Category Archives: FOOD HAPPENINGS

THE ABSTINENCE OF CERTAIN FOODS #LENTEN SEASON

The Lenten season is rapidly coming to a close. This date on the calendar changes each year. For 2017, it started on March 1 which is considered Ash Wednesday. And, it ends on Saturday, April 15.

This period in the Christian faith is to reflect on the journey of Christ when he fasted forty days and nights. Also, it’s commemorate the forty years of isolation in the wilderness of the Israelites. During this time, millions of Christians over the years use this time to work on self-control in different areas of their lives.

One of the main areas that they tend to address is in the area of food indulgence. Some use the time to fast. Many will abstain from alcohol as well as meat and other food items. For instance, some households will abstain from consuming meat on Good Friday and prefer to include seafood.

Come Easter Sunday, the celebrations begin. After church worship and celebration of the risen Lord, the festivities continues in the form of food consumption. The Easter ham or meat of choice and eggs become the stars of the meal.

Happy Easter to all.

 

DAIRY QUEEN SPRING GIVEAWAY

Just in time for the first day of spring. And, it has sprung in a sweet and refreshing way. Dairy Queen is offering a #free cone to its customers. It’s called “Free Cone Day” in its 3rd year.

Dairy Queen has over 6,700 locations worldwide. However, only the stores in the United States excluding the mall locations will be doling out this sweet delight in the vanilla flavor as long as supplies last.

This gesture is to kick-off the 1st day of spring and to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Last year was a great success in they were able to raise over $200,000 healthcare needs for children.

So guys, while you lick and indulge in that sweet and delicious treat, remember to donate to this worthwhile cause. Do take time to enjoy that crisp and refreshing spring day.

And by the way, they say it’s the #International Day of Happiness(2017). But, that’s another story. I’m happy! It’s #1st day of spring! And, it’s #Free  Cone Day!

 

 

DOMINO’S PIZZA IS TAKING A BITE IN THE NUPTIAL BUS.

The popular pizza chain, Domino’s has expanded its brand by creating a niche in the wedding line. No longer will wedding guests be limited to household and fine China as gifts to newly weds. When you think about it, how many pots and pans does a couple need. Thanks to a wedding registry offered by Domino’s, guests can choose the cheesy dough for their blissful couple who enjoys pizza.

Having a Bachelorette or Bachelor party? Domino’s promises to cater to your party guests. I think on wedding night, a couple should also have the pizza retailer on speed dial. You never know when catered food will run out. After all, you have to feed drunk and hungry guests.

When you think about it, it’s a nifty idea especially for young couples and their friends who have limited amount of resources on the onset of their lives.  Why not? Go ahead, choose those toppings. Go for your favorite toppings of pepperoni, onions, sausage, etc.

If the pizza industry can crave out a niche in the wedding area, maybe, the fitness industry should follow suit. After all, statistics have revealed that newly weds generally gain a few ‘lbs’ during those blissful years.

I say take advantage of those cheesy delights in moderation. Redeem those gift certificates and have fun with loved ones. Then, make it a habit to frequently sweat it out and pump those irons. It’s all about a fine balance.

 

 

NATIONAL BAGEL/PIZZA DAY #FREEBIES!

If you are not watching your carbs intake, today is one to celebrate. It’s National Bagel and National Pizza Day! Grab your iPhones and smartphones and retrieve a digital coupon. Make your way to your nearest eatery for a delicious slice of pizza and bagel.

Some of the selected establishments where you can redeem your coupons are:

  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Kum/Go
  • Manhattan Bagel

It’s all about balance. And what better way to have same than to claim a freebie on this day (Feb.9). Honor the day and indulge in a slice of thin or deep crust pizza. Or, slather on some cream cheese on a warm bagel while you sip on your favorite morning brew.

Bon appetit!

 

 

 

 

 

AN OGLING HAM BONE…OH, WHAT TO DO?

The holidays have come and gone. And, we are gifted a brand new year. Many of us have made resolutions. Yes, one of the common plans is to be fit and shed those pesky ‘holiday’ pounds. And, I say ‘bravo!’ to us all.

I don’t know about you; but, I’m in quite a pickle. You see, I’m a food hoarder of sort. I don’t toss food that can be transformed and rejuved into something delicious and satisfying.

Take for instance my ham bone. Every given time I prop open my freezer, it’s there. It perches in that special spot and stare at me in a flirtatious manner.It knows my culinary weak spots, so it takes advantage of same.

For sure, I know that I’ll surrender. When you think about it, the odds are stacked up against me. For instance, the cool days of January don’t help. They make you want to hibernate and devour mouth-watering stews, soups and roasts.

I know what I’ll will do. I’ll make me a ham bone soup. I’ll fetch me some winter veggies and dice, chop and add to some softened red or pigeon peas simmered in some coconut milk. Without a doubt, I’ll add some fibrous wholesome foods, like sweet potatoes/yams.

Of course, I’ll thaw and make that special drop of that tempting ham bone with pieces of ham. Will pair with a few dumplings made with a trio of whole-wheat/all purpose/cornmeal. But, who I’m I kidding? I’ll cheat with a few little pieces of oxtail. Did someone say beef?

My ham bone soup will be flavored with aromatic spices and other ingredients like crushed garlic and pimento(all spice berries), ginger, fresh thyme, and scallion. I’ll toss in a few bouillons.

So guys, I won’t apologize. Though it’s a new year, I choose to be realistic and aim for a fine balance. I won’t deprive myself. Moderation is salient. I’m no fool; I’ll certainly try to incorporate some physical activities along the way. After all, before you know it, the winter thaw will disappear, and spring will be banging at our doors.

A FEW OF JAMAICA’S FINEST #CALLALOO PLUS

So it’s back to basics for yours truly. It always warms my heart and stomach to indulge in Mother Nature’s offerings. I’m doing that with a few of Jamaica’s wholesome foods in the form of:

  • Callaloo (Jamaica’s spinach)
  • Breadfruit (great starchy substitute for rice, pasta, yam)
  • Avocado
  • Pumpkin
  • Plantain
  • Plum tomatoes
  • Garlic

Thanks to my neighborhood farmer’s market; I’m having one of the best times ever.

 

 

ANOTHER STEP CLOSER TO #COCONUT MILK

I’m in a state of elation. Once again, Mother Nature has bestowed one of her wholesome foods. It too me a virtually less than ten minutes to extract these creamy and nutritious dices of coconut from the hard husk.

With a few bangs with a hammer, I was able to open the husk. Out came a refreshing gush of water which I guzzled down. Took a knife and then removed the creamy goodness. Will be tossing these in my standing blender with water and blend to a milky finish.

I can foresee  milk for many dishes.

FARRO ALL THE WAY!! #PROTEIN/FIBER GALORE!

Once again, I jumped overboard. I hit the Mediterranean  coast. There, I discovered a grain that has been around for many centuries. It’s hearty and quite satisfying. Moreover, it’s loaded with an abundance of protein and fibers. Any meal that can fill me up, count me in!

I didn’t have to travel to that part of the world. Thanks to my neighborhood supermarket, I was able to fetch an atypical whole grain that has been around for eons. It’s called farro. Because of the removal of the husk, this particular version (Italian) takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes to cook and yet still holds a crunchy bite.

The beauty about farro is that it can be had either savory or sweet/hot or cold. It has a rice-like appearance and will take on any flavor that is cooked with it.  Thus, I decided to substitute my morning’s oatmeal for this ancient grain. And oh, my palate was super-excited.

I made sure to cook the sufficient grains from the previous night to do double-duty: breakfast (hot cereal)  and dinner(salad).

  • Brought 2 cups of water to a boil with a pinch of salt.
  • Rinsed 1 cup of farro under cold water and added to boiling water.
  • Stirred and allowed same to cook under low to medium heat until all the water was absorbed.

    COOKED FARRO
    COOKED FARRO

FOR BREAKFAST:

  • Added a splash of whole milk to cereal along with a splash of vanilla and sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • Sweetened with brown sugar to taste.
  • Topped cereal with fresh blueberries and strawberries.

    HOT FARRO WITH FRESH BERRIES
    HOT FARRO WITH FRESH BERRIES

FOR SALAD:

  • Sauteed mini bell peppers, onions, chopped zucchini, crushed garlic and chopped tomatoes in a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Added to cooked farro and  folded and combined all ingredients.
    FARRO SALAD
    FARRO SALAD

    Salad can be consumed warm or at room temperature. The addition of any choice protein: seafood, poultry or meat would be a great accompaniment.