Today and Every Day.
Slower Sunday: Under the Boardwalk
October 31, 2010
It's a little spooky down here, but it's cool. You feel like you're in some surfer version of the underworld. Thirty feet up there, thousands of people. Down here, not a soul. Just the timbers holding up the old pier. Take a minute in a slow, cool place. Just Press Play and drift. Just for a minute.
Pumpkin Pops. This is a test.
Saturday October 30, 2010
They look great. They smell great. They taste great. They're like bite-size pumpkin pies on a stick, only better. No soggy pie crust and no gelatinous filling. A small random sample of adults love them. But only tomorrow - and the kids - will decide: trick or treat.
The Walk That Ate Santa Monica
Friday October 29, 2010
Want to eat your way through Santa Monica and burn more calories than you consume? You'll have to spend some time on the beach. If you're OK with that, here's an all-day culinary tour that leaves you with a serious calorie deficit.
Thursday October 28, 2010
Surprise your pumpkin: don't carve it, curry it. Less than a dollar for the baby pumpkins I used for two big servings. Less than 50 cents worth of spices. Delicious. And the entire apartment smelled like an exotic spice market (and I mean that in a really good way) for hours.
You need to make his bread to believe it
Wednesday October 27, 2010
A killer loaf of bread. In your own oven. Without kneading dough. Really. No kneading. Almost no work at all. Add some water to bread flour, salt and yeast, stir for 30 seconds, wait for 18 hours. Truly a Better Cheaper Slower bread.
Rice & Beans in Nepal
Tuesday October 26, 2010
Daal bhaat tarkari: lentils, rice, curried vegetables. The staple meal of Nepal and much of India. Fragrant curry and Better Cheaper protein. An easy and delicious way into the flavor and health benefits of beans and grains.
Balance: Standing on one leg
Monday October 25, 2010
You could slip, trip or otherwise sprain an ankle or end up on your butt later today. And off both feet for six to eight weeks. So take a minute to consider three minutes a day of Balance Training. One leg at a time. Just Press Play.
Slower Sunday: 90 seconds at 25,000 feet
October 24, 2010
Think about climbing to the top of one of those. That ought to slow you down. Yeah, you really had to be there, in Nepal. But take a little break right now, just 90 seconds to look at something spectacularly beautiful. It's Sunday. Just Press Play.
Stuffed Two Ways
Saturday October 23, 2010
When my CSA farm share came with a bunch of truly beautiful looking poblano peppers, the ones grown to become chili rellenos - I knew what the leftover polenta, acorn squash and salsa verde were meant for.
The Trek That Ate (Organic in) Nepal
Friday October 22, 2010
I don't know about you, but my jaw doesn't actually drop all that often. When I got up to the ridge line, my jaw dropped. Every peak in sight is higher than 20,000 feet - a lot higher. You're miles away from these mountains - but your neck's craned up at a sharp angle so you can see the summits.
Look, ma - no cavities.
Thursday October 21, 2010
During the 1930s Weston Price, a dentist, traveled the world looking for the key to dental health. Looking for people with good teeth. He found them here, there and everywhere. Well, there and everywhere - but not here. Not anywhere that people ate highly refined and processed "modern" foods.
Pancakes for dinner: Acorn Squash
Wednesday October 20, 2010
I was contemplating a beautiful Acorn Squash yesterday. I can't honestly say this dark green and bright orange thing spoke to me, but I had a feeling it might make a great savory pancake. It did. It's a hard squash, but there's an easy way to soften it up and make a seasonally tasty, beautiful and cheap meal with it.
Chip off the old squash
Tuesday October 19, 2010
I really enjoy looking at them, but it's time to start eating them. Frequently. winter squash are ripe, seasonal and cheap everywhere. Can't just keep roasting and baking them, so I just made some squash chips.
Balance: Standing on two feet
Monday October 18, 2010
Seriously. You could slip, trip or otherwise sprain an ankle or end up on your butt later today. And off your feet for six to eight weeks. So take a minute to consider three minutes a day of Balance Training. Just Press Play.
Slower Sunday: One step at a time
October 17, 2010
A couple of days of walking and eating your way through Beijing - the constant noise and perpetual motion really get to you. So you drive three hours to the Great Wall, the "Wild Wall" part at Simatai, and what gets you is . . . tranquility. Press Play. Have a tranquil Sunday.
Pizza 102: Toss It
Saturday October 16, 2010
Welcome, graduates of Pizza 101. You've made your own dough, you've rolled out your crusts with a rolling pin and ... you're beginning to feel, like, one with your dough. It's time to put away the pin and learn to spin.
The Walk That Ate Beijing
Friday October 15, 2010
Could be an all-day 18-mile hike. Could be a 4-mile spin around the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Could walk a mile inside the Farmers Market or through 4,000 cypress trees to get to Heaven. Whichever way you turn, this is a delicious way to see the sights while you burn way more calories than you consume.
A Week's Worth
Thursday October 14, 2010
Some things just bring out the best in so many other things. Take soffrito. Or salsa verde. I did. Every day for a week. These sauces give you huge flavors and time-saving meal planning. Or let you eat really well with no planning at all. Make a batch - use it all week.
Pear Tarte Tatin
Wednesday October 13, 2010
Delicious in the extreme. Less than $3 for a spectacular dessert from your own oven. A half hour preparation. Bakes while you're eating dinner. Makes your entire home smell edible. Exercise enough self control to have leftovers, you get a killer breakfast the next morning, too.
Tuesday October 12, 2010
I was staring at a bunch of bright orange ones - and thinking about baking my first Carrot Cake. When I got distracted by the idea of carrot pancakes. Savory, like potato pancakes, but with carrots. They're big, sweet, everywhere and cheap right now. And jam-packed with Vitamin A.
Better Cheaper Stronger: Lateral Raises
Monday October 11, 2010
We've been exercising your arm, shoulder and chest muscles. Now we'll strengthen your back with some Lateral Raises. No fancy weight machines. Just a resistance tube or a couple of small hand weights. I can tell you feel stronger just thinking about it.
Slower Sunday: The Slow Boat
October 10, 2010
I took The Walk That Ate Venice. Six hours, twelve miles, saw it all. Took the streets, the piazzas, up and down the ancient stairs. Really cool stairs. But now it's Sunday. Take the Slow boat. A two-minute vacation in a different time and place. Just Press Play.
Columbus discovers corn and peppers
Saturday October 09, 2010
This year I'm celebrating with a Pepper Polenta Pizza. Sweet corn. Sweet and hot peppers. I think Columbus would have liked this. More than 500 years later, it's still just two dollars for a great meal.
The Walk That Ate Venice
Friday October 08, 2010
A calorie-free taste of Venice that's a great orientation tour. 12 miles (20km), six hours. Burn 2,000+ calories. Eat well, but not too much. Some fruit at the Market. Great pastries, gelato; delicious cicchetti. Less than 1,500. Way to see Venice.
Salsa Verde CSA
Thursday October 07, 2010
Deeply delicious and made from very fresh organic ingredients. Takes: 20 minutes and $3.40 to make. Gives: 20 ounces of salsa that will elevate fish, chicken, vegetable and egg dishes to pretty authentic Mexican masterpieces.
Collard Greens: Smoky Two Ways
Wednesday October 06, 2010
If the incredibly cheap and healthful collard green hasn't been part of your life, you just haven't been smoking the right stuff. Here's how to light up this dark, leafy green. Two delicious, aromatic ways: one vegan, one with bacon.
Ripe Now: Striped Beet Salad
Tuesday October 05, 2010
A delicious and beautiful vegetable course. Takes: less than ten minutes and two dollars. Gives: two huge portions or four smaller side portions; a lot of vitamins B and C and dietary fiber.
Better Cheaper Stronger: Shoulder Press
Monday October 04, 2010
We've been strengthening your arm and chest muscles. Now we'll work on your shoulders with some Alternating Shoulder Presses. No bench, no barbell. Just a resistance tube or a couple of small hand weights. I can tell you feel stronger just thinking about it.
Slower Sunday Colors
October 03, 2010
The leaves are starting to show those washed out, late summer army camouflage colors. Better washed out than fallen, I guess. But not as good as bright and colorful. Press Play. Slow Forward to a brilliant start for a Sunday.
Velvet Butter Sage Sauce
Saturday October 02, 2010
Delicious. Takes about three minutes. The ingredients: water, butter, sage (or any other fresh herb). Grow your own herbs, don't use too much butter - it's Cheap. It's Better than any melted butter thing you've ever done.
The Walk That Ate New York, Part 2
Friday October 01, 2010
Wherever you are, you can make a great, all-day Exercising & Eating Extravaganza where you burn way more calories than you consume. Do it on a sunny day and get some free Vitamin D. If you're in New York, try my 6- or 14-mile trail.