There is an eloquent tale about the difference between Heaven and Hell. It is said that in both places, the occupants are presented with opulent tables laden with exotic foods and given four-foot long utensils with which to eat. In Hell, people are miserable and starving because they cannot imagine how to get food to their mouths with such long forks. In Heaven, the people are joyful and well fed. They use the same forks to feed each other.- Epilogue from Leo Buscaglia's "Love Cookbook"
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Naples. Gorgeous sunsets. Perfect weather. Incredible shopping and restaurants. Endless retired people living well. Each morning except one, I ran a few miles, but a daily run nevertheless. And one pilates class. My inspiration in the kitchen after this trip would have to be minestrone soup. My lovely Italian relatives cook well, and that's what I'm cooking up. Recipe in the works!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Thursdays are spin class. I bring my bike in the gym, and spin on the trainer. Always a fantastic hour, and social, too. I didn't feel as strong as usual today, but I know there are days like that. I am so looking forward to triathlon season starting March 3rd.
Came home and made this beautiful salad, my reward for a great workout. Power greens, avocado, tomato, and fresh fennel sliced thin on the mandoline. I dressed it with the most amazing Meyer Lemon Olive Oil from www.davero.com , my favorite winery in Sonoma. Also with their California Champagne Vinegar, spanish flor de sal, and cracked pepper. One of the best salads I've ever made!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I had an epiphany while kneading bread the other day. I ground the wheat berries, combined the fresh & healthy ingredients, and started kneading. I have always loved kneading.
So I realized half way through my 10 minutes, that I was lost in "bliss". Completely without worries, and not thinking of anything except for the joy I was in at that minute, making bread. Call me crazy. But it made me blissfully happy. And isn't that what life should be? A series of happy moments....dosed of course with the not so happy moments? "You have to take the good with the bad" my mama always says. I have gotten off track so many times in my life where I'm either living in the past or the present.
And this time, I was simply kneading bread. But this little thing was MY joy. And to serve the bread to my family is further joy. It' the simple things.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Chia Ginger Snaps (a.k.a. cow patties)
1 and 1/2 cups almond flour
1 cup oat flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup molasses
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cloves
Beat together all of the wet ingredients first. Then slowly add the dry ingredients (except for the chia seeds). Make sure it is the right consistency. You should be able to scoop out a dough ball the size of a ping pong ball or smaller. Roll each ball in the chia seeds. Place on baking sheet and bake for approximately 8 minutes or until the edges look brown and crispy.
Cool completely. Enjoy.