Getting Me Through the Workday


I’m taking a break from feminism and politics and the Middle East, just for a second (I’ve been mulling over my comments about the veil for hours now).

I have a few (ok, ok a lot of) pretty shameless loves in life: Ice cream, chocolate (chocolate ice cream is…beyond words), coffee/tea (don’t even get me started), cheese (any kind, any time, anywhere), and hamburgers. Not in combination. Obviously.

I love watching people eat (this sounds weird and creepy, but it really isn’t meant to be). When someone can enjoy a meal, and you can actually see it on their face, that is beautiful. Absolutely amazing. It just makes me want to eat (and eat, and eat, and eat). And I love looking at photographs of food, which brings me to this: 101 Cookbooks. This is one of my favorite websites with recipes galore and some of the most amazing photos of food I have ever seen. It literally gets me through the day. Sitting at my desk, in front of a computer, for 7 hours can get pretty dull. Looking at food makes the day that much better. Hurrah!

What is your one (or many, in my case) indulgence?

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40 comments for “Getting Me Through the Workday

  1. The Devil Drink
    November 6, 2007 at 5:04 am

    Nothing, except temptation.
    (Get back to work, there, Wilde.)

  2. November 6, 2007 at 5:54 am

    I drink too much coffee and eat too much chocolate at work. I also eat lots of buttery, cheesy Bosnian pastries and stuffed breads.

  3. November 6, 2007 at 6:47 am

    I’m a foody too — the smellier the better. Smelly cheese, smelly wine (the sweat-sock-smelling kind is the best), garlicky food… mmmm. And cupcakes. Cupcakes are delicious.

  4. Nandini
    November 6, 2007 at 7:24 am

    talking about food…

  5. Brad Jackson
    November 6, 2007 at 8:06 am

    Fettuccine Alfredo, usually with roast salmon or sauteed chicken, and a side of green beans almondine or other veggies.

    You can buy stuff in jars that says its “Alfredo sauce”, but don’t bother. Making your own is a snap, and it tastes so much better you’ll never believe you wasted money on the canned stuff.

    You need equal parts, by weight, grated Parmesan [1] and heavy cream, as much butter as you have cream. Sautee some crushed garlic in the butter, reduce the heat to the lowest ou can, add the cream and half of the cheese. Let that melt, stirring occasionally or you’ll get a burned lump of cheese at the bottom. When its fully melted pour over your pasta, and toss with the remaining cheese. Dead easy.

    Of course, you can practically hear your arteries slam shut when you eat it but it’s so good you won’t care.

    Ice cream is very nice too, chocolate by preference.

    [1] Actually I like a 50/50 Parmesan/Asiago mix, the Asiago adds a stronger flavor that some people don’t like though/

  6. MizDarwin
    November 6, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Macaroni and cheese–the kind that comes in a box (I prefer Annie’s to Kraft but still don’t delude myself that it’s health food …)

  7. Fauzia
    November 6, 2007 at 8:13 am

    oh god, yes! I forgot about baked mac n’ cheese.

  8. Donna
    November 6, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Chocolate… I also love cinnamon, especially the smell.
    Then there’s vinegar, which i love to sample on its own, and garlic – not by itself though.

  9. micheyd
    November 6, 2007 at 9:17 am

    soft blue cheese, tortas de aceite, raw tuna, garlic bread. I have serious lack of control with those foods.

  10. November 6, 2007 at 10:01 am

    The Danish pastries from the cafe opposite where I have my lectures. I spend way too much money there. And they also do baklava, but I have learnt that that is not a sensible breakfast food.

  11. ElleBeMe
    November 6, 2007 at 10:13 am

    Wine. Fine Wine. A ruby Cab Sauvigninon with a hint of tannins and berry/tobacco/coco undertones…mmmmm’

    Niagara Peninsula Ice Wine – an annual indulgence

    Crisp blush wine (no, not white zinfandel) sipped on my deck on a warm spring evening.

    A complex Chardonnay with duck…..

    Oh my the wine…..I so love wine. I would drink it all day if I could. But I need to stay employed and I am pregnant so that is kinda out of the question. But after this one arrives, uncork me some of that ruby/golden goodness….

    And yes, I would like some cheese and freshly baked baguette too….

  12. Hawise
    November 6, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Cheesecake- the thick winter kind that they say comes from New York. The summery gelatine based ones. Medieval cheese and almond pies. Sugar, soft cheese, egg and a crust- what’s not to like?

  13. November 6, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Baked macaroni and cheese with sliced tomatoes on top.

    Homemade Italian wedding soup.

    Sour cream cookies.

    Sausage cheese balls.

    Oh, no. Now I’m starving.

  14. Linnaeus
    November 6, 2007 at 11:02 am

    I have many, so here’s a partial list:

    1. Beer. I’m seasonal about my beer drinking, so in summer I drink mostly wheat beers, Mexican beer (Pacifico), kölsch, and pilsner. In winter I go to heavier beers: stouts and lots of Black Butte Porter. Mmmm…porter.

    But I’ll drink cheap American lagers any time. Canadian beers, too.

    2. Wine. Being a relatively poor grad student, I buy whatever is on sale that looks halfway decent.

    3. Pierogi. Think about it: dough filled with either cheese, potatoes, cheese and potatoes, or ground meat, then fried in butter and then served with sour cream. How can you not like that?

    4. Having morphed into a Northwestener, wild Pacific salmon is always welcome on my plate.

    5. In terms of sweets, I particularly like cheescake. With raspberry swirled in it.

  15. rootlesscosmo
    November 6, 2007 at 11:33 am

    Salt cod, aka baccalà, bacalao, bacalhau… poached in milk, pureed with potato and olive oil and garlic and the poaching liquid, packed into ramekins, topped with bread crumbs and/or grated Parmigiano-Romano, baked until the top is a nice brown. I could eat that at every meal forever.

  16. Betsy
    November 6, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    Oh, here goes! Whee!!

    Chocolate – prefer dark, up to about 80%, but as long as it’s high-quality, I love milk too.
    Tea – I’m sooooo happy a cheap, amazing quality tea store opened up near my apt. last year. Wonderful, fresh, aromatic whole leaf tea, for $3-5 per 3 oz. bag.
    Cinnamon rolls
    Chocolate croissants.
    regular croissants.
    these amazing pastries called “snails” that they have at a local bakery – it’s a cinnamon roll with chocolate ganache in the middle. Doesn’t sound like it should work, but YUM.
    Garlicky food, especially pasta with pesto or a garlicky red sauce. Mmmm.
    Fried deliciousness of any meatless variety. (Samosas, doughnuts, spring rolls, onion rings, french fries…)
    Good strong cheeses, of the hard variety mostly, and
    fresh baked bread.

  17. meggygurl
    November 6, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    God, I love food.

    Pizza. Real, Italian pizza that has a hunk of cheese on the top that is uneven and a thin, crispy crust. Yum.

    Mashed Potatos. Homemade, with the little red potatoes. Gravy is fine, but all you really need is a little bit of wasabi and pepper.

    Jelly beans. I LOVE Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. I can eat a whole bag of them.

    Any kind of chocolate and peanut butter combination. Mmm…

    this Italian soup called caplates (sp?) that my grandmother use to make and now my mother does. It’s hard core comfort food and I could eat gallons of it.

    I’m sure there is lots and lots more… but it’s almost time for lunch! Yum! I’m having Zaxby’s, which is LOVE.

  18. sunburned counsel
    November 6, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    beer. Linnaeus and I could be beer drinking twins.
    blueberries. anytime, anywhere.
    cheese and bread.
    garlic stuffed olives.
    Mint chocolate chip ice cream- but not the green stuff.
    concord grapes. they’re in season right now, and I’m very, very happy.
    And tea and coffee. But only properly made, especially for tea. You cannot brew tea in plastic or metal, and expect it to taste good.

  19. Ipomoea
    November 6, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Umm, food. I love it so much. Personal favorites that I never, ever turn down:

    -Pastries from the French bakery on Eastlake in Seattle. I cannot recommend their mille feuille or tuna sandwiches enough. The tuna makes believers out of non-tuna believers.

    -Sparkling white wine, specifically Spanish cava.

    -Cheese, cheese, cheese. The Cougar Gold from WSU’s creamery is phenomenal, but it’s sold in a $40 tin.

    Caprese salad.

    Garlic soup is my ultimate comfort food, it’s sort of like French onion soup, but with garlic and shallots. Obviously, eating this means I stay home and away from others.

    The petit filet mignon from the steak place down the street from me is mindblowing, amazing… I have no words. Their potato pancakes are great, too. Speaking of potato pancakes, the husband and I are gigantic latke fans.

    I like the burgers I make– it helps that I sautee diced onions and garlic in butter before adding them to the meat mix.

    Canned corn– if left alone, I will heat up a can and eat it all.

    Pickled green beans, regardless of if they’re garnishing a Bloody Mary.

  20. cinnabari
    November 6, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Good coffee, dark and bitter, with at leat half-and-half, if not real cream. Not milk, not the powered stuff, not the liquid vegetable oil.

    Dark chocolate, the higher percentage pure the better.

    And, lest I appear gourmet… Chili cheese fritos.

  21. Christina
    November 6, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    I’m with Jill on food – the smellier the better. I love love love trying different kinds of ethnic food.

    But I am a sucker for comfort food most of all –
    Baked mac n cheese
    Any sort of Thanksgiving food
    Peruvian cookies (a family recipe)

    and Beer, Wine, Gin and Tonics, Bloody Mary’s and a good Dirty Martini. I could drink every day if it was healthy, but I can never have just one so I don’t.

    annnnnnddd I am absolutely a sucker for good coffee. I worked at a coffee shop just long enough to become a snob about it and people get tired of hearing my rants and raves.

  22. Jillsan
    November 6, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Cheese puffs aka Cheezy poofs

    and what used to be Mars Bars but are now Snickers Almond.

  23. Caja
    November 6, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Right now, anything I didn’t cook myself. I’m in grad school, trying to not spend too much money, and therefore not eating out much, and feeling sad about it.

    I’m not a hardcore foodie, but when my SO was in town recently, we ate out a lot. Inexpensive places, really, but SO GOOD: chili on eggs and latkes (at the Jewish deli – I’m in Colorado, thus the chili). French Silk pie (at the diner). Chicken fried steak with green chili (also at the diner).

    Oh, and there’s a place back home that makes really wonderful fried okra. And fried catfish fingers. *whimper* And the Mexican place nearby that does -real- Mexican (no tacos and no burritoes!) and has a wonderful, wonderful brunch. And the overwhelming pile of food at the Portuguese place’s brunch. I love brunches. *cries* I’ll be moving back in *counts* 6 weeks, and I am already planning my first two weeks of meals out.

    My ordinary everyday indulgences that I’m not sick of cooking:

    Scrambled eggs
    Chocolate chip banana nut bread
    Hot chocolate
    Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. With honey.
    Terra Nostra chocolate

    And the pastries from the bakery/deli/coffee shop across the street. Their (enormous!) sticky buns are amazing.

  24. Besha
    November 6, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    If you like 101 Cookbooks, I highly recommend I cook way more vegan food than I ever used to, just because it always looks so amazing in the photos! She’s got a cookbook coming out soon also.

    its just pictures of yum.

    -Helping make the work day easier

  25. kali
    November 6, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Oh, damn all you cheese lovers. This utter bastard of a naturopath has banned me from wheat and dairy, at least temporarily. I don’t mind anything so much as I mind the cheese. Walking past the cheese aisle in the supermarket is KILLING me, and I can’t even go on to the street with my favourite deli. Thinking about my friend who has a cheese allergy and can’t eat any kind of cheese ever makes me feel a bit better about my lot, but at least she doesn’t know what she’s missing apart from hearing other people’s moans of appreciation.

    I’m also supposed to go easy on the sugar. And no to coffee. The total bastard.

    Fortunately all my treats are not lost, as I happen to be addicted to chickpeas. (not joking, I really do adore the things. I eat them in some garlicky way at least once a day, these days.)

    And I make an exception for all the naturopath rules for chocolate cheesecake. Because… come on.

  26. Fauzia
    November 6, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Wow. Food really does bring us together :)

    Kali, even though I can still eat cheese, it’s a pretty difficult task to find decent cheese (and decent wine) in Cairo. I have yet to succeed at doing either, which is so, so depressing.

    All these posts about food are making me hungry!

    If you like 101 Cookbooks, I highly recommend I cook way more vegan food than I ever used to, just because it always looks so amazing in the photos! She’s got a cookbook coming out soon also.

    I think I just fell in love with another cooking website. I feel like I’m cheating on 101 Cookbooks!

    The vegan food looks fabulous. I’ll have to try some of these recipes!

  27. FashionablyEvil
    November 6, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    My sister got married this weekend and the priest was talking about the differences between my sister and her new husband and said, “See if you can guess who I’m talking about here. One partner thinks of food as theology.”

    Yes. Food does equal theology in my family. :)

  28. November 6, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Mm, food. Favorite foods include:

    Chocolate – please, I’m human.

    Apples – particularly Heirloom varieties from Scott Farm.


    Wine, raw dairy, raw honey, raw cider, coffee – nono’s as I’m pregnant

    Really it’s just easiest to go with the ethnicities: Italian, Middle Eastern, French, Indian, Korean, Scottish…oh yeah. It’s all good. Except caviar, sweet pickled herring, and Stilton cheese – that stuff’s nasty.

  29. exholt
    November 6, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    Lots of cheese lovers here. Would it be heretical to the foody set if I admitted the only types of cheeses I sample on even an occasional basis are brie and mozzerella?

    Comfort food includes roast pork buns, curry pastries, chicken’s feet, steamed shrimp dumplings, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fried steak, Cuban style pork/chicken on rice with beans, New England Clam Chowder, Sheperd’s pie, and much more.

    As for desserts, love many flavors of ice cream, puddings, ices, etc. I also like many different kinds of cakes so long as they are not overpoweringly sweet.

  30. Katy
    November 6, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    Kali: I hear you! I’ve recently learned I can’t eat: corn (or corn by-products), yeast, cheese, mold, alcohol, vinegar, spices (peppers, pepper by-products read: tobasco).

    So I’ve spent the last two weeks dreaming of my favourite indulgence foods:
    fresh baguette with brie, or with oil, balsamic vinegar and roasted red pepper flakes

    spicey doritoes (SO good)
    chocolate croissant
    mac and cheese (PC white mac and cheese or the Kraft dinner you can get that are in the shapes of things)
    Pizza with pepperoni, pineapple, ham and green tobasco sauce
    white wine (especially a zinfindel or a pino grigio)
    chocolate. mmmmmm chocolate.

    My biggest indulgence though is to cozy up with one (or more) of these favourite foods/drinks, my lover and some books and just read. I used to hide in my closet with a treat, a flashlight and a book when I was a kid so my parents didn’t know I wasn’t in bed. Books are my ultimate indulgence.

  31. Lorelei
    November 6, 2007 at 5:44 pm




  32. Linnaeus
    November 6, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    I do in fact know what poutine is: french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. And yes, it is wonderful. But you have to eat it hot.

  33. November 6, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    bread, doughy inside, crispy outside, especially sourdough. bagels. mock chicken tacos on corn tortillas. frozen bean and cheese burritos, wholesoy and co chocolate frozen soy yogurt. toffutti cuties. blueberry yogurt.

  34. zuzu
    November 6, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    Ooh, that Vegan Yum Yum site looks good. I’m planning to make the Mac and Cheeze tonight. And I love 101 Cookbooks, which I recently discovered.. I made the Autumn Millet Bake from there, with a few adaptations.

    And the Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potatoes look fabulous. I’ve had sweet potatoes mashed with bananas, which were also great, but the vanilla and autumn spices look wonderful.

  35. Amanda
    November 6, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    french fries

  36. Beth
    November 7, 2007 at 3:48 am

    Oh gosh, I haven’t heard anyone talk about Poutine in years. Ok my fave foods are:

    -Homemade fried chicken cut in small bite sized pieces with mashed potatoes and country gravy
    -Gravy (of any kind besides brown) on rice
    -Greek olives right out of the jar
    -Popcorn with brewers yeast flakes, butter, and grated cheddar cheese, weird I know, but good
    -Homemade chocolate chip cookies
    -Fresh pumpkin pie
    -Beefsteak tomato slices with salt
    -Dark chocolate anything, especially with raspberries
    -Non-alcoholic lime margaritaville margarita mix over ice
    -Whole milk chocolate milk
    -Tillamook medium cheddar cheese

    mmmmm, I’m hungry now

  37. Niki
    November 7, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    Cheese, cheese, please please please. People have hidden their cheese from me before, knowing how strong my addiction is.

    A side note, but relevant: It’s not haute couture to talk about actually enjoying food if you’re a woman, as we all know. It’s wonderful to see everyone delighting in delicious rich foods of all types.

    At the moment I am smitten with a chef who is dating an anorexic. Our platonic liaisons are built almost entirely around the enjoyment of food, and I can’t rightly say who has the better deal in terms of sensual pleasures.

  38. November 8, 2007 at 2:02 am

    Pho. Tuna sashimi. Chocolate. Rice pudding with rosewater. Almost any sort of curry. Imam bayaldi. Menudo. Coconut gelato. Sweet Tha sticky rice with mango. Mangos period. Persian melon. Pomegrantes. Chicken with black bean sauce.

    I could do this all day. Foodies unite! Thanks for the cookbook site recommendation BTW – I’m ignoring the fact that it has tapioca on the splash page and diving right in.

  39. Kat
    November 8, 2007 at 8:32 am

    I just rediscovered an old favorite….

    Mochi Ice Cream

    Really yummy little ice cream balls wrapped in a sweet rice dough. I like the chocolate variety (because, well, its chocolate) but they also have flavors like Green Tea and Mango.

    We used to eat this in Hawaii all the time but when I moved back to the East Coast, it wasn’t available. Then the other day, we saw it in Trader Joe’s. Yummy.

  40. House of Mayhem
    November 8, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    Mexican food:

    Red enchiladas

    Murkin Food:

    Fried chicken or pork chops, rice, cream gravy, corn, black-eyed peas, and sweet potatoes.


    Comfort food:

    Tuna sangamich, bbq chips, and chocolate milk.
    Chocolate milk and garlic bread. (better than it sounds!)


    Starbucks Mocha Frappacino fudgesicles
    Miss Meringue chocolate meringue cookies
    Twizzlers cherry nips

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