Have: A store-bought roasted chicken that needs finishing, spinach that’s wilting, carrots lying limp and fresh thyme to use up. Need: A warm lunch for my Mom who’s putting in overtime helping me out with nine-week old, Finn. I have to admit to being intimidated in the past by chicken soup as I figured I had know what I was doing with a whole raw chicken (what to put in the soup, what to leave out etc) but when I realized I could cheat and use roasted chicken, I went for it and ended up with one fine meal.
(The latest post I’ve written for Attune Foods...)
When a food is too colorful, juicy, and “fresh”, I get suspicious – especially when it comes to dried fruit that is not meant to be any of those things. Dried fruit is meant to be faded, dry and chewy, not succulent and vibrant. So it was with a feeling of “ew” when I bit into a well known brand of “dry” mango (hint: there is a man’s name in the name of the brand/store) that was neon orange, cotton ball soft and lollipop sweet. The culprits were right there in the ingredient list: sugar (as if mango needs any help!), glycerine (to add moisture and a silky texture), sulphur dioxide (to keep the color from fading) – ingredients to ensure that the mango would never become “dry mango” which is what I was looking for!
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I admit to having a massive weakness for pizza. It’s kind of like crack for me, where I think I have control over it, but the moment it’s put in front of me all powers of resistance vanish. Which is why I rarely make it (and why I cross the street when I smell fragrant wafts coming from the pizza-by-the-slice joints). But when I do cook it, I am reminded of how easy it is and why it is universally loved. I’ll make it when friends are coming over and I’m looking for something to cut into bite sized pieces and eat with hands.
I am a total sucker for a great looking bottle. I am also charmed by all things Chilean, AND I use more olive oil than most Italian grandmothers. So when the Chilean olive oil company Olisur asked me if I’d like to sample some of their award winning olive oil (O-Live and Co) in their super cool bottle, it took me about 3 seconds to respond. The bottle of oil was used up in under a week and I am a convert.
They’ve agreed to give a bottle away to a Sweet Beet reader so tell us in the comments what your favorite food is to eat with olive oil and you might win!
Here’s their website if you want to know more about this fab co …
Many cooks like to think about what they can add to a dish, I like to think about what I can not add. When I mine my memories for the earliest experiences of falling in love with simple food, I’m taken back to the woods, a tent, a sleeping bag and a Coleman stove …
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Though I could go back to the spinach and kale trough over and over again without much complaining, it’s fun discovering other greens that bring some variety to the party. My latest discovery was made when one of the local vendors at my farmers market had set up a mini propane stove at the corner of her booth and was sauteeing greens and serving them up to receptive shoppers. I had more than my share of samples at which point I felt I owed them at least the purchase of the equivalent of what I’d already eaten.
This past winter I was at a birthday party for a friend where we were all asked to bring a dish. I brought a favorite of mine (Spinach Chickpeas and Sweet Potato) but the one I could not stop taking seconds and thirds of was a kale salad brought by Deborah and Bryan.
There is nothing like having a baby (which I had three weeks ago) to focus you on the bare essentials in life since all of a sudden the window for doing anything closes the moment the little guy’s mouth opens. My prerequisite now for food is that if I’m going to make it, it must take less than 30 minutes from conception to birth of the dish.
(The next post in the series I’m doing for Attune Foods)
One of the on-going questions many of us have, is why do some people never gain weight and are in a state of perpetually good health while others seem to be in a constant state of striving for the elusive 10 pound weight loss. If I had to choose only two factors (not including all the genetic stuff over which we have more limited control), here are my two..
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I had a baby. It happened last week. I can’t say it was a surprise as it had been building for 9 months. But there is a very big difference between having a baby living inside you and one living outside you. The biggest difference? Food. For 9 mos the little guy (Finn is his name) essentially had an intravenous drip of the most delicious nutritious food, coursing through his little body. He ate like a king – frittata one meal, kale soup the next. He lived in a pool of constantly replenishing water that was his for the drinking 24/7, all he had to do was open his mouth and swallow.