Day 12: Red, Red Wine

Still a day behind in my blogging, but I’m keeping up to date with my cooking and jogging (hey, that rhymes). Last night, a few friends and I had one of our favorite traditions — Top Chef Potluck. Every week or two weeks, we gather to watch Top Chef together, and each bring a dish for a potluck. We started with country themed potlucks (Cuba, Italy, etc) and progressed to fancier themes (colors of the rainbow — I had blue — and miniature foods). In honor of New Year’s resolutions, last night’s theme was foods under 150 calories per serving!

Daily Achievement
I went to several fitness magazine websites (Women’s Health, Self, etc) to look at their “healthy party foods” recipes. I ended up finding this recipe for Sweet Potato-Coconut Fritters, which looked delicious! I’ve recently discovered how tasty sweet potatoes can be, and coconut never goes wrong.

I cooked up the fritters last night after work. I thought they’d be quick, but it ended up taking longer, due to a few disasters. First, I was pulling out the ingredients for the recipe and realized I needed an egg yolk. Unfortunately, I had eaten my last 2 eggs that morning. I stood at the fridge for a while, debating whether I had time to dash out and get eggs, and googling “egg replacements” on my phone. I then realized that I was also out of minced garlic. At that point, I started looking around my kitchen to see if I could make anything else that would be tasty and healthy, but I didn’t think my friends would appreciate a bowl of pretzels accompanied by string cheese. Finally, I figured “Screw it” and decided to use vegetable oil in place of the egg yolk and garlic powder in place of the minced garlic.

I dumped everything into a food processor, plugged it in…. and the food processor didn’t work (it was a hand-me-down that I hadn’t tried out yet). Cursing to myself, I scraped everything out of the food processor and into my beloved Magic Bullet, slopping chunks of sweet potato all over the place. The Bullet did the job, and I assembled the fritters and stuck them in the oven.

The recipe said they’d be done when the coconut turned brown, but my fritters still seemed really wet and doughy, instead of nice and crunchy. But I didn’t want the coconut to burn, so I just took them out anyway. I offered Jim a fritter, and he took a bite, pulled a face and said, “Is this supposed to taste like this?” Not exactly a resounding endorsement… I may have overdone it with the garlic powder. I think my friends enjoyed the fritters anyway, but they definitely weren’t one of my better potluck contributions! At least the red wine I brought tasted good. 😀

Song of the Day
UB40 – Red Red Wine. Man, I love this song. I think everyone can relate to the lyrics at some point, right? “Red red wine you make me feel so sad, Any time I see you go it makes me feel bad…” Plus, watching the video cracks me up to see all those ’80s yuppies grooving to the reggae.