Pistachios, my-ness and the holidays

I came to class bearing a sparkly green box in addition to my music and third eye-focused sequence. Last year was an exception due to travel, but at the end of each year that I teach yoga classes, I like to prepare gifts for my students. I bring the gifts to my class or classes, or…

Chocolate, chakras and holidays

It’s very likely a stretch to suggest that chocolate & açai-covered blueberries might help clear some third-eye chakra congestion. However, the results of my recent research on this chakra, called Ajna, yielded such a wide variety of sometimes conflicting answers, that the berries might stand a chance. But then, perhaps on some days, you just…

Speedy sourdough

Home for the holidays; we are enjoying a white Christmas! Here’s the weekend menu: Saturday: Sourdough popovers Sunday: Mustard & Kenai-River Rubbed Salmon, Fried Cauliflower with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds, baguette, Caves of Faribault Winter Blues Cheese Monday (Christmas eve): breakfast of corn pancakes, dinner will be Tourtière, salad, and Chocolate Mousseline Tuesday (Christmas morning): Sausage and…

it’s ok if it’s about happiness

I played rugby for a total of 11 years, then coached it for five. Prior to getting invited to join the team in college, I was at best a less-than-mediocre ball sport player. My hand-eye coordination was terrible as a kid: softballs in flight were appreciated by me as only instruments for damaging my face….

still love ’em

Let Them Eat Pie, originally uploaded by arahbahn. “Walnut” comes from the Old English wealhhnutu, which means, much to my delight, “foreign nut.” These protein- and healthy oil-laden treats were travelers that came from Gaul and Italy to England, originally. I’ve always liked walnuts better than pecans. I don’t mean any disrespect to my pecan-growing…

Christmas Sweets

Contains “Spices”, originally uploaded by arahbahn. Mincemeat Walnut Cantucci adapted from a recipe of same name in “The Best 50 Biscotti Recipes” 2/3 c crumbled condensed mincemeat 1/4 cup brandy 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter, softened 2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped toasted walnuts 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour 3/4 cup…

Recovery

Hubby likes colorful food, originally uploaded by arahbahn. I’m not entirely sure that my slow, flat 8-miler yesterday gave me a need for recovery fuel, but here’s what it ended up being: one of the Buttermilk Ham & Cheese Muffins that I made on Saturday. 27.3 grams carbs, 9.6 grams protein were in it. It…