I can tell time by my stomach. I can tell if two hours have gone by since my last meal. Oh yes, my appetite lets me know. That means that I eat a lot of snacks between meals. I have to. If I don’t, my energy ebbs. I wilt like a plant in the sun.
Today, I wanted something mild to contrast with a cannelini (white bean) dish I’d made with bacon, onion and balsamic vinegar. It seemed to be calling for a French baguette. To that, I added slices of brie cheese, and the only fruit I had on hand, an orange.
Oh, so satisfying!
I don’t normally eat white bread. But I’ve found that since I’ve switched to whole grains, a trace of bread, pasta or popcorn seems okay. In fact, a small serving per day seems to balance out my diet. I would not, however, return to eating white bread or refined carbs as a staple.
I figured that if I couldn’t eat the entire baguette, I’d freeze it and use it in bread pudding later. The sweet yet tart flavor of the orange slices added a sparkle to the milder flavors of the bread and cheese. I simply laid out slices of the orange, cheese and bread on a plate and nibbled until I felt refreshed.