Sunday, May 27, 2012

Marinated White Beans & Cremini Mushrooms

Today's recipe was inspired by a recent outing to Hillside Farmacy, a new restaurant here in Austin.  I was torn between ordering marinated mushrooms and marinated Gigante beans with mixed olives as an appetizer.  A real coin-flipper, right?  I eventually went with the Gigante beans, which were delicious.  In fact, they were the highlight of my entire meal that night.  But even so, the thought remained in my head, "Wish I could have had both."  And when thoughts like that linger, I know there's only one thing to do.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I Can See Clearly Now...

For so much of my life, eating was simply a means to an end.  Eating for satisfaction, eating for comfort, and eating (or not eating) for some semblance of control.  What these all had in common was how fleeting those 'ends' were.  I would have a taste of satisfaction, comfort, or control before the void would reappear, seemingly deeper and more wanting than ever before.  And beyond these emotional associations with food, there were also the physical associations.  More often than not, eating would leave me in pain:  stifling the urge to double over or curl into a ball from the cramps, migraines seething behind my eyes, and just wanting to be alone.  So I would run towards food for comfort and security, only to immediately run away, scared and confused.  

And that was my everyday for nearly three decades, running in circles.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Gluten-Free, Vegan Coconut Millet Cake with a Sweet Basil Citronette

What blogoversary would be complete without cake?  

You're probably thinking, "But wait, Jonathan.  Wasn't your blogoversary like a week ago?"  And while the answer is "Yes," I would then respond additionally with the question, "Do you only celebrate your birthday or anniversary on the day of?  Or do you spread it out over a few days or even a week?"

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Blogoversary! The Year in Review

It's hard to believe that it's already been a year.  They say that time flies when you're having fun, but in this case, I think time flew because I was simply too busy to notice the clock.  But half-jokes aside, fun has definitely been a part of it,  and beyond that, the journey has also been enriching, inspiring, and beautiful.  Did I forget to mention challenging?  There have definitely been moments where my desire to propel the blog forward in its evolution has felt at odds with my sanity. [insert sound of head rhythmically hitting a wall]