|Food for thought|
|Thursday, 22 December 2016|
by Don Bingham
The holidays were wonderful, but hurried, sometimes stressful and fattening. As the housemaid in the Broadway musical “MAME” proclaimed, “I opened a new window.” Many opened a few too many windows and maybe doors, as well, and now is the time to regroup, reflect, restart, refresh, reboot and return to some form of discipline! It does not mean we cannot entertain or enjoy the offerings of the culinary arts. It does, however, encourage us to land on the side of moderation and the need for stress-less preparation and serving.
January is the month to try quietening exercises, spending time alone, reading, looking forward to the new year’s goals – checking in on long-range plans and taking care of one’s self. One of my workers recently exhorted me with the fact that I was so busy there was not time for a five minute conversation with anyone that was not in the flow of the next event! They were basically correct! That having been said, I look forward to refocusing on those relationships that need a “five minute conversation,” slowing down the “monkeys that jump from limb to limb in my mind” and try all the relaxing techniques that are guaranteed to work!
I’ve enjoyed some of the 2017 suggestions for restart, such as buy a cabin in the woods, purchase a phoneless cord, do a fast from technology for a week, schedule weekly massages, etc. All of these may not be practical, but entertaining!
The following recipes are possible encouragements, comfort foods, time savers, and could be a welcome change from all of the overindulging we may have done during the holiday season.
It’s time to dine sensibly again. Be balanced in meals and meal times. I have once again become a regular to the Big and Tall Store – we are personal friends again, which is never a good sign. I am currently facing the “enjoy the holidays” phase, but I feel the winds of the “depressed” phase coming and I know the “temptation to fast until Easter” will follow – so I share with our readers some of our favorite January recipes! As you meditate on your plan of action, these dishes might be an encouragement to you! And, congratulations to those who are still in your favorite “daisy-dukes” and skinny jeans!
Crispy Cheese Wafers
1 pound cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
1 pound large shrimp, unpeeled
Recognized throughout the state as an accomplished chef, Don Bingham has authored cookbooks, presented television programs and planned elaborate events. Today, he is the administrator for the Governor’s Mansion.