"A good meal is like a present, and it can feel goofy, at best, to give yourself a present. On the other hand, there is something life affirming in taking the trouble to feed yourself well, or even decently. Cooking for yourself allows you to be strange or decadent or both. The chances of you liking what you made are high, but if it winds up being disgusting, you can always throw it away and order a pizza; no one will ever know." (Jenni Ferrari-Adler)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sometimes i feel like running away too

Today something happened that ruined this holiday season for me. I used to love the holidays when i was a child and now I hate the fucking season with passion.  Too bad even my fucking birthday has to fall in December.

V. if you are there and you are reading this please shoot me a message on FB.  I've lost too many people i loved this year.... please don't leave my life. I love you babe, and always will be here for you just let me know you are ok.

life sometimes can be a fucking bitch!

Happy Holidays HO-HO-HO!

Monday, October 25, 2010

HAPPY WORLD PASTA DAY!

HAPPY WORLD PASTA DAY EVERYONE!

Here is some useless trivia:

1. October 25th is the Official World Pasta Day and all around the world there are events and conferences being organized in honor of this western favorite.
2. Did you know the first noodle-like foods originated in China about 4,000 years ago? Yes China, not Italy. 3. The first noodles were made out of rice flour not wheat.


And now whether you choose to celebrate this day the Italian or the Asian way it does not matter as long as you celebrate it in style.


Here are some suggestions :)

Pumpkin Ravioli in a truffle-sage butter sauce

Tagliatelle Carbonara dela Nona 

Cashew Cheeze

Last week I finally experimented with the famous Chashew Cheeze, a vegan replacement for its dairy  counterpart the traditional cheese.  Selecting a recipe was a challenge in itself as there are tons of them on the internet.  Amongst the most popular are the Macadamia Fetta or Almond Fetta.  In my case however the deciding factor was, which raw nuts can I get at Fresh & Easy that will fit my 5 dollar budget?  A little browsing thru the shelves and voila we had a winner.

To  keep your budget under control sometimes creativity is by far the most important skill.

This particular recipe was inspired by the Macadamia Fetta recipe in the book "Raw food/ Real world" by Matthew Kenny & Sarma Melngalis.


CASHEW FETTA
Makes 1 cheeze approximately the size of a brie


2  Cups of Organic Raw Cashew nuts
2 Garlic cloves
1 Green onion, chopped
1 tsp of Salt
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice

Soak cashews overnight.
Preheat oven to 200F (about 90C)
In a food processor, add garlic, green onion and salt, and pulse 3 times. Add drained cashews and lemon juice and pulse another 4-5 times or if you would like your cheeze to be on  the less crumbly side then keep on pulsing until desired consistency is achieved.

With the aid of a cheese cloth drain any excess liquid and shape your cheeze into desired form.

Place cheeze in a cookie tray previously covered in parchment paper and oven bake it for 40 min (20 min on each side) till a gentle crust forms on the outside.  Allow it to cool and refrigerate.

Technically this can be kept in the fridge up to 1 week. Good luck  with that, is all I  have to say!
This thing is so addictive that will not last more than one day. I had 3 people try it and the reviews were awesome.  So this Recipe has been approved and will be repeated.

Great recipe to keep on your quick cocktail party recipes list, served with Harissa or Salmon Carpaccio, or just as an addition to a Cheese Platter. Goes perfect with a glass of dry red or white wine.

Yummmmy!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pleasant Surprises on a Rainy day

This is when you know recession has hit California hard in 2010.....  not only unemployment has held steady in the double digits but even the Sun seems to have been handed a pink slip. Is Los Angeles becoming New York?

Although most of the weekend has been spent indoors and the weekly hiking trip was once more postponed until further notice, there was so much going on that I barely had any time to catch my breath.

It all started on Friday when my sister called me to let me know she and her hubby will be moving up boulevard from me (Pleasant surprise #1).  I cannot even begin to tell you how freaking excited I am.  Since R. left, life in SFV has been quite a lonely one, as most of my friends do live in the westside. Finally I'll have some company and someone to try my recipes.  Oh and did I mention we baptized their new kitchen of "KITCHEN STADIUM"? Exactly! That's how big it is.

Pleasant surprise #2, did I ever tell you how much I absolutely LOVE living in the Valley? why? Well, because Shhhhhhhhhhhhh.... SFV is LA's best kept secret, and most people do not even bother checking it out.... and shame on them because they also end up missing on certain things such as the opening TOTAL WINE & MORE America's Wine Superstore (think "where Disneyland meets 21+"). So Guess where I was at 8:30PM  on Friday night? Right on babe! Unbelievable selection, 8,000 yes 8,000 wines. I almost cried when I say 1 entire section dedicated to Old World Wines, featuring wines from Portugal and Greece.  The prices are absolutely insane, they are about 30-50% off what regular retailers will charge. According to the Sales associate, they'll beat anyone's prices, Its Costco all over again minus the membership fees. K'ATCHIN!!!! Three bottles of wine, a free wine guide, and a list a couple bottles of wine to be picked up when I get my next paycheck later...... 


Pleasant surprise # 3: the discovery of Bleecker Street.  Thanks K for taking me there. This is when you want to hit me in the head for not having a camera with me.  The Restaurant's design and decor though very urban, give that comfortable homy feel of being at a restaurant in the south of Spain. All I could think of  was "Clams, white wine garlic and tons of butter and rustic warm brick oven baked bread". Never before have I ever wanted to eat clams, nor is this recipe featured on their menu (which is a shame).  We did not eat dinner there. The idea was to just go out for a good glass of wine and  oh boy, did we succeed. This place has quite impressive wine selection. That day I decided to stay away from the favorite Merlot blend and have a Syrah instead. 2007 Pax "Cuvee Christine" North Coast Syrah was the wine of choice.  I'm a big fan of Napa Valley and Washington State wines however this wine in particular has awaken my curiosity in discovering Sonoma County wines.  Its full body, mildly spiced with a dry berry finish. All I needed to culminate the most perfect autumn evening of 2010.

And this was my friday.  How about you? How was your weekend?


The picture above was borrowed from here and it is property of  clipartguide.com

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Harissa

After dreaming about this day for so long, yesterday I finally able to eat normal food again, and what a better way to celebrate it than with this spicy North African delicacy spread on your lunch sandwich

This recipe has been adapted from the recipe submitted by Alya Lee Kong and found on Food52.com

HARISSA

3 New Mexican dried Red Chilies
4 Guajillo Chilies
1 Chipotle chili (gives it a smokiness)
1/2  Red Pepper (roasted)
2 Sun Dried Tomatoes
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
Saffron
1/2 tbs piri-piri
1 1/2 tbs coriander
1/2 tbs turmeric
2 garlic cloves

1tsp salt
Olive Oil
Lemon Juice

Rehydrate dry chillies and sun dried tomatoes (place in a container, add boiling water and let it seat for 20-30min till soften). Meanwhile, place red pepper whole in the oven (375F or 190C)  for about 20-30 min till skin starts blistering and pepper is soft.

Patch dry dehydrated chilies  and sun dried tomatoes. Open them up and remove all seeds. Do the same for roasted pepper.

If you have a spice grinder then use it, other wise you can use your thermomix or blender.  Grind fennel seeds, saffron, coriander and piri-piri (TM: turbo and purse 3 times). Add peppers and sun dried tomatoes garlic and turmeric and salt to the cup and pulse a few times adding olive oil 1 Tbs at a time until a thick paste is achieved. Check all seasonings. Add lemon juice to taste ( I added about 1/2 a lemon)

This can be kept in the fridge for up to 1 month.

 Note: If you have difficulties in finding these peppers you can use serrano pepper or any other kind of spicy peppers, or regular red pepper. Just make sure to roast any fresh peppers being used, or dehydrate then re-hydrate. In California most Latin grocery stores will carry them. Fresh and Easy in heavily latin communites  has them, or any gourmet grocery stores. I bought mine from Geltsons about 2.5USD a bag (containing enough to make this recipe about 3-4 times over).

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Product Review - EZEKIEL's SPROUNTED GRAIN TORTILLAS

Yesterday while grocery shopping I came across this product.  I thought the Biblical analogy was "cute"  but then realized that the actual recipe for the tortilla is based on an old testament passage. And apparently this was a popular "bread" at the time.
Who would think that reading the bible could shed some culinary light into one's life?  God is indeed a rather interesting individual.

Just looking at these tortillas made me think of PIZZA! Almost immediately the recollection of the raw vegan pizza I had at CRU. Their vegan pizza is absolutely amazing. I want to have it everyday! However, it takes days to sprout the grains and it will take 12 hours of dehydration to get it ready. I don't even own a dehydrator. 

This is why it was so exciting to discover this tortillas. It takes 2 seconds and voila pizza dough is "prete-a-manger" and it tastes more than delicious. Specially if you live alone and usually cook for 1 this is the perfect size.  Just top it with your favorite veggies and cheese, stick it in the oven for a few minutes so the cheese melts and its ready to eat.  Can't wait to try some. 


Sunday, October 17, 2010

THe Master Cleanse Journey (Day 10)

YEY, I did it! today is day 10 of the Master Cleanse and I'm super excited about getting back to normal eating and cooking some delicious meals.

As a reward for completing the task I went to town yesterday and splurged on a SPA day. Got  a massage in the morning, a new coif, mani, pedi and eyebrows in the PM.  At night I went dancing with friends. OH yeah! So energy was not an issue at all.

I fell great.  This was just what I needed to reset the system after years of neglect.

The hardest part and this, and I don't recommend you do it, was watching my favorite TV shows on food Network (the reason why I have cable TV).  After the 6th day, it kind of hurts watching Chef Michael Simon's settle some Meatball feud whilst I sipped on another glass on lemonade.  No one deserves it :)

But its DONE! YEY.

So here is a picture taken today, the last day on the cleanse.


The lighting is kind of horrible it was taken with the MacBook Pro webcam, so I just look extra pale.

Everyone has been asking how much weight did I lose, so here is the answer: I did lose the water weight I was retaining about 4 pounds (2kg) in 10 days.  But remember, losing weight was not my intention.  At 117lbs (53kg) I really don't need to lose weight.  If your intent is to reduce weight you should go light on that maple syrup. Also because it would be hard for me to drink more than 10 glasses a day, i'd just add more maple syrup to my lemonade.

J. asked me what if you don't like maple syrup? Well, I don't like maple syrup. So the answer to that is YOU CAN DO IT!  Just add more cayenne to offset the sweetness of the syrup. And drink LOADS of water.

Can you exercise while you are on it? You can, I didn't. All I did was take walks from my home to the grocery store a couple times, about 3 mile round trip. Other than that I'm saving for when I can eat again and have some calories to burn :).

Other Tips: 

1. Whenever you feel light headed drink more lemonade that is because you are not drinking enough and your body is starving for energy.

2. You can and should socialize. Go out and instead of coffee order a herbal mint tea.  Go watch a movie, go dancing (just drink water instead of a vodka redbull).  Have fun with it.

3. Make sure days 2 and 3 you spend at home as those are the hardest to get thru and you may need to rest A LOT.

4. Find a buddy that will do it with you.  I cannot tell you how important this is.  It was awesome to be able to call my mom and exchange frustrations and accomplishments.  And by far I think blogging about this decision was the most important in making me stick to the plan....... there is something about making resolutions public.

If you have any questions feel free to drop me a message here or on facebook.

Thanks for sticking around for this journey, for the encouragement and all the support.

Now stay tuned for the next chapter as I cook up a storm in my kitchen :)

Have a beautiful evening!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Master Cleanse (day 8 0f 10)

It is still hard to believe I have stuck to the plan.... Hi-5 N.! Well Done!

But is it time to start eating yet? My tongue is numb from so much lemonade.....

I never, ever , ever , ever repeat the same food, specially when cooking at home.  You can ask whomever and they'll tell you I always have some novelty on my plate.  And as the most food adventurous member of the family, i think that what has been torturing me since yesterday.... 7 days eating the same food, really? So not like me! I already felt bad for people who cannot cook and think of an oven as shoe storage.But now I feel even more..... poor thing eating your daily broccoli and salmon.

I think this liquid diet is making me appreciate food a lot more. Also no more eating in front of a computer or reading a book. Meal time is sacret time. 

oh boy, I cant wait for monday =D

"Dear God, please FF the clock!
thanks a million,
N"

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Master Cleanse (days 5 & 6 out of 10)

All right people it's official the worse days are behind me and right now all I'm looking forward to is to getting back to eating :).  Four days from today I'll be entering phases 2 and 3 of the detox a.k.a. transitioning from liquid into solid foods.

Kinda excited about that :D

I've decided to stick to a vegan/vegetarian diet for at least 2 weeks after the process is completed and avoid if possible all together any dairy products. My weaknesses are cheese and eggs...... I love cheese! And then slowly start adding fish and organic poultry, and finally RED MEAT which probably will not taste the same :(

But I digress.....

Focusing on days 5 and 6

I'm feeling a little congested today because the air at the office is horrible and it's super cold inside and there are tons of people reportedly sick in the building.  (If there were enough humidity in that place I promise it would snow in there, thats how cold). At this point I'm trying to fight a sinus attack without any medicine. Thank God for the lemon juice! At least there are no signs of flu YEY.

Also, I'm beginning to feel hungry so yesterday I was finally able to drink 11 glasses of lemonade that is 1 glass less than the target. Today i was down to 10 again.  Keep on sweating every night, even had to change the sheets, and this is awesome news. My skin is clearing, all zits have dried up, now just need to get some mederma to make the blemishes vanish as well.

Here is a picture taken on day 3



here is another one taken today (wish the lighting were better)


Finally,  and this is really gross, 6 days on liquids and there is still solid waste coming out..... this makes me wonder.....

Hum and perhaps this may be the reason.  This was on the news yesterday (click on the link to read the article)


McDonald’s Happy Meal Shows No Decay After 6 Months


Good nigh everyone, time to get some beauty sleep.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Master Cleanse ( Days 3 & 4 of 10)

Hello Everyone,

Today is my 5th day on the Master Cleanse and I'll be blogging about days 3 and 4.
First I'd like to thank all of you who have dropped me messages on FB, email or SMS.  Thank you so much for your concern and all the encouragement.

After having gone thru a somehow stressful second day, I'm glad to report that I have not had a headache since nor have experienced any nausea. I'm also proud to announce that "I've been able to sweat" just because it was hot and not due to sauna induced mechanisms. YEY, this is definitely a breakthrough!  And my skin keeps on getting softer and softer, I'll post a picture tonight when i blog about day 5.

So, Day 3 on the Master Cleanse and i decided to make a real effort to drink 1Quart (1liter) of lukewarm water with salt. And oh boy let me tell you... it was like drinking tap water while visiting a 3rd world country (and just for the record i speak from experience). By lunch time i was done with the restroom and also exhausted, so i ended up just relaxing watching as many episodes of "Chopped" as i could and taking a 3 hour nap. All of a sudden BAM! i had all this energy again,  went for a 3 mile walk, got some more lemons from Trader Joe's, and started putting away all that laundry that have been waiting begging for my attention.

Day 4 was my first day back at work. I was a little worried about drinking the Salt water, but then J. told me I should be fine if i just wake up a little earlier than usual.  At work all things were just the same.... nothing exciting, but i guess that is part of the job description.  One thing I noticed though is that i feel much calmer and somehow happier.  Perhaps this is the sensation that comes from making a commitment and sticking to it, a secret feeling of accomplishment, of taking control of one's life, of being the captain of one's own ship. Because self-mastery and delayed gratification are after all the keys to success.

Day 5 coming soon and also some food talk because serious i'm already thinking about the yummy vegetatian meals i'll be eating next week :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Master Cleanse Journey (Days 2 of 10)

Hello everyone,

Proud to announce I have survived the 2nd day.  As you remember from my previous post I wasn't feeling so well at night. Well the malaise kind of stayed with me throughout the night and into the second day.

I had a horrible night and the worse headache ever.  This headache was interesting in that it would disappear for a couple min and then come back full force. Literally I felt like i was going crazy.  I may have been feverish too or at least thats how i felt like as my body went from chills into bursts of heat.  Then at about  or 5:30ish AM I got up to get some water.  Had 2 glasses went back into bed and maybe 30min later I basically barfed out the water i had just had and some residues of cayenne pepper.  This was when i finally was able to fall asleep for a couple hours.  The headache however persisted and lasted until about noon. I thought about giving up at least 200 times.  I guess what really helped me stick to it was the fact that i'm blogging about it (there is some sort of responsibility that comes attached :)) the support of friends specially those who have been thru it and know feeling horrible is part of the process.

Because of the tummy trouble I decided not to do the internal salt bath.  Looking back i think i should have but anyway it was then too late to go back.

So at about 2pm I started with my daily functions.  And what a day! I felt fantastic.  Had tons of energy and was very very calm.  My skin also began to clear up and its a lot softer than what it was before I started.  I even ended up going out for Tea with my friend K.

The only thing i could not accomplish was to drink the 12 glasses of lemonade.  Day 2 i had about 8 glasses and calorie wise i think that is too low.  Will try the target again today.

Stay tuned for day 3

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Master Cleanse Journey (Days 1 of 10)

Day 1

First day went pretty uneventful for a friday morning.  Woke up, took a shower, got dressed, and ventured in to the kitchen to prepare the Lemonade.

All ingredients lined up in the counter top, I take a good look at them and think to myself.... 10 days....hummmm.... Jesus help!


As much as the mind was telling me i'd be fine, my stomach, who has a brain of its own strongly disagrees.

Preparing the lemonade was not an easy task. I try to prepare 1 bottle at a time.  VOSS water was the bottle water of choice for sustainability reasons, as these are glass, and thus can be washed and re-used without any problems (unlike their plastic counterparts).

If you are the type of person who cannot function until you have your 1st cup of coffee, then you probably can relate to this:

VOSS is a norwegian water, and the bottles also come in norwegian size, so instead of 1.5L or 24oz or whatever measure makes sense to a normal brain..... the bottle has precisely 800ml.... and now how many 10oz glasses of water are in 800ml again?

Even being a numbers person this kind of math hurts at 7:15AM.  Finally got all proportions figure out, and off i went to preparing my 3 bottles of lemonade.


Oh i kind of cheated a little, and instead of the salt bath i had the tea, which is fine according to the book. (the main reason is because i could not figure out that 1Quart of water are actually 4 glasses at that time in the morning. Why can't people in the US just call it 1Liter like everybody else?) 

Well my goal was to drink about 4 bottles of lemonade (about 12 cups) a day. However to my surprise I did not feel hungry at all and had a really hard time finishing the 3rd bottle.  I also had lots of energy and was in a really good mood.

However at about 10PM I started getting really tired with a crazy headache, chills and hot flashes, which apparently it is normal as you body begins to detox and releases all toxins from the cells, then these toxins just go crazy in the blood stream and one feels sick until the body fluxes them out.

In sum, a great first day.

Report on day 2 coming up.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Master Cleanse Journey

Hello everyone
Today is day Zero of my journey to better health and mastery of the mind.


Some of you who follow me on facebook may
know this but if you don't, I've been researching different cleanses for quite a while now.  I've actually try to undergo a juice cleanse a couple years ago, last year i tried a cleansing system from Wholefoods (cannot remember the name) but could not handle the ingestion of 20 different pills on a daily basis, my life is already too complicated to remember that at lunch i'm supposed to take the kidney and liver pill but not the colon. Too much information, too many chemicals, i don't remember having lasted 2 days.



So about the Master Cleanse:
1. Yes I am nervous about the decision
2. Yes it seems crazy to live on liquid for 10 days
3. Yes I know several people who have been on it
4. Yes they are all still alive
5. Yes some of them could not handle it for 10 days
6. And yes most of those who succeeded do it at least once a year to clear the system.

Why am i doing this?
Well because i am trying to declutter, re-energize and jump-start my life.  For the past several years i've exposed my body to radiation, smoke, pollution, chemicals and genetically modified foods (unfortunately this i did not even know until recently).  I've denied my body exercise and though since last year I've been cooking my own food on a daily basis, for a long long time I was feeding on Wendy's Spicy Chicken Sandwich (extra hot) and Panda Express Orange Chicken (I hope it is orange).

So besides wanting to clear my body from all toxins ingested in the past almost 33 years of existence, I hope this cleanse also helps clear my brain. Call me crazy but for some reason spiritually I feel my best when I'm in control of my life, w hen i look in the mirror and i think to my self "WOW..... hot hot hot MAMA", when my skin is beautiful and clear and my eyes irradiate life.

According to Stanley Burroughs ( the father of the Master Cleanse), one should undergo the cleanse " To dissolve  and eliminate toxins and congestion that have formed in any parts of the body (...) to remove pressure and irritation in nerves, arteries and blood vessels" (The Master Cleanse, pg16)

oh did i mention my cholesterol os high.......

Am I planning on going vegetarian after the cleanse?
Not exactly.  I've been eating more and more vegetarian meals however i love meat.  Unfortunately after watching the movie Food Inc, I became a little more concerned with the quality of the meat found at our local grocery stores so I chose instead of eating crappy meat on a daily basis, to treat myself to a great expensive piece of grass fed steak once in a while. I've also decided to eat more fish (for the iron) but only wild caught, and eat more organic fruits and vegetables.... well it is expensive to eat well but when you eat quality you need less quantity.

What results do I expect form this cleanse?
Here is what I expect:

1.  The death to black circles under my eyes


2. Healthier Hair and Nails


3. Healthier skin (want my picture perfect skin back) 


4. More energy, I wanna be able to dance non-stop for 5 hours in a row

5. To put an end to Edema and bowel movement issues

6. More focus and self-control

7. Overcome my addiction to Dairy and French fries (main causes of the high cholesterol)


I've been blogging about this journey for the next 10 days.  I'm also implementing a few other changes to my life style and blogging on ridding one self from material and spiritual clutter.

Lastly I would like to thank Babe, Jannette, Karen, Sandy and Pinkk Candy for your good vibes and wishes of success. And Mom, Ricky and his coworkers and Claudia for Joining me in this endeavor. Thank you all soooooo much.

Alright, have a wonderful night, I'm going back to my last glass of wine of the next 2 weeks :)

A domani!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Seared Tuna and Lunches in a Box Don't Match

You know those days in which your brain does not start functioning after you drink a gallon of coffee? I'm having one of those.

See this picture on the left? Right, Albacore Tuna seared to perfection yummmy!  Well last night I determined that this should be my lunch TODAY.
After having purchased 2 Albacore Sushi Grade steaks from Wholefoods (expect to pay over 22usd for the delicacy). i seasoned my tuna with some salt, black pepper, dill and lemon juice, threw it into a zip bag and off it went back into the fridge overnight for come added flavor.

This morning I was ready to roll.  Skillet in the stove, heat up in medium high for 2min, drizzle with olive oil heat up for another 10sec, place tuna in pan and sear for 2 min on each side.  Trow in some nuts on top and tomato salad and it all goes in the lunch box.

1PM. time to eat. I zoom in to the kitchen remove the lunch from the fridge and placed in the microwave. Programed 1min, cleared, programed 1:30min ( the box was freezing)..... Ok did i mention i just inserted my perfectly seared 22dollar tuna steak in the MICROWAVE? WTF! I was able to remove it at 58sec.... but the damage was done.   Why? did I not think of it last night? Crap.  I need to start reviewing my lunch choices.  To be honest, it would be a bad idea to avoid using the microwave all together.  NO one needs the extra radiation.

Oh well! hope you are having a better day :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Carrot Ginger Soup

Its been a while since i've wanted to try making this soup. I went thru tons of recipes, most of them containing potato or cream.  So I decided to recreate this classic in a light version.  I can tell you that it turdned out as delicious as the real one, but with half the fat and the calories.
I also added some cayenne pepper for extra spice (if you read my prior entry, i've been sufering from Edema and paprika is supposed to help clear the system), but again I live alone and I love spicy.  Next time i'll try adding some of the orange juice and see what happens.  The ginger added as a garnish adds the extra flavor.  If you dont want to add it at the end, i suggest adding some more while cooking otherwise the taste may be too mild.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Let me know how you liked it.




Ingredients:
(serves 4-6)

 3Tbs olive oil 
1 large yellow onion
1 large garlic clove
6 carrots (peeled and cut in pieces)
zest of 1/2 orange
4 cups of water
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1Tsb ground Ginger 
Salt & Pepper to taste

Thermomix
Add Olive oil, onion (quartered) and garlic to TM cup and program 5sec/ speed 5. Then program 3min/100C/3.  
Add carrots and program 5min/100C/2. 
Add water, salt and orange zest and program 16min/Varoma/3.  It carrots are 100% cooked  add another couple min before pureeing, if you want to obtain a velvety consistency. Add ginger, paprika and nutmeg replace cup for basket and program 7min/varoma/2 (add more time if needed until desired consistency is obtained.

No TM, no problem!
In a pan add water, carrots and salt, cook in  medim heat until carrots softern (dont do it over high hear to preserve as many vitamins as possible).

Meanwhile, heat up a skillet with olive oil, sautee onions and garlic til golden. reserve.

When carrots are ready, add sauteed onions and garlic to pan, orange zest, ginger, paprika and nutmeg. transfer to a blender, blend all ingredients till it obtains a velvety consistency.  Tranfer all liquid back into the pan, and allow it to simmer in medium heat, uncovered, until desired consistency is obtained.



Serve hot garnished with ground ginger and black pepper.
Enjoy! =D

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Clean House Project

So I have just recently gone to the doctor for a check up. I can’t remember the last time I saw a doctor (or why) as I tend to self-diagnose and self-medicate (not recommending you do the same, unless you like me believe that tequilla, honey and lemon can cure anything).  

I truly believe God watches over me daily ensuring that despite my love for all things butter (real 100% preferably French butter) and salt, and the deepest conviction that shopping marathons and “the lifting of the wine glass” count as exercise, I remain a pretty healthy person, thank you Jesus.

However lately I’ve been feeling down, tired, unmotivated, cold, melancholic, low energy, my skin is breaking, my body is swollen and even in a 116 degree weather I cannot sweat. So as a mostly healthy person, I kind of freaked out and went to check for any signs of anemia or some weird condition.

To my surprise, everything is just fine.  There is only one thing…. My good cholesterol is a little too high (about 14 points).  But why? I don’t understand! Isn’t my annual intake of red wine sufficient to cancel any attempts of cholesterol built-ups resultant from the consumption of butter?

PANIC alarm went on. 

Well apparently, the cholesterol along with all other symptoms, are basically a signs that at this point in my life I have not given myself the love I deserve. Main cause NOT BUTTER, but STRESS and ANXIETY.  And that my friends is a NO NO!

So, as Arnold “the governator” says, “it’s time to clean house!”.


The Outpours of a Soul

Its been a tough year 2010.   I hate complaining and quite honestly just thinking about complaining makes me miserable and tired.  But perhaps this is exactly why i've been feeling like this.  

Its time to take charge! Our words are reflections of our thoughts and our thoughts reflection of our soul.  Is is possible that there is no goodness in me? because lately i feel like all i've been transmitting are precisely negative vides. 

Fine Los Angeles has lost its "MOJO" and everyone lately seems to be under some sort of a black cloud.  But I will not allow the Sun to stop shining in my life, even  if for the time being the sun is still cloudy, i'll be lighting a candle to keep that light in place.

Life has taken crazy turns this year, i've dealt with loss in many different levels, but in the midst of it all i learned that i have not lost myself, and that's all  i need to move on.

Funny enough, the joy of cooking is what has held me together all this long.  My kitchen has  been my companion, the close friend, my shelter.  And dispite all things gone astray in 2010, one thing i gained, i was reconnected with a part of me i had lost touch with a long time ago, and that no one will ever take back.

It is  time to get back to business and move on with life.
Related Posts with Thumbnails