems LOL


  21. I just found your food blog! I’m an avid reader and yours seemed so cute I had to read! Then when I looked at your bio I saw you live in Cville! I’m a PhD student at UVa! I just got really excited! I definitely will continue to read!

  22. What is up with all the icky tummies around here!

    Your soup and pictures are lovely, as always.

    My body NEEDS 8 hours of sleep a night. My body GETS about 6.

    I’m working on getting about 4 more hours tacked onto a 24 hour day. So far its not going well.

  23. Sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well – what a sweet hubby to make and photograph your salad!

    I made a soup for lunch today, and like you, I wasn’t thrilled with the consistency (mine was too watery). Even if the taste is there, texture is a key component in soup, so I hear ya!

    I aim for 8 hours of sleep – though I don’t always get all of them.

  24. Hope you are feeling better! I am the lucky winner of your bread! Can’t wait! All your food looks delish.

  25. The most comforting soup for me is tomato soup. I love it. And the pic of the fig, beautiful.

  26. wow, beautiful salad from the hub!

    i really can’t function well without 8 hours of sleep. but i haven’t gotten my full 8 in ages! the days just completely disappear on me.

  27. That is an intensely gorgeous salad – many kudos to the hubbs.

    For sleep, I naturally sleep a little more than 8 hours, but I do just as well on 7. Just hate that alarm!

  28. This is my first time commenting and I wanted to say that I love your blog and your photography is gorgeous!

    I almost always get 8 hours of sleep (11-7). I’m lucky that I get out of work on the early side so I can exercise right after work and still get home/have dinner at a reasonable time.

  29. 6 hours standard – maybe 7 on a weekend. I guess my body has just gotten used to that, because I function pretty well with that amount.

    Your soup looks sooo yummy! And let’s just say, you are the only one who can photograph a fig and make it look like food porn. Great job!

  30. I pretty much always get a little over 8 hours of sleep (9:30ish to 5:50). If I get much less, I don’t function well.

    Just found your blog & love it!

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