Food Metaphysics

Food Alchemy/Uncategorized

Germantown Trumpet Salad

I visited Germantown Kitchen Garden Saturday morning in search for some fresh local food, and I found it… and more. Salad greens. Check. Radishes. Check. Kale. Check. Bok choy. Check. Shitake. Check. And while I have not met a mushroom I didn’t want to cook and eat and we had crossed paths many times, this time was different. It was…

Food Alchemy/Uncategorized

Smoked Coconut-Avocado Lime Cream

Ingredients: 1 cup of coconut cream 2 ripe avocados 2 limes ¼ teaspoon smoked salt These four simple ingredients can add so much flavor and depth to any meal. It is especially delicious for bean dishes, as beans are naturally low in fat and high in fiber. The alkaline combination of coconut and avocado will add nutritious fats (omega fatty…

Food Alchemy/Uncategorized

Sweating the Small Stuff, A simple Fall Dinner

We start the cooking process by sweating the small stuff, we end with the big stuff. The stuff, great meals are built upon. Aromatics, tubers, alliums are all great choices. Carrots, poblanos for stock. Walnuts and pumpkin seeds for garnish. Sweating  foundational vegetables, like alliums, aromatics and tubers, is a great path towards a great…

Food Alchemy/Uncategorized

So Fresh, So Local… So GTown

A few years have past since I was a part of the Wyck House Farmer’s Market and last Friday, I returned to Wyck to meet the new farmer, Krippa and her team and of course check out the latest fresh produce the 19144 neighborhood has to offer. No more than 5 minutes away, Wyck House gives us the best of…

Food Alchemy/Uncategorized

Cooking Composition 101: The Truth About Leftovers

Above, Leftover Red Curry Stir-Fry Whether out of necessity, convenience, or frugality, eating last night’s dinner for lunch the next day or a dinner a second time around, may be better for you than you think. Not only is it sustainable, resourceful and practical, it has the potential to be absolutely delicious! Why should holiday meals be the only exception…

Food Alchemy/Uncategorized

Breath+Food=Health

There are plenty of ways to eat clean, cook better, lose or maintain weight, cleanse our bodies from the overburden of toxins and heal our bodies. And it may require less than we think. It may not be just about food. Through the power of breath, conscious breath, we can tap into one of the best health giving benefits money…

Food Alchemy/Uncategorized

The Gift of Loving through Food

Gerlean Gwyn Durant. I never knew her full name. Ms. Jerry. Ms. J. What would an 82 year old and a 40 year old have in common anyways? We were neighbors for 10 years. She witnessed the growth of my children and when my once upon ago, toddler, took off charging down the sidewalk and I struggled to catch him”,…

Food Alchemy/Uncategorized

Cooking Outside the Lines

Will they compliment or contrast? How do we know what the end result will be? Will it all be a waste of effort? Nobody really knows. We just can’t be too sure. It’s unpredictable. Risky. There will always be the probability of perceived failure and success. Will we set our kitchens or the world on fire? Will our taste buds…

Food Alchemy/Uncategorized

Honoring the Solstice by Feeding the Pineal

For some welcoming the Solstice was just another day, for others a time of celebration and for many, this year is of particular significance. This Winter Solstice, followed by 12/12/12, the final synchronous day in our lifetime, is a time of renewal, re-birth and co-creating the reality of our choosing. There are many modalities that we can incorporate into our…

Food Alchemy/Uncategorized

A response to the Tragedy in Connecticut

I am a mother of four children, 3 school-age and the thought of losing my children was too unbearable to imagine, even for a brief moment. We are right now, at this present time on earth, faced with an epidemic no prescribed drug, healing food or recipe alone can remedy. No words, no flesh alone can do it. It’s a…

Food Alchemy/Uncategorized

What is Yuba?

According to the History of Yuba article published by the Soyinfo Center, yuba or otherwise known as “tofu skin” is made from a process “when soymilk is gently heated in shallow, open pans at 80-90*C, forming a cream-yellow, bland-flavored, concentrated protein-lipid surface film (called yuba) is gradually formed. The films are successively removed from the soymilk surface using a long…

Healing Foods/Local & Sustainable/Uncategorized/Workshops & Demonstrations

LOCAL & FREESTYLE: CULMINATING CULINARY CREATION WITH KIDS @ GLEC

Can anyone say ZUCCHINI?!?! For this weeks’ Culinary Nutrition Workshop at GLEC and final celebration, a chocolate, whole grain, zucchini bread was most fitting, given the abundance of zucchini this season. Our mini-lesson was centered around the antioxidant power of cocoa , the fiber and digestive benefits of whole grains and the many creative ways to prepare ZUCCHINI. The best…

Food Alchemy/Uncategorized

LOCAL & FREESTYLE: Culinary Creations with Kids Update

In my last blog, Local & Freestyle: GLEC Summer Culinary Nutrition Program, I shared the mission behind the program, our connection to Greensgrow Farms, who help make it LOCAL our culinary adventure that makes it FREESTYLE.  I am delighted to share with you this week’s creations. This week we were gifted with red peppers, eggplant, zucchini, heirloom tomatoes and onions…

Local & Sustainable/Uncategorized/Workshops & Demonstrations

LOCAL & FREESTYLE: CULINARY NUTRITION PROGRAM @GLEC

This Summer, Earth’s Elements, in a collaborative effort with the Germantown Life Enrichment Center  (GLEC) developed and launched a pilot nutrition program component to the GLEC’s  first Summer Camp since its transformation from Germantown YMCA. With space and campers but, limited resources we have been able to create a successfully unique program. The initial goal of the program was/is simply…

Food Alchemy/Uncategorized

Healing with Queen Hibiscus…

I don’t know too many who don’t enjoy a cool glass of lemonade, especially during the summer months. To beat the heat and accompany the shifting energies of the full moon,  a perfect drink was in order to compliment a protein rich appetizer. It’s an antiseptic, astringent, emollient and purgative antioxidant wonder that it is as hydrating as it is…

Food Alchemy/Uncategorized

Ancient Feel Good Food… Healing with Plantains!

A few weeks ago, I lead a workshop at the mka institute in Germantown that focused on healing plant-based foods, particularly ancient foods that many of us have lost connection to. I also talked extensively about re-examining and refining our connection to nature by way of honoring it and ourselves. To some degree, we have come to shun foods that…

Uncategorized

Food is Love

Although Valentine’s Day is really not my holiday of choice, I can respect it and know many who do engage and enjoy it. Here are a few thoughts on spreading the love, from a food perspective… As we all know, one of the best ways to show our love is through food! So today for that special someone in your…