A Fish called Dog…. & Quinoa Gnocchi
she wanted a dog
really really wanted a dog
I got her a fish
we named it dog…
she is happy…
I am happy…no cleaning, no walking, no vet bills…
when she is older she might
hold this against me..
I will deal with it then.
I will get her a metro card…
and name it CAR!
all kidding aside…
I am trying to do my best by Tunie B.
make her feel protected, well loved and make her empowered at 3
(hence giving her the “responsibility” of a pet as recommended by the sandcastle method)
(the author is actually a religious Jew who I remember seeing on Oprah many many years ago and thinking wow - he is spot on – sadly so many years later I actually have to read his book but thankful his information is available and helpful to my situation)
How to deal with Kids who were abandoned during a divorce by one parent
is something that I am dealing with right now
My Tunie B. remembers and asks about her dad
on a daily basis
things like a blue blanket
that her dad would occasionally sleep with in warmer weather
she remembers…tells me it is her daddy’s blanket….he forgot it.
my heart breaks..every day
when I see her missing him
I am seriously surprised every day of how much and in clear detail she remembers of him… (she was without a doubt – daddy’s girl)
but she is half my kid & thank g-d she has inherited my better qualities..
she is one resilient, good natured – no pushover kinda kid with a huge heart & imagination.
She is a survivor…
I wish she did not have to be…and I could have let her live in the protected bubble she deserved to be in for way longer than 2 years old…
But, she is happy and thriving…
our Fish named Dog
lives happily ever after …
with Tunie B. & me.
What’s For Dinner Tonight?
In the theme of passing off something that really isn’t…I bring you my latest in “pasta recipes” the Qunioa Gnocchi!
Lately I have been playing around with Qunioa & testing recipes. Why you might ask? well I always have had a love hate relationship with this grain – it truthfully doesn’t taste like anything – and most times I have eaten it has been in some sort of salad.
But with 2013 rolling in, I have really tried to explore and cook healthier options and quinoa is an essential ingredient to helping me cut out some of the white flour items that I consume.
Now don’t get crazy here – I am not totally cutting out anything, especially white flour, somethings are just not the same without it & thankfully I am not allergic to it. However moderation is the key for me, and if I can find tasty, healthy alternatives that will do the trick 4 out of 5 times – well then WHY NOT?
The first thing I promised myself when I started paling with quinoa was - NO SALAD recipes!! – there are a million of them (some better than others) but I wanted something substantial on my plate!
One morning I woke up with this recipe – I had literally dreamed it the night before. Yes people – I dream about food - I taste things in my head…YOU DONT?
That night I had a Cooking Demo I was doing with some local mothers here in Lakewood, and I decided to try it out with them. Not the smartest move – never test new recipes on a crowd -ia a smart general rule of thumb to abide by…..
But my RISK – had a HUGE payoff, because this Qunioa Gnocchi was a delicious success. – They loved it – I loved it – and it was SOO easy to make (way more easier than real gnocchi & pasta).
It has become my new obsession this past week, and I predict from now on, when I am in the mood for a cheesy, tomato pasta - instead of going for the white or whole wheat flour – I will be making myself a quick bowl of this delicious Quinoa Gnocchi.
Quinoa Gnocchi Recipe
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup mixed shredded mozzarella & cheddar cheese
1/3 cup whipped cream cheese (or you can use feta cheese)
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
pinch of salt & black pepper to taste
In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients until the quinoa and cheese form a dough like texture.
Then take a nice size portion of your qunioa mixture and shape into an oval log. Then cut into 1.5 -2 inch thick pieces.
Place a small skillet that has been sprayed generously with non-stick spray on medium high heat, and pan fry your cut gnocchi pieces for about 1-2 minutes on each side.
Gently remove from pan with tongs into your pasta bowl and serve immediately with your favorite tomato sauce and parmesan cheese as garnish.