Thursday, April 17, 2014

an easter ambassador smash: waffles + french toast = "wentel teefjes"







i love the dutch.

someday, i'll make it to haarlem, netherlands and visit the wonderful terri salminem.  ohhhhhh to knock on her door and knock her over with a big hug and jump up and down in her kitchen!  i'll bring my apron and we'll cook, learn and laugh all day... perhaps some cocktail making?  and then i'll come home and teach my kids what you teach me.  i can see it in my head... can't you terri!?  saving my pennies...

she and i have become fast friends over the interweb; we exchange ideas as fellow food ambassadors, share books love (we read michael pollen's cooked at the same time!) and mutually inspire (i soak up so much from her creative chef-ness!!!).

little did i know that my idea to use leftover homemade waffles for french toast is a traditional dutch recipe called "wentel teefjes".  terri also suggested the cookbook entitled: the sensible cook which i can't wait to check out.  she suggested i add some lemon zest to the egg mixture and top it off with honey & fresh lemon juice.

head.over.heels.delish.

so here's our easter weekend plan stan:

saturday: making a big batch of homemade gluten free waffles
easter sunday: turning em into some lovely "wentel tee-fingers" (terri, i hope you like my language smash!)

the mullies homemade waffles
original bronski recipe found here.

3 c (436g) gf flour blend (i sub 200g arrowroot instead of corn starch in the 12 cup recipe)
2 T aluminum free baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
...mix up in a bowl.  then add:

3 c organic rice milk
1/2 c light coconut milk
3 large pastured eggs (yolks only!  place the whites in a separate small bowl)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
...mix up and then add:

1 c melted organic coconut oil (or melted ghee or melted grassfed, organic butter)
...mix thoroughly.

using a handheld mixed, whip the egg whites until peaks form.
finally, gently fold the whites into the batter (you want to still see small clouds of egg whites scattered throughout the batter).

pour into your waffle maker and cook until it beeps!

**pitch.out.the.fake.syrup.now (log cabin, aunt gemima.. etc) and use pure maple syrup, coconut nectar or honey... they are real and they rock**

terri & lindsey's wentel tee-fingers
leftover waffles (i freeze mine)
...cut into fingers.
4-5 large pastured eggs
3 T light coconut milk
pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp lemon zest (adjust amount to your lemon liking!)
...mix up in a shallow bowl.

turn and soak each finger in the egg mixture.  i like to fry each side in a little ghee on my cast iron skillet.

top with honey and a sprinkling of fresh lemon juice... or whatever topping you fancy.

maple syrup
fresh fruit compote/jam
coconut nectar

get crackin already!!!!

and happy happy easter to all my spring chickies out there!

xoxo









Tuesday, April 15, 2014

stew up your okra lace











these pics say it all... good food + friends = love.  

do you try out new recipes on your peeps?  i meal planned a new stew recipe and tweaked the cajones out if it when i remembered we had a child with a peanut allergy coming over for dinner.  i added some extras cuz why not be adventurous with dinner guests?  if it ends up tasting like poop... so be it...  it makes for super fun goof-up stories till the end...  

remember that one time one band camp... ?

this meal fed two families (6 kids and four adults) and then was completely polished off by an after dinner party with more cocktails and friends.  

this #ballsoutrealfood recipe will be made again and again and again...  

african stew with okra laced rice 
meal planning and african peanut stew with okra rice recipe inspo made possible by jamie oliver's magical recipe app (aka "don't.leave.for.the.grocery.store.without.it")
here's another variation to get your cooking gumption on.

4 organic chicken thighs
2 c brown rice
15 okras sliced
1 tsp ground coriander + 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes + 1/2 tsp paprika (spice rub for da chicken)
1 carton (1 qt) of organic vegetable or chicken stock
1 small organic butternut squash (cored and diced.  leave skin on!)
2 small organic red onions diced
4 heirloom tomatoes quartered
1 carton mushrooms (8 oz) sliced
2 garlic cloves minced
sea salt
pepper
leftover organic bacon grease from breakfast

and this is how i threw it together...

10 qt dutch oven:
sauté low and slow:  bacon grease, diced red onions, diced squash (with skin on!), s&p until soft.  add garlic, mushrooms, some more s&p and sauté until mushrooms release their moisture and turn soft and dark.  add quartered tomatoes & cook down until all juice has been released.  add stock and diced chicken.  bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer with a vented lid for 45min-1 hour.  add s&p to taste.

lg cast iron pan:
rub chicken with spices, s&p and fry em up hot in your bacon grease until browned and gorgeous.  remove from pan, let rest for a bit and dice up.  in same pan, add a little more grease and sauté the sliced okra until they begin to brown and get some crisp.  

5 qt dutch oven:
cook brown rice to package instructions (i use vege stock for my liquid).  once cooked, stir in the bacon laced okra.

then becky says, "get your bruce wayne on" and enjoy yourself:)

say "boatswain"... he he he he... get it!?

xoxo




ps

the farm is creeping into corporate america... look what one of chris' co-workers brought to the office for us last week!  farm fresh, gorgeous eggs... oooooooohhhhhhh THE COLOR!!!!  
thank you thank you thank you mike!!!!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

an april ambassador of the month


me!?  you picked ME!?

i am over.the.moon (jumping like shrek's donkey) to be counted among this spectacular group of food revolution ambassadors.  i hope you are able to take the time and read each of the following ambassador of the month's incredible stories - their food education initiatives are sowing seeds of inspiration across the globe and we're all gearing up for food revolution day on may 16th!

Food Revolution Ambassadors of the Month



two other big things happened last week:

1. the food revolution's brand new rocking.like.its.hot website went LIVE:

foodrevolutionday.com = let's get excited about food!

2.  on thursday, the illinois institute of technology's net impact chapter invited me to come speak at its kent college of law campus, screen the food patriots and lead a film discussion afterwards.



BIG, HUGE thank you's to net impact (most especially to flora and jenna!!) for inviting me to speak on behalf of the food revolution and food patriots organizations.  it was a lovely evening & such an honor share the mullies story, how i became a food ambassador, why we need a food revolution and how we can all make small changes and become food patriots.  screening the food patriots film was incredible and the film discussion afterwards left us ALL truly inspired.  (jennifer and jeff were also busy screening their film that night and kicking off the madison film festival!  check out their fun pics!)

i can't wait to do it again.  


it all boils down to the "power of one" and its waterfall effect.

the power of one person whose message and energy reaches another... and another... and another... until the "net impact" changes lives-families-communities-organizations and eventually... the world".

patience young grasshoppah, i think spring has finally come:)

xoxo






Monday, March 31, 2014

slumber party approved - beanie brownies


slumber parties.

remember yours?  i remembered lots of mine this weekend...

happy birthday my sweetheart.  you are the mullies... thank you for finally.falling.asleep.

abbie's beanie brownies (gluten and dairy free)
adapted from here & discovered on pinterest

15 oz can organic black beans
3 organic, pastured eggs
3 T sunflower oil or melted coconut oil
3/4 c coconut palm sugar (or any sugar)
1/2 raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder (aluminum free)
a pinch of sea salt
1/2 c mini semi-sweet chocolate chips divided (enjoy life brand)

preheat oven to 350 degrees.
lightly coat 8x8 pan with coconut oil on a paper towel.
rinse and drain beans and blend until smooth in a food processor.
dump all ingredients into the bowl except 1/4 cup of the chips and blend until smooth.
pour batter into pan and sprinkle the rest of the chips over the surface.
bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick come out clean from the middle.
cool & slice.

girlie girl goodie bags: 
abbie's beanie brownie recipe handwritten on this free printable
personal paper fashion creations
a variety of gorgeous scrapbooking paper = neverendingart


xoxo








Friday, March 28, 2014

come join us at IIT - a food patriots screening event with net impact!


spread the word birds!

come join us this coming thursday at IIT for a free screening and film discussion of food patriots! i'm so honored and excited to have been invited as a food ambassador & food patriot to help inspire others towards a healthier real food life!

here's the story of how this all came together...

this past december, i reached out to jennifer and jeff spitz, the fabulous filmmakers of the food patriots with a #FRD2014 initiative to get as many people as i could to "become food patriots and join the food revolution".  soon afterwards, she invited me to a lovely women in green event downtown to meet in person for the first time!  before jennifer and i connected up, i met xiaoqian (flora) ruan of IIT's net impact.  flora was intrigued by my food ambassadorship with jamie oliver's food foundation and we networked with a small group of women for about 20 minutes about real food, the food industry, cooking from scratch and getting our global message out.

flora & net impact invited me out to speak as a food rev ambassador and after discussing my connection to the food patriots and the incredible impact of the film, they decided to host a screening!  what fun!!

so that's the story of how this exciting event came to be and i'm just super juiced about it all!!  big thanks to jenna giandoni, the president of net impact tech chapter who has been wonderful in helping to coordinate the event with the food patriots - i'm in countdown mode to meet you all!!

so, check those busy calendars and come to an event that could inspire some BIG growth in your newly sprouting real.food.love.life.

see you there baby!!



xoxo




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

the mullies + the dominican republic = rad



yup i got my self in some dudu alright.

before i take you on my wild vacation ride, i just found this AMAZING article connecting ADHD to food sensitivities and it 100% correlates to our family's experience.

food intolerance and ADHD - what every parent should know

read.it.now.  then check out & bookmark this sweet ADHD blog later when you have more time.

a lot of people wonder what in the world "to the mullies" means...

we're all trying to get somewhere
whether we are
in our house
or on a vaca
swinging from a tree
or a zip line
or some monkey bars
or simply trying to get down the stairs
it's time to take a chance
and try to get where we want to be
there's nothing to lose
we may fall a bit awkwardly
but it is always and forever
worth
it

here's a little video that perfectly explains: me = swinging to the mullies 

now you know how i like to go for it... balls out baby.  no regrets... i guess until i break my face in la la land.

me and my guy love the dominican republic.

i'm that blog right now... jet setting and showing off... but this here's my little diary and one must share when we get to swing far away into wonderlands.

it was two vacations in one:
the first five days were spend with my wonderful sis and bro-in-law.
the second five days with a big group of lovely friends.

from cabarete's el magnifico hotel to cabrera's villa de flor - thank you from the bottom of my full belly up to my big heavy heart - i hope the memory of good-family-friends-food-sun-surf will live in my brain forever.

i have fallen for you, mi republica dominicana... with a big splash.





enjoy my super serious zoolander illustrated portfolio.  katie made.me.do.it.







do you think i could kite board like that someday?


everyone fought over reading tina fey's bossy pants.  hold on to your b-holes, you'll lol on every page... i'm not kidding about that... the entire beach could hear us.


the best.restaurant.in.cabarete = la casita de papi.  i will be chasing this "a la papi sauce" for the rest of my life...  stay tuned for that adventure:)






and then we landed in cabrera's villa de flor...


whaaaaaaaaat!!!





we still have water in our ears from waterfall jumping, cliff repelling and scuba diving... wicked stuff.



my best and biggest wishes to a new friend, ty.  have a ball in your upcoming adventure to pennsylvania and i hope you get to connect up with food revolution pittsburg.  when and if you ever return from the states to your lovely dominican home, may the food rev follow you and your wonderful dreams.  there is no doubt you will light.it.up no matter where life takes you my friend.




thank you thank you thank you

miss you, love you and we.will.be.back with our three little amigos soon:)

xoxoxo