Monday, February 28, 2011

Denver Breakfast Scramble

My breakfasts are not extremely versatile. Basically, in some form or another, it's just eggs. Eggs are great for me because they give me the protein I need to wake my ass up and make it to lunch without starving. They're also full of healthy fats (don't avoid the yolk! that baby is full of vitamins). I see that a lot of other bloggers are all about oats in the morning. That's great, I think oats taste awesome. But for me, they don't fill me up and satisfy my hunger, plus they leave me hungry pretty soon after. Not only this, but they're extremely hard for my body to digest, and are a very carby food. I just prefer eggs in the morning. Usually I just have some scrambled eggs with raw cheese and butter.
My morning routine:
  • Wake up around 6:30
  • Get ready for work
  • Get in the kitchen by 6:50
  • Drink detox tea with coconut oil
  • Drink a glass of Amazing Grass Green Superfood with a teaspoon of maca powder (to balance my hormones, and to be honest, it gives you a serious libido boost)
  • Take a probiotic suplement and candida clear (have candida aka yeast issues in my gut, you might too)
  • Cook breakfast/prepare lunch, if not already done
  • Leave around 7:30, hop on metro, get to work around 8:15. This is when I eat my breakfast. Due to the tea and amazing grass, I'm just not that hungry, so I wait to get to work to eat my eggies.
Anyway, so yesterday morning Mike made a big breakfast scramble with random ingredients we had. On hand we had bison hot dogs from the farmers market, an onion, tomato, green pepper and ground beef. He sauteed all of this with eggs and raw cheese to create:

Tons of protein and veggies.
I added hot sauce. A very filling and healthy breakfast.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

This past Sunday was a lazy day. Sundays around my house are usually spent hanging around the house, watching movies and eating junk food. With warmer weather coming up, I've decided I want to change this and spend more time outside (or volunteering at an old folk's home, because I love old people). But anyway, this past Sunday was a Caps game, I'd had some junk food earlier in the form of Noodles and Co. and I wanted to grill! I love to grill. We had some chicken legs and I'd impulse-purchased some leeks. Grilled leeks with chicken legs and peppers stuffed with cheese on the side sounded awesome. I marinated the chicken and peppers with parsley, garlic and olive oil and I was ready to go. The grill was fired up and I put all the food on there. Except...when I checked on the food, the grill was off. Convinced I'd just turned it on wrong, I bugged Mike to go out and check on it. It was out of gas. I was so bummed. So I threw everything (excluding the leeks) on a cooking sheet and popped em in the oven. I them diced the leeks and sauteed them in butter to cover the chicken with. No grill flavor, but not too shabby.
Served with a side salad.
I bought a container of mini peppers because they were the only peppers I could find that were organic. Stuffed with raw cheese they were so so good. This took hardly any time to prepare. No excuse for not cooking for yourself.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Better For You Fried Rice and Japanese Ginger Salad

I was feeling pretty Asian last night. Maybe it's because I saw a picture of my old coworker with an Asian baby (which are so cute). But I got really inspired to recreate the ginger dressing on the green salads at sushi joints. It's probably one of my favorite salad dressings, but unfortunately, it's no secret that I suck at salad dressings. It's definitely Mike's job to concoct the dressings, as mine usually taste like butt. However, no more! This one was actually successful!
Ginger Salad Dressing
-fresh ginger
-olive oil
-raw honey
-liquid aminos
-water to thin out
I just combined all of this in the Vitamix. It's such a great salad dressing because garlic is anti bacterial (and helps kill of yeast), ginger is great for digestion, raw honey is anti microbial.

Healthified Fried Rice:
-organic brown rice
-raw butter
-2 eggs
-snap peas
-liquid aminos

Cook the rice, sautee the onions/cabbage/peas/garlic in butter and toss together with liquid aminos. Add pepper flakes for desired spiciness.

Me from A to Z

First off, the food!
I don't keep a lot of traditional snacks (crackers, chips, bars, etc) in my house because they are usually processed/filled with sugar/contain vegetable oil. And the ones that aren't...are expensive! Last night after dinner while watching the Capitals dominate the Penguins, I wanted to munch on something. So I made sort of a healthier caprese salad.
-roma tomato
-raw cottage cheese
-olive oil
Super simple and great for you, especially at night. The protein in cottage cheese has slow absorption, so your body can use it as you sleep.

I've seen this littler survey around bloggies and I thought it was super cute.

A. Age: 23

B. Bed size: Queen!

C. Chore you dislike: Cleaning the bathroom. Gross.

D. Dogs: CAEDUS!

My baby! Da cutest!

E. Essential start to your day: Detox tea with coconut oil.

F. Favorite color: All of them! I can't choose.

G. Gold or silver: Silver.

H. Height: 5’8″.

I. Instruments you play(ed): I have absolutely no musical talent unfortunately. I tried the flute and was terrible. I'm pretty sure my elementary school band teacher would've kicked me out had I not left.

J. Job title: Conference Assistant.

K. Kids: No way Jose.

L. Live: DC 'burbs.
M. Mom’s name: How about my dad's name? Ron.
N. Nicknames: Dani, and some other embarrassing ones that Mike calls me for no reason, like poop monster (but I swear I'm not a poop monster).

O. Overnight hospital stays: Bunches, I was sort of a sickly kid (from not eating well!).

P. Pet peeve: LOUD CHEWERS! GAH!

Q. Quote from a movie: Life's too short to be pissed off all the time. -American History X

R. Righty or Lefty: Righty!

S. Siblings: Keith, Ronnie, Joseph.

T. Time you wake up: 6:30 weekdays, around 8 on weekends.

U. Underwear: VS boyshort!

V. Vegetables you don’t like: I seriously can't think of one.

W. What makes you run late: Filling my water bottles, losing my keys/coat/shoes/everything.

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Also a lot. Clumsy kid.

Y. Yummy food you make: Umm...all of it? Minus that weird potato leek soup I attempted yesterday that I will not share with you.

Z. Zoo animal favorite: Umm dolphins? Are these even zoo animals? Whatever, they're super smart and I saw a story on how a bunch of them circled a group of lifeguards in Australia to protect them from sharks that were about to eat them. AMAZING.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Best Lunch Ever: Teaism!

Oh holy god the weather is AMAZING today! It is 75 degrees in DC! And it's February! Considering this time last year we were recuperating from snowmaggedon, that's pretty sweet. Apparently it's supposed to snow on Tuesday, but I'm not sure I actually believe that. We've gotten nothing for snow this winter which blows me. So if it's not gonna snow, I'd like spring to be here already. I didn't pack my lunch today for the first time in a reaallly long time, and I'm so thankful I didn't. I decided to go to Teaism! It's not the closest joint to work, but I was happy to be able to take a nice long walk in the gorgeous sunshine.
Some pics of my journey:

I think this is part of the court house.
I'm pretty sure this structure behind the bus is an art museum? I can't remember. I vaguely remember my best friend, Kelsey and I metroing down here when we were a lot younger to go to this museum, or maybe the museum is right next door to this structure?
Some boring buildings.

When I first started working at DOL last summer I was so stoked to be in walking distance of Teaism. Clearly, they sell tea. But they also have awesome food. Vegan food, grass-fed bison, tea cured salmon, raw tuna, tofu (blech) etc. The menu has a lot of Asian influence. My favorite meal that I always get is the hand roll bento box. They have an assortment of bentos but this one is the winner. It comes with tea cured salmon, nori (seaweed), soy sauce, miso mayo, rice (I get brown) and red cabbage that's sort of sauerkraut-y but tastes even better. The idea is that you make your own rolls, so you wrap up the tea cured salmon and cabbage with miso mayo in the nori. I don't know why but it's just so amazing. With this I got their Moroccan mint tea, which is unsweetened and also amazing.

Salmon for omega threeez.

The Moroccan mint is so refreshing. Especially on a gorgeous day.
The view from my seat outside. I also had an unpictured salty oat cookie. I'm not that into oats, but I figured hell, it's Friday, it's gorgeous, and it will be delicious with my tea. It was. I munched it on the way back from work and am about to dominate the other half.

And just for kicks, and because he is the cutest little thing in da world:


Healthy/Low Key V-Day

When I first started dating Mike I told him I thought Valentine's Day was kinda lame and we didn't need to celebrate. Which was true...but as the years went on, I started to want to celebrate. While I do think it's unnecessary to buy each other gifts (though if that's your thing, awesome) I do think it's great to celebrate your relationship. We didn't really celebrate our relationship on the 14th, but we did make a really tasty dinner.
If you don't have the hook up at a local farm, I suggest you get the hook up. We ordered filet mignon from ours and it was da bomb. Like. Really. I didn't eat steak for like 6 years. I would never order a steak at a restaurant that wasn't organic/grass-fed. But I have no qualms ordering it from my farmer. I like how I say "my farmer" like I own him.
Anyway! For school I've done a lot of reading on food combining. I won't get into the specifics right now, but basically the idea is that food digest differently in your stomach, and they bring about different digestive enzymes. If I'm losing you, keep reading, it's not that hard. So when you combine certain foods (like starches and protein, fruit and bread, potatoes and steak, etc) that don't go together, they don't digest properly. So instead of the tradition steak and potato dinner, we had filet mignon, asparagus and cauliflower gratin. Served with salad. For the cauliflower gratin I just combined raw cheese, raw butter, garlic, sauteed onions and chicken broth. Pour over cauliflower and cover with foil, put in 450 degree over for 30 mins.
Wam, bam, boom:
Please try to eat a salad as much as possible. You need the digestive enzymes, people!
So V-day was just a nice dinner at home. I really enjoyed it. Though I can't stress enough, if you are going to eat meat, please make sure it's organic and grass-fed. Animals aren't meant to be grown in corporate owned factories. They're meant to be happy and have the ability to chill out and eat some grass! Majority of meat in the grocery store is corn and soy fed, which makes it toxic to your body. If you're buying meat in grocery stores, your supporting that system. Buy some meat from a local farmer. If you aren't familiar with one, GOOGLE!

Birthday Love!

This post is a little late, but when I got home after work a couple weeks ago I was so stoked to find a big box waiting for me. Mike's birthday present to me!!!

I've been trying to grow my own herbs for years and have consistently killed ALL of them. I've wanted to grow my own herbs and veggies forever, but with DC's climate and my lack of a green thumb, I've never gotten around to it. Plus I always forget to water them. And there's no good spot for sun in my house really. And they die. The Aerogarden waters my plants AND gives them light. It's funny because with spring coming up, just that day I was researching gardening.
So awesome.

Some of my herbies.
I've got a couple different kinds of basil, dill, mint, thyme, oregano and can't remember what else. It didn't come with cilantro but since we love it and eat it all the time (and since it removes toxic heavy metals from your body!) we're also going to grow that. I'm so excited, I can't wait for these babies to sprout. I'm going to make so much delicious stuff.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Homemade Tomato Bisque and Grilled Cheese

One of my roommates, Dan, buys this tomato bisque soup from Giant. It's actually really delicious. It's spicy, creamy and tangy from the tomatoes. I used to eat it all the time when I was younger. Unfortunately, a couple months ago he bought it and I had gone over the ingredients. I don't remember what they were exactly (high fructose? hydrogenated oil?), but it's safe to say I put it back down and will never eat it again. After that I got inspired to make my own.
The best tomato bisque:
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4-1/2 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can diced/whole tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • onion
  • celery
  • carrots
  • garlic
  • red pepper flakes
Cut up the large tomato into large chunks and place under broiler till roasted. Sautee the onion, carrot, celery and garlic in the butter until soft. Add about 1/4 cup chicken stock and let reduce. Combine this in your blender (thank god I bought Mike a Vitamix for Christmas a couple years ago) blender with the roasted tomato, cream, jar of tomatoes, chicken stock and spaghetti sauce. Season with S&P and add as much red pepper flakes as you like, I like it hot, so I added quite a bit.
I served this with a grilled cheese. I used raw cheddar and brown rice bread that I cooked in raw butter.

Soooo good.
I ended up literally spilling this soup ALL over myself. It got on my hoodie, my hips and my legs, which I'D JUST SHAVEN. Remeber how I told you I like my food spicy and I added a lot of red pepper flakes? OUCH. Mike thought this was really funny, but it really hurt. I guess it was kind of funny.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sticky Rice!

One of my all time favorite things to do is go out to dinner with my friends. My friends are awesome, and I love food, so it's naturally a perfect combination. I'd heard a lot of good things about this place called Sticky Rice and have been wanting to go for a while. So Mike, Nick, Tasha (my beautiful friend and Nick's girlfriend), Kait (my other beautiful friend) and myself headed out to Sticky Rice. There was a 40 minute wait (which turned into an hour and a half wait) but it was cool because we hung out at a bar nearby while we waited. Sticky Rice is an Asian-American fusion joint that boasts tasty sushi AND tater tots with their own special sauce. I mean really, tater tots and sushi? Freaking amazing. Kait and I decided to split a bunch of food, so we got a california roll topped with scallops, a spicy tuna roll with crunchy flakes and coconut shrimp noodles. Mike got the cali roll with scallops and tempura. Halfway through the meal Nick realized we didn't have taters, so we ordered some of those bad boys. I didn't get a picture, but not only were they amazing, the sauce was so effing good. I want to go back asap.
I started out with a jalapeno margarita, which I was hoping would have more spice.

Was still tasty.

Cali rolls topped with scallops that we already started to attack.

The amazing coconut shrimp noodles. I added soy sauce (wish it had been liquid aminos) and rooster sauce, which I adore and put on anything.

Nick and Tasha's rolls. That sauce is a drawn butter sauce. I think their rolls included spicy tuna and some other crazy things that are making me hungry.
Mike's tempura was awesome. Whatever sauce they put on it was delicious.

After dinner we headed back out to the bar we originally started at, The Red Palace. There we met up with some of our other friends and had drinks and hung out for a while. Mike and I attempted to take this picture:

You can always tell when he's sauced in pictures if he is smiling ear to ear and has a cigarette behind one of them. He kicked that yucky habit years ago and sticks to his e-cigarette, but the battery died and he wanted a cig with his drinks. Grosssss. At least it's a very, very rare occurrence.

Friday, February 11, 2011

New Puppy and Delicious Chipotle

Mike and I got a new puppy!
Clearly, he is the one on the left. The doggie on the right is Nick's dog and we love him too. We named our puppy Caedus (pronounced like ky-dus). Mike is probably the biggest Star Wars nerd in the world. He originally wanted to name him Malice, which definitely was not happening. But he later wanted Caedus, thankfully, and it was a name I liked too so it worked out.

He is the sweetest puppy in the world and I love him! I knew puppies were a lot of work but holy hell, he tries to chew and eat everything. The other night I needed to take a shower while Mike was at hockey so I had to take him in the bathroom with  me. He HATES being alone, he has pretty severe separation anxiety right now, so much so that he actually tried to jump in the shower with me. He got his cute little face all wet, thank god he's too small to make it over the tub.
Last night when we got home we had to take Cae to get some necessary dog stuff (toys, crate, etc). It was a nice lil' trip and he got lots of attention in Petsmart. After that we had to pick up our weekly shipment of food we buy from a local farmer, and after this I was STARVING. I didn't want to take the time and wait to make dinner, so we ate at the only fast food joint we ever eat at: Chipotle. Mike, Nick (roommie) and Dale (other roomie/Mike's bro) eat there all the time, and I understand why, it's a good choice and friggin' delicious. I love that their animals are grass-fed and come from non-giant-corporate farms. Their cheese and sour cream come from cows not treated with hormones.

That's actually a picture of one of Mike's burrito bowls. I usually get:
  • beans
  • chicken and/or barbacoa
  • double scoop tomatoes
  • corn
  • guacamole
  • lettuce

I can't get over how tasty Chipotle is. If you're even looking for a quick meal or are craving fast food, definitely hit up Chipotle. It's the best option.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Super Bowl Eats

Not gonna lie, I didn't care that much about watching the super bowl. I decided to go for the Packers for the following reasons:
1. I do not like Roethlisberger
2. I heard they were the underdogs, which apparently was not true
3. They weren't Pittsburgh

I definitely cared more about hanging out and eating food. So I went to Trader Joe's early in the day which was a complete shitshow. Long lines, no parking, completely packed. Recently my roommate, Dale, bought a DEEP FRYER. So the boys were planning on frying their faces off. Meanwhile, I made gluten free pasta salad along with a Mexican dip.

Pasta Salad:
  • 1 bag TJ's organic brown rice tubular pasta
  • half ball of mozzarella
  • 1 cup grated pecorino romano
  • lots of halved grape tomatoes
  • garlic
  • sour cream
  • vinaigrette
Cook pasta according to instructions and just toss all of these ingredients together. Super simple.

Mexican Bean/Guac/Pico dip:
  • 1 can organic black beans
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • 2 avocados
  • tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • cilantro
  • lemon juice
  • pepper jack cheese
  • sour cream
I put the beans in the vitamix with the cumin and chili powder and grinded until they were broken down but still had some chunks. I poured this in the bottom of the bowl. Smash the avocados and add diced tomatoes, onions and cilantro. I topped this with tomatoes, onions, cilantro and lime juice. I then melted a good amount of the cheese in the microwave along with some sour cream to make a melty cheese sauce. I poured this over top. The pepper jack and sour cream I used were both raw. It was a successful dish.

This is my other roommate and buddy, Nick. He made reuben eggs rolls! They also made fried shrimp and bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers.
Pasta salad, dip, hummus from TJ's (which actually contains canola oil, no good) and shrimp waiting to be deep fried.
We actually had a lot more food than this, as other people brought things also. It was nice to hang out and eat with everyone. Maybe next year the Skins will be in the bowl...

Friday, February 4, 2011

Mmmmm pasta

I LOVE pasta. I've seen some bloggers say things along the lines of "I've never had much of a taste for pasta..." and I think...are you effing kidding me? I have always loved pasta, especially in the form of Italian and/or Thai food. I'm all about spaghetti, alfredo, creamy mushroom sauces, tart tomato sauces and I freakin' love pad Thai. Unfortunately, most pasta comes from refined wheat or rice, with no nutritional value and just clogs up your insides. I try to stay away from gluten, so I recently started buying Tinkyada brown rice pasta. I can't tell the difference between them and whole wheat. Maybe it's a little stickier. But it pretty much tastes the same. I don't eat that much pasta, but I really enjoy it when I do. I recently made cheesy chicken in a creamy tomato sauce and put it on top of rice pasta with cheese. I served it with a large salad full of avocado...and lima beans (I was hungry!). It. Was. Awesome. Also, most people haven't been exposed to lima beans. I was one of them until my first Thanksgiving with Mike's family, and I got to experience the amazingness that is lima beans drowned in butter. Oh. Holy. Jesus. I don't know what exactly it is about this simple recipe but it blows my mind.
For the Chicken:
-1 cup spaghetti sauce
-half cup cream
-garlic powder to taste
-cubed mozzarella
-several small chicken breasts
Sear the chicken on each side in some butter. Then mix all of the ingredients together in a baking dish and put in the oven at 400 for about 15 minutes, check regularly.
-Figure it out. Add avocados.
Boil pasta according to directions. Drain and mix with butter and cheese. S&P.
-frozen organic lima beans (taste way better)
-3/4 stick butter
Put lima beans in pot and cover with water, add butter and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then simmer them on the stove until you're too hungry and can't wait anymore. I try to wait at least an hour. When they're almost done take the top off and let some of the water evaporate.
Then you get this:
The kitchen and living room were occupied. So yeah, that's my bed.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

It's My Birthday! I'm 23!

I've gotten so many birthday wishes today and it's made me super happy! I also got a really sweet card from my coworkers that made my day. I'm not THAT into my birthday anymore, I don't care too much about having a party or anything. I might go out tomorrow with my family and some friends, and I'm content to do that, along with the Super Bowl this Sunday. I'm going to make 23 the best year of my life (and then 24, 25, 26, etc) and really just be content. I really like that saying, "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." I couldn't agree more. I'm definitely too sensitive sometimes, I let things make me angry or annoy me way too easily. But I'm just not going to do it anymore. Life is short, and I'd rather spend it being happy, which is a lot more fun. Last night I got kind of blown when Mike and I found out that it wasn't suggested we take the puppy (we're getting a puppy!) out of the continental US. We're supposed to go on a vacation and I was planning for Puerto Rico. Immediately I thought, where the hell else are we going to go in May? Mike won't go anywhere without waves, North Carolina will be too cold, California is out, Florida has sucky waves. I tried to push it aside, and I just went to sleep. Today I decided instead of being pissed off and calling off the trip, I'd research where we could go. Alas, Cocoa Beach, Florida! It's warm, it's quaint, there's surf. I'm super excited to plan for it and I'm so glad I let go of the anger. I think it's a lot easier to be pissed off or depressed than it is to be happy. Happiness takes work, but it's good work and it's definitely worth the effort. So, what makes me happy? Chocolate chip cookies. Exceppttt...they're usually filled with refined sugar and wheat...and vegetable oil. Gross. So I made my own and brought them into work today!

Despite the fact that I undercooked them (a lot) they were really good. Even my coworkers liked them. They are also gluten free which is a definite plus and easy to make.


Put in the oven at 350 for 8 minutes and enjoy. Also, coconut flour is not only gluten free, but low carb and high fiber and protein. Heck yeah

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Healthy Meatloaf and Super Bowl Eats

One meal Mike makes a lot is meatloaf. It's really easy to make a giant batch and eat it throughout the week with a salad. Which is what we did for dinner last night. Most meatloaf is full of ketchup (high fructose corn syrup? no thanks) and refined bread (sometimes we don't even add bread, but last night he used spelt). When I make it I usually add tomatoes and/or tomato sauce. Mike's was pretty good though:
It didn't come out like this. He removed it from the baking dish and stacked it so he could measure, this was after we already loaded some onto our plates.

We recently signed up for accounts on so I just copied and pasted his recipe from there. It's an amazing site and I'll talk more about it in the future. Bake this uncovered on 350 for 40 minutes.

I am so stoked for the super bowl! I actually don't care that much about football, especially if the Redskins aren't playing.
Gotta rep the Skins.
But I like that my roommates and I all gather in the living room and watch Mike's giant projector that projects onto our wall. I like that we have a bunch of friends coming over and some of them are bringing food while I also get to make food for them. I like that we're gonna have a few brews (or probably wine in my case) and it's going to be super fun. On my menu:
garlic hummus and pita
smoked mozzarella pasta salad
5 layer bean dip ("refried" beans, guac, sour cream, pico de gallo and raw pepper jack)
french bread with brie and honey
and maybe brownies topped with marshmallows

I know it's not very raw dominant or healthy, but it's food we can all enjoy and I like to eat this way sometimes. At least it'll all be organic. It's nice to indulge.  Recipes and pics to follow.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine's Dinner Ideas

A couple weeks ago when I was doing my grocery shopping I came across some organic, grass-fed steaks. They weren't too expensive, and I figured I'd make a nice dinner for Mike and I. Then I got the brilliant idea to buy four scallops (two for each of us) to put on top. They were expensive, I couldn't allow myself to buy more than four. What does hand in hand with steak? Mashed potatoes. We don't usually eat mashed potatoes because they spike your blood sugar and are very starchy. But, I figured we eat well so often so whatever. I realized later that this would make a great Valentine's Day dinner to make for a guy. I served this with a salad and a side of sauteed peppers and onions.
-two steaks of your choice
-balsamic vinegar
-red potatoes
-salad (I think you can figure out how to make a salad)

Melt butter in a hot pan and add the steaks (make sure to pat the steaks dry and season them with S&P) and garlic. Cook until medium rare, about three or four minutes on each side depending on how thick they are. Add in garlic about half way through the cooking process, making sure that you will not burn the garlic. Remove to sit, do not slice into them yet! The juices will go everywhere. To the same pan add the peppers and onions. Sautee them until the desired consistency. I like them to still have a bit of a crunch. Toss with the chopped parsley.
For the scallops, melt butter and garlic in a pan over high heat. Place scallops in pan, and let sear for about a minute. Do this on the other side as well and arrange on top of steaks.
For the potatoes, I boiled them, and smashed them with raw cream and butter and threw in some garlic powder.
It looked like this:
And it tasted awesome. Eating this with salad balances it out, right? Not the healthiest meal ever, but it's nice for special occasions. Even though we don't really celebrate V-day, maybe I'll do something this year...