Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bad Romance- When Food & Heartburn Don't Mix- Expert Advice

Caught in a Bad Romance, no I'm not talking about GaGa's latest hit. I'm referring to the 25 million adults who suffer daily from acid reflux according to About.com. It's like a sick joke, the one thing in life you love FOOD, spicy, tasty, garlickly goodness being the exact thing you have stay away from. It's like everytime I eat a dish of fresh homemade Sunday Sauce Im saying "I want your love, I want your revenge"! Fuggedaboudit- imagine if I wanted to wash dinner down with a glass of wine, I'll be screaming Ra-Ra-Ra all the way to the E.R.!!!! So how do I handle this sadistic relationship, besides popping the latest proton pump inhibitor (better known as PPI or acid blocker)? Here's a few of my tips:
  1. Use garlic infused oil instead of straight garlic in a dish:  warm plain olive oil w/ a few cloves of whole garlic, when golden brown, strain out garlic and cook with the infused oil.
  2. Reduce the amount of aromatics in a dish- ok, ok yes they add a ton of flavor but too much mirepoix will have you up all night! Go half on the amount of onions, carrots and celery in any recipe and sautee very well making them easier to digest, believe me it helps.
  3. Add lemon zest to a recipe instead of pure lemon juice. The acid from the lemon juice can surely put you in serious pain.Instead I use the zest. Zest of any citrus fruit packs tens times the punch of the juice w/o the side effects.
What are your tricks to making this relationship work!- Chef J-NYC

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