Monthly Archives: November 2012

Roasted ‘Bacon’, Fresh Herb, ‘Cheese’ Whole Leeks

Ok, this recipe is a Home Run.   Like SUPER tasty.

My friends Brian and Liz, you see below, were kind enough to share this with me

Brian and Liz

They made this a part of their Thanksgiving dinner and happened to mention how tasty it was….and they weren’t kidding

The warm creaminess through the folds of the leeks roasted with fresh rosemary, thyme and parsley, salt, pepper, topped with ‘cheese’, ‘bacon’ and panko bread crumbs…YUM!

Yummy Roasted Leeks

And it looks pretty on a plate too 😉

Roasted Leeks

I had never had whole roasted leeks before, or whole leeks in any fashion for that matter.  I guess I’ve been a little afraid of how overly strong or pungent they could be…I will be making this again….and I’m going back for seconds now lol  Thanks so much you guys for opening my eyes!  They are so creative, not only in the kitchen, but Liz owns D’uva Designs, Event Planning.  I wish I had a smidgen of the vision, elegance and creation she sees and puts into her events, parties and amazing soirees.   Just an invitation I received from her swept you into the spirit of the particular party theme she was throwing this time.  See pics and details at

I made a few vegan modifications, it is SO good.  The Recipe is Here.  Bon Apetit!

Thank You Sumithra!

With much studying and some pressure right now on the professional front, which can ebb into effecting one’s personal front, which, who knows, could be responsible for my many flops in the kitchen! (…scape goat?…)  I can relate to Sumithra seeking a bit of solace in the blogosphere….and I was not disappointed either to sign in and find she had nominated me for the Super-Sweet Blogging Award!  Thank you so much for this, Sumithra.

super sweet blog award

The rules are:

  • Show-off the award on your blog.
  • Thank the super-sweet blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer five super-sweet questions about yourself.
  • Nominate 13 super-sweet bloggers.

The super-sweet questions:

1. Cookies or cakes??


2. Chocolate or vanilla??


3. What is your favourite sweet treat??

Homemade cannollis and eclairs…MMMMMMM!!

4. When do you crave for sweets the most??

Probably the same as a lot of gals 😉

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be??

Some of my family have called me Heathe Bar 😉

I now nominate the following blogs:

Heart Disease History

A clip from The China Study by T.Colin Campbell

‘…Despite the potential of diet and disease prevention, most of the attention given to heart disease has been on mechanical and chemical intervention for those people who have advanced disease.  Diet has been pushed aside.  Surgery, drugs, electronic devices and new diagnostic tools have stolen the spotlight.

We now have coronary bypass surgery, where a healthy artery is “pasted” over a diseased artery, thereby bypassing the most dangerous plaque on the artery.  The ultimate surgery is the heart transplant.  We also have a procedure that doesn’t require cracking the chest plate open, called coronary angioplasty, where a small balloon is inflated in a narrowed, diseased artery, squishing the plaque back against the wall.  We have defibrillators to revive hearts, pace makers and precise imaging techniques.

The past 50 years have truly been a celebration of chemicals and technology (as opposed to diet and prevention).

Some great advances have been made, which may account for our death rate from heart disease is a full 58% lower than what it was in 1950.  In addition, the number of people smoking has steadily been decreasing, which in turn lowers our death rate from heart disease.  Between hospital advances, mechanical devices, drug discoveries, lower smoking rates and more surgical options, there clearly seems much to cheer about.  We’ve made progress, so it seems.

Or have we?

Heart disease is still our #1 cause of death.  Every 24 hours almost 2000 Americans will die from this disease.  For all the advances, there are a huge number of people still succumbing to broken hearts.  It seems that we simply have gotten slightly better at postponing death from heart disease, but we have done nothing to stop the rate at which our hearts become diseased….’

To be continued.

More China Study Clips Here


Smoky Black Bean Chili

Success, finely, at last!  After bad creation followed by bad creation followed by bad creation…..I took some good advice and made something I know, something that I have confidence in, and something that would give me a little extra confidence boost….I admit it I was getting bummed over my multiple bombs in the kitchen lately!  And it has a secret ingredient that I love….

Smoky Black Bean Chili

The smoky flavor, southwestern flare, a dollop of creamy vegan sour cream, a bit of heat…and the secret ingredient…. chocolate.. such a great combination 😉

YUM! Enjoy.  The Recipe is Here

Research Ahead of its Time

Before, I get into the research, I have to tell you the reason for the lack of posting the last 5 days..whether it may have been noticed or not, lol.  I have had recipe bomb after recipe bomb as of late!!  Frustrating.  Really frustrating.  But that’s what happens when you experiment, and you can’t always have home runs.  I wanted you to know, too, so that you know I only post what actually is worthwhile….and sometimes there is a bunch of not worthwhile….I would eat it, just so not to waste, but I wouldn’t serve it to anybody.  My really great guy has been kind saying ‘it’s really not that bad’…I appreciate this.  It does make me feel better.  …Don’t worry, though, this too shall pass and a fabulous recipe is on the horizon…I can feel it 😉

A clip from The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell

‘….A group of doctors took a group of patients with advanced heart disease and put them on a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet.  They found these patients died at a rate four times lower than patients who didn’t follow the diet.

It was now clear that heart disease wasn’t the inevitable result of old age.  Any discussion of diet, however was narrowly focused on fat and cholesterol.  These two became the bad guys.  We now know that this was misguided.  The possibility that no one wanted to consider was that fat and cholesterol were merely indicators of animal food intake.  This study suggests that the more animal protein you eat, the more heart disease you have. In addition, dozens of studies show that feeding rats, rabbits and pigs animal protein dramatically raises cholesterol levels, whereas plant protein dramatically lowers cholesterol levels and eating plant protein has even greater power to lower levels than reducing fat or cholesterol.

Somehow animal protein has remained in the shadows while saturated fat and cholesterol have taken the brunt of the criticism.  These 3 nutrients ( fat, animal protein and cholesterol) characterize animal-based food in general.  So isn’t it perfectly reasonable to wonder whether animal-based food, and not just these isolated nutrients, causes heart disease?

Of course no one pointed a finger at animal based foods in general.  It would have led immediately to professional isolation and ridicule.  The status quo boys didn’t like it.  The unfortunate association of meat with physical ability, general manliness, sexual identity and economic wealth all cloud how the status quo scientists view food, regardless of the health evidence…’

To be continued

More China Study Clips Here


Asian Vegetable Stir Fry with some Kick

I got home last night, hungry!

Asian Vegetable Stir Fry

You’ll most likely have all these ingredients on hand.  I was missing vegetable broth which my boyfriend was kind enough to pick up, as well as bean sprouts, as his addition to the concoction….perfect top off to it all 😉

Swap out certain veggies for others you do have on hand, like carrots, sugar snap peas, whatever….I wish I had some red bell peppers…  Saute up some onions, I threw in frozen broccoli (Yikes! Yes, frozen broccoli…), some baby corn, straw mushrooms….mmmmmm, add a mixture of vegetable broth, soy sauce, sriracha, sugar, corn starch, sea salt, black pepper, all over brown basmati rice and topped with fresh bean sprouts. Yum!

The Recipe is Here  Enjoy 😉


Heart Disease Death Rates For Men Across 20 Countries

A clip from The China Study, by T.Colin CAmpbell

‘…American men died from heart disease at a rate almost 17 times higher than their Chinese counterparts.  Why were we succumbing to heart disease so?  Quite simply, it’s a case of death by food.  The cultures that have lower heart disease rates eat less saturated fat and animal protein and more whole grains, fruits and vegetables.  In other words, they subsist mostly on plant foods while we subsist mostly on animal foods.

But might it be that the genetics of one group might just make them more susceptible to heart disease?  We know that this is not the case, because within a group with the same genetic heritage, a similar relationship between diet and disease is seen.  For example, Japanese men who live in Hawaii or California have a much higher blood cholesterol level  and incidence of coronary heart disease than Japanese men living in Japan.

The cause is clearly environmental, as most of these people have the same genetic heritage.  Smoking habits are not the cause because men in Japan, who were more likely to smoke, still had less coronary heart disease than Japanese Americans.

On the flip side, blood cholesterol was negatively associated with complex carbohydrate intake.  In simple terms, animal foods were linked to higher blood cholesterol; plant foods were linked to lower blood cholesterol.  Results were painting a consistent picture: the more animal food consumption, the higher their risk for getting heart disease.  And as other cultures have come to eat more like us, they also have seen their rates of heart disease skyrocket.  In more recent times, several countries have now come to have a higher death rate from heart disease than America…’

To be continued

More China Study clips Here