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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

G is for grapes, grapefruit, and gooseberries. emoticon And green beans too. G is an easy letter to identify fruits and veggies with. THere are probably others too if anyone can think of them. Everyone likes grapes. WE grew up on them, the seedless kind. Don't like them with seeds, too much trouble. I love grapefruit and already discussed that one. Now gooseberries are something I had no clue about until we lived in ENgland back in the 70's. Our landlord was being posted to Malta for 3 years (touch assignment) and we were able to live in his 4 bedroom home with central heat. Lovely it was, living in ENgland with central heat back in those days! Anyway, they left us a freezer full of frozen food which included gooseberries. When my in laws came to visit, my mother-in-law baked us a gooseberry pie! It was delicious of course as she never made a bad pie.

Todays Spark tip is to buy fruits and veggies in season. They taste better. That makes sense I guess but you can get just about anything in season anymore. I grew up in Delaware and I remember the tomatoes tasted so special! Really tasty. Living in FLorida, they are pretty much tasteless. One year, I had a client in Alabama and I stopped at a roadside stand on the way to her home and bought some tomatoes. THey were delicious as they were home grown in dirt, not sand!

I joined the Organize Yourself Team here on Spark. I've been grousing about getting organized for years so yesterday I just went to the team section and looked to see what was out there. I've already established the AAPT club and I'm the first member. That's Attack A PIle Today! I've set a goal to put 5 piles away. Not being anymore specific because it would take too long to list them all but when I accomplish the task, I will post it. Then I'll set a goal for another 5 piles. Before you know it, I'll be Pile less. Enjoy your G fruits and veggies. This would make a good book if I ever got to it. Later.

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ANDI571 9/8/2011 1:32PM

    I would say the G group is my favorite. I probably eat more from that group than any.

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KASEYCOFF 9/7/2011 10:08AM

    Does garlic count as a vegetable--? Onions do, but chives are considered herbs, so... dunno.

You could always get into the technical aspect: GARDEN peas, GALA apple, GREEN pepper. I love greengage plums, but around here, they aren't called 'plums' or even the full 'greengage plums,' just 'greengages.' For a long time I didn't realize they were a type of plum; that pale yellow-green color threw me off.

With grapes, grapefruit, gooseberries, green beans, and Xialudi's guava, I think you're got it just about covered, lol...

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XIALUDI 9/7/2011 9:27AM

    Nice blog! I like your alphabet entries! I had grapes for breakfast today! Another good "G" fruit is guava - it has more vitamin C than oranges and apples! But I live in a country where they grow, so maybe they won't taste as good in the U.S.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

F is for fruit, figs and fiddlehead ferns. Some of this letters are thought to find something edible starting with them. I like fig newtons and they are relatively low calorie if you eat just one. Who can eat just one? Today's spark tip on fruits and veggies is to try different recipes for them to encourage you to eat more. I would agree with that. Yesterday we lost power to our house for several hours so cooking was not an option. Also, hubby was away and didn't get home until late so I was quilting until my fingers were sore!

One of the reasons I like the Sonoma Diet is that there are so many recipes for veggies that make them taste delicious. An easy way for preparation is to roast them in a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper. Also you can add grated parmesan cheese for a yummy treat! Asparagus done this way is great!

Hubby said that people actually do eat fiddlehead ferns! Anyone? Today is organizing day. I've got someone coming over to help me with some of that and boy do I ever need it! I think I've been talking about organizing since I've been a member of Spark. That and procrastination and also losing weight! Almost 2 years and I'm still working on those 3 things. Sounds to me like they are connected. If I could apply my passion for quilting to organizing and dieting, boy I would be svelte! Later!

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FIT4GOOD3 9/6/2011 11:35PM

    fiddlehead ferns taste like you spinach! very yummy with a little butter and s & p...

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ANDI571 9/6/2011 6:40PM

    I really lack when it comes to fruits and vegetables. I have never heard of a fiddlehead fern. I do like fig newtons though.

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KASEYCOFF 9/6/2011 5:18PM

    I love figs! I buy whole dried figs and keep them on hand, tho I can't eat too many as they are 'rich' in fructose and spike my BG. Sometimes I poach them (to plump them a little) then roast them with pork. And fresh figs are wonderful. When they're in season I have those a couple times a week.

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KKKAREN 9/6/2011 9:13AM

    Love my Fruits and Veges.

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Monday, September 05, 2011

Can't think of any other fruit or veggie that starts with E except maybe English Peas. What the heck is endive? A leafy green I guess! This is a very educational task I've set out for myself. Just wish you were reading! On Sparks 30 days to more fruits and veggies, they say to buy unripe as well as ripe produce. A suggestion is to buy green bananas and ripe ones too. We always buy green bananas as by the time they are ripe, they are gone. Otherwise, I'm putting them into a cake like I did last night! Cake you say? ON a diet you say? I made a raw apple cake because the bag of apples my hubby bought needed to be cooked! I prefer to buy one or 2 apples, knowing it will take me a while to eat them. He buys a whole bag.

Yesterday I sent him to the grocery store to buy a chuck or arm roast so I could cook pot roast with potatoes and carrots! He comes home with a bottom round roast that is like prime rib and roasts for a very short time. When I served it, he says, where are the carrots and potatoes! To him roast was roast. The meat was delicious I must say. I went online to look for how to cook a bottom round roast. And it was fab!

2 to 3 pound bottom round roast
Let sit at room temp for an hour. Rub salt and pepper on it. I used Emeril's Bayou Seasoning.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put roast in oven and cook for 1 hour.
Shut oven off and do NOT open the door. I had also cooked baked potatoes and they were ready too. Recipe says to let the roast sit in the oven and turn it back on and roast it again, 30 min prior to eating. Since we were ready to eat, I took it out and let it sit on the counter for5 or ten min. When I sliced into it, it was perfectlly med rare! Just like we like it! And more for tonight!

I must go and try to clean off a spot in my sewing room! It is a mess! Later and enjoy your E's.

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ANDI571 9/5/2011 4:46PM

    Mmmm. I love roast. It sounds so good. I will be right over. Is there any left? emoticon

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MROSE61 9/5/2011 4:10PM

    Don't forget edamame and elephant garlic and English cucumber! Elderberries make good wine and they can be made into jam or pies!

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KASEYCOFF 9/5/2011 10:32AM

    Take excess apples and throw 'em in a crockpot. If the apples are really dry, add a touch of water (I use apple juice myself, but water will work). Cook 'em as long as you like. When cool, you can bag the applesauce in one-cup (or whatever is convenient) portions and freeze 'em.

When you're ready to eat it, you can thaw it in the microwave or - if you're better at planning ahead than I am - let the frozen applesauce thaw overnight in the fridge. It has nothing in it but apple! If they're kind of sour you can always add a bit of sugar, brown sugar, or even something like honey or maple syrup to sweeten them up a bit. I sometimes add just a little ginger syrup, and of course you can always throw in some cinnamon or apple pie spice or cloves (depending on your favorite).

I couldn't get applesauce here so I started doing that to keep it on hand. Now, even if I could buy Mott's or Musselman's or whatever, I wouldn't: this is so easy and cheap, and sugar / additive free, that I always make my own.

I AM the Apple Queen, lol!

On a different note:


And there's 'escarole,' tho that's kind of cheating, as it's a variety of endive (which is indeed, as you say, a leafy green). There's worse cheating (lol) if you start listing things like Elberta peaches or emperor grapes.
p.s. I LOVE roast beef, but only when it's definitely on the rare side. I'll be over for supper, LOL!

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Durian- The King of fruits

Sunday, September 04, 2011

I asked my husband if he could think of any fruit or veggie that started with a D. He instantly said, durian, which is a fruit from southeast ASia and is very stinky. It smells like stinky socks! You can look it up on the internet junechua.suite101.com/durian--the-ki
and it does indeed say it smalls real bad! But supposedly tastes real good!
I could only think of one D veggie and that was dandelion greens, if you could call them veggies. Never tasted dandelion greens but they were certainly abundant when I was growing up in rural Maryland! That is todays fruit and veggie lesson.

On another note, it is raining cats and dogs here due to tropical storm Lee! The term raining cats and dogs comes from medieval England when people had thatch roofs and the cats and dogs would live up in the rafters. When it rained, they would fall down, thus raining cats and dogs. Another old Engllish term comes from the sweetening day in May. Every May the whole family would get a bath starting with the master and then going down through the family using the same water. The baby was always last, thus the term, don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Kaseycoff can correct me on this if I'm a bit wrong but it is amazing how these terms have lasted so many years! Can you imagine how dirty that bath water was, especially after no one having a bath all year!

Today I am shopping for healthy food and looking for recipes to cook! Later.

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KASEYCOFF 9/4/2011 12:27PM

    DATES! One of my all-time faves. A couple years ago we had 'dragon fruit' - it also has another name (which I forget). It looks exotic, but I thought it was a bit bland, kind of a non-event. DILL pickles, lol...

I never heard of 'sweetening day,' and I didn't know that about 'raining cats and dogs.' See, you learn something new every day - thanx, hon!

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FRUITS AND VEGGIES 103, Citrus rules!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

C is for canned fruits and veggies, citrus, carrots, cauliflower and canteloupe! The Spark calendar talks about eating canned fruits and veggies. I was raised on canned peas and asparagus served cold. I ate them and enjoyed them but when I married, they didn't go well with a husband whose mother was a famous cook! Nary a canned veggie since, in 37 years! I do prefer fresh everything! Unless it is 3 bean salad.

Anyway, today's fruit and veggie lesson, ala Sonoma Diet is the letter C. Citrus fruits are one of the top 12 power foods according to Sonoma! Everyone knows citrus fruits are loaded with Vitamin C. But they also have plenty of potassium to help regulate blood pressue and boost heart health! They also have plenty of folate which helps against depression, heart disease and some cancers! And also birth defects!

Here is a healthy tip, grapefruit can help people who struggle with a health peril associated with extra pounds around the waist -- insulin resistance! Fibers in the white fuzzy parts of the grapefruit help curb hunger and keep blood sugar levels stable! Back in late 60's there was a diet craze called the grapefruit diet! You were supposed to eat grapefruit before every meal. With grapefruit being available almost year round, why don't I do that? I love grapefruit but for some reason there is a bad rap associated with it if you take blood pressure meds. Anyone who can tell me why this is, jump on in with an explanation!

I certainly could use more citrus in my diet! Living in Florida you would think it would be readily available, which it is, but I hate it when I buy fruit at the grocery and it is dry and tasteless! How do you determine if it is good or not? When I was in college in Virginia, we lived in an old dorm that was previously an army barracks form WW II. They had lift up windows where I stored oranges in the winter time! Boy, where they yummy, so cold and juicy!

A goal for this winter would be to eat more citrus fruits! I can do that! I have a lot of goals to set right now.
1. Eat better and lose weight.
2. Get organized (this is hopeless)
3. Get more business! I'm not ready to retire yet and with a son without full time work, I need the money to help out!
4. Organize my sewing room and do more quilting!
5. Did I mention get organized?

Organization for me is a lifelong stuggle and I have yet to conquer it! I am overwhelmed at the moment but Tuesday, I have a friend coming who does this for a living and I am trading decorating services with her. Hope it helps! Until tomorrow when D is the fruit or veggie of the day1

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4DOGNIGHT 9/3/2011 10:18AM

    I checkout the Dr. Gourmet site, very informative! And the blood pressure med I am on is listed as interacting with grapefruit. Sigh. Guess I will ask my doc if I can have it or not.

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ELLIE381 9/3/2011 9:50AM

    Great goal. I have heard a lot as well as been told by Drs. about the grapefruit and drugs don't mix.

It will be very helpful to have a friend who can help with your clutter. My clutter tends to be mostly papers but I sure have plenty of it. Good luck.

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KASEYCOFF 9/3/2011 9:17AM

    While I know the internet is notorious for mis-information, right away I found these two sources:


More than 50 prescription drugs are affected by grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice inhibits an enzyme in the intestine that normally breaks down certain drugs and hence allows more of a medication to enter the blood stream.


The interaction between grapefruit and some medications is not an urban myth. It is a fact.

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I take BP medication and I did once have an 'overdose' that left me dizzy and almost fainting. I'd eaten a red grapefruit that morning, together with my BP Rx. The GP said not to do that, so I don't, lol... These articles point out, tho, that not all BP drugs will have that interaction and that not all people will be subject to problems, so...

In a few words - that's why!

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