tobermory's Diaryland Diary

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Cooking frenzy

I made the garlic-cilantro-ginger tilapia last night and it was absolutely cracktastic. I could eat it three times a week it was so good. Any who knew that tilapia is so cheap? Not me, thats who. 1/3 # filets were only $2.00 each what a bargain! Now that I know that baking fish is so easy and healthy Im going to have to search out more recipes. My brown rice was not so hot though. In fact, it was disgusting and inedible like tiny splinters of wood. Steve took one forkful and spat it out and then had to do the Tom Hanks/Big caviar move where he brushed off his tongue to remove the remaining grains. I tried to make it in my rice steamer and used chicken broth instead of water. Did I do something wrong? I am so shitty with the rice steamer I know people who can make whole one-pot meals in their steamer and I cant even make a simple batch of brown rice. A pox on fuzzy logic.

Because something good has happened (losing 5 lbs.) something bad must also happen. My monthly roving hormone pimple is here. This month it decided to appear on the left side of my chin. Ill have to put some zit-zapper on it tonight to make it recede.

I enjoy reading Simka (her diary link is in my Diaryland profile, however its password protected. If you ask nicely she may give you the password) she often writes about the mouthwateringly good meals that she cooks and their yummy wine pairings. Recently she made a meal and was nice enough to post the recipe and then even nicer to agree to let me share it. So now it is with great pleasure that I bring to you: Simkas Greek Salad & Burger combo.
Salad:
2 cups very thinly sliced fennel (about one large bulb)
cup fat-free sour cream
cup plain fat free greek yogurt (Fage makes a good one)
cup minced red onion
3 tablespoons minced fresh mint
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind + good squeeze of the juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 garlic clove, minced
Garlic salt & ground black pepper to taste
Mix all together. Season as you like with a bit more lemon juice, salt, whatever. Put in the fridge until needed.
Burgers:
cup (2 oz.) crumbled feta cheese with basil and garlic (President makes a decent low fat one)
cup chopped pimento stuffed olives
3 tablespoons of mixed up herbs like Greek oregano, rosemary, chives, thyme, marjoram, garlic salt.
teaspoon salt
1 pound lean ground lamb
1 pound ground turkey breast
4 (6-inch) pitas cut in half
Start BBQ
Combine burger ingredients in a large bowl and squish gently. Divide the mixture into 8 equal inch thick patties. Grill for 4 minutes per side or until 140 degrees internally. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes. Toast pita halves. Cut the patties in half and put 2 patty halves and cup salad in each pita half.
Eat. Close eyes in happiness.
One serving is about 325 calories (30% from fat)

I cant wait to fire up the grill and try this I think Ill have the time on Friday, especially if I make the salad a day in advance and store it in the fridge. Simka claims that if he hadnt already proposed, this meal just might have brought her now-fiance down to one knee with ring-box in hand. Since Im already married Ill settle for so-good it makes me want to mow the lawn from Steve.

Breakfast: Yogurt, Kix
Lunch: Lean Cuisine sesame chicken (* ). The chicken was really good, but the pasta side was pretty tasteless and had a sort of sickly sweet glaze on it. I dont think this will return for future meals. Baggie of cherries.
Snack: cottage cheese
Dinner: Slice of roast pork on a whole wheat bun w/ grainy mustard.
Exercise today: zippo its animal shelter night.

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2:29 p.m. - 2007-06-19

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