This weekend I baked my first ever cheesecake. In an oven that needs to be set roughly 50° lower than what the recipe calls for.
It’s the “roughly” that’s kinda tricky.
It was part of my Social Media Mouthful goal – to start making some of the “wow, that looks good” recipes that I bookmark but never EVER try. Seemed like a noble goal at the time. The problem is, there’s a lot in that “mouthful” that is not all that helpful with some of my other goals. Like still being able to see my feet by the end of the summer.
So I’m doing a little tweaking. All the best plans involve a little tweaking.
I already know that I am way better at doing something than not doing something: Any successful run at weight loss has involved exercise, because I’m better at doing the exercise than avoiding the treats. A healthy meal involves lots of vegetables, because there’s just less room for other stuff. More soup & salad = less dessert.
I need to apply this to cruising the food blogs. I figure if I’m busy trying healthy recipes, there’s just less time to make cheesecake, brownies, and dark chocolate ice cream.
Am I going to outlaw that stuff? No. Because I know how well THAT works. So here’s the plan:
Tweak the Social Media Mouthful so that every recipe is either
- healthy, or
- comes with a plan to enjoy responsibly.
“Enjoying responsibly” will probably involve foisting the leftovers on unsuspecting collegues; preferably ζach’s unsuspecting colleagues. This may even curtail my desire to make them – I mean, there’s only so much time in the day, making an entire batch of brownies only to eat one is bound to get old. Eventually. Maybe.
Post a leafless salad recipe every week this summer (leafless because lettuce is for rabbits). If I start this week, that will be 12 recipes between now and the end of August. They can be old favourites or new discoveries, culled from the net or invented in my kitchen, inspired by past suggestions or google searches. The only rule is that I have to have tried and liked it before posting it (which, based on recent experience, will involve a few misfires. PSA: pineapple, lime juice, and garlic do not play well together).
And if I meet these goals, I figure I’ll have earned a new oven. A double oven. So I can bake more cheesecake.
It’s salad season – what are YOUR favourites?