The Basics of Everythingtarianism

by Holly on January 29, 2012

in baking,dessert,Everythingtarianism,rambling,recipes

Over the past couple months, I’ve somehow picked up a slew of new readers.

I don’t know where y’all are coming from…but I like it. And so I would like to give you a proper welcome…oh haiiiiii new readers! How you doin’?

I know, I know…nothing says “Welcome! I’m glad you’re reading my blog!” than a white girl food blogger pretending to be from the streets using Joey Tribbiani pick-up lines. You’re welcome.

But I figure since I can’t see all your new faces through the computer screen and get to know each of you in person, I thought it might be nice to say hi and share with you what my blog is all about…the basics of Everythingtarianism, if you will. Because while it would be excruciatingly nice of you to go back and read all 739 of my posts, I’d rather you not.

Save time and do something that’s actually productive…like watch a Keeping Up with the Kardashians marathon or finish that pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream in your freezer.

In fact, I think that might just be Everythingtarian Basic #1: trashy TV + ice cream take precedent over just about everything else in life. The only exceptions to that rule are medical emergencies, happy hours + trips to Target. And if you do go shopping at Target, you have to spend at least $50. Anything less is honestly just quite embarrassing.

To be an Everythingtarian also means not counting calories, carbs, fats, omega-3s, selenium grams, pounds or dress sizes. It means eating food…not too much…mostly plants.

Which leads me to #3: aim to eat 10 servings of fruits + veggies per day. It was focusing on that task – and that task alone – that was responsible for me losing those last 10 pounds.

Everythingtarian Basic #4: I try not to take myself too seriously so neither should you (take me seriously, that is). Unless I am being serious, then take me seriously..but only if you want.

Things you should do as an Everythingtarian, you ask? Travel. Reflect. Laugh. Do things you love. Hang out with people who lift you up…not down. Laugh more. Chortle. Run marathons if that’s your thing. Breathe. Yoga your buns off. Don’t get fancy…just get (booty)dancey. Prioritize. Do the best you can with what you have. If all else fails, there’s beer. And wine.

As for #5, I’m not a chef or really even a cook…so don’t feel the need to be one either. I’m just a girl standing in front of an oven asking, “What can I make for dinner that’s relatively healthy, easy AND delicious?” The answer I’ve come up with so far is my collection of recipes.

Use the recipes, abuse the recipes and post a photo to my Facebook page if you make one!

I LOVE hearing from readers. That is why my sixth and last basic of Everythingtarianism is communication. You can e-mail me, Facebook me, Tweet me, Pin me, Instagram me, Tumblr me or leave me a comment if you need anything. I may not always be prompt in getting back to you, but you will ALWAYS get a reply. Because like I always say, sharing is caring.

Oh yeah, and if any of you new readers happen to be MFH (ahem, my future husband) Jake Gyllenhaal’s personal assistant, I’m going to need you to speak up…like now.

Blood Orange Curd Tart

4 blood oranges, zested + juiced (about 1/2 cup juice)
1 lemon, zested
1 cup sugar
1 stick of butter, chilled + cut into chunks
5 egg yolks
1/2 cup pistachios, finely chopped
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 T sugar
1/8 t salt
1 egg white
2 T melted butter
2 T canola oil
water, as needed
chopped pistachios, blood orange zest or blackberries, for garnish

Over medium-low heat and in a double boiler or in a heat-safe bowl over, but not touching, about 1-inch of simmering water, whisk together blood orange juice, blood orange zest, lemon zest, sugar and butter. Stir occasionally until butter is melted.

Add egg yolks and whisk together. Let cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring every minute. Curd will start to thicken and when stirred, will coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat, cover with a layer of plastic wrap and refrigerate.

In a medium bowl, mix pistachios, flour, sugar and salt together. Add egg white, butter and canola oil. Mix. If dough is still too dry or crumbly, add 1 to 2 T of water. On a floured surface, knead dough. Flatten into a pie pan or divide into 8 small pieces to place in individual tart pans. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly golden brown.

Spoon chilled curd into tart. Top with garnishes of your choice. Devour!

Makes 8 slices


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Congrats on all the new readers! It must be your sparkling TV personality (seriously – so impressed). Or this tart, which has me drooling on my computer.

P.S. I tagged you for a quiz thingy on my blog. All the cool kids are doing it… when they aren’t stuffing their faces with this tart deliciousness. :)

Danielle January 29, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Oh hi, Holly the everythingtarian. I didn’t realize meeting you for the umpteenth time would make me love you just a little bit more ;) p.s. kudos to you for being a blood orange fan.

Ann January 30, 2012 at 12:47 am

Woohoo for blood orange recipe. Looks yummy. I keep meaning to bake something with the blood oranges I keep buying at the store, but I just keep eating them. And I haven’t even used them for Margaritas or cosmos yet. This looks great. The pistachio crust may be a little more than genius.

Erica January 30, 2012 at 3:45 am

Glad the blog is doing awesome :)! Its probably your gig as next food network star thats drawing them in- whoop! I want a slice of this tart. The crust alone looks amazing

Lauren January 30, 2012 at 6:14 am

Oh my goodness girlfriend, where ever do you find the time to make such glorious things? LOL. This looks delicious and super classy.

Hillary January 30, 2012 at 6:15 am

So, this was maybe one of my favorite posts ever. Not only because that tart looks wonderful (come to Baltimore and bake it for me?), but because you openly validated three of the things I spent my time doing this weekend: Kardashian marathon (um, both Saturday and Sunday), Target shopping (well over $50, always), and wine drinking (duh). Thanks for that!

Sarah@The Flying ONION January 30, 2012 at 6:16 am

Woohoo!! Yay for new readers!

And the blood orange shot in the first picture is just stunning. I’ve been so into them lately. I think I love the color even more than I love the flavor…haha. :D

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 30, 2012 at 6:32 am

You must have dazzled millions with your TV debuts!!! :)

Carolyn January 30, 2012 at 8:46 am

I can’t quite remember how I got to your blog, but I’m glad I did! :)

And you can use cheezy Joey lines on me anytime! *snort*

Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

Haha, I bet it was being on TV that got you those new readers! Congrats!

sarah @ sarah learns January 30, 2012 at 10:57 am

um hi. ever since you mentioned your quest to bake something with blood oranges at dinner the other night, i have been stalking your blog to see what you came up with. this looks glorious.

Katie January 30, 2012 at 11:01 am

Is there anything more photogenic than blood oranges? I think not.

dana @ my little celebration January 30, 2012 at 11:30 am

GORGEOUS. Just gorgeous.

And I’m glad to hear your followership is growing, as it very well should be.

You’re fabulous.

Sue January 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Not sure how I got here but every time I pin one of your recipes it gets a lot of re-pins so hopefully you pick up readers from there.

Mackenzie January 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm

your use of the word “chortle” and your (i hope?!) notting hill reference?!?!?! girl, you got me smitten with blog lovin’.

Kate January 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Just the name of the recipe makes me smile- Blood Orange Curd Tart. Yum! Plus, sounds like a great I’m-trying-to-say-something-that-isn’t-a-curse-phrase.

“Blood Orange Curd Tart! They cancelled “How I Met Your Mother!?” :)

Megan (Braise the Roof) January 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Gorgeous tart! Makes me want dessert right now. :) Also, did you SEE the finale of Kourtney+Kim? Total tease. I was highly disappointed.

Tiffany January 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I have been reading for a while but have never commented. I am so excited for your new found fans!……It’s probably because you are now a tv celebrity.
Congratulations to you and your healthy, balanced life.

Emily January 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I’m glad more people have discovered your blog!!!

KaraHadley January 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm

So I’m neither Jake nor his assistant, but I can pretend if you feed me tart. Pretty please?!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List January 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I’ve been needing a tutorial. I seriously can’t wait to meet you and touch your hair.

Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I just read someone’s post about blood orange doughnuts and now this…..I only have three blood oranges left so I can’t make both.

Lauren January 30, 2012 at 8:05 pm

So glad I came across your blog! You have a great philosophy on life and healthy eating. I look forward to the next dose of everythingtarian-ism!

Katie January 30, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I believe I may be one of those new readers! I tend to click around blogrolls and see what I like, and your philosophy is very similar to mine!! I’m excited to check out previous posts and steal some recipes! I’ll probably blog and link you to them when I do!

Pure2raw twins January 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Holly this looks amazing!!! seriously the best dessert I have seen. YUM!

brandi January 31, 2012 at 7:50 am

uh, yum! i am officially in love with blood oranges.

Willow @ My Own Trail February 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm

As one of your newer readers, I have to say that your blog is great, which is why I keep reading it. I know this sounds cheesy, which is why I’m almost embarrassed to write it (note I said almost), but I really feel like I can tell what you would be like in person through your writing. It seems so real. OK, I promise I’m not some deranged lunatic or anything…just someone who appreciates good, witty writing. In the blog world, which can often feel so judgy and serious, it’s really refreshing.

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef February 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Love this post! And yup, I am going to need to make this this weekend :)

Life's a Bowl February 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Hi Healthy Everythingtarian! I stumbled upon your blog from Tina over at Carrots ‘n’ Cake and glad I found it- you sound like tons of fun!

Emily February 9, 2012 at 11:14 am

Oh Holly… if I was into women & lived in America, I would be proposing to you right about now. I love your Everythingtarian rules :)

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