A Week in Meals | July

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The produce: Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Berries, Cherries, Eggplant, Sweet Corn, Peaches

The Pantry items: A bit of everything- now is a good time to reassess and stock your pantry!

The star of the week: Sweet Corn and Tomatoes!

I think it’s safe to say that summer is in full swing. Temperatures in Sacramento have been hot (104˚ hot) and with the babe about to hit 2 months old, we’ve been planning to get out of the house more and take a few day trips around Northern California (recommendations are welcome- I’m thinking Petaluma, Santa Cruz, Napa, Yosemite, and Big Sur for starters).

Of course, travel is only a small part of why I love summer. Produce-wise, July is overflowing with goodness. Tomatoes and Sweet Corn are everywhere, berries can be picked by the bucket, and the farmers market is the place to be. Our fruit drawer is packed full of stone fruit for snacking and berries for breakfast toppings (our favorite) while nearly all our meals are cooked on the grill. It feels natural to eat well in July (even when we lived in Illinois!)

Beyond these meals, it’s also a great time to jump into canning! I’m hoping to make pickles, salsa, and some jam. If you’re not sure where to start, I have a basic guide to help you get inspired!

Summer Veggie Omelette | @naturallyella
Roasted Corn and Ricotta Enchiladas

Monday

B: Summer Veggie Omelette

L: Three Grain Grilled Vegetable Salad

D: Roasted Corn and Ricotta Enchiladas with Chipotle Tomato Sauce

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Tuesday

B: Zucchini and Sweet Corn Hash Egg Skillet

L: Roasted Corn and Ricotta Enchiladas

D: Corn Cilantro Cakes with Roasted Zucchini Salsa

Three-Grain Grilled Vegetable and Feta Salad
Grilled Halloumi Skewers with Cilantro-Tahini Sauce

Wednesday

B: Summer Veggie Omelette

L: Three Grain Grilled Vegetable Salad

D: Grilled Halloumi Skewers with Cilantro Tahini Sauce

Buffalo Crumble Salad | @naturallyella

Thursday

B: Zucchini and Sweet Corn Hash Egg Skillet

L: Buffalo Crumble Salad

D: Grilled Eggplant Rolls with Cream Cheese and Herbed Millet

Zucchini Ribbon, Lentil, and Pesto Salad
Zucchini Bread Pancakes

Friday

B: Zucchini Bread Pancakes

L: Zucchini Ribbon Quinoa and Pesto Salad

D: Buckwheat and Tomato Stuffed Zucchini

Peach and Blue Cheese Rye Crepes

Saturday

B: Three Grain Breakfast Bake

L: Buffalo Crumble Salad

D: Savory Rye Crepes with Peaches and Blue Cheese

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Roasted Eggplant with Cumin Spelt and Fig Chutney

Sunday

B: Baked Raspberry French Toast

L: Roasted Tomato and Egg Grilled Cheese Sandwich

D: Roasted Eggplant with Cumin Spelt and Fig Chutney

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Healthy 4th of July Cookie Cake Recipe

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To my American readers: here is how to impress your 4th of July BBQ guests. Introducing this adorable and healthy 4th of July cookie cake recipe.

This patriotic recipe is my latest Almond Breeze partnership creation, and it’s a pretty cute one, if I do say so myself. (Looking for a gluten free and/or vegan option? Check out last year’s patriotic creation: No Bake Blueberry Custard Pie.)

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This cookie cake is easy to make, tasty, and won’t give you a massive sugar crash like most recipes like it, either. #winning

It’s packed with fiber from the whole wheat pastry flour (be sure to use pastry flour, not regular whole wheat flour) and oats and has a nice added vanilla punch without any extra sugar from Almond Breeze Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla. As for the icing? It’s actually just vanilla Greek yogurt, which makes this recipe super easy AND adds a nice protein punch to the mix.

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Not to mention all the nutrients the berries bring to the mix! No food dye needed here. :)

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I call this a cookie cake because that exactly what it is: a mix between a cookie and a cake! The texture and flavor is somewhere in between an oatmeal cookie and a vanilla cake; crispy around the edges, chewy but fluffy in the middle, and nice and vanilla-y.

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This would actually make a great breakfast or afternoon snack, too. :)

To make it, simply whisk together the dry and wet ingredients separately, then add the wet to dry, mixing gently until a dough forms.

4th of july cookie cake recipe healthy easy

Then pat the dough into a baking pan, bake 25 minutes, and it’s ready to be decorated!

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Be sure to use vanilla GREEK yogurt – not regular yogurt – as your icing; the regular kind won’t be thick enough to stay put. I recommend full fat if you can find it, too. If you’re vegan, I bet a thick vegan yogurt would do the trick instead.

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With your blank canvas ready, it’s time to make your flag – or whatever else you like! Feel free to get creative depending on the season/holiday.

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The full recipe is below. Have fun and enjoy! This would be a great one to make with kids – I think they would have a lot of fun making the flag topping. :)

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Healthy 4th of July Cookie Cake

by fANNEtastic food

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Keywords: bake baked goods dessert whole wheat/grain vegetarian soy-free July 4th cake cookie

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Ingredients (~12 servings)

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons Almond Breeze Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla
  • 6 ounces vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Assorted berries, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Whisk together the flour, oats, cane sugar, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  • Add the vegetable oil and almondmilk and stir gently until a dough forms. Pat the dough into a greased, foil-lined 11×7 inch baking pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the center is set. Allow to cool, then remove from the pan and peel back the foil.
  • Spread the Greek yogurt evenly over the cake and top with berries.
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Have a wonderful holiday weekend, my friends! I’ll be taking tomorrow off, so I’ll see you back here on Monday!

What’s your favorite 4th of July BBQ treat? I share some more ideas in this post: Healthy 4th of July BBQ recipes. The patriotic strawberries at the end of that post are one of my all-time faves!

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Thank you to my friends at Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk for sponsoring this post. Previous Almond Breeze sponsored recipe creations:

Healthy 4th of July Cookie Cake Recipe originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on July 2, 2015.

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Healthy 4th of July Cookie Cake Recipe

healthy easy 4th of july cookie cake recipe

To my American readers: here is how to impress your 4th of July BBQ guests. Introducing this adorable and healthy 4th of July cookie cake recipe.

This patriotic recipe is my latest Almond Breeze partnership creation, and it’s a pretty cute one, if I do say so myself. (Looking for a gluten free and/or vegan option? Check out last year’s patriotic creation: No Bake Blueberry Custard Pie.)

4th of july cookie cake 9

This cookie cake is easy to make, tasty, and won’t give you a massive sugar crash like most recipes like it, either. #winning

It’s packed with fiber from the whole wheat pastry flour (be sure to use pastry flour, not regular whole wheat flour) and oats and has a nice added vanilla punch without any extra sugar from Almond Breeze Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla. As for the icing? It’s actually just vanilla Greek yogurt, which makes this recipe super easy AND adds a nice protein punch to the mix.

4th of july cookie cake 8

Not to mention all the nutrients the berries bring to the mix! No food dye needed here. :)

4th of july cookie cake 6

4th of july cookie cake 7

I call this a cookie cake because that exactly what it is: a mix between a cookie and a cake! The texture and flavor is somewhere in between an oatmeal cookie and a vanilla cake; crispy around the edges, chewy but fluffy in the middle, and nice and vanilla-y.

4th of july cookie cake 11

This would actually make a great breakfast or afternoon snack, too. :)

To make it, simply whisk together the dry and wet ingredients separately, then add the wet to dry, mixing gently until a dough forms.

4th of july cookie cake recipe healthy easy

Then pat the dough into a baking pan, bake 25 minutes, and it’s ready to be decorated!

4th of july cookie cake 2

Be sure to use vanilla GREEK yogurt – not regular yogurt – as your icing; the regular kind won’t be thick enough to stay put. I recommend full fat if you can find it, too. If you’re vegan, I bet a thick vegan yogurt would do the trick instead.

4th of july cookie cake 3

With your blank canvas ready, it’s time to make your flag – or whatever else you like! Feel free to get creative depending on the season/holiday.

4th of july cookie cake 4

The full recipe is below. Have fun and enjoy! This would be a great one to make with kids – I think they would have a lot of fun making the flag topping. :)

4th of july cookie cake 10

Healthy 4th of July Cookie Cake

by fANNEtastic food

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Keywords: bake baked goods dessert whole wheat/grain vegetarian soy-free July 4th cake cookie

6073571

Ingredients (~12 servings)

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons Almond Breeze Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla
  • 6 ounces vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Assorted berries, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Whisk together the flour, oats, cane sugar, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  • Add the vegetable oil and almondmilk and stir gently until a dough forms. Pat the dough into a greased, foil-lined 11×7 inch baking pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the center is set. Allow to cool, then remove from the pan and peel back the foil.
  • Spread the Greek yogurt evenly over the cake and top with berries.
Powered by Recipage

Have a wonderful holiday weekend, my friends! I’ll be taking tomorrow off, so I’ll see you back here on Monday!

What’s your favorite 4th of July BBQ treat? I share some more ideas in this post: Healthy 4th of July BBQ recipes. The patriotic strawberries at the end of that post are one of my all-time faves!

almondbreezelogo

Thank you to my friends at Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk for sponsoring this post. Previous Almond Breeze sponsored recipe creations:

Healthy 4th of July Cookie Cake Recipe originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on July 2, 2015.

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Urban farms in Havana: a brief report on my brief visit

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Because transportation from rural areas is expensive and trucks are few and far between (one result of the U.S. embargo), the Cuban government is promoting urban agriculture. Our Food First tour group went to a small organic farm and store (Organopónico) in Havana:

The farm grows a wide variety of vegetable crops, some outdoors but some under mesh. The sun is hot.

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The farm sells produce to local residents. I watched a steady procession of people coming to shop, only to be disappointed at the scarcity of items available. It’s too hot to grow much this time of year.

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The board lists prices in pesos (indicated by $)—$4 to $10 a pound.

Another of the many Cuban contradictions: Cuba has two currencies, pesos and CUCs (Cuban Convertables). A CUC is roughly equivalent to one dollar, or 24 pesos. Salaries are paid in pesos. Markets sell in CUCs or, recently, both. This system, designed to take advantage of tourist dollars, is slated to end soon.

To put vegetable prices in context: the average Cuban salary is about 470 pesos a month, or $20 (but note that Cubans are given free food rations, education, and health care).

We also visited the much larger 25-acre farm in Havana’s Alamar neighborhood.

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You can see the surrounding apartments in this photo, but not the next one.

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With no money for gas or tractors, plowing gets done with oxen.

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This farm also has a store.

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I waited on a long line to buy a glass of freshly squeezed sugar cane juice.

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This was incredibly delicious and totally worth the wait.

How much sugar is in this? I searched for, but cannot find reliable Nutrition Facts for fresh cane juice. If you happen to know where to find this, please send.

On Monday, I’ll file the last of these Cuba posts, this one on food availability.

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://www.foodpolitics.com/2015/07/urban-farms-in-havana-a-brief-report-on-my-brief-visit/

Laura Vann

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From the moment we met Laura Vann, founder of V jewellery, in 2013, we were hooked. We told you V jewellery would be one to watch and we have watched closely, as the brand’s unique ethos has gained some of London’s top shopping destinations, including Whistles, Fortnum & Mason and the Shop at Bluebird as stockists. Inspired by vintage design, Laura spotted a gap in the market for timeless, intricate and high quality pieces, at a price that young women like herself could afford. The formula has been a huge success, confirmed last week, when Laura scooped ‘The Brand to Watch’ award, at the UK Jewellery Awards.

As Laura prepared for the award ceremony in her room at South Place Hotel, we spoke to Laura about why perseverance pays off, how to style vintage-style jewellery and her favourite hang-outs in London.

How did V jewellery come about?

My father has a jewellery wholesale company in Birmingham so I was brought up around jewels. When I was at university in London some of my friends had beautiful white gold and diamond vintage style pendants which they contrasted with chic and contemporary clothing. Inspired by these, I used to send my dad designs because I couldn’t find anything like them on the high street but they were never made. After I graduated I came back home to Birmingham and worked at COS until an employee at my dad’s company left and he needed extra help. Whilst working for him I realised I was in an incredibly lucky position with a platform to create the jewellery I felt was lacking in the market.

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Despite having a great platform, it took some time to persuade your Dad it was a great idea. What changed his mind?

Pleas to my Dad to start a classically-inspired brand were met with a continuous ‘no’ until he did the annual stock take and found the sales of one bangle outsold the others by more than double, despite being the most expensive. He went to the safe, took out the piece and saw that it was a vintage style bangle – he gave me the go ahead that day.

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What is the concept behind the brand?

I was frustrated with the branded jewellery industry which was overrun with uncomplicated, fad styles. At COS, the ethos is to provide high quality clothing that has longevity in its design at an affordable price. I decided to apply what I learned working at COS to jewellery in order to create a fair product that had the style and quality to be worn for years.

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How do you go about designing a new collection & what was the inspiration behind the latest one?

I love the hybrid of classic and contemporary. When I design a new collection I often look to merge unusual styles with timeless settings; making old designs fresh and relevant to the modern woman. The theme for the latest collection was ‘Illusion’. It features rings with hidden mounts, so the stones appear to be floating up the finger; ear jackets that suspend behind the ear and hang beneath the ear lobe and fine diamond cut chains that almost disappear giving levitation to the solitaires.

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Who is the ‘V’ customer?

She is strong, feminine and has conviction in her own style. She is nostalgic with jewellery and notes the innate beauty of things.

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What are your favourite pieces and how do you style the jewellery you wear?

I love the Streamline bracelet, it’s so rich with Art Deco influence. I contrast it with a casual pair of jeans and white t-shirt. I also love the Apollo lobe earrings which look great with a low ponytail and a high-necked dress.

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When you visit London – what is a typical day and where do you like to hang out?

I normally visit our stockists followed by a meetings at South Place Hotel talking business! I tend to finish my days in East London with a good catch up at the jewellery store Parla before grabbing dinner with some friends on Broadway Market.

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://indtl.com/interview/laura-vann-v-jewellery

Victoria Six: #NotYourGrandmasPearls

Victoria Six: #NotYourGrandmasPearls

#NotYourGrandmasPearls is the statement driving US pearl jewellery brand Victoria Six, which Adorn Jewellery Blog is falling head over heels for – and fast. Having discovered this Los Angeles-based jeweller on our recent trip to the Las Vegas jewellery show, we were intrigued and impressed with Victoria Six’s ethos. Put simply: transforming timeless, traditional and […]

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://www.adorn-london.com/profile/victoria-six-notyourgrandmaspearls/

THE JEWELLERY ART OF ELIE TOP MODA OPERANDI LONDON

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GEMOLOGUE – I am always fascinated by industrial look and movements in jewellery. Last week, I was invited to Moda Operandi new space on London’s hidden Grosvenor Crescent Mews to discover Elie Top’s “Mécaniques Célestes” collection.

I have already seen his pieces at the concept store Colette in Paris and instantly fell in love with their signature statement looks. Among the jewels that I was presented with, the one that I adored the most was the Scaphandre pendant in yellow gold and tarnished silver, featuring a rotating sphere that opens up to reveal a diamond-studded globe surrounded by yellow and white gold satellites!

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Each piece in the “Mécaniques Célestes” collection can be worn with the rotating gold sphere either closed or open, to reveal the gemstones within. During our conversation Elie described his collection as “a cosmology of jewellery where each piece is itself an entire galaxy”.

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Elie Top already has an impressive jewellery journey. He began his career in jewelry design working with legendary Loulou de la Falaise at Yves Saint Laurent, and for the past decade has built on that legacy collaborating closely with Alber Elbaz at Lanvin. Mécaniques Célestes collections includes 11 models: three rings, two bracelets and several earrings, and five one-of-a-kind pieces.

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When was your brand founded and where is it produced?

The brand was founded last year in May. We launched the first collection in January in Paris. It’s all produced in France.

What are the distinguishing traits of your jewels? What are you trying to communicate?

I tried to focus on the design itself : it’s all about construction, lines, mécanism. the double aspect closed/opended is the main message: association of the industrial aesthetic outside with the most precious/narrative/emotional part inside so what the women can always decides to show it or not. It’s a story of secret, privacy, mystery.

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Your pieces are highly detailed, what is your creative process?

I always work in a very precise way, with industrials sketches then there is an important development phase with new technology, chiefly 3D, which allow to go very far in details and refinements.

What is your earliest memory or experience of jewelry?

Certainly the discovery of the jewels designers of the art-deco period and René Boivin, when I was in my early 20’s.

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How did you begin working as a jewellery designer?

My story start with costume jewellery in the haute couture world at YSL with Loulou de la Falaise and Alber Elbaz.

Was there ever any option in your mind other than making jewellery for a living?

To be honest, I ended up in jewelry rather serendipitously .. at first I thought I would design clothes… I never made a carrier plan, I sort of just allowed life to unfold and letting myself to be guided by human encounters and interactions.

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Where do you find your inspiration/influences? What are you obsessed with right now?

It can be everywhere even in my kitchen with the everyday life appliances and objects . . Also often in furniture, lighting, machines, architecture and of course antics and ethnics jewels.

What are you currently working on?

The next collection which will be launched in january 2016, but also adding new pieces on the Mecanic Celeste collection.

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What must never be forgotten when designing a jewel?

The woman body! the woman herself.

How many collections have you designed? What is your favorite collection/piece and why?

Under my name, this is the first collection, my favorite piece is certainly the cuff, I love his shape, roundness, comfort, and spectacular in the same time: futuristic and medieval.

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With which stones do you like to work with? What is “your way” of evaluating stones?

I love hard and semi precious stones: labradorite, rock crystal, calcedony, tourmaline, citrine, quartz etc .. I must admit I have a very subjectiv and aesthetic approach, not impressed by the value.

Which countries or which trips do you remember best? Which one makes you dream?

Rome, when I was 9, and India Rajasthan more recently. I dream of Vietnam, and German forest.

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How much do you think one can tell from a woman’s own collection of jewelry?

Certainly a lot ! about her fantasy, witt, taste, social life, artistic interest, and wealth! look at Elisabeth Taylor versus Babe Paley or Mona Bismarck.

What is the distinction between costume and fine jewelry?

Perhaps, the costume is more seasonal (more connected to fashion and its bumps) and fine has a more timeless vocation, more emotional appeal-transmission, love presents, life steps (wedding, engagement..)

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What jewelry design schools would you recommend?

I never did one , sorry I don’t know..the best is to start working, and learning directly with the workshop.

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