manja manja, Mina

Gallery: Mina meals. I’ve provided links to online recipes when available; just click on the photo for details.

Mina is an amazing eater; she loves food, just like her Mama and Papa! After a delicious bite, she comments, “un, oishii!” (yes, tasty!) with an approving nod and a seriousness that tickles us silly! Cooking is all the more fun and fulfilling with my Mina!

If you missed these, please check out the art of loving: food and meals, desserts, and snacks for Mina.

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the art of loving: food

Gallery: Photos from April – October! Click on a photo for details or to enlarge and view as a slideshow.

As you can see, we love to cook! I love to cook for my family and friends. For me, it’s both an expression and a sharing of love. It brings me pure joy to spend time in the kitchen, labor over a dish or two, and then share them with loved ones. Seeing their faces light up with delight, I live for those moments of shared happiness. I can’t take credit for all these dishes. Some were made by my husband, and others were a joint effort. One of the many things we love to share. I love being in the kitchen with him, together preparing a special meal, a glass of wine in hand, wrapped in our world of aromas. Exchanging a dash of tenderness here, a pinch of love there. No longer a mundane chore, it’s our way of celebrating each other and our loved ones. In these moments, I feel love most intimately. The Art of Loving, indeed! Happy Loving!!!

(If you’re not familiar with this title, “The Art of Loving” by Erich Fromm, I urge everyone to pick this up today and start reading! Life-changing, amazing read; timeless piece of writing! ENJOY :))

P.S. If you’d like a recipe for any of the dishes, please let me know in the comments and I’ll do a post!  I’ve provided links to online recipes when available; just click on the photo for details.

Family dinner menu on Oct 12

My husband and I both LOVE to cook (one of the lovely things we share!). Last week, with work being hectic AND adjusting back to Cali time (from Tokyo time, a 16-hour difference), he cooked all our dinners…and yes, I was feeling bad and very guilty, so here’s my I’m-making-it-up-to-you-guys dinner menu:

Zuppa di Cavolfiori | Cauliflower Soup

Photo: Soup simmering on the stovetop (love our le creuset!!)

Veal Scallopine Piccata | Veal Scallopine in Lemon-Caper Sauce

My husband loved both these new recipes; he’s a big fan of olives (me not so much…the things you do for love!); these are a keeper!

Mina loved it, too, especially, the cauliflower soup; she even had seconds! The soup is super healthy with onions, carrots, lentils, and of course, cauliflower!

Happy Cooking! Happy Eating!! Happy Loving!!!

Recipes are from Lidia’s Italy:

Zuppa di Cavolfiori: http://www.lidiasitaly.com/recipes/detail/1104

Veal Scallopine Piccatahttp://www.lidiasitaly.com/recipes/detail/783

Today is the day!

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. Today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” ~ Dalai Lama

I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. That’s not to say that I read into things, but more that I do my very best to appreciate, welcome, and embrace everything. I try to be mindful and aware. To me, this means to be open, pay attention, and take it all in. Like this quote, for instance. A friend on Facebook posted it, I read it, was moved by it, shared it on my wall, and now, it’s inspired me to do today what I’ve been putting off for months. Serendipitous. The right nudge I needed to take the first step but I know, this is only the beginning, just the birth.

Aphorism of the day: Life exists in the minutest details.