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So I consulted a dietitian last week who recommended that I try an elimination diet. This version cuts out all dairy, wheat, and corn for 30 days, after which I am to try introducing one type of food (except for dairy, which is known to be bad) for a week at a time. So I went to Trader Joe's yesterday afternoon, bought a whole bunch of food, and am planning on starting the diet today.

As those of you who've read Michael Pollan know, avoiding corn altogether is pretty darn hard in today's food industry. (Which reminds me--[livejournal.com profile] damselfrog, I'm done with your copy of the book; can [livejournal.com profile] gigglefest borrow it?) Luckily I'm already eating mostly unprocessed food, so hopefully this diet won't be too much effort.

I will probably have to figure out a way to make some kind of wheat-less, corn-less bread for convenience's sake. At some point I'll go looking for other fun grains to try, maybe at Whole Foods or Harvest Co-op; the Trader Joe's at Coolidge Corner was out of quinoa and didn't seem to have any alternative flours (arrowroot, barley, etc).
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I went to an allergist today and got a series of skin tests. Here are my results:

Foods I am not allergic to:
Big long list )

Foods I am allergic to:
  • Dust mites
Okay, technically that was not a food (even if I might inhale them in my sleep--you're welcome, I'm sure you needed that image). But the two dust mite allergens did produce impressive welts on my arm. And I got to watch a five-minute educational video that was a thinly-veiled advertisement for a certain brand of pillow and mattress covers whose name I will not deign to acknowledge.
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Newman's Own just lost major coolness points (!) with me. The letters on their Alphabet Cookies are carved in none other than Arial.

... says Ian, who merrily munches away at the cookies.... damn you Newman's Own!!!
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Up: Saturday morning, I participated in the Race Up Boston Place climb (thanks to everyone who donated :-). I didn't die and I made it in 7 minutes and 36 seconds! As a special treat, at the top of the climb we were led into an observation room where we could look down and see all of downtown and the waterfront on one side, and the Zakim bridge and Charlestown on the other. That and they had water bottles (I finished mine in a minute) and cough drops (for which my itchy throat was grateful) and chairs (Oh My Gawd my legs were tired). The other people at my company who went also seemed to have a lot of fun.

Down: By the time we were done it was too late for karate, so I hit downtown crossing for some clothes shopping. It was then I started realizing that the world felt too warm and that my nose was starting to run. And while the fever went away, the rest of the symptoms lasted throughout the weekend, so I had to punt my Saturday evening plans :-(

Up: On my way home (before things got worse) I visited Schoenhof's, which has somehow eluded me for all these eight years I've been in the area. Something about the store being closed on Sunday... but anyways, I browsed the Spanish books section and picked up Diarios de motocicleta: Notas de viaje, which I plan on reading with the help of my new "Pocket Edition" dictionary (at 5" wide x 8" high x 2" deep, it's hardly pocket-sized).

Down: My 4-drawer chest lost more of its structural integrity when I tried putting away my loot from Filene's Basement, so I had to make a trip to Tags and replace the cracked plastic corner brackets with metal ones. And now there are a few more holes in the drawers than there used to be.

Up: But on the way back from Tags I stopped by Shaw's and found... Manischewitz Shake n' Bake (well, "Chicken Roasters")! It's dairy-free and I got to play with raw chicken in a plastic bag! And I got 2.5 pounds of collard greens, which after shredding barely fit in my Dutch oven.

Other fun victuals: [livejournal.com profile] jadia gave me leftover pan-fried fish (mmmm) and some of her freshly baked fruit and nut bread, and [livejournal.com profile] lokiect made lemon souffle.

Up: I finished calculating my taxes.
Down: But I ran out of checks to pay them with. Oops.
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I just found an awesome website for Chinese home cooking, though I apologize in advance that it's all in Chinese:


The recipes are tailored for materials available "overseas" (as in, here) :-D
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By popular request (well, [livejournal.com profile] jadia :-) ) here's a photo of her red cabbage wonton soup she made last night:

Red cabbage wonton soup

And as a bonus, here's what we did with her soup:

Kitchen chemistry

A little lemon juice and baking soda go a loooong way :-)
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[livejournal.com profile] jadia says she suffers from fear of starvation. Is limoktonophobia the right word (even remotely)?

Yay food!

Dec. 11th, 2006 12:45 pm
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My "I'm going to wing it now" dinner last night worked out pretty well, and now I'm in love with broccoli rabe (insert overdramatic squee-ing noises here).

I chopped it up and blanched it for two minutes (crucial--I skipped this step the last time I tried to cook broccoli rabe a few years ago. It took all of my willpower to force it down my throat) and sauteed it in olive oil with minced garlic, chopped scallions, tiny dried shrimp, and sliced imitation crab meat. I also broiled a big filet of mahi and had a few slices of multigrain bread (Baker's Inn).

I was in such a state of euphoria after eating I could not leave the dinner table for a few minutes.
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It's not every day that you pick up the paper and find a front-page photo featuring an accident from your home town.

The temperature's finally dropping like it's supposed to, and I think I'm getting the winter hoarding instinct again. Every time I go to the grocery store I feel like stocking up on non-perishable food.
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I made bulgogi.
It was easy and tasty!
Cleanup was a mess. :-P
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I had a series of random dreams last night, but could only remember two of them in any detail: in one, [livejournal.com profile] damselfrog sat next to her flock of younger siblings and was telling us how they needed to be weaned off the evil television. In the other, I helped [livejournal.com profile] lokiect look for a bug she was working on, and discovered that it was the etched text on the ends of canned fruit (peaches and maraschino cherries in syrup).

Speaking of which, it will be summer soon, and that means peach season! Do we get peaches for 99 cents a pound this year? At a party I went to Saturday, there was a movie playing in the background that involved shag carpeting, bad hair, and apples for 15 cents a pound! How did apples get so expensive now?
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Revelations from this weekend:
  • Asparagus is tasty even without salt
  • Stir-fried leeks and steamed butternut squash go together fairly well
  • Pork looks different from beef (sorry, not a veggie)
The last of the revelations should have been obvious, but remembering how a beef dish should look makes cooking the same dish with pork confusing (if, like me, you weren't paying attention).
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I figured some of you out there would know this and thank y'all for any information you might have :-)

I peeled and cut three potatoes on Sunday so I can make curry tomorrow night, but I stored them in tupperware without any water. When I looked at them tonight, the potato chunks were covered in a grayish tinge. The Internet tells me this is due to oxidation, but says nothing about whether they are fit for consumption. Does anyone have any experience with potatoes that have turned gray?
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Many people made
New Year's Resolutions, but
I was too lazy.

Instead I made food:
Dumplings, soup, banana bread,
Muffins, popovers.
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Rumor has it there's a Messiah concert this coming Sunday at 3pm in Kresge Theatre. Anyone interested?

Since Sunday I've been settling into my room. One of my roommates A got married on Saturday and has moved in with her husband R, so I'm moving into A's room and our new roommate E into mine. With the tremendous help of [livejournal.com profile] jadia, [livejournal.com profile] lokiect, [livejournal.com profile] narya, and one of A's bridesmaids C, I moved all my stuff Sunday and got most of the furniture settled. Last night [livejournal.com profile] lokiect and I moved one of A's bookshelves down to our living room, and I reawakened my rusty CAT5-crimping-fu to wire up my new room. Already the apartment feels different without A, and I have this feeling I'll be missing her greatly.

(And working in reverse chronological order...) A's wedding was a blast! )

But the Best Man wasn't content with just having a wedding party, pre-party, pre-pre-party, and a post-party.... )

And going back to Friday--K and S came into town for a conference! So happy! )
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My brother and I went to SCD for Thanksgiving dinner tonight and brought along some zucchini bread we had made. Upon tasting the bread, S remarked that the bread tasted somewhat different, somewhat... minty. I revealed how we had made the bread, and it was explained to me that peppermint extract is not really actually substitutable for vanilla extract. Oops. :-) But fortunately the mint worked just fine with the zucchini bread.

So now I should put vanilla extract on our shopping list. Next experiment: cocoa powder and garlic banana bread!

Pie meme

Nov. 21st, 2005 10:26 pm
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It's kind of an impressively short quiz... but I got Lemon Meringue Pie. )
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[livejournal.com profile] jadia told me last night that Bush had told China pretty bluntly to be more like Taiwan. I was incredulous, but sure enough, we found the article about it in the Globe. In other news, I got an unlabeled pack of little anchovies (anchovy fry? maybe it's some other fish) from the Lotte Mart across the street from Random. It's been years since I've seen them and they make me so happy ^_^ And I discovered that Chinese okra is probably much better if you peel it.
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I stewed a large pot of pork, eggs, tofu, and mushrooms (滷肉、蛋、豆腐、香菇) yesterday afternoon, and filled my kitchen with the aroma of five-spice powder. The recipe I used called for a pressure cooker, but since I did not have one, I just let the stew sit for about three hours. While waiting, I looked online and found some $45 pressure cookers on Amazon. Now I'm really tempted to get a pressure cooker for yummy stews like this, which gets me an entire week's worth of lunches and dinners.

Or maybe a crockpot, whichever one is actually more useful.
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Challah is tasty. Frozen caramelized onions are easy to prepare and great for flavoring. Combine them with chicken sausages that have bits of fennel seeds, and that makes one sweet lunch. Not to mention the lotus roots and [livejournal.com profile] lokiect's basil, or the baby-corn-carrots-and-peas mix.


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