Now that it’s Thanksgiving 2010 ( celebrated in the US on Thursday, November 25), what are you thankful for this year? I can think of a few heartfelt things … a safe, happy home; the love of my husband; the birth of our baby Lucy; and feeling all of God’s abundant grace. I feel that am not wanting of things right now if I choose to live life simply, and to think that life is not a race to be rich or have the biggest house on the road. Instead, I will aim to see the world and savor quality moments with my family and people who matter because indeed, life is short.
With this thought in mind, we went on to enjoy a potato-theme dinner at Lolo Dad’s Brasserie ahead of Thanksgiving Day. Trust on Chef Ariel Manuel to come up with gourmet dishes on the everyday potatoes we love. The brasserie has tied up with the US Potato Board to whip up a special Thanksgiving menu which will be available from November 22-27, 2010 at P2,500, good for four courses. Trust us, it will be worth it.
On the table:
Chilled scallops, smoked prawn and Dungeness crab salad, mico greens, cucumber and frozen potato slices ….
Cream of white onion soup with gratinated Gruyere cheese and hash brown –
Pineapple popsicle sherbet to cleanse the palate. Then, we get ready for the main course –
US eye of ribeye and stewed beef cheeks with pan-fried mushrooms and frozen mashed potato terrine….
For the mouthwatering dessert, dark chocolate and strawberry bar, vanilla and almond ice cream and candied taters coin hash potatoes.
I was quite surprised to learn that potatoes are not so fattening as we think. Potatoes, in fact, are low in calorie, fat-free and satiating. A good thing when we eat potatoes: they make us feel heavy and fill up our stomach fast, so that we end up eating less. Potatoes have also been proven to be low in sodium and cholesterol.
As always in any diet, moderation is key. Am a self-confessed potato lover so it is nice hearing all the good research about potatoes. It means I can indulge and have my fill of this tube crop I love 😉