Tuesday, April 24, 2012
People sneer at the word Artisanal. I don’t know why.
I totally get it. I don’t want to sit at a desk all day. Could I survive with my own line of brandied cherries or custom dog scarves? Can we simplify—build that pizza oven and not work for The Man? Can I learn a craft, and learn it slowly and thoughtfully? Can I wrap it in pretty fabric and attach a letter-pressed card made out of old tissues?
What is the threat anyway? Does it matter if I buy $7.00 mustard or shop for blue eggs? Is my support of these companies a threat to big business? Are they not the American Dream? I love finding special chocolates made from beans that were tickled to death by dwarf bunnies. I love going to New Amsterdam market and Smorgasburg and Hester Street Fair. I love Farmers’ Markets and canvas bags. I love the Fair Trade, the locavore and the heirloom. I love hipsters.
NYMag article that causes a lot of sneering.
JustAwesome’s video. Worth every minute (seven). Please repost it, if you like it.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
I really wanted a big bowl of greasy chow fun last night—the ultimate comfort food, to me. Apparently there are scientific reasons why we eat/overindulge when we are sad. I ain’t no scientist but I know its true! I am half expecting Richard Simmons to knock on my window one of these days. Overeating. Overindulging. Big time.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
These are the best spring rolls I have ever had. Ever. They are fresh and light and satisfying—ginger-onion paste, cilantro/basil/mint, mushrooms and tofu. It was a lot of prep work but the yield makes it totally worth it. And once you’ve got your assembly line going, it goes pretty quickly.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The refrigerator is oddly empty so I’ve decided that tonight should be Garbage Night. Tonight we will eat whatever crap is in there. Hopefully it isn’t a gross combo…
• Whitefish salad (Russ & Daughters) on cracker. There is only one cracker’s worth (each) left. And that sh!t is too good to toss.
• Edamame from freezer. (see, NEW RULES)
• Salad. Definitely the last day for the greens. Thankfully we’re getting more food tomorrow.
• Pea Soup. Just made from frozen peas.
• Butternut Squash Soufflé. Heated up in oven from freezer. I have no idea where they came from or when we bought them. (see, NEW RULES)
• Sausage. Grilled in pan. A little salsa on top. These are the most delicious vegetarian sausage in existence. We discovered this company at Bark. I like them better than meat sausages. We always have these around and are great when you need a protein. No, I’m not a vegetarian. Yes, they’re very good.
• Vanilla ice cream. Leftover from the tasting. Can probably find some cookies, too.
• Beer or wine, water or seltzer.
No more frozen fruits and vegetables. Not until we prove that we actually eat it. We never just “toss some in” as we think we might. And we don’t bring edamame as snacks. We just don’t. Keep buying peas though. It’s a good soup and only takes a few minutes to make.
No more impulse buys at Trader Joes’. Under what situation will frozen File of Sole suddenly sound appealing? And, please, no more random meals from Asian markets. There is too much sodium. And questionable ingredients. I am too afraid to actually try them. Yes, (vegetarian) mackerel would be delicious as an appetizer with nori and avocado, I just can’t imagine defrosting that thing when I happen to remember to buy nori and my avocado is perfectly ripe.
I think Garbage Night was a success. The fridge and freezer are neat and organized and I didn’t spend a cent. I had some protein, some veg, some carbs, some fiber and some fat. And I stayed on Plan. With all of the money I saved, maybe I should buy a new pair of skinny jeans...