Almost exactly five years ago, my husband and I had our first date. At the so-called Africa Fest in my hometown. Since then it has become a yearly tradition. Last Saturday, we went there again.
Look, camels! I really had to hold myself back, or else I would have bought a ton of stuff. Instead, I only got a few special food items. More on that later.
As my parents live just a few blocks away from the Africa Fest, we also paid them a visit. We were sent home with a bucket full of vegetables from their garden. Yes, a bucket! They gave us four large cucumbers, two small cucumbers, lots of cherry tomatoes, two heads of salad, and a zucchini bigger than my forearm! Several days later, I’ve just about eaten half of it. Oh my!
Anyway, here’s what I ate last Sunday:
The usual breakfast sandwiches: tofurky slice, hummus, ajvar, strawberry jam, vegetables (from that bucket above). I always need to have a big, hearty breakfast, otherwise I’d be a very unhappy person.
Time to use up those garden veggies! So I made a big salad for lunch for my husband and me. I topped mine with millet, red bell pepper, sweet corn, kidney beans, and avocado. Now, that’s a filling lunch salad!
As my afternoon snack I had plantain chips and cherries. I got the chips from the Africa Fest, and I think it was the first time I ever had those. I love them! They look like bananas, but taste like potatoes. How crazy is that!?
One of my absolute favorite foods is potato salad. But only the Bavarian version, which doesn’t contain mayo! Instead it is dressed with a mix of (vegetable) broth, onions, vinegar, and oil. Very simple, very tasty, and potentially vegan. Win-win-win! I served it with pan-fried tofu, ketchup, and a sliced tomato – you guessed it, from the bucket.
This is another one of my African finds, a spiced up hot chocolate mix from Madagascar. It contains cocoa, cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom, black pepper, and a little bit of cane sugar. I mixed it with hot rice milk, and it was the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. Incredible!
Last week, my team-mate Natalie gave me some red currants from her garden, and I decided to use them in a pie, vegan apple berry pie, to be exact. Dang, that one was tart! But we ate it anyway, with a little help from our other co-workers. No dessert left behind!
Probably the easiest workout I can think of is my beloved Lunch Break Run. At least once a week I take my gym bag to the office and spend my lunch break running at one of the nearby trails with some of my co-workers. I always feel so refreshed after our runs. It’s a great way to avoid afternoon slumps, too! And thank goodness for the ladies’ shower! So I don’t have to be all sweaty and smelly for the rest of my workday.
Do you like to exercise during your lunch break?