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INTUITIVE EATING: GRILLED/BROILED TOMATOES, PLUMS, NECTARINES, ETC.

By , August 28, 2008 2:44 pm

It’s that harvest time of year. Simple, lo-cal treats can be found by grilling or broiling many fruits and vegetables that come our way. You can cook them on the grill or broil them in the oven. I put mine, sliced, on top of some tinfoil in a pie plate, since they get juicy.

Grilled/Broiled Tomatoes

Plum tomatoes are especially good, but you can use any. Just slice the tomatoes thinly, spread on the tin foil which has been sprayed with a little canola oil (you can skip this if sticking is not a problem), and sprinkle with a little good Parmesan cheese. Got any fresh or dried favorite herbs (parsley, oregano, summer savory, etc.)? Sprinkle some of those on, too. Place over medium coals or indirect heat of center burner turned off, outside burners on medium high in a gas grill. 10 minutes or so, until the cheese is lightly browned.

Prepare the same but place about four inches down under the broiler on High in the oven and watch closely.

Grilled/Broiled Plums, Peaches, Nectarines

Proceed just the same! A little herbs and parmesan make these fruits into a savory treat. For  a sweet dessert, grill or broil until browning and carmelizing, then remove from heat and douse with a little amaretto or other liquor or a little light whipped cream.

Intuitive Eating

Intuitive Eating is a movement toward learning to pay attention to your own inner signals as to what you want to eat and when you want to eat and how much you want to eat. Google “Intuitive Eating” and you’ll find references to the book of the same name and to online support groups.

Our Intuitive Focusing self-help skill provides a way into this intuitive, bodily-knowing. 

The broader purpose of Creative Edge Focusing (TM) is teaching two simple self-help skills, Intuitive Focusing and Focused Listening, which, like reading and writing, can be integrated into every aspect of work and home life as a kind of “human literacy.” Our website at www.cefocusing.com gives explanations and instructions, free articles, e-newsletter, e-course of practice exercises, and a free yahoo e-support group for actual practice of Focusing and Listening. 

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INTUITIVE COOKING: COFFEE “GOOD AS STARBUCKS”

By , November 30, 2007 5:33 pm

Key Secret:

It is weak coffee that is bitter! It is exactly putting too much water through too few grounds that sucks out the bitter acids in the coffee.

So, while intuitively, you might think you have to make your coffee weaker to get rid of bitter taste, exactly the opposite is the case.

It is always better to start with too strong coffee and add water than to make weak, and therefore full of bitter acids, coffee.

Coffee making is about the only place where I measure exactly instead of intuitively. It took me over 50 years to get it right, and I’m sticking with the formula.

Basic Formula (And Julia Child in Joy of Cooking reiterates it on page 26, 1964 edition!): 2 US Tablespoons of regular or fine ground coffee to 3/4 to 1 8-ounce cup of fresh water.

Me, I use a small Mr. Coffee, fill it to the metal band (they call this “4 cups,” but it is only about 2 1/2  8-ounce cups of water), and use 2 1/8 cup (2T) scoops of fine ground coffee of the darker, stronger kind, like French Roast.

I started with Starbuck’s coffee I bought at the supermarket, to get the recipe down (“good as Starbuck’s” was my goal. Yours may be higher, like freshly ground beans, fancy extracting pots…that is not me).

And, me, I use decaf coffee only, because the real thing can keep me awake for 36 hours straight. But that is another story about “highly sensitive people” and food allergies.

It is very hard to find interesting decaf coffees. Starbuck’s has only one House Blend. Walmart has a pretty good Java Express decaf French Vanilla. Natural food stores may have some good organic ones.

But I have found the most interesting decafs and bargain prices at discount stores like Tuesday Morning and TJMax in the gourmet food sections, like, recently, Godiva decaf Special Roast and decaf Vanilla. And lots of other little-known brands, even, when lucky, decaf Chocolate Raspberry, Creme Brulee, Irish Creme. You just have to keep checking. I buy six or more if I find them. Whether kept in the freezer or on the shelf (I do put the original bag inside a ziplock bag), they taste “good as Starbuck’s” to me after several months!

So, don’t skimp on the coffee and ruin the flavor!

While Intuitive Cooking is only an off-shoot, learn the self-help skills that really matter to me, Intuitive Focusing and Focused Listening, at my website for Creative Edge Focusing (TM). See how the skills apply to personal growth, creativity, spirituality, parenting, as well as creative, innovative problem solving and interpersonal conflict resolution in work-oriented settings. Two self-help skills as “emotional and social intelligence” for every part of life.

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INTUITIVE EATING: ONE PERFECT, GENERIC DESSERT!

By , November 14, 2007 1:40 pm

Elegant Simple Puff Pastry Tart Using Almost Any Fruit

This is it! The one perfect, generic dessert for every party or every day occasion.

Just keep frozen Puff Pastry sheets in your freezer. Also, buy some Parchment Paper (in the Baking section of grocery store) and keep it handy.

Need a fancy dessert, or just want to enjoy fresh fruit in season or out? Take out one sheet. Defrost it on very low a few minutes, making sure not to “melt” it. Flour a wooden or pastry board lightly and roll the sheet out into a rectangle the size of a cookie baking sheet.

Preheat the oven as instructed on Puff Pastry package.

Choose a fruit. Peaches, pears, apples, plums, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, apricots, nectarines, dried apricots, or your imagination! Or mix fruits with each other.Slice the larger fruits thin as you want (1/4 inch?).

Mix the fruit with a little something for slight flavoring. I like liquors: Ameretto (great with peaches, pears, apples) Raspberry Chambord, whatever!, just a few tablespoons to moisten and let sit a few minutes.

Or use traditional spices: cinnamon (apples?), nutmeg (pears), clove, pie spice, whatever you like!

You can sprinkle in a little Splenda or Splenda-for-baking (half Splenda, half sugar) or a little sugar if you want more sweetening. But the idea is to let the flavor of the fruit on the pastry shine through. Very European! Very gourmet! Very easy!!!!!!

Put Parchment Paper on the cookie tray (prevents sticking of tart), rectangle of dough on the paper, and arrange fruit on the dough, leaving a small (1/4-1/2 inch?) margin to pinch up as a rim to keep juices in.

ONLY MAIN RULE: DON’T PUT TOO MUCH FRUIT JUICE OR OTHER JUICE ON OR YOUR PASTRY CRUST WILL GET SOGGY! Still delicious but not quite as “gourmet.”

Put in the oven and bake as directed. The pastry will puff up, especially around the edges.

If you want, when you roll out the puff pastry sheet initially, you can cut it into rectangles or circles, then make smaller tarts by spreading fruit on each. But, me, I just cut the big tart into rectangles after it cooks and cools for a few minutes, and nobody at my house complains.

See other recipes and the philosophy of Intuitive Eating and Intuitive Cooking under Categories: Intuitive Eating or Food in the sidebar.

Basic to Intuitive Cooking and Eating is checking with your “body sense,” your “intuition” of what you want to eat, what would taste great “thrown together.” You can learn the Intuitive Focusing skill and find many Free Articles about Focusing and its partner skill, Focused Listening, at our website for Creative Edge Focusing (TM)

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