Yesterday I posted Shopping Cart Porn
. I spent the afternoon cooking, and here are the results.
The first thing I made was breakfast sausage. My typical breakfast is some sort of sausage and an egg, but I've been having trouble finding sausage that I like. I decided to make my own, and used Alton Brown's recipe
more or less as-is. I started with coarsely ground pork rather than grinding it myself, and I used bacon instead of back fat. I put everything through a meat grinder anyway to get a smaller grind, then cooked up a whole bunch of carefully-weighed sausage patties and refrigerated/froze them. I'll be able to pull out one patty and microwave it for breakfast each day.
Next, I made saag paneer-- an Indian spinach and cheese dish. This recipe
was more or less what I used, but I always treat recipes as suggestions rather than prescriptions. I used a mandoline to grate the onion, which worked quite well. Plus, I always feel smug and successful when I use the mandoline and don't lose any blood.
Finally, I made soup. I used my Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
as a starting point, but I used ghee instead of olive oil, and left the basil out. Instead, I flavored it with garam masala, curry powder, cayenne, and turmeric, so that it would go well with the saag paneer.
End result: My lunches for this week will be saag paneer and tomato soup. I have a few weeks worth of breakfast sausage. Because I've planned ahead, following my diet will be the path of least resistance-- it will be easier to eat good food than bad. I've carefully controlled my portion sizes.
More importantly, I feel connected to my food and I have confidence that it's healthy and nutritious-- I know every single ingredient that went into each dish, because it all passed through my hands. I know that I'm not eating noxious preservatives and chemicals, and there are no artificial foodlike substances in my meals. Michael Pollan would be proud.
Here's the big bowl of saag paneer.