Healthy body, healthy spirit, healthy mothering. This is the journey I have set out on with my two amazing children.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Spicy Tofu with Coconut Rice

Chopped 1 small white onion. Minced fresh ginger. 2 small garlic cloves chopped. Cook in small amount of peanut oil about 5 minutes then add the rice and toss to coat. Cover with 1 can coconut milk (I used organic) and 2 cups of water and some lime zest. Sounds complicated but it was really quite simple. While the rice was cooking I mixed the spices for the tofu (coriander, salt, sugar, cumin, cayenne, paprika). The tofu fried/sauteed in some more peanut oil for about 10 minutes. My pan was a bit crowded so it took longer.

I've been thinking about making this recipe for about a year. That's a looong time to wait. It sounds amazing. While preparing it it looked amazing. You can just ignore my picture. It was taken with my phone as I have once again broken my freaking digital camera. Was it worth the wait?

drum roll please............

It was. :) The rice is so creamy after cooking in the coconut milk. It was sweet with only a hint of onion and garlic to keep it from seeming like a dessert. The yellow color of the rice is because it calls for a tiny amount of turmeric. The tofu was wonderfully creamy inside and as it is fried in peanut oil the outside had a nice crunchy texture. YUM!
Kelen even ate the tofu. Of course he said he only liked the "burnt ones." I didn't bother explaining that it wasn't burnt and that that is how it should look. As long as the boy was eating something healthy I was one happy Momma. :) We have been doing pretty good around here with cooking and eating healthy foods. I am really trying to make sure there is actual food in our meals. I have not bought any canned or boxed meals. If there is anything from a box-processed foods- in my cupboards it is because somebody has given it to us.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


When I first came across this video I wasn't sure what to think. Why is she feeding another woman's baby? But the more I thought about it the happier it made me. Breast milk is the best food EVER for a baby. The men (culturally brainwashed) of this country have ridiculous superstitions about lactating women. Therefore the women don't nurse their babies. In a country as poor as this one EVERY single infant should be nursing for at least 12-24 months. Preferably 24 months. The immunity provided to these children would be invaluable. As it stand the life expectancy is only 41 years old in this war-torn (the civil war ended in 2002 but they are nowhere near recovery), economically depressed and amazingly beautiful country. According to ABC News they also have the highest infant mortality rate in the world.

IN THE WORLD. Sweet Jesus that is a serious problem.

While I am not an advocate for vaccinations the fact that 1 out of 5 babies are dying of tetanus makes me ill. If the mothers had received a vaccination they would pass this immunity on to their babies via their milk.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

birthday pool

Yes I was as buzzed as I look. It was Hoss' b-day but they picked me up. My kids were spending the night with grandma M. I had 3? pineapple juice & rum drinks & a shot of something really yummy and red? My memory is fuzzy.
Happy birthday Hoss!