Sunday, March 7, 2010

Food Successes!

Had a fun weekend of wonderful concoctions in the kitchen. Everything just seemed to turn out perfectly!

First I made a new fava bean salad with lemon, parsley, garlic, and olive oil. It was very good. Then I topped it with chopped cucumber, tomato, and sliced red onion and it truly made it wonderful and made it my own recipe.

For dinner I made broccoli mac which I had made many times before, but just changing one ingredient made it pop. Didn't know macaroni and cheese could blow your mind. But it did, wow. We topped it with hemp seeds and crushed red pepper. Yum. It's hard to describe the scents and flavors of food with words- so much about food is truly more of an experience than words can explain.

Then late last night we had deep dish pizza. Chris had made the whole wheat dough to ferment the night before, and made his amazing pizza sauce. We also used Daiya cheese for the first time on our own pizza. I topped it with fresh mushrooms, onion, cubanelle peppers, and a little Upton's Italian Sausage. For the first time we also tried our new pizza seasoning on top. It was incredible!! Makes me want the leftovers now.... drool..

Today I made guacamole. Again, a tried and true recipe. I was so disappointed after getting home from the store when I realized that I didn't have a lime. So I used lemon instead. It was amazing! So I might just skip the lime and use lemon instead from now on. Chris hardly wanted to use chips with it, he was eating it with a spoon. :)

I love food, haha. I want to write a cookbook.

Chris has been playing in the kitchen today with new spice blends like taco seasoning. He's making the second batch of vanilla extract - woo hoo!

Sucks that it's almost Monday and back to the 9-5. Feels like we're working for the weekend at times...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Never ceases to amaze me

I have taken so many pictures of the amazing food we've made over the past couple months. But I just never get to the point of uploading and editing them. Blah.

Somehow this evening I was preparing some veggies for dinner and slipped and slashed the top of my pinky toe on the bar stool. So there's a bit of a cut, and I could see the skin going white... I put a drop of cayenne tincture on it and watched the color return due to the circulation provided when the cayenne made contact with the discolored skin. I put on a couple more drops a few minutes later, and the rest of the skin returned to its normal color. And it also stopped the slight pain I had. It sounds very simple, because in actuality it was, but it was just one of many times that I've been amazed by the power of herbs. When I start to doubt or feel lost, I do something stupid to hurt myself (haha) to learn again how healing these simple foods can be. Its very humbling to know what the body is capable of when given the nutrients it needs.

I'm nearing the completion of my online Family Herbalist course with The School of Natural Healing. Last night, we watched and I filled out my study guide on a lecture about the Vitalist philosophy (in contrast to atomist/allopathic). It's refreshing to learn and just have that Ah Ha! feeling, that this is truly what makes sense to the core. The body tends toward wellness, fighting til the bitter end despite the hell we put it through. We can help it along by providing what it needs to thrive. Health is not merely the absence of disease.

Both with the classes Chris has taught at the health center, and my own studies, I'm absorbing so much, yet realizing how much I already know. It's given me a lot of confidence in owning my own health and I notice how many more questions I'm able to answer for other people who have the thirst to learn about herbs and vitalism. I love the journey we're taking together, and can't wait to see where it will lead us!