Our Pace is All Wrong

About a week ago, I pulled The Pace of Provence off my bookshelf. I bought the cookbook several years ago and remembered I hadn't used it in a while. It's a fascinating book written by a French woman who lives in Seattle. She is also a nutritionist. Her recipes are traditional, healthy and very tasty. All of her meals have been adapted to be low in fat and heart healthy.

With the South of France as my inspiration, we dined happily on Halibut with Honey & Oranges, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Glazed Carrots. OK, so I bought the brussels sprouts at Whole Foods, but I made the rest! I could write a whole post on the new Whole Foods in Austin. It's sensational. But, I digress...

The premise of Yolande Matore Hoisington’s cookbook is the pace and leisure in which the French honor their meals. Perfectly balanced and enjoyed as a slow ritual, it is striking how opposite our eating habits are in America. Meals are on the go, super-sized and processed. Even if you don’t frequent fast-food joints (my kids still think McDonald’s is the farm with ‘eieio’ animals), processed food is the major culprit. So, I’m not going to lecture, I’ll die of hypocrisy if I do. I’m just going to try to peel back the onion (so to speak) and keep meals natural and wholesome for my family. It won’t be easy. My kids have been asking for months now why they can’t have lunchables at school. The temptations are great which is why a market such as Whole Foods is so handy. It takes the guess work out of wondering what’s good and what’s fake.

In the meantime, it was a simple pleasure to dine with my family tonight. The children ate all their halibut (DD ate part of mine too!) and the glazed carrots were the second best I’ve ever had. My dear friend Claire made some a few years ago that were better. CFT – if you read this, please post the recipe. And, Whole Foods makes the best damned roasted brussels sprouts. OK so they are the only brussels sprouts I’ve ever had.

Here’s a healthy tip….I’ve been drinking a hot apple cider vinegar concoction every night: 1 cup hot water, 1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother) and 1 TBS honey. Read the benefits…can’t hurt.


I’ll end tonight’s post with a case in point. My DS (almost 6) protested going to kindergarten today. He wanted to play with his toys. He was tired. He never got to spend enough time alone with me. My fingers couldn’t dial the school office fast enough. We had the best hooky day! We went for a walk, he helped me pick out the eggplant and oranges at Whole Foods and we snuggled on the couch just for fun. It was a pace that couldn’t be duplicated every day or nothing would be accomplished. Or would it?


ramonasmom said...

Here's the carrot recipe, from Mark Bittman's "The Minimalist Cooks Dinner."

1 lb carrots, cut into 1/2" or 1" chunks (or just buy a pound bag of baby peeled carrots)
2 T butter
Chopped parsley, chervil or mint
Zest of one orange or lemon

1. Combine carrots in saucepan with pinch of salt. Add water to half cover carrots. Add butter, cover pan, turn heat to medium high.
2. Simmer until carrots are nearly tender, about 20 min. Uncover; much of the water will have evaporated. Continue to cook until carrots are shiny; if they threaten to burn, add 1-2 T water. Add zest in the last 5 minutes. Garnish with chopped herbs.

amamgets said...

Okay, so the churros I fried for the girls last night prob'ly wouldn't be in this cookbook?

so-- my word verification is 'momdkl', which is a combo of 'mom' and 'obstacle'.

This is what we must be when the babies are running for the street-- Momdkls! Or headed for a trainwreck. Or dating a really mean person.

yolande M. Hoisington said...

What a nice surprise! I am Yolande and the author of Pace of Provence and I love your blog, what a nice concept!
Here is an article that was published two days ago and that you might enjoy:
Thanks again for your nice comments and i would be happy to hear from you. (email on my website)