Friday, May 30, 2008

Comfort Zones

By Heather

I ventured outside my comfort zone this week. My culinary comfort zone.

Last Saturday I made fresh steamed asparagus with Hollandaise sauce, and last night I tackled fresh broccoli. Both, until this week, had either been bought from a can or in a frozen plastic bag.

What, you might ask, prompted this sudden change?

Do any of you watch You Are What You Eat on BBC America?

After a month or so of watching this show, my British lingo has increased (crisps! fizzy drinks!) but also my guilt at not eating more fresh fruits and veg. The show focuses on using healthy, natural foods to lose weight, but the overall message was one with which I needed to come to terms. Which is basically: junk food=bad, organic=good.

I’ve yet to ditch my fizzy drinks (Dr Pepper) and yeah, the Hollandaise doesn’t quite fit in with the whole healthy menu ideal of the show, but I’m taking baby steps. I’m good with apples and oranges, but am still scared of sweet potatoes (I know, I know) and rhubarb…