sublime concoctions

{December 27, 2009}   Divine Mash

Created this today-

mashed potatoes

Mash potatoes simply with butter, cream, salt pepper and nutmeg-

saute 1 red onion diced, handful of dried figs diced, few sliced of some good  salami and fresh thyme in olive oil and a bit of butter – salt pepper, drizzle of honey and lemon- toss into potatoes slightly on top of each serving and add some crumbled cheese like maybe havarti- totally amazing combo I happened onto by making some green beans with above ingredients-


{December 24, 2009}   chai afternoon

I am all about tea lately. As aperson with a background in bar/ grill venues, I can go on and on about the wonderful combination wine and beer can bring to food.  In the past year- I have began to find myself really drawing away from the fascination of wine and beer and instead have chose to focus more on the subtle enhancement of teas and herbs and spices in my life.  My daughter just came around the corner in fact with her new invention of broke up apple in her hot peppermint tea I made for an afternoon snack. I am very in love with certain herbal teas that are stand alone miracles. Here is a recipe for Chai I got from some combination of recipes and added what I had- it came out amazing and why dont we just make more Chai at home instead of paying 3.50 for a boxed mix latte out? There is an amazing local company I adore that makes a concentrate called Dragonfly Chai-( spicy version is my favorite way to go)- but after making this at home- I am sure I wont be buying it again.

1 2/3 cup water

8 cardamon pods

1 cinnamon stick

4 peppercorns

2 star anise pods

1 tsp fresh ginger

1 bay leaf

2 tsp sugar ( more to taste)

2/3 c milk

2 tea bags of black tea- or 2 tsp of tea leaves

boil all ingredients in water except milk and tea bags- 2 min or so-

add milk and tea bags- boil for 3 or 4 more minutes

strain and serve- add more sugar if needed and  next time i will make with more peppercorns to have more kick

{December 23, 2009}   Super Sexy Sassy Fudge

Ok, I am sharing my first official batch of Raw Cacao “fudge”??? I am telling you I am learning about the attitude of chocolate in a whole new way dealing with it raw- this somehow worked out so I am going to enter a journal note so to speak- take this with a grain of salt and dont try to follow it lest you end on the edge of complete disaster!

about 3/4 cup of Cacao paste

shake of cinnamon

1/4 tsp of cayenne

5 minced dates

1/4 cup of  ground golden flax

1/4 cup of raw pumpkin seeds

2 tbls Maca root

1 tbls mesquite

1/4 cup of  agave nectar / maple syrup

few hits of pink Himalayan  Sea salt

So, i took this to a double boiler to heat this slow and keep it low temp- melted this cacao paste- nice, silky, pretty- than wham! i added maple syrup and it seized up on me- when i realized it wasnt going back to that nice smooth format- i just threw everything i had into it above and pressed it into a fudge kind of form- i rolled it into balls and threw it into my candy foils and threw it in the fridge- and walla- i have chocolates thaat worked out despite the madness and they are a wee bit spicy for some- but they are high level nuggets of passion to be shared and taken as medicine…………….

{December 14, 2009}   morning sacred cow

So, I have been busy exploring new worlds of herbs, super foods and movement. Specifically moving my body a lot more at the gym and complimenting my physical endeavors with new combinations and super foods. Three words – cacao, cayenne and maca. Raw chocolate is my new love…apparently through the roof health benefits in comparison to roasted cocoa- raw cacao just screams out with essence and I can for sure appreciate the flavor difference. Some people have commented on raw chocolate as chalky – but there is no hesitance for me- raw is best. I have many things going on with this new love, for now am taking a moment to add my first concoction with this maca /cacoa combo. I wont even go into maca here, it is deserving of its own entry after I have worked with it a while.

            Morning  Sacred Cow

            I cup unsweetened almond milk

            one banana (froz would be best)

           1 tsp raw cacao

         1 tsp maca root

        dash cayenne

      dash or two of cinnamon

      1 plus scoop preferred protein powder

       zip it in a blender and go to heaven for a while- i am going to do some yoga now!

et cetera