Ideal Meals and Guilty Pleasures

Question: What is your ideal \r\nmeal?


Nina Planck: \r\nWell\r\nmy real food luxury would be a raw milk butler.  He\r\n would just bring raw dairy products including fresh raw\r\nmilk to our house.  Once a day\r\nwould be fine, every other day I could live with. But we go to some \r\ntime,\r\ntrouble and expense to get fresh raw milk in our household.  And then a real food meal: I just love\r\nroast chicken and when I came off the vegetarian wagon I really, really \r\nenjoyed\r\nwhat they call in England the parson’s nose.  It’s\r\n the chicken tail and it is just this fatty little\r\nthing.  It’s delicious.  So I\r\n love a fresh green salad with high\r\nquality greens that have been raised in real rich soil and have real\r\nflavor.  We love good olive\r\noil.  I’m happy to spend money on\r\nit.  Gosh, I love good blue cheese. \r\n I love homemade ice cream and I love to\r\nmake pannacotta with raw cream, which I haven’t done for ages.  You can actually just use the little\r\nbit of gelatin and it’s a whole raw pannacotta.  I\r\n call it pannacrutta. \r\nThat recipe is on my Web site somewhere and I love a glass of \r\nwine and I\r\nlove chocolate. So those are a few things.


Question: What foods are your\r\n guilty\r\npleasures?


Nina Planck: \r\nMy\r\nguilty pleasure is to eat a big salad with nuts and cheese and meat day \r\nafter\r\nday after day, and not to make chicken broth and not to find some good \r\nroast\r\nbeef, so my guilty pleasure is sort of what I call "girl food" or \r\n"single girl\r\nfood."  But there is a man at home and there are children at home and so\r\n I can’t\r\njust feed them salads with blue cheese and walnuts day after day.  My industrial food guilty pleasure is\r\ndefinitely white sugar.  We have\r\nnot eliminated white sugar from our household or our diet, but I always \r\nprefer\r\nwhole, unadulterated sugar, so whole unrefined cane sugar or maple syrup\r\n or\r\nhoney are definitely my sweeteners of choice, but the dark chocolate we \r\neat – and\r\nby dark I mean 70% or higher – always contains a little bit of sugar, \r\npreferably\r\norganic, so I have not eliminated sugar from my diet and there are \r\ndishes that\r\nare just not improved by maple syrup. \r\nYou know if you want a lemon meringue pie it just doesn’t taste \r\nright\r\nsweetened with anything other than sugar and I love a little dessert.  I used to indulge in nonfat frozen\r\nyogurt and also in the sort of imitation crab you get at salad bars, but\r\n I now\r\nrealize that those are lowest form of reconstituted fishmeal and the \r\nlowest\r\nform of dairy, if in fact there is any dairy in it, so I just don’t even\r\n bother\r\nnow and I don’t even miss those guilty pleasures


Question: Is it hard for you \r\nto find\r\n"real food" in restaurants?

\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNina Planck: \r\nI\r\nmake some exceptions for eating out, although I don’t really write them \r\ndown on\r\na note card, but while I would never ever buy farmed salmon and we have\r\nbeautiful wild Alaskan salmon in the freezer, in the cupboard all the \r\ntime I do\r\nsometimes find myself eating farmed salmon at weddings or on airplanes, \r\nthat\r\nsort of thing.  One of my pleasures\r\nof the moment after our three young children are in bed is to walk down \r\nthe\r\nstreet and for 20 minutes have a dozen oysters and one glass of \r\nsparkling wine\r\nat the local joint.  Oysters, by the\r\nway, are great food for men and women who would like to be mothers and \r\nfathers.

The author admits she bends her own rules to eat out sometimes, and hasn't eliminated white sugar from her household. But for the most part, the foods she craves most are "real."

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

10 books to check out from Jordan Peterson's 'Great Books' list

The Canadian professor has an extensive collection posted on his site.

Jordan Peterson with Carl Jung and the cover art of Jaak Panksepp's 'Affective Neuroscience' (Image: Chris Williamson/Getty Images/Big Think)
Personal Growth
  • Peterson's Great Books list features classics by Orwell, Jung, Huxley, and Dostoevsky.
  • Categories include literature, neuroscience, religion, and systems analysis.
  • Having recently left Patreon for "freedom of speech" reasons, Peterson is taking direct donations through Paypal (and Bitcoin).
Keep reading Show less

Scientists claim the Bible is written in code that predicts future events

The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.

Michael Drosnin
Surprising Science
  • Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
  • The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
  • Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
Keep reading Show less

Should you invest in China's stock market? Know this one thing first.

Despite incredible economic growth, it is not necessarily an investor's paradise.

  • China's stock market is just 27 years old. It's economy has grown 30x over that time.
  • Imagine if you had invested early and gotten in on the ground floor.
  • Actually, you would have lost money. Here's how that's possible.