It’s funny how all my well-meaning efforts to eat healthier are suddenly trounced by a single haphazard option. Like with this particular lunch, for instance.
Observe. Fresh asparagus spears, stir-fried in a little olive oil and lots of garlic. Fresh veggie, check. Healthy oil option, check. Lots of garlic—definitely good for the heart. Check. Followed by shrimps in soy sauce. While shrimp may be a bit high in cholesterol, it’s low in saturated fat so it’s still a better choice over, say beef or pork. Plus, I cooked it in very little oil so that’s still a plus.
And then my rice. Organic brown rice must be good for you. Right? RIGHT? Watch me fail as I take leftover organic brown rice, uber healthy for its high fiber content, and saute it with a little bit of ALIGUE! Aligue is the fatty crab coral (the spongy solid, orange part) and crab butter (the yellow fat under the shell). Uber loaded with cholesterol, this deadly delight is so rich and flavorful and I’d gladly suffer later, if only to please my tastebuds for the moment. All my efforts to be healthy, traded for one glorioius tablespoonful of Claude Tayag’s Taba ng Talangka (Fat from tiny shore crabs). Ah heaven.
Sometimes, you really just need to throw caution to the wind and live for the moment, don’t you?
Asparagus in Olive Oil v. 2 March 2009
A couple of Asparagus Spears, cut into 2-3 inch stalks
Finely minced garlic
1. Heat olive oil in a shallow frying pan.
2. Add garlic. Saute until fragrant but not yet browned.
3. Add asparagus. Saute until bright green in color but not overcooked. If you’re not used to cooking asparagus, it’s best to try a piece. It should be crisp to the bite but not raw.
Note: Based on Garlicky Ashinaga Broccoli in Olive Oil
Squid in Soy Sauce v. 2 March 2009
100 grams shrimp, shelled and deveined
2 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
½ Tbsp cooking wine
½ Tbsp oil
½ Tbsp spring onions, chopped
½ Tbsp ginger, julienned
1. Mix together sugar, soy sauce, cooking wine, spring onions and ginger.
2. Put oil in a pan. Saute shrimp in oil until it begins to become pink.
3. Add the prepared sauce, making sure to saute quickly to coat the shrimp well.