Food For Thought

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Food For Thought

Basic rules from one developing foodie to another.

1) Just add cheese.

2) Be adventurous.  The other night I tried skate for the first time, and it tasted like the best thing I’ve ever eaten.  For those of you who don’t know, and I didn’t, but luckily I had a very educated bartender, who explained skate as similar to a sting ray, but with a texture similar to scallops.  I loooove scallops, so I was all in, and it was served with this delicious sea urchin sauce, veggies, and salmon roe to top it off.  Every bite was great.  By the way, I had no idea that another wing of skate was hidden under all those beautiful veggies…such a delicious surprise to have more of it.  I hate to sound cheesy, but it was really like an orchestra of flavors accenting each other.  The salmon roe was the icing on the cake, and isn’t that portion impressive for a $24 dollar meal?  Color me very impressed.  And well fed.  Thanks to Owen and Engine, and much thanks to the bartender who suggested it.

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Also, take chances in the kitchen.  It’s fun to try new recipes, even if they flop.  And it’s fun just to follow your instincts and throw ingredients together.  Last night I walked through the organic goods aisle in my grocery store and came across this bag of dark chocolate covered pretzel thins, for $5.99.  I picked it up off the shelf.  I examined the bag, checked the calories and the amount of servings in the bag…3. I thought, “If I go home and eat this six dollar bag of pretzel thins I will not be happy with myself.  And I guarantee I’ll still be hungry.”  So I moseyed over to the baking aisle and picked up a bag of dark chocolate chips, and snagged a bag of pretzels from the snack aisle.  I went home and winged it, to end up with this amazing salted caramel, dark chocolate pretzel bark.  It’s messy and imperfect, but damn it tastes good.  And I have enough to feed all of my coworkers! Seriously, I made enough for like 1o people, and it cost less than six bucks.  I got creative with the crust – it’s pretzels, crushed walnuts, graham cracker crumbs, and chia seeds covered in caramel, dark and semisweet chocolate, and topped with pink Himalayan sea salt.  Yum!  You get the point.

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3) Try it more than once.  I read something once about how your taste buds change as you get older, and it must be true because I’m living proof.  Growing up my diet consisted of chicken fingers, mac ‘n cheese, and Reese’s.  There was no debating about it, and I would cry and gag at the thought of eating vegetables.  Gasp! I know.  Anyone who knows me now knows how excited I get about trying new foods (cue my rant about skate above).  Even with things I still have a distaste for, like avocados weirdly, I still keep trying to eat them in different dishes to learn to acquire a liking for them.  It works, I promise.  The more you try something the more you like it.  Or you just hate it and there’s no fixing that.  But generally it works.

4) Treat yo’ self.  Go out and try fancy places and order nice, maybe pricey dishes that you want to try.  Justify it in the budget as necessary culinary experience.  It tastes so good.  Food sustains your life and provides you with energy and happiness.  You deserve the best.  Repeat mantra.

5) Share it with others.  This is my favorite thing to do!! Finding the best food, or making it, and sharing it with people so they can experience the same amazing flavor feels so good.  I love watching a smile and wide eyes spread across someone’s face who appreciates my baking.  And it’s so fun to go to cool, new restaurants with friends and try things together.  Cue a consensus of phones taking foodie pics before devouring.

On that note, check out my instagram @sunnysdelight for my recommended restaurants and recipes (#alliteration).

Eat happy,

Chelsea

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