Thursday, February 25, 2010

Put a smile on someone's face

When my father received this token of affection from me, it put a smile on his face and a lift in his spirit.  Mission accomplished, hurray.

It was worth the price of admission.

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Peace out until the next time!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What would you do?

I just love this idea.  What fun.
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Peace out until the next time.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


This is me and my friend Adrian @ the Vedic Temple in Montclaire after a meditation service and before food!



Peace out until next time!
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Monday, February 15, 2010

In the spirit of Julie and Julia Day #6

So I was not in the mood to cook yesterday so I made two dishes today from the fabulous Mathea from Peas love Carrots and Rajani from eatwritethink.

The cream corn on the cob came out fantastic; I had three pieces.  Rather thank thyme which I didn't have I used Jamaican jerk seasoning which made the cream sauce come out beige rather than white. However the flavors were just as delicious. I ladled the sauce over the cobs.  I did not cook potatoes with the green beans because I had bread with my lunch so I just cooked the green beans with almonds and garlic which was very tasty thanks to the ponzu sauce.   Here are my blackberry photos:

Here are the photos from their respective sites:

I know I cheated since I skipped a few days but I'm having fun discovering new fantastic items to cook for variety.  So far so good!!

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Peace out until the next time!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The spirit of Julie & Julia Day #4

I forgot to mention my tendency to be a flake.  I had enough food left over from day one to skip to day 4.  Today I created my own lunch with the contents of my refrigerator before I go shopping again.

I used the remainder of the collard green leafs, turkey bacon, grain meat and Braggs Liquid Amino's to make  wraps without bread.  With two table spoons of  EVOO I browned some turkey bacon, and apple-wood grain meat.  I took Alphalfa sprouts and put them into a washed collard leaf with the liquid amino's and rolled the turkey bacon and grain meat inside.  This was enough meat to make two rolls.  I ate one and took a picture of one.  If you want a filling alternative to a sandwich try putting you favorite raw or cooked vegetables or lunch meats into a raw turnip or collard leaf.  Those are the largest leaves that can hold the contents without tearing. They do leak liquid flavoring unless you tuck in the ends.  Whole wheat bread is great but it's still bread.  Making wraps with leaves are different looking [colorful], and just as compact for travel to work and school.

Here are the untouched blackberry photos:

Peace out until the next time...
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Dale & Mathea & Rajani & Steph & Cheryl - Day #1

In the spirit of Julie and Julia today I made [click the name of the dish to see the full recipe from Steph's blog] Penne with Sausage & Escarole courtesy of the fabulous Steph @ Live.Love.Eat.  I altered her original dish to make it a tad healthier. This recipe called for sausage links but I replaced the pork with Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage grain meat.  And I replaced the parmesan cheese with Follow Your Heart rice cheese that sprinkles like Parmesan. I replaced the Penne pasta with wheat free gluten free Quinoa supergrain pasta shells.  I also used fresh asparagus in the place of Escarole since my market had none, sun dried tomatoes, red peppers, fresh basil and dill.  Other than those alterations the recipe is pretty much the same.

And here's what my modified version looks like from my Blackberry.  I tried to focus as closely as possible in natural light:

My altered version is quite delicious so I'm sure that Steph's original dish is mouthwatering.  It's an inexpensive, easy, quick and filling meal.

Live.Love.Eat and Enjoy!
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

One day at a time, sweet Jesus...

Happy Tuesday!  Today I decided to visit my favorite food blogs to find recipes to make every day.  Each time that I visit those blogs my comments contain words like yummy & yippee.  At some point I had to make the decision to actually try some of these dishes so in lieu of sending out my resume, which in 17 months has gotten me to the same place - blogging from my couch - I must keep my mind active by trying/learning new things.

So for the moment I've stopped stalking my local Hindu temples for new recipes.  And beginning tomorrow will be stalking/cooking from eatwritethink [formerly A Vegetarian In the Middle East], Peas Love Carrots, and my new favorite Black Girl Chef's Whites.

I'm putting it off another day to budget, plan, shop and prep.  I will most likely choose each day what dish I'll make for which meal.  So in the spirit of Julie and Julia,  I'll sing me a little tune.  "One day at a time, sweet Jesus, that's all I'm asking of you. Lead me today, show me the way, one day at a ti-i-i-i-i-i-me!"

Of course, I'll be blogging about my progress.
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Peace out until the next time!

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