artyartie: (cooking-sniffingthyme)
I think some of us are both! S, one of the history lab denziens, brought in especially delicious leftovers, namely, beef stew. I caught a faint whiff of wine and asked if he had added some to the broth - B, another of the lab rats, took a deeper sniff and identified the wine as a pinot noir. Truly, I am impressed an awed! But I am sure as hell getting some stew beef, veggies, spices, and a bottle of pinot noir myself and emulating his tasty dish - with a bowl of brown rice, it sounds so very yummy I wish I could have it now! I'm planning on making a weekly meal list - three main dishes with plans for leftovers or sandwiches (next week, hummus, veggies and feta on some fabulous bread I will seek out) for lunch, and a simple pasta toss or rice and black beans for any extra days.

If I was especially nautical I should toss in some banyan days - besides, a little occasional forays into vegetarianism never hurt anyone's wallet or waistline!

Speaking of food, our student group's fundraiser is going to be delicious but damn, why did our students have to pick some ridiculously decadent dishes to make - seafood chowder, crab cakes, scallops in bacon and, get this, leg of lamb stuffed with veal. I think unless I can find an amazing sale on rose veal, that ingredient will be out for ethical and financial reasons.

Next year, I swear, it'll be a historically accurate meal down to the salt beef, bland pease, and weevily biscuits.
artyartie: (cooking-foodalwayscomes)
I really do need a cooking icon, but I can wait until the rewatching and screencapping of My Night With Reg provides a good one.

ETA: Ratatouille icons FTW!

Anyway, after the culinary successes of this week, I've decided to favor 'eating better' instead of stressing 'eating less.' I find myself eating less anyway, even when I'd like to polish off a delectable dish - it's learning to prolong that pleasure into welcome leftovers the next day. But I think with some creative shopping, and eating out much less (once a week during classes, once on the weekend since I do so desperately need to leave my apartment on occasion), I can manage. I can stock up on all sorts of whole wheat pastas, buy cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, have enough legumes to satisfy my cravings for them, have chicken and pork in the freezer for when I do feel like being a carnivore, buy vegetables and fruits often, always keep a lemon and a head of garlic on hand. For me, the thought of trying to drop pounds always comes with deprivation, but I think by taking the path of indulgence (small squares of 85% cocoa with a small glass of madeira!), I can maybe break this stubborn yo-yo pattern I've been on for four years now - and come up with a few fabulous dishes for friends, family, and myself in the meantime. So I may highlight my successes each week - and share any humorous failures!

Week of January 21 2008 )

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