Wednesday, September 21, 2016

SEPTEMBER OLIVE OIL RECIPES 2016 IN CELEBRATION OF THE FALL EQUINOX

September 22nd ...is the Fall Equinox...officially the first day of the Fall or Autumn season. With the harvest season in full swing this month...what better way to celebrate this day and the beginning of this wonderful cycle of the year than to get in your kitchen and make a great tasting loaf of bread for those you love...including yourself.

Bread has a long tradition of being a symbol of prosperity... as wheat...the main ingredient used in bread...was once used as a form of money...and still is...a source of income for today's farmers.

Bread in its many forms and ingredients is a world wide food and in many cultures eaten daily. Bread is also a symbol of hospitality...and in many countries...a loaf of fresh bread is always taken to the host or hostess...as a gift...when one is asked over for dinner.

Bread is more than just a piece of bread that you eat...it has such a long history of literal...cultural...and religious significance...and is truly a food steeped in history and tradition... for all of humankind.

As September is the harvest season...I thought it would be nice for you to make this wonderful bread recipe...in the form of muffins...because everyone loves to use their hands eating tasty morsels of goodness. These muffins will be a symbol  of "prosperity" for all you have harvested this year...which of course includes the star ingredient this month...olive oil!

FALL EQUINOX

OLIVE OIL ROSEMARY BREAD MUFFINS

4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary
1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Using an electric mixer...beat the eggs at high speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugar and continue to beat until mixture is very foamy and pale in color. With the mixer running...drizzle in the olive oil. Fold in the rosemary. In a separate bowl...combine the flour...baking powder...and the salt. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and combine gently.

Divide the batter among 12 medium muffin tins that you have prepared by wiping each muffin tin with olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes or until tops are golden brown...and a knife comes out clean when you test them. Serve with real butter...and as you eat a muffin...think about all you have harvested this year...and give thanks for all of your prosperity,

Happy Fall Equinox to you
Victoria

Saturday, September 10, 2016

SEPTEMBER OLIVE OIL RECIPES 2016

SEPTEMBER OLIVE OIL RECIPES...

With the cooler weather...that September brings... the inner nudge to get in your kitchen and putter...stir...measure and cook... rings true for most of us. Preparing and cooking good...seasonal food is an art...and allows you to express your own creative juices as well as be the perfect avenue to nurture yourself and those you love..with the smells...and taste of really wonderful and enticing dishes.

This month I bring to you...and your kitchen...recipes containing olive oil...that wonderful natural elixir that has been used for thousands of years...to turn any recipe that you use olive oil in...a true feast.

Last posting I mentioned to you...that the taste of olive oils varies from country to country...some olive oils are nutty...or fruity in flavor...while others have a peppery or even grassy taste. Just experiment with different olive oils from diverse regions of the world...until you find the one that you and your family enjoy the most...but one important tip to remember...the greener in color the olive oil is...the better quality the olive oil is.


Below is a very simple chicken recipe...that will be a go to recipe for you time and time again. Great for a family supper...but fit for a company dish too.


LEMONY ROAST CHICKEN
Serves 4

1 3 1/2 pound chicken cut into 8 pieces
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh rosemary leaves
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
10 cloves fresh garlic thinly sliced
1 lemon peel removed and pulp chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Place the olive oil...rosemary...lemon juice...garlic...lemon...and salt and pepper to taste in a shallow roasting pan...and stir well. Next add the chicken...and marinade for at least 1 to 2 hours.

Heat the oven to 475 degrees. Arrange the chicken pieces in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and pour the remaining marinade on top of the chicken. Roast the chicken...turning once...about 30 to 40 minutes or until cooked through. Serve immediately. I would serve this dish with creamy polenta or mashed potatoes and a green salad, Enjoy!



Remember...nothing says love...like something homemade!

Victoria


Thursday, September 1, 2016

SEASONAL LIVING AND TIMELESS TRADITIONS SEPTEMBER 2016

September musings...I take a big sigh of relief...when September rolls in. I am not a fan of hot weather...that the Summer season brings...so September  brings with it...the promise of cooler weather...and the first signals of Fall.

And with the change of the season this month...from Summer to Autumn...the inner nudging of "nesting"...and "gathering in" speaks to me...and to you...and all living things...in this ever changing circle of life.

One of my favorite Autumn rituals...is to watch the squirrels scamper around in my back yard... finding acorns and other seeds...to store up for the coming Winter.They search...find...and then stuff their cheeks to bulging...then climb as fast as they can to their homes in the trees...packing in as much food as they can in their "nests" to keep their bellies full during Winter months.My flowers...and shrubs...do their own "gathering in"...by shedding leaves and blooms...and seem to fold up...to protect themselves...for the coming cold weather.

I love to prepare too...for the coming season of Autumn...my own rhythms resonating with this more quiet and reflecting time. I ponder the year...my lessons...my life...my creativity...my changing seasons as a woman...and in doing my pondering...I learn about myself more deeply...and really about life...as well.

It is not the things I bought...nor the new outfit or shoes I acquired...along the way... that I remember fondly...but the moments with loved ones or friends...or that beautiful sunset...that I "gathered in" ... nesting close to my heart...that I recall easily...and with warm feelings I was blessed with this year. You see...it has never been...about the material world...for me...but about the experience and good feelings of the heart and soul of my life...that makes me come alive...and truly live.

I find myself...in a season of my own life...where home and family...friends and nature...matter even more to me than ever before. My heart...and soul seem to yearn for the basics...for the real and authentic...in simple living...and big meaningful experiences.

Because my soul...is speaking very loudly to me...to return to a more simple...authentic way of life...I am also smitten with the creative idea of old-fashioned everything...especially cooking...and herbs...so this month of sweet and soothing September...you will find me in my kitchen...measuring spices...stirring up batters...and whipping up good healthy food...using only the very best seasonal ingredients. My love of cooking...has always been a passion of mine...but I want to experiment this season...with different spices...  food cultures... making chocolates...and homemade cheese...you know... cooking on a different level...with different textures...tastes... smells...and the traditions of food...and it's people from far off lands. A person can discover unknown aspects about themselves through cooking and food...and this is what my heart yearns for...in this present season of my life.

And have I shared with you my love of history and tradition? Well to me...history...tradition...and the pleasures of cooking and eating go hand to hand....plate to fork...fork to mouth...heart to heart...so I invite you my wonderful reader...to follow me this month of September...as I cook and share with you...my recipes...from my kitchen to yours!


Happy cooking and eating to you,
Victoria


THE HISTORY OF OLIVE OIL

This month I want to focus on the long history and world traditions of cooking with olive oil.The wonderful taste of olive oil...is to savor history in the making... enjoy timeless food cultural traditions.. and to taste the earth itself.

If that isn't wonderful enough for you...olive oil has many health benefits too. Some of the longest living humans on earth...are those that eat olive oil everyday...because olive oil reduces heart disease risk...lowers high blood pressure...reduces the risk of stroke...and maintains healthy cholesterol levels.

Olive oil also improves your skin and hair health.

The use and pressing of olive oil is currently documented no earlier than 2500 BC...although olives were first domesticated in the Mediterranean some 6,000 years ago.

The original use of olive oil...was for lamp fuel...pharmaceutical ointment...and in traditional rituals for anointing royalty...warriors and others.

Cooking with olive oil began at least as long ago as the 5th-4th century BC.



THE PLEASURES OF COOKING WITH OLIVE OIL

I love olive oil...I mean really good extra-virgin olive oil...and certainly not just one region of the world...but all regions...as they do taste different from country to country. I cook everything in olive oil...and even substitute olive oil...in baking...instead of vegetable oil. It makes everything you bake...more moist...and taste better. I want you to believe me...so below is my recipe for an olive oil cake.


OLIVE OIL CAKE
Serves 8

This is a very moist and delicious cake...serve as is...or with fresh fruit. A piece of this cake is also a great snack or breakfast too...with fruit and yogurt.

3 eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
zest of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
powered sugar to serve

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 2 (9 inch) cake pans...by coating lightly with olive oil...and dusting lightly with flour.

In a large bowl...mix together the eggs...and the sugar. When well blended...add the olive oil...milk...lemon juice and lemon zest...and mix well.

In a separate bowl...mix together the flour...baking powder...baking soda and salt.Add this mixture to the eggs and stir just until blended. Pour into the prepared pans.

Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and remove from the pans, Dust the cakes with powered sugar and serve,

Enjoy!





Sunday, August 21, 2016

Seasonal Living And Timeless Traditions Personal Blessing Celebrations

I have never cared much for store bought celebrations...to honor a birthday...a pregnancy...baby shower...or a new home etc. These events are too important...to settle for buying plastic mass produced items...that have no soul...and end up being thrown away...and soon forgotten.

I  wanted something more...something that nurtured and soothed the spirit...from the heart...from a "sense of place"...that would connect...bond...and express realness...life experience...and authenticity...to honor milestone celebrations and life changes...that I knew in my heart was missing in today's world...but still very much needed and welcomed by all.

With careful study and research...thoughtful planning...and my love of timeless traditions...I set about designing my own unique celebrations in the form of Personal Blessings...for you to honor...celebrate and pay tribute to all those special moments and life changes that are so worth honoring in special ways,

I offer you...with my easy to follow...and complete directions and format...Seasonal Living And Timeless Traditions...Personal Blessing celebrations...that come to you as an e-course via your email. Each Personal Blessing celebration will add more meaningful...soulful...creative...and heart filled celebrations for you...that you can create and use...for all those memorable life changes and happy moments...in your own life...and to use as the foundation ...to celebrate and honor all those you love and care about too.

My Personal Blessing celebrations e-courses are made for any age..or any faith...and the inclusion of all. With only one purchase of any one of my e-courses... you can use the one you select over and over again...which makes my e-courses a wonderful resource and value for you.

All you supply with any e-course is an open heart...your own creativity...and the willingness to connect and deeply bond with others...in a timeless...supportive...good old-fashioned way. Each Personal Blessing celebration is designed with complete instructions for your personal use...or to celebrate with a group.

Go to my link on the right side bar and click on Seasonal Living And Timeless Traditions...then
just click on the button TRADITIONS...to view and order yours today...for all those special moments in your life.

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Blessings,
Victoria

Monday, August 1, 2016

SEASONAL LIVING AND TIMELESS TRADITIONS AUGUST 2016

August musings... This month is the beginning of the harvest season...on the land...but also the month for you to acknowledge your personal and professional harvest so far this year. A person's harvest can be many things...sometimes it is a goal completed...a new job...a move...or a simple...but big lesson learned...that can make you a better or happier person. My personal harvest this year so far...has been many things... but the one I am most grateful for,,, is the valuable lesson I finally learned...that I have not wanted to "see" and carried most of my adult life.

It took a series of a Summer events for me to finally face this fear.

Here is my story...sometimes filled with my sense of humor...but still very true.If my story helps you in any way face a fear you have...then I am glad to have helped.Sharing our stories...fears and issues makes us all human...and the knowledge that we are not alone...or nut cases.


This Summer season for me... has been full of taking care of mundane tasks...you know those things that we all seem to put off...with our "I will do it tomorrow" attitude. I couldn't avoid putting things off any longer...I needed to focus...use discipline...as well as delete things and activities that wasted my time.

Beginning in early June...I was on a mission...to get cracking and get things done... as I was determined to stick to my plan...and my timeline...of having all my tasks... home projects...and to do list done by the end of July.

Now...anyone who truly knows me ...knows I love home and garden projects...I have been a DIY person...long before it was the chic thing to do...which tells you how old I really am! So this is not out of the ordinary for me. But not the way I planned it this Summer...good grief...it was madness...my self-imposed race for time!


You see...this Summer season...as I was scurrying around...taking care of endless tasks...packing up my daughter at college for her Summer break...unpacking her here at home... then of course packing her back up to return to college... countless trips to get that supply material...for painting projects... redoing a bathroom...seeing the dentist...having dental surgery...taking pictures and listing dozens and dozens of my vintage and antique items for my upcoming on-line shop Seasonal Home Goods...writing for hours and doing research...to complete my new Seasonal Living e-course...taking care of my family and home.. cooking...laundry... running my business...tending to my garden...and yards...a light bulb went on in my head!

I had issues with time.

I was in fear...that because I am in my early 60's...my "time" was running out. How many suns and moons are left to me...to do things that I want to do...long to do...before that final big blanket of "lights out".. Victoria...happens to me...to meet the Great Spirit in the sky?  Yikes...no small wonder I tried to fill each minute doing stuff...this Summer...so I didn't have to think about "my time running out". I guess I figured...if I do all these tasks first...and do them all within about a 8 week period...then I can do all those other cool things...that I really want to do...because I will have the "time"...now that I completed all those tasks and necessary items...that sucked up all my time!

And now of course...because I spent all my time...dashing here and there...cramming 18 million things into a small window of time...because I was in fear I had not enough time... by the time I had successfully completed my very long task list...l was ...exhausted...stressed...and still worried and fearful about not enough time!

What had happened to all my time?

On top of all this...fearful... time thing... I was dealing with...and facing... some unexpected events were thrown into my fearful drama  of time. As if I wasn't already a mess... I began watching the news...about all the horrible events in the world.... then my younger daughter was involved in a car accident... had to have an unexpected minor surgery... and my dear and close friend moved away...which made me even more fearful about time. My thoughts started going in the direction of "I really have no time at all...because the world is going to blow up any minute  or... .I might not have any more time with my daughter...because she just had a car accident...and a health scare." Then my thoughts raced to the fact that...as of this month...I have NO time at all left... with my good and close friend...because he... as of August 1st moved to another country with his spouse. My time with him was gone! All these events sucked me into... an endless fearful thought process of time.

I have I am sure...been dragging around my issue and fear of time my whole life. The Universe...has a way of teaching a person their lessons to overcome long rooted issues...when you are ready to receive them...face them...and hopefully release them.

My "time" had come for me to get over myself...and my life long fear of time...with events and circumstances...that forced me to dig deeply within myself and ponder this fear of mine.

How can I be whole...when I am so in fear of time? Or of anything?

Now...I am the type of person who really wants to grow...and evolve as a human being...and as a woman. Because I want to live with soul...with a deeper meaning of my life. I needed to fix this time issue. So I dug deep and pondered my beliefs about time...and yes my fear of it...and my constant obsession with trying to control time.

So I did.

I am aware now...as I write this blog...that really there is no guarantee in life...of how much time we have to walk the Earth...or a guarantee of anything for that matter.  

I must live in the moment...do the best I can...and be grateful for each and everyday that I am given. I do not have to cram 18 million to do list items in a 24 hour period...or a 8 week period. I can be mindful and wise about how I spend each day...and find joy and fulfillment even in doing the mundane. Because the mundane is part of life...for each and everyone of us...but it must be balanced with fun...laughter...rest...and quiet too.

And creating the space...and special time to be with those you love.

You have "time" for it all. And so do I.

Above all else...please do not do what I did for many years...and that is living in fear about something or someone...that honestly you can't control. Life and events are going to take place...no matter what you do or don't do anyway...so stop fretting about it.

Value your life...your loved ones...your friends.And value the minutes...the hours...months and years...you have with them.

Live in the present...allow love and beauty into your daily life...and make each moment count...in this thing called life.

Close the door on people and old habits that do nothing but steal your time...bring you down...and make you fearful or worry.

Make your "time" meaningful...sacred...joyful...and fulfilling...and you will discover that you have the "time" for everything that truly is real and that matters...even the mundane tasks.

But remember... you can always save all  those mundane tasks for another time!

Happy August to you,
Victoria


Summer declines and roses
have grown rare
but cottage crofts are gay
with hollyhocks,
and in old garden walks
you breathe an air
fragrant pinks and August-smelling stocks.
by John Todhunter (1839-1916)


PRAYER... " I give blessings and thanks for all the growth and change I experienced this Summer season... my personal  harvest has been good...I am grateful".


WORLD TRADITIONS AND CELEBRATIONS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST...August 1st...First Harvest or Lammas...August 5th...Edinburgh Festival in Scotland...August 5th...International Forgiveness Day...Mid- August Autumn Festival is held in China...Taiwan and Vietnam in celebration of the harvest season... August 26th is Women's Equality Day


FACTS ABOUT AUGUST...August is named in honor of the first Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar (63 B.C.-A.D.14) who was the grandnephew of Julius Caesar


FOLKLORE ABOUT AUGUST...

As August, so is February.

So many August fogs, so many Winter mists


GARDENING TIP...Plant your Fall season bulbs this month. Pull weeds...and start doing general clean-up in your yards where needed. Harvest herbs that are ready...to bring in and dry.


HOMEMAKING TIP...Start cleaning and putting away Summer toys...beach and pool towels...and Summer sport equipment. Clean out your refrigerator...letting go of expired foods. Pull out refrigerator...vacuum the floor...and also vacuum the coils and back of fridge. Mop the floor area behind refrigerator with pure Lemon essential oil. Allow to dry...then put refrigerator back in place...being sure you leave at least 2 inches from wall...when you move it back...to allow air to circulate...behind the refrigerator.

FULL MOON...August 18th

FLOWERS...Are the gladiolus and poppy

GEMS...The gem for this month is the beautiful peridot

TEACHINGS...The month of August...is the perfect month to reflect on how much you have grown... or changed during the Summer cycle...and to feel gratitude for these experiences.


HARVEST OF FRIENDS CELEBRATION...

Friendships...whether old or new...are very much a part of your personal harvest.This month to show thanks and appreciation for your friends...either make or purchase cards...that express to them how much they mean to you...and mail them out through the month.

This simple expression of a card...picked out just for them...will let each and every one of your friends...feel special and appreciated by you.


APPRECIATION OF THOSE WHO DO A SERVICE FOR YOU

The mail person.. the folks who do your dry cleaning...your dentist and doctor...the sacker at the grocery store...and so many more people who do things of service for you each and everyday so deserve to be acknowledged by you. Give a few dollars... as a tip... to that person who sacks your groceries...stick a card...giving a big thank you in your out going mail slot...to your mail delivery person...take flowers into your dentist or doctors offices...to show how much you value all they do for you.


SEASONAL LIVING AND TIMELESS TRADITIONS

...For Your Home

Place fresh herbs such as rosemary...sage...and thyme in small vases throughout your home...they smell and look wonderful...and will be a gentle reminder of harvest season.


...For Your Hearth

I have a few really great pots and pans... roasting pans...and my beloved cast iron skillets...to make really good food for my family. It doesn't take a lot of gadgets to cook great meals...just good ingredients and good cooking utensils. If you haven't tried cooking with cast iron...go get one...they are amazing and very affordable...and one skillet will last a lifetime if cared for properly.

CAST IRON SKILLET CHEESY HASH BROWNS
Serves 4-6

4 tablespoons butter
4 large russet potatoes
shredded with a cheese grater and squeezed dry
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.Add the butter to the skillet and when bubbling add the potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Press the potatoes into the bottom of the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes.

In a mixing bowl...whisk the eggs and milk together. Pour the eggs over the potatoes...shaking the pan to help them penetrate to the bottom. Sprinkle liberally with the cheese.

Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook until just set...about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.


...For Your Heart

Buy some healthy canned food items...dried pasta...rice...oatmeal etc. and donate to the food pantry. It feels so good to help feed folks who are in need.

Start each morning with a prayer of gratitude for being alive.


Friday, July 1, 2016

SEASONAL LIVING AND TIMELESS TRADITIONS JULY 2016

July musings...This month brings with it...heat on the land...and the fire within each one of us to get our projects and goals into full motion.

Most folks believe that goals have to be to obtain something material...or work related...which of course is wonderful...but what about inner goals...or soul projects?

Make this month of July...your month...to free yourself of worry...anger...frustration...and fears...and create personal freedom...of faith...trust...happiness and kindness instead. Stop being a sheep...and following the gloom and doom of others...the media...and even those close to you...who do nothing but complain...talk about everything that is wrong...spread anger and hate...and live their lives from a place of conflict and victim mentality. Do not let anything or anyone outside of you...influence you anymore.See the world...with different eyes...the eyes of higher vision.

I am not writing here...for you not to be concerned about problems in the world...or in your personal life...that would be denial. And of course you must take action steps yourself to make those changes...to solve those problems...that goes without saying. And feelings of anger and sadness are human...and you must... to be emotionally healthy...express them freely...and give others that freedom too. But at some point...you must move on...and see life for what it also is...it is good and beautiful too...filled with wonder and joyful events...and it is up to you...to focus on...and create those positive qualities and experiences in your own life.

A quality...happy life...is no one else's responsibility...it is up to you.

Take some time this July...to really ponder all the ways you perhaps are following the crowd...allowing world events...family and friends to influence you in negative ways.

Ignite your own inner fire this month...and decide to be happy...no matter where you live...where you work...or what relationship you do...or do not have at the moment. Be a free thinker and doer...and shed all that negativity from within you.

Make everyday a day of independence for yourself...and allow freedom and happiness into your life...from this moment on.

Because when you are happy...you will always feel free.

May your inner fire burn,
Victoria



First, April, she with mellow showers
Opens the way for early flowers;
Then after her comes, smiling May,
In a more rich and sweet array;
Next enters June, and brings us more
Gems than those two that went before;
Then, lastly, July comes,and she more
wealth brings in, than all those three.
by Robert Herrick


PRAYER..." I use wisdom and care with my personal power... and never infringe on another's personal choices or freedom".

WORLD TRADITIONS AND CELEBRATIONS... July 1st...Canada Day...July 4th...Fourth of July...July 14th...Bastille Day...July 30th...International Day Of Friendship

FACTS ABOUT JULY...The Roman senate named July in honor of Julius Caesar who was born on July 12th

FOLKLORE ABOUT JULY...Ne'er trust a July sky...If ant hills are high in July...the coming winter will be hard.

GARDENING TIP... Deadhead your blooming flowers...stop fertilizer application...make sure you keep your trees and shrubs watered

HOMEMAKING TIP... Stay organized this month around your home...by putting summer items in large baskets...to keep things tidy. July is a good month to clean your oven...when you will not be using it much. Use natural products to do this...baking soda and white vinegar work really well...just goggle it and follow the directions.

FULL MOON...July 19th

FLOWERS... The larkspur...water lily

GEMS...The Ruby

TEACHINGS...This is the month to take action steps...on your goals and projects...but to also remember to bring fun and relaxation into your daily life. Make one of your goals to connect to your inner spirit more...by learning to meditate or start daily prayers.


JULY CELEBRATION

SUPPLIES
pen and paper
a lit candle
something to dig a small hole outside

Light a candle and get yourself centered with deep breathing for a few minutes.When you are ready...write down...all the ways...you are keeping yourself from freedom within. This can be from any area in your life. Take your time doing this process.

When you feel complete...read over your list...then say a prayer...asking for guidance from The Higher Power...to help you.

Take your written list outside...dig a hole in a potted plant or in the ground...and then bury your list....as a symbol that you are done...living your life without freedom...because of your own self-made prison.

Remember...you must take action steps each day...to change what you need to change within you...to create more personal freedom...but you can do it!

Freedom will set you free!


SEASONAL LIVING AND TIMELESS TRADITIONS

...FOR YOUR HOME

Wipe down bathroom sinks and kitchen counters...and even doorknobs in these rooms...with pure Rosemary essential oil. Rosemary oil kills bacteria and disinfects...and with the warmer weather...bacteria is abound.

MICROWAVE CLEANER
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon vinegar
5-6 drops pure lemon essential oil

Combine all ingredients to make a paste. Apply to the walls and floor of your microwave with a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse well ... and leave the microwave door open to air-dry for about 25 minutes.


...FOR YOUR HEARTH

Quick...easy...but very good food needs to be on the menu for Summer Suppers...and I think you will love this tasty shrimp dish. Serve with a salad and a rice of your liking...and supper is ready.

SPICY GARLIC AND SHRIMP
serves 4-6
1 large red bell pepper
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp
3 tablespoons olive oil plus more for brushing
8 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1/4 cup white wine

Cut the bell pepper in half crosswise...removing stem and seeds...and then cut into strips.

Peel and devein the shrimp...leaving the tails intact.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Brush a heavy large roasting pan with olive oil.

Combine the bell pepper...shrimp...garlic...paprika...cayenne pepper...and the olive oil in a large bowl and mix well. Spread the shrimp mixture out on the prepared roasting pan in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper.

Roast for 10 minutes. Turn the shrimp and bell pepper and sprinkle with the oregano. Roast until the shrimp are just opaque in the center about 7 minutes. Transfer to a platter.

Place the roasting pan on a stove burner and set at medium-high heat. Add the wine and boil...scraping up the browned bits...about 2 minutes. Drizzle the pan juices over the shrimp. Serve...garnishing with more fresh oregano and lemons.



...FOR YOUR HEART

Let go of your control issues...and allow those you love and care about...just be who they are...instead of what you need then to be.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

SEASONAL LIVING SUPPERS JUNE 2016

June is hot here in Texas...and easy peesy dinners are a must! And who says it always has to be meat... for dinner?

Below is a very tasty egg dish for supper...or a lunch for a lazy and  relaxed Sunday.

Because nothing says love...like something homemade!



ROASTED ASPARAGUS WITH PROSCIUTTO AND EGGS
Serves 4

1 pound asparagus...tough ends cut off
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
butter for cooking eggs
salt and freshly ground pepper
4 large eggs
4 thin slices prosciutto
shaved Parmesan cheese for serving

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Arrange the asparagus in a single layer on the baking sheet...and then drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil...and then season with the salt and pepper.Using clean hands toss the asparagus...making sure each one is coated with the olive oil and seasoned with the salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast until lightly browned...and slightly crisp...about 18-20 minutes.

About 10 minutes...before the asparagus is done...cook the eggs...in butter...over easy style...or if you prefer scramble them. Season the eggs with salt and pepper.

Take the asparagus out of the oven...and divide on 4 plates. Put a slice of the prosciutto on top...then top with the egg...garnish with the shaved Parmesan cheese and serve. Be sure to serve with a piece of grilled bread...to dip in the eggs! Yum!


GREEN BEANS WITH DIJON VINAIGRETTE
Serves 4

I love these green beans...a really nice way to make these with lots of extra flavor and wow factor. These green beans also taste great cold.

1 pound green beans...ends trimmed
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons whole grain Dijon mustard
1 shallot...minced
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil...and extra for cooking the green beans
salt and freshly ground pepper

Saute the green beans...until fork tender. While the green beans are cooking...whisk together the vinegar...mustard...and shallot. Add the olive oil in slowly...and whisk together well. Season with salt and pepper,

Place the green beans in a serving bowl...and drizzle the vinaigrette over the green beans...and mix evenly. Serve.

Happy June to you and yours,
Victoria