Sunday, November 7, 2010
This weekend I COOKED!!
I paid 25 dollars for a chicken yesterday. How's that for an opening line!? I have been busy lately. My focus has not been on cooking or eating at home, and the scale, and my bank account has been reflecting that fact. I have been building my business, taking on-line seminars on Social Media, and helping a friend enter an Interior Design Competition! ( www.bestyoungdesigner.com ) PLEASE VOTE FOR JANICE HUNT!!
This beautiful photo of a meal was taken at Le Vol Au Vent. Michel was featuring Sea Bass with Bearnaise sauce topped with shrimp...It was remarkable, and rich, and I loved it! I ate 1/2 and took the other 1/2 home and ate it for lunch the next day. The P-Man has been opening the fridge for a week or so now, and lamenting the fact that there is no food in it. I have also not been extremely interested in grocery shopping. You know things are bad, when you open your fridge, and are temporarily blinded by the glare off of the proliferation of white Styrofoam take out containers!
The nice thing about Weight Watchers being a lifestyle thing, instead of a diet, is that you can always start making small changes to get yourself back on track before any real damage is done. To that end, the P-Man left on a business trip on Thursday, and I have been slowly deciding what I want to eat for the next week, and have been gathering the groceries to prepare the recipes. Back to the 25 dollar chicken. I have a great new dutch oven that I have never used. I saw someone on the food network prepare Chicken en Cocotte..and knew I had to get a tasty chicken to do it properly. This chicken was larger than most, at 6.25 pounds, but I am expecting the meat to be used in a variety of ways, during my busy week. I found a recipe that said to bake it in the oven, covered for 2 hours ( a 3 lb chicken ) I cooked my big boy for 2 and 1/2 hours, and it was a little overcooked. I guess my dutch oven is extra efficient! This morning I have cooked a huge pan of braised red cabbage with balsamic vinegar and apples courtesy of JamieOliver.com...but I left out the bacon. I also blanched some fresh green beans, and have a casserole in the oven of pearl barley, garbanzo beans, chicken stock and onions.
The P-Man will be arriving home on Monday around supper. I know he will be CRUSHED by the lack of SPAGHETTI on the stove, but sometimes you have to use tough love...especially with addicts!
It looks like the sun has come out, and with the time change, I was up at 6am instead of 7am, so I've done a ton of work already.
I believe lunch at the beach would be a nice reward...Slainte has live music at 2, that gives me enough time to wash the 'braised red cabbage' smell out of my hair, and see if I can still get into my skinny jeans!