A Romantic Breakfast for One

I’m a rough on the outside hopeless romantic. You won’t hear me “awwing” over couples holding hands in the park or read a sappy love soaked status on my personal Facebook page. For me, the hopeless part has and always will be an old fashioned love longing. The kind where an elderly couple still grocery shops together or a boy uses handwritten letters to woo the apple of his eye.

One of my favorite authors once wrote “there are certain people you love who do something else; they define how you classify what love is supposed to feel like. These are the most important people in your life, and you’ll meet maybe four or five of these people over the span of 80 years. But there’s still one more tier to all this; there is always one person you love who becomes that definition….This is the person who unknowingly sets the template for what you will always love about other people…they’re often just the person you happen to meet the first time you really, really, want to love someone. But that person still wins. They win, and you lose. Because for the rest of your life, they will control how you feel about everyone else.”

Chuck Klosterman is an American pop-culture journalist who became a genius in my eyes after those insightful words from Killing Yourself to Live: 85% a True Story. While I’m sure he’s complimented for his writing techniques more often than not, it’s even more likely that nobody ever compared that paragraph to food before. How could I not?

I recently had a date with the “four” that classified what love feels like to me. One of my romantic guests was even THE ONE who became my ultimate definition of love. That’s right, they were all there and it wasn’t even awkward. I’m guessing that’s because they couldn’t talk.

Goat Cheese, Tomato, Egg and Garlic joined me at a recent breakfast. There were a few other foodie friends filling up empty chairs around us like wheat toast, basil, salt and pepper but our rendezvous was the main event. It proved uncomplicated, as we caught up on all old, but good times. One scent of the garlic whisked me back to the past, when my love for food was first defined. Their unique and bold flavors took turns talking but each got my undivided attention when needed.

You all know I didn’t really go out to eat or have a conversation with these ingredients but they are my true loves in many ways so when I decided to combine them for a quick and easy open faced breakfast sandwich, it was head over heels city and I was the mayor.

I began by roasting garlic, which you can find easy steps on doing so HERE. I don’t have a garlic roaster so aluminum foil and oil gets the job done. Feel free to pick your favorite bread but I’d go with something relatively grainy for texture. Make the slice nice and toasty, then spread the goat cheese while it’s still warm. Mix the roasted garlic with the goat cheese spread as you add it to the toast. Top with fresh, whole basil leaves, over medium eggs and thinly sliced tomatoes. Hold the salt through your entire cooking process and only sprinkle a little on the tomatoes when done, paired with fresh ground pepper.

Less for the roasted garlic, which you can skip or might have some made ahead of time, this entire breakfast takes a mere 10 minutes, if that, and is wholesome, too! Tomatoes are their ripest at this time of year and a perfect addition to any sandwich but you can make the quick, lite morning meal your way, with your favorites who define what foodie love is supposed to feel like. Once you’re ready to love and you find a personalized romantic combination of your own, it will control the way you feel about any future breakfast sandwiches for the rest of your life.

Until Next Time,

Garlic’s Girlfriend

Six Ways to Meet Your Resolutions

It’s true, I might still be writing 2011 on every document and signature line, but the fact is 2012 is here. And with the new year comes lots of resolutions, some easier to achieve than others. This year, I decided to take a route similar to those aiming to be healthier and happier, but instead, bundled it all up into one simple resolution…”I resolve to be the best version of myself, every day, one day at a time.”  By breaking it up into a day-by-day resolution, the task doesn’t seem as daunting and I am able to celebrate a success every day. Those that know me well know that I love any reason to celebrate. So, here are six ways I aim to achieve my 2012 goal.

Find Your Workout

Hot yoga is my workout. I’ve claimed it, it works, it’s mine. I leave feeling refreshed, yet exhausted. The point in this is to find your workout. Don’t lift weights or try Zumba because “it’s all the rave.” Try new workouts and find the one that leaves you feeling energized, mentally refreshed and exhausted at the end. Once you find the trifecta, you’ve got your workout…now run with it!

Use Good Habits to Break Old Habits

One of my worst habits is passing out after a long day without washing my face. So, to break this habit, I bought white pillow cases because I also hate sleeping on dirty sheets. This might not be the exact answer for you, but think about your bad habits and instead of scolding yourself for not being able to break it, think of a creative way to counter it with a good habit.

Be More Conscious of Time Spent

When I moved into my new apartment, I was faced with the decision of whether or not to turn the cable on. I decided to try out an experiment and go without it.  What I realized was that cable was the biggest time sucker in my life. Almost everything I used to do with the tv on as background noise now got accomplished in half the time. I guess I also realized we aren’t as good as multitasking as we think. Since I have been without cable, I have managed to accomplish more in my day and feel more rested and never rushed.

Learn to Say No…and Yes

This one may seem contradictory in nature, but what I realized is that my happiness is not going to come to me. All of those movies where it magically works out in the end are all Hollywood tales and if I want the same outcome, I have to write my own story. So, I took control and learned that when I want something, I should go for it and say yes. And when something makes me unhappy, I should also stand up and say no. By learning how to say yes and no, I have been much happier and motivated to achieve my resolution.

What Goes In, Must Come Out

Yes, this one might be a bit unappealing visually, but its the truth. Meghan constantly stressed the importance of what we put into our bodies and how it controls our moods, attitudes, and appearances. She is helping me to make healthier choices food wise and has also introduced me to the 2012 Challenge. Now maybe this eating style isn’t for you, and that is ok, but try to be more aware of what you are consuming. Calories aren’t the only way to determine food value.

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again

This one is probably the most important of them all. Few people succeed on the first attempt. There are three strikes in baseball in case you don’t hit it on the first try so why should we expect to succeed on our first attempt? If you fall or slip, just take a deep breath and start again. No one ever said the best version of ourselves is perfection.

– Shena –