A recipe, a detox, an idea, a party. We should do things for ourselves, specially things that make us happy. We have to know when to stop the daily routine. Veggie salad sprinkled with basil, cilantro, mint herbs and a Dijon vinaigrette. I am venturing more into making these veggie plates a part of my lifestyle. It can be served as a first course, a companion to fish, chicken or meat. It goes well with anything and can satisfy any taste, you just choose what you want to place.
I am totally convinced that we always have to keep doing things just for ourselves, specially if it is things that make us happy. We have to be able to know when to stop the saturation of the daily life routine.
I am fascinated with casseroles I just throw any veggie and drizzle it with olive oil, coarse salt and voilà it’s magnificent. These Le Creuset casserole are so great to wash and you can take it from the refrigerator to the oven or microwave and be ready for the table.
I went to a fantastic birthday party thrown by a friend for her mom. I loved her idea, a brunch on a Saturday morning. She got a Venezuelan food truck parked at her garage with arepas and cachapas. Arepas is a kind of bread made of corn dough, you can have it stuffed with meat, cheese or any thing you like. My favorite is chicken with avocado. Cachapas are like a pancake made from fresh corn and handmade cheese. They are really delicious, if you ever have the chance and come across one you must try it.
Debbie’s cheese table, I love the way she served a dip using a bread as a bowl.
Everybody is talking about the detox diet, I have friends that have been drinking special combinations of fruits and veggie juices, others doing the detox clean program of Gwyneth Paltrow and so I decided to do a month of cyber detox. I took some time for myself and decided to place a pause on my old routine. I started by just taking quality time for myself. A kind of inner side vacation. Slow down everything, eating exactly what I want, being more organized with my menus and being able to enjoy it without being rushed. I started to move faster by taking Zumba classes, a great latin dance fitness that boosts and renews yourself with special energy. I love exercises that are attached with music so I decided to take belly dancing too, It brings out the inner goodness. We are planning to do a Moroccan girls tea dance that will be something interesting for future posts. I keep walking as much as I can even if Florida is a driving city.
I am also in the process of giving my blog and online store a twist pushing it more towards real life. Not that before it wasn’t. It’s that I have always been too conscious about privacy and now I decided to open more the door and give everyone a quick peek of my life and my dear ones. Like opening the curtains to have a look inside. I think it’s the only way to share some of the things I like best, eat!
My friend Debbie called me yesterday telling me that she was going to make a cheese table inspired in the one I always do. I told her the idea is to break the rules and not be perfect, to not have matching dinnerware or table cloth. If the theme is cheeses and wine, I always fill the table with a variety of honeys, marmalades, fruits, nuts, breads and all kind of beautiful vegetables to eat and mostly to use as part of the decoration. You have to do it in a free way, making every thing look fresh, tempting and inviting. When I place the cheeses on the board I like the thought that there is a story behind each plate and that the veggie selected next to the cheese with the almonds, the honey and the figs have to tell you something while smoothly leading you to try the next plate.