Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Eat, Drink and Be Wary

Foie gras.




          French women are masters of dissimulation.  When you're at a dinner party with them you actually think they're eating as much as you are.  They never are.

        Yes, yes it's the oft-repeated portion control bit and all things in moderation, etc.  But what's so amazing is they actually seem to be having a grand time with only one flute of champagne.  Go figure.

          With all the holidays coming up I thought I would get us psychologically prepared to have more fun with less food.  My former nutritionist insisted we must never say "non" to pleasure.  O.K., works for me. 

          If we train ourselves to think like French women life is a constant battle of desire over discipline and seemingly the formula equals pleasure.  (Little secret:  I think it makes French women exceptionnellement happy to be slim and the mere idea has some kind of chemical appetite suppressant effect.  I may be wrong.)
























          Let's say we decide to eat one slender slice of fois gras, the size of a deck of cards with about 30 cards left in the pack, it will take:  a one-and-a-half hour stroll; a fast one-hour walk or an intense exercise like my aqua gym class of 30 to 40 minutes to burn it off. Calories are approximately, 250 per oz. of which 220 are from fat, but from good fat (!)

          A significant problem: One cannot eat foie gras unless it sits upon something, like a piece of toast normally, i.e. more calories. I put mine on a salad of haricots verts dressed with a lovely vinaigrette.

          Now, who can have foie gras without champagne?  (For those of you who think I don't know about Sauternes and how in it is to drink with foie gras, I do know.  I hate Sauternes and it has about 30 more calories than champagne. Besides bubbles are festive.)  

The world famous Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes. Not for the budget minded.
          As I was saying, a flute of champagne -- brut obviously -- pictured above, has between 120 to 140 calories (20 calories per oz.) using the above formula for the foie gras, it would take about half as much exercise to burn off the golden liquid.  

         If I haven't potentially ruined your holidays, may I suggest you treat them the way a Frenchwoman would. Indulge within reason and make up for any disturbing variations on the scale in January. January is a rather depressing month anyway. You might as well go with the flow.

         ***All vinaigrettes, to my knowledge, work on the three-to-one principle, from that base then, the recipe from my nutritionist is (use whatever measure you need for the basic formula, here I'm using a large tablespoon): two tablespoons of oil -- one olive, one colza, one tablespoon water, one tablespoon vinegar (your choice) then the addition of herbs, salt, mustard, if you desire, is in your hands. The water helps reduce the calorie count, but you really have to whisk like crazy to get oil and water to agree to stay together. I use my battery operated whisk for frothing milk and the emulsion holds. 

17 comments:

Tish Jett said...

You will notice perhaps that this is an updated post from around this time last year.

It's not that I'm lazy, it's just that -- like all of you -- I'm busier than I thought I would be. I did add my vinaigrette recipe and a few other little touches.

Tomorrow promises a big surprise.

Thank you for visiting me. Thank you for bringing me more happiness than you can imagine.

hopflower said...

Add a bit of mustard and your emulsion will mix together better and last longer.

Déjà Pseu said...

What hopflower said about the moutarde. I'll skip the fois gras and have a second glass of champagne, and save 100 calories!
;-)

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Anonymous said...

And what about the ever-present cigarette? That's the real secret to staying slim in France.

Duchesse said...

It is not "in" to pair Sauternes with foie gras; sweet wines like Sauternes, Montbazillac or Tokay Pinot Gris are the classic choices.

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