Monday, April 25, 2011

Health & Wellness

The chicken came out pretty great, but wasn't worth the work (see last post). On to newer things!

I'm trying to be healthy...this is apparently harder than you'd think. According to Dr. Raby at the Raby Institute for Integrated Health, this involves "avoiding inflammatory" foods:
  • dairy from cows
  • caffeine (drink green tea instead)
  • oranges
  • wheat/gluten
  • sugar
  • alcohol
  • peanut products
So I went gangbusters at Stanley's and bought a ton of veggies and a bunch of healthy protein (fish and chicken) at Trader Joe's.

On tonight's menu was a vegetable soup made from the chicken stock in the last post's recipe. I added all the veggies that only had a day left in them: asparagus, celery, carrots, beans (dry pinto beans that I boiled for two minutes and then soaked with a lid for one hour per package directions), salt, pepper, crushed red pepper and water to make a decent amount of soup. I then topped with roughly chopped, fresh cilantro, scallions and finely shredded Manchego cheese, made from sheep's milk. For a side, I had a small bowl of Jiminy chips - sweet potato variety.

It was healthy, easy-to-make and delicious!

*Image c/o delrandall

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: comments are no longer being accepted

Ya sure? How about one more comment from your biggest fan?

Dear Mark Bittman,

I love you. I really do. You’re a nice Jewish boy who frequently pays homage to your grandmother in your old Minimalist videos. I agree with your opinions on food, you’re popular and social-media savvy, and while I’ve never tasted your food made by you, I have both licked my computer screen and tried to recreate what you’ve made; both very delicious.

So why, why did you do this to me? I respect you so much. I listened to you as you raved about your amazing chicken on MSNBC and clearly alerted your audience that it would only take about two hours to make the most magnificent contemporary roasted chicken of our lives.

So I tried it. I “butchered” the 4 pound Trader Joe chicken taking it apart step-by-step saving every last piece so as not to be wasteful. I proceeded to take off the skin and heat it in the oven for thirty minutes to make “Chicken skin croutons" or as one commenter pointed out, “don't you mean gribenes” (thank you fred red bank from New Jersey). I then made homemade “quick chicken stock,” cleverly adding one more cup of water to make more stock to be used at a later date (any ideas for what?)!

That’s when things went horribly wrong. My poor gribenes (I prefer this term, as it hides what this product actually is) started to drip past the drip pan causing a big ole mess in the oven which I needed to clean setting me back a half hour. Then my paranoia started to set in as I pondered whether I was properly handling raw chicken and cleaning all my utensils.

The chicken has finally gone into the oven, which is step 4/5 and I am exhausted.

Stay tuned to gather whether this was worth the ordeal. It already smells good, so who knows?


*photo c/o New York Times