I try to make creative choices for this blog. I like to post recipes that are unexpected. However, I put far less effort into my day-to-day meal making. Like you, I’m busy trying to bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan. I also have the responsibility of a live-in parent-in-law with challenging needs. While the blog represents food I love, my daily meals aren’t Malaysian street food garnished with pickled mustard seeds preceded by labor-intensive appetizers. Most days I opt for simple preparations of whatever lean protein suits my fancy. Which leaves me in a constant struggle to dress that protein up. It also leaves me wondering: does on-the-fly, Warm Tomato Relish count as blog food?
In fact, lean protein topped with a warm tomato relish (containing just a few quality ingredients) begins to sound an awful lot like fancy diet food. Not that there’s anything wrong with the “Spa Diet”. However, I made a choice on this blog to rarely wander into the world of dieting. That’s partly because I understand that the word “diet” is socially-loaded and very personal. We all have different needs. We all have different bodies, and we all have the right to take care of (or not take care of) our bodies as we see fit. However, the main reason I stay away from the subject is because I don’t diet. Or at least I don’t call my predominantly healthy eating choices dieting.
However, if I were to slap a label on my day-to-day dining I would call it a whole food, butter-friendly Mediterranean Diet with some Paleo aspects (I can’t believe I just used the word Paleo on my beautiful blog – insert smiley face here).
Which means I tend to favor lean protein served with wine and dressed up with seasonal goodies. These can include almost any combination of herbs, vegetables, grains, and (even) pasta. The struggle lies in keeping these simple day-to-day meals from being boring.
Which is how I came to the conclusion that even the humblest of lean proteins are best compared to a good pair of jeans – you can dress them up or dress them down. They’re appropriate for that fancy new spa or you can wear them day-to-day just because they’re so easy and comfortable. GREG
Warm Tomato Relish
NOTE: This Warm Tomato Relish is particularly helpful for those days when you open up the fridge and you see a plate of leftover sliced pork tenderloin or chicken staring back at you. You could reheat that pork or chicken but I bet you’d dry it out. This Warm Tomato Relish is just warm enough to bring these (or other lean proteins) back to life.