when that place has you in it. "
The card is from my friend Sherry...so pretty. Today I'm showing just a few of the house blessing gifts that arrived on the scene last weekend. I'll have to do a separate post for the bauble strands and the apple owl. Yes, I did say apple owl. He's enjoying his new home immensely. I tried to capture a few pictures, but he was being rather elusive. Maybe I should contact his publicist first.
My friends know me:
I feel so lucky. I have other pictures to share later, but the ones above are from Jill. Thanks Jill. She's my fellow Aquarius bath and body nut!
I want to take some time today to post about a few things. When I rain I pour.
First, this vegan noodle creation is blowing my mind.
I think I hit the flavors just right. You can use soba or udon noodles and any vegetables you like. The main thing is the dressing. I can't do measurements, but it is a "play with it" kind of recipe anyway. Combine firm tofu, scallions, ginger, tamari, garlic, peanut butter, coconut butter, cilantro, crushed red pepper, walnut oil (not needed), sesame seeds, sesame oil and a little water in a blender and you have a rich creamy dressing that's great with noodles, a dipping sauce for satay or veggies and even as a mayo replacement on a grilled veggie pita. A squeeze of lime, the addition of celery and even some chopped nuts would send it over the top. I've made it twice so far and changed it the second time. I don't think you can go wrong. I stir fried a few veggies to add to this one.
Ok...on to the next subject.
Coconut butter. Not coconut oil. I really mean it...butter as in peanut butter made with the meat of coconuts. WOW. It's dangerous as a frosting on oatmeal cookies. Mixed with a little maple syrup and vanilla and you could frost a spice cake and basically become a legend when you bring it to the table.
It's also good in savory dishes like the Thai peanut sauce inspired dish above.
A warning--you will be disappointed upon the first opening of you only take a little off of the top. Just like with peanut butter, the natural oil rises to the top. However, unlike peanut butter, it solidifies..so you have to go about an inch in to get the coconut butter goodness. It's high in calories, but it does have 5 grams of fiber for every 2 tablespoons.
OK. Next on the hit parade:
Many of you may remember Diet For a Small Planet by Francis Moore Lappe. It was groundbreaking for its time. I remember seeing it on my mom's bookshelf, but never read it until a few years ago. I've just discovered that in 2002 she co-authored a book with her daughter titled Hope's Edge. Part travel memoir, cookbook, food essay, environmental essay and big wake-up call. It's a fascinating non-preachy read that takes you from the Himalayas through France and even into Madison, WI. I've learned so much from this book. It's perfect for those of us who really want to make a connection with our food, how it's grown, our planet, the people who grow our food and even ourselves.
OK, do you have control issues? I do...in a big way. For example, I'm already mad because you haven't gotten off the computer and raced to the library to get this book! :)
This blog has not been updated in awhile, but if you're ever looking for a fun space to click around in...this one's for you. Really, just scroll around at the posts on the first page. It's got something for everyone.
One more thing...
Are you worried about your sex toys winding up in a landfill? Do you stay awake at night nervous because in 500 years it will be your sex toy that causes an international archaeological debate? Have these fears had an impact on the good vibes in your environment? YES? Me too. But, no more. Why not go all the way and pick up an eco-friendly friend here.