Posts Tagged ‘Recipes’

food porn

Last night’s supper was a resounding success–salmon with braised greens and citrus vinaigrette, with steamed rice (mixed blend, predominantly japonica).

It was also amazingly simple. The hardest part was browning the cut-up bacon before braising the greens. And did I mention healthy?

Salmon with braised greens and citrus vinaigrette

Salmon with braised greens and citrus vinaigrette

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Yesterday was the big appointment to discuss the issues related to my slightly elevated blood sugar. I was tense and worried, of course — because I knew exactly what she was going to say and I just didn’t want to face it.

Gotta pay more attention to my diet. Gotta lose the rest of this weight, or at least a good chunk of it. 40-45 pounds over the course of 8-12 months, basically. That won’t get me down to svelte but it will be down into a healthier range.

It shouldn’t be that hard. I lost almost 40 pounds a few years back, to get down to this size. I know what needs to be done and how to do it. But somehow this time, it’s hitting me in my insecurities and fears, down in the places where eating has been a source of pleasure and comfort over the years. It’s social glue. It’s a way to give and share love. A beer after a good golf match, a hot dog at the ball game, a brown toasty turkey for Thanksgiving dinner with all the family around, a wine country tour. And they’re telling me that all this is the enemy? (Note I’m not talking about things like pigging out at a buffet or eating an entire carton of Ben and Jerry’s at midnight after a bad day. I’ve done that, and it has its role, but I mean the ordinary pleasures of sharing meals and enjoying tastes.)

Well, no, the food is not the enemy and eating is not the enemy. There are things I used to eat freely that I have to think about and plan for, or maybe avoid because they’re not worth it. As I get older, there will be more of those things. That’s okay, there are plenty of good things left. The world is full of wonderful foods and flavors.

It’s not about giving anything up. It’s about finding the things I know are good for me, that build up my health and enhance my life. I know what many of those are, but I’ll have more to discover. As I focus on health and fitness, the rest will come.

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life goes on

We were in Detroit for the weekend, visiting Neil’s mom. She has advanced Parkinson’s and has been gradually declining for some time. Last week the staff noticed she was limping; an x-ray revealed a broken hip in a place where it couldn’t have a cast. The pain has been bad and it looks like it’s more than her fragile body can take.

While we were there, she wasn’t eating or drinking more than a few swallows, and she didn’t know we were there. Previously, she might not have recognized it, but she enjoyed the visit. By the time we left, she was pretty much unresponsive. She’s in hospice care now. They think 3-5 days, but maybe sooner. We’re flying back out on Sunday.

She’s 92. She has advanced Parkinson’s. There wasn’t a lot for her to recover to, though I know she loved every day she lived. She’s just that kind of woman. *sniffle*

In an attempt to cheer myself up, I posted my pumpkin bread recipe on my food page:
https://bonniers.wordpress.com/the-food-page/bonnies-famous-pumpkin-bread-which-originally-came-from-columbia-gas-in-new-york/ I will be baking two loaves to take with us. Lillian loved it whenever I brought it for her. I’ll think of her whenever I eat it from now on.

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I’m looking for bread recipes.

I’m particularly looking for whole grain (any kind) yeast bread that can be sliced fairly thinly for sandwiches and isn’t too crumbly, but any and all reliable old favorites or exotic specialties are welcome.

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Some days, like today, I find that just taking time to think about food, and plan it, and give it respectful consideration, helps me not crave things. It’s sort of like that goals thing where talking about a goal was as good as doing it, I guess. Psychologically, thinking about food, playing with recipes, planning a thoughtful meal all satisfy the need.

So today I typed in one of my favorite recipes on The Food Page: Chocolate Nut Chews, a no-bake cookie that has been a family staple for years, ever since my mother found the original recipe. I’m thinking it was on the back of a peanut butter jar, but it might have been in Ladies Home Journal. It’s wonderfully rich and chocolaty, almost like fudge — enough to satisfy the worst chocolate craving.

Go ahead. You know you want to 😀

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