Q: How do you know that you are having too much fun on vacation?
A: You have to take a “rest day”.
And by rest I mean that I stayed in my friends’ burough all day and didn’t take the tube anywhere. My lazy morning was followed by DAY 89 (holy crap, I’m almost done!) of P90X (Core Synergistics) in my friend’s flat. Hopefully their downstairs neighbors still like them after I leave…
Then, like any good vacationer, I headed to the nearest cafe, sat outside with my crossword puzzle, and spilled coffee all over my table mere seconds after it was brought to me (what? You don’t spill coffee while on vacation in a foreign country? Hmmm.) While the Brits are not known for their customer service, my waiter brought me paper towels with a smile. And then probably made fun of me along with everyone else working. Doing my part to further America’s good name, you know.
Then I walked all over the burough with my camera (which I am only now beginning to understand thanks to my film school student host) snapping anything and everything that looked quaint was photo-worthy got in my way. (Embarrassing Katie story that I shouldn’t share with internet, but will anyway: I have been taking pictures since I got my $400 camera 6 months ago at the lowest resolution – 0.3 M – and wondering all along why all my photos are blurry. Yes, I am getting a PhD. Apparently they just give them away these days.)
Today we are taking a boat on the Thames River to Greenwich to straddle the Prime Meridian (0 degrees longitude), which is very fitting since Kate and I straddled the equator in Ecuador years ago together. I am sure there will be coffee and lots of food also, as this is my idea of vacation. Clearly.
Speaking of food. I am so excited that one of my favorite bloggers is here to do a guest post. Heather’s was one of the first blogs that I read, and I just love her laid-back easy-going attitude. Plus she sent me chocolate by mail, which means I will love her forever.
Heather here from Heather Eats Almond Butter. First off, many thanks to Katie for inviting me to share a bit of myself on Making Food and Other Stuff. I’m always honored when other bloggers ask me to write a guest post, and Katie was no exception. In fact, I was quite excited as it gave me a good excuse to finally try her beloved Nacho Cheese Sauce.🙂
If you’re not familiar with HEAB (my blog’s nickname), I often take favorite recipes from my past and HEABify them. I grew up on pizza, pasta, and sugar, and although I no longer eat like that, I still miss some of my favorite comfort foods of years past, one of them being my mom’s tuna noodle casserole. So, in honor of Katie, I decided it was time to tweak this classic dish and make it more HEAB (as well as Katie) friendly.
I then prepared a package of brown rice pasta shells…kept it gluten-free for Katie. After my pasta was done, I drained the shells and stirred them together with the cheese sauce, 2 cans of tuna, 2 cups of cooked peas (I cheated and used canned), and 1 jar of drained pimientos.
After combining all the ingredients, I poured them into a greased glass baking dish and subbed crumbled gluten-free Falafel Chips for the typical bread crumb topping. After 20 minutes in a 400° oven, I present to you the finished product…
For lunch, I ate some of the casserole alongside a salad consisting of romaine, shredded carrots, sun-dried tomatoes, and Annie’s Honey Mustard Vinaigrette…had to get the mustard in there somewhere Katie.😉
So there ya have it folks, a HEABified/Katiefied gluten & dairy-free tuna noodle casserole, comfort food at its finest!
Katie, I hope you’re having a wonderful vacation!!!