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Leafy greens cooking class recap Leafy greens cooking class recap

Another cooking class has come to an end. Today the focus was leafy greens – the most delicious and nutritious food you can eat if you’re not scared of green food. Well, I know a lot of people who will debate the goodness of an edible leaf but they are wrong. So wrong. Scaredy cats. […]

Vegan, Raw… or plain “Fresh”? Vegan, Raw… or plain “Fresh”?

People have interesting reactions to the words “vegan” or “raw diet”. They get a tic or a twitch when they hear it. They dismiss it. They object to it. But mostly I detect their disbelief that vegans or raw dieters enjoy great-tasting food. I admit that I had the same reactions to these words in […]

Something good Something good

Currently, until I find out further what’s going on with me, I am still mostly gluten, dairy, egg, and soy free. I don’t feel deprived anymore—no need to feel sorry for me. In fact, I like it. It’s the kind of food that makes me energized and happy. Happy food. I feel better then I […]

Market day (or, how to make dinner in 5 minutes) Market day (or, how to make dinner in 5 minutes)

How does this sound to you: “No need to cook dinner today”? With tons of fruit and veggies, fresh bread, hummus and tahini, olives, honey, fresh tomatoes, corn (and so much more) that I bought at the market today, I don’t have to cook dinner. Hip-hip-hooray. It makes a perfect hot summer day dinner, don’t […]

Breakfast for the whole family in 5 minutes Breakfast for the whole family in 5 minutes

I make fruit salad every morning. Usually, a bowl full of fruit makes my little ones’ bellies full and they don’t need anything else besides drinking a glass of coconut/almond milk (water is good too!) next to it. We used to eat bread, cheese, yogurt, deli meat… I have always restricted boxed cereals, a.k.a. breakfast […]

Homemade corn tortillas and cooking class (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free) Homemade corn tortillas and cooking class (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free)

I have recently become gluten-free and dairy-free after I found out I’m sensitive to them. In retrospect I now suspect that some time down the road I developed this sensitivity and it made me get all swollen and puffy in my body and face, gain weight, get rashes, wake up with stiff muscles and neck, […]

Detox: What about the kids? Detox: What about the kids?

A reader recently asked (as well as participants in my new cooking classes) how are the kids doing and what are they eating, since I started with the detox diet and all the changes that followed. “I wonder how it goes with your kids? Do they change their diet too? Do you eat separately and […]

Better, dairy-free mashed potatoes Better, dairy-free mashed potatoes

When I found out that I’m sensitive to dairy (it gives me rashes, nose and throat feel like I’m about to catch a cold or a flu) I realized I could not have mashed potatoes. Oy. I felt the connection between eating/drinking dairy and my symptoms only after the 3 weeks of detox. In this […]

Good morning shake Good morning shake

Back in April I sat here and whined to you about not being allowed to drink coffee on the Detox diet. It took me about 3 weeks to get off the physical addiction to coffee, but it took longer than that to stop thinking about coffee day and night and craving it so badly. Of […]

Snack Snack

In season. Organic apricots. Their season is short. Grab them while you can.

A treat (Kale chips) A treat (Kale chips)

Baked kale chips. I’ve seen them before on this blog and this blog and wanted to make them ever since. While I was on the Detox diet (now I’m on an elimination diet to try and figure out which food/s make my body crazy (more about that later) ) it was the perfect timing to […]

Quick lunch Quick lunch

I am crazy busy promoting this theater play (for tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/248853) … but I wanted to give you something quick and delicious to make for lunch. It might not look like much. It might not look like something filling. But it is both. Rice and lentils, or some sort of downsized Mujadara in this case, […]

Restaurants Restaurants

I remember this night about a year ago, having dinner in one of my favorite restaurants in Capitol Hill. I remember the exact table where we sat, my husband and I, on a date night, while we were examining the menu and planning our meal. Everything sounded tasty and good. We wanted to try almost […]

Now what? Now what?

I’ve been trying to do some detective work to find out what’s causing my health “issues”. I might have sensitivity to eggs. I will have to re-check that again sometimes in the future. It could also be wheat, or dairy, or… It could also be something that is not food. It could be a side effect […]

Detox – 21 days Detox – 21 days

The 21 days of Detox are officially over. How do I feel? I feel great. So much better than what I had felt in the past few months, maybe even more than a year… I can’t remember. I lost about 10 lbs. and I feel much lighter. My skin is cleaner and relaxed. My achy […]

Detox day 19 - Another pretty lunch plate Detox day 19 - Another pretty lunch plate

Steamed and roasted cauliflower small tomato 1/2 avocado a few pieces of sautéed chicken breast with cumin and paprika 1/2 cup brown rice pasta salt 1/2 teaspoon oil Pure flavors.

Detox – what to eat? Detox – what to eat?

After 14 days of Detox I find that what I miss the most is…. extra virgin olive oil. (Even more than coffee.) From roasting, sautéing and grilling, I switched to steaming and poaching. I actually found that steamed fish gets much tender and stays moist and delicate when steamed compared to the other cooking methods. […]

Only tea for me Only tea for me

On Saturday we went to a concert. The venue served delicious Asian food, mainly Thai food, I think, and cocktails and… And I had tea. We usually go to dinner before a concert/show/movie. You know, to extend the date night by an hour or two. Leave the house while the kids are awake, return when […]

Detox Detox

I’m sitting here with a cup of tea, herbal, no sugar. Normally, I’d be sitting here with a cup of coffee: 1 level teaspoon coffee, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, only 1/2 cup boiling water, 1/4 cup 2% organic milk. Coffee is a scientific formula to be followed very, very closely. It’s that important! Are you as […]