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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 09:01am on 17/04/2008 under ,
In my time with [livejournal.com profile] duriyah, we've quite enjoyed cooking together. One of our most common meals has been to get out the olive oil and fry some tofu (I add ground coriander, black pepper, thyme, and maybe a little ground cayenne or chipotle chile pepper), then sauté some vegetables such as bell peppers and summer squash (plus more pepper and thyme and of course olive oil*), then toss all that over noodles (more olive oil!) or rice.

However, more recently we've been trying to cut down on the fat in our meals. Oh no, don't take away my olive oil!

But one of my cookbooks includes a section on various cooking techniques, and one technique it lists is "sweating", which I understood from the book as being a little like sautéing, but dryer, without oil, and occasionally adding just enough liquid (vegetable broth, balsamic vinegar, water) to keep things from sticking. (Subsequent research seems to indicate that my understanding of the technique may be flawed, but I'm not sure.)

In my most recent attempt we had no vegetable broth, so I used a lot of balsamic vinegar (and some water). The tasty and unique result reminded me how good balsamic vinegar is when it's reduced to a thicker syrup. Yum.

* When sautéing I usually mix the olive oil with another oil that's better for high heat.
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posted by [identity profile] anivair.livejournal.com at 02:35pm on 17/04/2008
The real difference between sweating and sautéing is heat. sweating happens at a lower temperature.

However, in practice, sweating in healthier, because you need more oil to sauté and you can use an oil with a lower smoke point to sweat. Cooking in a small amount of broth is basically poaching/steaming which is also perfectly valid and delicious.
posted by [identity profile] the-shampoo.livejournal.com at 07:38pm on 17/04/2008
Yeah, sometimes people think, "Oh, Olive Oil is good for you, so I can just pour it on everything". What people forget is that while its better for you than other oils, it will still make you fat. lol Whenever my mother cooks for me, she fries everything in olive oil and when I scold her she says, "what? its good for you." I guess so long as you're not on a diet, it is.
posted by [identity profile] rfunk.livejournal.com at 07:56pm on 17/04/2008
It is a little amusing to look at the nutrition labels on the oil bottles: "Calories: 140. Calories from fat: 140." Yes, it's all fat. Pretty much by definition.

But it's so tasty too! :-)

(Nice picture!)
posted by [identity profile] the-shampoo.livejournal.com at 08:19pm on 17/04/2008
Its amazing how many calories are in such a small amount of oil. Ack.

posted by [identity profile] rfunk.livejournal.com at 08:24pm on 17/04/2008
Well, that number was completely from fuzzy memory. So I just checked. 120 Calories in a tablespoon. And 14g of fat in a tablespoon, which is how I ended up with the 140 in my head.

I have very little sense of how many calories or grams of fat are a lot. It's sorta like talking to me about kilometers.
posted by [identity profile] the-shampoo.livejournal.com at 09:30pm on 17/04/2008
I've no doubt that you've never needed to know. hehe
You could have a very large salad, a cup of yogurt, or a no-frills omelette for the same amount of calories.
posted by [identity profile] duriyah.livejournal.com at 02:04pm on 18/04/2008
Rob and I have been eating the same diet (actually, he probably consumes more fat than I do since he eats out for lunch and I make my own lunches), AND I have been exercising, while he hasn't. Until we quit sauteing, he was losing weight, while I have been staying steady. NOT FAIR!!!

Now that we have cut out olive oil, I think I'm finally starting to lose weight. I'm afraid Rob will waste away to nothing!
posted by [identity profile] duriyah.livejournal.com at 02:07pm on 18/04/2008
Yes, people tell me that all the time! Olive oil is a better form of fat, and will help lower choloresterol, it's true. But I don't have a problem with choloresterol since I don't eat meat, and it's STILL FAT!


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