muddy footsteps

conking out, sleeping and some good eating

Posted in Uncategorized by nicolejanaye on April 28, 2011

Some sort of busy bug crept its way under my skin the past couple days and has influenced my brain to get going. I credit my laziness and lack of any ability to accomplish tasks due to exhaustion and sleep deprivation. I’ve always felt sleep is one of the most important things you could obtain. Sleep accounts for so many things that if you miss out on quality snoozes, you could be costing the rest of your day. Eating habits have a direct effect to the quantity and quality of sleep you are getting. Think about the last  time you ruffed up a solid 3 hours of sleep; how were you feeling the next day? I’m sure you weren’t gung-ho on making a spinach and beet juice or eating a crisp, light salad. I’ll put it to the test that a cheesy burger sided with a glop of mile high fries were finding its way to your belly. I’ve never been the college student, let alone high school student, to pull all-nighters for the sake of finishing a homework assignment. You can credit that to laziness and not being determined but in the long run, I will take a good nights rest any day over pumping energy drinks and pinning my eyes open to finish a 12 page paper. Conk out early and set the alarm a couple of hours earlier than you normally would! Finish your homework in the morning or, heck, start working on it when it’s assigned so you’re not waiting till the last-minute. Pshh, forget that. Nobody does that! 

When you feel rested, you are more prepared to take on the day, have a positive attitude and be more health conscious. But in those cases that you are exhausted and are coming back from a busy day, still try to eat something fairly healthy. When I’m feeling a rushed day is behind me, I come home and whip up this quick and easy dish.

Wash a sweet potato and toss it in the oven or microwave. Let it get to the point of sweet tenderness. Pull it out and let it sit on a plate for a minute or so to let it cool down. I like to slit the top with a knife to help cool the potato down and allow some of the steam to release. Sweet potatoes are so convenient with their ability to accept all types of spices and flavors. If your tongue is craving for a little sweetness, bake the tot and slather in some butter/smart balance, sprinkle with brown sugar and topple with a couple mallows of marsh. Or try heading to the East and spice it up with paprika, cumin, and some peppers. Join me in Italy and drip it with olive oil, sprinkle sun-dried tomatoes on top, and delicately place fresh basil leaves along side. Any culture or country you decide to gravitate towards, just grab a fork and dig in! 


Meal on your death bed

Posted in Food & Recipes by nicolejanaye on December 28, 2010

Sometimes you come across a meal that is so incredible, so delicious that you literally drool before trekking the heavenly bite into your mouth. You make this dish the next day, for dinner, bring a plate over to your sick grandmother and possibly make batches for your co-workers that you really can’t stand. You share this meal via links on Facebook and tweet to all your twitter friends. DIY recipe cards are printing out, getting ready to be sealed and stamped to friends and family all over the states. It’s one of those meals that you would want to have before you lie on your death-bed. A carmalizing bath of flavors is all you need left in this world.

Well..this isn’t it. But, it’s a close call.

A bed of crisp red onions and rich garlic cloves lie sizzling in a mist of extra virgin olive oil. After a carmelizing bath of flavors, a fresh cibatta bread soaks up the tantalizing duo. Minutes later, the bread crisps on the edge and fills with sweet smells and mouth–watering tastes. A trickle of a balsamic glaze falls delicately on the rear portions of the flavorful shell. Cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and rosemary intertwine to create a respectable, balanced dish.

I understand more each day the importance of how short our lives are. I do believe that we should live balanced between a life worth living and one that is responsible. Travel the world, love deeply and eat incredible food. Why continue stuffing your face with microwave macaroni and cheese, when you can easily and affordably create a dish worth your time and money. Make something you are proud to share. Please, for your sake and others. A diet of mac and cheese isn’t good for your health or your bathroom.