For Good Measure

by Holly on January 30, 2011

in breakfast,gluten-free,lunch,PROJECT CLEANOUT,rambling,reviews

Food.

Let’s talk about it

With a side of coffee, for good measure.

Let’s take a break from all the technical photography jibber-jabbering to discuss the fact my attempt at cleaning out the pantry had some mild success this week. Mild success only because I am lazy and by week’s end, I had eaten out four times.

No meals of which I photographed, because I am slightly embarrassed of this fact.

Apparently, I deemed my simple breakfasts of seedy toast + drizzle of olive oil + sprinkle of sea salt more picture worthy than Thai curry crab soup, scallion tofu cream cheese with avocado + arugula on a garlic bagel and a vanilla cupcake topped with raspberry-infused coconut.

You can say it.

I’m a foolishly bad blogger.

If I introduce you to the world’s greatest candy bar, would you forgive me?

Cadbury’s Crunchie Bar.

Milk chocolate with a honeycomb center.

I ate approximately 567 of these when I studied abroad in London (hello study abroad 15!). One of my BFFs, who currently lives in the world’s greatest city, sent me a 4-pack as a birthday gift.

Needless to say, they haven’t lasted long in my apartment.

What else won’t last long in my apartment?

{smooth transition, I know}

This coconut oil, which I received from Tropical Traditions to give my gosh darn honest review.

Reasons why I immediately liked Tropical Traditions coconut oil…

  • certified organic
  • GMO-free
  • non-refined
  • made fresh from coconuts (surprisingly, not all brands are)
  • handmade in small batches
  • environmentally-conscious company
  • supporter of family farms

With the amazingly good-for-you MCFAs (medium-chain fatty acids), coconut oil doesn’t get much better than this.

But the taste?

Two Everythingtarian thumbs up.

It’s got a lovely subtle flavor, which I found the perfect addition to this lunch concoction…

1 cup millet (tossed in 1 T coconut oil)
1/2 cup corn
1/4 cup peas
caramelized onions
grated Raspberry Bellavitano cheese

More recipes featuring coconut oil to come in addition to other uses for coconut oil which include (but are not limited to) hair masks, homemade deodorant, massage oil and digestive aids.

First, I need to run six miles.

Outside.

In 22 degree weather.

Without my lungs collapsing.

Wish me a side of good luck, for good measure?

{ 40 comments }

Adam January 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Go rock that run. Coconut oil is the best fuel, FYI. :)

Ashley January 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Eat it up, girl! Cleaning out my fridge is always fun for me…I know that means making room for awesome new stuff! The thai soup has intrigued me! I just may have to look into that for a dinner this week. TONS of luck to you on the run in this gross, cold weather!

rebecca lustig January 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm

what an interesting candy bar! the center does look very honeycomb like!

good luck with the run

megan @ the oatmeal diaries January 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I need that candy bar and that lunch, STAT. Such a beautiful photo of the honeycomb center, seriously! My best friends from England always bring me back Cadbury’s… it’s all so heavenly :)

Stephanie January 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Good luck with the run! I’m always on the lookout for cocount oils!

Amber January 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Good luck!

Erica January 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm

A honeycomb center? That sounds ridiculous good. And your bowl of goodness=awesome. Caramelized onions…get in my belly. Hope you stay warm during your run!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans January 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I’ll run if you will. I’ve been swearing I was going to go in 20 minutes since I woke up this morning at 8am. It’s now after 3. I’ll go by 4, I swear!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness January 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Gah! I’m such a wus- 22-degree running weather does not exist in my book. But I wish you the best of luck!

And I’m soooo excited to be roadtrippin’ my butt through Wisconsin next weekend!

Kelly January 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm

that chocolate bar looks like sponge candy – do you know what that is? it’s popular in my hometown (buffalo), but no one anywhere else knows what it is. It melts in your mouth an is all kinds of delicious. mmm.

Happy running!

Lauren January 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I remember eating THE BEST Chocolate when I lived in England. I’ll never forget the Cadbury bars and especially, the ice cream bars. Oh my why is chocolate so much better there? THe Crunchie Bars sound FANTASTIC!!!! So sad I didn’t see these when I was there.

Coconut Oil is amazing to cook with. I always try to find more ways to incorporate it.

Runeatrepeat January 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Ah! Stay warm on that run!!!

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum January 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Oh wow. You’re ambitious. I can’t get myself to run outside when I have the option to work out indoors… It’s soooo cold. As for the Crunchie bar… I have most definitely had many a Crunchie in my days abroad. I believe I was first introduced to them in Australia!

VeggieGirl January 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm

BEST of lucl!

VeggieGirl January 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm

And by “lucl,” of course I mean luck ;)

Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Good luck with the run! And love the food, too. That candy bar sounds interesting.

julie January 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm

i have a HUGE tub of coconut oil and i never know what to do with it! i saw snackface put it in her oats and i’m thinking that’s probably a genius idea haha but i like this of yours too! share moreeee

Maren January 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Just remember that six miles on the treadmill is WAY worse than six miles outside! :) Hope it went well!

Jess January 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Hope the run was a SUCCESS!! :)

amanda January 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

i’ll talk about just anything with a side of coffee. let’s be serious.

um, that candy bar looks awesome. i’ve never in my life seen those suckers around. jellin’.

i’m sure you made that run in 22 degree weather your bitch.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Good luck on that run – I have to get my hands on some coconut oil – that looks amazing.

Christine @wtfdoor January 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Please! I have a huge container of organic coconut oil and don’t know what on earth to do with it. Looking forward to recipes!

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I am a sucker for honeycomb! I would love to devour that bar!

Pure2Raw Twins January 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Love coconut oil! Have it just about every day…oh and millet, I have not had that in awhile, need to make it soon!!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm

youre running outside when it’s freezing. majooooor props!

coconut oil. major fan.
just make your own chocolate now! i have a coconut oil choc recipe that i put to frequent use. lol :)

Katharina January 30, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I MUST try that candy bar. The question is not would I forgive you for sharing it, but would I forgive you for NOT sharing this! I love honey, and anything honey related… and I also love chocolate. I bet the chocolate shop around here sells it. They have a bunch of Cadbury exports so if they know what’s good.. ;)

I hope you had a good and refreshing run, love.

XO!!!

p.s. some sort of meeting, wherever it may be in this world is in order! Are you still going to be DC in March??

Katharina January 30, 2011 at 9:58 pm

ohhh and p.s.s. today I was imagining all of the people who are full of life and you can’t help but feel ecstatic around them, and you came to mind :) Although I haven’t met you in person (yet) I already get that feeling from you.

Deidre January 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Have you used the babycakes cookbook? It’s a vegan cookbook and they coconut oil for a butter/fat substitute while baking vegan/gluten free. DELICIOUS.

Eden January 31, 2011 at 12:40 am

I used to hoard “crunchie” i my suitcase when I went to London and Sydney! I felt cool like cause I got through customs without dogs sniffing me out!
With all do respect to your running aspirations, I like Joan River’s advice, “The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.”

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby January 31, 2011 at 7:25 am

Git it gurl, you got that run! No suckah cold weather gon’ bring you down.

Okay, I’m too awkward and caucasian to pull that off. No, but really. Git it :)

Kacy January 31, 2011 at 9:40 am

Honeycomb center? For real? My mind is spinning. In a good way.

Hope the six miles went well, you are far braver than I. I’ve been a treadmill whore this season.

Annie January 31, 2011 at 11:09 am

I LOVE Crunchies. My study abroad in England was full of them – and Mint Aero’s. So delicious.

Megan (Braise the Roof) January 31, 2011 at 11:13 am

I like that project clean out meal! Well done, ma’am. Why are European chocolate bars SO good? Kinder was always my favorite when I was studying abroad. Especially the Kinder Surprise because it was a milk chocolate shell and had a stupid plastic toy inside. Why a 20 year old got excited about cheap plastic hidden inside her food is a mystery to me, but it happened.

Little Bookworm January 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

Good luck with the run! Funny seeing food from the UK on your blog, glad you like the Crunchie bars, it’s been years since I had one. :)

Sami January 31, 2011 at 11:41 am

i loveeee seedy toast. whenever i smell it in the toaster at work, i start to crave it!!

xo.

Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 31, 2011 at 11:58 am

that first picture with the coffee and the reflection is so cool! I can’t figure out if the window is reflecting in the coffee or vice-versa!

happy monday girl!

Rachael January 31, 2011 at 2:31 pm

God. Cadbury. When I came back from living in England, I had cavities for the first time in my life. I blame massive amounts of C-bury goodness and my torrid love affair with Jelly Babies.
I need Jelly Babies in my life. Must find British sugar daddy to literally supply me with sugar.
Good feet to you on that run. Can’t say I miss the mileage :)

Brandy January 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Sadly, I haven’t mustered up the courage to spend the funds on a container of coconut oil yet. I feel like the only blogger in the US not using it. It is life-changing?

Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! February 1, 2011 at 10:51 am

When I was abroad, I ate about a million Kinder Bueno chocolate bars (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinder_Bueno). If you’ve never had one, that should be fixed–stat! They’re absolutely phenomenal, and I fully support the sampling of the, um, local chocolate cuisine when traveling abroad. I hope you had a great run!

Katie February 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Oh holy brrr…I hope you survived your run. Also, now I want a candybar.

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