Schnell Imbiss Lunch: Sausage and Pommes Frites

Schnell Imbiss Lunch! Sausage, Red Bell Pepper, Onions, Zucchini, and Pommes Frites. Enlarge

One of the best things about working from home is eating at home!

This blue plate special costs about a buck and takes 15 minutes to make. Add 30 cents and 7 minutes if you front it with a salad. I had one with 1/2 sliced carrot, 1/2 daikon radish, and green cabbage sprightly dressed in dill/caraway honey mustard vinaigrette.

When I lived in West Berlin—yes, a while ago ;^)—one of those small pleasures was eating at Schnell Imbisses at which food was fast, inexpensive, and quite wholesome when compared to big fast food. Many were family businesses, and most fare was some kind of processed meat with fried vegetables or potatoes. Continue reading “Schnell Imbiss Lunch: Sausage and Pommes Frites”

Avocado Pineapple Cabbage Salad in Ginger Basil Turmeric Vinaigrette

Avocado Pineapple Cabbage Salad in Asian-inspired Ginger Basil Turmeric Vinaigrette. Enlarge

This sweet, sour, savory, creamy, crunchy salad will get your senses dancing and put a spring into your step!

Imagine… creamy avocado chunks, crunchy green cabbage, and sweet pineapple in a this jazz septet vinaigrette: ginger, basil, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and evoo (extra virgin olive oil).

This Asian-inspired salad is also extremely healthy and even frugal (costs about 60¢ if you score avocados on sale as I often do, i.e. 49¢ a piece). In addition, it has no animal ingredients if that is important to you (I love meat, but I oft eat vegetarian).

Read on for how to make it in about seven minutes. You can easily have it as an entire meal, or it works well before or after your main course. Continue reading “Avocado Pineapple Cabbage Salad in Ginger Basil Turmeric Vinaigrette”

Tortilla with Cabbage Onion and Parmesan Romano

Cabbage tortilla with Parmesan/Romano makes a great breakfast, lunch, or light dinner course. Enlarge

Here in Paleoland, I usually avoid potatoes that are not of the sweet potato/yam variety as they have high starch and a toxin called saponin. Tortillas, as Spaniards make them, have potatoes, onions, and eggs as their main ingredients, so I often use green cabbage instead of potatoes, and it’s delicious while serving as well as potato as the bulk of the tortilla. I love cabbage for its texture, nutrition, frugality (it’s consistently top five in the Clean 15, so very few pesticides and you can buy conventional).

This takes 15 minutes door to door. Try it and let me know what you think! Continue reading “Tortilla with Cabbage Onion and Parmesan Romano”

Free-Range Beef and Sausage Platter with Broiled Eggplant and Zucchini

When you’re facing the forever-seeming dank days of winter, replete with on again, off again snow and rain that are ever-chaperoned by gray clouds, this meatball and sausage platter is just the tonic; its deep luscious sauce invites pairing with a robust red, bistro music and low lights.

Sautéed beef meatballs and pork sausage are the foundation of this deep red sauce replete with Mediterranean and Asian spices: fenugreek, cumin, basil, turmeric, garlic, and tomato. The broiled vegetables add a delightful crunchy-chewy texture as well as their distinctive flavors. Enjoy! Continue reading “Free-Range Beef and Sausage Platter with Broiled Eggplant and Zucchini”

The Wonder of an Egg [Mayonnaise Macaroon Creamy Dill]

Did you know that eggs are very hard-working? I don’t eat many eggs, as they are very inflammatory, but I really appreciate them when I do. Here, I’ll show how one egg enabled me to make three sumptuous treats, very easily and quickly: mayonnaise, macaroons crowned in dark chocolate, and a luscious creamy dill salad dressing. And I designed this process to be ultra-efficient and easy. Please tell me how I did! Continue reading “The Wonder of an Egg [Mayonnaise Macaroon Creamy Dill]”

Arnica, A Huge Healing Health Hack

I was pedaling back from a meeting in the neighborhood today in heavy snow, the kind with luscious large fluffy flakes. It was really coming down, so I took residential streets and went slowly. However, about a mile from home, I happened on one of those famous Chicago road deformations—it was upon me before I knew it due to its white blanket camouflage—a large dip and curl in the pavement that was slick under the snow, and I went down on my left knee and ankle. There wasn’t a car in sight, so I got up, examined myself and found my knee sore but okay, my bike okay, so I pedaled home. Continue reading “Arnica, A Huge Healing Health Hack”

Insalata Mediterranea Pesce e Salsiccia [Mediterranean Salad w Sardines & Sausage]

After pedaling around my quartier (neighborhood) for a meeting in teens temperatures, I thumbed my nose at winter with this. I highly recommend perverse behavior, it’s good for the soul (at least mine ;^).

  • Thin onion crescents, oregano, marjoram, thyme, red wine vinegar in large mixing bowl.
  • Sauté Italian sausage sliced 1/8″ on low fire, covered if frozen, turn after 10 min, remove to bowl.
  • Chunk tomato, slice carrot and green zucchini. When sausage is done and removed from pan, kill fire and add tomato, deglazing sauté pan.
  • Add carrot and zucchini to bowl and ample EVOO and sea salt (Mediterranean, of course!) scrape sauté pan with wooden spatula and add tomato to bowl.
  • Chop feta, add to bowl, add olives to bowl.
  • Chop green cabbage, add to bowl, and mix with spatula. Correct vinaigrette for balance.
  • Optional. Add spicy giardiniera to bowl and mix.
  • Plate and top with sardines.
  • Stupendous with dry white or medium unoaked red. I paired with house Shiraz and my Chanson playlist, which were delightful.

Aquarius New Moon [Astro Weather]

newmoon-aquariusThis Aquarius new moon is dynamite! Expect pressure to change and surprises of all kinds related to your reputation, career, worklife, family life, and your individual expression. You might feel a sudden desire to change, or others in your life may be the drivers. This month carries a lot of energy and focus on your daily work and worklife (6th house), and potential opportunity for expansion. You could see lightning fast change and opportunity in your reputation and career (10th house), especially if you’re open to it. Read on for how to prepare to navigate drama gracefully and how to seize opportunities. Continue reading “Aquarius New Moon [Astro Weather]”