Hello world!

Hi! Welcome to Salads and Shakespeare! My name is Mary, and I’m an English major who is learning to cook. I wrote most of this in the “About” section, but since this is my very first post, I think it bears repeating.

Up until last June, I thought I wanted to be a dietitian. But I changed my mind, and English it is. I’m swimming in reading, but I’ve never felt happier in my classes.

I love to eat. Like many college girls, though, I feel a lot of pressure to be thin. Last year I used to compensate for that feeling by not eating very much during the day. As a result, I would come home at night after spending hours in the library and dive into a box of cereal. I’d only remember to breathe when my hand scraped the bottom of the box.

This year, I’m trying to eat less like I’m on a diet and more like I’m eating for health. I still struggle sometimes with what I eat, which is part of the reason I wanted to make this blog. I think taking pictures and writing about what I eat will provide a more objective perspective. I’m learning that eating doesn’t have to be associated with guilt or restraint – if anything, it should be used to enhance even the most mundane of days. I wanted to create this food blog months ago, but back then I was so food-frenzied that it wouldn’t have been helpful or healthy. Things have changed though; I’ve remembered that food isn’t only supposed to nourish – it’s should taste good, too!

This all brings me to the number one reason I made this blog: I love to eat, write, and read. Part of that is due to my mom. Not only is she an incredible cook, but she also has a really healthy relationship with food. For years she’s been setting a good example for me. Along with my dad, she’s had a heavy hand in making me an active reader and writer, too. My favorite childhood memories are of reading with my parents before bed and art time in the afternoons with my mom. I still love to do those things. I also enjoy yoga, walking, cooking, (or learning to!) and spending time with friends and family.

So that’s my story – or part of it, at least! I hope you’ll enjoy reading about what I learn to cook, eat and read.

Today was a great day, even though it’s a Monday. Part of this might be due to the two hour nap I snuck in this afternoon… But another part surely relates to my delicious breakfast and lunch. Without further ado, here they are:

Cinnamon-Raisin toast with peanut butter and banana

This is my favorite meal. I would eat this everyday if I could. The bread is from Zingerman’s, a deli/bakery/food heaven in Ann Arbor. On the side, I drank two cups of coffee and a big glass of water.

I ate lunch after classes today. I made it through British History without any
embarrassing stomach growling, but I wasn’t so lucky in Shakespeare. By 12:45, my stomach was pretty noisy. So I booked it home after class, and spent the walk thinking about what I’d have for lunch. These past few days, I’ve been utilizing my housemate’s panini maker, and a grilled sandwich sounded perfect.

Tomatoes, Chickpeas, and Feta on a bed of Spinach, dressed with lemon juice, EVOO, and balsamic vinegar; grilled tomato and cheese on whole wheat farm bread

A panini was a good choice. I only recently realized I love tomatoes, and now they’re almost (if not already!) out of season. So I’m trying to eat as many as I can.

Now I’ve got to watch “Jungle Fever” for my Spike Lee film course. Enjoy the rest of your evening!

What I’m reading: For classes, “Testament of Youth,” by Vera Brittain, “Jacob’s Room,” by Virginia Woolf. For fun, I’m going to start re-reading “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” by Junot Diaz, tonight. What are you reading?

– Mary

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2 Responses to Hello world!

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  2. Cait says:

    First off, extremely jealous of the delectable pictures you posted – I’m at work and now MY stomach is growling, especially for that grilled sandwich… 🙂
    Second random comment- My mom just shared an interesting fact with me: apparently drinking ~5 cups of coffee per day (and flossing) helps reduce your chances of getting dementia! So drink up and caffeinate, caffeinate, caffeinate!

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