I've spent the day cooking!
I know it's a historic day. I did watch the inauguration and the television has been on in the background all day. But the temperature is nose diving outside -- no snow yet -- and after I got back from making a quick fruit and veggie trip I cancelled all plans for going out this afternoon. What luxury!
Two of my concerns about the big "R" involve cooking. The first is knowing that to make this adventure work economically I need to cook and the second is for health sake I need to cook healthy food. I'd also like to invite friends over for meals and then, too, I need to cook. I'm not sure who the President was when I began a reliance on frozen and prepared foods. My guess is that it was the second President Bush. My commute doubled when the office moved to Queens and often I got home after eight o'clock. My neighborhood has many places to stop and I think I've tried the majority of them. My weekends -- my previous time for cooking -- were now taken up with errands and catching up on sleep. What a perfect storm for unhealthy eating.
Moving to paleo eating -- or at least semi-paleo -- also means I need to cook and I've been scouting recipes on Pinterest. I've found some great ideas and today I started cooking again. I made a double batch of chicken, stewed fruit (no added sugar) and made zucchini fritters. I happily ate more veggies today than I have in ages, and very tasty food. I also discovered that most of my spices have lost their aroma and did a good clean out of the refrigerator. All in all, very productive. I'm going to stock up on a few paleo basics -- almond flour! -- in the next few days and make a trip to Jackson Heights, Queens, where there is a treasure trove of Indian stores, for spices.
On a very different note, this is a momentous day, and I honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the courageous people who forged the path before him. One of these people is Nineteenth-century abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. I was inspired to learn about him after seeing this statue at the New York Historical Society.
"A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people. "
As the temperature dips I wish you all a cozy and warm evening!