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Adventures in Eating

I have begun a new adventure in eating. Well, that’s not entirely true. I am returning to a journey I have taken a various times over the years. This time the adventure begins at the age of 43, recognizing that if I want to get to 100 I am going to have make some modifications to what I eat and how I eat it.

Now let me just say, I am a foodie. I love good food. I love healthy food. I like junk food (okay, some of it I love). If its made with cheese, or chocolate I am in heaven. I have been a blinking-vegetarian (one who eats fish – they don’t blink) and an omnivore, more often the latter, but I have never been a vegan. Regardless of which wagon I was on I always loved fresh veggies and fruit, and the less cooked the better.

I have read books, watched documentaries, hung out with cooks and chefs, (I’ve waitressed in quite a few restaurants) and in good friends’ kitchens. I have spent time with hunters (I’m too squeamish) and fisherfolk (I love to fish). And I have been inspired by vegetarians and vegans alike.

Last week I watched a fantastic documentary, Hungry for Change, and then proceeded to also watch about a half-dozen others, all related to the foods we eat and our quality of life. Inspired by all the yummy food and stories of health and reclaimed health, I have decided that now is the time to embark (once more) on a whole-foods adventure. I’ll share my recipes, my successes, my flops and my discoveries as they occur. It should get interesting as I prepare to go camping for a week with my family who eats mainly processed foods and as I gear up for a week-long backpacking trip in September.

I invite your recipes and your stories. Bon apetite!


Tonight’s supper:

Sautéed onion, garlic, cracked red pepper and almonds in the naturals oils of the onion and almonds. After about 5 minutes I added sliced carrots and kale with about a half cup of water and a pinch of coarse sea salt to steam. After about 5 more minutes I added some fresh squeezed lemon juice, pearl tomatoes, yellow bell pepper and broccoli. A final 5 minutes to steam and viola’!

On the side, long grain rice, cooked with no butter or oils, seasoned with a smudge of coarse sea salt and fresh ground black, red, green and white peppercorns.

Not only did it look and smell great, but it was quite delish. Even the boyfriend enjoyed it!

Here’s to your good health.