Day 3 was a good day!
I managed to work on some video projects, make boiled buckwheat, a roasted garlic black bean dip, a tomato, green pepper and fennel salsa and babaganoush! I also made a lovely fennel salad for lunch, and a berry quinoa salad for breakfast.
I’m missing pictures of the breakfast(I seem to remember taking them, but my camera doesn’t…) but it wasn’t that complicated. I had made a vegetable quinoa salad on day 2 of the detox and had kept quinoa on the side to make another salad for both Carolina and I. So, yesterday morning, having bought great big quantities of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, I mixed them in with the quinoa, some mint, grated ginger(too much actually, aha), freshly ground black pepper, some lemon juice and olive oil. It was a nice way to start the day; with some complete protein and minerals in the form of the quinoa and lots of antioxidants and vitamins from the fruit.
Before going off to edit some video footage I put an eggplant in the oven at 350° for about 45 min for it to roast while I did some work. I also put in a head of garlic covered in some olive oil and wrapped in aluminum foil in order to roast that as well. I simmered some dried black beans and made sure to check on everything every 15 minutes or so. (I once left a pot of boiling barley to cook while I left the house and almost burned the place down…)
Having done some work and snacked on an apple, I went to prep for lunch and dinner. While the eggplant and garlic cooled down, I cut tomatoes, green pepper, fennel, onion, garlic, parsley and toasted cumin seeds for the salsa. I cut it into small even pieces because I prefer the texture that way. I also took out the moist interior of the tomato and put it aside to be used in one of the dips. If you don’t do this I find the salsa contains too much liquid.
I then boiled some buckwheat at a 2 to 1 ratio of water to buckwheat and found out that buckwheat cooked this way really isn’t that great… haha. **It’s been growing on me since, but I’ll need to find some new ways of preparing it. This took not time at all and I left it to rest while going about other business.
I cut my eggplant in half and took out the flesh using a spoon. I squeezed some of the sweet roasted garlic into my food processor, added the eggplant, sunflower seeds, parsley, toasted fennel seeds, chilli powder, turmeric, paprika, lime juice and lots of olive oil. Blended, it made for a sweet and nutty dip with a touch of middle eastern flavors.
After having taken out the eggplant “babaganoush” of the processor, I added the rest of my roasted garlic and added the black beans I had boiled earlier. I also put dried ancho and chipotle peppers in half a cup of boiling water in order to add it to my black bean blend. I added parsley to this as well, some fresh garlic, and the moist tomato insides I kept. Blended, this is my favorite of the dips or salsa I made yesterday. It’s got a biting hot finish from the dried peppers that really complements the pungent roasted garlic that is kept in check by the soft neutrality of the blended black beans…
To all of this I added some store bought humus that fit the parameters of my diet, and I had a wonderful but “mooshy” dish of different foods to feast on. I kept this for dinner at work, where I brought it in a large Tupperware and enjoyed it throughout the dinner service(for those who don’t know, I’m a waiter).
For the fennel salad, I took out my prized sharp chef’s knife and thinly sliced the fennel. I also sliced paper thin pieces of fresh rhubarb and some apples. I toasted some walnuts and mixed all of the ingredients together. I finished it off with fresh mint, some parsley, lemon juice and olive oil. I made myself a dish of the fennel salad, the vegetable salad from day 2, and some of the boiled buckwheat that I had.
Before going to work, I prepared my dips and buckwheat, enjoyed a berry smoothie and had some toasted almonds for good measure. One of the benefits of eating the dips, and things like smoothies are that their soft and liquid forms accelerate the calorie intake and facilitate the body’s use of its energy.
Next up, day 4!