Missing the Dupont Circle farmers’ market in DC and inspired by my Choate friend’s blog highlighting her successful visit there this fall, I convinced my FH and his brother and mum to go with me to a farm in Burgundy this fall. Turns out that there’s a great one just down the road from their home in Auxerre.
Next on the list: joining a local CSA. There’s one two metro stops away from us in Lyon that we’re planning to check out before our five-year anniversary dinner tomorrow night. That’s right, folks - tomorrow marks five years since our first date. I don’t know any better way to celebrate!
Back when I was a little girl, my mum and I used to visit my grandmother at work at a dentist’s office in Boston, where we would meet up with my aunt and cousin. I’m sure it only happened a handful of times but I have very fond memories of the five of us girls going out to lunch at Friendly’s where we’d share BLTs and grilled cheeses with chocolate milkshakes. Remembering the lunch rush bellowing around us, taking refuge from the winter wind, brings back a cozy feeling of being loved and a part of something special.
The weather lately in Lyon has been beautiful during the day but grumpy in the evenings – windy and brisk with some out-of-the-blue rain to top it all off. It’s one of those weeks that calls for real feel-good food. Anticipating a big upcoming culinary undertaking (stay tuned!), I decided to experiment with the basics this week and worked off of the “Broke & Fabulous Grilled Cheese” recipe highlighted in Glamour’s new recipe book, 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know and Emeril Legasse’s recipe for Perfect French Fries.
At the beginning of 2011, a seemingly normal blog post about pea soup turned into a tangent about healthfulness, the impressiveness with which French women stay slim, and a desire to meld taste and cravings with nutrition into a perfect dietary equilibrium. Three months and countless thoughtless meal choices later, I’m back. I’m never really sure what gets me going on these personal campaigns to look and feel better, but I’m going to embrace the moment and ride it as long as I can. Diet gurus always say that the key is making lifelong lifestyle changes but, frankly, I can’t plan that far ahead. I’m going to avoid making fatalistic promises and instead just tell you about my progress, one day (or week) at a time.
Yesterday was Day 1 on the Self.com Drop 10 Challenge. Really, I just signed up for the recipes. I like having early morning email surprises in my inbox, and planning meals ahead reduces my stress. (I know, I know – unemployed for seven months and I still feel stressed??) I doubled last night’s dinner recipe to share with my boyfriend and we served it with a mache salad. Yum!
This new healthy recipe kick is sort of a test: My boyfriend is one of the least picky eaters I know and he responds to all of my mid-dinner inquiries, irrespective of a meal’s success, with, “Yeah, it’s good.” On the one hand, it’s nice to know I can do no wrong in the kitchen but, on the other hand, if I really go all out to try something new and special, abundant and elaborative praise would not go unappreciated.
In any event, since our move to France three and a half months ago, without a job (yet!) I’ve assumed the traditional wifey role of cooking dinner most nights. I like to try new things for dinner: for the interest of trying something new, to broaden my repertoire, and to try to tap into the BF’s secret food passions, which I’m sure lay dormant somewhere. This new healthy recipe kick is an attempt to improve the overall healthfulness of this venture. We can’t, after all, eat Couscous Carbonara every night.
Self.com has some rocking recipes. I’ve had this one stored in my email for awhile now but hadn’t gotten around to trying it yet because, frankly, I didn’t know what “Florentine” was supposed to taste like. I love salmon and sundried tomatoes but I wasn’t sure how they’d work together and I didn’t want to ruin perfectly good salmon with gobs of defrosted frozen spinach (gross) and ricotta cheese (please – so gross).
After seeing success with other recipes from the site, I finally decided to try this one out. We had some frozen spinach in the freezer from a failed quiche improvisation and the salmon was on promotion at the market, so I went for it.