One of my favourite parts of my summertime life of leisure is spending time in the kitchen (especially now that I have one). I’m slowly expanding my culinary repertoire and am learning what I like and what I don’t.
For the past few years I’ve slowly been making the switch (along with many health-conscious and quality-conscious foodies) from low-fat, low calorie foods to their full-fat, Julia-Child-Approved counter parts. I knew the pendulum was swinging that way, but it wasn’t until I picked up The LooneySpoons Collection (Janet & Greta Podleski’s latest cookbook) that somebody explained it clearly for me.
Janet and Greta are hometown heroines around South Western Ontario. They’ve sold over 2 million copies of their low-fat cookbooks, scored their own Food Network show, and were even featured in People magazine. They pulled their best-selling cookbooks from shelves a few years back, despite awesome sales, and describe their reasoning in the new book:
“Despite the overwhelmingly positive response [to our cookbooks], we made the tough decision a few years back to take both cookbooks out of print. […] It bothered us that some of the nutrition information in our cookbooks was outdated and, in some cases, outright wrong (based on newer studies). for example, back then, fats were classified as “evil” and we were encouraged by experts to drastically cut back on fat consumption, yet they didn’t make a distinction between what are now known as “good fats” (avocados, nuts, seeds, salmon, etc.) and “bad fats” (hydrogenated and trans fats). We were advised to out ALL fats, which, of course, were replaced by carbs, mostly of the white, refined variety. [vii]”
I would add another thing we’ve replaced good fats with: additives. Full-fat yogurt is delicious. Fat-free is full of aspartame, sucralose, and a bunch of other things I can’t pronounce.
So, as part of my back-to-fat transition, I’ve prepared a list of my…
Top 3 Favourite Ways to Bring Back the Fat*
1. Dairy: FFD and I recently made the permanent change to real butter. Hooray! (This is where Julia Child would be proud). I also have always preferred regular Activia over fat-free. And FFD is a believer in regular sour cream. Which I don’t think I’d ever realllly tried before I moved in with him. He also loves cheese (which makes me realize that “FFD” is also an acronym for Full Fat Dairy). The bottom line here: they taste like real food. Also, who knew that so many real dairy products were solids, and not runny? (this reminds me of little A, because I know she sometimes strains her yogurt, which is weird).
I’ve even found a recipe to make my own butter (http://themuddykitchen.com/2012/06/15/my-big-fat-homemade-butter/ ). Can you imagine!? Homemade butter on homemade bread! To think! (Maybe if I’m gifted with courage and a KitchenAid mixer).
2. Oil: I love Olive Oil! I like dipping bread in it. I like making salad dressing with it. I use it in my bread recipes. [As a side note, I’ve heard that it loses a lot of it’s health properties when you cook with it on the stove top (and even if you store it near a heat source), so I’ll try using butter in hot pans from now on.]
3. Meat: I’m not afraid. Bring on the red meat. Bring on the dark meat. Bring on the bacon! As far as I’m concerned, it translates to “Bring on the flavour”. Ya! You heard me! Everything in moderation and yada yada yada, but seriously, boneless skinless chicken thighs are a lot cheaper than breasts, and they’re not bad for you! And how much more “back-to-nature” can you get than a steak on the BBQ? It’s as if my paleolithic ancestors are calling to me! So throw caution to the wind, and eat meat (sometimes)!!
*Please note that none of this is based on much research other than daytime television health segments and quick Google searches. I just feel better eating things with labels that have words in them that I recognize.
Now back to refinishing furniture…