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On our drive back down from Canada… from the recent wedding we went to in Orangeville, Mike and I stopped off at this great little farmers market in Pennsylvania. It was a smorgashborge of raw foods…and we were really in the mood to get all the raw foods possible. During the wedding, a man dropped dead of a massive heart attack. All the guests and wedding party was there watching as medical professionals from the crowd started delivering CPR to no avail. It was a wake up call and a shock to everyone there.!

So, we decided to make a change in our lives… and we went crazy at the market buying up tomatoes, english pickles, peppers, butternut squash, onions, sweet potatoes, yellow beans, etc. And once we  arrived home, we  started making these wonderful meals. At the wedding they served a roasted butternut squash soap, that I tried to emulate. It was great!!!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

2tbls extra virgin olive oil

1/2cup diced onions

1/4cup diced celery

1/4cup diced carrots

1 cinnamon stick

sea salt

4cups vegetable stock

1/2tsp coriander

1-1/2 cups roasted winter squash(put in oven to roast for 1-2 hours at 250 degrees)

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat until hot. Add the onion, celery, carrot and cinnamon stick and saute until soft but not brown, about 10 minutes. Season with salt.

Add the vegetable stock and the coriander, and bring to boil. Simmer for several minutes. Stir in squash until smooth, then simmer gently to let the flavors meld, about 10 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick.

Puree the soup in a blender until smooth. The soup can be made ahead of time, cooled, covered and refrigerated for several days. It will thicken as it cools and may need thinning with stock or water when reheating.

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In the last week… we’ve been on the move going up to Jacksonville (Friday) to check out the new Bahama Breeze Restaurant. But instead we walked across the street to Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse for a much shorter wait of 5 minutes vs 2 hours they quoted at Bahama Breeze.
Hibachi Grill

Hibachi Grill

Seaweed Salad

Seaweed Salad

Rice & Vegetable Hibachi

Rice & Vegetable Hibachi

We had our usual Hibachi Shrimp, Steak and Vegetables. Of course I had the rice made with no eggs, and only ate the vegetables. Before hand I ordered a Seaweed Salad and no Sake. Can you believe it.!!! Usually I have two little decanters of the Rice Wine.

Saturday we headed west to Sarasota with a stop at Bahama Breeze in Orlando.

It had been a while since we went to the Columbia Restaurant in Sarasota… it’s a favorite there on St. Armand Key.

Columbia Restaurant

Columbia Restaurant

Columbia Salad

Columbia Salad

We had there Columbia’s Original “1905” SaladTM -NO CHEESE & NO HAM. “The Columbia’s legendary salad tossed at your table. Crisp iceberg lettuce with julienne of baked ham, natural Swiss cheese, tomato, olives, grated Romano cheese and our famous garlic dressing (our 100 year old family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil).”

Vegetarian Dish @ Columbia

Vegetarian Dish @ Columbia

Then Mike ordered a Vegetarian Dish with Steamed Veggies and Plantains.. He Shared with me.!!!

To start the week… I had lunch with a girlfriend of mine and ordered a delicious Green Salad with Scallops and we drank 3 glasses of White Wine… Needless to say I was feeling real good for our evening comedy show date with another group of friends.

Wendy's Cod Sandwich

Wendy's Cod Sandwich

We didn’t eat dinner because the show started so early (7:30pm) so Mike and I pulled into Wendy’s and ordered two Fish Fillet Sandwiches… the fish was Cod and oh so good.

As you can tell I had a lot of fish in one day… because I’ve made the decision to  incorporate fish into the diet. I actually miss eating fish and will eat occasionally!!

For meals… Mike and I made:

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

 

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Roasted Vegetables:

Ingredients:

Red Bell Peppers

Yellow Bell Peppers

Orange Bell Peppers

Carrots

Onions

Asparagus

Olive Oil

Paprika

Dried Onion Flakes

Garlic Powder

Cumin

***Also used the Roasted Vegetables to Top Totino’s Pizza’s and scrapped off the cheese.

Directions: Wash and chop peppers, onions, carrots and asparugus into Coleman Grill and drizzle Olive Oil. Add seasonings and Roast for about 15 minutes.

 

Roasted Bell Peppers

Roasted Bell Peppers

Roasted Bell Peppers:

Roasted Bell Peppers & White Rice

Roasted Bell Peppers & White Rice

Ingredients:

3Bell Peppers(Red & Orange)

2Tbls Olive Oil

2Tbls White Wine Vinegar

Celtic Salt

Cumin

Paprika

*** Another meal I added the Roasted Peppers to the White Rice.

Directions: Wash Peppers and put into oven pan and drizzle with olive oil. Set oven to roast 450 degrees for about 20 minutes until Peppers are roasted all over. Then remove from oven, let cool for a while and then peel the skin off the peppers. Remove stems and seeds and cut into long pieces and add Olive Oil, Vinegar and Seasonings and refrigerate before use.

Along the way, I sprinkled in as many visits to the gym for pilates classes, bike rides around the neighborhood and walks on the beach with Mike.

Ocean Hammock Beach View Sunset

Ocean Hammock Beach View Sunset

Then Thursday we headed north to Potomac, Maryland and for the road I juiced my Carrots, Celery, and Apple juice and brought along my Almond Trail Mix. But we did stop off at Wendy’s for lunch, where I had a Side Salad with a Vinaigrette Dressing and a Cod Fish Sandwich. YUM!!

On the Road Wendy's Salad & Fish Sandwich

On the Road Wendy's Salad & Fish Sandwich

Dinner ended with a Vegetable Pizza (White Dough.. UHG!!!) . Friday afternoon I was in the house with Mike’s son and so I made him a pasta dish with Prego Sauc. The whole pasta thing sounded good, so then I made myself  a Whole Wheat Pasta and Broccoli Dish.

Broccoli & Pasta

Broccoli & Pasta

Broccoli & Whole Wheat Pasta:

Ingredients:

1 Small Head Broccoli

1/2 Box Pasta Rigatoni

Olive Oil

Paprika

Dried Onion Flakes

Garlic Powder

Celtic Salt

Directions: Boil pasta to desired tenderness. This time I used Frozen Broccoli, so I boiled the broccoli stems until tender and strained both and mixed in Olive Oil and Seasonings.

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I woke up and went for a brisk walk around the neighborhood. It usually takes me about an hour or 45 minutes… depending on how fast I go. And I think length wise it’s about a 2 mile walk.

THEN…. Mike and I were set to go to the Farmers Market down in Flagler Beach. It’s about a 15 minute drive from the house to the Beach Market… and on our way down I decided to detour over to the Starbucks.

I know! I know!.. I had a craving that came over me and I indulged it. I had a Tall Iced Mocha with Soy Milk… boy did it taste good.!

Farmers Market Veggies

Farmers Market Veggies

Then we headed over to the beach and picked up some vegetables. I love coming home after the farmers market, because I fill up the basket in front of the kitchen sink on the counter with all the goodies and there are so many rich, bright colors to look at. I love that!!!!

This afternoon, Mike prepared a mid day feast for us. He made his famous Grilled Potatoes & Onions dish and then he tried a new recipe he got from his friend in California.

Saturday Lunch on LakeIt’s a Tomato, Cucumber & Onion Salad. And then we set the table on the patio and sat outside with a beautiful view of the lake behind the house. I sat across from Mike facing the ocean and saw a light blue calm ocean through the houses on beachside.  

 

Tomato, Cucumber & Onion Salad:

Tomato, Cucumber & Onion

Tomato, Cucumber & Onion

Ingredients:

2 Tomatoes

8 Little Cucumbers

1/2Red Onion

4 Mint Leaves

2Tbls. Olive Oil

1 Lime Juiced

1/2 Lemon Juiced

Directions:  Wash and chop Tomatoes and Cucumbers and mix into bowl. Add the Olive Oil and chopped Mint Leaves and squeeze lemon and lime juices into salad and mix well.

Grilled Potatoes & Onions

Grilled Potatoes & Onions

Grilled Potatoes & Onions:

Ingredients:

4 Potatoes

2 Sweet Potatoes

1 Onion

Olive Oil

Paprika

Directions: Peel and cut potatoes and onions. Mix into pan and add Olive Oil and Paprika and girll on high heat for 20 minutes or until onions are translucent and potatoes are soft.

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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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Another lunch of Fresh Vegetable Salad and Asha Reshteh and then up to Jacksonville to pick up Mike’s son.

But before we hit the airport, we went to have dinner with Mike’s other son at Wasabi a Japanese Steakhouse. We had met up with him several weeks ago at the same restaurant.

Filet & Shrimp Hibache

Wasabi Japanese Grill

Vegetable Hibache

And we had the same thing… Filet and Shrimp Hibache…. I of course had the vegetables, Zucchini, Squash, Carrots, Onions, and Broccoli. Before hand I asked for a Seaweed Salad and I had cold Sake.  I also asked the chef to make the Rice with no Egg. But I couldn’t say anything about all the butter he used… because there’s a table full of people waiting for him to cook for them.

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Mike decided to make another meal form his mother’s book of recipes…. this one was even better than the last time he made this same dish three weeks ago. In Persian (farce) it’s called Asha Reshteh… which is basically a vegetarian dish. And Tuesday afternoon we sat down with his daughter and enjoyed the dish with some Whole Grain Wheat Bread. The reason I think this last preparation of the Asha Reshteh is so much better, because it was soupier. Otherwise with the noodles, vegetables and beans get so overwhelming the dish really needs more soupiness. 

Mike's Asha Reshteh

Mike's Asha Reshteh

Mike’s Asha Reshteh

Red Kidney Beans

White Beans

Chick Peas

Lentils

Spinach

Kale

Onions

Carrots

Celery

Whole Wheat Noodles

Directions:

Wash and Chop up vegetables and put into pot with drained beans and lentils. Add 8 cups of water and put on heat for 1 or so. Boil noodles and add them at the end of the process.

 For dinner, Mike and I were out and took a ride down to Daytona. I wanted to check out a movie (Bounty Hunter) and we were an hour too early for the next showing. So Mike decided to go across the street to Chili’s Restaurant where we had Happy Hour cocktails and some munchies.

Carafe of White Wine

Carafe of White Wine

I had of course the white wine 2 for 1 and a small Asian Salad with no cheese or creamy vinaigrette dressing. I asked for Oil and Vinegar instead and Mike had the Chicken Nachos. While we waited for our food, we snacked on some chips and salsa.

Then when we got back home…. I felt so overwhelmingly hungry and had a small dish of the Asha Reshteh with a piece of Whole Grain Wheat Bread. Maybe not such a good idea because I felt so heavy in my stomach… it was uncomfortable.

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St. Thomas Crab Claws

St. Thomas Crab Claws

Breeze Salad & Cheese Less Veggie Quesadillas

Breeze Salad & Cheese Less Veggie Quesadillas

This morning I can say, Mike and I went for a walk around the neighborhood together. It’s something we haven’t done in a while, and it’s something Mike did on his brand new bike. He’s like a kid in a candy shop after buying his used trail bike. 

Since I haven’t been able to get a Pilates schedule, I’ve decided to walk around the neighborhood for my exercise. This weekend I got back into the groove!!

After my walk, got home to take a shower and hit the road to Orlando. Mike wanted to get to his favorite restaurant, Bahama Breeze for his Chicken Kabobs and St. Thomas Crab Claws.

 I have to admit, I did have 3 of those Crab Claws before my Breeze Salad and Cheese less Veggie Quesadillas arrived. I was proud of myself, usually I get my Bahama Rita drink and this time I ordered Water with a Lemon.

Then we battled the rain to head over to Whole Foods where I got some Dried Cranberries, Raisins and some new TPV. Mike wanted to return the Honey I picked up a while back because it started crystallizing (not a good sign).

After engaging the navigation system, we found a Costco down in Orlando and picked up some more Agave and some other goods and headed home in the rain. By the time we got home, the rain had stopped and we were able to get all the groceries out without getting soaked.!!!

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Potato Medley Grill

Potato Medley Grill

Dinner was a mix of my Fresh Vegetable Salad, which I packed full of the leftover Kidney Beans and left over Chick Peas from the other day. Mike made his Potato Medley Grill.

After dinner we did the usual 60 Minutes and then Desperate Housewives. But afterwards, ABC aired something a little different. A show with Jamie Oliver called “Food Revolution”, where he goes to Huntington, W.V. and tries to reteach the way these people eat. Huntington was rated the city with the most obese people and city with horrible eating habits in the U.S. Very interested how the schools, families and community are killing themselves with all the fried, processed foods they’re eating.

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