Archive for October, 2012

Last Minute Hurricane Tips

October 29, 2012

Here we are, hunkered down in New York City, waiting for Sandy to come through.

It is kind of pleasant right now; low key, nothing urgent to do. We have power and water, and enough food to keep us going for a few days, assuming it doesn’t all spoil before we can eat it.

When Hurricane Irene was expected, we stocked up with all the essentials. Somehow, seeing the long grocery lines, I was compelled to buy all kinds of things we normally wouldn’t eat. Pretzels, chips and crackers seemed to be important pantry staples, since they didn’t spoil and didn’t need to be cooked. They also didn’t need to be eaten.

The thought of several days without being able to go out, or obtain fresh food is daunting, but I don’t think we will be driven to eating only processed carbs for survival.

I am determined to get through this hurricane without wrecking havoc on my waistline.

Here are a few tips for diet friendly eating during a potential power outage:

Wash all vegetables now, while you still have water, and if possible, cut them and place them in storage bags in the refrigerator. That way there are always healthy salads or snacks to be eaten.

 

Wash whole fruit and put them into a big bowl somewhere accessible.

 

Nuts are high in protein and don’t require refrigeration or cooking to eat.

They are high calorie, so eat them sparingly.

 

Canned tuna fish is another good choice. Just make sure you have a hand held can opener on hand.

 

I have made lots of pureed vegetable soups in the last few weeks, and have them frozen in small containers. If the electricity goes out, I can eat these as they start to thaw, since we have a gas stove.

 

Freeze zip lock bags of water to be used later to keep perishables fresh. I always have fat free Greek yogurt and cottage cheese on hand, and placing them in a bucket or cooler with icepacks will keep them edible for several hours, should the power go out.

 

Keeping the door to the freezer firmly closed will keep food fresh for 24 – 48 hours, depending on how full it is. The fuller the freezer, the longer it will take to thaw. Just be sure to fully cook and eat the food as quickly as possible. Once food has thawed, DO NOT REFREEZE IT.
Place a thermometer in your refrigerator to be sure that it stays above 40 degrees. If the temperature rises above that, food becomes unsafe to eat.

 

Fill your bathtubs with water, so that you can use it to flush toilets, or wash hands. Be sure to have hand sanitizer, and baby wipes for basic hygiene purposes.

 

The wind just kicked up outside my window. I’m off to blow-dry my hair and run the vacuum before it’s too late! Stay dry and stay safe east coast!

 

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Feeding Hurricane Sandy

October 29, 2012

All of us in New York are hunkering down and waiting for Hurricane Sandy to have her way with us. Sunday was spent preparing lots of leftover ingredients into edible dishes.
The leeks, celery and potatoes became a delicious potato leek soup; rich and creamy, without the added calories of cream.

The pumpkins were roasted and pureed. A pumpkin tart was quickly assembled, using what I had in the house. The traditional evaporated milk was hastily replaced by coconut milk, with no adverse reactions to the texture or flavor.

The leftover roasted pumpkin puree will become pumpkin gnocchi tomorrow night, assuming I can see to cook it!

There is still a giant cabbage awaiting it’s fate. I think the carrots and celery can get slivered in with the cabbage and tossed with an avocado dressing,assuming we have electricity for the blender. I guess sooner or later, they will be soft enough to blend by hand!

The flashlights have batteries, the bathtubs are filled with emergency water, and the candles and matches are laid out on the dining table.
We are as ready as we can be for Sandy’s wrath.

We hope all of our east coast readers weather the storm safely.
We will continue to post as long as we have the internet connection to do so.

Leave a comment to share your hurricane stories here…

Color Play

October 26, 2012

Color is taking over the gym floor, with bright sneakers replacing the classic white, black or grey models.

Trainers waiting for their clients yesterday morning at Equinox, in New York City.

Real men wear raspberry… a trainer and his client both rocking raspberry sneakers: 2 of the 6 men I noticed wearing raspberry while working out in close proximity this morning.

Bright blues and turquoise were also prominent.

A couple on Fifth Avenue were color coordinated. LOVE the orange laces and neon green socks!

 

 

 

Unrecipe of the Week: Bolognese Sauce

October 25, 2012

My family loves pasta with Bolognese sauce. I try to make it in a large batch, so that I can freeze the leftovers in small containers for a quick weeknight meal. It’s easy to make, and can be left on the stove to simmer for a few hours while you do other things.

Bolognese Sauce

Sauté a diced onion and several cloves of garlic in a little bit of olive oil. Add about a pound of ground beef and season with dried basil, dried oregano, salt, black pepper and red pepper. Don’t be shy with the seasoning, as some of the flavor will diminish during the long cooking time. Continue to cook until the meat is browned.

Carefully drain off any excess fat, and transfer the meat mixture to a large pot.

Add several cans (or boxes which are generally BPA free) of crushed tomatoes to the pot, along with a couple of bay leaves. Simmer gently with the cover on the pot, for a few hours.  Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.  Taste and correct the seasonings before serving.

Serve the sauce over cooked pasta and enjoy!

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CSA Tuesday

October 24, 2012

It’s CSA Tuesday again, and this week’s selection is a little different.

I am getting a bit backed up in the pumpkin department. Pie? Ravioli? Halloween decor?

We got some carrots, parsley, a giant cabbage and some broccoli.

We also got 4 enormous leeks.

While I am sure some of this will become CSA soup by Sunday night, I intend to get creative with some of the rest.

Ideas always welcome!

Cut It Out

October 23, 2012

A subtle peek skin, is often sexier than a more overt gesture. This season, designers opted for a new kind of peep show, with strategically placed cut outs enhancing sleek dresses.

Michael Kors long lean black column is cut to create a geometric effect.

Carven takes a simple red wool dress and makes it seductive, with cut out sides.

Cushnie Et Ochs shows some skin with sophisticated dresses in black or white.

Any way you cut it, these dresses are a modern and sexy must-have for spring.

Unrecipe of the Week: Ratatouille

October 22, 2012

My family was hankering for pasta with Bolognese sauce, and the meat and pasta part of the dish just wasn’t doing it for me. However,the idea of a slow cooked flavorful dish held some appeal.  I had an eggplant laying around waiting to be converted into something, and I realized I hadn’t made ratatouille in many years.

Ratatouille is an ultimate “unrecipe” since the ingredients and flavors are flexible, as is the cooking time.

Indigo Jones’ Ratatouille

Sauté diced garlic and onions in olive oil until transparent.

Working in batches, sauté sliced mushrooms, diced red and/ or green peppers, cubed eggplant, and zucchini until browned. Season with salt, pepper, oregano and basil to taste.

Add diced tomatoes and pitted Calamata olives.

Transfer to an ovenproof casserole and bake for about an hour, until the vegetables are cooked through, and the flavors meld together. Sprinkle with Parmesan

cheese and enjoy!

indigo jones on huffpost live

October 20, 2012

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to appear on Huffpost Live.  A panel of people debated the impact that Barney’s and Disney’s re-proportioning of their beloved characters has on the body image of young girls. This subject was also the featured in yesterday’s post on indigo jones.

The conversation was lively, with everyone on the panel other than myself taking the stance that anything we do that sends the message that you are not perfect just the way you are, is wrong. When I came home last night and read the 285 comments on the piece, I was surprised to see that many viewers agreed with me; it’s all in good fun. My own readers also thought that we were losing our sense of humor over this.

Check out the segment on Huffpost Live and tell me what you think: Do these overly exaggerated fashion figures send a negative body image message?

Leave a comment, and join the conversation!

Skinny Minnie Mouse?

October 19, 2012

New York fashion emporium Barney’s is teaming up with Disney for this year’s holiday promotion, entitled “Electric Holiday.”

The campaign features a 3-D film in which Disney’s most iconic and beloved character’s appear as supermodels in Paris, strutting the catwalks in designer fashions.

Early images have leaked, and fury over the reed thin physiques given to Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck and Goofy has caused quite a stir.

Enraged activists and parents alike, have banded together against the re-proportioning of the characters, saying that they send a negative body image message to children.

Granted, the bodies are exaggerated to an extreme. But is it all in good fun, or truly problematic?

Barney’s is one of the most high-end retailers in the country. It has only 11 outposts in the United States, all of which are in status locations.

The company is also known for it’s irreverent and humorous approach to marketing, especially in its holiday windows. Even the Queen of England was not immune to their witty treatment.

Barney’s does not market to children. It is not a national chain. It certainly does not cater to the masses. Those who are the target clientele will most likely respond favorably to this film. So where is the harm? Without all of this press, how many children would actually be affected by it?

Join me on Huff Post Live this Friday, October 19, at 1:00 Eastern Standard Time, as we debate whether or not Barney’s and Disney is sending a negative message to young girls about body image.

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Caramelized

October 18, 2012

What’s not to love about caramel? It’s rich and adds a luxurious texture to everything; including clothing.

For spring 2013, designers showed caramel colored leathers that as crave worthy as their namesake sweet.

Akris showed head to toe caramel leather.

Both Fendi and Billy Reid paired their leather back to crisp white shirts.

Burberry went pants free with their short leather trench style jacket in new proportions.

Luxury leather goods maker Hermes layered a leather vest and cotton trench over white shorts.

As you start to develop your fall wardrobe, think about adding a little caramel leather in clothing or accessories. It’s an investment that will take you through the entire year.

Still life photo: Glasshouse Images


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