my love affair with food

I had lunch today at Pigdog, Pig’s latest venture. As my co-worker and I were walking back to the office we were talking a bit about our enjoyment of food. I have to admit, my life is enriched by the food I eat. I can remember specific meals in my life (like the outstanding maple pork roast I made last month, and the amazing meal I had at a winery in NZ almost two years ago) and often my mood will improve during the day if I remember we’re having something particularly good for dinner.

Along with appreciating the taste, I can put back a fair bit of it too. Thankfully I have a metabolism that supports this (and in my own defense I DO exercise, occasionally). I’ve been asked by a restaurant servers, on more than one occasion, if I really want to order as much food as I’ve just ordered. Yes, I do, and I’m going to eat it all, thank you very much for your opinion. Now go make my food!

I’m not sure if the love of food is a learned character trait or if you are born that way. I come from a family that appreciates good food, so I have certainly been supported in my journey. And thankfully I married a husband who is of like mind. It makes eating out fun.

And now I’m starving.

dinner tonight: lessons learned

If it says use parchment paper, use parchment paper.

When you are instructed to turn up a burner to high, make sure you have the correct burner turned up. Do not turn up the one that has been simmering rice for the past 45 minutes.

Dinner tasted okay, minus the rice, but my mistakes made for a stinky kitchen and some dishes that require some major soaking.


I was at a fair today and did not eat mini donuts. Although I did have a cheeseburger with lots of fried onions, and there is half a dozen Krispy Kremes sitting in our fridge right now. Both these things could have been factors in my decision not to buy mini donuts.

Still, it’s somewhat shocking.

the only way out is to eat it…all of it

There is a lot of chocolate in this house. And cookies. It would scare me if I actually counted the pounds of sugar I’ve eaten in the past two weeks. And it doesn’t help that I haven’t run since the beginning of November.

This wouldn’t bother me as much if I weren’t heading to a warmer climate in three weeks. A climate where I’ll be wearing a bathing suit.

Perhaps I’ll go for a run tomorrow. Because not eating the chocolate is not a viable option.

it’s a freakin’ project, and I need a project manager

Greg and I have been discussing changing our grocery shopping habits. We’d like to try buying more local foods, and we’d like to eat a bit more organic, especially when it comes to produce.

I’ve spent too many hours over the last few days trying to figure out the best options, keeping in mind the above two goals, and also weighing the financial impact and the time impact (i.e. I don’t want to shop at four different places). It seriously should not be this hard.

The first version of the plan is to start buying produce and a few other items from spud! and start buying our meat from Glenwood Meats. These two places don’t fully meet the local and organic requirements, but it’s a start. The beauty of spud! is that I don’t have to leave the house. And we’ll try to go to Glenwood Meats once a month, when we do our Costco trip to counteract our positive impact buy disposable diapers for two kids. The remainder of our groceries will likely come from Fairway, because Greg works above one. Since we currently drive to Thrifty’s at least once a week, hopefully this grand plan will reduce our gas usage.

I just don’t know if it’s worth the time I’ve been spending menu planning, ordering food, writing grocery lists and scheduling our grocery shopping. If you’re going to go organic, shouldn’t you go entirely organic? Or does eating somewhat organically help? Ditto for local food. I suppose it does, but I still struggle with figuring out what the right thing to do is — ethically, environmentally, financially, practically, and from a health perspective.

marvelous muffins

I have finally found a healthy muffin recipe that I like. I’ve tried a few I found online, and I’ve tried altering some of my existing recipes (adding flax, whole wheat flour, etc.), but I haven’t really liked any of them. Mostly I find them too dry.

Until today. There’s a recipe for Bran Flax Muffins on our package of ground flax seed, and I made the muffins this morning. Sure, you can tell they are healthy (i.e. you know you’re not eating cake), but they still taste good. They have no fat in them, and a cup of sugar for 15 muffins. That’s about a tablespoon of sugar per muffin. Not too bad.

Oh, and Elliot scarfed one of them down in about 10 seconds flat.

Here’s the recipe, in case anyone’s interested (and in case I can’t find it again):

1.5 cups white flour
3/4 cups ground flaxseed
3/4 cup oat bran (I used wheat bran)
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1.5 cups shredded carrots (two large carrots)
2 peeled and shredded apples
1/2 cup raisins (I substituted blueberries)
1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts and almonds, although next time I think I may just use walnuts)
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Mix together flour, flax, bran, sugar, soda, powder, salt and cinnamon.

Stir in carrots, apples, nuts and raisins.

Combine milk, eggs and vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. (This is where I added the blueberries.)

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.