The asparagus tips were just a tiny bit charred, making them crispy and delicious! I could have eaten twice as many!
Oooo, I have tuna steaks in the freezer!
I've read "In Defense Of Food" and a couple of his other books, as well as hearing him on NPR. I like his perspective.
He has a new "book" out that is basically a list of rules for eating.
I'll stick with the list at the back of In Defense of Food. I think he's starting to reprocess his own stuff.
I find that for me, it's not the difficulty, it's the planning. If I just spend that 5 minutes the night before figuring out what my day's food will be, I'm fine. If I don't, then I wait until I'm hungry to try and figure out a meal, and by then it's too late to really prep anything. In your case, you thought ahead enough to thaw the tuna and get asparagus and potatoes. And lo, lovely dinner!
Yes, we had potatoes and asparagus and tuna in the freezer. But I didn't think about how to put it together until I got home. Having groceries in the house does make a difference, though.
I wish I could limit the cooking clean up like you have : (
It takes some planning. I could have made it more difficult by using the broiler pan as well, but I decided I didn't need it. A lot of times when I have several things needing mixing bowls that it's just as easy to rinse a bowl and reuse rather than use several bowls. It really makes it easier.
Do you buy organic? We went to Whole Foods here recently and it wasn't nearly as expensive as we had anticipated. Plus we got some locally grown hamburger there and it was AMAZINGLY fresh!!
2010-03-07 02:15 am (UTC)
We haven't really started buying organic, but it's on the list of things to accomplish, along with buying local.
Good for you! I bought his Food Rules--good only if you've read other books by him. This year I've tried to eat less meat, and buy only meat that's not factory farmed. It costs a lot, but I feel much better about eating it. I can eat that kind of meat once a week, or the gruesome other stuff everyday. I discovered that cheese, beans, etc. are just fine.
Also, baked potatoes (both sweet and white) can take care of themselves...always a good quality in a food.
And there's nothing like a garden to make you really delight in your veggies!
I want to join a CSA this summer, and put in at least a bit of a veggie garden.
"Nigella Express" by Nigella Lawson, is excellent for fast dinners that are made of food. I cook from it a lot.
2010-03-07 07:51 am (UTC)
Also Nigel Slater - "Real Fast Food" is wonderful, and "The 30-minute Cook" does exactly what it says.
I love Michael Pollan, love. The Omnivore's Dilemma changed my life.
I find this one even more practical for life changes.
So you are likely to be reading more about food in this journal that usual.
*gasps* Oh, woe!
Potatoes are a happy thing. I don't think I have tried broiled tuna before; my main source of it comes from nigiri.
The trick, like with most fish, is not to overcooking it.
As with every meat, and many vegetables as well. Fish is just the most delicate one.
I've read both "In Defense of Food" and "the Omnivoire's Dilemma". I read TOD first and it stole my heart. I'd always been a "good eater" - I had belonged to a CSA in CT and the like, but because of TOD, I started buying my meat only at the local farmer's market, despite the huge cost. Something strange happened - all my life I've been borderline anemic. After 2 years of eating grass fed beef? Not anemic anymore.
Just recently I joined a meat CSA. We're doing half shares. It's still pricier than factory farmed meat, but half the cost of meat at the local greenmarket. Once a month, for the next three months, they will send us 10 lbs of meat. We just started it, and I'm glad we have a chest freezer, because I don't think we're going to eat it all in a month! http://www.eightoclockranch.com/
They currently do pork, beef & lamb. They are adding chicken in the spring & summer!
My issue with TOD was that his praise for the organic farm that insisted people came out to the farm. That constituted a HUGE carbon footprint. The farm you linked to makes much more sense!
We're trying to cook at home more often too. It's an adventure! I've fallen in love with the crock pot, and grouprecipes.com!
Good luck - your dinner sounds wonderful!