Thursday, April 1, 2010

Food Journal #14

Breakfast: 1 slice of whole wheat toast with organic raspberry preserves; one banana with peanut butter.

Snack: Handful of almonds; some carrots with hummus; some Japanese wheat crackers

Lunch: Spinach salad (I eat a lot of spinach, hopefully it will do me some good) with tomatoes, half an avocado, and shrimp.

Snack: Grande skinny Carmel Macchiato (my treat), half a Fuji apple, cheese and crackers, fruit kebobs, cookie bites (I went to a reception at Golden Gate University)

Dinner: Curry fishballs, squid, and diakon. Woodear, mushrooms, and chicken. Chicken soup with bok choy.

For those who don't know, that up there is wood ear. It's a type of mushroom that grows on trees and looks like ears. So the name Wood ear it is (mook yee in Chinese).

The Wood Ear have a firm, thick skin and an interesting jelly-like, springy yet soft texture when fresh that becomes slightly crunchy when cooked. This mushroom is highly regarded and much used in Asian cooking...They're not strong in flavor compared to some other popular exotics - yet, boasting a very delicate forest aroma and a mild, earthy essence. Widely respected in the Orient for its taste, Wood Ear mushrooms are also believed to have medicinal benefits - thought by many to prevent heart disease and contain anticoagulant-type substances, acting like blood thinners that may prevent blood clots with an effect likened to that of aspirin.

Via: Dried Mushrooms

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