Friday, October 28, 2016

Foodie Friday : Winter Salad Binging

There's #FoodieFriday, #FollowFriday, #FriendlyFollow … whatever! It's the weekend!  Just pick a food and drink topic to share and run with it! 



Connie Guttersen, author, dietitian, nutritionist, a lady on Twitter (@ConnieGuttersen) inspired me to pick salad for my topic.  She shared a Tweet (below) about all the different kinds of lettuce that are “worthy”.  Appreciated the info, but from there it was a leap into “winter salads”. Why? Because during the cold months, salad is not always on my menu. Bowls and bowls of warm and hearty soups. Yes!  But salad? Not so much.  That has to change.





Raw Vegan Blood Orange Winter Salad Recipe (frivolousgirl.com)







Asian Quinoa Slaw Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette (thekitchengirl.com)







East Asian Chicken Salad (crumbsonthetable.co.uk)






Asian Napa Cabbage Salad (homebakedjoy.com)


Asian Napa Cabbage Salad - Home Baked Joy


A Winter Salad That Satisfies (findyourbalancehealth.com)


A Winter Salad That Satisfies


18 Cozy Warm Salad Recipes for Winter (care2.com)


Warm Salads For The Winter | Care2 Healthy Living



15 Winter Salads to Make for Dinner - Recipes from The Kitchn


15 Winter Salads to Make for Dinner - Recipes from The Kitchn

Winter survival comes in the form of comfort food - the richer and heartier the meal, the easier it is to handle the cold. But we still need salad. In fact, with all those hefty stews and baked pastas, salads are imperative to keep things in balance.

Are You a Food Waster? - Go Global Today

Found this article because it was shared by a dear friend via her Google+ posts stream. Yes my children are all grown, with the exception of one still a teenager. Yes they say that mom always says "Don't waste food. Children are starving in Africa." 

Yes I said it and I'll say it again! 

It's not just Africa either! It's all around the world! 

You know what else? My mom used to say the same thing to me! 

Now I'm 60 years old and the sad thing is that it was true when my mom said it. 

It was probably true before she said it. 

It's 2016 and it's still true!

WHY???!!! There's no excuse for it!!



" ... 31 percent—or 133 billion pounds—of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels went uneaten in the United States ..."


"... 40 percent of all food in the United States was never eaten. ..."




Sorry. This is one of those things in this world that really perturbs me. Every time I see it, hear it or read about it, I break out the megaphone and start preaching!! Each time, I hope the words are not falling on deaf ears.





In my mind's eye, the opposite of WASTE is CHARITY. 

OK. You can't end world hunger. But is there not one act of charity that you can render to another person? Is there really nothing you can do?

Charity never fails.






Thursday, October 27, 2016

Vegan and Vegetarian Blogs: The Flaming Vegan

Many celebrities have gone the way of the vegan. Common and Miley Cyrus to name just two (see "Links of Interest" below). Taking the leap and plunging myself into a vegan diet would be unrealistic. Taking baby steps toward modifying my diet to incorporate vegan food into my meals is a much more reasonable and sensible approach. That's why it gives me great pleasure to shine the spotlight on:




The publishers describe their site as a “vegan and vegetarian blogging extravaganza”. Not only does this food blog provide recipes, but also answers to questions that didn't even cross my mind. Should have asked. Just didn't know any better. 


Here are few selected posts that ought to get you curious to know more. You may end up scratching your head and wondering why you're not already converted. Somebody preached the vegan gospel to rappers and they're repenting! :)



Starting off with a holiday recipe since it's the holiday season. 



Links of Interest:




The Best Vegan Holiday Cookies. Seriously.




The Best Vegan Holiday Cookies. Seriously.

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes Nothing says fall like pumpkin. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin bread, pumpkin popcorn, pumpkin flavored nuts, ice cream, oreos, granola bars; you name it! How about some vegan marshmallow stuffed pumpkin cookies? We usually go to Trader Joe's once a week.



 


Four Great Online Resources for Vegans




Four Great Online Resources for Vegans

All vegans, whether new or veteran, may have questions from time to time, such as whether a household item contains animal products or where they can buy their favourite dairy-free desserts. Luckily, answers need not be far away. Whilst a number of detailed...



 

How Does The Change of Life Affect Vegan Women?




How Does The Change of Life Affect Vegan Women?

I am sure it won't be news to anyone following a purely plant-based diet that this regime benefits your health in numerous ways. However, there is one particular health perk of being vegan which may be quite a surprise to most people, as it was to me...



 

4 Fantastic Ways to Get All the Vitamins You Need




4 Fantastic Ways to Get All the Vitamins You Need

Whether you are a vegan for ethical reasons or dietary concerns, the bottom line is that you would like to be the healthiest vegan that you can. There is a common misconception that those who follow a vegan diet do not get enough essential vitamins and...



 

Your Quick Guide to Vegan Baking Substitutes




Your Quick Guide to Vegan Baking Substitutes

This article is designed to help new vegans and anyone else interested in reducing their consumption of animal products. It presents easy and effective alternatives to common ingredients such as dairy products and eggs in baking. If you are new to ...



 

Getting Picky Eaters to Eat with the Rainbow Method




Getting Picky Eaters to Eat with the Rainbow Method

I don't know about you, but I have picky eaters in my house. Oh, they're better now than they used to be, but back when they were small, mealtimes were battles to be fought. Many parents today face the same issue and it can be a big one. At one point...



 





Chinese Fortune Cookies as American as Apple Pie

The Chinese fortune cookies are not an Asian invention, but rather an American one.  A conclusion based on my extensive research of Chinese history, tradition and culture (i.e. watching a lot of kung fu movies).  There was a story circulated about rebels in the 13th or 14th century, using them to pass secret messages to each other about their war plans to overthrow the Mongols. Pure fiction. But you must admit that plot sure has the makings of an epic saga.


Alas!  The truth is the Chinese fortune cookie is as American as apple pie; and they make great party favors.  


Would you like to make your own homemade fortune cookies?  


Well you can!

This Sunbeam kitchen accessory is a must have.  





Content originally published at dailytwocents.com on April 30, 2014.



Pomegranate Homemade Fortune Cookies - What Jew Wanna Eat

Homemade Fortune Cookies are easy to make! (Sort of.) Plus, when you make them yourself, you can make them pink! Did y'all have a great NYE? Did you stay at home and pass out before midnight, or frolic around in a glittery dress drinking champagne out of the bottle?







Monday, October 24, 2016

Deviled Eggs Recipes for Halloween

It's that time of the year again. This is the week to make your final preparations to celebrate the Halloween holiday! When not working on my blogs, my online activity sometimes involves chatting with friends on myLot.com, a social network that pays you to make friends and engage in friendly banter.


A member at that site asked what would I bring to a party. My response was two things: a fruit platter and deviled eggs. The question brought back a a memory about all the church fellowships I've attended and all the office parties at my old jobs. Somebody always remembered to bring deviled eggs and that tray was usually the first party food to disappear! Decided to find some Halloween themed deviled eggs recipes to share. Hope you like them!!



Halloween eggs
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Little Devil Deviled Eggs (kraftrecipes.com)





Little Devil Deviled Eggs



Spooky Monster Eyes | Avocado Deviled Eggs (scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com)





Spooky Monster Eyes (Avocado Deviled Eggs)




Halloween Deviled Spider Eggs (shockinglydelicious.com)





Halloween Deviled Spider Eggs






Halloween Deviled Eggs-4 ideas (happierthanapiginmud.blogspot.com)





Halloween Deviled Eggs-4 ideas





10 Disgusting (But Delicious!) Deviled Egg Recipes For Halloween (glofimustdie.fanbread.com)





10 Disgusting (But Delicious!) Deviled Egg Recipes For Halloween







Halloween GIF found at glitter-graphics.com


Saturday, October 22, 2016

25 Creative and Delicious Recipes That Will Inspire Your Inner Foodie | One Green Planet (Reblog)

Found this wonderful site via Tsū , a once popular social network that recently closed its doors. If you are not a vegan, this food blog could encourage you to at least "try" to modify or adjust your eating habits. They do it by publishing wonderful recipes. 


Sharing this link as an example:

25 Creative and Delicious Recipes That Will Inspire Your Inner Foodie | One Green Planet



Also talking this opportunity to claim my blog which I just added to Bloglovin.





10 Ways to Make Your Salads Interesting, Flavorful, and Crave-able!


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Mangos Plus Roses Equal Refreshing Earthly Delight

Almost everyone loves roses. But these flowers have a special meaning to me because of my late mother's rose bush which was the centerpiece of the front yard of my childhood home. Every time I see a roses, it's impossible to disassociate them from this childhood memory. 


My Facebook friend is knowledgeable about holistic health and alternative remedies and she published a wonderful article about rose water which she refers to a Grandma’sSecret Weapon. She explains the benefits of using it for skin care and suggests it be a part of aromatherapy. That sounds fabulous. But did you also know that you can drink rose water?



Following me so far? 

You're probably thinking: 'Hurry and get to the part about the mangos!'


Mangos (or Mangoes)?  Another childhood memory is being able to go out in my backyard or my neighbor's backyard and pick a mango from the tree to enjoy. To this day, it's always a thrill find any kind recipe that includes mango as an ingredient. Sharing the recipe gives me an even bigger thrill.



Here is a link to a quick and easy recipe that is sure to delight you.




In case you've never seen or heard of a “lassi”, here is a clear definition found in Wikipedia:

“Lassi (pronounced [ləs-siː]) (la-SEE) is a popular traditional yogurt-based drink from the Indian Subcontinent and originates from the Punjab. ... a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit.”

The definition does not specifically mention “rose water”. But it does say “water” and that's good enough! :)




Rose Flower Water by Malandel (French) 16 oz


The malandel is a product of France.
Rose flower water is produced by water distillation from rose flowers.


  • Not only is it great in a smoothie but can be added to a creamy tapioca or rice pudding and marries well with most ricotta cheese desserts and Italian sponge cakes, cookies and biscuits.


  • Shop TyentUSA.comSprinkle a few drops into ice water for an amazing transformation.


  • In the Middle East, it is used to flavor baklava (or filo desserts) and sherbets, and Turkish delight candies.










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Friday, October 21, 2016

Foodie Friday : Banana Brownies - Back for Seconds

Scanning pins on Pinterest and came across one pin shared by food blogger, Stephanie Brubaker, that made me start looking for recipe variations. Being that it's also #foodiefriday, it's also a perfect excuse to do a little detective work.  Brownies are on my list of fave foods, right along with cheesecake. But most of the brownies I enjoy are chocolate.  Never heard of a Banana Brownie. Have you?

Now it's imperative to know how many other different kinds of brownies are out there in wonderful world of food.  :)


Do you have a brownie recipe
that's not like any other?


Banana Brownies - Back for Seconds



Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste, came up with a recipe that combines three desserts into one.  Three guilty pleasures in one?  What a brilliant mind!!  :)

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies


Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies Recipe


Found this delightful treat at Kirbie’s Cravings.

Cookies and Cream Brownies


Cookies and Cream Brownies



 Another Kellie shared her recipe for vegans at her blog, Food to Glow.

Tahini Swirl Chocolate Brownies (immune-boosting and grain-free + vegan option).


Miley Cyrus would be so proud of her! :)

Tahini Swirl Chocolate Brownies (immune-boosting and grain-free + vegan option)





*This one from a fellow blogger on Blogspot, Nook & Pantry.

Green Tea Cheesecake White Chocolate Brownie



Green Tea Cheesecake White Chocolate Brownie



Blinking arrow found at glitter-graphics.com



Found on Google Plus













Spinach Brownies  (???) OK!







Also a fellow blogger on Blogspot, but saved this one for last. Why? Because this dear lady asked a question that I would ask and answered it the way that I would answer it!

QUESTION:
Which is better? Brownies? Cheesecake?

ANSWER:
Brownies AND Cheesecake!  Duh!

 

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