Strictly by coincidence, my lunch today fits the criteria of Sweetnicks' brand-new weekly food event: ARF/5-a-Day. Which means "antioxidant-rich food" (and that 5-a-Day means how many servings I should be eating of fruits and vegetables, and I'm afraid I fall down on the job there).
But fortunately, it's natural for Cranky and me to have a house full of ARFs: We love nuts and whole grains. The more richly colored the fruits and vegetables, the more we like them. (Dark colors signal the presence of phytonutrients, which is what you want in an ARF.) Deep-green, leafy things dominate the crisper drawer. Garlic and tomatoes, also good ARFs, are in constant use at our house, as are all manner of dried beans. Then, of course, there's our usual cup or two of tea every morning.
So it's no trouble incorporating these foods into our diet. No trouble at all; it's what we eat.
Of course we also eat white food, and I do love it: bread, rice, cheese, potatoes... Wait!
Look at that picture: That's not ham (thank goodness) and it's not hamachi.
Today's lunch was a salad composed of a bed of raw spinach leaves, topped by cooked Huckleberry potatoes — they're ruby-skinned and pink fleshed! — strewn with watercress. Flavored with a couple sprigs of chive, and a dressing of Spanish sherry vinegar and olive oil. Sea salt, a crack of pepper.
To chew a mouthful of cooked potatoes mingled with raw greens is bliss.
The potatoes (first time I've had this variety) are waxy and firm, and have a delicious flavor of, well, dirt. Good, clean, healthy dirt. And hey, they've got the added benefit of a teeny-tiny tinge of color.
I guess I'll bend my rules and send this off to Sweetnicks. It's too good not to share.