Some of the things that made my week in saturated color. Check it out!
1)On my last liquid-only day, I enjoyed this green pineapple smoothie.
2)These spices helped make a delicious Baingan Bharta dish that turned out quite toothsome.
3) Cutting up carrots to steam and mash. Tasty taste.
4)Grateful for this ginger knob this week. I’m in love with ginger (nothing new there. :p)
5)A beautiful walking path to catch some D.
The wind has picked up and the sun is shinning more regularly with less breaks in the clouds for rain. Take a walk in the sunshine! Share some of your #edibleinspiration pics with me and check out more Edible Inspiration. Sending you all happy, healthy vibes for the weekend, and remember…bite responsibly!
A peek into days passed.
1) This little squirrel hanging out. I think I scared him, he was very still for a while.
2) Rinsing carrots. Nom!
3) These Spring blooms didn’t last long in our backyard, but I was happy for them while they lasted.
4) A sweet treat in pink. It’s always nice to support our local bakers.
I hope you enjoy your weekend and share some of your Edible Inspiration pics with me #edibleinspiration when you can. And remember…bite responsibly!
If I had to dislike a book this year, I’m glad I got it out-of-the-way early. You guessed it, I did not enjoy Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis. I cannot say it wasn’t a page-turner, however, there were times I was turning the page just to skip past a point in the book that felt vial and unnecessary. Perhaps I’m just not cut out for his writing anymore. My first year or two in college I really enjoyed his work. Back then, it felt exploratory, almost like I was doing sociological research into a world of personality types I was very uncertain, but curious about. Now, as I’ve come more to like the skin I’m in, reading his writing feels dirty, and not in a good way. It has been awhile since I read Less Than Zero, which I remember really enjoying, but I can’t say I remember the connection of the characters from it to Imperial Bedrooms.
Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis
A scavenger hunt of self-involved, misogynistic and manipulative events occur to–and because of–the protagonist, Clay, a screenwriter who has found a way to make it in the film business. Through a myriad of mishaps and sexual exploitations, Clay manages to endanger not only his life, but the lives of the seedy characters he has become entangled with. The gross ineptitude that Ellis displays in his characterization of human beings–but women, more specifically–was nauseating to me, especially throughout the last three-fourths of the book when rape scenes and the physical abuse of women was the major focus. Although I understand the necessity to chronicle a certain type of character, it felt at times as if the author just ran roughshod over his editors. I felt as though I was reading the first or second draft of this novel before publication; a character’s dossier, if you will. Ellis manages to make you hate the protagonist in a way that leaves little room for recovery by the finale of the book. Not a re-read or a “suggest to a friend” book for me.
As for edibles, somehow most of these characters manage to sustain themselves on sparse, overly priced appetizers, booze, weed and pills for the entirety of the book, but there was faint mention of hors-d’oeuvre. Playing off the idea of a starter dish, I decided to make something sparse, clean and often times associated with fine-dining; a vegetable sushi roll.
Sunshine Sushi Roll
- 1 cup sushi rice
- 1 cup filtered water and water for rinsing rice
- 1 tbsp rice cooking wine
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 nori wrappers
- 1 medium carrot [julienned]
- 1 avocado [cut into thin slices]
- 6 sun-dried tomatoes [cut into strips]
- Sesame seed mixture (black and plain) *optional*
- Begin by placing rice into a bowl and covering with water. Mix rice and water with your fingers. Rinse rice in sieve and continue this process until rice water is nearly translucent and no longer a foggy white. This will help make the rice stickier.
- Place rinsed rice into small saucepan and cover with 1 cup water. Bring water and rice mixture to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cover. Cook until all water is absorbed. Turn off heat and let rice sit, covered, for 10 minutes.
- While rice is cooking, prepare veggies.
- After the rice has set for 10 minutes, add the rice cooking wine and salt.
- Mix together gently with rice paddle.
- Set a nori sheet on a flat surface with horizontal lines aligned with your body.
- Begin to spread rice over the surface of the nori sheet in the middle and in the same direction as the perforated horizontal lines. Make sure to spread rice to the edges of the nori.
- Next, place slices of avocado along the edges of the rice, layer the carrots on top of the avocado, and line the sun-dried tomatoes on both sides of the carrots.
- Gently grab the edge of the nori that is closest to you. Using both hands, fold the nori over the first half of the veggies, holding them firmly. Continue to roll the nori wrapper until you have a tube. Repeat for the remaining three nori sheets.
- Using a sharp, serrated knife, cut the roll into 3/4 inch pieces.
- Align on plate and sprinkle with sesame seed mixture.
- Enjoy plain or with your choice of sauce.
- Serve with tamari, horseradish, soy sauce, whatever sounds yummy to dip. I want to experiment with sauces to drizzle on the top, but more on that in the future.
I hope you enjoy rolling your very own sushi roll and noshing down, while you try to forget about this book. If you haven’t read Not That Kind of Girl, check it out, and read along with me for my next #noshedinabook choice, Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Let me know what you thought, and remember…bite responsibly!
Woody Allen – Sleeper (1973)
Maria Bamford – Paula Dean skit (2012)
I hope some of this will be helpful to some of you in the coming days, weeks, months and years to come. Remember, all of our bodies are different If you have any additions to what I’ve stated, please let me know, I would enjoy hearing from you. Understand that keeping our body strong is something that should and easily can be an ongoing process. Respecting those around you, the source of your food in connection to its proper season and the quality of its nutrients is an optimum way to keep your body and mind aligned with the earth and its effects on you and those you love.
And remember…bite responsibly…especially right now. ^____-