Archive for January, 2009

Yogurt and non-Oranges

January 9, 2009

Hello my fair readers, and happy 2009! My apologies for not doing what appears to be in the blog world a standard summing up of the last year. I’m clearly bucking the trend and waiting till it’s practically February. Typical.

I’ve been dealing with some truly lovely health problems which have been inhibiting my eating style. Anyone out there have acid reflux? I’m pretty sure mine is stress related, as it’s worse at work, and I have therefore been trying to avoid foods and drinks high in acidity. This is sad, considering that citrus is at the height of it’s loveliness right now. Plus I have a half finished absolutely divine Malbec in my fridge right now. Bah Humbug.

Last weekend, Keith and I went for a nice walk down the C&O Canal and upon our return to the car, discovered that his mom had thoughtfully tucked a bag of Honeybells into his car without telling him. Merry Christmas to us! Honeybells, if you don’t know, are a cross between a Dancy Tangerine and a Duncan Grapefruit and they look like a small orange. They are only available for a few weeks in January, and they are a favorite treat of Keith’s family when they arrive in Florida for the winter. The fruit is so rich, sweet and juicy, it’s enough to make your head spin. They taste like nothing else I’ve had. Clearly you can see that I gave up my “no acid” rule for these babies.

We enjoyed them in Keith’s car, listening to Phish and watching the sun sparkle off the Potomac on a chilly January day. Heaven, in my mind. I love these moments with the man in my life. The look on his face when I popped that first segment of Honeybell into my mouth was just like a little kid on Christmas morning. He wants so much to introduce me to all the familiar tastes in his life that are new to me. He delights in astounding and pleasing me with these taste revelations. I love him so much 🙂

The other thing that I’ve been trying to do for myself in order to sort out this whole acid problem is to eat more yogurt with acidophilus, which aids in digestion and production of “good” bacteria in the intestines. I found an amazing brand of plain yogurt called Erivan at Whole Foods. Their yogurt has no additional milk fats or stabilizers, so it has a beautiful thin texture and a gorgeous tangy taste. I’ve never particularly liked the other plain yogurts I’ve tried, as they’ve all been thick and more like sour cream, not to mention almost completely devoid of flavor. I have been eating Erivan with a teaspoon of organic strawberry jam stirred in, although it’s easily eaten plain.

This new year, I resolve to make sure that I blog often, taste different tastes, and open my mind to new possibilities. I do not, in the spirit of Food Blogga, resolve to lose weight, exercise more, or eat less. What are your resolutions for the new year?