Thursday, June 3, 2010

Blog relevance (cold oat cereal)

He's getting much bigger (and cuter) everyday. Must be the milk.

So I am curious what my readers come here for. Is it an update on the family, our life on the island, recipes, food ideas, all of the above? This thought came up for me as I questioned whether or not to update today. I haven't been cooking much, actually that isn't true, but I haven't been experimenting much and I am afraid new ideas in the kitchen seem to be waining, making it difficult to come across as fresh and inspiring.

So what relevance does this blog have to look forward to? Well, we start receiving our CSA shares in 2 weeks. This will hopefully bring some fun fresh vegetables and inspiration in the kitchen. Wesley may or may not start eating a bit more, this could lead to some baby food ideas. So far he is still primarily nursing, and despite a promising start out of the "solid food" gate, he has seemed to have completely lost interest. Spring is passing, summer is almost here, and with that change comes less interest in the restaurants. We have been eating out big time, and we are certain to get bored soon. I am excited to experiment a bit more with raw foods, and I have to admit that after the cleanse I realized dairy and wheat don't sit so well with me. This is a crazy-mad realization.

I have denied having any food sensitivities for years, I pride myself on having a fluid diet that sometimes includes some not so healthy items. It has been the fluidity and balance that sets my food relationship apart. Though after the cleanse I had stomach pain for 2 days as I reintroduced wheat and dairy (together, like an idiot-- which one was it?) I believe it to be high fat dairy (like ice cream..ouch) and white flour products in the worst way, then the rest trickles down from there. I am back on goats milk products only and sticking to whole grain, hoping to kick the habit and find the balanced allowance once again....we'll see.

In the meantime, a great SIMPLE breakfast for y'all, Chopper and I, which does not include wheat, dairy, refined sugar, or a stove.

1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of date pieces
2 cups of almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Combine and let sit in fridge over night. The next morning the sunflower seeds will still hold their crunch, the dates will be softened and sweeten the cereal throughout, and the oatmeal will eat like oatmeal without having to be cooked. Puuuurrrrfect.

How I have been spending my time lately.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A New Collaboration

As you may have all foreseen, Aaron has moved on. He says since going off the cleanse, sentences aren’t forming, his thoughts are more abstract, and he is unable to write about his last days. Summer is here, and Aaron needs no excuses of poor sentence structure for me to understand where his thoughts are. Regardless, I can tell you that during the time we were all cleansing, our thoughts were positive ones, and our connections with each other (all the cleansers) were strong.

Aaron’s day 6 was spent experimenting and preparing a special cleanse friendly meal to be served at the restaurant where he was working. His creation was a “hamburger” complete with a cleanse friendly bun (no easy feat), served with a side of “fries” and a salad. Eight out of the twelve cleansers enjoyed a night out, and were able to indulge in a meal that tasted like no other they had eaten those 10 days.

The burger was made with quinoa, millet, beet, carrot, and zuchini pulp, and a myriad of seasonings. It was served with a spicy “aioli”. Aioli is usually made with mayonaisse, he made an aioli using sesame seeds as the thickener and jalepenos as the spice. Lettuce, onion, and tomato all served on a sesame seed bun made with quinoa flour. The “fries” were carrot sticks dusted with curry powder, they of course tasted nothing like French fries, but the visual on the plate offered a dynamic which proved how much more there is to food beyond how it tastes. Texture, scent, and aesthetic all play such a powerful role in the enjoyment of a meal.

Chopper and I were enjoying our “burgers” (lot of quotations are used with cleanse friendly meals), when I saw the restaurant staff head to the kitchen followed by the bartender with a tray of colorful glasses. I knew what this meant. Shots all around. Could Aaron possibly be refraining, especially after reaching such a pinnacle moment in the cleanse? I went back to say hello and with not an ounce of guilt Aaron let me know he was off the cleanse. I don’t know if it was food or alcohol Aaron came off with, I am tempted to say all and lots of it. I am so happy and proud for him for the 6-7 days (he started with a pre-game day of all veggies) he accomplished, and for how he delved in, experimenting with food and writing each day. It was really fun and eye opening to have him as part of the group.

I haven’t seen Aaron since the cleanse ended. Actually that isn’t true, I’ve seen him, but our encounters have been brief - usually a wave as he drives by with a cute girl who’s just arrived on island, or in front of the liquor store- I live right across the street and this is where I run into many friends. This makes me a little sad, of course I miss my friend, but I am also really excited for the collaboration that has transpired during this cleanse and beyond. We plan on working together more in the future, and once the summer ends and the beach beauties and booze settle down, we will start planning a menu and working out details for future cleanses. Yay!