Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Funny Quote

I'm not sure why but this tickled my funny bone and I like Rachael Ray!

Rachael Ray does to food what Hitler did to Poland,” ...Anthony Bourdain.

New Hawaiian Food Blogs Added to the Side Bar

White flower Lei
Mahalo to Sheri of Kahukahu for sharing these on her blog! Just visiting those blogs made me very hungry.

Ahi and Carbon Monoxide Treatments

CO Ahi
Carbon monoxide treated ahi has a watermelon pink hue

Hawaii ahi
Untreated fresh ahi from Hawaii has a deeper red color

Yesterday Hawaii fishermen were holding signs on Hawaii roadways to bring attention to the danger of poisoned carbon monoxide treated tuna. It is a tradition in Hawaii to eat sashimi on New Year's Eve. Hence the timely warning.

I did not make the connection on why fresh fish would be treated with CO until I remembered reading in a murder mystery that CO gives a nice pink hue on a person's face before it kills them.

Then it dawned on me that this treatment of the fish was used to give the appearance of a nice red/pink color which to the untrained eye would appeal to the freshness of it. In fact, the fish treated in this matter came from other waters like the Philippines and were frozen, not fresh.

Unfortunately, early that day my husband and I had purchased fresh ahi at our local Japanese market. Upon our return home, we were dismayed to find out that the fish in fact had been CO treated.

Needless to say, I returned the fish and was fortunate enough to find Grade 1 quality ahi tuna at the same market, from Hawaiian waters. You can see by the above pictures the difference between the two fish.

To learn more about carbon monoxide treated fish you can read this article from two years ago or this much olderone.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Holiday Eating Tips


1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare.. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. =2 It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

Have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Shared by my friend Layla.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday Dinner - Fried Pork Chops

Pork chops
The menu for this evening's dinner is as follows;

- Fried Pork Chops a la Paula Deen

- Garlic mashed potatoes (using no butter and lowfat milk)Cuke salad

- Creamy Cucumber, onion and dill salad. This recipe here is very similar to what I made today. I just added a little lowfat milk and about a tablespoon of sour cream. I would have preferred buttermilk though...

- Homemade applesauce

BTW, thanks to my neighbor Sandi for sharing a variety of lovely fresh herbs with me yesterday. I used the dill she gave me for the salad and parsley for our breakfast scramble eggs with tomatoes and onions.