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1/2 C. Dice onion
4 C. Dice carrots
1T. Butter
1T. Olive oil
4 C. Chicken stock ( or vegetable)
1/2 C. Cream
2 T. Honey
1 T. Ground cumin
2 oz. Goat cheese
1 sachet bag (cheese cloth) of cilantro, cumin seed, bay leaf, and peppercorns

Heat oil and butter and sauté onions until translucent, about 8 minutes.

Add the carrots and dried cumin. Stir to combine.  Add 3 cups stock and sachet bag.  Cook 30-40 minutes.

While soup is cooking, warm 1/4 cup cream and all goat cheese in a separate pot.

When soup is done, puree with stick blender.  Add other 1/4 cup cream, honey, salt and pepper to taste.  Adjust consistency with additional stock.

Use goat cheese cream as garnish when serving. Serves 4.

Besides being as cute as a button, I found the content of this little girl’s video to be important. Elise decides to do an experiment to see how long it takes a sweet potato placed in a glass of water to grow vines.

Time needed to grow vines for conventionally-grown sweet potatoes, sprayed with “Bud-Nip:” Forever. No vines will grow.

Time needed to grow vines for organic sweet potatoes from the supermarket: After a full month, the potatoes yielded a few “wimpy little vines.”

Time needed to grow about a bajillion hearty vines from organic sweet potatoes from a local certified-organic market: Less than a week, and the vines that have grown are close to taking over the kitchen!

Young Elise goes on to explain that Bud-Nip is the commercial name for common herbicide Chlorpropham, and that it works systemically within the plant, so washing produce treated with Bud-Nip has very little effect on reducing the amount of this chemical that one would presumably consume. Bud-Nip is commonly used on conventionally-grown blueberries, carrots, onions, spinach, tomatoes, beets, and cranberries.

I think young Elise says it the best: “Which potato would YOU rather eat?”

Cute, short video I saw on UniqueDaily, Besides making me grin, it also caused the secondary side effect of making me wonder what the heck is in string cheese to make poor Mr. Evil have that strong of a reaction. My third thought? Maybe I shouldn’t be eating the stuff for breakfast.

Amazing post-Zumba miso soup

February 17, 2010

Feast your eyes, folks – quick, easy, delicious, AND nutritious!

By the time I arrived home from the gym, I still hadn’t stopped sweating. I needed to eat something and to hydrate, so I did what any gal dining solo would have done in my place – I whipped up a miracle supper in (no kidding) about 8 minutes flat!

1. Fill the electric tea kettle and turn on to begin heating.
2. Put around a tablespoon of dried wakame seaweed into cold water to re-hydrate.
3. Dice 1/2 a shallot (or could use onion), two cloves of garlic, and a thumb-sized piece of (peeled) ginger.
4. Finely slice 1/2 a carrot.
4. Put a small saucepan on the stove and heat about a tablespoon of oil. Once hot, stir in the veggies and cook for about 1-2 minutes.
5. Water should be hot by now, pour about 2 cups in with the veggies and bring to a simmer.
6. Stir in 1-2 tbsp of miso paste (I used red).
7. Stir in 1-2 tbsp of nut butter (I used sunflower seed).
8. Simmer for another minute or so. Stir rapidly.
9. Crack an egg into the soup while the water is still spinning around, tornado style.
10. Squeeze out the seaweed to drain, and add to your soup.

Enjoy! Delicious and nutritious!
And add some red chile flakes if you like – I forgot them in my haste to eat…

Theo Chocolate in Fremont is donating profits from two popular bars toward Haitian relief. The money from sales of both the Theo’s 45% Classic Milk and the 70% Classic Dark chocolate bars will go toward clean-water efforts by the NGO CARE.

via Voracious

Cute video of squirrel monkeys enjoying an enrichment activity involving Jell-o containing blueberries.

Surely, it must be significant that the monkeys demonstrate no interest whatsoever in the Jell-o, going straight for the “good stuff” and tossing the gelatinous bits aside without a second glance…This makes me consider – again – the true nutritional value of some of the things we put in our body…Sugar-free Jell-o is a “free” WW food, at zero points…Maybe a nice piece of fruit would actually be a smarter option?

via Serious Eats

This is the kind of video that makes me think it would be fun to live in Japan. This is from some kind of game show, and the challenge is to smoothly eat a slice of watermelon in such a way that the snowboarder taped to your face appears to be zooming back and forth on a half-pipe. Added bonus: Realistic sound effects!

via Serious Eats

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