Entree, Featured, Food

Dairy Free Nordic Fiskesuppe (Fish Soup)

September 13, 2018

As summer gracefully dwindles the last of itself out of the Pacific Northwest and we return to a steady and more familiar forecast of clouds and showers, you’ll find me in my kitchen; concocting an array of autumnal dishes, playing with seasonal produce, and creating aromatic masterpieces designed to dazzle both the eye and tastebud. This Dairy Free Nordic Fiskesuppe is one of many recipes coming your way this season. It’s both hearty and warming without that heavy feeling afterwards and suitable for those with dairy and gluten allergies. (A rarity in Scandinavian cuisine.)

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons vegan butter (I like Earth Balance. Scandinavian friends try Carlshamn Mjölkfritt)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small leek, sliced 14 ” thick
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced 14” thick
  • 1 large parsnip, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small celery root, peeled and chopped
  • 4 medium gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup clam juice
  • 12 tablespoons gluten free Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 lb. boneless, salmon fillet, cut into 2″ pieces (remove skin if desired)
  • 1/3 cup dill, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves, chopped (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Melt Earth Balance in stock pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic, celery, onions, and leeks, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until soft, 8-10 minutes. Add carrots, celery root, parsnips, potatoes, vegetable broth, almond milk, clam juice and Worcestershire; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes. Add salmon, and continue to cook, stirring gently, until fish is cooked through, 6-8 minutes. Stir in dill, parsley, lemon juice, and additional salt and pepper if necessary. Serve with a thick, crusty bread. Best if enjoyed with friends and paired with a bottle of Syrah. Skål!

Notes:

  • This soup can be made vegan by omitting the clam juice and salmon.
  • Feel free to substitute mahimahi, cod, scallops, or shrimp for the salmon.

Dessert, Featured, Food

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

September 1, 2018
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Decadently chewy and full of rich, autumnal flavors; these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are destined to dazzle!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin or fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg (or egg replacer for vegan option)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups gluten free, all-purpose flour gluten free, all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large bowl or kitchen mixer, combine one cup of canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling), coconut sugar, maple syrup, Earth Balance, egg, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  3. Add in the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips. (If you’re using an electric mixer, disregard at this point and fold in chocolate chips using a rubber spatula.)
  5. Line baking 8″x 12″ with parchment paper and spread batter evenly into pan.
  6. Bake at 350° F for 25-30 minutes or until cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Featured, My life, Seattle, Uncategorized, Wellness

New Day NW with The Healthful Model

August 22, 2018
New Day NW with The Healthful Model

New Day NW with The Healthful Model 

It was a great pleasure to speak on the topic of sustainability and plastic waste this morning on New Day NW. You can find more information on this subject in my blog posts: Everyday Zero Waste Essentials and Simple Tips to Reduce Plastic Pollution.


Products mentioned in today’s segment:

Travel cutlery: To-Go Ware

Plastic wrap alternative: Bee’s Wrap

Produce bags: Earthwise

Cold beverage tumbler: D’Eco

Reusable storage bags: Full Circle

Stainless steel straw: Hiware

Reusable totes: Simply Green Solution

Storage containers: U Konserve

My life

Birthday Musings

August 13, 2018
Birthday Musings

What do you want for your birthday?” An age-old question that used to send me to the pages of the Toy “R” Us catalog, now sends me to my desk with feelings of overwhelm and strong desire to make sense of it all.

So I write. I write every year around my birthday for the sentiment, for the denouement that only occurs once the curation of thoughts has been fully formulated and executed through the writing process. A process where satisfaction is solely achieved through a nonlinear and imperfect series of steps; editing and removing, deleting and rewriting, scratching out words in a tattered, coffee-stained Moleskine, clicking keys in the dead of night when sleep is impervious but ideas flow rapidly. All for the moment where the words somehow create a symphony, while small, prolific in the understanding and closure it somehow provides.

I’m convinced that getting older simply means seeing the world through more definitive eyes; each passing year like peeling back the layers of an onion, more raw and potent with every discarded cortex. Amongst many things, this year I’ve been working ruthlessly to discard the deceptive idea that there is a right moment or perfect set of circumstances from which to proceed to the next endeavor. It’s an elusive and logical thought on the surface: once X is fixed or complete, I will then proceed to Y.

The only problem: humans are complex, dynamic beings with intricate thought patterns and emotions.

I’ve long and alone been trying to solve deep-rooted, multifaceted issues using a simple equation, an equation that only addresses one side of something so protean. So, I’ve surrendered to the couch three days a week, also known as psychotherapy, where I’ve actually obtained a strong sense of relief from talking about my fears and everything that has been and continues to be fucked up.

Another year, another layer peeled back.

People often compare terrifying moments and big decisions to jumping off a cliff, but what we often forget is that we’ve already jumped. Life is like free falling; eventually we’ll land. There will be no time left for debating or decisions, what-ifs or goodbyes. So I’m learning to get comfortable with that nauseating feeling of falling. We may not have control over the fall, but we do have some control over what happens midair. That fleeting, gut-wrenching feeling that presents itself as fear is actually encouraging us get out in the world and live. Shitty and slightly magical, huh?

With every layer peeled back, through all the unraveling and rawness of life, there is still an inexplicable magic. As I’ve gotten older, it’s come wrapped in an entirely different package. It’s the gratitude of catching that first glimpse of the sunrise on my morning run. It’s that connection with a stranger or a moment of kindness when it’s least expected. It’s being curled up next to my husband on a plane, sharing the pages of The New York Times. It’s rich relationships and pure love, text messages and phone calls, moments where the world feels small and intimate.

What do you want for your birthday?”

I encourage you to start thinking about it now. I encourage you to think about it when life feels dark and gritty and when the moments seem fleeting. I encourage you to think about it when you’re elated and filled with gratitude. Observe every moment. What do you want from the wildly, ephemeral life?

This year, I want my friends scattered around my dinner table more often, filled with great food and even better wine. I want to find the courage to tell the people that I love, how much I truly love them. I want to skip the small talk and start saying the things that really matter. I want to feel more propelled by inspiration and less by perfection. I want to laugh more. I want to see beauty in the days where things feel off or uncomfortable. I just want to soak this life all in. Every last little drop.

Cheers to 26.