Tuesday, September 13

storytime! ... & roasted tomato [vegan] pesto barley

Long story short: On Friday I picked up my sweet friend Hannah from oral surgery. Guess which one of us fainted onto the floor of the doctor's office. Hint: It wasn't Hannah.

Long story longer: Once upon a time (last Friday morning at 6:30am), Hannah needed a drop-off and pick-up from oral surgery. I was free (not surprising) and willing (maybe more surprising), so the journey began. Things were running smoothly with her mouth (weird sentence?) while I was sipping tea at Starbucks down the street, waiting patiently. Two hours later, I got a call from the dentist's receptionist saying that the slightly groggy Hannah was ready to go. 

The nurse led me back to Hannah's room while I was hoping to create the next David After the Dentist YouTube sensation with my phone. But Hannah was doing great! A nurse rolled up a wheelchair (for Hannah), and that's about when my vision started to go. And boy, did it go. I reached for the wheelchair, mumbled something about feeling dizzy, and then it all went black.

I woke up—back flat on the floor—straddled by the hygienist—Hannah laughing nearby—and at least six doctors and nurses hovering above me in a panic. Finally one of them shouts, "It's not the patient—it's the driver!" and says she wants to get her camera. Which pretty much sums up the whole experience.

Within seconds I felt fine (sorry for being an attention hog, Hannah). However, the office still "didn't feel good about me driving." So shout out to Hannah's co-worker who saved the day with an emergency pick-up. 

You can be jealous of the bond that Hannah and I now have. But I am kind of upset we didn't get that picture the nurses kept yacking about. 

No clue what that whole fainting thing was all about. Except for the minor connection that the last time I fainted was in a dentist's chair, when the dentist accidentally sliced into my tongue with his drill. Like I said, minor.

Everyone thought it was due to a lack of nutrition. Oh please. This girl can eat.
And eat I did over the weekend:
—roasted tomato vegan almond pesto barley—

Am I vegan? No. 
Did I run out of Parmesan cheese? Yes.
Have I fainted since eating this delicious and nutritious meal? I feel stronger than ever.
Easy deductive reasoning equation: this pesto = no fainting

I loosely used Oh She Glow's recipe. Everything in the kitchen tends to be loose with me. But just in the kitchen.

  • 1 cup rinsed barley
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup diced white onion
  • 4 large roma tomatoes (I actually only used two, and added some cherry tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup almonds, toasted
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • 2 Tbls. lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup basil
  • 1/2 cup spinach 
  • scant 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Start the barley first because it takes its sweeeeeet time. Combine barley, broth, water and onion. Bring to a boil and then down to a simmer for at least half an hour, but continue to check it until the barley is softened and liquid is absorbed. 
Meanwhile, pan-fry the tomatoes with a little salt and pepper. 
Toss the tomatoes, almonds, garlic, basil, spinach, EVOO, and nutritional yeast into my favorite kitchen appliance, and pulse until you achieve the creamy pesto consistency you want.
Devour by the spoonful. Combine with cooked barley.

If a picture's worth 1,000 words (and these pictures are more like only half that), then a taste is worth 1,000,000.


Adam K said...

I'm soo (read: sue) glad that I was finally able to get to Spidatter, because little did I know the epic that was in store for me. I'm also glad that you didn't hurt yourself in the fall to the floor and that your literary brilliance wasn't deterred by any sort of damage to your noggin. That pesto/barley combo sounds scrumptious and I'd love to try it sometime, except that I'm not much of a cook, so (read: sue)..........

a day with kate said...

oh my goodness, girl!!! "straddled by the hygienist"--- hahaha, i'm dying. so glad you're alright... but i'm concerned your fainting issues, which may not bode well for a tattoo :/

as usual, loved your story telling.

heidifaith said...

Maddie! I cannot believe that happened! Glad you're OK. Couldn't help but laugh at your distress...sorry... :)

ika said...

Reminds me of when you got your ears pierced and you fainted in the chair. I thought you were having a seizure and it was all my fault because I finally let you pierce them. :(

Megan said...

i fainted once when my friend was showing me how to clean my newly pierced belly button..

clearly this was circa 1996 and i was 15 and obviously too cool for school.

wildchild said...

haha "things were running smoothly with her mouth". definitely awkward sentence. but i love this story. and i love that they wouldn't let you drive after.

in other news, i don't understand where running out of parmesan cheese fits into this whole thing...

Anonymous said...

Eeep, I've never fainted. It sounds scary.

In better news, I'd totally eat that.

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