Showing posts from April, 2013

Vietnamese Inspired Salmon Hot Pot

Hello friends, I just want to take a moment to acknowledge the recent tragedy in Boston. My heart aches for those who are suffering from loss or injury from this horrific misfortune. It is during times like these that we must choose to love even more--remembering hatred only feeds ignorance. So I ask you to choose love. Together, may we love those in our lives, forgive those that hurt us and persevere with compassion. As we send our thoughts, love and prayers to Boston, let us reflect this sense of love for all beings. If you would like to help the victims of Boston, click here. Today I've got a heart warming dish that is as nourishing for the soul as the tummy. It's the sort of dish that just always hits the spot. I used leftover broth from making homemade pho (Vietnamese soup-recipe to come!) but you can use any broth or stock you like. I was flying solo last week and after a day of being chin deep in taxes, was looking for a quick tasty dinner with an easy cleanup. I

Carob Banana Smoothie

Hi my friends! I've been crazy busy wrapping up taxes and leading a real foods cleanse here in HK. Guess what! I've managed to do both without caving into a giant piece of dark chocolate! Not easy. I was definitely wanting a sliver of dark chocolate this afternoon and looked in my fridge to find (dark chocolate waiting) and a bag of unopened toasted carob powder. I went off caffeine for a while when I was healing from adrenal fatigue and had purchased carob powder to give it a try. Here it was waiting for me in my "give me some chocolate" moment. Thank you, Universe! Although nothing can really replace chocolate, it's an excellent alternative if you are sensitive to caffeine (raw cacao is a major stimulant BTW) or can't do chocolate. Carob does not contain caffeine or theobromine, which are the stimulating elements of our beloved friend, chocolate. Caffeine works on the central nervous system while theobromine (also the part of chocolate that is toxic t

Grain & Gluten-Free (FLUFFY) Pancakes

Do I have your attention? Are you ready for a stack of delicious flapjacks? Healthy ones that taste just as good as the ones you used to drench in Aunt Jemima's syrup? I think you should prepare yourself to make these THIS Sunday. Sunday is the perfect day for pancakes. Growing up my Mom would always make fun shapes and animals with our pancakes. I know, so sweet right? She is the best. In any case, she would make bears a lot and on Valentine's day (or when I behaved well?) I would get hearts on my plate. So cute. I don't know how she did it and made it look so pretty? Getting the perfect pancake isn't easy- even when you are just trying to make a round circle. I guess with anything practice is a good place to start. This rule applies even more so when you are working with a new batter for the first time. The first one is almost always a flop. So don't get discouraged. My first couple of rounds using coconut flour (about a year ago) never quite ended up righ