Composting is the latest rage- en vogue if you will, kinda like having the urban chicken coop. Some folks I know have been doing it for as long as I can remember, hardly trendy- just plain smart, eco-friendly and easy. My parents (both sets of them) have fabulous composting systems that dubiously feed their prolific gardens year after year. Many of my friends now also have their own systems some of which are simply acting as a decomposition factory for natural waste, not necessarily going back into food production. Some have been hand-fashioned out of wood and chicken wire or old up-cycled city trash bins with the bottoms cut off and some are the fancy version available at hardware stores and on line. Our friends in faraway lands just prefer to dig a big hole in the backyard, dump all the stuff in and hope for the best. Continue reading
The summer months here in Miami are said to be slow…pretty sure that not much around this electric blend of cultures and lifestyles could ever be called “slow”. However when the temperature and humidity climb many people head for destinations less sweltering making Miami slower. My business on the other hand is anything but slow (except my food of course)! While the cooking classes have calmed down a bit (a welcome reprieve for a short time as they are fabulous but require a lot of energy!) I have been blessed with some wonderful and very interesting new clients. Continue reading
I am pleased and honored to announce the cooking classes that I began holding few months ago here in Miami. I have been teaching throughout my career but this has become a weekly event that is getting some attention. Check out the little blurb on Tasting Table Miami last week! This is a new culinary adventure that I am excited about and I look forward to seeing what comes of it.
I have connected with some wonderful people here who are also dedicated to real food and where it comes from. Slow Food Miami is a non-profit grass roots organization that is committed to raising the awareness of how food effects our communities and our lives. They donate all of their fundraising events and donor contributions to build local school and community gardens. Some of the people on the board have become some of my best students and they share so much with me as well! I look forward to helping them with events coming up.They have been instrumental in helping spread the word for my classes and I am eternally grateful!
I am also thrilled and blessed that Lucini Italia has sponsored the classes by donating some of their amazing, delicious and highest quality products to use and to give away during the classes! Renee Frigo Graeff (the president of Slow Food Miami) and her husband Daniel Graeff created Lucini with the commitment to working with small regional farmers, celebrated chefs, health and wellness experts makes their products unsurpassed and their company admirable. THANK YOU Lucini…I LOVE your stuff!!! Look for their products on line and in retail stores, you will not be sorry!
If you know anyone in Miami who loves food, good company and fun send them this way!
I have taken a rather long hiatus from posting. Truth of the matter is that although I really enjoy writing…I love cooking WAY more. I have been rather busy with cooking classes as of late and spending quite a bit of time writing recipes (love it!!) and in the down time it is tough to bring myself to spend even more time in front of a monitor…so shoot me!
What I can say is that I have been cooking a TON and it makes me really happy! Food is medicine, both for the body and for the soul and I feel blessed to be able to weave it into the fabric of my life on such an intricate level. That said, is there anyone out there who would like to do my dishes??? The whole saying “leave work at the office” does not apply in my life anymore. But I cannot and will not complain…I make my own schedule, answer to no one, I interact with wonderful people and I eat pretty damn well…so shoot me! Continue reading
This Sunday I returned home from a 10 day course at Living Foods Institute in Atlanta. What an incredible and eye opening experience! This center is about healing people from the inside out and educating about the powerful effects that a raw and living food diet can have on your health. They share how you can cure debilitating diseases, reduce and manage stress, reverse aging, and detoxify your body. It was founded by an amazing visionary Brenda Cobb after healing herself of breast and cervical cancer through this lifestyle of 80% raw living foods and 20% cooked and placing a heavy emphasis on emotional healing. Brenda and her incredible staff have since healed thousands of people with diseases that the medical community deem terminal, incurable and hopeless. The philosophy is so simple yet so profound. Eat organic, uncooked, unprocessed vegan food and address the emotional baggage and watch as your body heals itself! And I am talking major health issues such as cancer, AIDS and diabetes. But where would the medical and pharmaceutical companies make all their money if everybody knew how powerful our bodies actually are…. Continue reading
Last month I received an email from a woman named Margaret Floyd telling me in a very diplomatic, compassionate and caring way that I had in fact stolen the name of her blog not to mention her business copy write by naming my blog Eat Naked…whoops! When I was researching and brainstorming for a name it was apparent that eatnaked.com had been purchased and was up for sale. I was not however about to spend that kind of cash not yet having a clue what, if anything this project would become. I had found Margaret’s web address “Eatnakednow” clearly not realizing that her blog was actually “Eat Naked” and that most likely she chose her address to differ from the blog name for the same reason that I had. I also in my naivete and lack of experience did not even consider checking in on the trademark issue…whoops again. Continue reading
Today was my second day cooking for my new client Bella. The contrast between cooking for a client who could potentially be dissatisfied or demanding if something is not quite right and cooking for a family who is fighting for the life of their precious daughter and appreciates every little thing is staggering. Now I have to say that the pressures of cooking for my clients and their dissatisfaction comes more from my own standards of perfection than from theirs. For the most part I have been blessed with amazing clients to cook for and it is a wonderful way to make a living; doing something that I love that also nourishes others. What I am getting at is that the experience of cooking for Bella and her family is one of pure joy for me, completely unencumbered by perfectionism and my critical mind. Continue reading
I had a phone call today that could possibly change my life, a phone call that could possibly bestow me the opportunity to change the life of others. Early this morning when it was just barely light I read an inquiry posted in an online community newsletter called Just Ask Boo. A local woman had written requesting any advise and information on a service that could help her provide organic, vegetarian, vegan and sugar free meals for her family of four while they fight the third bout of cancer of their 9 year old daughter Bella. I emailed the mother immediately. She called me within an hour. Continue reading
AAAAaaahhhhhh so long overdue this post is. The holidays and “real” work got the better of me and I have sadly neglected my cyber outlet. The bright side of this is that I have been cooking a ton and truly enjoying myself. I have had new clients, cooked holiday feasts for work and for pleasure and eaten quite a bit of delicious food…and I cannot seem to stop. One of my favorite new recipes is Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Bread that is to die for if I do say so myself and still appropriate despite the passing of the pumpkin holidays. There have been days that I did not leave the house even and did nothing but hang out in my kitchen with my new kitty Isabel, listen to classical music and “work”. In fact my house and kitchen have had such a hold on me that sometimes I have trouble leaving…although I have loved it, I am not sure that this is a good thing. After all I am a bit too young to be the agoraphobic cat lady who only leaves to buy provisions. At least I have this portal so that if it becomes too bad I can shout for help! Continue reading
Thanksgiving was wonderful…so much to be thankful for! We had a house full of special friends (when I say “houseful” I mean 5 including us but our place is small and it was full of great energy!), no drama or stress and more food than you can imagine…plenty of reasons to be grateful. The food turned out amazing if I do say so myself especially amazing was the Brussels Sprout Salad with Brown Butter Hazelnut Vinaigrette that came to me at the last minute. Continue reading