Macrobiotic salads & avocado smoothies to sell your clean-living soul for…

WARNING…this article contains nothing fried or frosted.

If the last post’s content of so-deliciously-messy-I-must-gobble-them-immediately-in-a-most-unladylike-fashion tacos, milkshakes so molten-candy thick you can feel them filling your veins with sweetness, and crisply dunkable sweet potato fries has left you craving something fresher and greener, relax. Take a deep yogic style breath, salute the sun and give thanks for the literary menu here today which responds only to words like ‘clean’, ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ and which will leave you feeling brighter-eyed, rosier cheeked & bushier tailed than the love child of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jillian Michaels.

Welcome to the very LA side of the LA dining scene…

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Pinterest; good for more than just dream homes, pugs in pumps and hair you can never recreate…

Pinterest. You either love it or hate it. There’s no in between here because like Adam Sandler movies, cake for breakfast or Crocs, you’re either a fan or you’re not. If you are a lover of the aspirational lifestyles that drift across thousands of boards, you’ll know that you can find anything on there and if you’re not, well apart from seriously missing out, you’d be surprised at how much you can find on there.

One of the biggest topics for pinning is undoubtedly food and take it from one who knows, if you don’t learn when to put the phone down and join the three dimensional people outside, it can overwhelm you. You want sweet treats? Ok how about cookies. Yeah, we like cookies. Oh cool, there are, like, 10’000 types of cookie. So pretty. Oh wow, each type has 15’000 recipes for it. Oh…my…each recipe links back to 20’000 different boards…can’t…stop…

…and before you know it? Your hand looks like Chandler’s claw, you have a migraine from all the pictures flashing in front of your eyes and your boyfriend is suggesting that maybe it’s time to stop. Note to self: at that point, it really is time to admit that you’ll never reach the end of that board and a little fresh air might be good.

Anyhow, that entirely fictitious scenario aside, Pinterest was the source for today’s dinner, a mash up of what was on the recipe and what was in my fridge. On the lovely website http://www.mydailymorsel.com you can find a cracking recipe for salmon with white beans and kale. I was on a bit of a kale kick recently searching for a million and one ways to incorporate it into our food and wouldn’t you know it, Pinterest gave me dozens of kale related categories – I stopped counting at 35 – and approximately 93’712 ways in which I could jump on board the kale train and check into first class and with this dinner, that’s exactly what we did because it was fabulous.

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Full on feasting at the altar of Chipotle…

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What do the Culinary Institute of American and the fast Mexican food chain Chipotle have in common? The first produced the man who produced the second.

Steve Ells started Chipotle in 1993 after attending the renowned US cooking school and completing a subsequent stint as a line cook in San Francisco, an area infamous for burritos especially in the Mission district and you know what? The more I learn about both Steve and his ethos, the more I like. For instance, did you know that they only have 5 items on the menu because Ells believes that ‘it’s important to keep the menu focused, because if you do just a few things, you can ensure that you do them better than anybody else.’

I. Love. That.

Seriously, in a world where growth often come at a cost, be it financial or ethical, isn’t this kind of a great thing to believe? That it’s better to be known for being the best at one or two, or in Steve’s case five things, rather than being just ok at thirty?

Or how about this for a fact with which to dazzle your peers – did you know that there are no freezers, microwaves or tin openers in any Chipotle kitchen? So wait, if you can’t freeze it, reheat it or get it from a can, where does it come from? It’s fresh! Woo hoo!

Now I’m not going to go all out and suggest that a burrito a day is the way forward (although my inner fatty is just taking a moment now to imagine how freaking fabulous that would be) because burritos are large. I mean seriously big. Often the size of your arm, sometimes the size of a 6 month old baby, with the potential to deliver 1000+ calories per portion it’s not like they’re pushing spinach or blueberries off their superfood podia BUT let’s remember that just as there are bad calories, there are also good and anything that has beans, onions, peppers, avocado, lean meat and brown rice in it can’t be all bad.

Plus, and don’t even get me started on personal accountability although it looks like it might be too late for that, aren’t we all big enough and ugly enough to take on board the facts and make a decision for ourselves? Yes, if you eat a burrito a day you will end up being very large, very uncomfortable and not someone to stand upwind of but that would be your choice. YOUR CHOICE. Y’know how Chris Rock said that guns don’t kill people, bullets do? That’s kind of how I feel about food. Everything in moderation people. Coca Cola and Krispy Kreme won’t kill you but ingesting excessive amounts of their most calorific, fate and sugar laden products might. What you put into your body is your choice and yes, it might be bad for you but it didn’t force its way in like Watson’s nightmare cake scene from the ‘Young Sherlock Holmes’ now did it? Read More