Friday, May 25, 2012

From The Archives - Chicken Recipe, Story Time and more.

An oldie but still fun:

" As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices:  take it or leave it."
~Buddy Hackett

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.  ~Alfred E. Newman

Chicken Breasts with Tarragon and Mustard

Simple and tasty.  Here again, like so many of my recipes you can make as much or as little as you like.  Marinate the chicken in the mustard, water and tarragon and toss on the grill this summer.

Boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts
prepared mustard
Fresh or dried organic Tarragon (or use mint, basil or your favorite herb.)
good water

Place about 1/4" of water in a frypan that is big enough to hold the amount of chicken breasts you are making.  (Small pan for one, bigger pan for several.)  Bring the water to a boil and add your chicken breast.  Sprinkle liberally with the herb and mix in some mustard into the water.  (About 1 tsp. for the small pan with one breast, 3 or more for the bigger pans.)  Place a lid on the pan and simmer until the chicken is cooked through.  About 10-15 minutes.  It is okay if most all the water simmers away.

Fennel Salad

Make as much or as little as you like.  This refreshing salad goes great with Fish, Chicken and Meat.

Fennel, trimmed and sliced thin
Sea Salt
Fresh Lemon juice
Olive oil
Pepper (optional)

Place the fennel in a bowl and drizzle liberally with olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper.  Mix well with your hands and let sit on the counter for an hour or more or marinate in the fridge overnight.

Story Time (names are changed, stories are true)
Sara is a very pretty girl.  I’m not sure she has ever known it though.  Her parents didn’t want her to become vain so they taught her that there are always girls prettier than her.  Her mother was a good mom but very controlling.  She was overprotective in that way 60’s moms were so wonderful at. 

Sara had to ask for everything.  Her mom controlled what she wore, what she ate, and even who she associated with.  I’m sure in her mother’s eyes it was to protect and give Sara the best of everything.  Only Sara is now a grown up, and struggling with everything in her life. 

At first I was baffled by Sara because she is bright and understood what I was teaching her.  She seemed to be practicing well only she wasn’t getting the results I thought she ought to be having.  On a deeper investigation, I found Sara was having an internal battle going on.  She inwardly thought of herself as incapable.  This she had made up at an early age because her parents seemed to do everything for her and made all of her decisions for her.  She couldn’t get herself to fully do what I was suggesting because she would rebel and then hear her mothers voice in her head that would cause her to get upset and then she looked to food for comfort and it turned into a cycle of frustration for her. 

When she finally told me what was going on, we cleared it easily.  Sara is learning to take back control now in her life and it’s wonderful to watch.  Her results are now on a steady successful course, and I think she might even find, with the new thoughts she is having about her food, her life and herself, that she is one beautiful woman inside and out.

Fun Food Facts
An apple a day?   Apples are easier to assimilate than other fruits and green apples cleanse the liver and gallbladder.  The pectin as well as the acids in apples are good for our digestive system even promoting healthy intestinal flora.  They reduce fever and ease thirst and ease hot dry lungs.  There are several great apple remedies like giving kids grated raw apple to reduce a fever. 

New Tools
Microplane grater, oh where have you been all my life?  This grater works so well and cleans up easily.  Now that I’ve experienced how wonderfully it zests, makes ginger juice or grates spices, there is no going back. 

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