“It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” -Sophia Loren
To me and to all of you out there celebrating the 11th of July. And a special shout out to the ’51ers….who are turning 60 this year. I don’t know why it is, but the prospect of turning Sweet Sixty has me feeling rather delighted. Like I’d achieved something by arriving at this landmark. But if anything, there’s been a lot of good luck at my back. I would like to acknowledge my gratitude for the 60 years of service my body has given me. What better way to celebrate than to go on a diet? (Aren’t I a lot of fun?)
Well, we’re all on a diet of some sort and it was starting to look around here like I was on the Michael Phelps Diet. Still in a state of denial, I poked around Lance Armstrong’s website: http://www.livestrong.com/ and what do you know, I’ve been counting calories and curbing my gluttonous ways for the last 5 days.
Is there anything more undermining to the allure of a meal than the descriptor “Low Cal”? We could say “Easy on the Cal”. Here is a lunch that just might trick you into feeling satisfied for under 300 C’s. And it includes soup and a glass of ‘virtual’ wine. Or shall we say ‘virtuous’?
The wine-which-isn’t is made with Verjus, which is made from under-ripe grapes and is unfermented. It is used in many cuisines across the globe, from Australia to the Mid-East to Europe. Its low acidity makes it preferable to vinegar and lemon in some dishes where there would otherwise be a clash with the wine drunk at that meal. It carries a dividend of being alcohol-free, and is delicious as a beverage; enjoy it simply diluted with water, or blended into a cocktail with other additives. This Verjus in particular comes from Hughes Vineyards of the Niagara area. Two Toronto sources that I know of are: the Wychwood Green Barns Farmers’ Mkt., courtesy of BizJak Farms and Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Mkt., courtesy of KarDean Fruit Farms.
Recipe for a 267 Calorie Lunch
One bowl of Miso soup made from an instant packet: 25 Cal.
One sandwich made with:
Celery and Radishes: 15 Cal.
3 oz. Verjus diluted with 3 to 4 oz. water: 15 Cal.
Total: 267 Cal.
Recipe: Free-ya Sangria
1 bottle Verjus
1 bottle sparkling water
12 fl. oz. limeade
4 fl. oz. Rose’s Lime Cordial
A handful of halved and pitted cherries
Slices of lime
Coarsely chopped basil and/or mint
Stir all together. Should you be so lucky as to have purchased (whimsically) some Wild Rose Syrup from Forbes Wild Foods, you can make good use of it here with a few splashes. Add some ice and chill out with the sounds of Billy Stewart: