Since we moved, Whole Foods is the biggest, closest grocery store to us. There was a Whole Foods where we lived in Vancouver but we never shopped there because of the plethora of convenient, high-quality, cheap, small grocery stores. Even though I had been in a number of Whole Foods, walking into the one in New York was a totally different experience. I felt overwhelmed for the first time since moving to the city. There was so much stuff and so many people buying that stuff. However, once I was able to repress how overwhelmed I felt, I was definitely intrigued by the varieties of peppers, apples, pears (etc, etc) that I had never heard of. There were also a lot of fruits and vegetables that were less commonly available in grocery stores back home (I tried sunchokes for the first time!).
During my most recent trip to the store, a small punnet of fresh black figs caught my eye. Even though I have seen fresh figs, this was my first time buying them. The main reason for buying them was to make this fig and granola yogurt bowl. It has taken some time for our blender (smoothies!) and pots (oatmeal!) to arrive so my breakfast routine has changed. Other than cold cereal, I have been eating yogurt bowls. I load up the yogurt with the same delicious seeds, nuts and fruit as I tend to do with my oatmeal or smoothie bowls: figs were a perfect addition.
This weekend we decided we would drive up to Lake Louise and do a little hike. It wasn’t going to be a hugely long hike but it’s a long drive and I knew it would be a long day, which calls for snacks. The problem is, by the time the weekend rolls around there is very little food in the house. Luckily I had all of the ingredients I needed to make granola, which is a classically delicious snack for the road but I certainly did not have the time to bake granola, let along preheat the oven. So instead, I toasted some oats in a pan, tossed in whatever granola-worthy ingredients I had in the cupboards and we were set! I had 10 minute muesli on my hands and I knew that a whole new realm of possibilities had opened up.