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Edible Inspiration: Week 29

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.

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2)These spices helped make a delicious Baingan Bharta dish that turned out quite toothsome.

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3)  Cutting up carrots to steam and mash.  Tasty taste.

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4)Grateful for this ginger knob this week.  I’m in love with ginger (nothing new there. :p)

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5)A beautiful walking path to catch some D.

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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!

Healthy Regards,

RAM

Edible Inspiration: Week 25

A peek into days passed.

1)  This little squirrel hanging out. I think I scared him, he was very still for a while.

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2)  Rinsing carrots. Nom!

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3)  These Spring blooms didn’t last long in our backyard, but I was happy for them while they lasted.

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4)  A sweet treat in pink.  It’s always nice to support our local bakers.

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I hope you enjoy your weekend and share some of your Edible Inspiration pics with me #edibleinspiration when you can.  And remember…bite responsibly!

Healthy Regards,

 

RAM

Noshed in a Book: Imperial Bedrooms

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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.

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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.

 

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Sunshine Sushi Roll

Ingredients

  • 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*

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. While rice is cooking, prepare veggies.
  4. After the rice has set for 10 minutes, add the rice cooking wine and salt.
  5. Mix together gently with rice paddle.
  6. Set a nori sheet on a flat surface with horizontal lines aligned with your body.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Using a sharp, serrated knife, cut the roll into 3/4 inch pieces.
  11. Align on plate and sprinkle with sesame seed mixture.
  12. Enjoy plain or with your choice of sauce.

Notes:

  • 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. :)

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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!

Healthy Regards,

RAM

Eat Your Way to Stronger Immune System

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Although it is still hot here in Austin and in general the weather seems to be tumultuous across the states and I gather that with the onset of September comes a cooler breeze and a change in the season.  In an office, work-place, classroom or otherwise, a change in weather is a red flag to me that a large majority of your cohorts and peers could end up sick or convince themselves that they are sick.  Although I’m not a doctor nor a natural practitioner, I have some hints and tips about how I keep myself ‘up and running’ during the worst of times and the best of times.  I am of the opinion that we are (individuals) totally capable of NOT living in fear every time someone comes up with a cold or some other common illness. Our bodies shut down sometimes, but this is a sign they need to.  However, for the most part, we’re capable of keeping ourselves strong and able with a whole foods diet and few pick-me-ups.
(In no particular order.)
  • Kick-butt tea!  I make this mixture in the evenings mostly, but I double up in the mornings when I am feeling a hint of ick or a significant weather change overnight.
           Peel about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of ginger and cut it into manageable chunks.
           Place these pieces at the bottom of your favorite mug or tea-cup.
           Put the kettle on and just before the water begins to boil.
           Pour it over your chunks of peeled ginger root.
           Add  the juice from 1/2 a lemon  and stir.
           Next, add some stevia and as many shakes of cayenne pepper that you can handle.
           Swirl it all together and drink.
  • GAAAALIC.  Garlic is easily one of my favorite things to eat.  Bonus for me and all of you of course, it’s loaded with bacterial fighting goodness and it doesn’t injure or disrupt our bodies’ natural flora like otc stuff .  Additionally it’s anti-inflammatory, which is helpful for times of stress, exposure to radiation (possibly cancer patients) and for women during their menstrual cycle.  I like to mince a clove or two (or three) up and put it on top of basically anything savory that I’m eating.  Raw, lovely and potent.  I also discovered this method recently.
  • Greens galore!  Our bodies’ function best in an alkaline state, and greens are about as alkaline as you can get.  Drinking greencentric smoothies and juices along with green bedded dishes and salads of verde splendor; you will be on your way to a strong and healthy body.  Just remember to chew it up, even if it’s in liquid form.  Producing saliva in your mouth will aid digestion where it starts, in your mouth.
  • Almond me up.  Fights inflammation and works to ward off mean bacteria, almonds should be on your radar.  I like them raw, soaked and eaten over foods, made into dips and sauces and best of all ground up into almond butter.
  • Orange foods.  I knew there was a reason that many orange and dark-yellow tinted veggies pop up during the fall and winter seasons.  The beta-carotene in sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, and butternut squash (to name a few) helps protect our most aesthetic organ, our skin.  Without healthy skin and a properly functioning way to excrete toxins through our skin, we’d be in bad shape.  I love to roast carrots, sweet potatoes, squash and pumpkin with aromatic herbs and spices.  Pumpkin purée is also extra tasty over some breakfast grains like oats, quinoa, amaranth or millet.  Sweet potatoes also taste great mashed and served with a bit of cinnamon, walnuts and coconut oil.  Try eating these lovely orange veggies with a fat source for proper absorption.
No direct correlation with food, but these remedies are more connected to what you eat than you think:
  • LAUGH and laugh often and with full heart.  Comedic Moments and Films I recommend:
Buster Keaton  – Balloonatic (1923)

Woody Allen – Sleeper (1973)

Maria Bamford – Paula Dean skit (2012)

Lazy Sunday 1 – SNL

Lazy Sunday 2 – SNL

 

  • Liquify!  Drink plenty of water daily–I would recommend an amount, but I believe going off of one’s thirst is the best method, unless your thirst drives you to anything but water–because water helps to flush out excessive waste cells and gunk that builds up in your body.  Water also helps to carry oxygen throughout your body, which will in turn allow you to work at full capacity. H2O works to keep your mouth clean so extra harmful particles and bacteria don’t fester.  There are many more splendid benefits of drinking water for your immune system
  • Sleepy time.  Amongst sleep’s many wonderful attributes, among mammalian species, sleep helps to increase white blood cell count, which equates to a better functioning immune system.  I say, the more we rest, the less stressed we are apt to become.  Stress can lower our body’s ability to defend itself.  It’s all tied together.

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. ^____-

 

Healthy Regards,

~RAM~