I am one of those people that if I am not learning something new on a regular basis I begin to feel stagnant. I feel stuck. I then become frustrated. Usually, I don’t pay attention to the nagging in the back of my mind until it’s too late. The last few weeks I have been overwhelmed with lengthy to do lists, custom orders, and planning some big life changes (more to come soon). As I was rushing around yesterday, I had a iCalendar notification for an ice cream class that I had signed up for a month ago. Signing up for this event had completely escaped me. What a treat, an ice cream class in August! Well done! Thanks, past Me!
The co-owners of Lick Ice Cream partnered with Sustainable Food Center to host this class. What a great opportunity for such a great cause, for more on that click here. There was a demo and then we broke off into groups to create our own fig inspired ice cream! We were given a base, chocolate sauce, fig jam, and neufshatel (fancy cream cheese). I, clearly, fell into the right group when the decision that all of the ingredients would have to be used! We went with a chocolate and neufshatel base, with fig & chocolate swirls. Heaven! Due to the smokiness of the figs this year, it tasted like toasted marshmallow. As a serious s’mores fan, I was completely blissed out. In fact, I would have taken a picture of our batch, but…. we ate it all.
Who knew making ice cream was so easy. I was always under the impression it was much more difficult. I’m looking forward to testing out new recipes and maybe, potentially, incorporating some recipes into the upcoming cookbook!
Thanks Lick and SFC for a great learning opportunity!
When I first started experimenting with canning I asked everyone what there favorite jam or jelly was. The people pleaser inside of me was eager to make an impression. Naturally, I asked my mother. She was quick to let me know that her favorite flavor out of a jar was lemon curd. I was quick to learn that it is one of mine too.
Being in Texas we have the luxury of having some really great organic citrus grown in our backyard in McAllen, TX. G&S Grove, check them out. (Seriously, the best grapefruit I’ve ever had.) So why does delicious curd have to stop with lemons?
I heard through the grapefruit vine that a friend liked grapefruit curd, viola, it appeared! I had done a blend of grapefruit and orange, which was delightful! This holiday season, I will be introducing straight up orange curd! Yes, I certainly tried my darn-dest not to eat it all before canning it up!
I will have these little babies available at the Holiday Handmade Show at OPA! this Saturday! See you there!
I don’t know anyone that likes to be sick. I think most would actually prefer to be at work or school than be home in bed. I rarely get sick and when I do, it’s at the mercy of allergies. This past week was one of the times I feel victim to seasonal allergies with a serving of mold allergies. There was a stretch that I slept for 24 hours, not an exaggeration, which drove me to go to the doctor. Something I avoid at all costs because I know it always results in antibiotics. On three, 1, 2, 3,…. UGH!
I’m on the mend, finally. I have an urge to move around the house, cook, and get back to making things. While I still a have limited energy, the sun has been such a driving power… and the salsa music… and the coffee, of course, the coffee.
I have my next batch of jam simmering away (details soon) but I just have to share some of my kitchen creations, as of the last few months I have felt completely uninspired in this department.
Indian food is my favorite. Hands down. It’s what I consider comfort food at its best. A world of complex flavors that warm the soul. Saag Paneer (spinach & cheese) is my go to when I am feeling blue. It has been tough to find a recipe that I like, but, believe it or not, I nailed one down! Of course, I amped up the amount of ginger, garlic, and spice, but it’s a good one! (Click here for the recipe)
Ok, so I can’t drink at the moment due to being on antibiotics, but boy, oh boy, this one is going to be a treat once I’m in the clear to have an adult beverage!
2 cups of white rum + 1 cup pineapple + 1 tsp. red chili flakes = cocktail in 2 weeks.
I’m hoping for some sweet and spicy goodness! Just add club soda!
Juice, Juice, Juice
I really like to say that I am not a picky eater. I was raised to eat what was put in front of me, because there are starving children all over the world. Admittedly, there are a few things I just cannot stand: my grandmothers hot red sauerkraut with vinegar being at the top of that list. Raw celery, number two. If I have the opportunity, I pass on cooking with parsley or munching on a green apple. Feeling under the weather lately and having no appetite, I know that parsley and green apple are so good for you, so I bent my rules.
(4 Granny Smith + 1/2 bunch Parsley)/juicer = DAMN!
I’ve made this 3 times this week! That has to say something about how good it is, right?
While I’ve been an absolute mad woman creating gig posters, updating my blog with shows, my Etsy Shop with more of my Cards for a Cause, learning others songs (more on in an upcoming post), taking on the social media for where I work (OPA!, go ahead and give them a like on the ol’ Facebook), I have been silently sticking to my #1 New Years Resolution: READING.
January’s Book: Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
A few years ago my cousin, Lucy, came to visit me here in Austin. Lucy is an amazing woman, a doctor, and I’ve always looked up to her in that big sister I never had kind of way. I hadn’t seen her since she got married and she looked fantastic. She was in town for “some Paleo Conference.” Lucy was talking non stop about this Paleo business. She told me that I had to read this book. After her departure, I got home one day and there on my porch waiting for me, freshly from Amazon, was this book compliments of Lucy.
Fast forward 3 years, maybe more, to January 2015. I still haven’t read the book, because like any book that anyone tells me to read I, of course, drag my feet. What prompted me to pick up the Primal Blueprint, besides my New Year’s Resolution? I have a particular health condition that has been passed down through the women on my mother’s side of the family (Thanks Mom!) and I find as I have gotten older certain symptoms are rearing their ugly head. My doctor, who is fabulous, gave me several options to help me with some of the symptoms, none of which either of us were thrilled about.
I think we can all agree, my doctor included, that a lot of what happens here in the States is we treat symptoms rather than the cause. Because of my condition, I have side effects such as a very hard time keeping stable blood sugar levels, which can be more than frustrating and turn me into a HANGRY monster in no time. I started with two major changes immediately:
1. Butter Coffee. I cannot give up coffee. EVER. I am Laura Lee and I am addicted to coffee. The problem being, I can have my two cups in the morning (which is all I ever need) and then all of a sudden crash like nothing you have ever seen. I have made the change to butter coffee and that crash has gone away completely. Not to mention it tastes like drinking a latte!
2. Protein. I have been raw, I have been vegan, I have been a vegetarian. In recent years, I have just settled eating meat once or twice a week, nothing crazy. This last month though, I have forced myself to eat meat once or twice a day.
HOLY COWS AND BACON, BATMAN! Who knew that eating a little more protein would make such a drastic difference in my life?!?!!?!?!? The symptoms of my condition have completely dissipated, I have way more energy, I am in a much better mood, productivity has gone up, I am sleeping WAY better, and the most amazing thing… My sweet tooth has virtually disappeared! Ok, ok, and even though this next item wasn’t on my New Years to do list, I’m not going to lie and I am pleased with the results, but I have unintentionally lost 6 pounds since January 4th. Not bad, right?
This was a great read. Usually health stats and medical articles are daunting to read, Primal Blueprint was smooth sailing and easy to relate to. It’s true, there are moments of discomfort when Sisson challenges everything we are taught to know and believe, but given the results, I would say there is a whole lot of truth to this, not just a diet, but lifestyle. Enjoy!