I was on Food 52 the other day (what's new?), and I saw this article: Nigella Lawson Thinks Americans Should Eat More of This Dessert.
If that's not a compelling title, I'm not sure what is.
First of all, I love Nigella's points about home cooks vs. chefs. As a home cook, someone who daily provides meals for others and then does all the dishes and cleanup (not to mention the shopping), it's a real profession, this home cook business.
There are tons of gems from Nigella in this article. My sisters will laugh when I say I identify with this quote:
I don’t know that my fridge could ever know what it would be like not to have some chicken thighs in it.
Can I get an amen?
But, aside from beloved chicken thighs, the quote that really struck me in this interview is:
This quote hits home right now after yesterday's binge on Salted Brown Butter Krispie Treats. Throughout the course of the day, I ate six.
But my eating six RKTs in one day isn't about the food itself. It's about boredom and restlessness and anxiety (for me). I reach for treats and junk when I don't know what else to reach for or when I feel low or when I didn't get enough sleep.
There are myriad reasons, but making food the bad guy doesn't address a single one.
When I am my healthiest, when I feel good and have energy and go about my day not reaching for a bag of M&Ms or spending an hour perusing FB, I don't demonize anything.
Negativity, about food or anything else, is never the fertile soil for anything positive. Negativity feeds negativity; it never magically breeds well feels.
So today, on the heels of all those treats, I'm not going to beat myself up or promise to never let another treat pass through my lips or clear out any and all junk from my pantry.
I'm going to just, you know, get on with it. Eat well. Enjoy what food I do eat. Exercise and enjoy what is shaping up to be a lovely day. I'm going to go ahead with plans for Thai food tonight instead of doing what I might have done in the past, after a six-treat binge - that is, force myself to eat yogurt and berries for dinner at 4:30 and go to bed hungry.
Food is not the enemy. Ever.
With that, I'm tempted by Nigella's new cookbook: At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking.
Finally, it all makes me want to go back to a few Nigella recipes I've loved over the years but haven't made recently.
Buttermilk Roast Chicken (Food Network)
Pea & Pesto Soup (Food Network)
One-Pan Chicken (Food Network) - I guess this is where I got my big one-pan meal idea. :)
Coq au Reisling (Food Network) - I made this for a dinner party once...big hit.
I'd like to try the following recipes:
Vietnamese Chicken & Mint Salad (Food Network)
Rose & Pepper Pavlova with Passionfruit and Strawberries (Nigella.com)
Chocolate Olive Oil Mousse (Nigella.com)
One-Step, No Churn Coffee Ice Cream (Food 52)
That's quite the list, no?
I hope everyone has a beautiful Saturday, full of great food, lovely exercise, witty conversations and a solid book.
Someone likes her adjectives. :)