Friday, October 26, 2012

Gluten free seitan style cutlets and creamy orange rise n' shine porridge

Creamy Orange Millet Rise n' Shine Porridge

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Delicious, creamy millet flavored with orange, banana, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon!  This is the perfect hearty breakfast for a cold fall or winter morning.  It will brighten that cold morning with the sunny citrus orange flavor but will fill your tummy and keep you warm on those cold mornings.  

I found an amazing way to overcome the somewhat gritty undesirable texture of millet and this breakfast was so creamy and delicious.  My kids cleaned their bowls and they usually don't like porridge style breakfast, they like pancakes, muffins and other baked goods.

I couldn't resist posting a couple of my recent recipes!  I know, I know I said my blog would be retired and in a sense it more recipes will be available but if you want to keep up with what I am creating you can always check back for the pics.

My recipes will now only be available through: 

The new android app is the only place to get my latest recipes.

Gluten Free Seitan Style Cutlets

Oh, my these little cutlets are DELICIOUS!  They will be served on Thanksgiving as part of my Peaceful Thanksgiving menu!

It is extremely difficult to get a gluten free style seitan to work out well but these were delicious.  My husband said they certainly made his top ten list!  They held together very well, had a great texture and tasted delicious with a dollop of creamy gravy!!

I served them with delicious quinoa pilaf for a delicious, complete meal!

I went through a short period of chef block where I just could not come up with recipes but it seems it is over and I am back in the kitchen creating.  It has been fun to create without stress as well as to take time off from creating when I'm just not feeling it.

Monday, October 15, 2012

A video of past recipes

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I thought it would be fun to post a video that detailed some of my favorite recipes that I've created over the years.    I am still creating recipes and actually enjoying it.   My kids love whatever I make and that really makes it SO much more enjoyable!

The recipes I create from here on out will be created for Bodymade and the recipes won't be available however I may from time to time post updates and pictures so you might want to get my Brand New Android App:  Simple Chef

It should be in the android store next week!!  I'm so excited!

I taught a nutrition class on Saturday for Bodymade and it was fantastic!!  

I am now officially the Director of Nutrition & Research for Bodymade

I am excited to begin this new adventure and I have enjoyed teaching nutrition on a more personal level.  

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Peaceful Kitchen Retiring

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My very candid goodbye letter to my blog

I have been contemplating whether to continue my blog or to stop blogging for a long time.  It has been a very difficult decision for me because I really love sharing my recipes.   I've spent many nights talking to my husband about how much I love creating recipes and sharing them with others but at the same time I feel a lot of pressure and stress to create perfect, amazing, recipes and you know, not every recipe turns out to be amazing!  It didn't used to bother me, it just made me more determined, but lately it is just causing me to lose the joy in the process.

I know I have indicated in many posts that I may stop posting recipes and just post health or nutrition information but then I continue creating recipes because I love it so much.   I have wrestled with this for the last six months but I finally realized that it just isn't bringing me the joy it once did.  The stress associated with creating recipes isn't coming from my readers of course, it really is from other sources, but I just feel a lot of stress none the less.  There have been many things that have happened over the last couple of months that have solidified my decision to lay my blog to rest and free myself from recipe creating.

When creating recipes sometimes they turn out truly amazing while other times they turn out to be total disasters!

I've been embarrassed on more than one occasion when cooking for family, friends, or others only to have the recipe not turn out that ONE time I am making it for other people!  This is very difficult for me because I feel so much joy in sharing recipes that people enjoy, but I also feel equal stress, frustration, and anger at myself when it doesn't turn out and people do not enjoy it the way I hoped they would because it didn't turn out right.

I have had my share of successes when it comes to creating recipes, but I have also had  my share of complete failures as well.  It used to be that these ups and downs of the process would just make me want to try that much harder.  My kitchen would literally EXPLODE as I would spend all day making gluten free muffins, bread, or something else until I got it right!   I ended up feeling so over full from testing all these recipes trying to make it just right.......... but the satisfaction of 'getting it right' was so worth it!  I felt such a sense of accomplishment.

I think the stress of always feeling like I have to come out with some amazing, perfect recipe has worn me out over the years.  It can be tough when you have grown up with professional critics, I think I am my own worst critic, but growing up with many critics in my life has caused me to be so cautious about everything I do and the stress has really drained the joy out of creating recipes for me.

I had planned to post nutrition information from my classes and from the latest research

I tested out a few nutrition articles that were filled with the latest research to see how I felt that might work into my blog, but I don't feel that it is the right thing for me.  I enjoy teaching people in a class setting where they can ask questions and we can have a dialog.   The anonymity of the internet unfortunately brings out the worst in people and nutrition is a VERY hot topic that can bring out very strong emotions.

I have been the center of controversy, gossip, and mud flinging since I started my journey to improve my health over eight years ago.  I dealt with all  kinds of name calling, hurtful gossip, teasing, wrongful judgment and very hurtful things from people close to me and I spent many nights crying wondering why people would make such a big deal over my personal choice.  

I used to say to my husband, why do people care so much what is on MY plate?  If I want a big plate of cow manure what difference does that make to them?   After 8 years of dealing with social gatherings where I tried to ever so quietly eat my food in the corner so as to not cause any uproar only to have my dinner plate become the subject of discussion, ridicule, and bullying I just feel that I don't want to put myself out in the controversial arena of nutrition.  The truth is out there but food is SO emotional, political, financial etc..... it is worse than talking politics or religion!  Honestly it is.

I've experienced enough bullying, ridicule, and anger from the people that surround me and therefore I just don't feel up to dealing with it increased exponentially by the anonymity of the internet.

I would like to thank those who have enjoyed my recipes and who have been kind and gracious supporters

Thank you to those of you who have helped me, supported me, and enjoyed my recipes I truly appreciate your love and support!  I know there are a few of you who have followed my blog and who have enjoyed my recipes.  I will leave the blog up and the recipes will be available to those who have enjoyed them.  

Time to retire my blog and find some inner peace and joy in a new endeavor

I have begun working with a new company and have been asked to teach for them and I am excited about this new opportunity that I have to share with others in a more fulfilling way.  I may post some invitations on my blog to hear me speak or attend one of my cooking classes so there may be a few posts here and there but in general my blog will be officially retired.................................. 

It is hard for me to let go, but at the same time it feels strangely liberating as well.....