Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, November 8, 2010

Inspired to Create

Lunch is always difficult for me...It is usually the time of day that screams at me to jump in the car and go get fast food. I have been fighting this very hard, and today I was inspired to create a new sandwich. It was an open faced toasted cheese sandwich topped with thinly sliced avocado, bean sprouts, and hummus. It was a very odd combination, but all the flavors complimented each other well and it was balanced and healthy. It reminded me of one of my favorite lunches during my years in college which I will have to make and post soon also.

Of course I ate it before realizing pictures should have been taken. It will be made again...possibly as soon as tomorrow.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Interesting way to use kale

I like kale, it has a good flavor, and a little bite to it. It looks good in a salad and gives it a nice texture. It adds interest in fresh salads, but is also great cooked in main dishes and as a side dish. It is a very versatile green leafy vegetable. Tonight I discovered another way to cook it and the boys actually asked for more. I made chips out of it...Yes, I know it sounds weird and I would have never thought of doing that on my own, but I was in the mood to experiment and that recipe just happened to show up on the top of my search. It is very easy and apparently you can add different seasonings to suit your mood. Tonight I decided to use a seasoning blend and Parmesan Cheese. The boys and I really enjoyed them. I used them as a topping for the salad, but I think it will have to be used as a snack again soon.

Kale Crisps
Olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 deg. Remove the stem from the leaf, lay the leaf on an oiled pan or oiled parchment paper on a pan. Spray or drizzle oil on leaves add seasoning. Bake in the oven until the edges begin to look brown and crispy(about 10 min), take them out and enjoy.

Add chili powder
Drizzle honey
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Wine vinegar(or other of choice) and sea salt
Parmesan Cheese(This is what I did)
Cheddar Cheese or other cheese

thoughts to try eventually:
Wasabi Powder
Curry Powder

If you try this recipe let me know what you think.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Christmas Time Soap

A few weeks ago I made these two batches of soap for the Christmas Season. They are cured and ready to go.

Peppermint which has a strong peppermint scent and is speckled with pink and green soap chips from other batches of soap; this one always goes fast.

The other is called Christmas Pine. It has the scent of pine mixed with other scents that remind me of Christmas like pine from Christmas trees, peppermint, cinnamon and other spices. the green batch is topped of with a little of the Peppermint batch that is pictured above.