Friday, January 3, 2014

Our motivation and tools

We started down a path last year (2012, actually) of being more conscientious of where our food came from, and eating as little processed foods as possible for us and the kids. This was after Audrey and I watched Food, Inc. After this eye-opening documentary, we eliminated processed foods (with the exception of oils and sugar) from the house, and started buying all of our meat and dairy products either from the Farmer's Market or from the most humane sources (as far as we could determine) at H-E-B, Central Market and Whole Foods.

We were happy with this arrangement, but we still had some lingering physiological issues and Audrey didn't feel that she was loosing any weight. Last year, we watched Forks Over Knives, and that changed our lives (we feel) for the better.

Since watching that, we have radically changed everything. Audrey does all of the research, and the kids and I do all of the eating. One thing she has found is that the one nutrient we can't get from a 100% vegan diet is vitamin B12. Knowing that, and knowing how much I enjoy a good burger or steak, we've decided that I can have that about once a month. We make fish or shrimp about once a week, and I still go through about 6 eggs a week, too.

Currently, Audrey's "favorite" author/bloggist is Dreena Burton over at the Plant-Powered Kitchen - we've used a lot of her recipes, and Audrey now owns "Let Them Eat Vegan!". Audrey gets a lot of inspiration from her site, as well as the Forks Over Knives site linked above.

Last night, I mentioned my popcorn maker. The one I have was manufactured by Whirly-Pop for Crate and Barrel, and is about 7 years old. The plastic gears are starting to slip, and a certain female cook (who shall remain nameless) somehow burnt popcorn in it and has coated the interior with gunk I can't remove. I'm replacing it with the new stainless steel model (to go with our brand-spankin' new All-Clad d5 skillets and pots, but that's another post). Popcorn is a staple at our house, and I enjoy making it with this tool. It doesn't use much oil, and the popcorn tastes SO much better than anything that can come out of a microwave (which, incidentally, we don't own).

The other tool that gets used daily in our kitchen is our new Breville Compact Smart Oven toaster oven. After using this for a little over 3 weeks, it's another "Why did we wait so long?" moment - this thing is worlds better than the Krups it replaced.

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