Tuesday, January 26, 2010

January 26, 2010

On Resolutions:

The experiment with Grapefruit was fun, but taught me that I need to scale back.  If I try to eat the same food every day I will burn out on the resolution.  By the way, I liked the grapefruit best with salt or cooked into savory dishes, as it brings out the flavor and represses the bitterness.

This week, continuing the resolution to introduce a variety of new foods into my diet, I'm going to try three new recipes involving capers.  I've never tried them before, but suddenly they've come up twice in random recipe searches.  I honestly used to think they were some kind of fish, until I took the time to look them up and found they were the pickled bud of a Mediterranean plant.  People seem to either love or hate them, so I'll find out for myself!

Also, my resolution to de-clutter my cosmetics was successful.  My next resolution in the Environment category is to clean out two drawers in the kitchen hutch.  Small steps add up to a big effect!

Books added to my list:

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Dr. Betty Edwards
Chronicles, by Bob Dylan
The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself, by Susan Bell

Quotes added to my list:

"When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up. "
-CS Lewis

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." -Robert A. Heinlein


Anonymous said...

I love the CS Lewis quote!

My Grandpa used to eat his grapefruit with salt. Years ago I did not much favor grapefruit at all, but since then they have developed much sweeter, easier to eat varieties of this fruit, some that are almost too sweet IMHO!

I really appreciate your food resolutions. I'm pretty much an omnivore, and I like most foods, but there have been a few foods I didn't like when I was younger,and I am really glad I have been giving those foods another chance as I get the opportunity to eat them.

Beck said...

I recommend spaghetti puttanesca, for when you try capers. It's one of my all-time favorite Italian dishes: tomato sauce with garlic, anchovies, olives, and capers.

TanteTerri said...

I'm sorry. But I have eaten capers (before I knew better) on a number of occasions, and in my humble opinion, capers is Italian for bitter dried up boogers.