I’ve been disinclined to cook since I took a spill in late December. Never mind the few times I chunked a free-range chicken into the oven for an hour; I’d hardly call that bone-fide cooking.
So, yesterday being Wednesday, the major newspapers’ food day-of-the-week, I looked at the New York Times to see what they had to offer as inspiration.
Here’s what I saw:
Lo and behold, their offering was a pre-Valentine’s Day article on the virtues of salted caramels, the newest gourmet addition to the candy world. Lucky testers actually got to sample 27 different caramels and rate them on their salty/sweet deliciousness. A tough job but someone’s got to do it.
There I sat on my bed with my laptop and three big sleeping poodles, reading about salted caramels and meanwhile trying to abstain from the four half-gallons of ice cream Champ bought for me when my appetite was temporarily (very temporarily) on the wane.
Great. I headed over to my most trusted source for would-be healthy eaters: the Weight Watchers weekly magazine, which is given out at all Weight Watcher meetings. It being February, I figured they would provide a more nutritious alternative to the demon caramels.
The WW recipe of the week? Raspberry-Chocolate cups. Only two ingredients the recipe proudly proclaimed–chocolate chips and raspberry jam. They’re a mere 1 WW point apiece, that is, if you’re disciplined enough to eat only one. And forget the part about licking the melted chocolate off the spoon while making them. Horrors! None of us would do that!
I thought about this for a moment and came to the following conclusion: most of us spend the month of January trying to rid ourselves of the extra girth added in December, so it makes sense that a month later, just about mid-February, we become insane chocolate cravers. All of us, even the writers at Weight Watchers, the largest weight-loss company in the world.
What’s an erstwhile chocoholic to do? Scanning newspapers and magazines is obviously not a good idea.
I’ve decided that the only remedy is to make soup. Soup merits an ‘honorable mention’ in the food hall-of-fame when it comes to the dual goals of comfort and healthfulness.
Yum. Soup. Who needs chocolate?
I’m trying really hard to believe that.