Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Don't Play With Your Food

Age old Mommy Wisdom, "Don't play with your food," goes out the window at Co-co's Curry House.  Stacia loves to order pancakes.... They come plain, with a scoop of ice cream and a tube of icing. 
Food Artistry is a serious business!

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Misawa Traffic Jam

This sort of traffic jam is quite common out here where we live.....I thought about grabbing lunch from the back of the ubiquitous little white truck. 
Tractor, followed by little white trucks
The speed limit here is 40 kmph - 24.85 mph.

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Black Bean and Rice Stew

1 cup water (for sautéing)
1 large yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2 ribs celery, diced
8 button or crimini mushrooms, chopped (used a small can I had)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1-1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon chili powder of your choice
3 cups water
3 cups diced tomatoes (or 2 15 oz cans - I used diced tomatoes with chilis)
2 cups cooked brown rice
3 cups cooked black beans (or 2 15-oz. cans, drained and rinsed)
1 large potato, cut into small cubes (I also threw in some sweet potatoes)
2 teaspoons fresh, minced oregano or ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro or basil
1. In a soup pot that is heated to medium-high, add onions and sauté them without water for a minute or two, keeping them moving with a wooden spoon (this draws out the natural sugars). Add a tablespoon of water now and then to avoid sticking and burning. Add the minced garlic and continue to sauté in the same manner for one minute.
2. Add to the pot: the celery, mushrooms, and herbs and spices (cumin, coriander, chili powder), and about ¼ cup of water, which will make the mixture more saucy. Sauté for another 2 minutes.
3. Add the 3 cups water, tomatoes, brown rice, beans, and potato. Cook at a low-medium boil for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Add in the fresh herb of your choice, and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve. Optional: garnish with fresh oregano (shown above) or some chopped cilantro or basil.
Makes 8 cups or 4 bowls. 
NOTES: This recipe is from Straight Up Food, and she has lots of notes you may want to read.   I think this made more for me than stated. Mine was spicy...but yummy. I added Tomatoes with Chilis and used spicy sweet potato fries chopped up (only way I have found sweet potatoes here).  I'll make this again.  
For more yummy eats click the recipe tab at the top of the blog. 

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Shotgun Update

A quick update as I've not blogged for over 2 weeks. 

I flew out 30 Oct to Nashville, TN for the PWOCI 2012 International Training Conference. I served on this year's Leadership Selection Team for the International Executive Board. This was an amazing learning opportunity for me. 

I flew home 6 November. I discovered I had brought an unwelcome bug of some sort home with me and could not get out of bed for a week. 

I got up yesterday. I'm on light schedule...but I am making it back to the land of the living. 

I've got many things on the blog schedule to update: conference, traveling, Christmas Shopping, Couples Retreat, Vegan lifestyle, Adult Gherkin updates, this land I love. 

In the meantime - here's a photo of me taken this a.m. It's true this plant eating lifestyle is agreeing with me. 44 pounds lost. I'm now below my "realistic goal" and only 8 lbs from my "goal" for weight loss in 2012.  I suspect I will reach somewhat lower before this is over, though Michael assures me eventually my body will know it's time to quit losing weight. ::snort::  The thing is there is no "maintenance" plan to this lifestyle....the eating style is the maintenance. That's a nice thing to know. ::snort::  I think if my body doesn't quit losing (which it will) I'd just add back more grains and a few more added sugar items.

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...