As we get older and consciously work to reduce our stress levels, I am always looking for ways to get the most out of life without expending a lot of energy to do so.
Take cooking as an example — I love good food with fresh ingredients. I love savoring a delectable meal, and there are times when I truly desire to make a really complex meal — you know the kind of meals that require a double boiler or Cream of Tartar (LOL). However, for those times that I want a quick and dirty meal, yet delicious and healthy, I am open to other ways without compromising on quality
Kweli Kitwana, a regular contributor to this blog shows us how to make good and simple pasta.
She says, “this is way too easy to make from scratch. With only three ingredients — a pinch of salt, flour and eggs — you can’t get easier than that.
Mix, roll out with a rolling pen and cut very, very thinly with a pizza cutter. Bring water to a boil (with a pinch of salt) and submerge pasta until al dente (cooked but slightly firm). You will find that this is the best tasting pasta ever!”
Kweli also makes her own tomato sauce. This truly is an example of This…I…Do…For…Me!
ALCATRACES — Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
While in Puerto Vallarta in February 2018, I and some friends dined at a delightful restaurant called Alcatraces. The decor was warm, colorful and cozy. It was the first time that I saw an entire wall draped in stacked stone, and artwork created by Mexican artists laden throughout this gem added an authenticity that compels you to learn more about Mexico generally and Puerto Vallarta, specifically.
As aesthetically pleasing as the decor is, the food is equally appealing. We started with an appetizer of a huge deep fried Porto Bello Mushroom loaded with shrimp, onions and cheese — a gastronomic phenomenon. For my entree, I had the Barbeque Ribs — most tender and with outstanding sauce. I paired my meal with a Pacifico Beer! Now, that was heaven.
The service was attentive and warm, and our waiter made satisfying recommendations.
Please pay Alcatraces a visit on your next trip to Puerto Vallarta! You will walk away mesmerized by the entire experience.
There are countless ways to express your creativity — through the written word, creating an aesthetically pleasing home environment, building a business or through a variety of artistic endeavors. But nothing can compare to creating a colorful salad 🥗.
The salad pictured below was a three person endeavor created at my home for a Paella Party back in June. In this beautiful bowl was Spinach, Red Leaf Lettuce, Grape Tomatoes 🍅, Red Onion, Mandarin Oranges, Cranberries and Bleu Cheese.
Eating is a necessity, but preparation and cooking is an art form!