Throwback of the House: Resolve to Make 2010 Miserable with Soup of Oat Flakes
The macrobiotic part is fair game. George Ohsawa introduced the term in 1959. Some of his ideas were good and much-needed: whole grains, vegetables and legumes are good; refined foods are bad. It also discourages overeating, which makes sense, though I question the claim that overeating causes schizophrenia.
Other ideas, like aiming to subsist on nothing but brown rice and small, chewed portions of tepid water, tend to cause conditions like malnutrition and death.
That's right. You're supposed to chew your water. I tried and drooled it all down my front.
Rule #2 in Zen Macrobiotic Cooking: "Use only subtle spices." If flavor isn't Zen, then Soup of Oat Flakes is Zen in a bowl.
Though if this is what Gwyneth Paltrow ate during her years of microbiotic eating, I totally understand why she ran off to Spain with Mario Batali. I hope he butchered a pig in her honor.
Robin Wheeler is the author of the blog Poppy Mom and a regular contributor to Gut Check. After years of making and eating fancy food, she's returning to the basics: recipes that haven't surfaced in three decades. She reports on the results every Monday.