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Turn a new leaf (and EAT it)

They Knew… April 17, 2013

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So I was going through some photos, making myself feel old

When I stumbled across the first pets I ever had.

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I tried to feed them Trix cereal because I felt sorry for them.

(Does anyone else remember Trix before they were fruit shapes?!?)

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Anywho.

It occurred to me that Thumper and Snowball were the prophecy of my future rabbit food lifestyle.

Talk about a revelation :p

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This salad is not exactly a revelation.

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But I’d like to think it’s just as tasty.

At work last week we had our minds on arugula.  We like arugula…  So I started thinking of something light, yet rich.  Something with personality.  The peppery bite of arugula; buttery-smooth avocado; and the nerdy-looking, often ridiculed, asparagus.  But asparagus gets to be cool here.  Because it’s shining in it’s raw form: crisp, a little bitter, but sweet, and dressed in simple spices and lemon.  And this bunch was purple.  Yeah, purple!

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Arugula, Avocado & Asparagus Salad

Ingredients:

2 big handfuls of arugula

1 1/2 cups (more or less if you’d like) of chopped raw asparagus*

1 medium avocado

1 lemon

salt, pepper, and smoked paprika to taste

Optional: Nuts or seeds, dried fruit, sprouts, etc.

*If you’re really against eating asparagus raw, you can lightly steam it.  Pansy.

1) Dump that arugula in a medium bowl!  Good job!

2) Now toss in the asparagus!  Yeah!

3) Okay, for serious now…  Slice the avocado in half, remove the seed, and criss-cross the flesh with your knife.  Then just scoop the cubes out with a spoon into the salad.

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4) Sprinkle salt, pepper, and paprika onto the mixture.  I like to be generous with the paprika for its sweet and savory touch.  Zest the lemon onto the salad and toss the mixture to distribute the spices.  Add the juice of the lemon, and toss again.

The salad is good to go at this point.  But as indicated above, you can add other tidbits.

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Such as walnuts and dried figs…  Ooh

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For serious.  This salad.  Rabbit approved.

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Stuffed Avocados: you want them. September 17, 2011

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Would you like something yummy and healthy?  Something that feels kinda indulgent yet nourishing?

Okay, that’s not really a question, that’s a statement.  You would like something yummy and healthy.  You would like something indulgent and nourishing.  Duh.

Get an avocado, and slice it in half.  Scoop out some of the pulp, like so:

Like a little bowl.  It’s cute.

Set the scooped out pulp aside in a small bowl, and using a fork, mash and mix in: about 1/2 teaspoon of agave nectar, and 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar.  Then dice one small tomato, and a couple of fresh figs, or three to four dried figs.  Mix those guys, along with about 1/4 cup of garbanzo beans, and a few pinches of sea salt into the mashed up balsamic avocado pulp.  Be gentle.  Sing to it.

Spoon the filling into the avocado bowls, and sprinkle with some extra sea salt and black pepper.

Looks funky.  Tastes awesome.  Makes you feel nice.  I need a better camera.

 

Historical, Fiber-filled, and Yum July 8, 2011

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Fresh figs!  Oh em gee!  (insert failed cartwheel here)

Fresh figs are one of my seasonal luxuries, as they only hit the supermarket shelves here about two or three times a year.  Or at least they only go on sale two or three times a year.  I freak out when I see them, and try to pick the best bunch.  It’s hard to get really good ones.  A lot of times they’re too firm and dry, lacking in sweetness.  They should be soft, and kinda glisteny when cut open.  The inside is fleshy and and soaked through with nectar.  Figs are a particularly sensual fruit, and are associated with the feminine.  The fig tree may actually be humanity’s first agricultural accomplishment.  And because they are native to the Mediterranean, middle east, and India, they play a large part in mythology and religion (I’m sure we all remember Adam and Eve wearing fig leaves).  Buddha found enlightenment under a fig tree.  The Qur’an says to eat figs because they help gout and prevent hemorrhoids (lol…).  And apparently there’s one story in the bible that says Jesus found a fig tree when he was hungry, but because it had no fruit on it, he cursed the tree and it withered… wtf, Jesus?  (Mind you, I know very little about religious stories, and I found all this info on Wiki.)

Anywho.  Dried figs are much more common and easy to find.  They’re very nutrient dense, too– calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin K, and more.  And plenty of fiber for that laxative effect.  Usually you only find dried Black Mission figs or Kadotas.  When they come in fresh, you may find Calimyrnas, which I favor because they are particularly sweet, or Brown Turkey, which is what I believe I have right now.  There are other varieties, but I never see them here.  Sad.

I like eating figs solo, but there are a lot of fun things you can do with them.  They go well with sweet potatoes, cooked carrots, squash, and any other sweet, starchy vegetable.  Make a sandwich with sliced fig, some kind of nut butter, and cinnamon; or brie and arugula.  Throw some on top of ice cream or yogurt; pancakes, waffles, and crepes.  They go well in various salads.  Or cut them in half and grill them, serve with the rest of your barbecue fare.  A couple of times, I’ve made an upside-down fig cake, and that was bomb-diggity.  Here are some other ideas for a more simple snack…

From left to right: doused in chocolate (duh); sprinkled with shredded coconut, cinnamon and black pepper (and a little honey or maple syrup if you want); topped with walnuts and honey; stuffed with goat cheese and topped with balsamic reduction.

I won’t lie, the goat cheese one is my favorite.  I mean, c’mon… it’s goat cheese.  Figs go well with various cheeses, as well as other accompaniments, because of their mellow sweetness.  Very good for experimentation.  And preventing hemorrhoids, and relieving constipation, and finding enlightenment…

 

 

Sucky news, a potential silver lining, and pesto June 27, 2011

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Okay.  So, I’ve been negligent to this blog for the past week because I was focusing on an awesome job opportunity as a “Healthy Eating and Green Mission Specialist” at Whole Foods (perfect position for me).  I had, and made connections, I researched and studied, and I did really friggin’ good during the interview.  But there’s always someone “better” than you.

Well… no hard feelings, except on myself.  Whoever got it, kudos.

BUT.  Because I was proactive, because I called today to check on the status of the position, I also found out that they liked me just enough to take a different kind of interest in me.  I don’t know the details yet, but I may end up doing cooking demonstrations for Whole Foods.  At least that’s something.  Later for that, though.  (Whenever it is that I find out…)

While I was doing all that mental pacing over the weekend, I made something different.  Well, a different sort of common something.  You’ve probably had pesto at some restaurant at some point.  It’s basically a flavorful blend of herbs and olive oil.  In the most traditional sense, it’s a pasty condiment made with fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan (or some other sharp Italian cheese), and olive oil.  It’s used in pasta, pizza, as a dip for bread, etc.  It’s too good to not use in other applications.  It’s also, like many things, versatile.

And, seeing as how I like to do things differently, I made a different kind of pesto.

I had some arugula, and some dried figs.   So I got some walnuts, also.

And then I put them in the blender

     I also added a few dashes of salt, pepper, dried basil, and nutmeg.  And a bit of balsamic vinegar and water to fix the consistency.  You can add olive oil, but I wasn’t really feeling it that day.

And then you have Arugula and Fig Pesto.

Use it as a dip for veggies, bread and crackers; spread it on sammiches; throw it into pasta; eat it with a spoon… whatever.  Good for showing off to to your friends and taking pride in when you’re depressed because no one will hire your stupid arse!!  Aaah!!