sublime concoctions

{September 26, 2010}   Farmers Markets and mind rambles

Just came back from a wonderful farmers market day. It is the beginning of fall and we have a nice sunny hot burst to enjoy before things get too rainy. October is truly one of the most beautiful seasons in Oregon- it was the season I moved into here almost exactly 4 yrs ago and I love these warm fall days beckoning us to stay outside and wear the sun rays like a cozy blanket.

Picked up lots of peppers of all kinds today and some beautiful squash. I also happened upon some fresh raw honey, local and added in a bag of bee Pollen. lots of inspiration today to jar, pickle, and make apple pies. The highlights are honeycrisp apples and delicious little pears. I am so heartened to see the natural organic slow food movement thriving and for sure plan to buy some fresh chicken and soup bones next time around.

Going to make some apple creations right now!


{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!

{October 22, 2009}   Enzymes make my head spin

Ok, so I havent written in a while- and thats ok cause aint nobody tunin in just yet- but in case anyone does, i have a few things to write. RAW  FOOD! ENZYMES. I am reading about “raw food diet” and  I am obsessing on enzymes and how our body processes food- how we break it down and how we absorb it and what the hell is all this controversy about food. I think i have sortof come to a basic comfort zone concerning RAW FOOD vs COOKED. I have read some pretty convincing articles on each side of the debate as i look down the rabbit hole.  Pretty much raw foodies are convinced that we get these enzymes from raw food so much more “wonderfully’ and not only that- cooked food hampers our immune systems and breeds illness. Everyone I have listened to about raw food has some beautiful feelings about it- some border on religious about it- The thing I love about raw food ideas is i love the idea of the vital energy we get from raw food- i kind of part ways though when i cant make some amazing veggie soup and not think it isnt good for my body too.  i think my comfort zone is looking  alot more like Nourishing Traditions-  ideas of the enzymes being activated and our bodies being assisted digesting by eating certain condiments such as pickles, chutneys and kraut with our meats and eating some raw- including meat- i am understanding the beauty in sprouting our nuts and grains and hope to find the motivation to get that ball rolling- i just know one thing about my new view on food- we do have to see food as alive- as energy and the more we respect that the better we will naturally feed ourselves- but by all means i will be learning more about how food works with my body so i can feed it optimally and not fall for a fad- but listen to reason and most importantly- my own body.  My head spins with all the concepts out there- i listen for the voices that are inclusive  and not dogmatic. It has to stretch its arms wide enough to embrace concepts and styles of eating traditionally across many cultures and it has to leave the element of love in the process- because food is magic. I will be including a lot more raw into my lifestyle- but I am not giving up my soup yet- and i am adding 2 new recipes on soup in the morning just to make my point! ;;)……….

{September 30, 2009}   the sugar scam

My thoughts are on what we have been selling ourselves as nutritious food. As I make my kids breakfast- I imagine they are not eating typical for their peers. This morning, they had a piece of leftover cornbread and a berry-banana yogurt smoothie- no sweetener, save the frozen banana which acts nicely to make it yummy and smooth plus sweeten- my favorite trick for the kids smoothies. I am learning to avoid processed sugar- however it seems I have to be ever more vigilant on what I find acceptable.  The cornbread I made last night was a mix up of a recipe I love- but i used less than 1/4 cup of sugar ..the recipe called for 2/3 cup!  it was totally still on the sweet side and a touch of honey made it desert. Why do we sell things like granola bars as healthy alternatives to our kids when they are packed with unhealthy oils, and SUGAR out the wahzoo? DO NOT EVEN get me started on boxed sugar cereals and pop tarts…I think these companies should be ashamed of themselves shoving the commercials down our throats and telling people this is a nutritious breakfast. You ever try to have 3 kids on your heels at the store and they are all placed at the bottom shelves where the 2 yo who is GOING to FLIP OUT will- it is a fight I always win- but then i have to make it around every corner of the store and avoid candy and crap- not to mention the candy at the counters! (um- i lost that one a time or two with two year old tantrums from hell as you are checking out)…..I was raised without these colorful boxes and cartoon characters on my table, hardly ever pop or candy- and it might have been for economic reasons- but I am glad my upbringing set the tone- It is just sad- I mean how many kids are from families that do not put their energy into food like me and they are living off of this stuff first thing in the morning- and maybe even a pop out of the fridge or orange drink (which is full of vitamin c, so it must be good huh?) to wash it down- they go to school and have behavior problems diagnosed as ADHD or some shit like that? Maybe it is the sugar rush- a wheat  or food coloring allergy and then these kids have brain fog after their rush is over. I know when I was struggling through working full- time and surviving intense crisis as a parent- putting nutrition in place  would have been down the list if I was not geared that way- I might just take the word of the people talking saying- hey everyone is living like this – whats the harm? look at your grocery shelves!!! it is packed with sugar laden processed food meant to be quick and easy for people to not think for themselves…then as we grow up- everyone is down your throat to be thin and beautiful- so then we sell you on how you can fix yourself with other processed products…what a rat race!  I do buy these granola bars- i do get my kids doughnuts- i even will let them pick out a box of that crap if they want like once a year- but they always know it is JUNK FOOD> period-  and I am not selling myself on the notion it isnt anymore. I am going to get bulk snack mixes with nuts for protein and good fats and dried fruit like cherries with antioxidants and then they have something healthy- and a protein boost to make through their day.  I do think when i shop it is pretty funny- i am for sure not coming home with 75 percent of what i see in other peoples carts- and I have even more to learn for sure- but it makes me wonder how is that we are supporting this industry that our groceries stores are filled with crap we truly should avoid?  I am becoming vigilant and you look and sugar or high fructose corn syrup is in everything from ketchup to  meats to bread. I know this is old information to many peeps who are a health food junkie like me- but I wanted to acknowledge this process of stripping down the old habits and I am constantly bumping it up and being more aware and taking responsibility for reading these labels and not just assuming anything. One example is my boyfriend grabbed a loaf of bread I bought for the kids- he shook his finger at the high-fructose corn syrup on the list and I was pissed! I have been avoiding that ingredient for years now- this loaf of bread was from a company I have purchased from before- yet this one selection had the crap in it…sneaky and I got caught red-handed! LOL………..but i am for moderation and know my kids get junk along the way at school and events etc- this is why I feel it is important for it to be considered junk and not the accepted norm……..i have met the sugar radicals in the co-ops and mostly I think I prefer to be aware and have some place for junk…otherwise it becomes a challenge for the kids to find out what they are “missing”…However……i do think we parents need to stand up for our children and own what we support and i let my kids know it is a scam and they are not victims of that and they have the power to choose differently- and when the pop company comes to school for a fundraiser or wants to put a machine in the school- my kids hear how i think it is a horrible trick and they do not like being tricked! ::)…………well thats my rant on this subject for now.

{September 28, 2009}   facebook, blog newbie learning

Ok, so a new blog- i guess this is the point of blogs- I am setting up my blog site- so as i am learning how to organize my blog and publish my recipes etc- i am begging everyone who comes across my blog to be patient- as i have now hooked it into facebook and i have not figured this out completely-
and i love saying blog-haha-( i almost feel hip but know i am not since blogging has been around for a long time now..)

{September 28, 2009}   new blog

I am creating this blog to explore and express my relationship to food as an art- I see food as an art form , not just in style, texture and taste- but an art of nurturing and healing myself and my loved ones. I see this as a format to finally start sharing this on a larger scale with friends and family and finally start writing down the creations and recipes I form as I go. My style of cooking has always been pretty loose and somewhat chaotic- so, for instance, I will take my inspiration from a  recipe that seems interesting, like a platform- then I will change it up- use what I have in the house sometimes, or go by the seasons to replace certain things and usually the recipe gets turned on its head- sometimes, this works beautifully- sometimes this is a disaster- but it never usually happens more than one time because I never write anything down when I go. More and more I have come up with combinations that are from my own design completely-  or always a twist on an old favorite bumping it up with more courageous ingredients that have healing benefits. When I cook, I think of all the attributes of the spices, the grains, the vitamins in the fruits or veggies etc- I am learning more everyday and I know I get some of my best inspirations from people in my life and this is also why I want to do this blog. I do not see myself as a “foodie”- i see myself as a nurturer and an artist.  Always I am creating with a restraint – this will come out in how I shop and substitute and I am very resourceful- so this means I cannot always be a purist or have THE BEST RECIPES- it means- i have found a way to cook something good on a dime and I always always try to involve sustainability and principles over anything else involved such as top cuts of meat etc- i will have a recipe wrote up the best I can- but i was trained in “dump cooking” by my mom and grand mom and great grandma- this is why i make a lousy baker…:)……i do by feel and taste and i am in my zone- hope i can translate the ideas so someone can follow if they desire. ..but this is not a cookbook. I will be including new theories on food as a healing agent- supplements I try and also healing journeys as they come…. until next post- Rache

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