Water, Water Everywhere

wishing_well_2~ Katherine Ace

Wishing Well 2 By Katherine Ace

My friend Barbara of, Me, My Magnificent Self, suggested I give the recipe of my fish tacos, so here you go. I am no food stylist like Johnny, of Feed the Piglet so I will stick with a painting by my muse Katherine Ace. Although my fish tacos are as colorful as they are flavorful. So in the spirit of last weeks water trine.

Music to cook by~

Sindy Sue’s Fish Taco’s

 I use tilapia, but use your fish of choice.

I saute in a skillet with Cajun seasoning and some fresh lemon

(Takes like 4 minutes)

I make some Guacamole (mine is simple)

1 or 2 avocados diced

some salt, lemon juice and salsa

mash together~ done lol

Then I get a couple of white corn tortillas lightly toast or warm them.

I chop the fish up and place it in the center.

Top with guacamole

Top with salsa

Top with some fresh chopped cilantro

Add a couple halved cherry tomatoes

Top with a little mixed baby greens

Viola~

Easy, easy and yummy yummy~

(I can make them in like 20 minutes)

Somewhere a butterfly flaps its wings and Sindy makes fish tacos!

Especially good with my killer margaritas…..

Ole~

Sindy

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Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients

3-1/3 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1-1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground cloves

2/3 cup cool to cold butter, cut into small cubes

1 (16 oz) can pureed pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

4 eggs, slightly beaten

2-2/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup milk

1 cup golden raisins (much softer than regular raisins), optional

1 cup chopped pecans or other nuts, optional

Glaze, optional

 

Glaze Ingredients

3 oz softened cream cheese, at room temperature

2 tbsp softened butter

2 tbsp milk, or as needed

1/3 to 1/2 cup powdered sugar, depending on how sweet you like your glaze

1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

 Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until very smooth. add more milk if needed to get fairly thin drizzling consistency.

Pour over cooled bread or cake. Pass additional glaze at the table.

 Jane Evans Bonacci – The Heritage Cook

Pumpkins Health Benefits

  • It is one of the very low calorie vegetables. 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. The vegetable is one of the food items recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
  • Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E.
  • With 7384 mg per 100 g, it is one of the vegetables in the Cucurbitaceae family featuring highest levels of vitamin-A, providing about 246% of RDA. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for good visual sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A help a body protects against lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • It is also an excellent source of many natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds such as α, ß carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. Carotenes convert into vitamin A inside the body.
  • Zea-xanthin is a natural anti-oxidant which has UV (ultra-violet) rays filtering actions in the macula lutea in retina of the eyes. Thus, it helps protect from “age-related macular disease” (ARMD) in the elderly.
  • The fruit is a good source of B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.
  • It is also rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
  • Pumpkin seeds indeed are an excellent source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health. In addition, the seeds are concentrated sources of protein, minerals and health-benefiting vitamins. For instance, 100 g of pumpkin seeds provide 559 calories, 30 g of protein, 110% RDA of iron, 4987 mg of niacin (31% RDA), selenium (17% of RDA), zinc (71%) etc., but no cholesterol. Further, the seeds are an excellent source of health promoting amino acidtryptophan. Tryptophan is converted to GABA in the brain.

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Beets & Books

A couple of days ago my friend, and blogger posted a lovely Red Velvet Cupcake recipe, containing beets.  You should visit Fae’s blogs she is terrific! The beets reminded me of this awesome book. Real metaphors for life and mortality.

Plot summary

A powerful and righteous 8th century king named Alobar narrowly escapes regicide at the hands of his own subjects, as it is their custom to kill the king at the first sign of aging. After fleeing, no longer a king but a simple peasant, he travels through Eurasia, and eventually meets the goat-god Pan, who is slowly losing his powers as the world turns toward Christianity. In India, he meets a girl, Kudra, who goes on to become his wife. As with most of Robbins’ couples, their mutual libido is enormous, and their love quite like something out of a fairy tale.

After an encounter with a mysterious group known as “The Bandaloop Doctors,” Alobar is set down the path towards eternal life, which, according to Robbins, can be attained by a consistent ritual of controlled breath work, simple eating, sex, and bathing in extremely hot water. Alobar and Kudra, successful in their immortality, travel about Europe until the 17th century, when they attempt a sort of new transcendental meditation and become separated into different astral planes.

Meanwhile, in present-day, a “genius waitress” named Priscilla struggles with a difficult job in a low-end Mexican restaurant. Priscilla is an amateur perfumer, and is obsessed with trying to locate the base note in recreating a fragrance, something she believes will be almost magical, from a three-hundred-year-old perfume bottle in her possession. While dealing with this, she juggles the unwanted advances of a lesbian co-worker, has a brief affair with an eccentric millionaire obsessed with eternal life, and contemplates the mysterious deliveries of beets to her apartment.

In New Orleans, Prisilla’s stepmother, the Madame Devalier, a once successful perfumer, is also working to recreate the same fragrance as Priscilla, after her assistant, V’lu re-liberated the ancient bottle . Madame Devalier is intent on restoring her name in the business, and discontinuing the production items one might construe as shady. She seeks something magical using the ultra ingredient Jamaican jasmine supplied by a mysterious man with the helmet of swarming bees, Bingo Pajama.

In Paris, the LeFever Parfumaire is concerned about their eccentric leader, Marcel, who equates smell as the most important factor in the forward movement of the evolutionary process. After witnessing an eclipse, he is obsessed with his own scent.

The story lines eventually converge into a climax in New Orleans, with a brief stop in another dimension.

The main message is summarized in the dying words of Albert Einstein, spoken in Alobar’s 8th century Bohemian dialect Erleichda, loosely translated as “lighten up”.

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Blueberries

With just 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many noteworthy nutritional benefits. Here’s the skinny on blueberry nutrition:

Blueberries are packed with vitamin C.

In just one serving, you can get 14 mg of Vitamin C – almost 25 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin C aids the formation of collagen and helps maintain healthy gums and capillaries. It also promotes iron absorption and a healthy immune system1,2.

Blueberries are dynamos of dietary fiber.

Research has shown that most of us don’t get enough fiber in our diets. Eating foods high in fiber will help keep you regular, your heart healthy and your cholesterol in check. A handful of blueberries can help you meet your daily fiber requirement1,2. What a tasty way to eliminate this worry from your day!

Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese.

Manganese plays an important role in bone development and in converting the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food into to energy – a perfect job for blueberries3.

Blueberries contain substances that have antioxidant properties

Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals — unstable molecules linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Substances in blueberries called polyphenols, specifically the anthocyanins that give the fruit its blue hue, are the major contributors to antioxidant activity4.

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Blueberry Alien Pie

I made that up.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie

One 9″ Graham cracker crust

1 8 oz. PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese bar

1 can condensed milk

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix the cream cheese with the condensed milk with a mixer. Then add the lemon juice and vanilla. Mix well to thicken. Pour into crust.

Blueberry Topping

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1/4 cup sugar

Heaping tsp. corn starch

Cook berries with sugar over medium/low heat, stirring well. Add a heaping tsp. corn starch to thicken. Mix well and cook about 5 min.

Pour over top of cream cheese mixture and chill for a few hours.

http://southernhospitalityblog.com/blueberry-cream-cheese-pie/

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This is not my recipe but close. We added layers of sliced bananas and it was called Million Dollar Pie.

This is the closest recipe, I saw a few on the internet that included crushed pineapple….so you choose.

 

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