Dizzy Swallows

And So…

March 29th, 2013

Today (in total, day 9) is the official end of our cleanse. Be it in part due to the vastly improved weather or other signs of spring – sunshine for days straight, flowers blooming, slackline up – I am feeling positively wonderful. Having consumed only whole foods and juices for the last week, we have successfully weaned ourselves off the sugar, salt, and fat rampant in processed foods. Though I will admit that my mind keeps wandering back to a certain bag of potato chips lurking in my pantry…

As I mentioned previously, this detox period has made me poignantly aware of what I am feeding my body. Don’t misunderstand me, I would describe myself as something of a hedonist (remember this Anthony Bourdain quote?), and firm believer that one of the greatest joys in life is good food. Sometimes our bodies just need a reminder of what that actually … Continue reading

Still Cleansing

March 25th, 2013

Well my darlings, we made it 3 days on the master cleanse, and then both felt an extreme need for sustenance other than sugar. After breaking our fast in less than ideal fashion (let’s just say certain noodle cravings we’re satisfied), we decided to continue our cleanse through Friday of this week. Now, however, we have switched to fresh juices (It pays to have a juicer at times like this. Evidence: the green monster my friend Hannah is modeling in the featured photo) and raw food during the day, with an evening meal of simple brown rice, or quinoa, and veggies. We’ve also added in the occasional miso soup, which is a deliciously savory change from the sweetness of juice.

For those of you curious, during the days of master cleansing I felt great for the most part – high energy, clearheaded, and hugely productive with so much extra time … Continue reading

Coconut Tapioca Pudding

February 18th, 2011

A few weeks ago I started craving pudding. I’m not sure from whence precisely sprang this schoolyard-esque pining, but it was serious. I’m talking pregnancy level here folks. And, no, I am emphatically not. Nothing would do therefore but to indulge myself, which I proceeded to do for a week straight.

Reactions to tapioca are a motley sort, ranging from obsession (present!) to loathing. Certainly, the texture and appearance of bad tapioca resembles few things more than fish eyeballs. But pair this opalescent little pearl with coconut, and I challenge even the most skeptical to deny its charms. I used Bob’s Red Mill small tapioca which worked quite nicely.

For me, this luscious, rich and eminently satisfying dish hit the spot. With a creamy, custard-like pillow cradling the smooth pearls and flavor that gets cozy on the tongue. And while I am not adverse to the notion that egg could … Continue reading