Follow The Recipe or Else😏

Raisin orange rice with saffron chicken

I have done it a few times, googling how to replace an ingredient when I’m in the middle of cooking and noticed I don’t have everything I need. Searching: What can I use instead of buttermilk? Or what is a good substitute for dry rosemary? With new recipes, when I have to replace any ingredients I can’t tell the difference in its flavor or its presentation, but with an old recipe, I can certainly see the differences? Small changes in flavor, consistency, and most importantly how your stomach feels!

When I was little sitting at the breakfast table my grandmother will decide what to make for lunch and sometimes for dinner. She would name a few dishes and make a decision, pick up her shopping basket, and head to the maker. After a couple of hours which was normal since my grandma would stop and have conversations with friends and neighbors while shopping. Catching up on all the news from, who is getting married, taking a vacation, or having a baby. She will enter her kitchen in a hurry with a basket full of seasonal vegetables, herbs, and fruits ready to cook.

The sound of dicing chopping peeling will echo through the house and later the aroma of herbs and rice and vegetables will take us to the kitchen. If I was lucky she will let me help with making spinach or lamb patties. Lovingly graciously, she would wrap a kitchen towel around me and pull a chair next to hers. I start with my small hands shaping quarter-size patties, I would have my special corner in the pan next to her perfect oval-shaped ones. I was always asking questions “ what is the green vegetable? And what is the yellow bean”? My grandmother in detail will explain, “ the green herb is mint and the yellow bean is lentil”. Then she will explain in detail again how every ingredient helps in flavoring our food and satisfying our tastebuds. She would say “Mint helps to settle your stomach since you have lentils in your food.” Every meal served was made with seasonal ingredients and was perfect for the time. Every ingredient had more than one purpose, to add flavor, and beauty, and to keep the digestive system healthy.

Trying new recipes is exhilarating and I am always happy to know I have found a new dish that my family enjoys. To make every dish perfect and original I take the time to read the recipe and stop at the grocery store to pick up everything I am missing. To create the original flavor takes patience, but all I need to remember is that every old recipe has been refined for years by experts who made it lovingly for their family, just like my grandmother did.🥰

Valentine’s Day💐 Full Of Hearts💕

I wanted to share some cooking, decorating, and beautiful desserts with you for Valentine’s Day. I like a simple evening, with a favorite dish for dinner, and a very chocolaty dessert after dinner. I am sharing recipes and how to videos on our Youtubechannel up to Feb14th, I hope, you get the chance to watch all my videos related to Valentine’s Day ☺️ Please remember to subscribe 🙏

Small arrangements for bedrooms, and breakfast tray🌹
Blood orange juice with breakfast 💓
Raisin, orange muffin with fruits for breakfast 😘
Pancakes with hand whipped cream and berries ❣️
White and dark chocolate cake💋
For a pretty presentation😍 beets, oranges, pears, and apples can turn into a beautiful heart

Please share with me, your recipes for Valentine’s Day ❤️

How to add Flavors to plain water💦

Natural flavors (herbs, fruits, vegetables)

It has been a few weeks, Since I have consciously tried to drink more water. I have realized that by drinking more water I can accomplish more, and feel better. I had noticed more and more in the mornings I woke up with sore muscles, and headaches. I do suffer from migraines, but my headaches were happening more often.

I did some research and realized I don’t drink enough water during the day and dehydration can cause achy muscles, and headaches. Knowing what is causing my problem I had to start drinking more water, and for me that was a difficult adjustment to make. I have never enjoyed drinking water, and I have always depended on deluding fruit juice, drink coffee, or Iced tea when I was thirsty. So I started thinking of ways I could add flavor, naturally to plain water, and hoping, better flavor would encourage me to drink more water, as I exercise, swim, Work in the garden, and just do my daily chores.

I hope this video will be a nice easy guide to encourage you to drink more water, and enjoy a more productive day. I have already started feeling better, and that is a very good sign.☺️

Here is the link to my video, on how I add flavors to water. https://youtu.be/L0Q1o6-bQGQ

I use a combination of herbs fruits or vegetables to add flavor to my water. Before I leave my house I take my Yeti travel mug add ice, water, and a combination of herbs and maybe a slice of lemon or another citrus fruit like tangerine, and I am ready to start my day💪🏻☺️

A Spice You Will Fall In Love

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Saffron crocus, from the Iris family, is a beautiful flower that produces Stigma, as we also know as saffron. The threads of saffron added to chicken or red meat produces a beautiful orange color, and sweet fragrance that makes any dish absolutely beautiful, and delicious. Since harvesting saffron is a difficult process, a small amount as little as .025oz can cost around $10.00. I have watched my grandmother, and mom cook with saffron all my life, and when I was little loved the responsibility of preparing saffron, by crushing it, and pouring it into a dish or adding it later for its color to chicken or rice.Preparing Saffron

Fortunately saffron is used in very small amounts, and a pinch (only 3-4 threads) is all you need for a platter of rice, and only a teaspoon for a pot of sauce. Saffron is high in antioxidants, helps depression, PMS symptoms, and helps with healthy vascular system.

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to see how I prepare Saffron, and add it to a plate of rice👩🏻‍🍳

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Saffron Rice

From Tree To Platter

Figs, feta cheese with balsamic glaze

Ten years ago my parents gave me a fig tree to plant in the back yard. It nearly died one year and bounced back, and grew to a 10 feet tree. I guess it needed time, getting used to the garden, and making friendships with the surrounding trees such as the dogwood, and the parade of squirrels, and birds, and the families of cardinals flying over, and landing on its branches.

Every year or so my fig tree, decides to offer me a few figs, and my goodness they are big, beautiful, and not too sweet. I get busy making salads, fig and peanut butter sandwiches, appetizers, and cook a few to top ice cream and pancakes. A few days ago I picked a few for a quick salad. Feta cheese and glazed balsamic. It was beautiful and delicious. Thank you my beautiful fig tree👩🏻‍🍳😘

Even rain didn’t stop me from picking these beauties 👩🏻‍🌾

Just to mention a few benefits of figs, beside being delicious : high in fiber, and antioxidants, high calcium helps with strong bones, keeping a healthy blood pressure and weight control. One interesting fact, fig trees have natural latex which some people might be allergic to.

Watch me pick these beautiful figs just click on 👇

https://youtu.be/BSpMWxnaN6Q and please subscribe, Thank you for watching😘

Cucumber Sandwich

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Coolest sandwich, and popular with any age group. Make these cute, healthy, easy, satisfying sandwiches for any occasion. High in fiber, calcium, easy on the digestive system, with added mint or basil, they are a healthy snack.

Go to out YouTube channel for the recipe👩🏻‍🍳I hope you get the chance to make this sandwich for yourself, kick back, relax, and enjoy its delicious taste👍

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Cucumber sandwiches with Greek yogurt Thinly sliced cucumbers, whole milk greek yogurt, mint or basil
Sour dough, or any white breadSmall Cucumber sandwiches