Monday, December 31, 2012
So, here's to a more celebratory cruising out of this year, and a happy, healthy, productive 2013! We can always hope....
Saturday, December 29, 2012
.... and keep up with the vitamin C!
Thursday, December 27, 2012
On the days like today when none of the cats attempt to sneak outdoors or beg me to let them outside and just curl up in their cat beds there is typically something outdoors that has a name on the national weather map. Like Irene or Sandy. Or Euclid. It has been snowing since before I woke up this morning and it is supposed to snow another 18h. The weather is matched by my latest movie find, the PBS Master Classic series Wallander, another dark, stark Swedish film series, reminding me of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Not much surprise that I thought about Swedish meatballs when I thought about a warm, filling meal to get me ready for snow shoveling. Stay warm!
Vegan Swedish Meatballs (2 portions)
- 1/2 TB earth balance
- 1 TB all-purpose flour
- 1/4 raw cashew nuts, soaked in water for 1h (no soaking works, too)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 ts bouillon
- 1 TB nutritional yeast
- 1/4 ts allspice
- few grates of nutmeg
- 1/2 ts liquid smoke
- 10 vegan meatballs (e.g. Trader Joes)
- 4-6 medium sized red skinned potatoes, peeled
In a food processor or blender, add the cashew nuts, water, almond milk, and bouillon. Process until really smooth. Set asides.
In a large pan, heat the butter and melt. Add the flour and stir in. Toast slightly for a little bit until the butter and flour crumbles get brown. With a whisk stir in the almond mik/cashew mix, heat and whisk until it thickens. Turn down the heat, and add the nutritional yeast, allspice, nutmeg, and liquid smoke, and mix. Add in the frozen vegan meatballs, and heat through.
Peel the potatoes, quarter them, and place them in a silicon container with a lid and about 3 TB of water and microwave on high for 5 min. Drain.
Serve meatballs with potatoes.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Ahh, Christmas. It is all over again for another year, but with New Years coming up the holiday spirit continues with its last jolt for the season. Thanks to the Pandora xmas station I could not get “I am wishing for a white Christmas’ by Frank Sinatra out of my mind. Now, it looks like white Christmas is on the way. Or at least the white part, with a prediction of 24 hours of heavy snow starting tomorrow morning. Today, we are still snow-free, sunny weather, a green world and I better take the opportunity to head outside before being snowed in tomorrow.
Breakfast today was delicious with home-made roll German rolls (Laugenbroetchen) and some French orange jam.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
My deadline was finally met yesterday, and after 10h of sleep I still did not quite feel back to my old self today so I mad a season appropriate jumpstart juice with whatever I could find in my fridge and freezer. Rehydrating and nutrients definitely helped. And…. with so much carrot juice, I am getting a spray tan from the inside out!
Jumpstart smoothie: carrot juice, 1 orange, 1/2 banana, 2 frozen mission figs and a handful of fresh cranberries.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
I listened to the reports on NPR, and drove through a similar small quaint, rural New England town where everyone knows each other and kids are safe. A town where everyone believes that something like this can never happen.
I drove through my neighborhood, the streets leading up to my house, and realized that many of my neighbors had not turned on their christmas lights tonight.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Carrot Soup
(makes 4 servings)
- 1 pound organic carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 1/2 red onion, small diced
- 1/2 TB butter
- 3 cups fresh pressed carrot juice
- 1/2 ts dried thyme
- 1/4 ts dried ginger
- salt to taste (or 1/2 ts Rapunzel organic vegetable bouillon)
- optional: 1/4 cup baked butternut squash or any other baked squash
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
I spoke too soon --- after raking the last leaves in my garden yesterday without even wearing a jacket the world is covered in white slush today: 2 inches of snow overnight, now a drizzle of freezing rain, and later finished off and cleaned up with some regular rain. More snow later on. Fab.
How is your holiday shopping going? The catalogues capturing the holiday spirit make me want to bake cookies, eat insane amounts of chocolate and invite people over.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
The windows to my house are wide open to let some fresh air in, the cats check out where the birds are, and I am planning on a long walk today.
For newer readers: there is a pinterest board for this blog so you can browse for older recipes more easily!
Friday, December 7, 2012
I will never forget you as Stabler's bipolar mother in Law and Order: SVU.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
I was spoken to in French, being mistaken for the bright colored Canadians from New Brunswick diving into US shopping before the holidays. Somehow they were easy to spot: they wear red and pink down vests and scarfs, bright eyes, excited, while the going winter colors for Maine are gray and black and slightly depressed. And you might know my love for pink...
I hauled my new pot home, put some more wood on the fire in the wood stove, and started cooking dinner.
Today, it is Sunday and according to German tradition you light your first candle on the 'Adventskranz", a wreath stacked with 4 candles, one for each Sunday before Christmas. Today, the first one is lit, gluehwein is served, and cookies are eaten. Happy first 'advent'! (advent = latin for advenere, coming closer).