Love to Cook

I do love to cook. I enjoy prepping the food, taking care that everything is cut, sliced, chopped, diced or minced properly. And then, to cook these ingredients, and to make something where the whole can be greater than the sum of the parts, well, that is magical,  I call it Kitchen Alchemy.

But it doesn’t begin with the food prep, getting your mise en place finished. Even before that, I love meal-planning, recipe creation – I enjoy a stroll through Wegmans, looking at the produce, meat and cheese and waiting for inspiration to strike, which it always does.

Most of all, I love cooking for other people. I get a thrill when someone takes a bite of something I’ve prepared for them, and I hear that little groan of delight, or see that “Oh My God” expression slide across their face at first taste of good food.

This sums it up:
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Progress and Thai Food

Today’s weigh-in has me a cool 4.2 pounds down since last Monday.

4 18 16 weigh in

So, let this be a lesson to those who say that weight loss on keto can only be done by eating only meat and fat – you can have vegetables daily and still lose the pounds!

So, I went to Wegmans yesterday to stock back up on some items. I really enjoyed my Zoodles last week, so I got more zucchini and some yellow summer squash for more veggie noodles.

As I cruised through the exotic produce section, I found some galangal and stalks of fresh lemongrass. Immediately, I thought of Thai green curry. I ran back to the hot pepper section and found some small green Thai bird chilies. Thai Green Curry paste? It’s so on! Continue reading Progress and Thai Food

An Abundance of Burgers

Like Jules in Pulp Fiction, I do like a tasty burger.

 

 

I’ve found that the bread is 100% unnecessary component of a burger, and if I eliminate the bread, I can add more cheese, so it’s really a win-win situation.

Here is a gallery of some of my favorite burgers:

Burger 1: A lamb burger slider with baby spinach, tomato, red onion and feta-spiked tzatziki sauce on cloud bread:*
Lamb burger cloud bun

Continue reading An Abundance of Burgers

Burger (and a Side Dish of Diabetes)

I do love a good burger, but who doesn’t, right? During my first run on following a low-carb diet, I was very strict about not having red meat. I was following the South Beach Diet, and the emphasis is away from the fattier cuts of meat, so I would only rarely have a small burger patty. This time around, I don’t have to shy away from red meat. I still lose the body fat, my lipid panel has always been spectacular, I feel great – no chest pain or shortness of breath, and my doctor can detect no sound of a carotid bruit, so really I have no extraordinary worries about atherosclerosis.

The mantra of the past 40 years has consistently been that saturated fats are the enemy of heart health, practically evil incarnate. I was a teenager in the 1980s when the low-fat trend began, and soon more convenience foods hit the shelves, more of what I call Not-Real Foods which had to be packaged in boxes because their life had been sucked  out of them, natural components removed and replaced with synthesized items.  Fat carries flavor, fat adds a certain texture and mouthfeel that we love. With the fat removed, the food industry had to do something to keep their new Heart Healthy items from tasting like sawdust, and feeling like cardboard.

Enter high-fructose corn syrup, the miracle additive. That shit got put into everything. Continue reading Burger (and a Side Dish of Diabetes)

Cheese

 

cheesy tweets

Source – Cheesy Tweets

I, too, have dipped cheese into softer cheese.

I have also dipped cheese in hummus and guacamole.

I have made fricos and treated them like crackers, dunking them in guacamole, queso (more cheese), Buffalo wing dip (has cheese in it)  and of course, topping them with, what’s that? Oh yes – CHEESE.

Cheese was the #1 reason I could not sustain a vegan lifestyle. True story.

Sometimes, I want a quick and easy snack. That can be as easy as a 1/2-ounce cube of cheese. Sometimes, I want that quick and easy snack to be crunchy. Well, guess what? I found a product called Just the Cheese chips, little nuggets of crunchy, baked cheese:

just the cheese

Which go great with a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese!

just the cheese with laughing cow

Fortitude and Zoodles

As I’ve mentioned, I get a lot of practice honing my skills of avoiding food temptations, since my desk is right outside the break room, and lately we’ve had several days per week of both breakfast and lunch being brought in my drug reps.

As you can see, it’s no mean feat:

Monday, breakfast: In addition to the coffee (excellent, strong, dark roast – two thumbs up) and orange juice, we had some sticky buns and breakfast sandwiches. I’ll give Panera a nod, they did include a Mediterranean egg white sandwich. Although I wouldn’t be tempted to touch any sandwiches because of the carbs.

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