Monday, June 25, 2007

Erg.

Blah. Ick. Argh. Meh.

Too much work. Not sleeping well. Can’t get my “going to the gym” shit together.

Eating too much, eating bad food. NJ and I out last week deciding that there are no good places left to eat in DC. Have to move to a new city. Have to never eat anywhere I have already eaten again. Am only eating the things I know, specifically, that are specifically good:

  1. The biscuits at Acadiana
  2. Tater Tots at Bourbon
  3. Duck confit at Café Atlantico
  4. Ahi Tuna Mignon at Café Deluxe
  5. Doughnuts at Colorado Kitchen
  6. Plain Cheese Pizza at Comet Ping Pong
  7. Truffled Mushrooms at Crème Café
  8. Elvis Sliders at Jackie’s
  9. Bacon wrapped date fritters at Jaleo
  10. Anything at Komi
  11. Grilled Cheese at Luna Grill
  12. Steak Tartare at Montsouris
  13. Dim Sum at Oriental East
  14. The Burger at the bar at Palena
  15. Four cheese pizza at Pizzeria Paradiso
  16. Crispy fried spinach at Rasika
  17. Duck Tacos at Taqueria Poblano

Eh.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Adventures in Raw

First, I am not giving up my omnivorous ways. I am not giving up cheese, or steak tartare, or foie, or chocolate. Or bread. Or anything else.

But sometimes I get bored. Being a foodie is hard work. Once you have eaten llama and crocodile and made your own pasta, and cheese, and whatnot. And traveled to a few different cities to eat butter poached lobster and bison in granola and eaten nearly everywhere at home, what is there left to do?

Well. You apologize for having such an indulgent life and you start reading about raw foods.

Now. The whole enzyme living foods yada yada thing, I can’t say I buy into that. But the whole eating raw, fresh, natural unprocessed food thing, that doesn’t seem like a bad idea. And no matter how many fruits and vegetables I try to eat, I never eat enough fruits and vegetables. (Plate of bread and cheese versus plate of broccoli. No contest I’m afraid.)

So I’ve been reading all sorts of crazy things about nuts and seeds and greens. I was inspired by this recipe for a Fuzzy Navel Smoothie which is oranges, pecans, dates and vanilla. It is simply delicious. And with the fiber from the whole orange and nuts and dates is ridiculously filling (which is good when you are trying to lose weight – like I am.) I also found that you don’t need a $400 blender to do this, in fact you don’t even need a $60 blender to do this, you can use your $20 200 watt stick blender to do this.

But, duh, fruit and nuts blended together taste good, and even if they are filling, they aren’t exactly low calorie. What I need is vegetables. So. I tried a green smoothie from GoneRaw (which seems to be down at the moment.) Strawberries, apple juice, a date, and a bag of baby spinach. Yup. A bag of baby spinach. Blended all up, it’s the most fabulous shade of green, and tastes like a strawberry spinach salad. It tastes good.

The green spinach smoothie tastes good.

Really. I drank it for breakfast.

Feel free to be as shocked about this as I am.

And eat your vegetables.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Um.

I want one of each of these:

Zotter Schokoladen

There are 63 of them (I counted.)
At 2.90 Euro each, that’s about $245 (before shipping.)
And we have to hurry, chocolate season ends June 10.

Care to chip in? I promise I’ll share…

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Sunday Foodie Fun: Tortillas, Cheese Crackers, Butter

Lo, being the only one speaking English in the local grocery store.

However, need a tortilla press? My local Safeway has ‘em! I used this recipe for Whole Wheat Tortillas. Easy. Taste good. But I don’t know if it is a limitation of the press I bought or what, but they weren’t as thin, and therefore as large, as I wanted. I think next time I’ll press them and then go one or two passes with the rolling pin. But there are 24 fresh tortillas safely stashed in the freezer now.

I also bought a pasta maker (for $5 from Craigslist! Whee!)
This is not a non sequitur so stay with me for a minute.

I have been making Cheese Crackers now and again for many years. This go around inspired by the fact that I have been eating those 100 Calorie Pack things of cheese crackers lately, which not only have all sorts of stuff in them, but again Lo, this time with the packaging.

I used some Cracker Barrel 2% cheddar, King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour, some salt and water to hold it all together into a dough. Then I ran it through the pasta maker a few times (see, I told you it would all make sense.) Rolling cracker dough is a bitch at best, the pasta maker makes easy work of getting the dough nice and thin, which you have to do if you want a crisp cracker. And believe me, you want a crisp cracker. 1 pound of crackers made which I will break down into my own 100 calorie packs. (I use Recipe Calc 4.0)

Finally. I need a cow. Do you think my tenants would mind if I raised a cow in the back yard of the building? It could be a small cow. No?

On the heels of the recent cheese adventures, I decided to make some of my own butter. Again, not hard. But, in spite of what the internet says, you cannot make butter in a blender. (Not in my wimpy blender anyway, which can be added to the list of why I am currently coveting one of these.) You can however make butter with your stick/immersion blender, just the like pioneers used to do!

Ok fine I didn’t churn it myself, but I did make butter from scratch. According to the internet you need to wash the butter to get the buttermilk out so it won’t go sour. Who knew? So one pint of local heavy cream turns into 8oz of butter. 4 for the fridge, 4 for the freezer, which should last me a while since I ixnayed my buttered toast habit a while back in the interest of there being less of me.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Gloria in excelsis Deo.

I don’t really believe in God. I like Zen, I’ve always been into Tao. I do think the Ten Commandments are pretty good suggestions, but the whole Western God thing just doesn’t do it for me.

But.

I do believe, wholeheartedly, without exception or reservation, in Making a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord. Especially with 140 voices, and a gaggle of violins, and cellos and trumpets and a timpani.

Tonight was the National Philharmonic Bach's Mass in B Minor at the Strathmore.

Thank you Johann. Thank you SB.

Amen.