Monthly Archives: February 2013

Cheese Cake

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So I went on a little roadtrip yesterday to see my fantastic brother, beautiful sister-in-law, and super amazing fantastic adorable nephew.  It was a much needed change of pace for me and a great opportunity to hang with my mama who just returned from Africa.

The brother and I both have the foodie gene (its a scientific fact and stuff) so after a little thrift store shopping we headed to the most amazing place:

 

Yes, that says CHEESE SHOP.

Yes, that says CHEESE SHOP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specifically, Di Raimondo’s Italian Market and CHEESE SHOP.

The atmosphere was fun, the samples were abundant, and the cheese….

Oh, the cheese.

Gouda, made with coconut creme anyone? Yes, really. It was so great.

Cheese gets a really bad wrap, but it doesn’t have to. Eat quality cheese. Eat it in moderation. Eat it and celebrate your cheese (loving) cake. All of Holland can’t be wrong.

If you ever take your cake to Central California wine country, make sure to treat it to the goodies on the other side of that door. You won’t be sorry.

 

 

 

Meatless Monday

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If you look at my favorite list of Food Rules (Right there on the right) you will see one my favorites: “Use less Meat and Wheat”. I am not a vegetarian, and I am not gluten free, although I do believe that every body is different and requires different dietary restrictions. My personal food philosphy is pretty much summed up on the World War II poster previously referenced in this post, with some additions like, “Eat Organic When Possible” and “How it lived is just as important as how it died.”

Oh, and “Try not to eat poison sh*t food found on every store shelf.”  Somehow, that doesn’t sound as poetic as the others.

Typically, we go meatless Monday-Friday. Sometimes Saturday too. We almost always eat meat on Sundays a la “Sunday Dinner” style. This allows us to buy really good quality, grass fed, organic meat for the times that we are carnivorous. If I bought this type of meat for every day of the week, I would have to sell my car and my oldest child. It’s not cheap, but sometimes being healthy isn’t.  Funny thing though…neither is being sick.  Sure is cheap to get there though. Sad state of affairs.

Long story short? We eat a lot of meatless meals to save money for good meat. Every Monday,  I will post one of our recipes.

Guess I could have just said that.

Today, our menu looks like this:

Eggs and toast for breakfast. Coffee, raw cream, turbinado sugar, you get the idea.

Lunch is miso soup (no tofu here…we try to stay soy free unless its fermented) and smoothies with raw kefir.

Dinner tonight is Spicy Potato and Corn Soup, roasted broccoli, and gluten free sweet potato cornbread. (See, less wheat too.)

Soup is incredibly easy.

Peel and cube about six potatoes. Maybe 1/2 inch cubes. Cover with water and set aside.

Slice one jalapeno into rings and set aside. You can de-seed and de-vein if you choose. I like the spice.

Finely chop 1/2 of a medium sized onion. I puree it in the food processor because I HATE the texture of onions, but you do what makes you happy.

Finely chop (or again, puree) two cloves of garlic.

Sautee the onion and garlic over medium heat in about 4 TBSP of olive oil until translucent.

Drain the potatoes, and add them, stirring to coat.

Add one small can tomato sauce, continue stirring.

Add one carton of vegetable stock. I have found that Whole foods actually has the cheapest at 1.99 for four cups of organic stock.

Add 1 tsp each: black pepper, sea salt, garlic powder

Add 1/2 tsp ground cumin

Add about 1 TBSP mexican oregano

Add one bay leaf.

This might be the point where I add a cup or two of lentils. That sounds kinda yummy.

Stir it all together, put the lid on, and cook about 40 minutes or until lentils and potatoes are tender. Just before serving, add one can of corn (drained) and taste broth for saltiness. You may need to add salt..or adjust other spices to your liking.

This is a really easy meal to add meat to, if you wish. Just about any meat would be yummy in this soup.

For the broccoli: Chop broccoli flourettes into bite size pieces. Add to 9×9 baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil liberally, season with sea salt, and whatever other spices you like. Trader Joes has a really good “21 spice salute” (or something like that?) that is delicious on veggies.  Roast at 375 until broccoli is tender, but edges are a bit crisp. If desired, top with a bit of shredded parmasean cheese or raw cheddar and bake a few minutes longer until it is melted.

I will post more on the corn bread later. I plan to take pictures and blog it properly. Plan, I say.

Meatless doesn’t have to be flavorless, unsatisfying or full of soy.

Meatless also doesn’t have to be on a Monday.  Its just more poetic that way.

So I finally did it…

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I worked up the nerve. I built up the guts. I threw caution to the wind and did it.

I put all this cake into a pair of leggings.

To make it even more impressive, I WORE THEM IN PUBLIC. When the sun was up.

The best part? I felt really damn sexy in them.

I bought these on a whim…in a brave moment. They are on clearance now, btw…I may need more.

I searched high and low for a shirt and found one I love at Target. It is not on their website, but you will see it in the terrible cell-phone-in-the-mirror pic below.

I bought this jacket as well and thought it was kind of fun with the outfit…plus it was cold out and my orange winter coat wouldn’t be my first choice. My favorite part though? THE SHOES. They are so sexy. I decided they are the shoes a dominatrix would wear on her day off.

Hot, right?

Hot, right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I pulled it all together with a big funky ring, some sparkly black hoops, and a killer beaded black bracelet. I decided I needed to take a pic and have the balls to blog the cake in the leggings..So here we go.

Head chopped off to protect the the guilty. (This hurt a little…my hair looked really great that day.)

Payless shoes as a backdrop. Doesn’t get much more magical than that.

Move over Instagram!

Move over Instagram!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there you have it. Leggings, banded tunic, cropped denim jacket, Dominatrix flats, fun accessories and just enough balls to make it happen in public.

Rock it, ladies. Rock all that cake.

Hey Good Lookin’! 2/24/13

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Whatcha Got Cookin? I love that song.

So I ate like sh*t yesterday.

We took our oldest to Olive Garden for lunch while his two little sisters were at an event.  He LOVES Italian but we had never taken him there, so off we went.

It was delicious, of course. It was also heavy and full of all kinds of who-knows-what. I didn’t care, until we went to my aunt and uncle’s house and we had *drumroll please* PASTA for dinner! LOL!

And bread.

And cookies.

I was feelin’ it today! I have nothing against pasta at all, but 2 out of 3 meals ran me down a bit.

TODAY IS A NEW DAY.

I slept in until 9:30 this morning. I piddled around, cleaned a bit, did some writing, etc, until I discovered it was 12:30pm and I hadn’t eaten. Well done, right? *eyeroll* …

So nothing to report for breakfast. Kids and hubs had yogurt, toast, and fruit.

Lunch was miso soup, made from this miso. It is THE BEST MISO EVER. I kid you not. I threw in a handfull of baby greens for extra punch. Baby kale, spinach and swiss chard, I believe. Trader Joe’s sells em’ in a bag for $1.99. Not bad at all! 😀 I ate it with a toasted piece of wheat sourdough and a cup of coffee (low acid decaf) with a teensy bit of turbinado sugar and a splash of raw cream.

Had a little yogurt a bit ago…

Dinner is going to be YUMMY.

Whole Foods had Organic, Free Range chickens on sale on Friday for $1.99 per lb. Woot!! I bought three of them. Might eat meat more than once this week at that price. 😉

Gonna season with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice, & onion then  roast the bird in a terracotta chicken roaster. I have a very similar routine as the blogger here. Fresh salsa will be whipped up by blending tomatoes, cilantro, jalapenos, onion, lemon juice and sea salt. Sliced avocadoes and warm corn tortillas will finish it up. I guess its kind of like deconstructed chicken tacos. Chicken taco experience without all the shredding, dicing and slicing. I like it.

Every Sunday is family night, and the kids have requested smoothies and popcorn. I may have to do a post on homemade kettle corn…It’s pretty great. 🙂

Every day is a new day guys. One day of junk is just one day of junk…Try again tomorrow. 

Be good to your cake, and your cake will be good to you. 😉

Healthy Cake 2/24/13

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My kitchen tends to be a bit of a science lab sometimes. Between brewing Kombucha, fermenting milk into all kinds of things like yogurt, buttermilk, and kefir, and growing teeny tiny gardens on my kitchen counter, I keep myself busy with food experiements.

I recently scored a sprouting tray from a friend of mine. This allows me to grow tiny, edible plants that nourish the cake in so many amazing ways.

For those that are unfamiliar with sprouting, think alfalfa sprouts…you’ve seen or eaten those before I am sure. Sprouts just like those can very easily be grown in your own kitchen.

Although I don’t eat alfalfa sprouts due to some studies that show they can diminish your immune system, I do eat other seeds (and sometimes nuts) that have been sprouted. Sprouted nuts and seeds can provide your diet with some of those most amazing nutritional benefits, and are often very mild in flavor which makes them easy for even the pickiest of eaters to stick them into just about anything without noticing much of a taste.

Today, I am sprouting Chia Seeds.

Remember chia pets? Ch-ch-ch-chia! Yeah, you can EAT THOSE. There are a million reasons you should eat chia seeds and/or sprouts. Go here for just a few reasons, including cardiovascular health and assistance with weight management. The seeds themselves are mucilaginous, which translates to “they get really slimy and gooey when you add liquid to them” (Yes, that’s the scientific definition.) I, personally have A MAJORLY HARD TIME eating them once they are wet. They are kind of like tapioca, and I do not do tapioca. You can eat them dry, (sprinkled on whole wheat toast maybe?) or wet if you dont mind the goo. My favorite way, however, is to SPROUT THEM.

Essentially, yes, I am growing a chia pet without the terracotta Obama head. Oh, and my seeds are organic. So its an organic non-terracotta Obama head. In my kitchen. Totally sounds normal, right?

Chia sprouts are easily added to salads, smoothies, sandwiches, etc. If you go to the happy raw kitchen blog, you get an idea of how you can grow them without any special equipment.  There is also a link to the “Sprout People” site that is kind of the go-to for all things sprouty and wonderful. This particular link takes to you the chia directions they provide. I really enjoyed this article too.

There are tons of seeds that can (and should be) sprouted. Chia might be among the best though when it comes to health benefits. Chia is gaining popularity, so the seeds are not hard to find for most people. I buy mine at Whole Foods, but they can be found in most large grocery stores and in most every health food store across the country. If you have a Winco near you, they are in the bulk section. 🙂

Better get this cake back into the kitchen…time to get my lab coat on. 😉

Healthy Cake 2/21/13

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Cake Myth #234,898:  Big girls eat crap food.

Ok, sometimes.

But so do thin girls. Sometimes.

Everyone is guilty of eating things they shouldn’t.

There seems to be two common problems when it comes to us cakey girls. One of two things tends to happen:

1.) We under-eat, restrict ourselves to the point of utter starvation and/or complete caloric deprevation.

or

2.) We figure that we are big girls, always will be, and choose to eat whatever we choose without any hope that it will ever change.

There is a healthy point in the middle though, ladies. It is possible to have your cake and eat well too.

You nourish the cake. Maybe you already do, and that’s great. Maybe you find yourself in the above two descriptions..and that’s where the following comes in…

My personal philsophy falls under the Traditional Foods movement I suppose. I buy local, organic produce, and I eat LOTS of it. I drink raw milk, eat grass fed meat (sparingly) and make sure that everything that goes into my body is something my Great-Grandmother would have recognized as food. If it comes from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, DON’T. That kind of thing. I am into funny things like kefir, kombucha, wheatgrass and coconut oil. My overall philosophy is this: If I am eating whole foods in their semi-natural state, I don’t need to follow any rules or guidelines. I don’t count calories, I listen to my body, and I eat what’s in season. Have I lost weight doing this? Sure. Was that my intention? Nope. My intention is to live a long, healthy, happy life. In the process, my skin looks great, my body is happy, and yeah, I have shed a few pounds. I do not subscribe to the low-fat, nonfat, calorie counting, pre-packaged meal plan garbage being literally and figuratively fed to us. It is all poison in my opinion and experience and I cannot express enough how dangerous I feel it all is. Food should be about nourishment. Food should be about instincts and common sense. Sometimes food is for celebration and fellowship, but ultimately, if you just listen to your body and eat things that please it, your cake will thank you.

I plan to share with you how I nourish my cake in the hopes that you will find something you enjoy and that makes you feel amazing.

Like eggs. Eggs make me happy in the morning. I made two fried eggs this morning, fried in a good quality butter (which is NOT BAD FOR YOU like you are led to believe…read on here.) I served them with two small slices of cracked wheat sourdough. I sipped my coffee and organic creamer (which is actually NOT expensive believe it or not..$1.29 at Whole Foods!) and enjoyed my quiet time before the kiddos woke up.

About 10am, I had the world’s best yogurt, ever. Typically, I make my own yogurt (more on that later) but the hubs knows how much I love this stuff and brought me my fave flavor: cream top vanilla. It’s the best. Contrary to popular belief, full-fat dairy isnt bad for you…but that skim stuff just might be.

Lunch came around and I ate a couple slices of raw milk (grass fed) cheddar cheese. It only take a couple slices to feel satisfied. I am sitting here typing instead of finishing my lunch prep, which will probably be a smoothie made from frozen strawberries & blueberries, homemade yogurt, half an orange, a bit of *real* maple syrup and half an avocado. Yes. Avocado. Its SO yummy in smoothies. I may heat up a corn tortilla and slice the other half of avocado for an avocado taco of sorts. A little sea salt and YUM.

Dinner has to be a crowd pleaser. I have three kids and a hubby that is remarkably adventurous when it comes to my menu planning, so its always a fun experience to put dinner on the table. Dinner tonight will be a mish-mash of what I have lying around: Broccoli, roasted with a bit of garlic butter on top, fresh fruit (in this case, apples and oranges), and grilled cheese made from raw cheddar on cracked wheat sourdough.

I dont weigh my food. I dont count the calories or carbs. I eat good food, I eat it slowly. I stop when I am full. It is really just basic common sense, and doesn’t require a weekly public weigh-in. Imagine that.