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Saturday Breakfast

coconut curry soup with seaweed and eggs

Seaweed Morning Soup (done a few ways):

1-2 strips each wakame and kombu seaweed

1/3 C. arame seaweed

6+ cups water

Snip or break wakame and kombu into 1/2 inch pieces in a medium-sized saucepan and combine with 4-6 cups water.  Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, 10-15 minutes.  Optional: soak 1/4-1/3 cup arame seaweed in cold water for 5 minutes and then drain and stir into seaweed broth.

Chop:

1 onion

a few cloves garlic

an inch or so of peeled ginger (or grate it)

1-2 carrots

1 celery stick

1 small zucchini

a bunch of well-washed kale or other hearty greens

1-2 scallions

Add chopped onion, garlic, ginger and carrots to simmering broth.  5 minutes later, add zucchini, kale, and scallions.  Simmer for a few more minutes.  When veggies are looking bright and yummy, decide whether you would like to have a coconut-curry soup, or miso.

Optional: firm tofu, rinsed and cut into 1/3” cubes

a bunch of cilantro, chopped

eggs

miso

coconut milk

green curry paste or curry powder

turmeric

salt, dulse flakes or salty soy condiment

fresh lime

For Miso Soup:

Move enough soup for a serving to a small saucepan and return to a high simmer.  Carefully break two eggs into the soup and simmer until eggs are as done as you like them.  While the eggs cook, dissolve 1 tablespoon of your favorite miso in 1/4 cup of the broth.  When the eggs are done, take soup off of heat and gently stir the miso broth back into the soup (miso doesn’t like to be boiled), and season with salt or dulse flakes or some sort of soy condiment.  Serve topped with chopped cilantro.

For Tofu instead of Egg: add to soup with the first batch veggies and turn off heat and stir in dissolved miso when veggies look ready to eat.

For Coconut Curry Soup:

Stir approximately 1/4 cup of coconut milk (lite works fine, or skip the coconut altogether for a lighter meal) and 1 teaspoon of green curry paste per serving into the soup and season with salt and a little turmeric. Cook eggs the same way as with the miso soup.  Squeeze in some fresh lime juice, garnish with cilantro and serve.

Salad with artichoke-tahini dressing

“Hearty”choke Sunny Saturday Salad:

Wash and combine your favorite mix of greens and chopped or shredded crunchy veggies. To pair with this dressing, I like to use a combination of romaine, arugula, shredded red cabbage and carrot, chopped celery, cuke, endive, and artichoke (chopped small-ish so the taste is not over-whelming) and some cilantro leaves.

For Tahini-Artichoke Dressing:

tahini

broth

garlic

Canned artichokes with liquid

cilantro

salt

lemon

Put at least a heaping tablespoon of sesame tahini in a blender or a container in which your immersion blender will fit.  Pour in a few tablespoons broth from the soup – miso or curry – and stir to soften the tahini.  Add 1-2 cloves garlic, an artichoke heart and some of the liquid from the artichoke can, some fresh cilantro, a squeeze of lemon and a dash of salt.  Blend well.  Use more artichoke liquid to adjust consistency. Adjust salt/lemon juice.  Toss with salad and serve. Sprinkle with toasted sunflower seeds for an extra crunch.  This dressing would also go well over steamed veggies and rice or poached eggs.

Welcome Wonderful Women!

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

 

 

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me. 

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.