Thursday, September 9, 2010

Food, Love and Last Post

Let's address this in reverse order. Yes this is the last's the last post on blogger ;-)
Next new post will be on I just have to set up the feeds and we should be good to go. My E-book is almost done and the new site is practically finished. There will be some tweaking over the next month, but my aim is to keep it simple, easy on the eyes and quick access to information.
I hope to see all of you there and please feel free to share your input. I always look forward to all of your comments and emails.

"A fool in love makes no sense to me. I only think you are a fool If you do not love."

I read this quote the other day and it really made me smile. It had no known author.
LOVE....from music to literature to art, philosophy, religion, cooking, raising children etc etc is possibly (I'm convinced love is all there is, but that's just my opinion) THE key component to finding your slice of happiness. So as I read the above quote, I got caught in a 10 minute thought process about all the areas of life it applies to. So what about you?? Are you in love? Do you love your work? Do you love your parents? Do you love your dog? Do you love doing the dishes? Do you love where you live? Do you love your exercise routine?? Go find that love!!! Or even better...REDISCOVER it, and see what happens.

Anywho ;-) BACK TO FOOD....

Delicious seafood meal;

Smoked salmon and roasted red pepper soup, blanched asparagus tossed with lemon olive oil
sauted shrimp with garlic chili sauce.

Tuna tartare over cucumber salad.

See you on the other side......

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Morning Marinade and a thought for the day......

Before going to work this morning, I quickly marinated some chicken;

Chicken breast, cilantro, garlic, cumin seed , lime juice and yogurt.

Cover and refrigerate. For dinner you can put it on skewers and grill, or just get a skillet nice and hot and prepare that way. The chicken will be moist and tasty either way

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life, you will have been all of these" George Washington Carver

Monday, August 30, 2010

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Home made cream of mushroom soup.

Saute half a large yellow onion in butter until translucent. Add 3 cloves of chopped garlic. Next add a package of sliced bella mushrooms (about 1.5 cup). Dash of salt and pepper. Saute until mushrooms are soft. An extra pat of butter might be needed. Add a heavy splash of red wine. In a sauce pan, I reduced about1.5 cup of bone broth to about half and added that too. Let it reduce a bit more and then add about a 1/3 of a cup of heavy cream. Mix well and cook together for a minute or two. Transfer to blender and puree.

I saved some of the  cream of mushroom/onion goodness to spoon over my burger.

And lastly a very simple meal of rotisserie chicken with a cucumber salad.

Coming up my thoughts on fruit and "carbs".

Happy Monday everyone

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Primal Bento Box and New Site

I wish I had one of those nice Bento boxes to show you...but the other morning, I looked at my to go container and just thought "Primal Bento" for some reason.
A bit of fresh cod, left over chicken with tzatziki and a bit of guacamole.
Oh the joy of eating this type of breakfast at work. NOT. I hadn't had the disgusted looks in a while, but I think I could have sold tickets to this show. If they only knew how good it tasted.

This is how I prepared the cod loin.
Pour some evoo in a skillet and keep the heat low. Let the oil warm a bit and add the piece of cod loin. Now with the heat so low, it will take a good 8 minutes or so per side (if not more). Once flipped and the second side almost done, add a small teaspoon of tomato paste. Let that warm a bit and mixt it with the evoo and juices from the fish. Now add a tablespoon of a dry white wine. Gently break the fish apart into large "flakes" and gently fold everything together. Super tasty. 

As I had mentioned a few days ago, Feel Good Eating is moving on up.

Take a look. It is not ready yet, and I'm still learning wordpress and all its capabilities, but let me know your initial thoughts if you have an extra minute. Is the layout ok? The colors? Suggestions? Advice?
Some of my last posts are not up there yet.

Make it a great day and SMILE a lot.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Parents, Food and Flavors

When I was young, I was lucky that my dad and mom introduced me to many different cultures. They enjoy good food and as kids always had my sister and I try everything they ate. I will admit that when you're seven, chocolate butter on toasted bread is a lot more appealing then raw herring with onions for breakfast. least I tried. When my son recently tried some monk fish liver, I was happy to realize that I'm carrying on the tradition. Even though he didn't care for it, he had a second morsel to make sure.
So, I was a Dutch kid, my grandma was French and I lived in Italy. My wonderful parents were/are also cursed with a "wanderlust" that had us travel quite a bit. I was fortunate to travel all over Europe, Africa and the Middle East. During those formative years, my parents really immersed me in the "flavors" of those different cultures. From food, to music and the languages. One of my favorite memories of those times, was my dad waking me up late at night or early morning on vacation, and venturing out to the local market. He loved trying to talk to the vendors (eventhough he only knew a few words in some those languages) and buying and sampling their food. I'm convinced that my love for people was cultivated on those late nights and early mornings. What I've been hit with lately, is that all those different wonderful "food flavors" I was exposed to, really formed my palate also. My parents taught me to have no fear trying to communicate with people, even if you suck at speaking their language. Even though they never spoke of these things and showed by example, it was their way of being spiritual. To connect with people from all cultures and all walks of life. My dad could talk to everyone and my mom could connect with anyone......they make quite the team.

Lately when I've been cooking, I'm using ingredients and flavors from all over the world and combining them to make some pretty tasty fare. Here's an example of cultures coming together. Chicken with a miso, tahini and garlic glaze. 

In Japanese cuisine, sesame seeds are used in abundance, but tahini is not part of that mix. Tahini is the way the Middle East incorporates sesame seed in their cooking. Europe and the Middle East love their garlic, yet the Japanese traditionally use no garlic. Guess what? Miso's amazing flavor pairs well with a bit of garlic, add the tahini and you got a flavor explosion. I used a similar concoction for the salad dressing.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm moving Feel Good Eating to wordpress and to celebrate, I will put a few very very unique recipes (never posted before and including the miso, tahini and gralic chicken) together in a free e-book.

Wishing everyone a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Be nice and maybe try making a dish with ingredients  you've never attempted to combine before.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Breakfast and Change

I just love bacon and eggs!!!! And a few slivers of drunken goat cheese. Good breakfast enjoyed outside on my front porch in the fresh air. I was up at 4 am. Did a little meditation then went for a work out. Followed by a 15 minute power nap, then breakfast and off to work.

Big changes coming to Feel Good Eating. Thanks to my wonderful friend Steve, Feel Good Eating is going to wordpress and hopefully will soon have the look of a respectable blog.
It's been overdue, thanks for hanging with me this long and I will let you know shortly about the change.

Make it a great day

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Rant with a pinch of Hope

Ok, I don't do these type of posts often, my last rant was about Vitamin water a long time ago. Yet this news really caught my eye;

This is the inside of the new PopTart store in New York City

A poptart store/restaurant!!!! Come on now! This is a new trend, M&M and Hershey's have a large retail store now also. Wow, I just can't wait to make poptart sushi

Holy Hell!

An now for my always positive look at life.....(there's always an other side to things)
Maybe, just maybe our eating habits ARE slowly changing. For companies to invest like this in extremely expensive retail operations that basically serve as advertising billboards, basically tells me that they are finding new ways of pushing product. Which most likely means sales are off. Which for our children is a good thing...I could of course be very wrong.