I stayed at home sick today. My eyes were watering, my nose was stuffed and my throat was scratchy and dry. I was a mess today and instead of being “brave” and coming in to work, I stayed at home. I think sometimes you just have to give into it and the cold passes quicker. So after writing a quick email to my boss around 8am and shooting a few emails out to our partners all over Europe, I went back to bed and slept until nearly 11am. I really needed that extra few hours!
I wasn’t hungry and this orange was the only thing I really wanted. It tasted like a juicy heaven.
A little while later I thought it was time to have some real food, so I reheated some leftover Cuban braised beef with peppers, avocado and cilantro over ww couscous
Adam really hates cilantro but I purchased it for myself since this dish and another one I plan on making later this week called for it. I realized how in love I am with cilantro. It really made this meal extra special. Yum!
Another juicy orange…
A caramel oikos
And 3 cookie dough servings…
After polishing off these babies, I looked up Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution online and decided to watch the first 2 episodes of his show. Within the first 5 minutes, it made me sick thinking about the fact that just I fed myself cookies that I didn’t even bother baking. Sure they don’t have junk ingredients but that’s not exactly nourishing food either. Ten minutes into the show, I realized that I’m a far cry from the people in Huntington. I wonder how a culture where majority of the population consumes over-processed unidentifiable food forms. Sure pizza, burgers and fries taste good but I truly had no idea that some families’/entire cities’ worth of people’s diets mainly consisted of these three “food groups.” It made me sick seeing children being fed pizza for breakfast and chicken nuggets with mashed potatoes (out of potato pearls – WTF is that?!!) for lunch, but the most shocking scene was when Jamie Oliver asked the kids to identify some fresh veggies he brought in. The kids didn’t know what a tomato looked like. Seriously – a tomato??!!! This is not exactly advanced stuff here. Out of 20+ kids, not even one could properly name a fruit or a vegetable. I think someone guessed an eggplant was a pear. They were basically just naming random fruit and veggies they’ve heard of but clearly have never seen in their natural form. This makes me sad, very very sad.
I did not grow up in this country. I can’t remember what our cafeteria served at school (Innz, mom, dad – any clues?). I know it wasn’t anything to write home about either, although I’m pretty sure it was still all made from scratch. To be honest, I think it wasn’t because our food culture was superior – this was just what was available to us and I wonder if chicken nuggets, burgers and pizza are now part of the cafeteria repertoire at my old school. All of our food at home was also made from scratch, and it was good food despite the fact that food was limited in quantity and things like sugar and flour were bought with food stamps and meat was purchased when my parents were lucky enough to “catch it” at the store (likely after standing in line for hours). Every weekend we went to the market to get fresh produce. Sometimes we’d be treated to a snickers bar or something like that. One weekend I recall we got lucky with a whole bunch of strawberries. I think I ate a whole bucket full of them and broke out in hives. It was just such a treat that I went overboard and my body freaked out. My memory is definitely spotty about all of this.
I shouldn’t really compare myself to the kids in the show but at the same time I can’t really help it. I am not judging, it’s just interesting. How did all this technology and food availability contribute to complete lack of food education? Could you identify a tomato at the age of 6? What about broccoli or cauliflower? Too advanced? 😉 I really wonder what schools around Boston serve. I believe that Huntington is not a true representation of every school in America. At least I hope so…
It’s CEiMB Thursday and tonight’s dish was hosted by Veggies and Valentino. She picked Ellie Krieger’s miso glazed cod which has been on my to-make list for ages. I even bought the miso paste about 6 months ago to finally make it but never did.
The cod was phenomenal! It was so flavorful and tender – I swear this week’s dinners have been the best I’ve made in ages. Every night I am just astonished at how easily I am able to feed my family (of two) such quality food. Adam said this was restaurant quality! We love, love, loved it!
Can you identify this vegetable?
I steamed this asparagus and then stir-fried them in some EVOO, soy sauce, balsamic and S&P inspired by this recipe from Good Things Catered. Simple ingredients, tons of flavor! That’s a meal I am proud to eat and serve to my loved ones.
Have you had a chance to catch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution yet? Do you remember what your school served? What role did food play in your childhood and what kind of food was it?
We’re going to have 70* weather all weekend. I hope I am able to recover asap so that I can enjoy some of this beautiful weather.