On Louisiana Eats! NOLA food icon Poppy Tooker takes us into Louisiana's wide open fields, deep waters, bustling markets, and busy kitchens. Poppy's people are carrying on the traditions of Louisiana's wholly local but universally celebrated food, from farm to table, and sometimes barroom! Poppy roams the State to find the folks whose inspiration and innovation are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future. Let's eat!
It's really true what they say: You are what you eat — and drink! On this week's show, we call in the experts to learn about the effects of our eating and drinking habits on the human mind, body and spirit.
To begin, we speak with our resident health and food policy expert, senior editor for The Atlantic, Corby Kummer. Corby's recent investigative reporting reveals that eating healthy fat while eliminating sugar and simple carbs could be a long-term solution to the never-ending debate about nutrition and weight control.
If you've driven around New Orleans lately, you may have spotted a mobile clinic called The Remedy Room, which specializes in administering infusion therapy to aid in rehydration and detoxification. Founder Dr. Mignonne Mary explains that there's more to what they do than help people recover after a long night out.
We then turn to our old friend, bread — or rather, an authority on bread. Brigid Meints, PhD student at Washington State University, tells us about the University's Bread Lab, which seeks to get back to the old ways of stone milling and baking bread as an antidote to the nutritionally empty bread found on grocery store shelves.
We also get a visit from Eat Fit NOLA dietician Molly Kimball, who stopped by our studio back in February to share her challenge to give up alcohol for the 40 days of Lent. Now that Easter has come and gone, Molly is back to share her results.
Finally, we learn about a healthy living program created by Belvedere Vodka's Claire Smith-Warner. She describes a philosophy she calls "Drink, Eat, Live."
We're blinding you with science on this week's Louisiana Eats!
Swiss Chard with Anchovy Butter
Serves 8 - 10
18 black peppercorns, cracked
3 anchovy fillets, diced
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 pounds red or green chard (see note)
1 to 2 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar
No salt (plenty in anchovies)
Using a mortar and pestle, mix peppercorns, anchovy fillets and butter. Form butter mixture into a log, wrap in parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Rinse and dry chard leaves. Trim off ribs.
Heat a large frying pan or sauté pan over medium heat. Drop in 1 or 2 tablespoons of the anchovy butter and the chard. Sauté for approximately 1 or 2 minutes, stirring often. Add vinegar and mix well.
Note: This dish works well with either red or green chard, whatever is the best looking and freshest at the market on your shopping day. This dish goes well with a steak au poivre or any entrée.