December 7, 2013

Junk food day

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Two weeks after the last time I hit my new low in terms of weight - and subsequently rebounding after numerous cheat meals - I've finally brought my weight down enough to hit a new low.  I honestly can't remember the last time I weighed this little... probably would have to go back 4 or 5 years, maybe more.

So it was entirely appropriate that once again, I found myself at I Love Lubutin's home for a little gathering.  The last time I was here, my weight had also hit a new low that very morning after jogging, and subsequently bounced up after indulging in yummy food...

I was running errands and arrived pretty late... and I was starving by the time I showed up at the door.  When you're on a diet, you never wanna be at a point where you starve... becos what happens next becomes animal instinct...

The Jabugo Cinco Jotas jamón was taken out of the storage closet and set up on the jamonero once more.  The Worm Supplier brought out 3 different types of knives, and set about carving up the leg...  I did have some jamón, but limited my intake.  Still very tasty and love that sweetness.  Sipped on a glass of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Yellow Label, which I am always happy to drink.

Then it was time to dig into Susan's amazing Thai-style chicken wings.  I cannot begin to tell you how long it's been since I last had deep-fried food like this.  Sure, I've had fried food as part of some cheat meals, but not outright indulgence like this.  Literally finger-licking good.  As I said to the gang, there's a reason why this is the dish that graces the cover of Susan's cookbook.

What came next hasn't happened in at least 4 months.  I ate junk food.  Not just fatty stuff or breaking my no-snack habit for Pierre Hermé's Ispahan macarons like last time, but real junk food.  I discovered some corn potage-flavored Doritos while shopping for food at lunch last week, and immediately snapped up a couple of bags.  I had originally wanted to wait a little longer before breaking into these, since they're good till April 2014, but... I figured today would be as good of a day as any.  These were soooooo goooooood!!  Breaking open the bag releases the aroma of sweet, creamed corn.  Taste-wise they definitely tasted like cream of corn soup, and I found myself unable to stop once I started munching.  The Japanese have outdone themselves!  Gotta go and grab 10 more bags or something...

The Worm Supplier very kindly baked us an apple pie, with Braeburn apples and (hopefully) no worms.

The crust was wonderfully flaky, and probably one of the best I've had in recent memory.  I allowed myself a little bit of crème anglaise, with all the pretty-looking vanilla seeds.  Heaven.

Finally we had some homemade pistachio ice cream, also thanks to the Worm Supplier.  Made with a combination of pistachio oil and pistachio nuts ground by hand, this had to be the most intense pistachio anything I have ever tasted, not just ice cream.  Interestingly, besides the toasted flavors of pistachio nuts - which rendered a slightly bitter taste - there was a distinct fragrance and flavor of almonds that reminded me of marzipan.  Soooo yummy.  And non-diary so.... less fattening??

A very happy way to spend an afternoon.  Everything was off-limits to a diet, but at least I kept the portions in check...

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