Condiments

I love good food. I love good food so much that I put good food on good food.

Condiments.

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The array dazzles me dizzy.

How does one sauce up a plate when sugar, gluten, and soy are off the table. Well, here is what’s shaken on my kitchen shelf.

1) Salt: Not just salt. Infused salt. Plain white salt is for prison cafeteria, I am overwhelmed by the amount intriguing and delicious salt variations I come across.  I will only touch on one. It is a celtic sea salt imbued with dried mushroom.

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When I use it tiny crystal pyramids dissolve slowly on the tongue, flooding my brain with slow release umami mania. Any food I put it on trespasses deep into personally unknown realms of flavor country.

Salt, push its limits. Shake it liberally.

2) Hot Sauce: I worry about the additives packaged food, so I use hot sauce.

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Options galore,  with ingredients lists that satisfy even the most scrupulous clean eater. Burn Baby Burn (Disco Inferno!) Brand is currently bring the Hell to my plate.

Proceeds go to support the Black Panther Party’s philanthropic efforts. Groovy

3) Sprouted Stuff: What makes a salad great, crunchy bits. No wonder old stale chunks of bread (croutons) accompany greens in the poshest of restaurants.

Nuts to your croutons! Nuts instead of croutons for that matter. A jar some sort of nut or seed is usually on my table. Being a nutrition nerd, I often go the extra mile and sprout and dehydrate them as well. This is great fun and rather easy.

Still, we are busy folks. For care free Cruching just put a jar pumpkin seeds/almonds/cashews on the table

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4) Mustard: Wonderful for the same reason as hot sauce. The ingredients are friendly (quite healthy in fact) and the varieties seem to be endless.

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5) Pepper:  Flavor bomb. No explanation necessary.

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Five fun finishers for you healthful palate. Heap em’ on with out a care.


Blogging About Coke = 4 Calories

This morning I read this, which led me to this. An ad recently deemed to misleading to be aired in the United Kingdom.

I can not let this one slide by without comment.

5 min yelling = 13 calories → 56 min yelling = 1 Coke

Unless I am yelling at the Coca-Cola Company executive board I do not think I could keep that one up.

Humans are complex structures. Energy in, energy out is a dangerous simplification.

This ad frames Coke to ways

Coke Becomes either:

  1. A tool for energy. A gross misrepresentation considering liquids calories do not register as food. You can’t make a meal out of a big gulp.
  2. A vice to immediately labor to expel… so why drink it.

Health Halos, I will make the point many have made before.

tobacco-1939Health Halo’s they have been used before.

 


Lies My Marketplace Told Me

My flat mate left for Minneapolis last month. I finally got around to getting rid of some of the stuff left in the freezer. I was washing out an old tub of vibrant green pistachio ice cream. It was a good tub fated for holding a pound of bee pollen.

I poured the contents into the sink and glanced at the ingredients.

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The usual ugliness was present in force. Corn syrup,  cheap gum emulsifiers, skim milk with artificial more shelf stable fat added back.

I think, “Whoa. A real bastardization of Old Fashioned ice cream with its cream, sugar, and vanilla.”

I read the front of the container.

ice_creamSo it is old fashioned after all huh? Well, Berkeley Bowl Marketplace you just lost some major street cred with me.

Finding time to shop is hard enough for most of our over worked country. It frustrates me to think of the folks who were mislead by this comfortingly simple label that exudes in house artisanal production.

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I went away for the weekend, here is the ice cream in my sink…. two days later when I got home. Apparently, melting is to hip for what ever is binding the artificially old fashion green cream.

For those who rightfully like the quick convenience of store bought cream. Here is a quick and cheap recipe for ice cream with one ingredient,. You would need a food processor or blender.

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I would add a pinch of salt, touch of vanilla, and some almonds… maybe some nutmeg.

Foodishness is Foolishness.


The 11 Trillion Dollar Apple

Is an apple worth 11 trillon green backs ($$$). The Union of Concerned Scientists thinks so.

This sounds a little to good to be true, I wonder if this astounding apple medical power is based on adding it to the American diet, or is the apples power instilled by replacing a lesser snack

  • (Diet + Little Debbie Snack Cake) + apple = Prevention of 30,000 premature deaths
  • (Diet – Little Debbie Snack Cake) + apple = Prevention of 30,000 premature deaths

One thing is certain.

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  • (Diet + Little Debbie Snack Cake) – apple ≠ Prevention of 30,000 premature deaths

It is a good mission either way. So in the American Democratic tradition, I am going to make the simple and likely superfluous gesture of writing my congress representative. I look forward to the form letter thanking me.

Do the same maybe?


Coffee…. Bullet Proofed

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Bullet Proof Coffee (BPC), it is a hot topic. I decided to try it.

4 mornings, 4 fats, and a pinch of salt.

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Friday Food News Feast

Fast news on slow foods. GO!

1) Battle 16 Continues

Marion Nestle was present while the New York City Department of Health (DOH) tried on last time to save the 16 oz. New York soda cap initiative. The out look is grim.

As one judge stated, ““Do you need a PhD in public health to know that sugary drinks aren’t good for you?”

Well, you don’t need a High School Diploma not to know that smoking a cigarette after downing a Big Gulp is a bad idea too. It is almost like this stuff is addictive or something. Hey! maybe we should create a Marlboro Big Puff.

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Just don’t flick them off your New York pent house balcony.

The American Beverage Association says there is no president for this type of legislation, well DOH offers this list.

My favorite example

My favorite example

2) Females Farm more Frequently

Women operated farms have darn near tripled over the past three decades, from 5% in 1978 to 14% by 2007… and they are mostly the tiny type. Farmer’s markets are helping to bring back the small farm tradition and many working women are slinging berries and beets on the side.

Kashiwase, where My chocolate employer Coracao gets their almonds

Kashiwase, Coracao’s hearts get their almonds

While we are on the topic of Clean eating women….

3) Primal is Unisex

The Paleo diet has a lot of redeemable qualities, but its media prescribed masculine persona was not one of them. Straight up inaccurate as the above article demo’s.

“There’s a core group of Paleo women who are blogging, landing lucrative cookbook deals, and amassing tens of thousands of Twitter followers.” Writes Grubstreet.

The Paleo Diet catches ALOT of flack from academia who confuse it with an irrational effort of city dwellers to eat like the missing link.

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Scientific American associate editor Ferris Jabr writes. “It’s not clear. Just how far back were our ancestors eating grains and dairy? What we can say for certain is that in the Paleolithic, the human diet varied immensely by geography, season and opportunity.”

Here is how this diet is can be helpful:
– It shies away from processed foods, a stresses low sugar
– Raises awareness about factory farming
– Brings folks to the farmers market
– Discourages calorie counting, over exercise, and constant weighing (The Biggest Loser Model)

This should be illegal, lets analzye its science for a change.

And it ain’t all about meat. A good friend of mine is half way through her vegetarian paleo Whole 30. She seems to be eating like more of a queen then a cave girl. I look forward to her return to dark chocolate though.

A Meatless Meso Meal

A Meatless Meso Meal… is that pumpkin pie?!

I’m gonna try to get that paleo pie recipe, post it next week.


Foodie News Friday: More Cracks at Kcals

“it is not what you eat, but rather, how much – the total number of calories consumed – that significantly contributes to obesity”. – Canadian Government in response to proposed beverage tax.

I should probably just change the name of this blog to Calories Do Not Count at this point. There is so much new chatter in the Kilo-Cal debate that it is hard to stay away.

Like this anecdotal case study.

1) 10 days or 50,000 Calories In:

Some Brit by the name of Sam Feltham has it in mind to challenge Coca-Cola new company slogan, A Calorie is a Calorie. He has been eating above 5,000 calories a day of fruits, veggies, lean meats, and nuts… so many nuts. At the same time he has kept his exercise restricted to minimal cardio.

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Ten days in and Sam has lost an inch from his waist. This is NOT science, but it is a great jump off point for a study more rooted in the scientific method. I am eager to hear the results as of day 21, but not so eager to find out what 3,000 calories of whole nuts a day does to a young man’s bowel movements. God’s speed Sam, god’s speed.

2) Mom’s Take Arms Against the Golden Arches:

McDonald’s goes out of its way to get around parent’s (or Gatekeepers as is the industry term) choices by marketing its burgers and fries directly to kids.

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Well, Mothers are banding together to stop the corporation’s predatory marketing to kids, rallying around the cry of, “I’m not loving it.” Not the most original slogan, but I am lending my support. Spread the word, help parents raise healthy children, give kids their decision making autonomy back because….

3) Foodie Ads get Teens all Excited:

Airbrush Beyonce in clearly under weight, glad she did not choose diet

I am ok with this b/c airbrush Beyonce in clearly under weight

A new study by the Rudd Center for Obesity has found that food ads lead to more excited neural activity in teens than nonfood commercials. Not in obese teens though… interesting. Researchers think obese participants may have been trying to repress and limit their response.

Either way it is clear that food commercials are a strategic strike at the mind.

4) Sweet Kiss Off to Danish Sugar Tax:

Denmark will be phasing out its one year sugar-sweetened beverage tax this year due to, “inefficiency and negative economic impact.” I agree personally, I don’t think the consumer should be punished for a dependency that is largely industry created.

Size Limits Might be the Way to Go

Size Limits Might be the Way to Go

In the USA anyway, I think limiting child based advertising, phasing out corn subsidies, and taxing sweeteners used by drink producers is a better route. These cost would likely be passed on to consumers, but at least the beverage industry will have a harder time with the nanny state argument.

5) Whew… Now for something lighter from the Bay

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Heidi, the Aussie eater ever abroad, has a great post outlining her favorite spots to grab some local fair in San Francisco on her blog applesundermybed.com This eaters guide is quite comprehensive, a fine resource for local localivores and traveling tasters. I vouch for Namu Gaji and the Ferry Building personally

Eat well and be merry.