Ward’s BBQ meats

I had some BBQ meats from Ward’s and potatoes for lunch a few days ago. I reheated the BBQ pork ribs and chicken wings in a pan to render some fat out. Then I pan fried some organic yukon gold potatoes in the fat and seasoned the potatoes with some salt and pepper. Delicious! The chicken wings were falloffthebonefingerlicking good. The pork was tender, juicy, and enticingly pink.

I like yukon gold potatoes better than other varieties because they have less starch and I don’t like starchy potatoes. Don’t hate me but I can’t stand baked potatoes and mashed potatoes. On top of that, both those preparations have a ton of butter too. Yukon gold potatoes have less starch and higher sugar content so they’re great roasted or pan fried. Because of the higher sugar content, the outside browns beautifully and the gold color is a lot more pleasing to look at than a starchy white potato. They also have a slight buttery texture that’s not overkill like some mashed potatoes I’ve had are.

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ribs, wings, potatoes

In my attempt to maintain a balanced diet, I had a large tomato (not pictured) as well. The vine ripen tomatoes from Ward’s are absolutely delicious. Since they’re grown locally, they actually ripen on the vine instead of during shipping. I’ve been eating a lot of raw veggies as snacks lately and I’m wondering if I could manage a raw food diet. It’d be a fun experiment. Wiki says I only need >60% raw food in my diet to be considered a “raw foodist” but I want to go all the way. I’m curious to see how my body would react and how I would feel on the diet. I want to try it for about a week or two, but I’ll have to do some research on what to eat and what supplements to take. The only thing I’m worried about is losing weight on such a diet. I can’t imagine how many raw veggies I’d have to eat to sustain my normal caloric intake. Any nutrition majors out there ;)?

Happy New Year, everyone.

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Ward’s!

Today I went to Ward’s (health food store in Gainesville, FL). The place is awesome. Their deli has ribs, BBQ chicken wings, and brisket! I bought some BBQ chicken wings from there today and I’ll say that they were the best chicken wings I’ve ever had. It might’ve been because I was starving but the chicken was literally falling off the bone. The wings had a nice smoky flavor but they were lacking a little sodium. The skin was perfect though. It wasn’t too fatty like how some chicken wings can be where you get a quarter inch of fatty skin and little meat. I ate all the cartilage off the bones too. My dad would’ve been proud of me. I would’ve taken pictures but I don’t know where my camera is. I think I left it in Sarasota.

Their seafood section looks good too. They had some nice looking fish (whole perch) and fresh large shrimp. Maybe I’ll try a salt baked fish one day. I’ve wanted to try this Spicy Orange Garlic Shrimp recipe from the Pioneer Woman Cooks also. They’ve also got spices and dried beans they sell by the pound. I’ll have to get some lentils and bay leaves to make some sambar (South Indian lentil soup with veggies). The only time I’ve tried it was at Dr. Shah’s house when I made dinner. Dr. Narayanan (Head of the Religions department at UF) brought sambar and basmati rice to go with it. The rice was cooked with ghee, cloves, cinnamon, and I think fennel seeds (could’ve been cumin, they look alike). The sambar was basically a soup with lentils, tomatoes, and assorted veggies. The lentils were broken down and gave a nice gritty texture that was filling and heart warming. Apparently, sambar is a very common South Indian dish that’s eaten almost everyday with meals. It seems like a simple recipe too, but it was so good.

I’m so glad I live close to Ward’s now. This is going to be great! It’s alot cheaper than Publix too and all the produce is local!

I’m getting hungry again. Time for a nice glass of warm milk and then sleep!

Love and Peace,

Zaw