Saturday, December 29, 2007


Getting Old

It's finally happened. I can listen to books on tape that I know I have listened to before and have no memory of the plot. In the past I have not been interested in listening to or reading a book or watching a movie more than once—for some reason plays do not make this list. My grandfather said that one of the best things about getting old is you could read the same thriller over and over again and never have to buy a new book.

Today's Lunch
Black Bean Humus

2 cups black beans (dried or canned)
1 small chopped onions, sautéed in olive or coconut oil.
1/4 cup tahini
Juice of 3 lemons
2 small roasted chilies, chopped (or 1 small 4-oz can)
1/4 tsp Hingvastak or clove of garlic, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Soak the black beans over night. Rinse and place in a pressure cooker with just enough water to cover the beans. Bring to pressure and cook for ten minutes. Allow the pressure to come off naturally. Sautee onions. Place all ingredients in a food processor or mix with a potato masher.

Note: Hingvastak is an Ayurvedic formula. Ayurveda is an ancient system of health care from Indian. Hingvastak is comprised of asafetida (a good substitute for garlic, if like my husband garlic inflames your appetite), cumin seed, ajamoda seed, ginger root, black pepper fruit pippali fruit, and fenugreek. If you don't have it handy add the spices from this list that you do have. They will help you digest the beans.

Sunday, December 09, 2007


The Joy of a Hot Beverage

It snowed the past two days and we have a winter wonderland spread out before us on the Front Range. Yesterday we got in our first say of skiing and I'm so pleased that I have better conditioning than I thought I had. The snow was a bit soft but oh, so beautiful.
Today I have been working on the book all day. I really didn’t think that writing a book would be a walk in the park, but I also didn't think that it would go so slowly! As a break I fixed myself a cup of hot chocolate that I sipped out of my birthday mug, made for me by one of my best friend's daughter. Because life really is a sum of simple pleasures I relish my new mug, hot drinks, snowy days, and stolen moments.

Today's Lunch
Hot Chocolate

1 part milk
1 part creamed coconut
5 drops vanilla Stevia
2 tbsp Coco powder
Pinch salt

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