July 18, 2011

When the cook is away


Let’s face it as a professional foodie I do all of the cooking at my house. My husband Scott is my assistant – okay – he’s more like a helper who needs lots of directions. But I love it when he comes into the kitchen and we cook together, even though there’s more water on floor than when I cook alone – its way more fun to chop, dice, laugh and make a meal together.

When I met him many many moons ago – the guy didn’t know a saucepan from a microplane so all in all he’s come a long way in the culinary arts department.

Pre-Mairlyn in the healthy eating department? He was single handedly responsible for keeping all fast food restaurants in a 6 km radius from his house in business.

Enter me and my cooking and eating life style and his eating habits have gone from Hell in a Handbag to a Stanley Cup Winner!

Before you go thinking she is making the poor guy eat weird hippy food – he loves to eats fruits and veggies, beans, chicken, fish, whole grains, nuts, chocolate – you name a healthy food and the guy eats it with relish.

Until I go away on a business trip – and then it’s back to his days as a bachelor. Mostly just eating whatever hasn’t gone bad in the fridge. Once when I was away all he ate for three days was cereal.

I’m away on a ten day trip so I thought it would be fun to call him every night and ask him what he had for dinner:

Here’s what he had tonight:

  • A half bag of frozen peas and corn (I have no memory of ever buying a mixed bag of frozen peas and corn so he either mixed the two together or he found something really old in the freezer!) He did stir fry them which is sort of gourmet.
  • One large  spoonful of peanut butter
  •  Several handfuls of pistachios and mixed nuts.
  • And a large glass of orange juice


If he was a vegan he would be getting some pretty good points on this somewhat odd and unorthodox dinner. The Vitamin C from the orange juice helps to absorb the iron in the nuts which are considered a protein source especially if you are a vegan. The peas and corn are veggies and because he ate half a bag he probably had at least 6 servings of fruits and veggies according to Canada’s Food Guide. And the peas contain DNA protecting folate! This crazy dinner was actually not bad at all. This is going to be a really interesting ten day experiment! Can’t wait to hear what he makes tomorrow night!

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