Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Recent Favorites

Here are some interesting sites and stories I have come across lately. Enjoy!

1. Artists Explore Immigration, Border Issues and the Drug War

2. The Women's Room

3. Kingston Style

4. Agafia's Taiga Life

5. The Obesity Era

6. The Meanings of Life

7. I just finished reading this and this and highly recommend them!

8. This Yolkfish is awesome!!

9. These buttermilk biscuits, which I've been making almost every weekend for the past couple of months (see my pic below). I like to make mine using 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour. 
 10. And my latest academic article.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

as easy as triple berry pie

I'm obsessed with this pie right now! It is so so so good! And it is super easy and healthy too!

What you'll need for pie filling:
-A store bought or home made 9 inch pie crust
-3 cups of frozen or fresh fruit (I use blueberry, strawberry and raspberry)
(also, be sure to cut the strawberries into small pieces)
-1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
-1/4 cup corn starch
-1/2 cup granulated sugar
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

What you'll need for the pie's granola crust:
-1 cup old fashioned oats
-1/3 cup walnuts (toasted and crushed)
-1/3 cup almonds (toasted and crushed)
-1 tablespoon ground flax (optional)
-1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/2 stick of butter cut into small pieces

What to do:
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
If the fruit is frozen take it out and let it thaw for at least 30 minutes. Mix together the corn starch and the sugar and add 1 tablespoon of this mixture to the bottom of the pie dish (it keeps it from getting soggy). Add the lemon juice to the fruit then add the rest of the corn starch and sugar mix, vanilla and cinnamon. Add the fruit to the pie dish. To make the granola, place the old fashion oats in a bowl and make sure to toast the almonds and walnuts in a pan before adding it to the oats, add the flax, cinnamon and butter and gently toss together. Then add the granola topping to the pie -- press it down so that it is flat and covers all of the fruit. Put the pie dish on a cookie sheet and cover the edges with a pie ring or just with aluminum foil (to keep edges from burning). Put the cookie sheet (with the pie on it) in the oven for 1 hour. Enjoy warm or cold!


Friday, January 3, 2014

Suspended Variation II

I am posting Suspended Variation II (2004) a Tomasz Stánko Quartet composition because I can really hear some magic happening in it and because I find the the song invigorating! This jazzy tune feels at once wintery, yet warming and daring. I think it is a jazz re-interpretation of Babatunde Olatunji's Jin-Go-La-Ba (1960) (which I saw him perform years ago and I still find tantalizing today!) I also include Santana's 1969 version of Jin-Go-Lo-Ba, because it also sounds (psychedelically) awesome! I am a believer in music as a powerful natural healer!