Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Can you smell what the BB is cookin??

It's been a great week for me so far. I've been extremely busy, but things are going well for me. I did a photoshoot for a poster this weekend. I got to work with a photographer that I've been wanting to work with but never had the chance to. He had an interesting style. He asked me to repeat different things back to him throughout the shoot. Sort of like when you are posing for a photo and the photographer asks you to say, "Cheese!". I wasn't sure what he was doing at first so I refused to play the game. You usually aren't supposed to talk while shooting or your photos will look weird, like you were in mid-sentence with your eyes rolling back into your head. But the photographer kept on me and explained that he does it to try to get different expressions out of the models he works with. I thought about it and I guess it could work if he is quick enough to catch the right moment in time. I'm anxious to see how that worked out. That is why it is always fun working with new people. You can learn something new every day.

I have another shoot coming up this week so I've been busy doing all the things that I have to do to prepare for being in front of the camera with a whole bunch of confidence. I've been doing a lot of working out, tanning (Mystic), and eating right.

I've really been enjoying my new kitchen. There is so much room to prepare dishes. I love it!

And since I've been eating all healthy, I thought that I would share a great low-fat gourmet recipe that I came across recently...

Asian Chicken Burgers with Wasabi Ketchup
Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

1 pound ground chicken (or you can use ground turkey)

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Cooking spray

4 tablespoons ketchup

1 teaspoon wasabi paste

4 whole-wheat rolls

1 small red onion, sliced

1. In a large bowl, combine first 7 ingredients well. Shape mixture into 4 patties, each about 1 inch thick.
2. Coat a large grill pan (the George Foreman Grill works great!)or griddle with cooking spray and set pan over medium heat. When pan is hot, add burgers and cook 5-6 minutes per side until cooked through.
3. Meanwhile, mix ketchup and wasabi paste well in a small bowl.
4. Place burgers on whole wheat rolls (or wrap with lettuce for a lower carb alternative) and top with ketchup mixture. Garnish with cilantro and red onion slices.

Nutritional Information per serving (1 burger with 1 tablespoon of wasabi ketchup): 261 calories, fat 9 g; 2.3 g saturated, carbs 27 g, protein 18 g, 4 g fiber, 57 mg calcium, 1.4 mg iron, 792 mg sodium

Enjoy that recipe and let me know if you end up trying it. I did and I'm hooked! I am fiending it right now just typing the recipe up for you guys.

I've got an important business meeting tonite. If everything goes well tonite, I will be making a big announcement soon that you guys will be stoked about! Wish me luck and stay tuned!