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The Dangers of Recipe Testing

Posted: March 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

There is a little voice in my head telling me all the things that I need to do. Most of the time it’s a good voice. Eat breakfast. Walk a few more blocks before getting on the MUNI. Go to bed before midnight and the homework fairy (ok, nowadays the sanity fairy) will bless you.

And then there is the other little voice.

Go ahead – have that key lime and sweetened condensed milk popsicle as your breakfast.

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Testing recipes on Wednesday means that sometimes I don’t eat the most wholesome breakfast food. But it’s for the cause, I swear.

And Karen feeds me so well! Lunch was a salami sandwich from Bi-rite. It was actually a fairly decent portioned sandwich, with a thin layer of salami and cheese, some red pepper spread, and pickled pepper. Flavorful and satisfying.

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After lunch, I was on a bit of a kitchen creativity high. With some leftovers from testing, I had a milk concoction with lime juice, cranberry juice, lime zest, a bit of sweetened condensed milk , and Straus milk. It should have been outrageously good, but it ended up being a little bland.


After work, I remembered that my coffee grinder was still tragically broken, and instead of doing something about it, I headed to Starbucks and got myself a small cup of their Yukon blend coffee. I try not to drink in the afternoon, but because I hadn’t had my morning cup, I let myself indulge.

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After our errands, I headed over to Cafe Du Soleil on Fillmore to meet up with a fellow IIN student to do health histories. Practice, Practice, Practice! I got there a little bit early, so I walked through the Haight in that area until the sun started setting. I’ve been enjoying the later and later sunsets! It’s so nice to be able to get off work and have it still be light out.

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At Cafe Du Soleil I had a mug of earl gray tea with some steamed soy, and… a bowl of homemade chips with parmesan. I understand the irony that I was doing a health history while eating chips, but I don’t have any excuses.

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When I got home, I was craving greens. CRAVING GREENS? I swear, it’s true. Now that I’m listening to my body, I’m much better able to identify and respond to cravings.

I massaged some kale, tore in some lettuce, added fresh dill, parsley, lemon juice and olive oil. Greens I wanted, greens I got!

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The moral of the story? Start on a bad note? End on a good one! It’s amazing what a little bit of green can do!

What are your foolproof balancing foods?

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2 Comments on “The Dangers of Recipe Testing”

  1. 1 Catering Equipment said at 6:28 am on March 13th, 2010:

    I don’t think all that condensed milk will do you any good. Can’t beat the taste of fresh milk. You may wish to use this great fix for breakfast: Blend 1 banana, 2 table spoons of honey, 1 egg, 2 scoops of Vanilla ice cream and 600ml of fresh milk in a blender until creamy. Serve in a tall glass and enjoy. That’s what I do when I am in a hurry.

  2. 2 Sam said at 11:28 am on March 13th, 2010:

    Dear “Catering Equipment” I’m going to ignore the fact that you are spam, because a) you were creative, and b) you are suggesting that I eat a vanilla ice cream shake for breakfast.

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