Sunday, November 30, 2008

Santa Monica Farmers Market

Michael Pollan, A Food Agenda for the Next Administration

A Food Agenda for Next Administration will be a panel discussion at UC Berkeley that posits a policy framework for achieving healthy food and agriculture systems in the US. Speakers are Michael Dimock, President, Roots of Change; Michael Pollan, author and Professor, UC Graduate School of Journalism; Judith Redmond, co-owner Full Belly Farm and Board President, Community Alliance with Family Farmers; and Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State. The moderator is Cynthia Gorney, Professor, UC Graduate School of Journalism.

Melamine and Food

Cookies. Candy. Instant coffee. Pretzels. Ice cream. Yogurt. Crackers and biscuits. Eggs and products containing powdered eggs. Cake. Powdered and condensed milk, and products containing them. Livestock and fish feed. Soy milk. Pie. Wheat gluten. Cereal. Tea.

Chances are good that you have consumed one of these products recently, or will in the coming days and weeks. If any of them are from China - and no, you may not be able to tell by looking at the label - then you may want to sit up and pay attention.

These foods of Chinese origin have been found by authorities in the United States, Canada, Australia, or parts of Asia to contain an industrial chemical called melamine that is used to make plastic. In recent weeks, the Chinese government has admitted that adding melamine to food - which raises protein levels, making poor-quality products look more nutritious - is common practice in China.....more

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tiny Tostadas with Filet Mignon, Black Bean and Chili

Manchego and Queso Fresco Enchilada

Pan Seared Petrale Sole in Cilantro and Lime


Ceviche, a Latin American delicacy composed of citrus "cooked" fin and shellfish, chilies and additions of onion, garlic, peppers, tomatoes and even mango, and always delicious and healthy.
Om Ceviche November
Red Snapper, red onion, orange and red bell peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, mint and garlic marinated lime and grapefruit juice

Eat Your Breakfast!

Mom was right, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Om breakfast bread pudding is a delicious beginning to an awesome and energized day.
Whole grain bread, nuts, berries, milk, soy works fine, a few eggs, cinnamon or cardamom and a bit of honey

Green Eggs Wrap and Fabulous Fritatta

Wraps are an excellent breakfast on the go

Pasillia chili, eggs -egg whites or eggbeaters are healthy upgrades, but eggs a few times a week offers exceptional omega 3's and a perfect protein -red onion and cilantro
Frittatas are uber easy, and a fab way to use small amounts of odd ingredients languishing in the fridge...

Classic Yogi Breakfast

Fresh, live, thick and rich yoghurt is nothing like the overly acidic commercial yogurts.
Topped with fresh, om made, honey sweetened, organic granola and fresh berries, this is a perfect and quick breakfast

Fresh and Om Made, Cardamom, Almond and Cherry Granola

 Om Chef granola is made to order and available for delivery.

Is the Dalai Lama an Herbivore or an Omnivore?

Organic and hormone free is better if for no other reason than less cows equals less potential exposure to the dangerous pathogens that are so rampant in commercial beef plants, antibiotics are routinely, and at times continuously, administered in commercial feed lots.

organic and local provides superior flavor and food safety

The dalai Lama is a 'Harmonyivore', essentially... if you call that food, and are so gracious as to serve it to me, thank you, it's delicious!
The Dalai Lama does not make animals a part of his daily diet......and he does not trip out into a tirade at their presence at a meal.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Shiitake, Walnut and Goat Cheese Stuffed Eggplant

Slice Japanese or Chinese eggplant lengthwise, 1/4" thick, spread with a thin layer of goat cheese, chopped shiitake mushroom, chopped walnuts, minced garlic and finely chopped flat leaf parley...gently roll up and secure with a toothpick, bake 30 minutes at 350
This is one of those delicacies that's even better the next day, hot or cold...make extra!

Pasillia Chili Nirvana

Red and purple potatoes, spinach, queso fresca
Omnivores: add chili rubbed pork or tomatillio chicken

Herbivores:add walnuts, almonds and tempeh

Pictured: with chili rubbed pork

Miso-Raspberry Buddha Grill

assorted raspberry-miso grilled veggies on a heavenly bed of brown Basmati rice with nuts, herbs and garbanzo beans

Vegetables shown are from the Hollywood Farmers Market

Baby Focaccia Bites

Caramelized red onion baby Om Focaccia with purple potato, pine nut and goat cheese

Oil cured Black Olive and rosemary baby Om Focaccia with grilled eggplant, zucchini, mushroom and gold peppers

Minestrone and Focaccia

Om Minestrone soup changes with the season, this batch was a yummy mix of kale, crimini mushroom, shiitake mushroom, napa cabage, zucchini, carrot, cannaleni beans and leeks in a garlicy, basil scented broth, serve with fresh baked Om Focaccia and light salad.

Omnivores add Italian turkey sausage or traditional Italian sausage

Steamed Green Lipped Mussels and Om Made Focaccia

Nothing compares to the lingering aroma of fresh baked focaccia... fresh rosemary, thyme, oregano and basil make it even more delicious. Serve with white wine steamed green lip mussels dressed with basil and grape tomatoes

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Enlightened Cobb Salad

Omnivore: chicken, turkey breast or grilled salmon, always bacon and bleu cheese
Herbivore: tofu bacon, tempeh or grilled cranberry, sage tofu