Friday, October 30, 2009

Tassajara Warm Red Cabbage Salad Recipe

I don't know how I came upon this page, but this looks absolutely divine!

Tassajara Warm Red Cabbage Salad Recipe

Crops and Rawbers: Pesto Pasta

I love these girls. Crops and Rawbers is a raw food catering company founded by Diva and Amanda, members of the band Pocahaunted. Stationed in Echo Park, these groovy chicks demonstrate an easy, nutritious, raw version of Pesto Pasta:


Last night I ventured out into the food world. I had heard so many wonderful thing about Susan Feniger's Street. So I took one of my best friends, Tita, there for her birthday to check it out.

Loved the decor, loved the music playing, loved the friendly and attentive service, loved the ambiance, but in the end the food was not my favorite. The menu is a fusion of various worldly cuisines that replicate the taste of street vendors of various countries. Great idea. However, the few dishes I had all shared the same theme - - doughy, bready, heavy. While I enjoy street food after a night on the town and while I understand Susan's vision of bringing that type of food to a sit-down meal, I don't want to eat the same heavy thing over and over again. I need something to balance my plate, something light, something raw. I thought that dish would be the New Jerusalem Bread salad, a combination of Persian cucumbers, tomatoes, olive bread, feta cheese, etc. But I wasn't satisfied. The flavors of this dish were not so pleasing. I felt that the combination of all the parts could not come together because the size of the vegetables were chopped too big to all fit into my mouth at once. Aside from that, it's not that original of a salad. The Mung Bean Pancake which sounded incredible - - griddled with anise, glazed pork belly, scallions and kimchi - - but all these yummy flavors were completely overpowered by the salty mustard sauce. Here's what I did like: the Kaya Toast - - basically grilled cheese sandwich with coconut jam spread and a fried egg; and the Hawaiian Alanui Poke which is raw Ono, prepared differently than what is written on the menu. You would think that a place called Street where street-like food is served would have street-like prices. No. Far from that. I knew it would be pricey, but did not think it would end up being more expensive than Mozza, Batali's restaurant across the street. The sad thing is, my stomach was still hungry after we left... and now so was my wallet. :(

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Steamed Butternut Squash

One of the main goals of Mother Health is to provide easy recipes that make nutritious, delicious quick meals. The #1 reason we choose the food we eat is for taste, #2 is for convenience. We eat what we like to eat. But healthy food can become something we love to eat and easy to prepare.

My favorite resource for quick, easy, healthy recipes is George Mateljan's World's Healthiest Foods. Delish!

Here's his Healthy Seven Minute Steamed Butternut Squash.

Sugar is a Drug...

I hardly doubt we would have such a problem with obesity if sugar wasn't a drug. Withdrawal symptoms do occur when you give sugar up, so duh! It's as addictive as a drug.

Junk Food as Addictive as Drugs

So kids, moderation with the Halloween candy, yeah?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

La Bamba, I'm Home..

Last night I watched La Bamba, yes the Ritchie Valens biopic starring Lou Diamond Phillips. "Richie Valenzuela and his flyin' guitar!" I remember visiting my family in Chico, CA 17 years ago. It was my 10th birthday, and I could think of nothing better to do than going to see La Bamba with my mom. It was the only time my health nut of a mother allowed me to eat popcorn for dinner and M&M's for dessert. We sat and watched the movie once. I loved it, and asked my mom to stay and watch it one more time. She obliged. I've done this with three other movies: Sexy Beast, Apocolypto and Hairspray (the one with Zac Effron). ;) The next morning I ran to Tower Records and forced my mother to buy the soundtrack. Memories. It was that nostalgia I felt while watching the movie last night that made me come to my senses and realize that the new Mother Health website was just not working for me. Blogspot is where I belong.


It's good to be back. I feel the writer's block and frustration has totally dissipated. I'm so happy.


Don't take anyone's advice for granted, even a doctor. Do your own research first. Think carefully about what you do to your body. Take this girl as an example:

Bok Choy, Shitake Mushrooms, Oyster Sauce

Simple cooking...

Ok Ok. I tried.

I tried. I tried getting all professional and paying for my own domain, hiring a designer to add few nice touches and it failed. I love the design of the new site, but I hate It's the most inconvenient piece of crap. Seriously. So look out for better design here. It should be coming together slowly but surely. :D

In other words... I'm back at the Blogspot.