Archive for May, 2010

Pointed Bento

Monday, May 17th, 2010

That’s right, I did it. I realized that I needed to hold myself more accountable for what I eat so I joined Weight Watchers. The plan is to at least follow it through until my sister’s wedding in October and then focus on maintenance. However, I promise this won’t become a diet blog. Really, I want to focus more on better and whole foods rather than talking about what strange non-food based packaged product I can eat for hours without racking up the points. Food is not my enemy, and I’m the one who is choosing what to put into my body. Eating crap makes me feel like crap, so it’s time to move on for now.

While I do have a more exciting durian post in the works, here is an example of my new quickie but good for me bento:

P5172016

Contents:

1/2 blood orange
1 cup turkey breast
1 plum tomato with cilantro, and kalamata olives
English cucumber with seasoned rice wine vinegar

Point Total: 8

Notes: Seasoned rice wine vinegar has a surprising amount of points. I am guessing this is because “seasoned” rice wine vinegar has the addition of sake, salt, and sugar. Lesson learned.

Next post: Durian? Don’t mind if I do!

Pig Skin

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

I wish there were a prettier way of saying this, but this post is about pig skin, and no I’m not talking about football.

Growing up in an Italian-American household, this meant that we had a lot of pasta dinners and the sauce of choice was tomato. My mother would cook her sauce for hours, slowly working out the acidity of the tomatoes without adding onions or sugar. Then towards the end, she would add her pan fried homemade meatballs, sausage made by my grandfather at his shop, and rolls of pig skin.

Pig Skin

I know that this might sound horrible to some people, but I can’t explain how delicious this can be. And since pig skin can be kinda hard to find these days, I got really excited when my mother told me that she had some that she didn’t want.

The preparation is simple. Cut the skin into large rectangles so they can be rolled up nicely. Then just chop up some parsley, garlic, and add some good Parmesan cheese. Since I’m lazy, I like to do this in my food processor. Spread this mixture onto the rough side of the skin and roll the whole thing up. Tie the roll together so it won’t come apart later when you cook it. Lastly, quickly pan fry the whole roll quickly before adding it to the sauce. At this point, it will need to cook a long time. We are talking hours here, and as it cooks it will plump up and shrink. Once the roll is soft and kinda translucent, it should be done. Cut it into little wheels and serve with pasta and sauce.

Word to the wise though, eat these little guys while they are HOT, otherwise they can get kinda sticky and unappealing. Otherwise, they are pretty incredible. The skin soaks up all the flavor from the sauce, garlic, parsley, and cheese to make a really rich treat. If you are a more adventurous kinda eater, it is definitely worth trying.

The New Arrival

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

While my wrists continue to be a rather painful annoyance, I’ve decided that I really have gone too long without blogging.  Frankly, there are too many exciting things happening right now NOT to be blogging about them.  The most exciting of these things is Mokey, my new dog.

P4181977

Please feel free to take a second to marvel at the size of those ears.

Kitsu, the fluffy little Pomeranian who is often featured in my blog is moving with his owner/mommy to California in a week or so, so Mokey will now be assuming the mascot duties for this blog. She doesn’t seem too thrilled about the silly outfits, but it’s possible some progress can be made if there are enough treats involved. Oh, and in case you are wondering, she’s a rescue, so we aren’t entirely sure what breed(s) she is. We just know that she seems to be made of awesome, and ears.