Starting from scratch in a new place without furniture and the first use of my new used kitchenware that I acquired through a local online buyers and sellers market http://offerup.com I was able to obtain these minimal pots and pans in reasonably good condition – for $20 bucks – to cook my first meal. What a deal!
Here are the pics of the ingredients I used to create the red lentil soup with vegetables and spices
And here is the audio podcast itself (which unfortunately takes you away from the pictures, which follow the same storyline). I did this on the fly without scripting it. The peppers which I hadn’t known the name of are habanero (that look like mini orange tomatoes) and I also used the dark green Jalapeño peppers.
In a separate pan, I started to sauté onions on low heat, adding the spices, and then gradually each of the additional ingredients to that.
What I had not mentioned in the audio is that I learned from one of my hosts in Montpellier, France this last year about the benefits of combining beans and grains. This article http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/120914p36.shtml explains why historically, beans and grains have been combined. Various cultures already recognized the essential benefits of doing so. By combining these foods, one can source all of the necessary amino acids to derive all of the nutritional benefits of the two together. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-combining-beans-grains-2574.html
This article lists the eight essential amino acids. https://www.livestrong.com/article/351077-the-protein-in-rice-beans/ mentioning that “Beans and other legumes — also known as pulses — are nutritional complements to rice and help to complete its amino acid profile. It is not necessary to combine complementary proteins at the same meal. Just be sure to eat a variety of proteins sources throughout the day.”
Here are the pics, showing my pretty rustic conditions, considering I’ve moved back to the United States, to a new town, Providence, Rhode Island, and into a room with no furniture – and no kitchen ware.
I’m making it happen and eating very well, in conditions that are clean.
And the link for my podcast is here.
Dropbox Link “roasting acorn squash bell peppers onion.m4a”
Posting a ‘job/home/community relocation’ info ad for myself!
I, Carol Keiter, blogger, writer, musician, composer, environmental and nature enthusiast and animal activist need to relocate within weeks. I need to hone into> the right location, community and sources for work that will fulfill the job description which has evolved, as I’ve been writing this!
I realize that my job description is along the lines of broadcast journalism. The fact that I have a curiosity about many many subjects, the desire to travel and use my language skills, love of researching information, working with all sorts of digital media, interacting with people of myriad backgrounds and observing natural environments, and an interest in science and technology, with a joy in extracting and compiling information and then sharing it.
I am in search of a place to relocate, within not 6 months, but several weeks, as a start! My preference is to be based in a European city, where I can further develop and utilize my language skills (French, German, Spanish or Italian); where I can work together with a team making productions similar to what I’ve described as well as independently getting stories.
I’d like to focus on success stories about individual people and communities who have made a difference through their recognition and implementation of adopting better practices to safeguard their own environments and that of the animal habitats within their area. With a focus on the need to live interdependently and respectfully with other species; as the human species can act as caretakers of the planet and all creatures to celebrate this incredible biodiversity, not exploit it.
Within my challenge is the need to find housing, art or music cooperatives, live/work exchanges or just that perfect job I describe that will enable me to continue to do what I do best; observing, asking questions, writing and taking digital photos and sharing stories.
My goal > continuing along the lines of using my laptop computer for writing, photography, photoshop, sound recording, illustration (portrait art) and musical instrument skills (bass guitar and piano) & composition skills, and language skills to do work that involves > researching, compiling and exchanging information along the lines of technical/environmentally sustainable practices/renewable energy alternatives/habitat awareness and support for various species. All of this is relevant to the world’s current urgent need to organize campaigns to inform communities and support actions that employ and implement renewable energy systems in communities and DIY projects, awareness of how one’s own diet, transportation habits and actions reflect on the larger picture, the need for ocean cleanup, the need to wean ourselves from coal and oil and petroleum based energy resources and products to the awareness of animal rights and habitat preservation.
I wish to work with a team sharing enlightening information about what community success stories and how other communities could adopt similar practices and behaviors.
I wish to base myself in preferably a European metropolitan center to work with groups along these lines – where I can also develop and use my language skills, creativity, joy of interacting with divers peoples and groups – and a significant or equivalent amount of time traveling to areas which I wish to document and research> ideas and success stories revealing positive alternatives that can be adopted.
healthier living environments
best practices as far as what types of foods one is consuming and how this affects the environment
better technological infrastructures for transportation that consider other species
healthier attitudes and respect of other species in general
infrastructure to provide mutually beneficial habitats for humans and animals and all of the interdependent life on the planet
the transition of infrastructures from coal and oil industries to the implementation of jobs supporting renewable energies; solar, wind, wave, biomass
encouraging new approaches to DIY technology to improve your own communities’ means of adapting and implementing all sorts of earth-friendly technologies for energy, healthy living and as stewards of all of the other species on the planet
Does anyone have any suggestions or leads? Along the lines of Al Jazeera America’s ‘Techknow’, National Geographic and a plethora of other environmental organizations from NRDC to Greenpeace.
Bottom line: I need to make a choice of where to relocate within weeks, and am looking for leads, ideas, groups to work with and a place to land.
Any offers or advice? I have no income or savings. Hence, sending this first ‘job/home-base search letter’ out there so that more ideas may spring up regarding what part of the world to go to?
My skills and passions are for the most part, besides motion and travel – a.k.a ‘nomadbeatz’ – as an environmental activist/researcher/journalist/portrait artist/illustrator/musician/composer/teacher/lecturer. I could be persuaded to dip towards any to these: writing, illustration, music composition for film and screenwriting. Yep, they are all over the place, yet they all interconnect.
I am physically, mentally/emotionally and spiritually fit, resilient and strong. Conversant in French, German and Spanish in addition to my native English.
The politics of fear and consent through silence and non-action, are not part of my playbook.
We can do it, if we put our minds and hearts together and sing and dance as we work.
Hope walks through the fire and faith leaps over it.
Donations towards Carol Keiter’s writing, eBook, music composition, photography & illustrations are graciously accepted!
Here’s the audio podcast of last night’s meal: a Spanish tortilla tapas spinoff
I went through the whole process of making a Spanish tortilla, except without the added egg & milk mixture at the end. I ate it instead in bites together with pasta.
I added to the sliced potatoes, onion, garlic, cayenne pepper, (ground pepper and sea salt to every new layer added), fresh mushrooms, fresh chopped tomato. And finally after flipping the whole layered potato dish, I added walnuts, a can of tuna, chopped sharp cheddar cheese, spoons of Greek cream cheese yogurt, and topped it with the roasted yellow, red and orange sweet peppers.
I ate the meal with my garlic toast, in which the bread soaked up the excess tomato juice, added chopped garlic, roasted, then poured olive oil over the piece of garlic toast.
The semi-sweet baking chocolate melted in the double boiler with cinnamon and cayenne pepper, was the desert.
Delicious, medicinal food at it’s best!
Greetings and welcome to this edition of delicious medicinal food!
Carrying on with the understanding that what we do with our bodies and what we put into them is directly related to our level of health and fitness, here are some summer treats.
Here’s the link to the audio podcast of creating a Cherry Cobbler, Guacamole and Spirulina fruit shake of making a Cherry Cobbler, Guacamole and a Spirulina fruit shake.
I made the shake as an appetizer. I typically like to use honeydew melon. Ripe bananas are essential. Then you can add whatever additional fruit you may have. Rather than adding ice, I like to make a concoction of milk, some cranberry juice and some scoops of greek plain yogurt.
The essential ingredient I like to add to my shakes, which makes them super healthy and green, is a spoonful of Spirulina powder.
Spirulina is a microalgae that has been consumed for centuries due to its high nutritional value and supposed health benefits. Today, popular lifestyle personalities endorse Spirulina as a secret, potent ‘superfood’ and ‘antioxidant’, with innumerable claims towards treating disease and leading to health
Here’s a link to the 9 benefits of Spirulina
I typically make guacamole ‘from my head’. I’ve made it plenty of times, and make it a little differently each time, depending on what ingredients I have available and my whim at the moment. However, the recipes will consistently always involve fresh lime juice squeezed from a real lime, cumin, salt and pepper and sliced green jalapeño pepper.
Naturally, I prefer to use fresh cilantro, however this time I don’t have any on hand, so I substituted grinding some coriander in a mortar and pestle. And just to verify what I had already understood, cilantro and coriander are the same thing!
This Coriander, Cilantro and Chinese Parsley are the same thing. explains that “Cilantro, coriander, and Chinese parsley are the same thing! The Greeks were familiar with coriander, cultivating it and using it in a wide variety of dishes. It also is used in India; coriander is used a an ayurvedic herb to aid digestion in addition to being used as a seasoning. In the Middle East, especially in Iran, coriander is believed to be helpful for people who are nervous or insomniac.”
I investigated a cobbler recipe, having not been familiar with making it before. I found this one, and for the most part followed it, with the exception of reducing the sugar amount somewhat. I have to say, I got rave reviews! Everyone loved it. I just poured a little whole milk over the cobbler dish, though it could be eaten with vanilla ice-cream as well, as more of a dessert.
Here’s the cherry cobbler recipe that I used.
Remember, less meat is better! If you want to grill during the summer months, there are plenty of vegetables that are delicious on the grill! Enjoy!
Original recipe makes 1 – 9 inch square cobbler
• 3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups fresh cherries, pitted
3/4 cup white sugar
Mix 3/4 cup sugar, butter or margarine, flour, salt, baking powder, and milk together. Place cherries in the bottom of a 9 inch square pan. Spread dough over cherries.
In a small bowl, combine 1 cup sugar and cornstarch. Stir in boiling water. Pour mixture over the dough.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Serve warm.
Thanks a lot. Reminder, though I’m all about sharing, I also have essentially no income through my two blogs and food podcasts, so if you’re inclined, I’ll happily accept donations!
Hope walks through the fire and faith leaps over it.
Donations towards Carol Keiter’s writing, eBook, music composition, photography & illustrations are graciously accepted!
Here’s the link to the podcast of this particular meal: Sautéed Salmon with dill, brown rice and a colorful and delicious kale salad prepared with some chopped onion, tomato, thin slivers of cucumber, mushrooms, grated carrots and raw red beets with a topping of crumbled blue cheese and chopped walnuts with some sea salt and fresh ground pepper. This is tossed with a home-made balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Flickr link of pics of prepared food Sautéed Salmon with dill, fresh ground pepper and sea salt. I grind the sea salt in a mortar and pestle, then keep it in a little dish that I can dip into to spread the salt rubbing it between two fingers or with a spoon to tap it in. Using fingers controls the amount more precisely. I accompanied the fish with brown rice and a salad.
The kale salad is made adding mushrooms, tomato, cucumber to the kale and then freshly grated red beets and carrots. Then i add the sea salt and black pepper and sprinkle in some crumbled blue cheese bits and walnuts. Tossed with my favorite homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing; this involves marinating the garlic in the balsamic, then adding sea salt, fresh ground pepper, dijon mustard, a spoon of raw sugar and olive oil.
Kale stuffed Portabella Mushroom, Pork chops, Kale Salad with grated carrots and red beets, sprinkled with walnuts blue cheese with a homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
The ingredient that went into everything was garlic! The word of the podcast is ample!
Here’s the link to the podcast describing the preparation.
Thyme accompanied the stuffing for the Portobello mushroom and was tossed onto the Pork chop.
Here are the pics, in order of progression of cooking.
I loosely followed this recipe, frankly, only the marinade, and the baking temperature and time of 15 minutes.
Enjoy! It’s delicious AND good for you!
Here’s the link to the podcast for Curried Yellow Split Pea Soup.
The few pictures at the end with the crushed chili peppers in the pan and the semi-sweet baking chocolate, is turning out to be my almost nightly desert. I play around with different concoctions of chili, paprika, cayenne, cinnamon, all tossed in with the chocolate, which I heat in that little pan (double boiler style) by letting it slowly heat up by resting on the surface of hot water. I recently saw the movie ‘Chocolat’ again, which I’m sure is what instigated me to experiment with creating my own chili, spices and chocolate combinations. It tastes great and is good for you (dark chocolate is better – and adding spices is best !-)
Here is Carol Keiter’s podcast of Hot & Sweet Chili con Carne – sweetened with molasses.
After searing the pork strip, I turned down the temperature and decided to leave the meat in the pan to sauté on low heat with some chopped onion in olive oil, to which I add the spices: salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, chili, cumin and red chili pepper flakes. Sorry, I don’t really measure the quantity, I just sort of go by feel.
I add some fresh chopped mushrooms soon after with the onion and wait for about 20 minutes or more to let this cook on the lowest temperature. Then I’ll add all of the other chopped vegetables together with the garlic (garlic burns so I usually add it together with the green cabbage, which produces moisture while it sautés).
I would usually always use dry beans which I bring to a boil in water and then simmer in another pot, but I had a can of kidney beans which I used.
After the spices and veggies have sautéed for a bit, I’ll add the canned tomatoes and tomato paste.
I’ll add some corn kernels at the end as well, just for flavor.
I’m sure this is going to be a pretty hot and sweet chili! Enjoy! In fact, yes, it is, now that I’ve tasted it. It’s definitively hot & sweet!
Hot & Sweet Chile ~ Molasses as sweetener ingredients ~
• chopped onion and garlic
• chili powder
• red dried chili flakes
• ground some coriander
• salt and pepper
I’ve then added:
a can of diced tomatoes
tomato whole peeled
some tomato paste
molasses (lots of bottles of molasses to use up in the kitchen as a sweetener)
then add kidney beans & frozen corn kernels
This link below engages the audio of the podcast I’ve created, while creating, the Omelette Deluxe. Because the audio opens in a separate window, you can listen while you also look at the pictures!
I had a few technical difficulties which I just figured out, because I’ve only done two of these podcasts combined with a WordPress blog and had not completely articulated the steps to convert and grab the audio file. Now i have!
Some of my multitasking while I was preparing and cooking the ingredients of the omelette involved observing and taking photos of birds and other wildlife creatures out in the yard eating. I thought I’d show them, since these creatures are also enjoying eating – or hunting – for a fine meal!
Welcome to Delicious Medicinal Food
Here’s the podcast!
Here’s the text (I know I indicated before that text wasn’t a preliminary part of this blog) but here are the notes I wrote, from which I improvised the podcast.
This is all about improvising. I had various ingredients that I’d used as the stuffing for a roasted acorn squash recipe, yet don’t have the squash. I also happen to have broccoli that needs to be eaten. The stuffing was great, so I’ve added my own combination of spices and a slight change in ingredients.
I naturally started by washing the whole grain brown rice first and bringing that to boil, then turning it on low to simmer, while I chopped and started sautéing the rest of my ingredients.
I like many of my dishes spicy, that is, various additional spices depending on the combination of foods, and often, with something hot, piquant. This time in addition to salt and fresh ground pepper I’ve added cayenne and some crushed dried red hot chili pepper. I also added left over from the summer garden some (thyme) and then I decided to add ground coriander again – using the mortar and pestle.
One tip is to not wait too long to add the spices, they should primarily be added initially, with the onion, which often is sautéed on low heat, as onion becomes sweet when cooked on a low temperature over a longer period.
In this case I had a bit of spicy Italian sausage to cook, so I did this separately on a higher heat first, then took it out of the pan and added a bit more olive oil so that the flavor of the sausage can be retained.
you can also choose to do the onions on a higher heat – caramelizing them – in which they become slightly burnt and brown, with a nutty flavor. This is also a delicious technique for broccoli for that matter. Cooking on a higher temperature, for a shorter duration. This is something I learned from a dish my mother has frequently made. I decided tonight to pull out the broccoli and sautée it at a higher temperature in a separate pan, to create that additional nutty flavor.
The last thing you want is over-cooked limp vegetables – unless you are going for that consistency in a soup, for example. And the last thing i want is bland food that has no flavor.
At the end, I’m going to toss on some grated parmesan and crushed walnuts.
by the way, the pictures I show on the site reveal the ingredients I’m using. I’m using cheaper ingredients, because I have uh hum, no income presently. If I had a steady flow of income, I’d be using the finest quality pepper corns and sea salt from special regions of the world as well as fresh or dried spices of the finest quality. I will be adding grated parmesan cheese and broken walnut pieces as a topping at the end. However, I would always recommend (if the budget allows) to purchase a chunk of good quality parmesan or similar cheese and grate it yourself, rather than buying and packaged/pre-fab\pre-grated cheese. The fresher the better!
All of this makes a difference. However, if you don’t have the budget, you can still eat fabulously tasty food that is also great for you.
And this is coming from the mouth of someone who has chosen to live with a much leaner income, while developing my art. I’ve therefore inadvertently learned to live meagerly. My fortune, is that I learned growing up about how to eat healthy foods…and later on my own, situationally, it turned out that the foods that have been affordable ALSO happen to be really good for you: less meat, oatmeal, yams & sweet potatoes, vegetables…not to mention, eating less of a quantity! I’ve been able to stay slim due to what I’ve called my ‘poverty diet’. This is because I haven’t had the luxury to eat whatever I want, whenever I want. I simply haven’t been able to afford randomly ‘eating out’ at my whim. Back in the days that I lived in San Francisco with steady work and income, I ate out frequently, in a town known for great restaurants. Yet living later in New Mexico and especially abroad in Berlin, it was slim pickins’ and I mirrored this by becoming pretty skinny. I’ve also chosen bicycling as my transportation, so that I’ve balanced maintaining regular physical exercise with eating good quality food, nutritious food, and really not a whole lot of it. I’ve been in a habit (against the mainstream of eating small amounts with more frequency) of going for long stretches of time without eating anything at all. Such as 12 hour stretches between breaking the fast and my dinner ~ (but that’s just me 🙂 I get quite immersed in projects I’m doing and simply don’t feel like taking the time break to eat, when I can do that as a reward, after I’ve finished the other stuff I’m involved in.
My lesson at the end of this cooking blog is this. It’s great advice I read several weeks ago regarding striving for quantity over quality. A potter divided her class in half, and asked the half of the students to study and plan their technique to master the most perfect pot. She asked the other half of the class to get the clay out and just start making pots. In the end, those students who aimed through study and deliberation to make the single perfect pot, were surpassed by those students whose goal was to make as many pots as they could. They wound up learning through doing, and came up with ultimately the best pieces of pottery.
I personally can have a tendency towards wanting perfection, and therefore sometimes becoming frozen in even getting started on some tasks…so, my advice is to dive in, you will only learn. And the mistakes you make and questions you have will ultimately bring you more knowledge and enlighten others who may have the same questions.
I find this site helpful for investigating http://www.epicurious.com/archive/seasonalcooking/farmtotable/visualguidefreshherbs#10 and identifying herbs and spices, if you aren’t sure what you have!
To Your Health!