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My girlfriend from New York decided to come visit me this weekend, after I visited the last weekend. I was excited to continue our weekend visitation, so Mike a I got up early and picked her up

I made my 1tsp. of Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water and started on my Mid Morning 8oz Juice of Carrot, Celery, Spinach and packed the Barley Max and Bottles of water for afternoon drinks.

We were supposed to be at the Baltimore Airport at 8:40 but got there after 9am. We thought her flight would be delayed, but she forgave us anyway for making her hang out for and extra 20 minutes.

To make it up to her, we took her out to Chesapeake Bay and went over the bridge to the Outlet Mall.. and spent the morning there.  Then for lunch we headed over to Annapolis  to eat at the Marriott Hotel along the Bay. It was a perfect day to sit outside and watch all the boat activity. My girlfriend and I ordered the same Pusser’s Salad:

Ingredients:

Green Leaf Lettuce

Carrots, Grated

Red Onion

Grilled Pineapples

Oil & Vinegar

Then I ordered the Crab Cake Meal and ate the Steamed Vegetables off the plate and drank my Glass of White Wine . In addition to the Carrots, Broccoli, Green Beans, and Cauliflower on the plate, I picked a couple of bites off the Crab Cake and gave the rest to Mike. Because like me, my girlfriend is also a vegan on this eating plan… but like me she cheats.

So we tried to be on our best behavior, but i just got so carried away with the alcohol again this weekend. We stopped off at the Hyatt Hotel in Bethesda and had some cocktails at Morton’s Steakhouse. Then we walked around a bit more in the lovely afternoon weather and ate dinner at Hanaro Restaurant. To may surprise, this is an asian inspired restaurant where we split some Edemmome and Baltimore Crab Sushi Roll. Mike and I indulged again with alcohol, me with some cold Sake and he with a draft beer. Then I ordered a Seaweed Salad and a Vegetable & Shrimp Tempura…. Oh Soooo Good!!!

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The Passover Seder Plate

This is the traditional arrangement of the Seder Plate.. I picked up on the internet.

The Passover Seder Plate (ke’ara) is a special plate containing six symbolic foods which have special significance to the retelling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt. The seventh symbolic item – a stack of three matzot.
Here is the Passover Seder Plate I made for Monday Night’s Seder with Mike and his Children.
Passover Seder 2010

Passover Seder 2010

The 6 items on the Seder Plate – and what I made:

  • Maror and Chazeret:  For maror, many people use freshly grated horseradish or whole horseradish root.  I USED HORSERADISH SAUCE. Chazeret is typically romaine lettuce, whose roots are bitter-tasting.  I USED ROMAINE LETTUCE.
  • Charoset: A sweet, brown, pebbly paste of fruits and nuts, representing the mortar used by the Jewish slaves to build the storehouses of Egypt. I USED THE CHAROSET MIKE MADE WITH DATES & ALMONDS.
  • Karpas: A vegetable other than bitter herbs, usually parsley… WHICH IS WHAT I USED. FOR DIPPING I BROUGHT OUT A DISH OF WHITE WINE VINEGAR.  
  • Zeroa: A roasted lamb bone, symbolizing the korban Pesach (Pesach sacrifice), which was a lamb offered in the Temple in Jerusalem and was then roasted and eaten as part of the meal on Seder night.  I ROASATED 5 LAMB CHOPS IN OLIVE OIL AND SEASONINGS.
  • Beitzah: A roasted egg, symbolizing the korban chagigah (festival sacrifice) that was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem and was then eaten as part of the meal on Seder night. I ACTUALLY BOILED 6 EGGS.

Once the Seder was complete, we brought out the Matzo Ball Soup, Cucumber & Tomato Salad, Rice, and Polo Horesht.

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Polo Horesht

Polo Horesht

Basmati Rice w/Fried Potato

Basmati Rice w/Fried Potato

I had never made Matzat Ball Soup… and took the liberty of pulling up the recipe online. Then I realized I didn’t have the Matzat Meal to make the Matzat Balls… so I had Mike go out and get it from the store.

Matzo Balls:

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

Contents of Matzo Pkg

 Matzo Ball Broth(Vegetable Soup):

10Cups Water

2Onions, Cubed

3Garlic Cloves

3Carrots

3Celery

2Potatoes w/skin

1Cup Parsley

1Bay Leaf

1Tsp. Thyme

1Tsp. Basil

2Cups Broccoli

2Cups Cauliflower

Directions: Bring Soup to boil and drop rolled pieces of Matzo Balls into water. Let Simmer for 30 minutes on low heat  and serve.

The Seder was very nice…. we read from the books and performed the Seder as close to the tradition as we could.

For the meal, I had some Mazto Ball Soup, Basmati Rice and Cucumber & Tomato Salad.

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After a couple of nights out… I decided to make something at home from the foods we have here. We spent the day out in Jacksonville,  and ate lunch at the P.F. Chang. I had the Buddha Feast Vegetable Bowl with Brown Rice and a hot tea. Then we went to Costco to load up on groceries and stuff… so coming home to eat from a day full of running around was nice.

I got into my VitaMix cookbook and whipped up a really spicy Tomato and Basil Pesto to pair with some steamed Cauliflower and Green Beans.

Tomato And Basil Pest

Tomato And Basil Pest

Tomato and Basil Pesto

Ingredients:

1/2Cup Olive Oil

4Ripe Tomatoes, quartered

1/2Cup Basil Leaves

1/2Cup Spinach, stemmed

6Garlic Cloves, peeled

1Tsp. Celtic Salt

1Cup Blanched Almonds

Directions:

Place all ingredients into the VitaMix container  in order listed and secure lid. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to high. Blend for 30-45 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.

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I begged Mike for a warm weather weekend excursion… and I got a trip to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, only to find out it wasn’t as warm as I thought it would be.
Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

We had enough of the cold and snow from up north and when we drove back down to Florida, it was still cold. So I thought, a trip south would warm us up. But temps in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale were only 10 degrees warmer putting them in the 60’s 😦
Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

Ft. Lauderdale-Hotel View

Regardless, we hit the road Saturday morning and I packed the left over Hibachi Vegetables for lunch which I ate as soon as I got in the car. I did manage to juice two Carrot, Celery, Spinach, Apple drinks with the new VitaMix Juicer, and I made a Fruit Smoothie too!

Dinner was the usual Pier 66 culinary excursion. The food, atmosphere, and service are so amazing, it’s always a treat to go there. Each time I go there, I get the same Green Salad with out any Feta Cheese and this weekend Oil and Vinegar instead of their creamy dressing.  To spice things up I added a Baked Potato too in addition to a couple of Glasses of White Wine.

Sunday we got up to head down to Miami and found out the Food Networks Wine & Food Festival was taking place on the beach in South Beach. We decided to have lunch on Lincoln Street at a Rustic Pizza Restaurant we visited in November with my cousins when they came in town for the cruise. Mike and I split a 16″ medium pizza.

Rustic Pizza Vegetable Pizza

Rustic Pizza Vegetable Pizza

My half was the Vegetable side with no Cheese on a Wheat crust and Mike’s side was the Mushroom Pizza with Cheese.  

Then we continued walking toward the Ocean, where we scoped out the Wine & Food Festival. It turns out, in order to get on the beach to walk around and sample wines, foods, etc. we had to pay $230 per person. A price a little to steep for a couple of hours of testing.! So we went across the street and sat at The Carlyle and had Daquiries and an appetizer dish of Chips and Calamari.

Sunday Morning was a tough ride home….. tooo many Daquiries last night and a bad diet all around. We stopped at Einstein Bros. Bagels for a Whole Grain Bagel with Butter and the middle scooped out and to drink I got a Frozen Mocha Latte.  As we were driving north, I begged Mike to stop in Palm Beach, to see how the other half lives.

Palm Beach Ocean View

Palm Beach Ocean View

We drove up along Ocean Ave (A1A) and saw the mansions facing the ocean and then we stopped at the Breakers Hotel. It’s where some of the “Heartbreakers” movie was filmed. And the hotel is also supposed to be a famous, historic resort as well. 

The Breakers Hotel-Palm Beach

The Breakers Hotel-Palm Beach

Further north we stopped outside of Titusville for lunch, which turned out to be Long John Silver’s Fish and Fries Combo with a couple of Hush Puppies. I’m still having feedback from all that grease I ate earlier.

Long John Silver - Fish Meal

Long John Silver - Fish Meal

But hopefully all my bad choices were canceled out with this evenings Vegetable Salad I made

with a Oil and Lemon Dressing.

Vegetable Salad

Vegetable Salad

Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

1Cup of Green Beans

1/2Bunch of Broccoli

1Carrot

3Celery Sticks

1/2Can White Beans

1Avocado

1Bunch Cauliflower

2Tbls. Olive Oil

1/2 Lemon

1Tsp. Basil

1Tsp. Paprika

1/2Tsp. Crushed Peppers

1/2Tsp.Cumin

1Tsp. Celtic Salt

Directions:

Wash and cut up vegetables. For the Beans, I took the left overs I put in the Refrigerator or you can crack open a new can. Add Oil, Lemon and other seasonings to the salad and mix.

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 I was feeling a little inventive Tuesday afternoon. I took the day to watch old movies on TCM… it’s a hobby I don’t get to do very often. After having a late lunch of Green Salad with Oil&Vinegar Dressing, I decided to make a soup to use up some of the vegetables we had in the refrigerator. We’re going to be going back up to Washington D.C. area again this week.

So I consulted with my cookbook “Recipes for Life” and decided to make a Minestrone Soup with some extra veggies (cauliflower). So I literally threw this soup together and warmed up a loaf of Whole Wheat Bread and we were ready to sit down for dinner.

 

My Minestrone Soup

My Minestrone Soup W/Spinach Noodles

My Minestrone Soup:

Ingredients:

8Cups Distilled Water

1Cup White Beans

1/2 Spinach Pasta

2Tbls Olive Oil

1Onion, Chopped

2Cloves Garlic, Chopped

2Medium Carrots, Chopped

2Stalks Celery, Chopped

2Potatoes, Peeled & Cubed

4Tomatoes, Cubed

1Small Zucchini, Cubed

1/2Green Beans, Sliced

1Cup Cauliflower

1Tbls Dried Basil

1Clove Garlic, Whole

1Tbls Oregano

1Tbls Thyme

Directions:

Rinse and soak White Beans according to the package instructions. Discard water and add fresh water. Cook according to package instructions, omitting salt and set aside.

Cook pasta according to package instructions, omitting salt, drain and set aside.

Heat Olive Oil in a large, heavy pan over medium-high heat. Add Onion, Garlic, Carrots and Celery. Sauté until Onion is translucent. Add Potatoes, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Green Beans, Cauliflower, and water. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Add White Beans and Pasta. Add more water if soup is too thick. 

In a blender process Basil, one whole clove of Garlic and 1Cup of Soup from the pot until smooth. Return this mixture to the soup. Mix well and serve hot.  

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