Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Still cooking! Veggie shepherd's pie

The chilly temperatures of fall require hearty, warming, and nutrient rich foods. With this in mind, I prepared my own flavorful shepherd's pie recipe. Shepherd’s pie is one of those dishes that will taste different (in a good way) every time you make it. This time, I really packed in a lot of different veggies, grains, and even added Seitan. It was delicious!  First, I stewed the veggies and cooked and mashed the potatoes. Then I layered everything and baked it at 425 degrees for 45 minutes.

Stewed Veggies
Olive oil
Tomatoes (3)
Baby eggplant (2)
Fresh, mashed garlic (4 cloves)
1-cup small pink beans
1-cup sweet peas
1-cup corn
Oyster mushrooms (1 bunch cut into small pieces) (we have been growing our own oyster mushroom from a small kit like THIS one and they are TASTY!)
Kale greens (cut in small pieces)
Garlic powder to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1-tablespoon liquidaminos
1-teaspoon oregano flakes
1-teaspoon red pepper flakes and/or siracha (this depends on the level of heat you want to add to your stew)

-3 pound bag
-add olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and mash

Layering & baking
-Add olive oil to your baking dish
-layer mash potatoes
-layer with veggie filling
-layer with mash potatoes
-beat two eggs and add salt and pepper to taste (*non-vegan option) 
-pour eggs over the top potato layer 
-cover with aluminum foil and bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes

Saturday, October 17, 2015

In progress: St. Germain Liqueur (part 1)

I am currently in the process of making elderberry flower (elderblossoms) brandy (aka) St. Germain Liqueur with this recipe (see above) from my friend Malgosia. It all started when my elderberry burst into so many flowers that it looked like fireworks (see below).
Elderblossoms and elderberries are known for their medicinal properties and so I am thrilled to use my bounty to make this fanciful spirit! (a second post will follow once the liqueur is ready!). 


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Neat List - October

I am highly irregular in putting these lists together... nevertheless, here are some things I've been thinking about and/or have seen recently that I think are too awesome and/or interesting not to share here. 

1. Don Miguel Ruiz' "The Four Agreements" (good to remember from time to time).

2. Portraits of Unseen Domestic Laborer's  

3. The Painter of Jalouzi

4. Francelías Lancheros Parra 

5. Garden of Eden

6. The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Findland

7. Strandbeest (Khalil and I got to see a small strandbeest in Boston recently--can't wait to get to PEM to see the exhibit!). Check THIS out.

8. Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey

9.  Why it was easier to be skinnier in the 1980s

10.  Mr. Roboto (Khalil's current fav...haha)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

"Happy Colonials" @ La Muestra Nacional, San Juan 2015

The piece titled "Happy Colonials" was without a doubt one of my favorites, if not my favorite piece at the 16th Muestra Nacional Art Show in San Juan, PR. The piece offers a powerful commentary on the fate of "cultural foods" in the era of fast, fake, and processed foods and about the power of the market. These "foods" are sold back to us as if they were the "real-thing" and we (seemingly) happily accept this fate and consume these beyond-recognition foods. A follow-up to this piece should be a rendering of the most popularly prescribed medications on the market today for the very diseases (i.e. diabetes, hypertension, depression, etc) that these pre-packaged processed foods help cause in the consumers. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Prince Edward Island (PEI)

                                                  Indian Pipe
                                           North Rustico, Green Gables Route