May 13, 2012

How about a Recipe Swap?

I have been in some crafty circles where we took our favorite recipes and sent them to other people, nicely typed up and ready to be placed in a recipe book.

Would any of you be interested in a recipe swap?  It entails creating a nice piece of paper with any type of embellishment you would like, including your recipe, and the title.  Depending on the number of people, you would prepare one page for each person, and then send the recipe to the leader of the swap, who would collect them and send them out to everyone in the group.  What you come up with is a collection of priceless recipes that you can then share with your friends and family.

Let me know if you like to participate!

What's Up with Me?

What's up with this Diva has been work, work, and more work.  Balance is something eluding me, but I swear, I am going to find that she-devil and I am gonna work it out!  I am steadily maintaining my weightloss, but still fighting to get in my protein and water. 

I told a lady at the gym that I had a hard time trying to drink a lot of water and she gave me this, "yeah, right" look.  So I called her on it and I said, "you gave me this look like you don't believe I have trouble getting in eight glasses of water of day"?  She said, "well, yeah, you shouldn't have any trouble".  I had to explain to her that my stomach was the size of a medium-sized banana because I had surgery for weightloss.  A light bulb suddenly went off in her head and we were both on the same sheet of music at that point.  She could now understand my dilemma, and suggest a smaller water bottle or even a straw -- music to my ears!  Why hadn't I thought of an even smaller water bottle so as to not make the task of drinking all of that water so mundane or daunting.  I swear I make my own battles.

Tried the smaller bottle and that works well to trick your body into thinking that it has to take in yet another huge ounce of water from a big jug!  I love the little things that I can learn from other people.

Now, I am going to master the art of meditation!  Are any of you divas out there in diva-land into meditation or even prayer to center yourselves?  If you are or know of someone who practices, please leave me some feedback and let me know how they began and how they keep the motivation.  I wold love to hear from all of you.  Leave me some love!

I Am Passionate

Indian Cuisine
I have found that the more the cook, the more I love to cook, and that one of true passions is cooking.  I don't necessarily cook from recipes, and mind you, I don't bake because it is too precise.  I just love cooking fast, and easy, tasty meals.  I love the chopping, and the grating, and the marinating of the meats or veggies and just seeing what I concoct for the days meal.

I've been doing a lot of Caribbean and Southern Indian cooking for the past couple of months because I have been on a veggie kick.  There is nothing like a good curry to spice up your veggies, literally.  Although, I can't take the full heat, I find that just a pinch is just fine for me.  I've been eating a lot of cucumbers, cauliflower, squash, tomatoes, okra, and eggplant and have found some great recipes like Aloo Gobi, or cauliflower and potatoes, or Daal Fry are just fabulous.

The recipes for curries are rich in heritage, culture, and many of the even the most simple recipes for beans, or Dal, are chocked full of flavor or protein.  I cannot recommend trying something new in your repetoire if you feel your Weight-Loss friendly meals have become bland or boring.  There is nothing like a new spice or herb to take your dishes to the next level.  Step out of boring kitchen and into a whole new world of cooking!