Good Karma Diet and Fun Fruits & Veggies

Good morning! Yesterday, I receive a message about my dish that made me contemplate some things…namely being a vegetarian or vegan. It’s been on and off my mind. I’ve explored a plant-based diet for sometime, but sometimes I don’t know where to begin. Though I love my veggies, I’ve grown up with meat eaters my entire life. We have had family traditions of barbecues by the lake and other hearty rich meals.

This exploration began when I read some in-depth literature in one of my classes of how pork was processed. It shocked me and left distinct visuals in my head that I couldn’t shake off. During Halloween last year, I wrote about a post about a delicacy dish, balut, I formally ate quite often as a young girl. I no longer eat it due to me overthinking about it all.

Last night, my curiosity led to Robin Robertson’s blog, Global Recipes from my Vegan Kitchen.

Good Karma eating is as simple as can be: comprise your meals of plants instead of animals, and most of the time choose unprocessed plant foods, meaning that they got from the garden or orchard or field to your kitchen with minimal corporate interference.

This way of eating gives you good karma in two ways. The first is self-explanatory: by eating foods of high nutrient density and avoiding the animal products and processed foods your body can have trouble dealing with, you’ll reap the rewards of improved health. The second is a bit more mystical: you do good and you get good back….

–Victoria Moran
To read more of the excerpt, here’s the link to Robin’s page: The Good Karma Diet

I don’t know where this exploration will take me. Veggie patties, Jack fruit meat, Tofurky. One place I know I will go is to the garden!

Funny Fruits and Veggies

In one of my gardening groups, one of the gardeners shared a funny photo of some carrots that looked like a pair of legs. I was so excited to come across the page on “Just Something: The Magazine for Visual Addicts”. They posted an article called, “20 Funny Fruits And Vegetables Looking Exactly Like Something Else“.

Image Sources:

  • Butterfly Tomato: Reddit
  • Caught in a Bad Romance: Khanh Ha
  • Coconut- Seychelles’ Coco de Mers: lazurny-sochi
  • Cutest Potato: Szeretlekmagyarorszag
  • Finger Carrot: Reddit
  • Radish Foot: m.inven
  • Geese Gourds: goodtoknow.co.uk
  • Heart-Shaped Potatoes: espacio360.pe
  • Hi-5 Carrot: dailymail.co.uk
  • Hummingbird: Reddit/ Tumaggus
  • Lemonphant: Imgur
  • Love You Daddy: upcoming
  • Perfect Peas: imgur
  • Pinocchio Eggplant: Cloud Front
  • Run, Radish, Run!: Imgur
  • Scared Pear: SureshKanthan
  • Snake: lovecarrots
  • Strawberry Flower: Wikimedia
  • Strawberry Thumbs Up: proxy11
  • Hot Yellow Lemon Pepper: imgur

Braised Cabbage and Mushroom Piroshki

Good morning! For today’s Tasty Tuesday, we will explore a piece of Tatyana’s cookbook, Beyond Borscht!

My boyfriend has an endless fascination with Russia and Ukraine and bought this book with a gift card he received for Christmas. I must have learned much about Poland from him.

And… I LOVE to cook! He picked two recipes and asked me to pick one to try out this weekend. I settled on the Piroshki instead of the Pilaf (which I will one day try)! This is my first Russian dish I made from home!

Most of the ingredients were easy to find in the store, but I had a difficult time looking for the sauerkraut! I’ve never eaten it before. I spent perhaps half an hour looking for it being misdirected by all the workers I asked along the way. I guess they don’t eat it either.

I was about to give up, but I remembered that Tatyana said that her grandmother said sauerkraut was her secret ingredient! I couldn’t give up. Of course, it was on the top shelf not at eye level. I looked at the can of Bavarian style sauerkraut in awe.

I was hungry and decided to improvise the recipe. I didn’t feel all too confident in making the bread to deep fry in the time my stomach was growling, so I bought some bakery-made bolillo rolls.

I got to work and asked my boyfriend to help! Now that he’s Covid-free, he couldn’t wait to try out this recipe! We chopped all the ingredients up and sautéed them in a frying pan for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Everyone was curious and asked a lot of questions!

Oh! It was delicious!!! 😍I added a bit of white wine vinegar in there. We saved a ton of money too. The Ukranian restaurant takes pride in being one of the few in town, so the owner naturally charges a bit more than what I’m willing to pay for. Only for special occasions. 😋

Presents at Krispy Kreme

New mysteries. New day. Fresh doughnuts.

David Lynch

Hello! I woke up from quite a mysterious dream last night, and got a start on the day. My friend and I finished my mile long walk this morning, and the Krispy Kreme store was along the way! I enjoyed the decorations the employees put up for the holidays. I noticed a creme-filled doughnut called “Present” 🎁 which I avoided due the sheer calories and sugar 😜, but my friend got it instead.

There are also some fun knick-knacks for sale! Probably a good stress reliever to squish and smell!

I walked over to the corner to take a seat and enjoyed the colorful decorations on this tree.

By the checkout area, this light pink tree also had some presents underneath.

On the walk back, I noticed these large wooden decorative presents on the field.

Overall, it was an enjoyable walk!😊

It’s simple. Eat well, exercise and get lots of sleep but make sure you indulge occasionally. At my age , I think , what the hell , and eat a Krispy Kreme doughnut !

Michelle Pfeiffer

#FOWC – Microbiome Aid

Image from Pixabay

There’s an intestinal microscopic war people face
Which affects their digestive bodies’ precious space.
Can your complex ecosystem experience years of grace?

The gut microbiome is home to good and bad bacteria
In the digestive tract, there’s certain health criteria
That makes one think twice about choices in the cafeteria

Be the hero as your gut flora will need some aid
From a cavalry of probiotics that are unafraid
To force the pesky inflammation and anxiety to fade

Probiotics thrive on the prebiotic dietary fibers
Onion, apple, carrot, legume, and wheat subscribers
That gives them the strength of many Excaliburs

Maintaining equilibrium with sleep and exercise
Avoiding fad diets that affect metabolic balance is also wise
The effect of gut microbes on stress & mood should be no surprise

Ethnicity Tag

Ahoy there! A month ago, I had the pleasure of virtually meeting a new follower, Stephanie @ Roses and Brimstone – A Little Heart with Extraordinary Passion! She wrote about her cultural background in a post called Ethnicity Tag which was fun and fascinating for me to read.

She was curious to learn where I came from and linked where she got her questions: 50+ Ethnicity Tag Questions. (Fortunately for you, I will not answer all 50 of them!) The site describes the distinction between race and ethnicity.

A few days ago, mom expressed to me how she was afraid of me “losing my heritage” (which I will describe another day). Since there are some new folks here, I thought this blog post would dive into a bit of that and perhaps share a little bit about me!

1.Which ethnicity do you belong to?

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I am ethnically American and Vietnamese, and classified as Asian. I was born in Texas in the United States. My parents and my grandparents are from Qui Nhon, Vietnam, a beautiful coastal city. My 23&Me DNA results shows that my ancestors are from China/Vietnam region. 🙂

2. Which food represents your ethnicity?

There is such a variety in Vietnamese cuisine. Rice dishes are a staple. Pho is a famous dish that many people in America have had a chance to try. I keep mentioning it in past posts. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend you do so!

3. Which ethnic language are you perfect in?

Vietnamese is a tonal language and are distinguished by three main dialects which can be classified by region: North (Hanoi), South (Ho Chi Minh City), Central (Hue). Around 80 million people in the world speak Vietnamese and is in the top 20 most spoken languages. It has many Chinese and French influences. It used to written in Chinese letters, but now uses the Latin alphabet.

I wouldn’t describe it as perfect, but I spent a good chunk of my life studying the dialect from South-Central Vietnam. I can read, write, and speak it. However, I would consider myself at a limited proficiency level in Vietnamese. I am most fluent in English and enjoy the nuances of the language. I enjoyed studying English literature in college.

4. Do you have any ethnic name?

I go by many names: Sally, Lisa, but my ethnic name is Sa! Vietnamese parents typically like to name their daughters after lovely flowers or beautiful sentiments. It directly translates to silky gossamer. Combined with other other words, it can mean a host of things. (ie- kieu sa = lovely)

5. Which phrase of your ethnic language is your favorite?

  • Bạn khỏe không (Ban Kwe Khom) = How are you?
  • Cảm ơn (kahm uhn) = Thank you!

    The following proverb is something I enjoy:
  • Đi một ngày đàng học một sàng khôn. = A day of travelling will bring a basket full of learning.

6. Which clothes represent your ethnicity?

On special occasions such as Vietnamese holidays and weddings, I wear the traditional, gorgeous ao dai. I love the new modern styles that are coming out! If you want to view the glitz and glamorous side of Vietnamese fashion that’s trending, you can watch a renowned variety show called: Paris by Night.

Marriage gown

7. Which drink represents your ethnicity?

A few distinctive favorite drinks that I grew up with are: jasmine/green tea, coconut juice, soybean milk, grass jelly drink, sugar cane drink.

8. Which specific jewelry represents your culture?

Popular pieces are typically made of jade or gold. Images of dragons, Buddhas, crosses are common. Some of my favorite cultural pieces include: earrings, beaded peace bracelets, necklaces.

My favorite American pieces are Pandora charm bracelets or floating charm locket necklaces.

9. Which sport represents your ethnicity?

Vovinam, Dragon dance, dragon boat racing, cow racing, wrestling

Vietnamese Vovinam – martial arts
Dragon boat racing

10. Which ethnic song do I often listen to?

I’m a sucker for Korean dramas. They’re humorous, heart-breaking, or soul lifting. I just finished this Chinese drama remake called Meteor Garden. Though I have some qualms about the series, I enjoyed it. This beautiful song is not Vietnamese, but lately I’ve been listening to the entire soundtrack on replay.

#Metaphorical Poem- A Dessert-filled Morning

Good morning everyone! Inspired from an episode that I watched from the Food Network Star, I created this metaphor to symbolize the all the great experiences that I have checking out your blogs. I wrote this poem back in January 2018, but it’s been sitting in my draft box for a long time.

Dverse Poets : Meet the Bar- Creating a Metaphor

Salted Caramel’s Blogger’s Coffee Morning

Blogs on WordPress
are the countless types of desserts
on the buffet of life
Matcha Green Tea Cake
Coconut Creme Pie
Sinfully Chocolate Brownie
Angel Vanilla Cake
Pistachio Nut Pudding
Sour Lemon Tart
Raspberry Kolache
Fortune Cookie
Sitting on a plate looking delectable
Various guilty pleasures
Some may delight the senses
You may be allergic to others
Blending in with your morning
tea, coffee, juice, or milk
Each one delivers a unique experience

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#OctPoWriMo7- Sweet Treat

Sanguine, scintillating, sassy, stylish salesgirl
Salivating over savory, scrumptious, special sweets.
Satisfying sensual show of soulful spirit.

Daydreaming of dazzling debonair in deeply daring drama!
Dynamic, dainty darling desires
decadent, delicious, delightful, delectable desserts.

Charmingly cheerful cultivated connoisseur
Capering in a captivating cabaret chasing a chocolate cake!
Celebrating confections with colorful confetti!

#OctPoWriMo7 – Tongue Twister

#OctPoWriMo2 – Morphing into a Gourmand

A mother was once frustrated!
Still unsalted
Picky eater
Desired sweeter

Are you a little changeling?
Fairy humming?
Not wanting food?
I can just brood!

Surprised to see a growing girl
Giving a twirl
Eating a lot
A food for thought

Nuggets of Gold: Tuesday’s Thoughts

Good evening! I experimented with minute poetry today as I was pondering on this quote above while eating some French onion soup with seasoned toast tonight in a charming restaurant downtown. Like the fairy girl in this story, I was once a picky eater, but now I sometimes can be a gourmand. I need to slow down when I eat. A work in progress! 😉 Would love to show you what I’ve been eating for the past few months down below!

Boyfriend’s homemade goulash
Schlotzsky’s Deli’s incredible sandwich
La Perla’s Blue Hawaiian
Pops Pops Honeydew boba tea
My own squash and sausage soup
My friend’s impressive opera cake
Tech conference food
WP Engine’s complimentary meal

Waiting for a Persimmon to Ripen

Good evening everyone! VJ’s prompt about ripening has me thinking about quite a few things today. With fall looming around the corner, I couldn’t help but think of persimmons with its bright orange color! It is a mighty fruit packed with some powerful benefits:

  • Aids in weight loss & its fiber promotes a healthy digestive system
  • Can help regulate sugar in blood for diabetics
  • Rich source of phytochemicals which helps in warding off inflammatory infections
  • Anti-hemorrhagic properties which helps control excessive bleeding
  • Helps with hypertension because of its low sodium levels
  • Source of vitamin C to strengthen immune system
  • Source of vitamin A, shibuol, betulinic acid to help fight cancer
  • Source of a complex vitamin B which helps improve eye health
  • Source of copper which helps iron absorption and produces red blood cells
  • Source of potassium which helps retain significant minerals
  • Natural energizer relieving stress and exhaustion
  • Has some anti-aging properties as seen in some soap and this beauty blogger review of Amalie Beauty Persimmon Anti-Aging Nightcreme

My thoughts begin to wander onto some quotes, however…

“Age is not all decay. It is the ripening, the swelling of the fresh life within that withers and bursts the husk.”

George McDonald

My father used to grow some persimmon trees in our backyard. They come in two varieties: astringent and non-astringent. When they’re not ripe, biting into one leaves a bitter taste that lingers in your mouth taking its time before it leaves your tongue. With a little more patience, you can taste a wonderfully sweet fruit which makes the wait worth it.

“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Eden Phillpotts, author

A rather interesting analogy to segway into some new events in my life. I recently got hired to be a technical writer at a cybersecurity firm! Very excited by this new development and chapter of my journey. Yet, it took me a while to get to this point. Many times I felt rather impatient with my own growth, but in hindsight, it took some time for my knowledge and information gained from my studies to mature before it was finally ready to be put into action.

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgement requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.”

Calvin Coolidge, Former U.S. president

It’s been a few days since I’ve drank from this firehose of this major life transition – a constant outpouring of new ideas to take in, process, and from that immense gulp, I’m responsible for creating a grand tool that can unlock a whole new world of possibilities for my coworkers and myself.

“Nothing is finer for the purposes of great productions, than a very gradual ripening of the intellectual powers.”

John Keats

I should really slow down though as the quote above reminds me of the fine potential that can be derived from a gradual ripening. 😉 That said, I feel like a giddy metal worker dancing amidst the flying sparks as I’m in creation mode!

Sunshine Blogger Award #5 from Proscenium – Life, Relationships, Movies

The Sunshine Blogger Award is per recognition award for bloggers who inspire readers by promoting positivity and bringing joy

Good afternoon everyone! I would like to sincerely thank Jason @ Proscenium for nominating me for a Sunshine Blogger Award. He hosts the fun Friday Follies photo challenge (hilarious entries from participants), takes interesting photos and gives a slice of his day while promoting other bloggers. Please stop by and take a look into his world!

Rules for Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts. (In my case, I tag!)
  • List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Jason’s Questions

Is what you’re doing now what you always wanted to do growing up? If not, what did you always want to be “when you grew up?” Was there a reason why?

Short answer: yes and no. 🙂

Image Credit: Berzin @ Pixabay

When I was a young girl, I wanted to be a doctor “when I grew up”. I imagined taking care of a clinic full of sick stuffed animals who needed care. I just wanted them to be happy again so that we can drink tea together. I always felt called to help people feel better. I was sensitive to those who were suffering. In college, I attempted to do a pre-med track only to get burnt out in the process. I didn’t get much sleep in those years and didn’t eat properly either because of the stress of maintaining a decent GPA to get into medical school.

I was rattled and a train wreck three years into the program. I later explained to my parents that perhaps this isn’t the right path for me and decided to do some soul searching. I asked myself what were things that I enjoyed doing: listening to music, art, writing, crafty activities, gardening, tinkering with tech stuff. Changing my course wasn’t easy at first. In the course of my recuperation, I decided to participate in a “Trash-to-Treasure” environmental contest hosted by my school after reading a story about some inventive dresses made out of recycled products.

There was a deadline to the project so I decided to go with a simpler project. I was later inspired by a curtain made out of plastic bottle parts and enjoyed the process of connecting all the pieces together. Time just flew by and I had fun!

What is/was a relationship deal breaker for you?  Why? Is that the same for friendships?

As understanding and patient I can be, I’ve had quite a few deal breakers even in the midst some redeeming qualities they may have. Some deal breakers for me for relationships and friendships alike were individuals with abusive personalities, poor hygiene/uncleanliness, and laziness. It’s difficult for me to cut ties due to my desire to help people through problems, but there are times when it is necessary for my own well being.

  • Anyone who has been around abusive people knows that they create an incredibly toxic environment for you and they will drain you physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Sometimes, they can be logical and knowledgeable yet hurtful with their arrogance. Constantly taking a beating figuratively and literally eventually takes its toll. Taking care of myself means giving myself space from those sorts of individuals.
  • Poor hygiene has always irked me. It is very difficult to be in close proximity around someone who doesn’t bother to brush their teeth or take regular showers. I can take note of their compassion, but at a distance?
  • Laziness bugs me because if people won’t make the effort to work on a relationship, why be in one? It reveals to me that they don’t care, and if they don’t care, then I won’t feel adequately cared for. Laziness is different than resting or recreation. I’ve always been surrounded by hardworking people all my life and I’ve seen the fruits of that labor play out in various facets of their lives including their relationships.

What’s something you can’t go a day without doing?

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” 

― J.R.R. Tolkien

Eating! Good food can instantly change my mood and worldview on life. I love the delectable colors of this vegetable skewer!

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
Image Credit: Pixabay

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?

There was a relationship I had which didn’t last, but it taught me a lot of important life lessons. The craziest thing I think I did for love was that I got down on my knees and cried in front of this individual. In hindsight, it doesn’t sound too crazy, but at the time I refused to be vulnerable because I didn’t want to show any weaknesses. I set up so many walls that guys used to think that I didn’t have feelings. They would never see me cry, and I never wanted someone to take advantage of my heart. The moment I tore down the walls I built for myself, I was open to what was going to happen, and that scared me.

Genius lyrics
“.. When you built your walls too high
And there’s no one to love you
When you trap yourself inside
…”

What scene in a movie has evoked the most feelings out of you?

There are certain scenes in movies that stand out in my memory. Life changers.

Typically, the ones that have evoked the most feelings are the ones I don’t think I’ll ever want to see again: war, WWII, Holocaust. Movies about featuring the depravity in the Holocaust like Schindler’s List, Sophie’s Choice, Boy in the Striped Pajamas. The final scene in Schindler’s List where Oscar talks about saving one more life, the scene where Sophie is asked to choose which of her children shall survive, the scene where the boys go to the gas chamber…

Though I have never watched Passion of the Christ, I assumed it was going to evoke many feelings. My family and I avoided it for the brutal violence and the newspaper report of a woman getting a heart attack while watching it in the theater.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, some movie scenes that evoked incredibly positive emotions was the Amazonian training scene in Wonder Woman, the grandmother remembering her father in Coco, women achieving their dreams in Hidden Figures, Circle of Life in Lion King.

11 Nominees

You are not obligated to respond to this award nomination, however it is a wonderful way for me to recognize your blogs! Thank you for being here!

Questions

  1. What will be your next inspiring endeavor?
  2. What is your native language? Are there any other languages you would like to learn?
  3. Describe your favorite restaurant.
  4. What was the last compliment you received?
  5. What is the most courageous thing you have ever done?

Thank you again for reading! Have a wonderful day! 🙂