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Leftover Makeovers

3 Comments 01 May 2010

Shabbat Shalom
Your Peace of the Week
By: Marissa Anteby

Ughhh, my refrigerator is packed with holiday leftovers. If my family didn’t finish the dish the first time around, I doubt they’re going to like it any better re-heated. So, my plan is to transform my ordinary food in to a brand new meal. I’ve tried something like this before. Oh yes, I can work magic with a bottle of teriyaki sauce and peach salsa. In the interest of full disclosure (and in case any of my kids ever read this,) the term “work magic” is loosely used here as a euphemism for  ”smother fish in tangy condiments.” Such culinary adventures may not have won over any taste buds but they have been the source of plenty of jokes. (Find all kinds of kosher sauce and salsa at Trader Joe’s  http://www.traderjoes.com/)

To jump start your imagination, here’s a few highlights from my past leftover makeover attempts:
-  Re-fashioned spinach quiche in to filling for puff pastry hors d’ oeuvres.
-  Re-purposed grilled vegetables as layers in lasagna.
-  Re-cycled sauteed broccoli and cauliflower for an egg and cheese soufflé.
-  Re-ran ginger snap cookies crumbled in to salad.


My theory is not to worry too much about making things perfect. Sometimes the beauty is in the imperfections. Anyway, to me, the menu is a secondary concern to the whole family dining experience. I know it may sound a bit odd, but the interaction is more important. Even if the kids are arguing, there’s automatic bonding that takes place when people share a meal together. Go ahead, buy a jar of teriyaki sauce and peach salsa, and you’ll see what I mean!

As always, scroll all the way down to post your comments. Let us know what you think about leftovers and sharing meals and laughs with your family. 1 lucky winner will be chosen from people who comment on Marissa’s articles. The prize this month is a FREE Restorative Yoga Session from www.embodyinc.com

Shabbat Shalom,
marissa@embodyinc.com
www.embodyinc.blogspot.com

Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage. Marissa’s wellness tips for fulfilled living can be found on her blog www.embodyinc.blogspot.com

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4 Simple Steps to Actually Enjoying Mother’s Day

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4 Simple Steps to Actually Enjoying Mother’s Day

1 Comment 01 May 2010

Shabbat Shalom
Your Peace of the Week
by: Marissa Anteby

Mother’s Day is almost here, but somehow the day that’s supposed to be anticipated with great glee, has you strapped down with anxiety. The thoughts swirl through your head; What if no one likes the cake I made? Which aunt will say the wrong thing? Are the flowers pretty enough? Will the kids bicker? The self-inflicted torture is endless. You don’t have to be a prisoner of your own mind anymore. Get out of your head and in to the party.

Here’s 4 easy things you can do to ensure a  more pleasurable experience:

1 – Keep it simple. This applies to everything, including your menu, decor, and entertainment.

  • Prepare easy to eat, no-mess foods. Portions divided in to single servings, not only look appetizing to the adults, they’re more manageable for children’s little fingers and mouthes. Think; tea sandwiches, mini borekas, muffins, yogurt parfait cups, crudite´, tapenade spreads etc. http://thejewishhostess.com/2010/04/mini-maple-chocolate-chip-pancake-muffins/
  • Serve all the food at one time. You’ll save the time and aggravation of re-setting your table for dessert. It doesn’t really matter if someone has a piece of cubed fruit before they eat a spinach tart.
  • Adopt a ‘less is more’ attitude about decorations. Use bud vases scattered high on shelves, or in the breakfront, instead of one large bouquet. Or, forego flowers altogether and use brightly colored linen napkins as the focal point on each place setting. This way, you won’t worry about scampering children knocking over watery floral arrangements. http://thejewishhostess.com/2010/04/how-to-fold-your-linen-napkins-for-mothers-day/
  • Let the day flow on its own. Enjoy the company of your family and friends. Don’t miss out on the moment you are in, by trying to make it something it’s not. Mother’s Day might not be the ideal setting to try out that new murder mystery game that has intricate rules for each player to follow.


2 – Defuse uncomfortable situations. If you know that you are sensitive to unwanted comments, (and who isn’t?) instead of reacting hastily or brooding, when someone slights you, try and think of a personal quality you can use to keep yourself calm.

  • Look inside yourself for inner resources. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that you have a wealth of patience, kindness, understanding, gratitude, etc. that you can draw upon for strength in trying times. http://www.amazon.com/Take-Stress-Out-Your-Life/
  • It may be challenging at first, but in the long run you’ll be glad you didn’t snap at your sister for criticizing your teenager’s choice of attire. (That’s just an example, I’m sure you can think of many more!)

3 – Don’t just do something, sit there. We are all conditioned to move and do. We’re missing out on a depth and richness more potent than anything we can do. It’s the power of being.

  • Take a few breathes. Let the day seep in to your body.
  • Look around and find something to be happy about. Invite this one happy moment in to your body. Imagine you can place this in your body like a memory to be retrieved later. You do this all the time with bad occurrences and tension that creeps in to your muscles as aches and pain. Now, try it with something good in your life, placing it in your body as a spot of ease.

4- Sip some water. If you put all your attention on drinking water, those pesky thoughts of melted frosting or frizzy hair, won’t be in your mind for at least a few seconds.

  • The more water you drink, the less empty calories you’ll consume. Overeating when you’re stressed out thwarts all the hard work you put in to balancing your diet. So, sip water throughout the day and stay committed to your food plan.
  • “Drinking purified water not only keeps your body healthy and vibrant, it’s has a therapeutic calming effect on your mind, ” states, David Bailey, President of Watermatic, the sole distributor of Tana Water Products in the United States. Contact tanawaterus.com for a special discount for Jewish Hostess readers for the month of May.

As always, scroll all the way down to post your comments. We’d love to hear what you think about ideas presented in this article and how they apply to you. Share your view on how to enjoy Mother’s Day below. 1 lucky winner will be chosen from people who comment. The prize is a FREE Restorative Yoga Session from www.embodyinc.com


Shabbat Shalom,
marissa@embodyinc.com
http://www.embodyinc.com/contact.html

Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company  www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage.

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Mother’s Day- the Pretty Way!

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Mother’s Day- the Pretty Way!

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April showers bring May flowers, and there is no better place for those flowers than on your Mother’s Day brunch table. 

Wild bouquets of Peonies, Lilac, Hydrangeas and Hyacynth will have your table smelling as good as it looks!

Vintage floral porcelain is sweet and romantic.

Add natural textures, like this DIY Jute Carafe and horn flatware to soften the look white dishes.

Repurpose vases, layer bowls and vases to create original floral arrangements.

Some of my favorite pieces for pulling together this romantic, eclectic look are:

1. Water Hyacinth Place Mats

2. Victorian Tumbler, Set of 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jamie Oliver’s Perfect Omelets

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Jamie Oliver’s Perfect Omelets

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Its one thing to master a recipe. But to a master a technique is quite another. Once you have successfully mastered a technique, whether simple or difficult, the recipe options are endless. Watch Jamie Oliver’s easy tips to making the perfect omelets. Jamie just adds cheese to his but of course there’s so many more options- spinach, mushrooms, different colored peppers, tomatoes, onions…..

Make a few different combinations for mother’s day. Each vegetable can be sauteed separately the day before and stored in the fridge. This is what I would use:

Chopped red peppers

Chopped onions

Spinach

Fresh or dried herbs, such as parsley and basil

wild mushrooms

Two different kinds of cheese

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