Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day Everyone!

I have to admit that I did not really know what Earth Day was until a few years ago when I moved to LA. I grew up in Michigan and spent a significant amount of time in New York prior to moving to Los Angeles; and still no earth day celebrations commenced until I moved out West…..and many Angelenos seem to think that it is a “sin” if you don’t know what earth day is. Personally I think it is one of those holidays that nobody knows about unless they are a teacher, student, mom or environmental awareness activists.

And as you all know I am none of the above….BUT I do care about the earth…so humor me and join in the celebrations today! You can check your local listings for fun events, which typically have great crafts, educational awareness and yummy free food! You can also check here for events happening in your neck of the woods.

As you all know by now, I have a minor obsession with Salmon.

Seriously I probably ate it 4-5 times last week, which is a lot considering that I first started eating it like a year ago. So guess what I made today?!!?

Fresh Atlantic Salmon

Yes, you guessed it. Another Salmon salad. (smile…I know you want too) =)

Mise en Place

This salad is lovely and simple. The various textures from the salad make it so satisfying to eat. The greens, juicy citrus, silky salmon and rich avocado will explode with flavor on each bite.

Saladini from WF

I used a Saladini blend to make this salad. I just picked up a pack of it a my local Whole Foods for $4 and there is no need to wash, just pull it out and pile on the ingredients. I like Saladini because it’s colorful, healthy and delicious.

It has a nice blend of arugula and other lettuces. It is one of my favorites because you still have the spicy bitterness of arugula and the smooth taste of the butter lettuce, and classic taste of the romaine blends.

While you bake the salmon, you can begin to cut up the avocado and grapefruit.

Salmon Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado
And there you have it. Simple and delicous. Who knew this random mix would taste so good. Drizzled with olive oil, shallot and lime blend!

And here is another picture..just because it’s Earth Day and I really liked this salad.

Graprfruit, Salmon and Avocado Salad

Grapefruit, Salmon and Avocado Salad

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 skinless wild-salmon fillets (each about 8 ounces, 1 inch thick
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 Ruby Red grapefruit, peel and pith removed, segmented
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • 2 cups Saladini

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup fresh tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots (1 large)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  • Whisk together the lemon juice, shallots, honey, salt, and pepper. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly, to form an emulsion. If not using within an hour, store the vinaigrette covered in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Season salmon with salt and pepper, as seen in picture above. Sprinkle salmon with half of scallions, baking until the salmon is opaque in center, ~12 minutes. Transfer salmon to a dish and let it cool.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Place in a 9-inch baking dish. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with half of scallions. Bake until salmon is partially opaque in center, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a dish and let cool.
  • Top salad mixture with grapefruit, avocado and remaining scallions. Top each salad with fresh salmon. You can break apart the pieces of leave whole. I broke the salmon into pieces in the picture above. Season with salt and pepper.  Drizzle dressing over each salad.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Traditional With a Twist – Buba and Iro

Hey y’all!!! Here’s my #sundayflow from last week, ha!

I have said before that I am not really into wearing trad. When I say trad, I mean the traditional buba and iro that Yoruba women wear. I tend to feel like it is for momsies and brides - lovely and all but I preferred to make my own designs. Now about two years ago buba and iro became trendy again for younger folk with olekufitted sleeves,  modified blouse styles and the tulip wrap BUT I still wasn’t interested.

At my church, the first Sunday of the month is Thanksgiving Sunday (thanking God for a new month and how amazing He’s been), and that is the day that a lot of the Nigerians like to show up in their traditional Nigerian clothes. Last month, I joined in for the first time :) I went vintage and wore my mom’s silk buba and iro from the 90s. I didn’t wear it the traditional way, I did the wrap skirt aka tulip style. After last month, I was determined to wear buba and iro this month.

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Chicken Marsala

Howdy!

I am trying something new here!

 

Mushrooms….

Not to mention y’all know how I feel about with cooking with onions. (GASP)

I prefer shallots to onions any day, but I am pretty much open to whatever bring the flavor!

Now the mushrooms, they are new for me! I am still trying to figure out if I like them or not. And after this recipe. I think I might like them. Well at least crimini mushrooms. Or maybe it was the Marsala and the mushrooms. YEAH I’m pretty sure that’s what it was!

Marsala

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Moonshine Sweet Tea Review

So months ago after I made the Winter Tea cupcakes, I saw these other swoon worthy cupcakes made with Moonshine Sweet Tea. Well at first I was like okay it’s a spiked tea cupcake but I read on because yummy cupcakes and all. Turned out she used a brand of sweet tea called Moonshine. Lol.

I’m “from” the South so I LOVE me some sweet tea. Being in Cali without it is rough y’all but thank God for Thai Iced Tea (yummy). So I mentioned that I would love to try out the tea it if I could get my hands on it. Well…I got my hands on it!!! Courtesy of the lovely Social Media Director who emailed me to see if I’d like a sample. Umm…yes please!!

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Tuesday Favourites

  • The Glamourai studied how to tie gele, the West African headtie, and put it on Selita Ebanks in this photo shoot. Trust me – it is not an easy thing – I give her props!
  • Fashion for NASA - vote on the new suit design for the astronauts
  • These ten-year old twin ballerinas – Imani and Nia – who got into the summer program at the American Ballet Theatre. That is like Harvard for dancers so it’s pretty major!
  • These silk fabrics and scarves are literally dyed with rain. Made by Aliki van der Kruijs
  • My American accent according to the NY times quiz. Makes sense since I grew up with British English, and lived in the South for a while. Continue reading

Kale Salad with Salmon

Happy Spring!

It feels nice to say that, although it has been really cold and windy here in LA. I mustn’t complain though, because we have it pretty good compared to most people..and for that I am grateful. =)

In the words of Matthew McConaughey from his Oscar speech and his life in general….

Alright……Alright…..Alright!

The warm weather is upon us, and that means that tank top, shorts and sexy swimwear are on the horizon. I will be found right this time around, and so shall you readers! So for the next few weeks, I am bringing you some healthy and lean recipes. Fear not, I am also doing this for myself…to keep my abs in gear and to stay toned.

Most importantly, listen to your body, drink lots of water, and TRY VERY HARD to get at least eight hours of sleep every night.

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Racing Inspired Knits

Well sorta…

So remember how I finally conquered my “fear” of sewing with knits? Well guess who loves knits now – so quick and easy!!! As I said, a few weekends ago Bekah and I went to hunt for cronuts in their natural habitat but we were unsuccessful. Being that we were in the general area, of course I dragged her to Mood – this is becoming a habit – and she made her first purchase!!! She bought some jersey knits and so did I.

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Oh my! How did that get there??

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Rainy Day at The Grove

This post is forever late. I mean we’ve had two or three earthquakes since the (CRAAAAZY). But since this vital information lays the groundwork for another post, I compel you to look at the pretty pictures. :P So, a few weekends ago, Dominique Ansel brought the cronut to Barneys at the Grove. In the hopes of scoring said croissant/doughnut lovechild, Miss Bekah and I had a hang out day. Well here’s what we met…
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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made you some cookies!!

Some VERY good CHEWY cookies. They are simply ahhh-mazing!

I was a little afraid to make this cookies at first, simply because I am all about butter and flour in a cookie. I mean after all that is what makes them good right?

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WRONG! These cookie only require 7 ingredients, which in my opinion is very FEW for cookies. The peanut butter is not overwhelming and the semi sweet chocolate chips are a heavenly marriage with the oatmeal and peanut butter. Besides in my opinion (yes I am giving it to you again) a cookie ain’t a cookie unless it has chocolate.

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