Thursday, May 13, 2010

Food of the week

Beef rouladen (Rinderrouladen) is the most common kind of rouladen in Germany. They are made of long, thin cuts of beef (usually beef round). The meat is seasoned with salt, pepper, and in many regions also with mustard.

Ingredients
4 large, thin slices of beef for Rouladen (thin beef round slices)
4 tablespons Mustard
8 slices Bacon, cut into small pieces
2 Onions, chopped
4 Gewürzgurke (a German pickle available at your local German Deli)
1 Bay Leaf
1 cup Cream
Salt
Water (as needed)
Pepper
Butter

Directions

Chop pickles  into small pieces.

Season both sides of the beef slices with salt and pepper. Spread 1 tablespoon of mustard onto the top side of a beef slice. Top this with 2 slices of bacon, some pickle pieces, and some onion pieces. Roll up the beef, making sure the filling gets tucked in as you roll. Tie the rouladen together with cooking-safe string or use toothpicks (or other kind of meat sticks) to hold the rouladen together. Repeat these steps for the remaining 3 slices of beef.

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Heat oil in a roasting pot. Briefly sear the rouladen so that the rouladen develops a nice brown outer crust. Add enough water so that the rouladen are covered. Add the bay leaf. Transfer the pot (lid on) to the oven. Allow meat to cook in the oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Remove rouladen from the pot. Mix in the cream to the liquid. Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Remove string/toothpick from the rouladen before serving.

Serve with boiled or mashed potatoes and a vegetable of your choice! 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Artist of the Week - Undiscovered


Again this week, I am featuring an artist undiscovered! Parker is the owner of ShawPaw Designs and have been selling coin necklaces for some time. Here is his story according to him:  

I have been selling coins for a while. I am also really into art and decided to combine the two hobbies of mine. I have been selling these necklaces across Oklahoma and the other great 49 states with great success. Therefore, I decided to offer these great items to you, wherever you may be.
I am a member of the Choctaw tribe. These necklaces are made after traditional style necklaces with quality materials. I do not use plastic on my necklaces. The beads used can range from glass, bone, bronze, gemstones (mulltiple colors), sterling silver, leather, be and metal / silver-plated. The necklace strap itself is made of either waxed yarn or sinew. The bezel securing the coin is either silver/gold-plated. The coins range from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s. I use Indian Cents, Buffalo nickels, Sacagawea $1, and even flying eagle cents (1857-58). I spend approximately 40-55 minutes making each necklace, using certain techniques and care to detail. Each necklace is given a name as each piece of sinew or yarn guides me to the final outcome or colors and designs.

Coins are removable from the bezel.

Necklaces come with piece of flint stone, which was used to make tools, etc. These pieces of flint are drawn at random out of a large bag and range from many color spectrums! These stones were found with authentic arrowheads in Kiowa, OK.

For more of these beautiful necklaces, visit the ShawPaw Designs Shop on Etsy! 

Monday, May 10, 2010

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought." Author Unknown 
 
Our world revolves around our thoughts. Being happy or sad also depends on our thoughts. Our thoughts are very important, as they mold our life at every stage. This particular quotation just reflects the importance of good positive thoughts on us (
Motivating Moments LLC, 2010).

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Eco-Friendly Notions

A little while ago I mentioned some tips of the things we can do to remain eco-friendly. I wanted to add a few more things that I think are very important to not only myself but to our planet.
One of the things we need to focus on, encourage ourselves and be persistent on is to Reduce our waste. It's important to recycle what already exists but if we can simply reduce it from the get-go, it will mean volumes. This means we have to simplify! By making the effort to reduce what you own, you will naturally purchase less/create less waste in the future.

And of course reduce your own purchases. Think!! Is the item totally and absolutely necessary?  When you are thinking about buying something, try the 30-Day Rule -- wait 30 days after the first time you decide you want a product to really make your decision.

Avoid creating trash wherever possible: when ordering food, avoid receiving any unnecessary plastic utensils, straws, etc. (ask in advance), buy ice cream in a cone instead of a cup, don't accept "free" promotional products, buy products with the least amount of packaging, etc. Every little bit of trash avoided does make a difference!  This may be harder to do than one things. I mean can you really pass up free gift? Sure you can!!

I like what the internet has done - even if it seems a bit impersonal for staying in contact. Gone are the letter writing days - this is could unless you use bleach-free recycled paper - then no problem. But not writing letters and staying connected via internet will save a few tress! No? 

Know as I am writing these tips I am turning my life more and more eco-friendly - to the best of my ability. It is tough some times since my youngest son has some medical challenges and needs i.e.e feeding pump - which uses plastic bags. I am turning is food containers into candle containers - or perhaps utensil holders for the kitchen?

I am learning with you and hope we all start to take care of our planet just a little more!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Food of the week

Frankfurter Grüne Sosse is favorite dish in Frankfurt and its surrounding area. It is a cold herb sauce that is often served with boiled or baked potatoes and hard-boiled eggs, as well as with meat and fish dishes. It is made with at least 7 different types of herbs, such as parsley, chives, chervil, watercress, borrage, tarragon, lemon balm, basil, spinach, and dill. Additional ingredients include eggs, mayonnaise or sour cream, oil, and seasonings.

Ingredients

10-12 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (select 7 herbs, such as parsley, chives, chervil, watercress, borrage, tarragon, lemon balm, basil, spinach, and dill)
5 Eggs
1 cup Sour Cream
2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
3.5 oz Plain Yoghurt
Vinegar, Salt, White Pepper, Sugar - all to taste

Directions

Boil 4 eggs for 6 minutes. Remove from water. Remove egg shells. Set aside.
Boil one egg 8 minutes or until hard-boiled. Remove from water. Remove egg shells. Finely chop the egg.
In a mixing bowl, mix together herbs, chopped egg, sour cream, yoghurt, and mayonnaise. Add vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar to taste. Slice the remaining eggs into halves. Transfer the sauce to a serving bowl and garnish with the egg-halves.
Traditionally served with boiled or baked potatoes.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Artist of the Week - Undiscovered

This morning  I decided to 'pounce' on Etsy and I found some omg to die for creations. However, this one is by far my favorite! The artists intro and bio state this" specialize in creating fantasy art, creating faeries, mermaids and goddess art. I like to incorporate crystal meaning into my pieces, as every piece has its own Story to tell" (Lunarianart, 2010).


"This painting is about humility and it mean gratitude and love, it is a time for reflection, humble begins and change. I used labradorite is known as a destiny stone, a power stone and its excellent for clarifying your goals for the future and bringing you closer to humility, its a wonderful stone for transformation and seeing the true self, taking away stress" (Lunarianart, 2010). 
"The symbol of the tree wraps around her body, nourishing the goddess within. Moonstone, associated with the Goddess and said to be associated with Diana, is entwined into her hair providing protection on land and sea" (Lunarianart, 2010).  
Each painting, pendant or ring has a story to tell that the artist is willing to share. I encourage you to visit her shop Lunarianart.etsy.com   who knows she just may have what you have been looking for!!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Thought of the Week

It is best to pretty much keep your trouble to yourself, cause half the people you tell em to won't give a damn, and the other half will be glad to hear you've got em.
Texas Bix Bender

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
Harry Truman

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Eco-Friendly Notions

Due to my son's medical and health needs he has a feeding tube and is supported with formula overnight. this leaves a lot of tin cans going into the trash. A few months ago, I made a crochet cozy for a coffee can in which I hold my kitchen utensils. I will probably make some more in the future. 


I also used those cans to make *Can*dles! I find these are good in the evenings, outside, good company, good wine or beer. Perhaps you are grilling or just have some time to enjoy and relax!




More and more I am noticing and trying to be more conscious about my habits. Not only when it comes to food (and yes this year we have a garden!) but also with everything else. I find that if I can help it - then success - if I cannot help it - then I must find a way!