Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Warm Apple Crepes for Breakfast!

Good Morning to all my friends out there!



It was a rough night here in Abu Dhabi for me, as we had a huge earthquake in a neighboring country, Pakistan, and we felt it here too. It started when my cuckoo clock's pendulum stopped swinging suddenly around 11:19pm. I thought it was odd, but I started it back up and went on with my nightly ritual of sitting at the kitchen table surfing the net! Hehe. What happened next, at 12:23AM was the equivalent of a boat ride, as I felt myself rocking and swaying side to side, dizzy and afraid. I ran for my three year old and went outside! I could hear screeching metal (never figured out what it was) and I could see my window panes shaking as we took it all in.
Why am I telling you this, dear reader, you wonder? Oh my gosh! COMFORT FOOD. I NEED comfort food today, of all days. So, what does a nutritarian do for comfort?

APPLE CREPES!

Ok, so I "invented" this dish out of ingredients everyone knows and loves, so technically I didn't invent anything lol. But this is my blog, and I'm the one typing...so it's mine! All mine! Before I became a nutritarian and when I was a little gal my Grandmother used to make us the most delectable Swedish pancakes, a crepe like pancake of sorts. Totally bad for you, but delicious. This is my nutritarian substitute, and I must say, the more I make it, the more it feels like "home".

Truly there is no real substitute for Grandma's Swedish pancakes/crepes, but then again, there is also no substitute for feeling confident with your body and happy with your health and energy levels. For me, it's just not an option. I will always and forever cherish the old memories despite it all, and I will still make those Swedish pancakes for my friends and family who are not nutritarians as bad as that is of me to do :D But, that is my compromise to make. If you won't join me in Eating to Live, I'll still cook for you with all my heart because I love you! That's why I've got a cake blog too. It's so funny that such a baker ended up such a health nut. Gotta love it. Have you any idea how hard it is to make a cake when you can't taste the batter to make sure it's just right? lol That is what Husbands are for, apparently.

So, the recipe.

APPLE CREPES (per person)

1-2 Apples, peeled and cored
Cinnamon, to taste
Allspice, to taste
Lemon Juice, a dash
Water, for steam
Homemade Vanilla Extract, a few dashes?

Note about the vanilla:
If you don't have homemade vanilla don't panic. Store bought is fine, but most brands contain sugar or corn syrup hidden in the label amongst other disgraceful ingredients so I prefer to make my own. It's so easy and the vanilla taste is so PURE! Another post, I promise.

Equipment:
Cast iron crepe pan or any frying pan, NO OIL OR SPRAY FOLKS
Mandolin Slicer (or a lot of patience and a very sharp knife!)

Directions:

Use the mandolin slicer to VERY thinly slice the whole peeled and cored apples into rounds. Arrange them in the cast iron pan in a scalloped spiral shape, starting with the outside edge and working your way towards the center. Only one layer of scalloped apples, per pan. The precise way about this doesn't matter. Just don't make more than one layer, we're trying to brown some of the apple here. If you add too many apples, they won't cook correctly, and won't all get browned but mushy instead.

Sprinkle apples with cinnamon, allspice, lemon juice water and vanilla. Cover with a clear glass lid, if you have one to help the steam penetrate the apples. Pan "fry" the apples undisturbed on medium high heat until the edges start to brown. With a spatula, flip the apples over and attempt to brown the other sides. They will no longer be arranged neat and pretty, hehe. They are done when slightly caramelized and soft.

Serve immediately! I am going to experiment with making a maple vanilla cashew cream sauce to go with these in the future, they are so good! They brought me so much comfort this morning ;)

I hope they bring you comfort as well! My son broke my digital camera so for now, you'll have to settle for cell phone pics. Uploading soon!

Yours,
Jemoiselle

Sunday, January 16, 2011

MY SECRET WEAPON SERIES: Odds and ends (Part THREE)




Hello hello!

Ok, I am going to wrap this up with a simple recommendation. Get a Vitamix! What is a Vitamix? It is a super powerful food processor/whole food blender that allows you to fully assimilate any fruit, veggie, nut or seed into easily digestible components maximizing the nutrients you obtain from your food, and exponentially increasing your variety of foods you can make and enjoy, as a nutritarian. Many commercial establishments use Vitamix machines to make their fruit smoothies, blended coffee drinks etc that have become so popular today especially on the West Coast of the USA. You can puree, make frozen drinks, smoothies, grind your coffee and seeds, even make flour (although I don't eat bread as a nutritarian) if you so choose. It makes quick work of sauces, nut milks, even composting and fertilizing your garden with leftover scraps pureed into water at the end of each day and added directly to soil. It makes healthy whole fruit sorbets with ease, and can easily make into snow an entire container FULL of ice cubes. That was the stipulation we gave the sales lady who sold us ours, actually. We said we were going to take it home, load the entire container with solid cubes from our freezer. If it couldn't turn them all to snow with ease, it was coming right back. Obviously, we all know how that ended up.

I bought mine right after I found out I was pregnant with my first and only child, and it was worth every penny. My son is three now, for reference, and the Vitamix is still going strong. When we first saw the vitamix it was at a live demonstration in a store. Immediately, it lost rapport just based on that. However, as we half willingly watched the demo, we learned the Vitamix could do many many things a regular blender simply cannot, and thoroughly enjoyed the show! She made salsa, soups (it slightly warms as it processes) dips, and among other things, baby food. At the time, that is what sold us. We were pregnant and wanted to make our own baby food when the time came. I wasn't a nutritarian back then but became one shortly after my son was born and I packed on the pounds to the tune of 165! Eeek! Thank goodness for what I didn't know! The vitamix would become absolutely indispensable as I would later become a nutritarian and lose a TON of weight in no time flat using it every day thereafter.

The best thing it has over a regular blender? Simple. It just WORKS as you might hope it would, and it is super sturdy and dependable. I have used many blenders over the years, some of which have lasted pretty long but they were all disappointing when it came to actual performance. What good is a blender that makes it 20 years, if for those 20 years, it subjected you to mediocre performance? The vitamix isn't cheap, but for what it costs, it stays around, has an incredible 7 year warranty, a company that truly stands behind it's products and is ready and willing to help if you should need (my Husband didn't use the "tamp" guard when he made something once and sliced it into oblivion!) They replaced it for free, even knowing full well it was his (our) fault! Awesome customer service. Hands down, unbeatable. Great machine, great service, great lifestyle, skinny jeans...does it get any better?

By the way, speaking of skinny jeans have you bought your copy of Dr. Fuhrman's 2nd revision of Eat to Live? I am in it! No, no pics or fancy features, but I am quoted in the beginning of the book in the testimonials section, right before the Table of Contents. I am the first quote at the top of a page there. That quote being in that book is pure magic to me. Two years ago, I was just picking up that book and unaware that my entire life would change radically, and that I would be reading my name in the next revision two years later. Unbelievable to me, and very special too. PLEASE if you are not a nutritarian, or haven't read that life changing book,  Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman,  please go and get it? I just want you to feel as incredible about your body as I do. I want you to feel the spark of positivity that comes every time I drink a green smoothie and can feel my body thanking me for taking good care of it. I want you to have the confidence I do that I will NEVER fall victim to heart disease, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes or strokes...and relish in the peace it brings.

Oh boy, I DIGRESS! Go get Eat to Live and see my quote, read the book and change your life! Then, go get a vitamix. Amen.

CLICK HERE to visit the Vitamix Website




Yours,
Jemoiselle

PS If you're a DRFUHRMAN.COM member, he sells them there too ;)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

MY SECRET WEAPON SERIES: Worth your salt? (Part Two)

Oh. My. Goodness. Hello New Year's Resolution! Keep up with my blog! Sorry guys...I have so much to tell you but before I do I want to finish my secret weapon series, because it is so important to my lifestyle and I really want you to succeed like I have! If you've already succeeded, I want you to be extra happy! Hey, smiling never hurt anyone right?

So, after all this time I owe you both parts two and three of the series, the three things I cannot live without. Here we go!

(DRUMROLL PLEASE!)

Table Tasty Gourmet Salt-Substitute: Bliss on your tongue, no chemicals!



-Potassium Free
-Sodium Free
-All natural
-Heart friendly

No Potassium Salt Substitute Ingredients:
Nutritional yeast extract (No Candida Albicans, No Msg), carrot, red bell pepper, onion, lemon, arrowroot, garlic, celery, dill, paprika, allspice, sweet basil and parsley 


I found Table Tasty a long time ago on my favorite Nutritarian Forum at www.drfuhrman.com. I read the countless testimonies of how much people love this product and just had to order some and try it myself. They said it tasted very salty but also had an amazing flavor that really enhanced their food beyond just trying to get that "salt" flavor. I ordered it online and never saw what happened next coming from a mile away...

It absolutely blew my mind! It did taste INCREDIBLY salty, and actually tingled on my tongue with the flavors every salt-free substitute I had tried to date had lacked. This is coming from a gal that, prior to becoming a Nutritarian, considered a bouillon cube a healthy tasty snack! *eww* It satisfied my cravings for salt in the beginning of my nutritarian journey with ease. I use it to season soups, air-popped popcorn (misted with water to help it stick) and raw unsalted nuts. I was so impressed I ended up writing to Debbie Benson, the owner of the company, just to let her know how incredible I thought her product was and beg her to never stop making it lol. She was so kind and helpful, and personal. She remembered me when I went to re-order to boot, that really hit the home run for Benson's.

What more could you ask for in a company? Awesome product, personal service! Table Tasty seems expensive when you first see the price ($24.95 per 1lb bag /$4.99 for a shaker/$1.00 per sample), but take it from me, a lifetime of blood pressure and heart meds would be far worse. Table tasty helped me get off my salt habit in the beginning, and now I am able to use it a bit more sparingly to really accent my lifestyle. Hehe. I just adore my Table Tasty and don't ever want to have to live without it! It's THAT good. They have quite the lineup of spice blends beyond this one, but to me, nothing tops it. I am really excited to taste their entire line, but have to restrain myself! If I bought every single spice they sell I'd go broke and wouldn't have any money left for an internet connection, there are THAT many! Ok, I might have exaggerated just a bit. (Just a little!) Wink.


I could go on and on about how it tastes, but let's be frank. You won't be able to lick my description and taste it any better. I suggest if you are a Nutritarian or someone who values your health, blood pressure and heart, please CLICK HERE and purchase yourself some Table Tasty goodness. I don't get any compensation for this, by the way, I just love this product and think it is worth it's weight in Gold.

Table Tasty, finally a product that's definitely worth it's salt!   *snickering*

Yours Truly,
Jemoiselle