Bleh. I was home sick yesterday. I had no energy. Not even enough energy to write a blog entry. What is wrong with me!? I woke up with a fever, and went back to bed and slept until 10:30. It was totally raining again yesterday (all day) and I guess that made it easy for me to get a lot of sleep, which was much needed.
I did not even feel like getting up when I awoke at 10:30. Somehow I managed to get up, make some coffee and some awesome oatmeal. Weird that I was feeling horrible, but I could still stomach an awesome bowl of oatmeal!
Ok, so I’m not sure what my problem is when it comes to photographing my oatmeal. This is a photograph I took two weeks ago (and I have used it for two blog posts since then!!!) Whenever I make stove top oats, I am usually so hungry and I just dig right in without even thinking of snapping a photo. So, yesterday’s oatmeal was:
1/3 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup 1% milk
1/3 cup water
1/2 small banana
nutmeg, cinnamon, splash of vanilla, 1 T of ground flax seed
Topped with Teddie and raisins. (no brown sugar – even though it is in the photo!)
I spent much of my sick day on the couch, watching the local news about all of the flooding going on in the state of Rhode Island. I also spent a lot of time on the phone with a few of my friends, and Mark who was helping a couple of our friends out at their house, which had a flooded basement Every hour or so I would get myself up off the couch and go down to the basement and walk around to make sure we did not have any water. Thank goodness our basement remained dry.
In between the news, phone calls and inspection I watched a movie. A fantastic movie! Has anyone seen Bella Martha ?? It is a German movie, the title translates into Mostly Martha. The movie is about a gourmet chef who lives and breathes her cooking and takes criticism from her patrons to heart. The movie had been in my house for a few days, because I had not been in the mood to read subtitles. I am really glad that I hung on to the movie, because it really hit the spot yesterday. I love movies that take place in Europe. I love movies that show beautiful food. This film did both. It won 14 film awards in 2002 and 2003 when it first came out, including best screen play at the Nantucket Film Festival (one of my favorite film fests… ahh, Nantucket!)
Martina Gedeck plays the role of the protagonist, Martha Klein. Gedeck really reminded me of Kate Winslet, for some reason…
I am so glad I decided to watch Bella Martha yesterday. I highly recommend it to anyone that loves food and films!
The food in Bella Martha was really intense, and even though I was not feeling at my best, it did make me want to cook. But I didn’t. Instead I settled for a good bowl of my mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup and a piece of rosemary / olive oil bread. It was quite a good lunch:
There is nothing like your mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup when you are feeling under the weather and it is raining to beat the band. I was so happy that this was waiting for me. I love soup, especially soup made at home – we made our stock and soup low sodium. Yum!
Diced celery, carrots, and garlic topped with freshly ground black pepper and paprika!
I also did a lot of reading yesterday. After a few hours I finally got up the nerve to go outside and drive down the road to CVS to pick up a prescription. It finally stopped raining at about 5 o’clock. My area of Rhode Island received about 9 inches of rain.
I had an afternoon snack of Arnold’s double protein bread, the other half of my small banana, raisins and Teddie. Blackberries on the side:
Eventually I had dinner. A salad and a pulled pork sandwich:
Lots of mom’s comfort food today!