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PALEO-FRIENDLY BANANA DATE “CAKE” LOAF

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I used to bake standard gluten-filled, sugar laden, and sour cream-filled banana nut bread, but this higher protein, no-gluten version TAKES THE CAKE! This one is FLUFFY LIGHT as a loaf YET DECADENT IN TASTE. PLUS, MY FAMILY ENJOYED THIS AS MY DAD’S HEALTHY BIRTHDAY CAKE OPTION and am now posting it because I made it again and it turned out just as delightful! :) mmmmm…. happy birthday to a friend and to meeee bellyyyy :)

Ingredients:

  • 3 bananas (1 frozen from overripe and 2 ripe unfrozen yet…. or just do 3 ripe of any kind)
  • 4 free-roaming hen eggs
  • 3/5 cup coconut flour
  • 3/5 almond meal (not blanched)
  • 4 melted overflowing tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • 3/4- 1 cup of mixed variety date paste broken up into chunks for mixing ease
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 dollop of vanilla bean paste
  • several dashes of Himalayan Pink salt
  • small capful of apple cider vinegar
  • unsweetened dark chocolate (I used what goes into making mole sauce for spice and depth)
  • 1 cup of more of pecan pieces
wpid-20150814_183206.jpgInstructions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Combine your frozen bananas, eggs, vanilla, coconut oil, cider vinegar
  3. Once all of your ingredients are blended, add in your coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and sea salt and mix well
  4. if you are using 2 unfrozen bananas, then slice super thin and mix into batter .  if using only room temp or only frozen, just mash and mix into wet batter in step 2
  5. then mix date paste into batter into well mixed, but not overly so
  6. Pour your batter in a loaf pan
  7. mix your coarsely crumbled chocolate and pecan pieces into top 1/8th of loaf pan batter b/c this will form a delicious crust
  8. You will bake for 40 minutes, then cover the top to prevent the crumbley choco-pecan covering from burning with some foil.  Put back into over let bake another 12 minutes.
  9. All done when a chopstick inserted into loaf comes out clean.
  10. I had enough batter to make a small mini loaf of this… for me…HEE HEE!!!wpid-20150814_161413.jpg

BTW– you can opt not to do the pecan and chocolate topping, but it made it so rich in look and flavor that I would recommend you add the flourish!

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…and I do love using a silicone loaf pan… avoid metal toxicity whenever possible (Aluminum in our systems is just bad news for our brain and studies have shown some links to Alzheimer’s Disease.

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HAPPY ORGANIC (& Discounted) SHOPPING at www.OPENTASTE.com …


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WOW…This bag of Leeks had 4 which were almost as long as my arm … or as you can see… as long as my ankle-to-calf-to lower thigh in length…. really wild!

I happen to be having a bowl of leek and sweet potato soup as I write :) …How did I discover this photographed leek-y wonder?!

Well…. letting my body rest has it privileges it seems! I was letting myself take a breather after months of go-go-GOing and figure I would shop a bit online to check out what is healthy and convenient.  I found a new online ordering, produce, and miscellaneous grocery delivery service and tried it out!  I loved that I could get most of what I wanted to try the next day or same day, but decided to go for 2 days from ordering so i could try bunches of produce… and I mean BIG BUNCHES!!!

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My list was long, but what I received via drop off at my front door blew me away… I believe it was the organic farm sampler box for 29 dollars that brought my bounty to overflowing!!!  I was not sure if I would like their products because I love grocery and farmers market shopping and the entire process of handpicking my own goodies while getting to know the people behind the produce, but I did!

This service cuts out the middle man of a grocery store and brings selected items to me.  The only down side is that the fruit I would pick would be a bit more ripe, but I understand that delivering very ripe items like nectarines and peaches would make them mushy and bruised.  So, on the days and weeks I cannot make it to the market or to see my regular farmers, this is one great option I will look forward to having as a plan B :)

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some of the leaves in my poorly lit photo look yellowish, but they were not really so much…!

Gosh, the asian sweet potatoes are also humongous and the cilantro is so fresh, it filled my kitchen with its peculiar fragrant scent… Love that!  The fruits and tomatoes will hangout with my avocados to ripen and soften, so I will be happy happier in a just a couple days :)  The cantaloupe however, was super ripe and large.. and less than $2.  YAY!

Oh.. and there is an incentive for you and me… if you use this code, you get $15 off your next purchase and I get $5.  I love bargain shopping!  

Here’s my promo code : (1C68A5)

Thanks http://www.opentaste.com for the successful shopping experience!

New and Improved and Better for you~~

HEALTHY MAKES ME HAPPY – My Superfood Amazeballs (GF/V)!

I love making this for folks who already enjoy healthy treats as well as for those who are skeptical that healthy can be yummy.

I made the original version quite delicious, but that was earlier in my strive-to-be-healthier days.. and now I altered a few things to make them even better.  NOTHING BUT WHOLE FRUIT WITH FIBERS TO SWEETEN (except in the choc. chips), LOTS OF HEALTHY FATS, AND PLENTY OF SUSTAINING FIBER…

THIS IS MOIST AND A DELIGHT TO EAT AND SHARE!

THE ORIGINAL :https://joiedejane.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/191/

New and Improved and Better for you~~

New and Improved and Better for you~~

NEW AND IMPROVED recipe:
Ingredients:
6 bananas, ripe, mashed (moist base)
1 heaping cup each of old-fashioned oats, shredded coconut, & cooked quinoa (sprouted overnight then cooked for 15-20 minutes until done and not dry)
1 cup pecans (or any nut you prefer.. or replace with seeds if nuts are not your preference)
1.5 cup chopped farmers market fresh dates…caramel-ly..mmm
2 cups of chocolate chips (used barley sweetened one) or 1 cup of raw cacao nibs
1/8 cup of raw mesquite powder
1 Tablespoon each of  white chia seeds and hemp seeds
few pinches of himalayan pink salt
dollop of vanilla bean paste
dashes of cinnamon
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Mix up and put in fridge or 20 min or so and preheat oven to 380.
Scoop into little dough balls and bake at 2:50 for about 30 minutes… until lightly browned.
note: (you can substitute fresh apple sauce if you would like, but then I would add a flax egg to bind the ingredients more or just press each doughball into the scooper more firmly.)
Eat and share, share, share…and eat, again!
WHY?  BECAUSE HEALTHY MAKES ME (& OTHERS) HAPPY!
I shared this on my  most recent film set and felt great about it, especially when both the gals and guys enjoyed the treats when we wrapped! (…along with another awesome LMEON-y DREAAMMMMY Paleo treat… recipe for that coming soon!)
more and more amazeballs to eat and share!

more and more amazeballs to eat and share!

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Happy Independence!!! A Pretty Simple Paleo Bread – w/ 2nd version!

CELEBRATE AMERICA’S DO IT YOURSELF #DIY NATURE… WITH THIS AWESOMELY EASY #PALEO BREAD RECIPE!

My first attempt... it looks so nice!!! yay!

My first attempt… it looks so nice!!! yay!

I have been buying Paleo products to give my carb cravings some room in my life… higher protein, lower sugar spikes… yummy, perfect tooth-chewy delights… BUT I wanted to skip the $15 dollar sticker price for one Paleo bread loaf and I made my own!  It’s about $17 for an organic 3/4 loaf in the store!

This loaf recipe is much easier than you might think … and 3 finicky tasters said it was a very good bread and enjoyed that there was a good deal of fiber and protein without having to add any nut butter… Great grab and go snack!

Do something good for you and try this one:

(I did a second version, so scroll all the way down for another go at it!)

INGREDIENTS:

1 3/4 almond flour (blanched if you want it light in color)

3/4 cup arrowroot flour

1/4 cup flaxseeds ground (golden if you want your loaf light in color)

3/4 teaspoon himalayan salt (or sea salt of choice and only 1/2 teaspoon if you prefer less savory)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons honey (3 if you want it a bit sweeter)

1.5 Tablespoon warmed coconut oil

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste

DIRECTIONS:

1- mix almond flour, flax, arrowroot, salt, and baking soda

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3- add honey, warmed coconut oil, and vanilla into the eggs

4- add dry ingredients and combine thoroughly

5- fill coconut oil greased bread loaf pan

6- bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees

7- let cool and slice with serrated knife.

Eat warmed, toasted, or straight out of the loaf pan!  This was a simple, delish delight!

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THE SECOND OPTION:

Amend the ingredients to 5 eggs, 1.5 Tablespoons of coconut oil, 1/4 cup coconut flour, 1 Tablespoon honey, 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, and add 1.5 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste

Follow the directions, but you will need to add another 7 minutes or so to baking time because there is more moisture.

My taste buds loves this one because it had a deeper, earthier flavor and the coconut flour added a density and extra toothy texture to the slices.  This one is for those of you who love a thicker, richer flavor.

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GIVE MOM a FACIAL AT HOME ... if she won't go to one!

FOR TOUGH MOMS

Happy Mother’s Day to... the moms who make it TOUGH TO SPOIL THEM! 

My mom is one of those mothers who take care of everyone else and never herself… SO…..

This week has been mom’s week set aside for fulfilling her cravings for all kinds of snacks, sweets, treats, and down home Korean food, I came over under the guise of doing my laundry and made her lay down in a heated bed with an additional heater in the room and used these pictured items for the best at-home facial and hand massage I could muster.

great products to have at home

great products to have at home

Almost 90 minutes later.. my mom awoke a bit disoriented from a mid-afternoon  nap (sleep she never gets enough of!) and remarks, ” oh, maybe this is why other women like to go to a spa!”  This meant she enjoyed it and felt the refreshment I was so happy to give her a glimpse of.

This is how it went…

1- massaged her facial, using acupressure to her orbital eye area, temples, TMJ, and cheekbones with a nice, firm, flow, of course! with the pink bottle oil cleanser

2- moved onto an apricot scrub and mud mask

3- proceeded to all 3 steps of the Ole Henriksen micro peel at home system which I incorporated the Olay rotating scrub brush for the first step.  Something about this made her deepen her nap

4- after cleansing each time and most thoroughly with warm water and sponges, she got a great hand massage and multi-layered facial moisturizers.

The result?  My dad and brother said she looked brightened with fine lines diminished…

Then we all went out for some hearty Korean soon-tofu soup and called it a successful family night.  Mom was happy and so were the rest of us!

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And here’s an easy healthful side dish recipe if you want one…. I  made this because my mom need support for her blood pressure and blood vessels and strawberries and beets have excellent impact on the blood and vascular systems.

Marinate fresh berries in an aged balsamic vinegar…so aged that it has a thickened consistency with a taste of chocolate…

Toss with roasted red and golden beets, adding olive oil and salt

Place atop burrata cheese if you want decadence or just put as part of the salad portion of the full meal.

Add nuts and herbs like parsley or basil as your aesthetic needs move you…

LOVE ON YOUR MOM.. and yourself this weekend and everyday!

THANK YOU FOR MOMS… I LOVE MY MOM SO MUCH!!! She’s super shy, so no before and after facial photos, sorry!!!

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10 years!!!

Asian American Milestones

Am I optimistic about the future for realistic portrayals of non-white America in Film and TV? Well, mostly… and I was more encouraged when I attended this event on May 6th, 2015. UCLA celebrated the 10 year anniversary of when Asian American Studies became an official department.  So many of media’s up and comers and better-knowns among Asian American talent, both on-screen and behind the camera found their direction in the early years of UCLA’s Asian American classes when it was just called a speciality.  Justin Lin (film director), Randall Park (actor of Fresh Off the Boat) , Michael Golamco (writer), Grace Borrero Moss at NBC Diversity Casting… just to name a few and there are so many others (including myself, although I started my acting career much, much later than those mentioned above.)

10 years!!!

10 years!!!

So, while we have seen a drop in the number of Asian faces on screen in the 2014-15 television season, we can be hopeful as many shows championing diverse casting have been renewed.   Read this blog for more:

http://deadline.com/2015/05/american-crime-castle-agents-of-shield-agent-carter-galavant-secrets-lies-fresh-off-the-boat-renewed-abc-1201422717/

One statistic that remains with me post-event is how Asian Americans watch so little live television  (no surprise there for me! LOL.) Grace Moss of NBC mentioned that in one month As/Ams watch about 82 hours, whereas Black Americans watch about 201 hours.  That’s a staggering difference! … and so As/Ams cannot moan about why we aren’t on television more when we don’t support the faces on the tube.  

Let’s find ways to advocate for more diverse casts that are truthful and relevant to our social and cultural realities…watch more TV, perhaps, is the simple way… one bottleneck in this effort toward a flow of a wide spectrum of cultures (and colors) represented on screen may be found in the writer’s room, as well as among the sea of showrunners, sorely lacking showrunners of mixed cultural backgrounds.create more content with a more color-ful reflection of our times and put our pocket books behind them. I do understand the frugal mentality of many Asian cultures, however, so it’s a worthwhile battle to get this affluent segment of American society to open their billfolds and take a gamble on a very viable and emerging “face” of Hollywood.  It’s a calculated risk…yes, the audience is out there and so is the talent, both burgeoning and in need of a broader expanse upon which to play and take flight.  How? I would love to hear your suggestions!

This article sheds more light: http://www.scpr.org/programs/the-frame/2015/04/24/42564/asian-american-youtube-celebrities-aim-to-change-p/ 

Thank you to my brother in the arts Lawrence Chau for sharing this last article with me.

Let’s forge onward! Making and embracing opportunities together and for one another… I look forward to continuing to contribute to honest textures in media, but understand that it is still an uphill battle to change much of established “Hollywood” practices.  Perhaps this is too “asian” of me.. but I accept that means much more is required of me as an actor and a business professional to make it safe and alluring enough to make changes in favor of a still “token” face like mine.

GO BRUINS for the seminal work started so long ago just beginning to prove noticeably fruitful.

Grace Borrero Moss speaks at event

Grace Borrero Moss speaks at event

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A MAGNIFICENT PAIRING

So, about once a year.. when my husband has his annual rum and cigar birthdate outing with pals, I get inspired to concoct a one-bite dessert pairing that represents us as a couple… (i.e. what would we be if we were a pair of desserts?)  I know.  I’m weird.  Nevertheless, I am happy with the outcome. Call me super strange, but having both one-bites’ flavors mix on my palate really hit me with a deep, sensory and arguably spiritual revelation! 

Introducing a Magical Pair:  

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Peanut-y Rum Cup with Raspberry Crunch on top and

a Raw “Caramel” Almond, Date, and Fig Cup Crowned with Coconut.

Through this pairing, I have tasted what it is like to appreciate individual merits, but have a melding union be even more deliciously delightful than just one offering alone!  And is that not the mysterious, glorious one-ness a marriage is idealized to be?  Ah, the beauty of food and the enlightenment possible therein…  Try this. Seriously.  

A brief explanation: Jon enjoys rum, peanut butter, and raspberries…and I like everything in both items but prefer a healthier version of all treats. ta-DA!

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Just double boil semi-sweet chocolate along with a bit of coconut oil and rum extract (or the real thing), layer the ooey gooey smooth melted chocolate on the bottom of your mini paper cup liners, follow with a dollop of peanut better, and add more rum infused chocolate on top.  Sprinkle with Himalayan salt and add a piece of freeze dried raspberry before putting in fridge to set for 10 minutes.  Easy and delish!  There is refined sugar in the store bought chocolate chips, which is the downer… which brings up the dessert version of “me” for Jon’s birthdate party favors.  A bit more complex, but less guilt later when you eat them…! LOL

INGREDIENTS:

Crust: 1 cup soaked and dehydrated almonds, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 1/2 black mission figs, 3/4 cup medjool dates

“Caramel” middle : Halawi dates soaked in just enough water to soften, vanilla bean extract, cinnamon dash and sea salt.

Carob topping: melted Tablespoon of coconut oil, another couple Tablespoons of coconut manna, 1/4 cup of raw carob powder, 1 Tablespoon of yacon powder (or syrup would be better). mesquite is also a great option.

HOW TO:

Food process almonds until broken into large crumbles, not into a paste, add the dates and figs… and coconut shreds until it sticks together to mold into the bottom or your cup liners and muffin molds.  Your thumbs will be great to hollow out the middle in which you will put a dollop of the date paste “caramel” mixture.

wpid-20150427_211220.jpgTo make the “caramel,” just food process all the listed ingredients until smooth.  Put this smooth paste in the cup.  Finally, melt the coconut oil and manna in a double boiler and whisk in carob powder and yacon–use maple syrup if you want a bit more sweet.  Drizzle over “caramel” dollop and smooth in down to be in line with the top of the crust.  Finally, cover the liquidy parts of the toppings with enough coconut shreds to cover.  Chill to set in fridge.  Enjoy!!!! …more work, but definitely less guilt involved since there’s nothing refined in the way of sweeteners in this option!

One more major bonus for the raw cup dessert… my doggie Rocky the Rescue can have a smidge, too!!! wahoo… and he enjoyed a few bits of a one-bite. :)  Truly guilt-free me!

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So, this was a foodie’s way of helping you get to know me and my hubby as a pair… You can choose one or the other, but the magic of this pairing is that having both together makes the flavors even better!!! Truly!!!  I am super blessed at how this worked out!!!