Another Good Sunday

I enjoyed sleeping this week. That is odd, for me. When I had anxiety episodes last year, it was very hard to sleep, I could only manage about 2 hours of shut eye and I would be awake the whole day. Now a full 8 hours plus an extra one makes me feel well rested.

I spent Saturday night chilling, watching dvd or reading and snoozing in between, whatever.

I woke up and got online. My internet provider sucks, as most in the Philippines does. There is no good internet signal. I have to be here very early in the morning to get a post in and do some surfing. Hmmph.

In a few minutes I will sleep some more until its time for an early breakfast around 7am. Life is good.

 

Wonton Noodle Soup

 

Siomai

 

Breakfast in a Sunday Farmers’ Market

 

 

I will get the Sunday paper, probably go to the farmers’ market  and have a good noodle soup with siomai. Wonderful. It’s really free falling today with a couple of chores like giving my kitchen top a good clean up and bathroom scrub. Typical condo cleaning.\

Later I will read about yoga and do some poses. A nap after sounds decadent, but I may go for it, too. See?

I choose to do all of these instead of worrying about work, or getting upset about an absentee father coming back into my family’s life and intruding into our senses. I will take things one day at a time and be detached to desired outcomes.

Today is being in the present, on a Sunday. 🙂

A good reminder of people celebrating the life and times of Julia Child. My mom likes her baking book and often refers to it when making cake and breads.

My Family Table

As mentioned here, August 15, 2012 would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday.  I’ve mentioned this before, my grandparents were friendly with the Childs.  They bought wine from my grandfather in his store and my grandmother and Julia knew each other through a few gourmet cooking groups.

One of my prize possessions is framed and hanging in my kitchen.  It’s a letter written to my grandmother a few months before her death.  My grandfather had reached out to Julia to let her know that Grandma was sick so she wrote to her in response.

It’s a bit hard to read so I’ll re-type it here:  “Dear Grace, Just a little note to wish you well.  Myron tells me that you have been having a mean rotten time.  No fun!  Things have been going well with me, thank heaven, and we’ve a new television series on Public TV starting in…

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I have already reduced my processed food consumption by, maybe 60% in the past year. I buy organic or raw ingredients, cook them at home, or eat whole in restaurants, which is still very challenging. Most fast foods here in Manila have flavor enhancers, which affect me badly.

Grist

pumpkin pie ingredientsIt takes a little more planning, but cooking from scratch can be deliciously rewarding.Photo: Susy MorrisLooking to purify before we move into the season of discount Halloween candy, food-focused family gatherings, and holiday parties? Andrew Wilder’s Eating Rules blog invites you to take part in October Unprocessed, an experiment in ridding your diet of all processed foods for an entire month.

Wilder uses the “kitchen test” to explain what he means by unprocessed: “any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with readily available, whole-food ingredients.” In other words, if a food’s label lists long, scary-sounding, unpronounceable words that bring back bad memories of high school chemistry, it probably doesn’t count.

But that’s just one way to classify the term; Wilder invites other definitions and interpretations of the challenge — whatever helps people feel comfortable participating. (He also encourages…

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