Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Special Die(t)

I could have died when I got the word from my dietitian yesterday: NO restaurant or take-out food for one month after discharge. I'll have to continue my quest for the best dim sum, Chinese tea house and banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich on fresh-baked baguette) in the San Gabriel Valley after Christmas.

As a consolation prize, my Taiwan-born foodie-dietitian has promised to write down HER recommendations in two of the categories, along with a list of her favorite food bloggers. (In the San Gabriel Valley, it seems that the best food bloggers are Asian-Americans in their 20s or 30s.)

I will be allowed to have restaurant tea, as long as it's hot. (Dr. Forman had given me permission last week to bring in passion fruit tea from Au 79. Had he realized that the tea was iced and included bits of fresh fruit, it would have been a no-no. Oops.) My dietitian recommends (and permits) the Tea Station's almond green tea (green tea with hot almond milk.) Friends: Get ready for a lot of field trips with me to Alhambra, Arcadia, San Gabriel and Temple City for tea.

The good news is that I am permitted home-cooked food, as long as my healthy friends can attest that the vegetables and fruits were well washed and that the food was not contaminated with coughs or sneezes.

I think I know someone who makes a killer sweet potato pie. I'll bet it will taste great with almond tea.

15 comments:

Lilli said...

I'm back in the land of healthy and interesting food once again after seven days in the Midwest. Tea with almond milk sounds awesome. I'll be happy to pick that up for you.

Regarding clean veggies, you and your cooks might want to make up a vinegar/water mixture to have handy. Apparently, this is the best way to clean fresh produce according to Cook's Illustrated magazine. You can find out more at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14540742.

Susan Carrier said...

Thanks for the link, Lilli. I'm definitely going to use this simple bacteria-killing method, especially since I'll be permitted to eat fresh fruits and veggies when I get home.

Mrs. Duck said...

Don would love it if we couldn't go out to eat. He thinks only home made food is healthy. But you have my sympathy. I guess there's a bright side to it being the holidays, though: lots of people will be baking, so you'll have a steady supply of yummy home baked treats. Do you like gingerbread? Don always makes a big batch of ginger bread men and women for Christmas. We'll bring some by for you!

Susan Carrier said...

Yum! Bring on the gingerbread!

janet aird said...

Sounds to me like you're getting your appetite back.

Susan Carrier said...

What I have now is an intellectual appetite - a mental obsession with food. The real thing is sure to follow soon.

suzy keleher said...

How are you "intellectually" with great grandma's duck dinner carefully prepared and accompanied with apple dressing and mashed potates with gravy, green beans and Christmas salad of apples and grapes and marshmellows? for 3? we could deliver on a weekend day anytime in DEC...if duck goes against your grain, I could change it to turkey breast...Love, Suze looking forward to the food blog

Karen said...

Gads, Susan! If that iced tea had made you sick I'd never have forgiven myself! :-(

I figured he gave you the A-okay because of the tannic acid in the tea or something. And I had no idea there was fruit in it - I thought it was just liquid.

Susan Carrier said...

Karen, it just goes to show my lack of food awareness. I thought that I had really become in touch with what I put in my mouth, but I guess I just guzzled those passion fruit iced teas.

Donnie and Janet came the day after you, and I nursed their iced tea gift to the max. It was then that I realized, "Oh, sh**. This has fresh fruit in it!"

Suze, my mouth started watering when I read the description of the duck dinner. Could that mean my appetite is moving from my head to my stomach? The meal would be a supreme treat.

Piper Robert said...

Roast duck, apple dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy.......hey Suze, what time do we eat?

Sue, does oyster dressing sound appealing yet? Forget the turkey, give me the oyster dressing with gravy.

My favorite sandwich is cold turkey, salt and pepper, Miracle Whip on whole wheat. On turkey, IMHO, gotta have Miracle Whip.

BTW, when was the last time you had a real mincemeat pie? Remember the time we cleaned the hog's head for mincemeat and Dad took the hog's eye out and scared you? You screamed like a smashed cat. : )

The Allen's made another big batch of apple butter.......the best, the very best. I've got a pint in the fridge. Nice dark brown color with just the right amount of cinnamon. Very labor intensive to make, but the results are wonderful.

How'd we get on the subject of food?

Susan Carrier said...

Robert, we really have different tastes in food. Mother always made the oyster dressing for you, but I liked mine without the bivalves.

And I hope to never eat minced meat pie again. Speaking of the pig head, remember how much Jamsie loved the pig tongue? He gobbled it down like chocolate.

The Allen's apple butter must be yummy.

SAMO Calling said...

Eek! Don't let Mrs Duck read about Roast Duck!

suzy keleher said...

I just have to wonder what my coworkers think of me giggling away every morning when I check the blog! Piper, i would love to have you and yours over for duck dinner! You too, Mrs Duck! Well heck, anybody on team Susan for that matter! But Susan and her dear ones come first...So happy...Love you, Susan. Prayers and Peace of the Season, Suze

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