Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Belle Epoque Lemon Icebox Cake~





The Lemon Capital of France

With Belle Époque extravagance resonating in our new Gilded Age, this easy recipe for Lemon Icebox Cake reflects the glamour sans the expense, and would be a perfect finish to a grilled fish alfresco dinner… 

Ingredients~

For the crust:

14 whole graham crackers
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and warm

For the filling:

2 (14-ounce) cans condensed milk
1 1/4 cups strained lemon juice (from the 2 zested lemons below plus an additional 4–6)
Zest of 2 lemons
8 large egg yolks

For the Chantilly cream:

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
Preparation

Make the crust:

Heat the oven to 325°F. Break the graham crackers into small pieces and place in the bowl of a food processor along with the sugar and salt. Pulse 8 times, until the crackers and sugar are combined. Pour in the butter and pulse until the butter is blended in and the mixture holds its shape when you squeeze it, about twelve 1-second pulses. Transfer the crust to a 9-inch springform pan and press the crumb mixture into the bottom and two-thirds of the way up the sides of the pan. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to press the crust into place. Set aside.

Make the filling:

Whisk the condensed milk with the lemon juice and set aside. Whisk the zest with the egg yolks in a medium bowl until pale, 30 to 60 seconds, and then whisk in the lemon juice-condensed milk mixture.

Place the springform pan on a rimmed baking sheet, pour the mixture into the crust, and carefully transfer the baking sheet to the oven. Bake until the center jiggles slightly, like a soft-setting custard, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 1 hour on a cooling rack. Loosely cover the pan with plastic wrap. Do not let the plastic wrap touch the top of the pie. Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Make the Chantilly Cream:

Pour the heavy cream into the bowl of a stand mixer--or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer. Add the vanilla and sift in the confectioners' sugar. Whip on low speed to combine and then increase the speed to medium-high and whip until medium-stiff peaks form, about 1 1/2 minutes.

Before serving, wrap a wet, warm kitchen towel around the edges of the springform pan to release the pie from the pan's sides. Unclasp the pan and remove the pie. Fill a pitcher with hot water, dip your knife in, wipe off the blade, and slice. Top with Chantilly cream. 

Et Voilà! Serve immediately to Les Oohs and Aahs and perhaps Sidney Bechets' classic "Si Tu Vois Ma Mere": (HERE).

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

75-Year Old Vegan A Model For A Heathy Vibrant New World~





Love Mimi's book! (HERE).




Ten Reasons the #1 healthiest choice for yourself, animals and the planet is to become a veggie and make everyday Earth Day:

1) You'll join the ranks of veggies like: Jesus, Gandhi, Claudia Schiffer, John Lennon, Einstein, Christie Brinkley, Deepak Chopra, Voltaire, Thoreau, Plato,
Benjamin Franklin, John Lennon, Da Vinci, Lincoln, Richard Gere, Penelope Cruz, David Duchovny, Paul McCartney, Angela Bassett, Jane Goodall, Mark Twain, Emerson, Mike Farrell, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, St. Frances of Assisi, Vanessa Williams, Liv Tyler, Lenny Kravitz, Drew Barrymore...

2) Want GMO fries to go with that Staph-infected, drug-laced burger? A national study of our food supply by Translational Genomics Research Institute found that food animals are a major source for drug-resistant S. aureus [Staph] bacteria and ‘super-Staph’ that moves from animals to humans.

3) Save health, money and time: Americans spend $110B a year on meat-based fast food. More than on all books, DVDs, CDs, movies, magazines and newspapers combined. Eating meat-based fast-foot is the fast-lane to obesity, heart disease, cancers and diabetes that lead to endless medical treatments that are the #1 cause of bankruptcies. The average cancer patient represents a $300K "profit center" to Big Pharma.

4) Meat-based diets are the lead factor in environmental degradation: There are 55B food animals on the planet, versus 7B people. In the U.S. alone approximately 10B animals are raised and slaughtered each year for food. Livestock production consumes 30% + of all raw materials and fossil fuels and generates 18% of greenhouse gases, compared to 13% for all modes of transportation.

5) Producing 1-lb of beef wastes enough water for one year of showers: Animal protein expends 8+ times as much fossil-fuel energy over plant protein. The fuel used to produce one hamburger patty is enough to drive 20 miles, and erodes 5-times its weight in topsoil. The carbon emissions created to produce 2.2 lbs of beef is equal to driving a standard car 150 miles. Beef production consumes more water than growing all U.S. fruit and vegetable crops. 26, 500 gallons of water are used for every 2.2 lbs of beef produced.  Each year, 41M tons of grain is fed to U.S. livestock to produce 7M tons of animal protein--while 1/6 of the planet's people starve. 

6) Reduce the risk of Alzheimer's: Alzheimer's rates correlate to the rise of industrialized meat farms and meat consumption. Factory-farmed animals are the most over-medicated creatures on earth. A CDC report noted a 50% rise in the use of growth-rate increasing drugs since 1985. High-density confinement spreads diseases like E. coli and Salmonella. And animal feed is mixed with the brain tissue, blood, bone, and flesh of dead farmed animals.

7) Help clean the planet’s water supply: The equivalent of 20 tons of manure per every U.S. household is dumped into our rivers and streams each year. The pollution to U.S. waterways from this one source is more than all other industrial sources combined. 75% of all water-quality problems are related to factory-farming antibiotics, hormones, chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, and eroded pasture sediments that account for 33% of all nitrogen and phosphorus loads.

8) Save topsoil erosion that creates ocean dead zones: Billions of acres of once-productive farmland have been eroded due to meat production. In the U.S., 90% of all cropland is losing soil at 13 times above the sustainable rate. Iowa has lost 50% of its topsoil that was thousands of years in formation. Livestock production has also lead to destruction of rain forests for crop and grazing land including 75% of previous Amazon forests (the planet's lungs).

9) Stop the torture and brutalization of industrialized animals: They are castrated, debeaked, dehorned, crammed in inhumane spaces, subjected to hunger, thirst, heat exhaustion, extreme stress, freezing and are frequently consciousness during slaughter. You are what you eat. Is it any wonder why 30+ million Americans are on anti-depression meds? Why would a citizen be charged for Animal Cruelty for keeping a pet in a too small cage when far worse is standard practice in Big Agriculture? 

10) Be part of the #1 way to save the planet: Organics are the #1 grocery segment growth. There are many delicious ways to be more health giving to our bodies and the planet. Become a vegetarian and please encourage others to do so, too. Thank you. To your health, wealth and vitality!

Earth Day Wine Cruise And Famous Cake~










“Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” ~John Muir Founder of the Sierra Club
~ ~ ~ 
A romantic cruise through the world-famed wine making region of Burgundy renews awareness of mind, body, spirit and soul connections to the freshness of sky, water, soil, forests and amid the ancient vineyards. See: Burgundy Canals  

As John Muir wrote, “God’s beauty is reflected in nature…where the harness of civilization drops off...to wash your spirit clean. Our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air...We all flow from one Soul. Are expressions of one Love.”

An expression of love most welcome from childhood is chocolate cake. Ebinger's Famous Blackout Cake has an intriguing 1898 pedigree discovered by friend, Ken. Ebinger's Bakery opened as the century turned and quickly expanded to dozens of locations to meet demand. Their story and recipe: (HERE). 

Our Beautiful Planet needs all of us to help...Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Springtime in the Oligarchy Cake Recipe~








Mes Chers Amis...This weekend, when global media from the BBC to the NYT announced that a Princeton-Northwestern study found that the U.S. is no longer a Democracy, but an Oligarchy; quite naturally my first thoughts turned to cake...

As we all learn from the crib--cake is the greatest ameliorating currency for a civilized world. Had the DOD recalled that rock-solid truth...they could have saved the $1.5 trillion dollar F-35 Lockheed-Martin boondoggle...which undoubtedly keeps the dears up at night with worry and regret. Dropping cake all over the planet would be more effective as a change agent...

So, if some plundering politician, plutocrat, patrician or princess is trying your nerves…smile, say how utterly marvelous they’d look in a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster. Then whip-up this gratifyingly simple and delicious Springtime in the Oligarchy Cake...

For healthiest results use all organic ingredients~

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
3/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
juice of ½ lemon

Preparation~

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a standard (8 1/2x4 1/4") loaf pan with nonstick vegetable oil spray. Dust with flour; tap out excess. 

Whisk 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a medium bowl. Using your fingers, rub 1 cup sugar with finely grated zest of one lemon in a large bowl until sugar is moist. Add 3/4 cup Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 2 large eggs, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; whisk to blend. Fold in dry ingredients just to blend. 

Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top, sprinkle a bit of organic sugar on top for added crunch. 

Bake until top of cake is as golden brown as a French Riviera tan and a tester inserted into center comes out clean, approximately 50 minutes. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Invert onto rack; let cool completely. 

Delicious by itself…you can also make a powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest for a glaze…Or top the cake with fresh strawberries, blueberries and fresh organic whipped cream.

Bing Crosby: The Best Things in Life Are Free: (HERE) Happy Monday!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Brazilian Seafood Stew~








You are here!
Last night, I glanced out at the full moon at 2AM...to witness what, I suppose, was an optical illusion that made my 37-trillion cells Tango in Joy... 

This may, perhaps, be proof of having read one too many magic realism books by Jorge Luis Borge, Cervantes, or Gabriel García Márquez...where the normal world becomes mythical, and ordinary things operate on Disney principles. 

For, last night, The Lady in the Moon wasn't simply smiling at me. Lacy clouds from the sea streaming over pretty face had an animating effect...and she seemed to be beaming affirmation for my course... 

Then, when I looked down I was standing on an accidental heart...

I'd read an electrical engineering genius swore that if you work on a computer all day...standing barefoot on a sheet of aluminum foil for a few minutes will cleanse the EMF from your system. Somehow my sheet of aluminum had morphed into an emphatic heart shape by my standing on it 8-times over the past two days...

I'll accept the Heart-Beaming-Moon combo as a sign that my sails are set for the Provence coastline in the near-term...

In the meantime...

Brazilian Seafood Stew
Serves 6 to 8

Lime and coconut milk in a healthy white fish stew? I’m for that. This recipe from Bon Appétit  had a “four fork” rating from readers with 99% saying they’d make it again.

Ingredients~

4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 pounds white fish fillets (such as red snapper, tilapia, halibut or orange roughy), cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 cups chopped green bell peppers; or, poblano
2 garlic cloves, chopped
3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
2 cups chopped tomatoes
3/4 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 1/4 pounds uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined

Preparation~

Whisk 2 tablespoons oil and lime juice in large bowl. Add fish and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper; stir to coat. Let stand 15 minutes.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion, bell peppers, garlic and crushed red pepper; sauté 5 minutes. Mix in tomatoes, coconut milk, half of cilantro and half of green onions. 

Add shrimp and fish with marinade. Simmer until shrimp and fish are just opaque in center, about 5 minutes. Season stew with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro and green onions.

Flavor rich this colorful healthy dish is low in calories, high in protein…but it you’re limiting cholesterol don’t make it weekly meal…as one serving has 59% of daily limit. Serve over steamed yellow turmeric rice if you wish…

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cocktails In the Garden With Monet~




From his window...



My son repainted this Monet classic a surprise he gave me
moments after his college graduation, and before leaving for Italy the next day.
It's my most cherished material possession...I even pack it for trips...
"Picasso at the Lapin Agile" was Steve Martin's play set in the historic "Nimble Rabbit" Paris bar in 1904--a year building to world-splitting transformations... 

In the play, Einstein and Picasso meet in that Montmartre watering hole to debate scientific genius vs artistic talent. Then off they went to visit Monet. I saw the play just before I was "off to see Monet" too in his garden in Giverny...

At the turn of the century, the Impressionist movement was about light and swept into it artists that included French composers DebussySaint-Saëns and Ravel. It was also the era of the monumental discovery of Electromagnetism, the strongest of the Four Physics Forces...

Now arts and science were married by a spiritual force most could innately feel.  And that's because the energetic spiritual light that creates all physical manifestation is the conduit between the unseen spiritual realm and the physical plane... 

Significant at the time, and even more so today, was that concurrent with all of those great works happening in France...in NYC...on the other side of the Atlantic, Nicolas Tesla, genius inventor from Croatia, was working with Thomas Edison, business man, who was working with GE...

What's in actuality brought "good things to light" are papers recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act that reveal it was Tesla who invented a way to harness invisible clean, natural energy...the stuff of what we are made and free as the air. And it was Tesla who owned the patents...and inventions that proved what many realize that...

Electromagnetics would, if properly harnessed straight out of the sky, healthily run our world and greatly enhance mankind

Promised remuneration for his genius inventions, Tesla was betrayed by those he trusted who robbed him of the technology; while garnering world-shaking wealth by his work...

Tesla released documents sheds light on the fraud perpetrated on the planet and people; and via needless energy wars and destruction of the environment ever since...

At Giverny...that weekday years ago...Monet's spirit was everywhere. And my dashing maternal Grandfather's spirit, too. 

He'd studied opera in Europe...and died too young, a decade after Monet, broken from the war, which crushed his young blond daughter, my mother, his only adored child... 

His song was "Non Ti Scorda De Me"...(HERE)...Never forget me. She sang opera beautifully, too. Her signature piece was an echo, "O Mio Babbino Caro" (HERE). Oh, my dear Papa...

I imagined us...all there...kindred souls sipping cocktails and listening to Monet softly discuss his incomparable gardens, art, ideas...everywhere I saw beauty and heard the echos of songs...

In a century of advancement, the planet and billions of people have needlessly been stunted and have paid the price of a greedy few who would be Lords of the Earth. But Angels more numerous than the stars in the Heavens are coming back to help Mother Earth... 

Born of light we can help heal the planet too. In the meantime, smell the roses, and sip a pretty Lillet cocktail: (HERE)...