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Lessons learned about food today

The Ugly:

While reading Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Kitchen, I was introduced to the concept of Pink Slime.  Did you know that up to 15% of your ground beef can be comprised of this processed by-product melange, and still be labeled 100% ground beef?   Technically it *is* part of the cow, but it sure ain’t technically meat (muscle).  To kill bacteria it is also kissed by ammonia or citric acid.  Yum!

The Good:

+ Last time I juiced a bag of oranges I sat there and peeled them one by one.  My fingers were sore the next day!  This time, I serendipitously learned by trial that quartering them is a LOT faster.  Next time I will let them warm back up to room temperature before processing.

+ I made a potato-leek soup today based on the Julia Child recipe, adapted by YumSugar, and further adapted because, darnit, I didn’t have enough leeks left.   Added a celery stalk (since I had seen celery used on another recipe), used 2.5 cups of veggie broth (all I had left), 2.5 cups of chicken broth, and 1 cup of water.  Probably didn’t saute the taters and leeks long enough, hated adding salt at the end, but it is necessary-ish, and also added some of TJ’s italian pancetta.  Should have added an onion, but it is a’ight, edible.   Unbalanced.  Not sure what rendition of potato-leek soup I’ve had in the past commercially that made me want to make it at home, but I will keep trying until I find a variation I like (not today).  Perhaps I will also just try again with the proper amount of leeks.  I’ll try a non-dairy vegan version eventually too.  🙂

The Gratitude: 

I’m grateful I felt well enough to start some cooking this afternoon.   I have been feeling ill all week, with a combination of some stomach thing and sinus thing and today and yesterday my liver is annoyed, though, previous liver tests showed nada (biliary colic, perhaps, they say).

I’m grateful I have consciously prepared a homemade juice and/or smoothie every day since the I Can Do It – Ignite! 2013 conference, also inspired by Kris Carr’s urging (of the crowd.  Wish I was hanging out in her kitchen with her. *grin*)  Also serendipitously, my ninja blender broke while making the smoothie the day after, and my friend and I were picking little plastic blender bits out of one of the best smoothies I ever made.   However, I ended up buying a single-serve smoothie blender and that was the best thing!  SOOOO quick and easy to make a smoothie in a rush!    Less stress than making a whole blender full.

I’m grateful I finally used my food processor for the first time today after owning it for nearly a year to make the soup.   I had bought it and not used it because, you know, I wanted to watch the DVD and read the instruction manual, and all that jazz, AND, I had that kickass ninja blender that could shred a thick porkchop for the pups in no time at all.   It was used previously by a roommate to make cakes, and lo-and-behold, it was super easy!  I am much more likely to get around to making cookies now!

I’m grateful I have a soup in my tummy that didn’t come from a can, but was made by my own hands.  🙂

I’m also grateful I just wrote a blog entry.  May I continue to write.

(and OMG, I’m grateful the puppy is napping on the couch and not running around!)

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