Jarret Hughes has held numerous cooking positions at cafes, diners, and family restaurants.
He takes a "keep it simple" attitude toward cooking, preferring olive oil to truffle oil.
Jarret strives to inform readers about the history of various foods while offering professional
advice regarding food purchase and preparation.
For this issue, we get a double-dose of Jarret!
Turn the page for Jarret's Resolutions for Healthy Eating!
"Life is a succession of moments.
To live each one is to succeed."
"Peace. Love. Joy." The red and green sign is lit up every night in my
neighbor's yard this time of year. I pass it so often that I really
don't even think about it anymore. I was getting ready to pull into my
driveway yesterday after a very long day at work when I noticed the sign.
Yesterday, my boss announced that the company was doing very poorly
financially and that employees would not receive holiday bonuses this
year. Further, no raises will be given. Some employees are even being
asked to take pay cuts — employees who recently got married, recently
bought their first homes, and recently had their first children. In
short, the environment at work has been downright depressing.
After a few seconds, I realized that I'd stopped in the middle of
my quiet side street directly in front of my neighbor's house — about
20 feet from my driveway. I've seen that "peace, love, joy" sign
hundreds of times before, but I'd never really thought about what
it was saying. I always just assumed that it meant peace, love, and
happiness for all people. I thought to myself, "On a global scale,
that will never happen." There will always be war, hatred, and
unhappiness. I found the sign quite silly.
Then it hit me. It was an epiphany. The sign was talking to me on a
personal level, not on a global one. The sign was asking me to take
a look inside myself to see if I have found peace, love, and joy.
I thought a lot about that sign last night. I decided to take an
introspective look at myself based on the three elements pointed
out in the sign.
There will never be world peace.
Therefore, I need work on being at peace with myself. To see if I have achieved inner
peace, I needed to ask myself the following questions:
For me, all of these things are key components to finding inner peace. For
others, the criteria may be quite different.
- Do I tell the truth in order to be honest with myself and with
those around me?
- Do I do everything I can (within my means) to help others?
- Do I live my life without fearing the uncertainty of tomorrow?
- Do I welcome the challenges of life in a calm and rational manner?
- Do I realize that peace is not a destination, but a way of living
Do I love myself? Again, I asked myself some tough questions:
- Do I spend a significant amount of time criticizing myself for
- Do I praise myself often for all the good things I do?
- Do I love myself enough to treat my body as well as it should be
treated — through good eating habits and exercise?
I know that before I love others, I must love myself. Loving myself doesn't
mean being egotistical — it simply means that I'm being good to myself. Again,
I must realize that nobody is perfect. For this reason, I need to accept my
faults and limitations and not beat myself up because of them.
Am I, for the most part, happy? With all of life's challenges, it's impossible
to be completely happy 100% of the time. Being happy comes from the inside, and
not from outside circumstances. Of course, I may feel sad when life throws a
challenge my way, such as a death in the family. However, the manner in which
I deal with these situations will determine whether or not I am a truly happy
person. I asked myself the following questions:
- Do I confront difficult situations head-on rather than sitting
around and feeling sorry for myself?
- Do I feel content with where I'm at in life in regards to my career,
friends, and spiritually?
- Do I take the time out of my busy schedule to do things that make
After I thought about all of these things for a couple hours, I reached my verdict.
The bottom line is that I haven't totally achieved inner peace, I don't love myself
as much as I should, and I'm definitely not as happy as I could be.
I scored very well in the "peace" category, but the "love" and "joy" categories are
definitely lacking. On the "love" side, I am my own worst critic, and I don't give
myself nearly enough credit for the things I do well. In addition, while I have
taken a huge step forward by following a low carb way of eating, I could be doing
much more to take care of myself physically — especially in terms of exercise. On
the "joy" side, I don't take enough time out of each day to do things to make me
happy. I often spread myself too thin. I need to put myself first sometimes,
rather than always coming last.
There will always be room for improvement, and I shouldn't trap myself into striving
for total perfection. However, I do need to be true to myself and strive for the best
possible marks on all three counts. I'm not one to make resolutions at the beginning
of the year that will be forgotten before February rolls around. But I do owe it to
myself to improve as a person. Not only do I owe it to myself — I deserve it.
I can't help but think what the world would be like if everyone worked on improving
themselves rather than criticizing others for their faults. Maybe then we could all
think about my neighbor's sign on a more global level.
From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all peace, love, and joy in 2004.
Copyright © January 2004 Jarret Hughes and Low Carb Luxury
Title photo Copyright © 2004 Neil Beaty and Low Carb Luxury
Southern Fried Crispy Catfish
The secret to fried catfish is cooking it at just the right temperature to
seal in the moisture and flavor. When you first drop it into hot oil you
want to seal it and then cook it. You can use fresh catfish fillets, or you can use the farm raised variety
available in the supermarket freezer section. |
Rinse the fillets thoroughly and then pat dry with a paper towel. If using fresh
catfish, skin the catfish and then wash thoroughly. Pat dry with a paper towel.
- 1 lb catfish fillets
- 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup almond or macadamia nut meal
- 1/4 Atkins or other low carb bake mix
- 2 teaspoons corn meal
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Macadamia nut or peanut oil for frying
Roll the catfish fillets in a mixture of the next seven ingredients. A quick way to coat
the fish is to place the mixture it in a plastic bag with the fish and just shake it.
Drop into deep fryer at 325°F. Fry until it turns golden brown; about 5 minutes.
Remove onto paper towels and allow to drain.
Serve with collard greens, and sugarless cole slaw for a real Southern feel.
Makes 4 servings — 5.9 effective grams of carbohydrate per serving.