Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Flying Fish wine pairs well with seafood

A lighter wine is in order as the days grow longer. Washington State wine makers Flying Fish have partnered with City Catering, called one of Seattle’s most innovative caterers, to create recipes for this refreshing Riesling. 
I can tell you I think this wine is great. Makers say this is why: “In this world class wine region, long sun-drenched days, cool evenings and volcanic soils produce wine with an unmistakable precision of place. Flying Fish Riesling has fresh floral aromas, bright peach and apricot flavors with spicy mineralogy on the finish. The Riesling’s exquisite balance of flavors and crisp acidity make it a delicious accompaniment to spicy cuisines such as Asian, Spanish, Indian and Thai.” It’s gourmet budget-friendly at $12.99 a bottle. Try it with this:

Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi 
(Serves 4)
Recipe provided by The City Catering Company, Chef Russell Burton
1.5 pounds Mahi Mahi Filet, cut into 6-ounce pieces
1/2 pound macadamia nuts
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut (or pulse in food processor) macadamia nuts into small pieces no more than 1/4 inch. Mix the mayo and rice vinegar together. Lightly brush a thin layer of mayo on top of each filet. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle nuts over the top. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes. Time depends on thickness of fish. 

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Food peace
Don’t totally give up your favorite foods, or you will defeat yourself, and learn to discover if you are heart hungry or stomach hungry, nutritionist Leann Simons writes. You can read her slim book, “At Peace With Food,” on your lunch break.

Emotional eating tips from TOPS
Some folks rush to the fridge when they’re down. TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, suggests hitting the pause button when emotional eating is a temptation. TOPS has tips to avoid that pitfall: 
1. Prevention works. Don't bring high-calorie foods home from the store. 
2. Routine helps build good habits. Try to eat at the same time every day and stick to the basic food groups. Fill up on whole grains, vegetables and fruits, as well as low-fat dairy products and lean meats. 
3. Notice what’s happening emotionally within yourself. Learn to recognize if your hunger is real.
4. Monitor food intake for several days, writing down when, where, how much, and why food is eaten. Recognize negative triggers that prompt overeating. 
5. Before giving in to emotional overeating, hit the personal “pause” button. Take a walk, or call a friend.
6. Plan for healthy snacks between meals. Keep fresh fruit and pretzels available and skip the chips. 

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