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Winter Fruit Salad

Winter Fruit Salad

Catering a party yesterday, the client requested fruit salad for dessert. Eating fruit following a heavy meal is not optimal as far as digestion as fruits digest quickly and will putrefy the food previously eaten slowing down overall digestion, and possible causing gas – yikes! Anyhow, fruit salad is what was served, to counteract any discomfort crystalized ginger was served on the side, mint was added to the salad along with a few pinches of black pepper. I so appreciate the balance of Ayurveda, and that we have so many tools to draw upon – in this case...
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Citrus Juice – Liquid Sunshine

Citrus Juice – Liquid Sunshine

The picture says it all! The vibrancy of the juice color jumps out of the photo! In the winter months in Maui, citrus fruits are abundant: from sweet to sour tangelos, pomelos, wonderful varieties of lemons: variegated, Meyer’s; Key lime, Tahitian lime, Kaffir lime; Navel oranges…on and on. My dear friend Linda who care takes a citrus orchard turned me on to an inexpensive electrical citrus juicer from Black and Decker. The juicer not only saves your hands, the best part – it is so easy to clean. We use lemon and lime juice for so many things:...
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Oh Baby! Spinach Salad

Oh Baby! Spinach Salad

The delivered Salad today is Oh Baby! Spinach Salad, 4 Servings 4 large handfuls Baby Spinach (washed in salad spinner) 1 med. size red Beet 2 Sweet petite Yellow Peppers or 1/2 regular Bell Pepper 2 T Red Onion or Scallions (white part), thinly sliced 1/2 C Raw Pecans, toasted, rough chop 1/4 C Raw Goat’s Cheese, soft, crumbled Gently scrub the Beet and cut in half to shorten cooking time. Steam with steaming basket in pot for about 1/2 hour, check with small sharp knife for done-ness. In the meantime: Toast Pecans, either in oven or in pan with medium heat, be...
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Rainbow Salad

Rainbow Salad

  Yay! I am getting to make colorful salads full of crunch and flavor for a lady in Kihei. Over the next few weeks, I will be delivering salads twice weekly. I am excited to experiment with both salad and dressing flavor combinations. There are no rules with making Salads, though it is important that all the vegetables are vibrant, fresh and crunchy. Salad fixings can be prepped ahead of time, but as close to consumption is better to ensure optimal nutrient retention, and the vegetables looking and tasting the best possible. Today’s Organic Rainbow Salad, 4...
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Restoring Balance

Restoring Balance

A few months back I started a new gig, working full time as a private chef – It is an incredible blessing and I am fully enjoying the experience. The new schedule and focus, along with the season moving from fall to winter (Maui winter ; ) has thrown my rhythm off. Usually, I pull out the wonderful tools of Ayurveda to smoothen the seasonal transition a little earlier… Winter is the season of Vata with the qualities of: cold, light, mobile, rough and dry. Vata is the dosha most easily disturbed, a well-established daily routine helps keep Vata in check. When Vata...
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Nature as Teacher

Nature as Teacher

Humbly bowing to Nature. It is in the observation of Nature and its natural flow that understanding is revealed. In the Still moments insights come forth that hints at the interconnectedness between things. It becomes clear how little we comprehend with our highly complex minds and how much we have to gain living in harmony with Nature’s flow.
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Lighter Traditions

Lighter Traditions

Instead of stuffing ourselves with turkey and heavy side dishes on Thanksgiving my Lover and I continued from last year and celebrated in a Lighter Way. Both Nature-lovers we spent part of the day exploring our beautiful island landscape, and after working up an appetite, we enjoyed a fragrant bright-colored pumpkin-carrot-and ginger soup with a large green salad and raw goat cheese quesadilla w/ mushroom and spinach. Followed by Chinese checkers, tea and a Raw Lime Pie (note to self, to post recipe) It was Perfect!: Beautiful colors, light and flavorful and left us...
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The Body’s Needs, Not…

The Body’s Needs, Not…

the wants of the mind. What is your body truly hungry for? What is its nutritional requirements? As the Stillness seems to expand so does the connection to Self. In this space, the sensation of what the body’s needs are much more clear. The cravings and desires of the mind might want to convince you that sweets, cake and caffeine is a satisfying breakfast (conventional baked goods, cereal, coffee etc.) And it might be true that your body does need some sweet – try feeling into your gut for the true need. As much as my awareness allows, I am guided by my...