Tuesday, 4 May 2010

In the Woods There Grew a Tree...

(Still waiting for more pictures to come in) This is what I did this weekend!


(And ignoring the fact that it's titled "June Carnival"

1940s Woman's College, West China University

And this is what I looked like while I did it!







Monday, 3 May 2010

A Delicious Mess!

What a weekend! I'll tell you all about it very soon- I'm just waiting for more photos to trickle into my mailbox so as to provide YOU with a more enjoyable blog-reading experience! In the meantime: FOOD

I love festivals if for nothing more than the FOOD. I find that Pagans and other New Agers tend to fall into two distinct categories: Hardcore Veg or LARGE ROASTED DEAD ANIMAL ON A SPIT! There's really very little in-between room (a place into which I have happily wedged myself) (also, the point of being a vegetarian smoker is very much a mystery. If anyone could shed some light on this, please do it now.)

Having been raised (ish) a vegetarian, I understand the health benefits (believe me, the more fruits and vegetables I eat, the more awake, coherent, and alive I feel!) of leaving meat and other deliciously bad things out of one's diet. That's why I make an effort to not just give in and munch on junk food all of the time. I don't buy soda, and really don't eat candy that isn't chocolate. I also don't eat red meat. Despite all of this, my diet is not always the greatest, especially when I get stressed and/or busy. There's just no time to chop all of those fresh vegetables that I happen to have lying about at any given moment. Aside from that, I like some meat (sorry, Mom). I am in no way a dedicated carnivore, and really really like some of the 'fake meat' products out there (to the point where I'd choose them over real meat) (tofu needs to learn its place and stay there though.)

But back to festival weekends: While there are those that cater to the bloody carcass crowd, pretty much everything (including said carcass) has an emphasis on organic, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan friendly, all natural, no high fructose corn syrup, etc. And it's REALLY GOOD. It just makes you feel good, and good about yourself. Which brings me to my very great wish that I made more money so that I could afford to be more healthy. Yes, I can buy fruits and vegetables until the cows come home (and then go frolic amongst the cows wearing garlands of berries and radishes. Or something) but I'm not a vegan, and I like things besides fruits and vegs in my diet. A great many of those things have healthier (and often tastier) versions of themselves in the health food section of the grocery store (ps- if anyone knows where to find a good health food store in Scranton, please do share!). They're also twice the price, which is unfortunate, because I think that turns a lot of people away. (Myself, sadly, very often included.)

So tonight I went and re-created the deliciously healthy wrap that they serve at Fairy Fest! It's a chicken Caesar wrap. I know I know- but Guenevere that's the Deceptively Healthy choice on all the menus that just sounds healthy, but it's just really nasty dressing, lots of cheese, and lettuce that is little more than a green source of water! Yes. A white wrap with lettuce, way more dressing than necessary and cheese on top of that is not quite healthy. This is what I made.
A spinach/garlic/pesto wrap with Romaine lettuce (slightly more nutritional value), cucumber, tomato, carrots, avocado, chicken grilled with a little salt and pepper, just enough (organic) dressing, and a light sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. DE-LIC-IOUS. Also. I was going to provide an after photo- all wrapped up with some veggie chips on the side (I'm still working through a Wegman's gift card). But I put too much in. And then it exploded and made a mess. A drippy delicious mess. I've had a wonderfully energized evening, and almost 5 hours later, I'm still full.

Hopefully the desire to live more healthily (in more ways than just my diet) will carry on for a while (maybe until it becomes a habit?). In the meantime, as I've said, I was raised veg, but I'd like to brance out my vegetarian meal options. Does anyone (veg or not) have any good meatless or minimally meaty dishes to share???? Pretty pretty please?

And while we're on the subject, here's another shameless plug for my Mom's blog- it's all about eating healthy and sporadic updates on how the cookbook she's trying to get published is going!


Please share your recipies!