It’s been a few months since I’ve done a What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) post. Time to bring it back!
Last week I attended a conference for work focusing on food safety issues in Canada. What better opportunity to chronicle a day’s worth of eats than at a food industry event? This particular conference has good food too (I went last year) so I was pretty jazzed about snapping covert meal pics with my iPhone. Multitasking at its best!
First up upon arrival: getting registered and setting up our tabletop display. Next: breakfast! I couldn’t imagine a better spread than the eggs, bacon, sausage, whole grain breads and sliced fresh fruit available. Nice and filling but not too heavy (I made sure to go easy on the bacon).
The morning sessions covered a number of interesting regulatory and scientific topics related to food safety. One of my favourites was the lecture on food fraud and the use of DNA testing for species identification. It’s shocking (and somewhat disturbing) to think that the tuna in your sushi roll might not be tuna but another species entirely. This is a real problem facing the food industry and it seems to be increasing. Food for thought indeed!
You’d think all this talk about food adulteration would dampen one’s appetite but that wasn’t the case! My stomach was rumbling by the time lunch rolled around. Another exceptional buffet spread was set out. Usually buffets aren’t my cup of tea, but this one had a wide variety of fresh, nutritious options including a number of vegetarian dishes. I loaded up my plate with chickpea salad, roasted potatoes, a piece of chicken with a really tasty gravy I couldn’t put my finger on, Caesar salad, penne with rosé sauce (couldn’t resist!) and an Asian noodle salad. I normally drink water at lunch but opted for a diet Pepsi just ’cause.
Lunch was pretty substantial so I wasn’t hungry for a snack later in the afternoon. Instead I topped up my coffee two or three more times (not pictured, but the cups were tiny!) and got my learnin’ on. The afternoon sessions were focused on food safety quality systems and included a panel of quality assurance experts.
I made it from the conference to my strength training class in the nick of time. Then I headed home for a solo dinner enjoyed in front of the TV. Time to turn off my brain for a little while!
With the husband working late-ish that night I made an effort to use up leftovers. On the menu was a tofu wrap, a side salad with a few beans on top (using the remnants of leftover bean salad, similar to this one which I make once a week) dressed with red wine vinaigrette, and roasted (ahem, slightly burnt!) cauliflower with mayo dip.