Friday, April 6, 2012
To me, the perfect burger is a char-grilled hickory burger -- the kind they served at a place called Goff's when I was growing up in Dallas. When we moved to Houston the first time, there was a place called Bellaire Burger near our house that made them just like Goff's, and when we moved back the second time, there was a place called Beck's Prime, right around the corner from our town house, that made a good one. Good name too, don't you think? But despited all of my hubby's dedicated research, he had yet to find a perfect burger for me in the Hill Country...or so I thought.
|Just what we needed -- another cart-load of plants!|
|But who could resist this succulent nirvana?|
It was lunchtime before we ever made it to Austin, so I started tossing out ideas for places where we could get something meatless. "I already have a place in mind, and I can tell you right now, it's not gonna be vegan!"
|I think they actually show movies on this screen some nights, for those who opt for carhop service!|
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Then my hubby retired, joined me here fulltime and, within a year, I was right back where I started. I still did my best to cook healthy for him, including lots of good, fresh veggies from local farmers, eschewing packaged, processed stuff, never frying anything, etc. The only difference, as far as I could see, was that I went back to including meat most nights. I guess my upbringing kicked in, and I feared being thought lazy if I didn't put a "proper" meal on the table each night. It probably didn't help that his spontaneous suggestions for fun outings kept luring me away from my exercise routine, but I wouldn't trade that for the world!
Recently our daughter said we really needed to watch a film called Forks Over Knives. She knows how much I love "foodie" movies, so I was expecting something about locavores or gourmands. Instead it was about a couple of cardiologists who, despite having grown up on farms eating beef they had raised and drinking lots of good fresh milk, eventually came to the conclusion that all our heart, blood pressure, diabetes, and a multitude of other issues, could be solved by eating a plant based, whole foods diet. Now, I have no way of checking their research data. I am sure there are plenty of people out there with research to dispute their findings. However, one thing did impress me, for I have seen it over and over again. That was the graph that showed how the numbers of people with heart disease had been steadily increasing until WWII broke out and meat, flour, and sugar were rationed, and everyone was forced to plant veggie gardens just to get enough to eat. The line on that graph almost dropped off the page. Soon as the war ended, people went back to gorging on all the things they had missed, and the line went straight back up, through the ceiling! The thing that will probably impress most men watching the film is that, by the end of the study, all the men in the doctors' test group had not only got off most their meds, but also claimed their "flags" to be flying. Anyhoo, like I said, I don't know if there is science to back them up or not. But, when my hubby turned to me at the end of the film and said "You know, we don't have to eat meat every night. It could be more of a week-end/special occasion thing", well, I wasn't about to argue with him!
According to the doctors in the movie, we should be giving up all animal products, including dairy and eggs, all processed foods, and all oils, even olive. Not gonna happen in this house. But, we have been cutting way back on the amount of meat we eat for several weeks now (I made some salmon patties one night, put some turkey pepperoni on a pizza another time, and we get it occasionally at restaurants). To tell you the truth, I haven't missed it at all. My only fear is that we are going to grow weary of the few truly delicious meat free recipes I have in my arsenal. I've been thinking a lot about one of my favorite bloggers, Heather, over at Beauty That Moves. From the saliva-inducing pictures that she posts on a regular basis, I've always assumed she must be a fabulous cook. She just happens to cook mostly vegetarian, and I was always surprised by how delicious everything looked. I've been wishing I had a bunch of her recipes. So, imagine my surprise when I saw this on her blog recently:
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Since it looks like yellow, yellow-orange and yellow-greens don't get picked up by the scanner, let's see what happens when I add some deeper oranges and greens, and try scanning it at a higher resolution.