Saturday, May 7, 2011

Self Care Girl Likes...

"Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favour compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life."
- T. A. Edison
Self Care Girl Likes.....
If you know me at all you know that I am a huge foodie!  I love to cook...and eat...and experiment with flavors.
I have long been a fan of herbs, however I have revisited this passion recently as I work to remodel my diet.   I have lost 33lbs and realize that I cannot continue to eat in the same ways that made me overweight.  Herbs are one way to add flavor and character to food in a way that is not only easy, but very healthy.
You can find fresh herbs in your grocery store produce section.  This has been the best route for me as we are still patiently awaiting spring her in the Pacific Northwest Rain Forest.   My plans for the summer would have included a serious herb garden, however I have an assignment in Australia beginning in June which is winter I will continue to seek out fresh herbs in the market rather than growing my own. 
I have a few books that I have found invaluable for learning about herbs and one little trick to share.
Jerry Traunfeld, orignally from the Herb Farm (one of the best restaurants in the U.S.) and now owner of Poppy (absolutely fabulous!) has two cookbooks that I will be taking with me Down Under: 
and...The Herb Farm Cookbook
One little trick that I have learned when buying herbs in the market is that rather than buying a huge amount of herbs for one recipe, at Whole Foods (where I shop) and some other grocery stores you can find herb "medleys" - a mix of fresh herbs designated for poultry, or fish, or beef.    These provide smaller portions and variety.    I find that less goes to waste.  
Last night I experimented heavily with sage, the night before I had a delicious meal with basil.   I am learning more about the flavors and how they enhance food.   It has made cooking healthier and sticking to my diet much more enjoyable!
Take Good Care!

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