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Getting on the Healthy Grind

I haven’t really been posting much lately (due to the fact that my life is wack), but I thought I would share some things that have been going on recently.

I’ve gone healthy.

Oh yes, I thought it would never happen, but not that it has, I’m not really mad at it! The only hard thing is adjusting my cooking skills to suit the new changes. I’ve been chatting with my friends about their healthy habits and have been researching A LOT of new things to try. It actually started out when I got an infection and was trying to detox my body to get it out my system, and while I was doing this, I learned a lot about substituting foods for healthier ones. I even started drinking Soy Milk (my friends *cough, CARRIE, cough* drink Almond Milk and I want to try that too).

Eating healthier does have it’s ups and downs. I’m trying to cut sweets for the time being and have been fairly successful (I had a bite of my brother’s birthday cupcake =\ I can’t resist red velvet) and have substituted for fruits and Kale. LOTS OF KALE.

It’s been quite an interesting two weeks, and even my stepmother and brother are getting in the spirit!

I bought Joshua a Hip Hop dance game for his birthday, but I’m not going to lie, it was for me too. WORKOUT TIME!

In other news:

  • I visited my alma mater this past weekend and was presented with an award for my dedication to an organization I was involved in during my time at HWS. I had been thinking a lot about HWS and wanted to visit, and once I did, it was like the obsession with Geneva slowly faded away. I now realize that I wanted to go back to see if the legacy I left behind was in tact and my successors were doing a better job than I did, to which I can proudly say that they are.
  • Selfless relationships plug: Marcus and I have been together for 9 months to the day. For anyone who knows me, this is a big deal.
  • A few weeks ago, I reunited with Carrie and my good friend Katie for some Brooklyn Hijynx: Part Deux and there were cupcakes involved.

I can’t think of anything else, but surely there are more.

TTFN, bloggers.

 

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Not Your Average Foodie Friday Post (Because it’s Saturday)

Foodies! I have been running around this entire week for Thanksgiving that when I get a moment to blog, I’m too tired! Anywho, this Foodie post has to revolve around Thanksgiving because that is the ultimate Foodie holiday.

This year I was so excited because I was going to help my grandmother with Thanksgiving dinner and provide my own dishes to the mix. By the end of the night on Thanksgiving, everyone was so full from so many amounts of food that we didn’t know what to do with ourselves. Some ate more, some sat back and tried to digest their food, and some went on to run back and forth between the rooms. During the week, my grandmother and I did a lot of prep work for our wonderful feast and I got to learn all the tricks of the trade when it came to making our special thanksgiving dinner. Here is what was on the menu: Turkey (duh), Pernil (pork shoulder), rice and peas (we call it arroz con gandules), my special mac n cheese, sweet potatoes, potato salad, stuffing (not your average stuffing because it was extremely different), pasteles, and salad.

About to rewind time to eat this again

Last week, I helped my grandmother make pasteles, which is extremely complicated. I can’t post the recipe on here because I still don’t know how the hell it works, so I may have to do another batch (or 2) to fully comprehend the recipe, but all I know is they were fantastic. I didn’t even get to the dessert yet. I made a red velvet cake, flan de queso, and there was also pumpkin cheesecake. I died and went to foodie heaven.

I’ve spent the whole week working on thanksgiving with my grandmother and it’s interesting how we bonded over food. I learned so much this past week about how food connects with our culture, and I feel confident that I can make my own thanksgiving meal alone, but I won’t attempt that for a few years.

Happy Holidays all!


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Foodie Friday: Back to Basics

When I was in college, I loved to cook, and I don’t mean minute rice and TV dinners. I loved to COOK. I tried and made so many different meals from Chicken Cordon Bleu to Pernil (pork shoulder) to stir fry. Needless to say, the people who lived in my house were please because they got free meals and didn’t have to help prepare it (well most of them). My friend Connie and I used to throw down in the kitchen, and between the both of us, we would create spectacular meals, baked goods included!

This past week, I wondered where my passion for cooking went, so I decided to get back in to the spirit of making dinner! Granted, some of these meals I only helped on, but all of them were ideally made because of my ideas.

**Trigger warning – now commences amazing photos of food. Be prepared to get hungry.

Sunday: Pastelon with Rice and Beans and Avocado on the side.

*Friendly tip- Add salt to the avocado and it extracts great flavors from it!

Monday: Stewed Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Avocado Side Salad.

This is not your average stewed chicken because it wasn’t stewed in a large pot, but rather a deep frying pan, and stewed in oil, vinegar, and spices. You would think that would be a weird thing to do, but it’s actually quite amazing (and not fried).

Tuesday: Short Ribs with Rice and Corn, Guineos Escabeche (pickled bananas) and Avocado Side Salad

Guineos Escabeche is a Puerto Rican dish that usually is cooked with Gizzards and Onions usually for major holidays, but I think it’s great any time, you just need to find green bananas. These bananas were actually starting to turn yellow, so it was a little sweet but nonetheless tasty.

Wednesday: I wasn’t feeling good so I made oatmeal (boring), but I did however make it from scratch and add cinnamon, brown sugar, and raisins to the mix, but I forgot to take a picture.

Thursday: Pasta with Chicken and Mixed Vegetables and Garlic Bread.

I’m actually a pro at making good garlic bread, but what’s interesting about last night is the fact that I made it out of left over bagels we got from a man who owns a bagel shop. I love to add garlic powder and real garlic to give it that extra flavor, but the kicker is adding a little cheese on top, and cover it while it’s in the oven. The inside gets so soft and the outside stays crunchy!

Friday: That’s today! I am not sure what’s on the menu for tonight, but it may include a variation of the above mentioned. The chicken is defrosting, and rice may or may not be cooked again. However, I am meeting my friend tonight for Raw Oysters and drinks at this place called Beebo Seafood & Raw Bar in Bay Ridge (they had a good deal on Groupon). I’ve never been to a Raw Seafood Bar, but I promise that I will take pictures!

Also, you may have noticed that I had avocado in most of these meals, and I will explain why. 1) I love avocado, and 2) Marcus (my boyfriend) got me this huge Florida avocado, and I couldn’t eat it in just one day!

*Another tip: You have to be careful with avocados because if you don’t wrap it carefully enough, or you take the pit out, it can go bad quickly.

ANOTHER THING: This week, Marcus and I went to my favorite bakery by my house and got amazing sandwiches. Las Rosas Bakery is primarily known for the fantastic food they make, but I love their sandwiches. This week, I tried the Steak and Cheese sandwich, and I died and went to foodie heaven.

The bread was just so soft and the steak and cheese were cooked perfectly together. I usually go for their Cuban Sandwiches or Ham and Cheese, but I think I found another favorite to add to the mix. Another great thing about this bakery is that it’s run by Hispanic women, and you know how much I love seeing women run small businesses! If you are ever in Sunset Park, I would recommend going to this bakery and trying their amazing food!

It’s hard out here for a foodie, but life is short, so why not try different things while you’re still breathing?

 

 


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Foodie Friday: Pancakes Any Style

I’ve decided to come up with an awesome segment that deals with discussing two of my favorite things: food and blogging. Now, it’s time to commence with FOODIE FRIDAY!

I love to cook food. During my final year in college, I used to cook for my house and treat it as a special occasion. During this segment, I will be posting various recipes I like to use and also various restaurants that you can check out if you live in New York City. HERE WE GO!

For my first post on Foodie Friday, I’m going to keep it simple. It’s time to talk PANCAKES. I hope everyone has had at least one pancake in their lifetime, but what I love about them is that they are so malleable and you can pair it with almost anything!

My personal FAVORITE side to pancakes

If you don’t know how to make pancakes from scratch, here is a recipe for old fashioned pancakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons of butter, melted.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

 

It sounds simple enough, but when you have your batter ready, make it fun! Add your favorite ingredients to the mix, but don’t get too crazy! The idea is to mix flavors you think would compliment each other. When I like to make pancakes, I love to add cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla to give it a different flavor.

On Pinterest, I recently saw a recipe that made pancake muffins with sausage inside, so of course I had to try it!

What would we do in life without Pinterest to help us?

The recipe is pretty simple, actually. You just create the batter, slice some sausages and distribute them among muffin tins, pour the batter, and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

As I stated before, you can always substitute your ingredients. Instead of sausage, maybe add fruit (or even CHOCOLATE). Pick and choose what’s best for your palate.

What’s the moral of this story? Never just be old-fashioned.