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Dinner [Mar. 6th, 2010|11:55 am]
Zoethe
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Ferrett and I, having both read Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, agree that there are some healthy, positive changes that we can make to our eating habits. So you are likely to be reading more about food in this journal that usual.

One of the things that I have to remind myself continually is that good food does not necessarily have to be time-consuming. Last night was a case-in-point. I came through the door at about 6, absolutely famished. Ferrett was just then starting potatoes boiling. I pulled out the two tuna steaks that I had put out to thaw earlier and made a quick marinade of soy sauce, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, a but of red wine vinegar, and a little bit of olive oil. I literally just poured these ingredients over the tuna, then turned the tuna steaks a few times in the half-cup or less of marinade that it made. I started the broiler heating, and when it was nice and hot I took a bunch of asparagus, cut off the stem ends, spread the spears on a cookie sheet, drizzled a bit of olive oil over then, and put them under the broiler for five minutes. After five minutes, I pulled the boiler pan out, pushed the asparagus to both ends of the pan, and slide the tuna steaks onto the same cookie sheet. Back under the broiler for 4 minutes, and the tuna was done - no need to turn because there was enough heat in the cookie sheet to cook both sides. In the meantime, Ferrett mashed the potatoes with a little butter, sour cream, and prepared horseradish - highly yummy. A healthy dinner was ready in just over half an hour, and kitchen cleanup consisted of a bowl, a cookie sheet, one pot, and the spatula and mixer beaters.


Pollan's philosophy is simple: "Eat Food. Mostly Plants. Not too Much."
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[User Picture]From: stripedsocks
2010-03-06 04:58 pm (UTC)
That sounds DELICIOUS!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-06 05:17 pm (UTC)
The asparagus tips were just a tiny bit charred, making them crispy and delicious! I could have eaten twice as many!
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[User Picture]From: blessed_oak
2010-03-06 05:26 pm (UTC)
Oooo, I have tuna steaks in the freezer!
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2010-03-06 06:55 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-07 02:07 am (UTC)
I'll stick with the list at the back of In Defense of Food. I think he's starting to reprocess his own stuff.
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[User Picture]From: veryloud
2010-03-06 07:21 pm (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-07 02:10 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2010-03-06 07:23 pm (UTC)
I wish I could limit the cooking clean up like you have : (
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-07 02:14 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: idic_writer
2010-03-06 07:47 pm (UTC)

Mmmmmmmmmm

Sounds yummy!

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!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-07 02:15 am (UTC)

Re: Mmmmmmmmmm

We haven't really started buying organic, but it's on the list of things to accomplish, along with buying local.
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[User Picture]From: mamculuna
2010-03-06 08:07 pm (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-07 02:20 am (UTC)
I want to join a CSA this summer, and put in at least a bit of a veggie garden.
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[User Picture]From: emmasee100
2010-03-06 09:25 pm (UTC)
"Nigella Express" by Nigella Lawson, is excellent for fast dinners that are made of food. I cook from it a lot.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-07 02:22 am (UTC)
Ooo, will look for it.
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[User Picture]From: k425
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.
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[User Picture]From: everypoembreaks
2010-03-07 12:00 am (UTC)
I love Michael Pollan, love. The Omnivore's Dilemma changed my life.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-07 02:23 am (UTC)
I find this one even more practical for life changes.
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2010-03-07 03:15 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-07 03:22 am (UTC)
The trick, like with most fish, is not to overcooking it.
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2010-03-07 04:02 am (UTC)
As with every meat, and many vegetables as well. Fish is just the most delicate one.
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[User Picture]From: nex0s
2010-03-07 03:27 am (UTC)
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!

N.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-07 03:35 am (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: laliatk
2010-03-07 03:41 am (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-07 03:49 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link!
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