Watch it wiggle

May 1, 2011

Remember those Jello commercials from way back in the day, with that memorable little song: “Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle, cool and fruity, Jello brand gelatin…?”

Today is Seattle’s second spring-like sunny day this year. As such, it required poking around to see what less-than-winter-weight clothing choices I could find in my closet. I doggedly tried on dozens of items which had been in our “summer closet” for the last 18 months or so. Afterwards, suffice it to say that my thoughts were filled with Jello.

My outlook brightened considerably, however, when I ran across this video of Jello cubes bouncing in slow motion (Thanks, @Foodista!). After all, if my jiggly belly could somehow manage to look half as graceful and mesmerizing as it bounces around as these shimmering Jello cubes do, I have no reason to view it with such disappointment, do I? I wonder if painting it a rich shade of burgundy would help…

via Foodista

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I’ve had this conversation myself (from both sides, I am embarrassed to admit, at some time or another!)… It’s kind of long, but hilarious! “That crap is white water!” ¡Cómo nos engañamos!

Savory Cherry Compote!

June 2, 2010

Holy cow, this looks and sounds delicious. Here in the Pacific Northwest, cherries are beginning to appear at roadside stands. Both my dear F and I love them as-is, but I think my purist streak has just ended with “a quick and easy savory compote made with fresh cherries, walnuts, rosemary, and shallots in a wine reduction.”
I can’t wait to try this!

* 3 Tbsp olive oil
* 2 Tbsp minced shallots (can sub red onion)
* 2 1/2 cups pitted cherries, quartered
* 1 cup walnuts, chopped
* 1 Tsp minced rosemary
* Salt and pepper to taste
* 1/4 cup Port, red wine, cassis, or cherry juice (or water)
* 1 Tbsp honey

Method

1 Heat the olive oil in a pan in a frying pan on medium high heat. Add the shallots and sauté until they just begin to color on the edges, about 2-3 minutes. Stir a few times while they’re cooking.

2 Add the walnuts, rosemary and cherries and stir everything to combine. Turn the heat down to medium and cook until the cherries are soft, about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a little black pepper and taste for salt.

3 Pour in the Port, wine or cassis and the honey, and stir again. Boil this down slowly until the softening cherries and the liquid cook down to a syrupy texture.

Makes a couple cups, enough to accompany meat dish for 4 to 6 people. Serve with pork chops, pork tenderloin, seared duck breasts, or baked chicken.

via Simply Recipes

Amazing post-Zumba miso soup

February 17, 2010

Feast your eyes, folks – quick, easy, delicious, AND nutritious!

By the time I arrived home from the gym, I still hadn’t stopped sweating. I needed to eat something and to hydrate, so I did what any gal dining solo would have done in my place – I whipped up a miracle supper in (no kidding) about 8 minutes flat!

1. Fill the electric tea kettle and turn on to begin heating.
2. Put around a tablespoon of dried wakame seaweed into cold water to re-hydrate.
3. Dice 1/2 a shallot (or could use onion), two cloves of garlic, and a thumb-sized piece of (peeled) ginger.
4. Finely slice 1/2 a carrot.
4. Put a small saucepan on the stove and heat about a tablespoon of oil. Once hot, stir in the veggies and cook for about 1-2 minutes.
5. Water should be hot by now, pour about 2 cups in with the veggies and bring to a simmer.
6. Stir in 1-2 tbsp of miso paste (I used red).
7. Stir in 1-2 tbsp of nut butter (I used sunflower seed).
8. Simmer for another minute or so. Stir rapidly.
9. Crack an egg into the soup while the water is still spinning around, tornado style.
10. Squeeze out the seaweed to drain, and add to your soup.

Enjoy! Delicious and nutritious!
And add some red chile flakes if you like – I forgot them in my haste to eat…

Cute video of squirrel monkeys enjoying an enrichment activity involving Jell-o containing blueberries.

Surely, it must be significant that the monkeys demonstrate no interest whatsoever in the Jell-o, going straight for the “good stuff” and tossing the gelatinous bits aside without a second glance…This makes me consider – again – the true nutritional value of some of the things we put in our body…Sugar-free Jell-o is a “free” WW food, at zero points…Maybe a nice piece of fruit would actually be a smarter option?

via Serious Eats

If you’re like us, you’ve arrived at baggage claim after a flight only to feel a piercing fury at the sight of your brand new, just-bought-for-this-trip suitcase coming around the baggage carousel, pummeled into an unrecognizable, shapeless, grease-streaked mess.

Well, here’s a fun video that certainly could be interpreted as a product endorsement by folks like me who are desperate to have a suitcase that lasts more than 3 plane rides. It consists of 5 suitcases, some melons, and an elephant, all together in the name of science! Enjoy!

via Urlesque

This might help motivate us all to eat little better after the holiday season’s excessive food-related debauchery!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

via Serious Eats