Happy Wednesday! I’ve been meaning to share most of these links for-EVER so I apologize if they seem out of date.
Health & Food Articles
‘You Are Not So Smart’: Why We Can’t Tell Good Wine From Bad. In this exposé-ish article, the author reveals that expectations have way more to do with your opinion of a wine than the actual quality of the wine. Antics employed to test unsuspecting consumers and experts include dyeing white wine red and putting expensive stickers on cheap wines.
The True Cost of Healthcare. A site that gives an inside look at what medicines and treatments actually cost, how the costs are hidden (from both doctors and patients), and why people are excluded from healthcare.
The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food. This is old news by now (from late Feb), but if you haven’t read this NY Times article on how junk food companies actually try to create food that is addicting, I highly recommend it.
Handvo: Indian Savory Snack Cake. My coworker brought this in the other day and it smelled amazing. We spent a few minutes googling for recipes. (Her MIL had made it.) I believe most recipes for this snack cake are gluten free.
Handava/Handvo. Another recipe for handvo that looks really good.
This Healthy Fruit Pizza (with oats and yogurt) looks easy and delicious.
And these Zucchini and Quinoa burgers sound interesting. I have not tried to make veggie burgers in so long, I can’t even remember when the last time I tried was.
Whole Wheat Blackberry Ricotta Scones Recipe. Can’t wait to make this – 101 Cookbooks never disappoints.
Scones are possibly my very favorite food. The one pictured happens to be a kabocha chocolate scone from Souen (for my birthday back in 2010).
That’s all I have for today.
Bobby and I have had a crazy past 2 weeks. Between the two of us, we haven’t had a single free night. Tonight, the last of the planned evenings, we are going out to dinner with a friend who just found out the sex of her baby (it’s a girl!!) at Sakagura. And then, finally, we will have no plans at all after work (for a few days at least). I can’t wait to spend some quality time chilling out with hubby and the cats. Who knows, maybe we will even cook in (a rare event as of late). For example, last night we dined at La Maison du Croque Monsieur down on 13th street… Mm mm mm mm mm.
I do have lots of pictures of macrobiotic (and otherwise) eats that I must share soon; and don’t go away, more Macrobiotic March posts are coming right up.
Good morning! I hope your week is starting out well. Did you watch the superbowl? Who were you rooting for? I watched bits and pieces – my favorite part was of course the halftime show. Beyonce nailed it. I have been a Destiny’s Child fan for years and I really hope they do a tour this year – I’ve never seen them live but would love to. I think my favorite tweet of the night was from Star Jones:
Bobby and I made a delicious superbowl dinner (actually – mostly Bobby! This man can cook nowadays). I will certainly post recipes and pictures soon, but here is the menu (everything is from scratch):
Healthy Superbowl Menu
- Homemade tempura shrimp with homemade dipping sauce
- Shrimp cocktail & homemade cocktail sauce (just horseradish + ketchup + lemon juice)
- White rice (Japanese short grain sushi rice – our fave). The trick is to rinse the rice before popping it into the rice cooker. Rinse it until the water isn’t cloudy.
- Cobb salad with homemade dijon dressing
- Fresh guacamole with veggies & chips for dipping
- Blueberries for dessert
- Decaf coffee for a post-midnight snack (we are kind of night owls – I’m trying to get to bed earlier though)
I realized this weekend that I am finally starting to settle into a routine again. I was so busy these last few months:
- Traveled to Japan (12 days – for fun)
- Went to 2 weddings
- Traveled to India (8-9 days – for work)
- More renovations
- Traveled to Miami (5-6 days – visiting family)
- (and general holiday + new year madness)
- Still renovations
- A friend’s baby shower
- … is that it? I think so.
I think that’s about it – all I know is that from late August until last week I didn’t really have a completely free weekend. This weekend was the superbowl, but it was very low key. We just had a friend over for the game & dinner, and my brother and his girlfriend + another friend came by late last night to stay at our place (they go to school north of NYC and had to be in the city for something today).
I know I am chatty today but I also wanted to share a few articles I enjoyed lately:
Monday Link Love
- Where do you put the smiley with it’s in parentheses? (Smileys and other emoticons within parentheses.) I never know so I was googling. This gives some ideas. I never want to put a smiley (and then end parentheses like so: ).
- The next supermodel: An Economist article about learning lessons from the Nordic countries. “Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland [...] all cluster at the top of league tables of everything from economic competitiveness to social health to happiness.” No one is perfect (ex: their tax model encourages entrepreneurs to move abroad) but they do have a really interesting mix of privatized and public benefits in everything from education to healthcare. Lots to learn.
- How to keep your front-loading washer smelling so fresh & so clean: I just got a front-loading washer so this was particularly helpful for me. The trick is to leave the door open so it can dry properly after each wash, and to wipe out the rubber gasket around the door. The reason these washer can start smelling funky is due to water that doesn’t evaporate and instead starts to mildew.
Plans for this week: I want to go to yoga 4x (1x in the morning). Need to get highlights done (after work or Saturday – found a new place I want to try). Cook in 3x. Bring lunch 2x. Go to Ikea to return a shelf and get the right one instead (tonight with my brother and his car). Go to hot yoga with my coworker one night this week. Go to Bobby’s band’s concert on Friday night.
Packed week. What are your plans?
Another Monday down and only four days to go until the weekend! Unlike many of my lucky family members and friends, my office did not have off for MLK day. I don’t usually count down the days in the work week, but work has been so busy and hectic lately – I really hope it calms down soon. I also have (another) dentist appointment tomorrow morning which I will be happy to be done with. I’m getting some work done that I have been putting off for too long It’s all good though and I will be done in a few more weeks.
I have found some interesting links lately that I wanted to share:
Monday Link Love
- The Nitrate & Nitrite Myth: Another Reason not to Fear Bacon: This article “debunks” the idea that nitrates and nitrites can cause serious health problems (cancer, heart disease). Honestly – I want to believe it; I just don’t know if I can. Apparently nitrates and nitrites are found in much higher amounts in natural foods like celery and even in our own saliva than they are in hot dogs, bacon, and other processed meats. Even if they are – aren’t they different? Wouldn’t our bodies treat “natural” (whatever that means) nitrates/nitrites differently than artificial ones? I have no idea. I’m not a food scientist but I would really like to know the truth behind processed meats. (Because I love bacon. Who doesn’t?)
- Breaking the Cycle of Emotional Eating: Just some goods tips for leading a happy, healthy life. I especially like #5 – Unleash Your Creativity and Do Something You Love Every Single Day.
- Homemade Lotion Recipe: I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks like it really couldn’t be simpler.
- Slow-Cooker Squash Stew: Butternut squash, chard, and parmesan? Count me in.
- 7 Ways You Might Be Inadvertently Sabotaging a Good Night’s Sleep: I may not always agree with him, but Mark Sisson just about always has an intelligent, well-thought-out response to just about every question or problem anyone could possibly have. In this case I do agree with him. The article is from November but particularly applicable now that I’m trying to sleep earlier. He makes good points – 1) are you getting natural light during the day? 2) are you eating too late? 6) do you have a nighttime ritual? and 7) are you simply staying up too late? –> These 4 all right true for me.
- Vow to Get More Sleep in 2013: Another sleep article. Tips include 3) turn the heat down, 4) unplug (what I should be doing now!), 5) meditate, 6) do yoga (OK!), and 7) stop puttering! (That means no chores after 9pm, yes I am talking to you my fellow type A’s.)
And I also just wanted to share some other random things…
Monday List Love
- Currently enjoying a glass of red wine with frozen mango chunks (Trader Joe’s). It’s like a homemade chilled sangria. Delicious.
- Wanted to share this pic of dinner the other night. I was out of the city all day Saturday (went to my hometown in NJ for a friend’s baby shower) and when I got home, Bobby had prepared this beautiful meal! It’s a salad with hard boiled egg, bacon, onion, and homemade dressing. I had no idea he could cook – he totally outdid himself. He also made butternut squash ravioli (from TJ’s) with sauteed veggies and he cooked up a cheesy mushroom flatbread (also courtesy of TJ’s). The salad is served in a really beautiful dish from my mom.
- Bobby used this salad recipe for the dinner salad and dressing. It was supposed to be spinach but I prefer romaine as a salad base.
- I promise, I promise – I will have renovation pictures soon. We are still waiting on the countertops. (Damn you Home Depot! You are the slowest part of my whole renovation. Not impressed.)
That’s all I have… I’m off to do some reading and relax before I go to sleep (early). Hope your week is off to a good start.