Doug (aka Father Spoon of Should I Drink That) has been reviewing fast food fish sandwiches throughout Lent, and he says he has found the
Holy Grail at Long John Silvers
. I can’t say I’m tempted, although as a child I was a big, big fan of their fried clam dinners. But if you’re looking for something to eat on Good Friday, you might give it a try.
Green Point Room Cheese Platter with Tarago River Jensen’s Red Washed Rind Tarago River Triple Cream Brie-style, Exton Heidi Gruyere, Ewe and Goat’s Milk Feta, originally uploaded by avlxyz.
Q: If you could have only one kind of food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
A: Well, first I’d say potato chips, because I’m completely addicted to them. But right away I’d see that this wouldn’t be the most wholesome choice, so I’d change it. I’d change to bread, but then I’d remember how grouchy I get when I have no protein, so I’d pick cheese.
Q: That still doesn’t seem very healthy.
A: What do you expect from a diet consisting of only one food? It’s kind of a dumb question.
Q: It’s a hypothetical, for purposes of conversation.
A: OK. Hypothetically, I’d pick cheese.
Q: Any particular kind of cheese?
Q: You seem very sure.
A: Yes. Gruyere is a highly versatile cheese. You can eat it by itself, you can cook with it, you can grate it. It’s the cheese for fondue. It’s a key cheese.
Q: You wouldn’t be cooking with it though. You would only be able to eat it plain.
A: This is silly.
Q: I just want to make sure you’ve thought this through.
A: OK, we’re done here.
Italian Sausage and Lentil Stew – L’unico, originally uploaded by avlxyz.
Tonight for dinner I made a fabulous sausage stew.
I take no credit for the recipe. It comes from Jacques Pepin’s The Short-Cut Cook: Make Simple Meals with Surprisingly Little Effort. (My mom had my copy signed by the great man himself!) It included hot Italian sausage, kidney beans, ground cumin, and greens — the recipe called for Swiss chard I think, but suggested substituting spinach, which is what I used.
There was also some jalepeno in the recipe, and for once I’d remembered to buy it. I minced it before adding to the stew, and since then I’ve burned my eyes and face a couple of times by touching them with pepper-coated fingers.
I made this fabulous stew, and I ate a healthy portion of it, along with some toasted whole wheat bread.
That was about an hour ago, and right now my stomach is growling in hunger. How can this be? I had fiber, some fats, and greens and protein and everything. I should be full. Fulfilled with food! My own body is frustrating my attempts to live healthier in 2008.
(I apologize that the photo is not of the actual stew that I ate. I hadn’t planned to blog about this, and the remaining stew is nicely packed away in the fridge and freezer already. This lovely Flickr-sourced photo seemed to me to capture the essentials of my hearty stew, despite having lentils where the kidney beans should be, and carrots instead of spinach. OK, so it doesn’t cover it at all, but it looks mighty tasty, doesn’t it?)
The tortilla soup at Mad Mex is really yummy. Spicy and thick, with chunks of chicken and bits of cheese on top.
The crab cakes appetizer is even better. Big hunks of crab meat, clumped in some manner and lightly sauteed, and served on a bed of bean salsa. Mmm.
Put those two together, wash them down with a beer, and you’ve got a lovely meal for a Saturday evening. Or any night of the week.
I just thought you should know.
Coming tomorrow: My rave review of "The Vagina Monologues." If anything in Pittsburgh is more fun than the crab cakes at Mad Mex, it’s this show. tune in tomorrow to find out why.