Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Weekend Cooking - Green Smoothies by Fern Green

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads

Book Tite: Green Smoothies: Recipes for Smoothies, Juices, Nut Milks, and Tonics to Detox, Lose Weight, and Promote Whole-Body Health 
Author: Fern Green
Publication Date: December 29, 2015

Description: (From Goodreads) A collection of 66 illustrated smoothies, juices, nut milks, and tonics to kick-start metabolism, fire up the mind, and promote whole-body health.  An easy-to-follow and informative guide, this book pares smoothie-making back to its essence. Each recipe is presented in a highly visual spread, and grouped ingredients are displayed opposite finished smoothies and juices, providing at-a-glace instruction. Recipes like Dandelion Tonic, Popeye's Juice, Coconut Kale, and Pineapple Twist provide a simple introduction for the new smoothies making, as well as new inspiration for the experienced blender. A seven-day detox plan with straightforward recipes energizes and invigorates. 

3 Little Thoughts:
1.  I got my hands on a juicer and dove into trying this juicing thing. I can't say it was an eye opening experience, but I did enjoy a few of the juices like the Green Giant (broccoli, green grapes, spinach, cabbage, red apple), Strawberry (strawberries, tomatoes, cabbage), and Carrot-ene Healer (carrots, red apple, sweet potato).  I really liked the strawberry and carrot-ene healer, it was interesting to juice a sweet potato.

2. I requested this book because of the smoothies, I have really gotten into making smoothies and wanted to try some new recipes (and ones not pulled from Pinterest). I was torn on smoothies, I liked the ones I tried, but I kind of hit my wall on blending greens. I enjoyed the Banana Tonic (romaine lettuce, banana, mint leaves), and Fruit and Fiber (cilantro, strawberries, coconut water, banana). 

3. I'm not into the nut milks, so I did skip those, but I tried two of the shots. As with the other two sections, I both liked and disliked recipes in this section. Not a fan of the milks, but there were some interesting shots. I really liked the Aloe shot (aloe vera juice, green apple) and the Ginger shot (ginger, lemon, agave nectar) it was um, interesting. I think I put too much ginger in and wow, it was quite strong. I'm going to give it another shot (pun intended) with less ginger.

I will be using this book again to make some more juices and smoothies!

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Monday, March 28, 2016

3 Word Wednesday - Brutal, Clammy, Dense

Brutal, Clammy, Dense

Working on my short sci-fi story and this prompt fit in perfect with a section that needed to be rewritten. This might not be the final draft of this section, but it works for this draft.

Marissa walked out of her front door and looked out towards the horizon, the brutal winter weather was setting and the sun was just starting to rise, burning off the dense fog that had blanketed the night. It was bound to be a glorious day. She dried her clammy hands, hitched up her dress and set off to milk the cows.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Weekend Cooking - Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads

Book Tite: Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101 
Author: Sara Moulton
Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Description: (From Goodreads) In Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101, Sara helps answer that eternal question, "What's for dinner?" This must-have resource combines 150-plus all-new recipes with time-tested methods that elevate meals from everyday to extraordinary. Sara guides readers every step of the way, from including detailed instructions in every recipe to ensure the dish comes out perfectly every time to tips about selecting ingredients and balancing flavors. Bright color photographs and straightforward techniques show how easy it is to build flavors in a pan for a one-dish dinner, bake seafood in parchment for a quick healthy meal, and turn fresh seasonal produce into scene-stealing side dishes. Readers will find recipes to please every palate, including a whole chapter of vegetarian and vegan options. Enjoy fresh-tasting classics such as Sautéed Lemon Chicken with Fried Capers, Steak with Pickled Salsa Verde, and No-Knead Walnut Rosemary Bread, along with inspired new dishes such as Smashed Crispy Jerusalem Artichokes and Seared Scallop Salad with Spicy Watermelon Vinaigrette. Home Cooking 101 also features contributions from some of Sara's favorite fellow chefs, including Rick Bayless, Amanda Cohen, Hiroko Shimbo, Jacques Torres, Marc Vetri, and Grace Young. Sara's signature mix of energy and warmth makes this invaluable resource a joy to cook from, proving that even a quick weeknight meal can be fun and easy.

3 Little Thoughts:
1.  I liked the first 'chapter' on theTen Basics of a Great Home Cook.  I agree with all ten points (even if I struggle with following them all myself). Well, I kind of agree, Sara says I should use the 10-inch chef knife, but I just find it too big so I'm investing in a good quality 6-inch chef knife. However, I fully agree, and have started arguments with my mother, over following a recipe correctly the first time you make it and then altering it to your tastes.

2. I liked the list of tools that she finds a must for her kitchen. I own a good portion of those and have a wish list of ones that I would like, but have no space for!

3. I haven't made anything out of this book yet, but I have plans to try some things out when I get a bit more time. I found myself bookmarking more of the recipes in the Chef's Pantry section than in the rest of the book. For my tastes, a lot of the book seemed too fussy for what I consider home cooking.

I received an ebook copy from NetGalley for an honest review.

Monday, March 7, 2016

3 Word Wednesday - Naked, Obey, Piercing

Naked, Obey, Piercing

She could only make out random words and phrases while in an isolated cell.  The compound’s leader was yelling about being humiliated and not being obeyed. He said something about a punishment of being stripped naked.  The Chief Authoritarian quietly responded. Marissa couldn’t hear him but she did hear the leader’s piercing scream of frustration.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sunday Scribbling 2 #114

This week's prompt: dither

I've spent too much time on Twitter
And now I've been in a dither
I haven't been writing
Let alone anything exciting
So this really bad poem
Was the only thing flowin'
Please don't ask, "What's with her?"