I really love sauce.
At different points in my life, sauce love has been a downfall. For example, circa 2007-2008 when I was on the hunt for the perfect Alfredo sauce. And then started making it. You know I love me some butter. But if you put a truck load of butter and cream on white pasta, inevitably, you’ll become a truck load of butter. It’s just the way it is.
Anyway, I’ve recently discovered what a reduction of balsamic vinegar is. I’m not sure why no one told me about this. Except that now, I’m reducing bottles of vinegar daily. And loving it.
Over fresh tomato chunks… Delightful!
Over LaLoo’s Snowflake goat’s milk ice cream?
O M G.
So, that’s one sauce I’m loving these days.
The other is a sauce I’ve loved for over a decade. It’s one of the signature sauces from Angelica Kitchen in NYC, and I would probably eat a paper bag if you dipped it in this stuff. While the actual sauce in the restaurant is the best ever, this recipe does come close, and is simply delicious on steamed veggies, buckwheat noodles, brown rice… Anything really.
I’m linking you to Martha Stewart’s page, because she took the sauce recipe from the actual Angelica Kitchen cookbook. You know how I am with recipes, which is probably why my version never tastes the same twice AND isn’t exactly as it is in the restaurant…
You’ll notice that the proportions of rice vinegar, sweetener, tamari are equal. I used maple syrup in place of brown sugar and just adjusted the amount of water needed. I omitted garlic, as I’m not a huge fan of raw garlic. I did put the fresh ginger and that was delicious.
Well, my friends, it is Friday. In exactly 7 days, I will leaving my only son and traveling across the country to drink wine, eat, and sleep in peace. I’m already having mini panic attacks. I know he will be fine. I know that. But suddenly the thought of being away from him for more than a few hours is extremely overwhelming! So I’m really excited + really freaked out.
Ladies with kids – how was it your first time leaving your little one? Did you freak out?
A quick reflection on weight loss. Are you ever “done”? I’m finding it to be an interesting mental predicament. I hit my goal (wedding) weight, and even dropped down almost 5 lbs below it. But for some reason, I didn’t feel like, “Okay, check that box off!” I think has a lot to do with the fact that a) I can’t believe I actually lost all that weight without doing something ridiculous, b) my body is shaped completely different than it was when last this weight and I met, and c) I’m just so flippin’ used to being a diet and/or trying to lose weight.
How sad, huh?
A large part of what I’m learning at IIN is how important being happy with YOU and YOUR LIFE is in respect to also finding balance with your health and weight. There are other things that matter. My relationship with my husband and my family, my friends, my career, and my spirituality. It’s terrifyingly easy to let a lot of those things slip away, especially when you’re busy running after an 8 month old, keeping everyone clothed and fed, and being in school. But it’s completely doable – you just have to remember that you want to do it. I have to remember it every day. These are called Primary Foods.
In the world of food, yesterday was pretty epic.
I roasted my first eggplant.
It was heartbreakingly easy. Cover twice in tin foil (no air gaps) and roast over an open flame for about 15-20 minutes, giving it a quarter turn every few minutes.
It came out tender and smoky. Amazing.
Visit Shiksa in the Kitchen for more details and other methods to roast. This was perfect.
I whirled it up with a little tahini, lemon juice, salt, olive oil, and smoked paprika, for a version of baba ghanoush.
Then it I served it as so:
It was so mouth-happy.
The cucumbers were sliced and marinated in a mix of apple cider vinegar, salt, stevia, and dill ala Mama Pea. The tomatoes were chopped. The corn roasted in its husk at 350 degrees for exactly 27 minutes. So delicious. And all from my CSA box!
Yes, I was hitting the food blogs hard yesterday.
I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!
You may have noticed that I had posted a couple times from my new site http://www.thefounddiet.com/blog/. I’m still in the process of fixing this, so in the meantime I’m just going to post from here, because I both know and understand how to use this! Eventually, http://www.thefounddiet.com will house both my blog and my health coach website. This will happen. I promise both of us.
School has started and I’m incredibly excited! I’m working with an amazing group of people and feeling some serious love and happiness. I will not be practicing until January of 2013, however, if you are interested in having a health screening done (takes about 30 minutes and we can do this via Skype or phone) I would absolutely love to do that with you. You can be my guinea pigs! I won’t be doling out advice, obviously, but if you like what we do, I can book you an appointment in January 🙂
Now, on to the other things…
This is my first CSA share! I feel completely ridiculous for not having done this sooner. You can’t see them, but there are also several amazing tomatoes. Heirloom and beefsteak I think. And I met one of the chickens who laid those eggs. I’m in heaven.
But the tomatoes…
I absolutely cannot stop eating them. My favorite way is just sliced, on sprouted toast, with mayo and salt and pepper. That’s been my lunch for over a week now. I cannot stop! I will not! Not till the tomatoes run out!
I’ve also gotten organized…
A week’s worth of juicing, bagged and washed for daily juice-ness. And no excuse-ness. No longer can I whine inside my head about how I don’t feel like washing celery, or cutting an apple or whatever other lame things run through my noggin’ early in the morning. I had been meaning to do this for a long time, but kept psyching myself out. I’d totally encourage you to do this because it makes juicing SO much faster in the morning. And it keeps all your ingredients fresher as well. You can rinse the baggies and use again.
Some other weekend shots…
Thank you for hanging in there while I get into the swing of things with school AND get my blog/website all figured out. I haven’t forgotten about that Veggie Korma either… It’s a comin’…
How was your weekend? Any big plans for today?