sublime concoctions

{June 26, 2013}   cleanse recharge

Blogging about my cleanse- 


{May 21, 2010}   bees knees salmon

One of my favorite ,more interesting ways to bake off salmon- worth a note

Salmon Fillets-
(only wild )
tbs of honey
2 or 3 tbs of crushed cashews (raw, unsalted or do not add salt to fish if seasoned)
salt, pepper to taste

Simple as simple can be- drizzle honey over tops of fillets after you salt and pepper them to taste- i prefer sea salt and cracked blk pepper- coat with crushed cashews, bake at 350 until perfect…about 20 min give or take on your oven or bake off in your favorite way-
dont forget to serve with lemon juice squeezed on top-

note: I made this with left over crushed cashews, peas, garlic over pasta with red pepper and salt/pepper- little parm cheese and a plain green salad with lemon and olive oil.

So, I am truly going to become the poaching queen for chicken dishes! I decided it was so easy, flavorful and versatile- not to mention healthy! here is a good healthy option that was easy and ended up delicious more than any other way I have prepared it thanks to the poaching!

2 chicken breasts (skinless)
8 or more peppercorns
1 bayleaf
1/4 lemon
enough water to almost cover chicken in a saucepan
-start all this to boil, then reduce to simmer – cover for 30 min or so

about 2 cups of broccoli- saute with 2 cloves of garlic, 2 inch piece of ginger -( diced)
then steam with some mirin, soy sauce or braggs, and add tbls of miso, tbls peanut buter and tbls of sesame oil with some broth off the chicken to make a small sauce-
– cook 2 bundles of Soba Noodles

make a bowl of noodles, add a bit of chicken broth, diced serving of the poached chicken- top with miso sauce, broccoli and red pepper flakes, drizzle small bit of sesame oil and serve!

{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…………….

{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.

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