Each Thursday, Emily Vikre (a.k.a fiveandspice) will be sharing a new way to love breakfast -- because breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day. It's also the most awesome.
Today: What you really want to eat right now.
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‘Tis the season of good intentions, of swearing you’ll keep a diary this time and be nicer to your in-laws, of renewing gym memberships and doing juice cleanses. There are few things that get my nose more out of joint than “cleanses.” I’ll spare you my lecture -- though I swear it’s a really riveting lecture, full of trenchant observations and vehement pronouncements -- and just say that the idea that we can or should cleanse to somehow make up for eating badly all the rest of the time seems to me symptomatic of a culturally-disordered attitude toward food. Clean food and indulgent food aren’t actually opposites, and I think we should take an approach toward food that is always thoughtful or intentional regardless of the season. Just think about what you want before you eat -- sometimes you find you really do want a piece of cake, sometimes you’d rather have the feeling you get from eating miso soup -- don’t waffle between a free-for-all and restrictive cleansing.
Phew. Okay. That wasn’t a lecture, was it? It was maybe kind of a lecture. Sorry. Anyway, here I am saying I don’t like cleanses, and now I’m going to go ahead and offer a breakfast that looks suspiciously like cleanse food. Grapefruit is practically the poster child for dieting intentions gone awry, a dubious honor it shares with cabbage soup and celery. But in the dead of winter, grapefruit is also really, really good. I find eating grapefruit wonderfully invigorating, the way it gives you bracing bitter and juicy sweet all wrapped up in a single colorful fruit. And, after a week of eating cookies at most breakfasts, grapefruit was what I discovered my body really wanted.
Supreming a grapefruit in the morning may seem like a lot of effort, but I find it easier than trying to dig out all the meaty bits with a spoon. Plus it looks so pretty! I drizzled my grapefruit slices with a warm, caramel honey sauce flecked with vanilla beans. Then I topped it with toasted coconut to give it crunch and a little more staying power. Maybe it was cleansing, maybe it wasn’t. It tasted fantastic, and I’m feeling ready for the New Year!
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.