Archive for February, 2011
Here’s another gem that I would like to share with you, my recipe for African Peanut Soup. While living in NYC, a healthy café I frequented served this hearty, zesty soup, and I became hooked. Since then, I have not seen it on the menu at any other restaurants I have visited. So, I decided to create my own version.
African Peanut Soup is delicious, nutritious, and has the perfect balance of sweet and savory. I love this soup because it is very flavorful and satisfying, and the only ingredients are veggies, aside from peanuts. This soup makes for a delicious lunch that you will enjoy while also getting a healthy serving of vegetables.
1 can tomatoes [ Read the full article ] »
“During our first date, I casually mentioned (to Joe) that I was living in a sublet, and had an empty fridge. Joe said, “That is such a coincidence” explaining that he was moving to another apartment and needed a place to store “a few” things. The following day Joe showed up at my small sublet with enough food to fill an entire grocery store…”
Anyway, what I didn’t mention then was that Joe also showed up with a flower. At the time, the simple gesture meant a lot to me. Perhaps it was a symbol of attraction, intrigue and interest… [ Read the full article ] »
Lose Yourself, by Eminem, originally from the film, 8 Mile, could be the soundtrack for a variety of life events.
During my brother’s senior year in high school, he was standing front and center on the pitcher’s mound, all eyes on him. If he threw one last strike, the game would be over, his team victorious, and this would be the first no-hitter of his career. The sideline chatter silenced to the point you could hear a pin drop. His teammates rooted for this unlikely sports star, who had risen slowly and steadily from shy bench warmer to lead pitcher. This was the moment, his moment, when years of practice, sweat, and patiently awaiting his turn were about to be put to the test. Ok, I’m getting a little bit nervous right now… Cue music… Fortunately, he did pitch the winning strike. Phew, otherwise, this song would not have been the right soundtrack…
And recently, while watching The King’s Speech, climaxing with stutterer King George VI overcoming his greatest fear, and delivering a profound and dynamic radio speech, I thought to myself, “Hmm, although the genre of the day was classical, this is definitely a ‘Lose Yourself’ moment.” [ Read the full article ] »
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it? Or just let it slip?
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti
He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgetting
What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won’t come out
He’s choking how, everybody’s joking now [ Read the full article ] »
Last spring, Mama Foodie paid us a weekend visit. For many moms, even if their child is now an adult, nothing brings more pleasure than spoiling and pampering their “cubs.” So, of course during Susie’s Durham visit, her son’s breakfast, lunch and dinner were of primary concern. And Foodie was primed and ready to take full advantage…
Before Susie arrived, Foodie had already begun planning our daily schedule of restaurants. “Mom’s getting in around 11:30am. That’s right in time for lunch! We can pick her up from the airport and head straight to Sitar for the Indian buffet. I bought a few cheeses and crackers that we can share as a late afternoon snack in case we get hungry. And for dinner, I made reservations for 7:00 pm at Tonali‘s. It’s farm to table Mexican!” Readers, this was not our meal plan for the entire visit. This was only for day one.
Yup, Susie could not be any sweeter, or take any more pleasure in satisfying her son’s stomach. However, although she is the woman who birthed the Foodie, her belly is the same size as mine. Yup, that of a normal person. So, by day two, Susie had begun gently requesting something “lite” for lunch. [ Read the full article ] »
I recently discovered a recipe for “Everyday Chocolate Cake,” compliments of Kelly Keough, host of The Sweet Truth on Veria TV. This recipe is a true gem. Yup, it’s gluten-free, and composed of wholesome ingredients such as brown rice flour and sweet potato. But the reason I am so excited about this cake is because of it’s superstar ingredient, buckwheat groats.
People such as myself, who eat healthy, but don’t follow restricted diets such as ‘raw food,’ are probably not consuming much buckwheat. Buckwheat groats can comfortably be called a power food, as they are a good source of manganese, magnesium and fiber, have high quality protein, containing all eight essential amino acids, and rutin, a powerful antioxidant. [ Read the full article ] »