Saturday, May 30, 2009

Speeding up

6 month belly

Life is picking up pace as it always does on the island this time of year. I have not been able to cook as much, as I am working a lot more. Well, I should say I am cooking, just nothing that is all too interesting to write about and take pictures of. Last night we had Kashi 7 Grains with avocado, drizzled in olive oil and lime juice and some roasted kale. It was delicious, and a great simple dinner idea. But if you're looking for some food excitement today, I would love to direct you over to my friend Ali's blog, where she has some great recipes this week, 2 delicious salads and a beautiful and simple raw mango pie. She also waxes poetic about spring and asparagus (is "waxes poetic" a phrase...I may have messed that one up). And then there is Hannah's Harvest, where you will find a beautiful omelette recipe, but also something you won't find here for sometime (at least for another 3 months or so), a delicious spring cocktail!

I am 6 months pregnant tomorrow. It seems that not only life on the island picks up pace, but life in the womb does too! Chopper felt our baby kick for the first time last night. I had just said to him "I hope you are able to feel this baby move soon", then baby Butterfield started moving and a shaking and Chop got a big kick right into the palm of his hand. I was happy to be able to share the movement with him. We have physically moved our home and we our working on moving along on a home closing (buying a house on the mainland) for June, and we are mentally moving along to keep up with our rapidly moving lives. It is nice to share the peaceful, simple movements that are happening inside of me, movements that bring more a smile than stress, with the man.

Trying that first take, no prep picture first thing in the a.m. At least I'm smiling?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Clearing the Fog (cooling smoothy & citrus smoothy)

I am suffering what is called "pregnancy brain". Chopper may disagree and say that I am always this scattered, but I think even he is coming around to this theory. It is funny at times, but mostly very frustrating for me. For those that aren't familiar, basically IF I have a thought, it will (almost guaranteed) be a fleeting one. Yesterday I made hummus, baba ghanoush, and clam chowder from clams that a friend and I harvested ourselves. This same friend came over and while I was making my baba ghanoush, she made mushroom soup and split pea soup (the clam chowder was a joint effort). Did I take a single picture? No. Did I write down a single recipe? No. This is a prime example of how my pregnancy brain can be very frustrating, I had my camera out on the counter with all intentions of documenting the dishes...and then just spaced it.

So this morning I decided to get real clear on what I wanted to make today. Starting with my morning smoothie. This smoothie is good for anyone with symptoms of heat or inflammation in the body. Swelling, redness, rosacea is a good example of this, as is a very red tongue. I have decided to combat typical pregnancy symptoms before they may occur, like swelling feet or water retention. The best way to do this? Cooling foods and lots of water.

Cooling Food Smoothie

watermelon (about 2 slices in chunks)
cantelope (about 2 slices in chunks)
cucumber (half a cuc)
mango (one mango sliced)
pineapple (1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks)
spirulina (2 tsp. spirulina-a living blue-green algae)
3-4 ice cubes

Blend on high.

The spirulina makes is bright green!

So refreshing and cleansing!

Citrus Smoothie
1 lemon
1 orange
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
2 T agave nectar
1/2 cup water
3-4 ice cubes