Squid and Eighth Page

June 28, 2011

Two topics today – one about seafood, and one about my chart.  Let’s start with seafood!

1) Squid.  Remember my mystery food from the other day?

A bunch of you shared the post with your friends and wrote comments that overwhelmingly confirmed it to be dried squid.  A few of you said it was comparable to squid jerky.  I do love jerky, so I wasn’t nervous or frightened to try it, but I wanted to wait until a time when I could document my trying it with photos…

…and that time was this morning.

I think I know how to write “Tear Here” in Korean:

First order of business: I smelled it.  It smelled fishy and salty.  Neither smell was a surprise, and neither smell was that strong, either.

I cut off the top piece…

…and cut a smaller piece off of that…

…and ate it.

It was chewy.  That wasn’t a surprise, either.  All jerky is chewy, and squid is chewy, no matter the preparation (and I’ve had it raw, fried, sauteed, and a few other ways, too – I don’t shy away from squid on menus!) – herego, squid jerky is chewy.  Makes sense.

More importantly, it was pretty tasty!  It wasn’t nearly as fishy-tasting as I thought it’d be, based on its smell, and while it was a tad salty for my liking, it wasn’t unbearable.  It was probably less fishy-tasting than the salmon jerky I tried a few months ago – and definitely less salty.  I ate another piece nearly immediately.

Then I unwrapped and chopped the rest of it unto smaller pieces, and put them in a Tupperware:

And I preserved part of the packaging for the underside of the Tupperware:

And now my squid jerky lives in my cupboard, in a spot that’s conveniently next to my turkey jerky:

2) Chart Update.  I weighed myself this morning.  I had a good, but not stellar, week.  Last Tuesday was a rest day, exercise-wise, and then Thursday ended up being workout-free as well, because I was so exhausted from work stuff – my last week at my last job was a very busy one.  I worked out every other day, though – and 5 days out of 7 is not bad, not bad at all!  I had a busy weekend, too, that involved a couple BBQs and a surprise picnic, and I made mostly good choices at those events.  Mostly.  Anyway – long story short (or is it too late for that?), it would have been nice to see a loss this week, but I wasn’t expecting one…  and I didn’t get one:

But staying the same is wonderful, so I’ll take it, gladly.  For any newcomers, my weight of 237 pounds represents a weight loss of 165 pounds!

What’s that, you say?  Did you notice something new about my chart?  Apart from the misplaced dot from a few weeks ago that I never got around to fixing (and now probably won’t)?

Why, yes!  I did have to start an EIGHTH PAGE!

I wish I could have started an eighth page with a weight loss, but that just wasn’t in the cards for me this time around – coincidentally, I started both my seventh and sixth pages on plateau weeks, too.

What excites me about new pages is all the blank space.  The blank space is the future, and my future is wide open.  What happens in the future is up to me:

After hanging the eighth page, I looked back at the 7 pages that were already up on the way, and I focused on the line that traverses through all of them, tracing the 165 pounds that I’ve lost so far…  Wow.  This process has been long, and difficult, and even though lately I’ve been stuck, I have come a long way.

Which means there’s only one thing I can do.  And that is to (can we all say it together?):

Keep it up, David!

Sunday Food Notes

June 26, 2011

A few food-related quickies today:

1) Mystery Food.  I love my readers – you guys are awesome!  I posted this picture yesterday of a mystery food product…

…and you all respond with a flood of comments confirming that it’s dried squid.  Possibly dried cuttlefish.  I had to look up cuttlefish to remind me what they were – they’re another type of cephalopod, similar to squid (and not related to fish at all, despite their name), but with an internal shell.  That internal shell is called a cuttlebone, and it’s actually a very popular toy/accessory for parrots – it’s full of calcium and parrots love them.  And that’s a fact that I remember from my high school days, when I had a summer job working at a pet supply store, where we sold cuttlebones to parrot owners all the time.

That was a tangent.  Anyway – I will be trying my dried squid/cuttlefish, and I will be sharing what I think right here.  So look for that in the next few days.

In the meantime…

2) Produce, Produce, Produce!  I hit Whole Foods yesterday, as my produce supplies were precariously low, and I walked away with a fantastic bounty.  Wanna see?

Let’s see… clockwise from top left, we have: broccoli and cauliflower (already cut-up and on a tray), a berry tower of stacked strawberries, blueberries,  and blackberries, 2 red peppers, bananas, scallions, 2 mangoes, cherries, roma tomatoes, a bag of kale salad (which you can see close-up here), zucchini, yellow squash, fresh figs (Yay! It’s fresh fig season!), a cucumber, red plums, lemons, red delicious apples, peckham pears, celery, and baby carrots.  Phew!

Some of the veggies were purchased specifically for a recipe I created yesterday… and which I’ll share tomorrow… it’s good!

I managed to leave without buying any new types of produce to try for the first time.  I wasn’t looking too hard for new stuff, since the dried squid sorta hits the experimental note this week on the blog, although I did see dandelion greens at the store, which were tempting, so maybe I’ll buy those next time.  Seems strange to spend money on greens that are so hated when they pop up on people’s lawns!

3) Dino Kale.  Speaking of new produce items… remember these guys?

It’s the dino kale I bought last week.  Jennifer left a great comment on that post about all the stuff she does with dino kale, but I ended up doing what I’ve done before with curly kale: make kale chips!  I didn’t document the process, because I’ve done that before (see my kale chip recipe, and lots of pictures, here), but I did take a couple pictures of the final product:

It is much easier to make kale chips with dino kale than regular kale.  The leaves are flatter and heartier, which makes removing the stems a breeze, and they lie flat on the baking sheet, so they’re easier to line up.  This time around, I spread about a teaspoon of basil-infused olive oil on them, some cumin, and some Mrs. Dash.  When they came out of the oven, I sprinkled some vegetarian bacon bits on them, because (fake) bacon makes everything better, but it wasn’t a great idea, because the bacon bits didn’t really stick to them.  I had to manually re-apply some bacon bits to take this picture:

They were really good, though – I took them to a little get-together I went to, and they were gone within minutes.  Everyone that I’ve introduced kale chips to seems to become a fan!

Keep it up, David!