Chili Garlic Crack

Chili Garlic Crack

I made Chili Garlic Crack for the first time on New Year’s Day and I plan to keep it on permanent rotation. I made it for a Ramen topping but this stuff will be good on ALL of the things: starch, veg, meat. Beyond being YUMMY an added bonus of this wonder is that both Chili and Garlic are chalk full of nutritional goodness that support the immune system. Chili Garlic Crack 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil 4 garlic cloves, sliced as thin as you can muster 1 T Korean Chili Flakes – Gochugaru 2 T sesame seeds (I am all about the seeds. Tweak to less if you aren’t) 1 tsp salt (I like to use Kosher salt but any salt is fine) What is absolutely key to pull this recipe off is: Presence (this element is mandatory when you cook something like this for both safety ((grease fires suck)) and to get it to turn out. If you wander away or forget to stir it will catch-on and if the garlic burns/blackens it will be bitter). And of course not to make it all Yogic but – tasks like this make wonderful inroads for practice to become part of your lifestyle, the presence required pulls you inward to one pointed focus. This is when yoga rolls off the mat. Also, the straight up fact is that by paying attention you give your mind some peace while simultaneously making something d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s Heat Oil over medium heat and add in the sliced garlic. Stirring regularly for the duration of the time: cook the garlic until it beings to turn golden...
Black Beans with Feta

Black Beans with Feta

Simple food is my hallmark.  I love soup because it is typically a one pot meal that can feed us for days. With covid I count my blessings that cooking is not just one of my useful life skills but a favorite pastime. However, even I have cooking fatigue and my food although always easy has become more and more simplified. This easy-peasy recipe came out of a recipe fail and is now in permanent rotation: Black Beans with Feta 2 cans of black beans 1 small block of feta 3 TBL of Harissa (this is a specialty blend and worth having on hand because it is delicious) 1 Onion, chopped 3 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 small red pepper, chopped fine 1 TBL of ghee (ghee has a very high fire point so I often use when cooking but olive oil is fine too) If you have a dutch oven or a pan that can go from stove top to oven that will make this a one pot wonder but if you don’t – washing two pans is worth it. Saute the onion in the ghee over medium heat. Once the onions have some nice color stir in the garlic and red pepper, saute until fragrant (be careful not to burn your garlic as it makes the flavor bitter). Add the harissa and beans and stir together. Turn off heat and nestle slices of feta into the mixture (this is the best part so tuck as much as you can in there). Cover and bake in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes. Baked feta is revelatory....
Tzatziki tastes like summer

Tzatziki tastes like summer

I love cooking. Its something I have enjoyed since I was a child and my mom let me cook by myself (oven and all) from the age of 5. Don’t judge – it was the 80s and the rules were definitely different. For the record, I never caught myself or the house on fire. My husband and I go to the farmer’s market in our town every Saturday. Its something that we look forward to and I really enjoy knowing the men and women who grow my food.  This time of year the bounty is amazing. This weekend a friend gave me a ton of cucumbers because her garden was banging them out left and right. I had purchased beautiful garlic with all its imperfect colors that morning and decided to make one of my favorite things: Tzatziki – cucumber and yogurt sauce for those not initiated to its brilliance.  Armenians love their plain yogurt and it is one of my cultures most important condiments. Make if for yourself and put it on everything or simply eat it with a spoon. Tzatziki: 2 cucumbers: peeled, seeded, dried and chopped (personally I like it chunky but you can make it super fine if you prefer) 2 bulbs garlic: roasted 1 clove garlic: chopped fine 1 large container plain Greek yogurt (a little fat is good) 1 lemon: juiced Salt Olive Oil     Cucumber Preparation: Seems funny but the cucumbers need to be as dry as possible. Otherwise the sauce will be delicious and watery. First, peel the cucumbers, then slice them length wise and scrape out the seeds with...
WBTV Natural Teas

WBTV Natural Teas

I love tea and I drink it daily. Usually multiple times a day. Photos of tea are a large part of #365daysofsimpleselfcare. Delano and I chatted about four of my favorite medicinal teas.  What’s even better is that they are simple to make and taste delicious, I mean, super yum psst….Delano was in love with the Elderberry Syrup Tea! Elderberry Tea: Good for staving off cold and flu!!!! Recipe Ginger Tea: Good for when your belly doesn’t feel right! Recipe Tumeric and Honey Tea: Good for decreasing inflammation! Recipe Chai Green Tea: Good for metabolism and digestion....
Elderberry Tea

Elderberry Tea

This post should be called Elderberry Tea two ways because I use them both. When I travel I tend to make the teas directly from the dried berry. Whereas when I am tucked into my own space, I like to make the tea from the Elderberry Syrup that is a homemade staple in my fridge. Elderberries daily that is the rule. Elderberry Tea-Tea In this instance you make a simple tea from the berries themselves. Bring 2 cups water to a boil and pour over 1Tbl Dried Elderberries. Allow to steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Drink straight up or stir in some honey while thinking a lovely thought. Elderberry Syrup Tea ***Do not make this style of tea with the store bought variety unless it directs you to. This is my favorite way to take elderberry daily. The syrup is a delicious purple-black liquid and feels decadent. I like simple things that make me feel really taken care of. I add a TBL of syrup (Recipe) to 1 cup of hot but not boiling water. Mix together, stir in some kindness, and voila.     Where can you get Dried Elderberries and bulk herbs? I mail order mine from several different places, including: Mountain Rose Herbs Frontier If I am in Baltimore, I get them from my friend Jenny at Zensations. Scientific Literature (retrieved: 2/5/17): Elderberries against the Flu https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9395631 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15080016 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19548290 Why Honey? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28663690 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28539734 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17877657 Medical Disclaimer: None of this should be misconstrued as medical advice.        ...
Chai Green Tea

Chai Green Tea

Traditional Chai made with heavy black tea thick with spices has been a longstanding favorite of mine. Lately though, I have been trying to drink more Green Tea, so I have been rocking this version.  Its a nice twist. 16 ounces of water 1 TBL Green Tea 4 Cloves 2 Cinnamon Sticks 5 Black Peppercorns 4 Cardomom Pods, split 2 inches of Ginger Add spices and water to a pot. Bring to a steady boil and allow the liquid to reduce by 4 ounces. Remove from heat and add tea. Allow it to steep for several minutes (no more than 5 because the tea may become bitter). Strain and serve with a touch of honey. Green tea is good for digestion and great for the metabolism. Scientific literature (retrieved 2/4/18): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19147161...