Archive for July, 2008

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Just One Egg’ll do ya

July 31, 2008
just one little egg!

just one little egg!

There are many omelets in my life. My dear friend Kylie makes an overstuffed 4-egg omelet that has to be split by two people. The omelet I usually make is more of a scramble, inspired by the “Omeletta Herba” (what language is that?) made for me by my darling sweetheart’s Grandma Carol. Grandma Carol is a 90 year old yoga teacher and an excellent cook, she ALWAYS mixes her Omeletta Herba in a copper bowl. Oh, and never salt the eggs before you cook them.

The last omelet that makes frequent appearances in my life is the one produced by my good ole dad. His omelet often includes a variety of fillings, but it’s defining factor is that it is made with one egg. And no milk. Wow, right?

After watching my dad produce these egg-cellent (had to do it) creations for the literally hundreds (maybe thousands?) of breakfast guests that find their way into my folks open home, I have learned to do it myself.

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It doesn’t matter what you call it.

July 26, 2008

A few cookbooks of my own

This week, while I was finding new food blogs to be addicted to, I came across a really great one by a blogger with and addiction of her own: cookbooks. The Cookbook Addict is by a New York Lawyer with a cookbook purchasing problem and some really great photography skills (read: food porn central). About every week (though it seems to have slowed down a bit… something about being a lawyer) she cooks a selection of dishes from a cookbook on her shelf and then reviews the book on her blog. Her reviews are honest and fun to read… she has a critical eye, but she’s not a snob.

Reading the blog, I realize quickly that the Cookbook Addict and I have a lot in common. We both love Alice Medrich, learned to look from Mollie Katzen, and have the same fear… the “light” cookbook.

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Red Curry Poached Tilapia…with mmmmango.

July 22, 2008
Red Curry Poache Tilapia

Red Curry Poached Tilapia

Food from the sea has always been an easy sell with me. There is not much I like better than a bowl of mussels, or a breakfast of trout and eggs. Growing up in Maryland, I ate fried claims like they were chicken nuggets, and picked apart succulent blue crabs until my hands burned from the Old Bay seasoning. And though it took me a little while for my palate to tolerate fish that didn’t come in a shell, once I discovered the joys of salmon I never looked back.

It wasn’t until I started Weight Watchers that I realized that fish was not only tasty, but also a very low fat and low calorie source of protein. As long as I avoid covering them in mayo (more to come about the “Amtrak Cafe Car Tuna Salad Sandwich Debacle” at a later date) my favorite little fishes are a sure bet for an honest low points meal.

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Pointastification (say it slow, and learn it)

July 16, 2008

At a time in my life where I know more about food and nutrition than I ever did before, I find myself battling with my genes and years. Despite a conscious diet of whole and honest food I, like so many women around me, have gained weight… enough of it to have noticed a pattern.

Happily, society is obsessed with this, so the options for combating the gain are PLENTIFUL. After some research, I chose the online Weight Watchers Point System. With this system, I can look closely at how my diet “adds up” through the lenses of a weight loss program. As you can imagine, it has been a bit scary.

But, there have been pleasant surprises as well. For example, crab cakes can be a godsend and cream cheese is completely acceptable.

I have been happy with the Weight Watchers diet plan, which really does allow me to eat whatever I want as long as I accept what it means to my total diet. I have found Weight Watchers possible to maintain, and consistently satisfying.

However, I have one main gripe. As I spend time on the Weight Watchers site, reading their blogs and recipes, I find that there is a serious difference in our values.

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Simple and sound advice from Michael Pollan.

I’m not trying to say that Weight Watchers wouldn’t agree with this advice, but it seems to me that their program is set up to encourage food-like substances instead of real food. I guess the advantage of these food-like substances is that we are allowed to eat more of them… even too much. As for the plants… well, we all think plants are a good idea. But they want me to flavor my plants with low-fat dressing… and I’m not sure what that means.

My hope is that I can use this blog to keep track of my own creative “Pointastic” recipes and ideas. Hopefully, you will find them useful as I have. I also plan to look at the pros and cons of some foods that look like they’d be good but maybe aren’t, and visa versa. Last, as much as I’d like to focus only on the positive, it would be cheating to not occasionally examine a “pointhoriffic” food choice or two. especially because I make plenty of them.

Please write to me if you have ideas of your own, or stories of your struggle to eat real food (but not too much). I look forward to meeting a new community of eaters.

Enjoy!