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Yankee Cornbread

Cornbread

Confession, I’m not southern. I live in South Florida, have solid southern stock on my mothers side (relatives cook with bacon grease and lard) but I’m a Yankee through and through. Raised mostly in NJ, with my father’s side around all the time, I’m a Jersey Girl. I love Bruce Springsteen. I get weepy when I hear the Sha la la la chorus in Jersey Girl, have ran in the Springlake 5 nearly every year since I was 18 (don’t do the math…STOP IT) pushed to run a little harder when I ran past the house blaring Born to Run. I’ve spent countless summers in Island Beach State Park, on the Seaside Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Boardwalk, viewing the Belmar St Patrick’s day parade. Heck I was the things damn princess one year.

Needless to say, my cornbread would be, by southern standards, a horror. Well you guys dip your pizza in ranch dressing, which is disgusting. If your pizza isn’t good enough to savor with nothing but a pinch of red pepper flakes, you shouldn’t be eating it.  It might not even be pizza. My cornbread is GOOD, Husband approved (raised in TX I think that somewhat legitimizes my cornbread), and super yummy. It’s also healthy, Slightly sweet and addictive!  I don’t make it often. It’s dangerous to have around the house, for instance the pan is almost gone.  Husband is away on business, so the reason it’s nearly gone is all on me. Oh well, it’s healthy, I’m pregnant, I have excuses. I also have been living on tomatoes, almost exclusively, the past 2 days so a little indulgence is ok, right? BTW we have great tomatoes from now till February, jealous?

Enjoy the cornbread!

 

Recipe

1c cornmeal

1 cup whole wheat flour (or spelt or a combo of oatflour and wheat or spelt)

1 cup canned coconut milk ( for best results use the canned its higher fat content yields a more               decadent taste)

1/3 cup organic brown sugar

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 flax egg ( you can get away with using a TBSP of corn flour and ¼ cup of water if you don’t have flax)*

1 TBSP baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

 Combine liquid ingredients. Combine dry ingredients. Combine them all, stir till just combined. Pour into a 8×8 baking dish, bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. See its simple, and pretty damn healthy.

*flax egg = 2 TBSP ground flax plus ¼ cup water

 

Balancing my Qi

The mention of acupuncture conjures  a picture: Tiny needles riddling your body, making your resemblance to a cactus quite uncanny. I’ve heard nothing but good things about acupuncture. It helps with a variety of ailments such as: infertility, back pain, smoking, sleep issues, joint pain, acne, nausea, the list is endless. What is it exactly? Well, specifically it is the ancient practice of placing tiny needles superficially in the skin, in order to balance the bodies currents, or Qi (one of my favorite scrabble words too). Despite my hippie status, I’ve never tried it. It one of the few medicinal alternative I haven’t tried. So given the severity of my pregnancy nausea * I’m giving it a go. I can’t do my heated yoga or wake up in the morning without being hit by waves of nausea. I’ve even missed my first rehearsal due to illness. I’ve sang through pneumonia, bronchitis, days after being discharged from the hospital for meningitis, but this “morning sickness” has laid me low enough to not be able to attend rehearsal. That was the last straw. Well that and the complete lack of sympathy I’m receiving from the husband. He remembers my previous pregnancy where my nausea didn’t interfere with my music making. He doesn’t recall that my nausea occurred during the summer during a period where I literally did not HAVE to do anything. I absolutely could have been working on my thesis, but taking a few weeks off, clearly didn’t hurt anything. Anyhow, this weekend I’m attending a community acupuncture session. I’ve found the  private sessions range from 100-200$ which is a little too pricey this time of the year (sorry I didn’t get you a Christmas present I was busy getting little needles stuck in my body, that luxury ain’t cheap Grandma). The community sessions are far less pricey. At Thrive Wellness center its 50$ for the initial session and 40$ thereafter.  I’m excited. Barbara my wonderful midwife, who I adore, said for sure that’ll help. She’s always chocful of natural alternative that work, so I believe it’ll work! I’ll tell you how it works out!

UPDATE: I attended a community acupuncture session. It allowed me to try acupuncture without spending an arm and a leg. Some insurances cover it, but will only reimburse you. But community sessions are much cheaper. So long as the ailment you are treating do not require an overly invasive treatment (ie mostly naked), and your ok laying around in a dim room stuck with needles next to a stranger, the  community session will be fine. First, I had heard that you do NOT feel the needles going in. LIE, I totally could and I’m not squeamish about needles. The sensation quickly passes, but the needle put in my wrist I could feel the whole time.  I just kept my eyes closed and it was over quickly. And I fell asleep. But still, I could feel it. Altogether I was stuck with 2 needles in each foot, 1 in each knee, one in my upper abdomen, and one in each wrist. A porcupine I was not.  Again I fell asleep. Even with a old lady muttering to herself on the other end of the room, I was able to relax.

                Verdict: AMAZING. Now my nausea is not totally eradicated, but I feel 95% better. It’s shocking how much better I feel, even now 4 days later. I can’t eat everything, large amounts of garlic are still a no go. But I’m functioning and getting things done! I’m not going to lie, I was a skeptic. There was no way my morning sickness was going away before week 12 of pregnancy. But here I am feeling amazing! I was told to come back once or twice a week till my symptoms abate naturally. So I’m going back next week. This is a game changer! Maybe a third baby could be in our future……….. lol just kidding…….

*PS I’m pregnant due June 28.

http://thrivewellnesscenterfl.com/mission-statemen/acupuncture-in-fort-lauderdale/

Ginger Yummy Ginger Dressing

Its no secret, I love, I mean LOVE, Asian food. Thai, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese. I haven’t found an Asian cuisine that I don’t adore! Salty, sour, sweet, spicy, occasionally fried, the heavenly combinations that I find in them are addicting! Unfortunately others in my family (cough cough my husband) don’t share in my obsession, and have to be “in the mood” for them. So I often resort to take out for lunch or I just make it myself. Today’s entrée is Ginger Dressing. I love it! I have had many varieties, some with miso, various vinegars, but you can’t beat the simple one that I made today that closely resembles the one you’ll find on your salad at a Japanese restaurant. The bottled versions in the supermarket can’t even begin to compare, and when you make it at home you can cut out the possibly gmo riddled soy sauce and go organic!

  I also happen to think nothing beats the ginger dressing carrot combo. I cut my carrots into little matchsticks, the better to absorb the dressing. One day I’ll get one of these spiraly doohickey deals https://www.buyspirooli.com/?mkwid=jLepUtI4|pcrid|1433133764|pkw|vegetable%20spiralizer|pmt|e|

Ginger Dressing

2/3 c olive oil

¼ cup grated Ginger (packed)*

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

2 tsp organic sugar

½  cup organic soy sauce (I used Nama Shoyu)

½ cup white vinegar

1 cup sliced onion

Put all ingredients in the blender and blend till smooth. How easy is that? And most people with have the ingredients all ready in the house. Always a plus for me!

*freeze your ginger, it keeps fresher and grates way way more easily!

I like to make this salad with iceberg (oh the horror!) or Romaine lettuce, the aforementioned matchstick carrots, fresh tofu (when you can get it, the stuff is seriously mind blowing, one day I’ll figure out how to make it myself) chickpeas, and/or avocado. Simple and beyond heavenly! Also T man was totally stealing the ginger drenched carrots, so its toddler approved!

                       

Also if your curious about my other favorite ginger dressings, check out Moosewoods! Its made with Miso and delicious!

                Next post will be on acupuncture! I’m trying it out Saturday!