What’s for dinner-February 3, 2021

Our antidote for our overindulgence with bread today, a quick and easy root vegetable soup. Simmer chopped carrots, turnips and celery in a chicken broth base, when tender add green onions and bok choy, season with black pepper and miso paste. We like lots of black pepper, a well known antioxidant and anti inflammatory. Some interesting studies report the compound piperine has shown promise in animal studies to improve blood sugar regulation and brain function.

Farmer breakfast-February 3, 2021

If you plan to work like a farmer you get to eat like a farmer. I have a physical work day today, so am loading up on protein and fat: soy powder shake with bananas, strawberries, beet powder and coconut cream. Dave’s raisin bread French toast with one slice of bacon (two halves). The small amount of saturated fat in the butter and bacon are more than offset by the fruit and good fat in the coconut cream. The strawberries and beet powder also help to keep blood pressure low. As always, include some thing in every meal that was grown in the earth, fresh and uncooked.

Eat like a farmer

Day at the Dali

I’ve been to the Dali a few times and I understand that it’s one of our special attractions here in St. Pete, but I’m really not a fan. I dutifully take visitors that have an interest and I thought I’d seen all that I cared to see. Today we took some friends from North Carolina to see the Van Gogh Alive exhibit at the Dali and it exceeded my expectations. It’s called “Alive” because they project the images of Van Gogh’s painting onto the walls of several viewing rooms in combination with music and enlightening quotes from the artist. This immersive experience was so pleasurable I overcame my usual attention deficit in museums and was enthralled. One quote from Van Gogh: “it is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and and gives you a deeper meaning”. That was my experience of the Van Gogh exhibit at the Dali.

Enchantment

We took a quick spin around the Dali side which confirmed my original view that I’d seen enough of Salvatore Dali to suit me.

Our friends took their time with Dali while we escaped to the garden. The labyrinth is closed, but we had a bit of fun with a sunflower arrangement in the shape of a Dali mustache.

Glad I took the day off to play and enjoy special friends. Oh, and must tell you what we ate. We had a fun lunch at The Tavern, I recommend the crunchy Grouper Sandwich.

What’s for dinner-January 25,2021

A nice tray of smoked salmon demands a snack supper, assembly required. Trader Joe’s fig and olive crackers and Wasa gluten free crackers provided a sturdy base for cream cheese, avocado, and some crunchy cucumber slices. The Foppen brand of smoked salmon comes with a sweet mustard dill sauce. The cherry tomatoes added more color than flavor, but good enough for a January evening. One of my favorite combinations of protein and fat with raw vegetables.

Protein and Fat with a crunch

Book review-On Writing by Stephen King

I wandered into Books at Park Place , https://goo.gl/maps/SDtrHbakFJtvpsm68, in South Pasadena on Saturday, a new independent bookseller with a friendly atmosphere. The gentlemen behind the desk seemed to be the owner and offered suggestions without being obsequious. I was moved to support this nice small business and paid more than Amazon price for the Stephen King memoir, On Writing.

Stephen Kings knows how to grab your interest from the beginning of his novels and does the same with this biography that is also used as a college textbook. He opens with a comparison of Mary Karr’s memoir, that he describes as “a panorama of unbroken memory”, with his own which he describes as “a fogged out landscape where occasional memories appear like isolated trees”. I’m looking forward to reading his history for pleasure and studying his writing style to improve my own.

What’s for dinner-January 21, 2021

Waste not, want not. Today we had leftovers for breakfast and dinner. For breakfast, all the leftover fruit from last night went into the protein shake. For dinner, we recycled chicken Franchese, quinoa updated with diced carrots and sauteed onions, roasted cauliflower, zucchini, a redundant bit of baked potato, all a little tired but refreshed a bit with some raw veggies and a little pineapple for dessert. All in all, not an exciting dinner, but the fridge is cleaned out.