Y es, I made the traditional corned beef and cabbage for the guys who nearly devoured it and made myself a simple curry with a soothing kitcheri since I’m not much of a beef fan as I said before. Its hard to change a person’s perspective of food if they were raised from birth to eat a certain way. My father-in-law worked on a farm, was raised on a farm, and ate that meat constantly. Who am I to say “stop eating so much meat”? Considering I do most of the cooking, I can regulate the amount of meat cooked in the kitchen, beef wise, but to satisfy their mind-stomach connection, I cook it every so often. Its funny considering my vast transition from the ultimate carnivore to vegetarian to vegan to vegetarian to pescetarian to now, where I follow Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid. Dr. Weil’s Food Pyramid is basically a combination of the Mediterranean food pyramid and Low GI style of eating.
It isn’t for everyone, considering being a celiac, I can’t have cracked wheat while, say, my hubby, can if he chose to. That’s why I find the word diet so harsh and I hate using it. I don’t like using the phrase, ‘go on a diet’, it’s simply choosing to eat better or fix your style of eating to eat more appropriately which is what I’m doing to Phillip. He is uncomfortable about his weight and I’m adjusting his food choices to help him shed the unnecessary pounds. So far, he already lost seven and is totally fine with what he eats. I have to teach him portion control (a biggie), volumetrics, and how to make better choices.
Of course, not to make eating better unrewarding either. You see, with St. Patrick’s Day comes the sweet treats as well. Yup. I’m talkin’ about potatoes, Irish Potatoes that is. When I was a wee lass in grade school, I remember we would always have a demonstrator come into the class room and teach us how to make Irish Potatoes. I don’t know how or why it started but it did and no one complained because we got free candy; well, the teachers did because after we ate so much we would bounce off the walls from the sugar rush. I was never a 100% fan of Irish Potatoes due to the fact that they got extremely sickening after a while like white chocolate and Cadbury eggs. Let’s just say, they’re a nice treat and make a great festive gift for friends.
Best thing of all, you can store them in the refrigerator and not have them grow eyes!
Irish Potatoes 1 ½ cups powdered sugar 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 2 big tablespoons of non-dairy margarine or non-dairy cream cheese
Cinnamon for coating
Combine the powdered sugar, coconut, and margarine or faux cream cheese until a dough is formed. If the dough is still soft, add more powdered sugar until it has the consistency of play dough. Take a piece of the dough and mold it like a bumpy potato about the half the size of your thumb. Spread the cinnamon in a dish and roll the little potato candy around until its completely coated. Repeat until you achieve about 20 or so. It will vary according to size.