What do food bloggers REALLY eat?
Because I am currently following the Weightwatchers Flexplan programme I am forced to keep a record of absolutely everything that I consume. This may seem tiresome to most people, but I actually find it totally fascinating to be able to look back over my dietary intake from week to week. I am certain that most people who love food, love to write about it and are keen to share their favourite food finds online also spend time eating things they prefer not to admit to.
So I wondered whether I might dare to actually admit publicly to everything I ate in the last week. Why not, I concluded. Afterall, if I hope that my readers respect my opinions about grub, why shouldn't I lay my eating patterns on the line? The upside, for me, is that because I am currently being a little bit more careful about trying to eat healthily my food diary is slightly more respectful than it would be during more self-indulgent periods.
Without further ado, here is a list of everything I ate in the last week. Do you dare to share your food diary too? If you do, let me know!
One slice of homemade wholewheat toast spread with a little avocado and juice of lime topped with one cup of pepper cress | At the work canteen - one cup of chicken noodle soup and a salad of lettuce, carrots, mushrooms and peas | One bowl of homemade watercress soup, another slice of toast and avocado, half a glass of red wine, Romaine salad with 1.5 rashers of Fatted Calf bacon, parmesan and vinaigrette, quarter cup of Blackberry Cabernet sorbet.
One Kiwi fruit | One bowl of homemade watercress soup and one slice of homemade wholewheat toast spread with a little avocado and juice of lime topped with one cup of pepper cress | Half a fatted calf Calabrese sausage, homemade roasted pepper and potato stew, a glass of red wine.
One Kiwi fruit | One bowl of homemade watercress soup and one slice of homemade wholewheat toast spread with a little avocado and juice of lime topped with one cup of pepper cress | An evening spent with Amy, first at Jack Falstaff for the launch of the Plumpjack Cookbook: one filo, mushroom truffle canape, one salami canape one chicken canape, one glass of white wine and then at Coco500 half a mushroom truffle flatbread, half a mixed salad with anchovies, half a vacherin dessert and another glass of white wine.
One slice of homemade wholewheat toast spread with a little avocado and juice of lime, one third of a Sofitel croissant | homemade roasted pepper and potato stew and a kiwi | Half a homemade mushroom and parmesan pizza, a glass of red wine and quarter of a cup of blackberry cabernet sorbet.
Hmm, the start of the weekend, this is where it gets dangerous. One third of a croissant, a couple of thin slivers of Fatted Calf saucisson sec | Egg raita, a slice of homemade wholemeal toast with a little butter and June Taylor Apricot Almond butter | In the evening at a Buca di Beppo dinner hosted by Fred's employers: One peach bellini, two negronis, a glass of red wine, modest spoonfuls of the following - mixed salad, calamari, pasta alfredo and tiramisu plus a small slice of margherita pizza. A nightcap at Oola - one "Drunken Tom Collins".
A very fun trip to the farmer's market with Alice Q Foodie: Four pieces of an Out the Door Spring Roll with spicy peanut dipping sauce | 4 Eclipse Chocolat truffles (a kind gift from Alice) | In the evening an impromptu invitation to dinner at the home of our kick-ass friends Jeanne and Brian who cooked us a Millennium Cookbook extravaganza: A salad of cherry tomatoes and radish topped with radicchio and figs grilled on a rosemary skewer, white bean and sausage* filo parcels on a bed of polenta with a mushroom sauce and brocolli rabe, homemade blackberry jam ice cream. A lot of red wine and a little moscato d'Asti too. (*Millennium is vegan but Jeanne used a real, meaty sausage instead).
A lump of Beaufort d'Alpage cheese | At Zuni cafe with Keiko and Matthew, Elise, Shuna, Brett & Namita, Celia and Fred: A soupcon of anchovy with celery, olives and cheese, a spoonful of grapefruit with pomegranate and honey, some Acme pain au Levain with butter, a glass of champagne, poached egg with cranberry beans and early girl and avocado toast, one whole caramel pot de creme all to myself and no sharing. For dinner tonight I am going to finish off the week with some homemade carrot soup.
So, that's my food week, what's yours?
PS My friend Jeanne is not just a fabulous cook. She also designs gorgeous clothes. With six other independent bay area designers Jeanne has organised a 'Hip for the Holidays' sale on Sunday, November 19, from 12-6pm at Canvas Gallery & Café (9th and Lincoln in SF). Check it out.
PPS - thanks to both Alice and Keiko for both bringing me lovely presents and to Elise for the homegrown pomegranate which was part of a bounty intended for a certain pastry chef, but which Shuna very kindly shared with everyone around.