Friday, March 27, 2009

Some Updates, And, A Recipe!

(I haven't posted a picture in awhile... why? Because I am L-A-Z-Y, that's why. Hopefully I'll process some this weekend)

And now... Random Updates!

Hair: It's been... a week and a half? Two weeks? Probably two weeks since I washed my hair with shampoo. It's actually going great! I had one or two days where my hair felt kinda icky, but it wasn't that bad even then. I got some bulk baking soda to wash with, and made a vinegar solution to rinse with. I've noticed that my hair is fuller, curls more easily, and is less fluffy and fly-away. It seems a little dry (I'm assuming that's because the oils haven't worked their way down to the ends yet) so today I used some conditioner and I might do a warm oil-pack deep conditioning treatment this weekend, but I'm pretty happy so far. I think it's still 'transitioning,' whatever that means, but it's certainly not unmanageable and I'm happy so far.

Health: I think I have to go on a no-sugar, whole-foods diet for awhile. My ear (which is easily infected) has been giving me trouble, and last time it was afflicted, it was with a massive yeast-and-staph infection (yuck!!). Given the vertigo I've been experiencing, and the recent heavy dose of antibiotics I took for my leg, and the fact that my tummy has been acting up, I think I need to just bite the bullet and do this thing. No sugar, no processed foods, no 'white' carbs, no caffeine. Sigh. Luckily it's just for a month or two. And luckily my new favorite lunch is steamed cauliflower, broccoli and carrots, with some baked chicken (I'm a mostly-vegetarian, but lately I've been so low-energy I'm reverting back to my old nutrition lessons from growing up and am upping the protein. Just chicken, however). Hopefully this will help that, too. Starting... Monday.

Books: I am almost done with The Wood Wife, and now I see what the big deal is! I am completely enthralled with this book. It's really good, better than I had hoped. I should be posting a review tomorrow, if I keep reading tonight like I have been. And then, even though I should be reading for Once Upon A Time, I have a whole slew of other books to read before getting back into OUAT. They're library books so I'd better hop to it! I also have to post over at Anna; I keep forgetting...

And, the recipe: This is from Orangette, whose book A Homemade Life I really want to read. I read about this last week and wanted to try it... seems like a really good lunch, so inexpensive and delicious, not to mention simple! I made it tonight, and was instantly addicted.

1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (I am going to try home-cooked next time)
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 ½ tsp. good olive oil
A pinch of salt
¼ cup loosely packed shredded real Parmigiano Reggiano

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and stir gently to mix. Taste, and adjust seasoning as necessary. Serve immediately, or chill, covered, until serving.

PS: This is really filling, too.

That's about it for now. I am feeling very inspired by the book, so hopefully next week the paints will come out again...


Nymeth said...

Ooh, I love chickpeas. I'll have to try that recipe.

Tammie said...

I want to read A Homemade Life too. I was going to put my name on the waiting list at the library but it was a mile long.

chickpeas are one of my fvorite foods. i snack on them like candy. my family finds this strange and disgusting.

good luck with the healthy diet. it does sound like maybe your body is trying to tell you something.

Miss D. said...

Nymeth: it's super-easy and so yummy. We've been completely addicted since making them. We've made this at least three or four times since!

Tammie: I find those waiting lists go by quickly -- I got Drood way before I was ready for it, and now I'm rushing to get all my reading done... The healthy diet is surprisingly easy to do. Probably because I'm making stuff like these chickpeas, which are SO GOOD and filling...

Eva said...

I LOVE chickpeas! Here's my favourite chickpea salad recipe-it's from one of the Moosewood cookbooks (it's a little more effort, but not too much-I always make double batches, because my family will eat even that in a couple days!):
in a bowl combine:
1 can chickpeas
1/4c minced red onion
3 tbs chopped fresh mint
3 tbs chopped fresh parsley
1/4c chopped kalamata olives
14 chopped reconstituted sun-dried tomatoes (not the oil-packed kind, but the in-a-bag kind: pour boiling water over them and let sit for 10 minutes)

toss with:
3 tbs fresh lemon juice
2 tbs olive oil
1 minced/pressed garlic clove

The stuff is like crack, lol...everyone I've made it for has always wanted second helpings. ;)