Archive for the ‘Things I Ate along the Way’ Category


Because you care. I’m half-joking and half serious. I mean – I read them on other blogs and I used to LOVE slam books in elementary school (remember those?). I know I’m not the only quirk who has a passing interest in what shampoo a person uses.

Soooooo here I go with a survey I saw on Amanda’s blessing of a blog. Eating three real-deal meals a day is something I have to work hard on… this is like an extra-credit assignment.

Three Meals, Three Questions


1. Favorite cereal as a child?



General Mills Corn Flakes > Kellogg’s.

I also ate a lot of Rice Krispies (Sog city!). My mom was not a fan of the more sugary cereals…so neither was I. Plus my dad always said if I wanted frosted flakes just add sugar to my corn flakes. It was cheaper that way.

But we had our family’s “special treat” and I – heck I STILL drool over [the idea of eating] this stuff.

2. Coffee or tea? With milk or without?

I’m not a fan of hot drinks so I’m-a roll with iced tea…

Coffee just turns me off but I do go through phases. I like my coffee iced, flavored with lots of sweetener and almond milk … lets just call it a milkshake. And you know…I don’t have much of a sweet tooth.

Although recently I have been a coffee girl. Because of this:

And I can even drink it black.

3. The one food you eat most often at breakfast?

EGGS. Actually, Egg yolks are … complicated. Egg whitez and Beaterz.

What would I do without them? I really hope I don’t lose my appetite for them as I have with dairy. Hard Boiled are already a turn-off.

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Eggs. Such a funny word. Such a funny ..food.


1. Sandwiches are generally considered a “lunch food.” If you had to choose between a grilled cheese and a peanut butter and jelly, which would you pick?

This is just the most ridiculous question anyone could ask me.

Enough said.

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2. You can only put four ingredients in your salad (not including greens); what do you throw in the mix? Additionally, which greens and dressing do you pick?

Only Four? RUDE.  Mine would be Onion, Black Pepper, Salt (substitute style) and blanched asparagus. For greens I LOVE iceberg, arugula and my favorite salad blend:

Dressing? No thanks….but sometimes. Its hard to find sugar free and making my own requires…work. I like these ones:

Annie’s Organic Green Garlic, Newman’s Own Lite Italian and Naturally Fresh Ginger.

3. One food you can’t live without at lunch?

To be honest, I can and have lived without “lunch.” But not very well. Whatever it is though it absolutely HAS to have produce. Vegetables especially. At least something green.

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1. It’s the end of the day. You’re tired, hungry, and your fridge is empty. If a fast food (from a chain) is your only option, where do you go and what do you order?

Honestly? This would never happen. I hoard food. If I was too tired to cook or whatever I would most likely go to the supermarket for pre-cooked shrimp, salad or sushi. Whole Foods…if I’ve got a dime or 250.


BUT…let me think… I guess…. fast-food-chain wise I would head to Panera or Chipotle if there was one nearby (I ate at Panera once) or Subway and get a salad …maybe with a veg burger. I’m difficult (understatement). For now.

2. TV/computer on or off while you’re eating?

I’d love to say differently but TV ON. On the floor. Off a tray. LOL. I live alone. It’s no big deal. I mean – look at how much fun she’s having…

When I am with people or family however….TV OFF or I get stone cold ragey.

3. The one food you eat most often at dinner?

This. I eat asparagus about 363 days a year and have done so for YEARS. Really. Yes, really.  I think it’s a bit of a thing if you know what I mean.

Ditto onion.  Always onions. Lots of onions. It reeks (literally. ha.) of disorderly conduct. But for now? Least of my worries. Onions and asparagus and proteins. Sometimes I add other veggies…but only sometimes.

You’d think these were the same meal different photos. Oh but no. This is how I live.
Asparagus. Every day. Years. No lie. My pee doesn’t even smell anymore.

PS::Those Morning Star Veggie Chik’n things? Yeah. That was (was!!) a big deal HUGE thing. But more on that some other day.
PPS:: I’d apologize for the crassnast pics but that would imply that I’m sorry.
PPPS:: Who the heck am I talking to? lol.
PPPPS::I should take a photograph of my humbling dining alone regime. Because….

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I know some pretty heroic people. They gift me with support, kindness, giggles, inspiration and so much more. They’ll even come to my rescue.

These past two months I’ve gotten some unexpected deliveries that have simply touched my heart and soul.

For example, the Nuttzo that Lindsay sent me.

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The way to Missy’s heart is through her nut butter.

I spied Nuttzo PF on Lindsay’s blog and became fixated on it. When she found out they didn’t stock it at my local Whole Foods she sent me one!


Um…wow!!! I have been rationing this baby like the liquid gold it is.  (Or..buttery gold?) I’m proud of my restraint.

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There’s a little under 1/2 left. I’ve got plenty of time to get a second mortgage in order to finance my next jar. And there WILL be a next jar. Whole Foods stocks it now. I’m not proud of my lack of restraint. I kind of get attached to things.

Remember this post?


Shortly after sharing my depression dilemma over my gottahaveit flavor of Crystal Light…Katie sent these:

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I know! So sweet. I’m savoring each and every little drop and not thinking about anything else. One day at a time.

But wait, there’s more!
She also threw in some other things she thought I might like. She was wrong.
I LOVED them.

This sticker for example.

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Little did she know it fits perfectly with my collection of bumper


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She also sent Sandwich Petals .

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I immediately flipped to the ingredients because I avoid flour. I was super-surprised when I read them.


No flour. And though I avoid sugar -  I happily ate them all because I eat what I want.

There are only two other brands of wraps I buy and one of them was being discontinued so – discovering these?


Also. This came.

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I had been sporting my Kindle around in an ankle sock for months and procrastinating getting a cover. I happen to be surfing the net and spied a cute one so I pinned it on Pinterest and …my friend was like “THAT SHALL BE YOURS.”

And boom.

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She delivered me and my Kindle from our naked shame.

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Orange inside!!

Just looking at this makes me happy. And my kindle is happy too.

Wow. So …that was me bragging about all my cool stuff and how lucky I am but I most of toast just want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my peanut butter-filled heart.

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PS- Those wraps?  Them babies be good. SO good you guys. They last forever too. The only place you can get them is through the web. I’m considering ordering some. You can buy them individually here.

PPs- Camera wonky. Pics worse than usual.

PPPS- No mortgage. I rent. I was just being silly me.

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I spent last night canoodling in my pajamas.

No, I haven’t “met someone” and relinquished my single girl status.

I canoodled my radish. <— oh dear. that sounds naughty.



I made daikon-noodles.

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What’s it takes to turn this:


into this?

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Mad skillz for starters. Or a mandolin.

(I’m mandolin-less but madskillz-full.)


And LOTS of canoodling.

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Here the deal:

You julienne your daikon, sprinkle it with sea or kosher salt and let it sit. The salt extracts water from the radish and it begins to soften. The daikon gets sort-of noodley. Noodlish?

Every 20 minutes or so canoodle your noodle…..or massage your radish.

(Oh good grief.  I swear I am typing this just shaking my head and wondering where this stuff comes from. )

Give it a juuzsh.

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The longer you let it sit, the softer it will get. (Oh dear. This could get ugly but let’s not.)

Um…rinse the salt from the radish, drain and … boom. Delicious daikon “noodles in the raw.” I like it just like that, maintaining some of the crisp-crunch. (I plan on fermenting this batch into kimchi.)

You can also boil julienned radish until it gets super-duper soft and much more noodle-esque. Top with marina sauce and nutritional yeast or peanut sauce. Yum.



Daikons are good canoodlers.

PS- Add calories and protein and fat and all that….

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I used to be hooked on hummus. Not just any hummus. I was hooked on Barry’s hummus. Every weekend I’d scurry to the nearby Farmers Market and throw myself (and my cash) at Barry’s booth.

It became quite the hummundrum, which I resolved by becoming a DIY hummus monster nearly a year and 1/2 ago. I haven’t gone back since (mostly to avoid spending $).

Well, I was at Whole Foods last week and heard the familiar cry of “Hummus Girl! Hey!” It was Barry. He’d been worried about me.

As we talked I knew he had hooked me again. I told him I’d see him this weekend. Just talking about his hummus made my mouth water. I could hardly wait.

There was lots to look at – local grains and honey, homemade yogurt and granola, a pickle stand (!)….

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But I went straight to Barry. He was expecting me.


I chose the original, red pepper and garden vegetable flavors and promised myself not to eat a whole tub in one sitting.

Barry makes his hummus from dried chickpeas and uses all fresh ingredients he chops himself (he roasts his own peppers!).


My goodness, y’all. I mean….can you see the bits of veg in there?


It should be said that I NEED my hummus to be chunky with a substantial amount of texture – no creamy hummus for me. Barry’s got it down.


Perfect for my favorite hummus vesicle.

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Now if you’ll excuse me…I have a tray full of hummus and a Netflix queue full of awesome. We’ll be in bed spooning.


Just kidding. But I totally could.

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Oh, hello there!

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Didn’t hear you come in. I was just having a snack.

You hungry? Wanna Share?

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No? Didn’t think so.

It’s just a little radish kimchi!

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Radish, Garlic, Scallions, Red Pepper & Salt…that’s all. Or…is it?

I purchased a new-to-me kimchi at the Korean mart. I never saw the radish julienned like this before. The cashier insured me it was radish kimchi when I double checked — the container wasn’t labeled.

Good Molly, it was good.

Did. Me. Right.

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Well into the night. <—Rhyme!

I was happily slurping away one evening…. (this may not have been after midnight….but it totally was. I’m a sick monkey aren’t I?)

I was sleepily snacking by the light of the fridge when I saw…something unusual.

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See it?

Something white, slick, and bulbous. Membraney. <—new word.

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My heart stood still, I must admit. I was like…”Uh-oh.”

An Unidentified Kimchi Object.

What the……

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I pulled out the offensive looking “thing-I-hoped-was-not-head-or-eyeball.” Whatever it was, I was sure it was “of the sea.”

Then I shrugged … and kept eating. The kimchi. Not the UKO.

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Hungry yet?

I write this is because I’m proud. I feel hard core. I wish I could have tried whatever it was, but…dude. No way. Not yet anyway.

In no way dissuaded,  I returned to the Korean Mart to get kimchi ingredients (some people bake cookies for the holidays….) and to ask what was in the kimchi.

The answer? Oysters.

And yes, I got more. (I didn’t take those photos during an after midnight snack party for one. This was today). I pick out the two oysters and merrily continue in my kimchi bliss. I must dig the taste the oysters impart but I can’t bring myself to slurp raw, fermented oyster. Not yet anyway. Still….

I’m hardcore.

Unrelated related note:  I also picked up soy bean sprout mix.

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Delicious. The soy “beans” are crunchy and the sprouts are noodley. They toss the sprouts with soy sauce, a little red pepper and a pinch of salt and sugar.

Yes, you heard right. Sugar. You see? I’m not as strict as some may think.


Anyways, my point is….I don’t have one.

In summary:

1). I bought Kimchi.

2.) It had two oysters in it.

3.) I’m hard-core.

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I need to work on my “hard-core” face.

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 Let me clear my throat.


People trying to convince me to eat sugar or flour — I just don’t get it. It’s the same as urging a vegetarian to eat meat. Unnecessary. Annoying.

It really fizzles my sparkle.

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Back off! You know?

I live sugar-free and flour-free and I’m proud.*

*feeling pleasure or satisfaction over something, contented, satisfied 

I have firm beliefs about both of these things, beliefs that have been reinforced by solid research and fact. I have no desire to eat more sugar than I do, which is a miniscule amount.

It is what I (<—Me, Melissa Ann Miller) choose, NOT my eating disorder.

It works for me. I don’t believe anyone needs sugar or flour in a healthy diet.

Natural sugars and carbs? Yes. 

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Grains? Maybe.

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Sugar and Flour? Not so much.


I would say not at all.

I admit my current “diet” and lifestyle is not healthy, but disordered eating and living are the culprits– not sugar and flour avoidance.

I don’t eat dogs, either. But I do not consider that a "rule" and I certainly don’t think that is disordered.

I don’t think I should consider eating dogs. I don’t want to eat them, and I am doing quite fine without.

I’m no Doctor and no advocate. I don’t proselytize my beliefs on anyone. Eat whatever you want.

Eat Sugar.

Eat Flour.

Eat a dog.


I’ll eat whatever I want, too.

PS- Except Maybe don’t eat a dog.

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Oh, hello there!

*taptap* Is this thing on?? *ahem*

Hello again, my sunshines.

Guess what I got here…

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If you guessed Nori and Kimchi, you are technically correct but the answer I was looking for is:

Breakfast of Champi-Yums

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Yeah, Breakfast. Yeah, be afraid. Go ahead. My brother was.

He started coughing and gagging from the other room. I said, “I can’t believe you can smell it from in there.” To which he replied, “Smell it? It about knocked me over.”

And this my friends, was before I even opened the bags.

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Bags. Plural. Yes. #whyimstillsingle

(For more on Kimchi read this)

My point it – wait, I don’t have one. But I do want to share the giggle I had while reading the Nori package.

(You know, to count up all the 0 calories that are in nori. Sigh.)

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You better believe I had to read this twice.

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Because the first time? I totally thought they went there.

But enough about me.

I miss hearing from you guys and dolls.

Eaten anything unusual or freaky lately? Wanna tell me a story? Ask me a question? *taptap* Is this thing on??

PS- No, I will not be taking Kimchi to the office anymore. I do, after all, have a heart.

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