Friday, April 20, 2018

Meghan Markle's Coconut Smoothie


T minus 30 days to the big royal wedding and I have to admit that even I, who decided on that awful August night in 1997 that my infatuation with the British royal family had come to an end, have developed an interest in the young royals that goes beyond what the ladies happen to be wearing today. What has caused my interest to peak once again? The newest royal lady-to-be of course, Meghan Markle.

And I have to say, I like her, I really do. Put aside what you read from so-called close 'sources' and take her for what she signifies, a new breath of fresh air for the British royal family. She's an energetic, young, fashionable Millennial, ready and able to take on her new role as royal ambassador, philanthropist and charitable do-gooder (we never run out of a need for those types).
The Hollywood angle just brings added attention to whatever cause she decides to back which is a good thing, trust me on that. There are many, many individuals who give their life's blood for honourable causes we should know and care about but we never do.

Unfortunately in this society, the one we have all have a hand in creating, we look towards the flashing lights, super bright smiles and fancy-pants lifestyles of the famous. Our eyes are drawn to them, for good or for bad, so if I have to choose between being inundated with media of some plastic bimbo peddling her latest lip-plumping gloss or a glamorous young woman who might possibly do a little good for old Planet Earth, I don't think it's a struggle to figure out who is worthy of a gaze or two.
And really what's not to like about Meghan Markle? This gal exudes personality, drive and diversity  and it's all wrapped up in a pretty glam package, one that has been know to focus on health and wellness which finally brings me to the main purpose for this PSA on the future royal (not that she needs any help from me 😄)
I've first heard about MM's famous coconut smoothie in 2015 when she was interviewed by The Chalkboard for their Living Well series (check out the interview here). Although I didn't give it a go back then (I'm not much of a smoothie person), I stumbled across the interview again since she made it official with Prince Harry and I thought since her suggestion for this supplement was life changing for me (no exaggeration, I finally started sleeping again), I'd try out the smoothie that everyone is talking about these days.
It helped that I had all of the nutritional pow-wow ingredients in my kitchen already. I've been on a big cinnamon kick lately (super for fighting inflammation) so I had no excuses not to throw it and everything else into my mixer and hit start. (FYI, the first time I made it I used the protein shake powder my husband had been using but since then I picked up the one MM uses and definitely prefer it.)
And you know what? It tasted pretty darn good! I'm a big coconut fan so I was really hoping that this would tickle my tastebuds and I wasn't let down in the least! I even find myself craving it when I am away from home and that is coming from 'not much of a smoothie person' so you know this isn't just jive, this stuff is really yummy!



THE PREP

1 packet of your shake powder of choice
½ cup of frozen blueberries
1 tsp of cinnamon
some chia seeds
½ cup almond milk
½ cup of coconut water

Blend all ingredients in a mixer and enjoy!



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

WHAT SHE SAID Barbara Pierce Bush

Barbara Pierce Bush
(1925-2018)

"As important as your obligations as a doctor, a lawyer, a business leader will be, you are a human being first and those human connections with spouses, with children, with friends are the most important investment you will ever make.
At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend or a parent."


Monday, April 16, 2018

SOCIAL STUDIES Tipping Your Caddie And Other Golf Niceties


A caddie is a person who carries a golfer's clubs and provides a range of assistance during a match that can include handing you your clubs, wiping them off after each shot, cleaning your golf ball before each hole and again when you reach the green, measuring distances and advising you as needed, replacing divots and ball marks, and raking the sand traps. You don't have to golf with a caddie but it sure is a treat when you do!

 Caddies are usually tipped after the eighteenth hole, and ALL players should be prepared to tip them. At a club where members are billed later for their greens fee, as a guest you should pay both caddies' fees, yours and theirs. If you're a guest at someones private club who isn't billed at a later date, you should pay the greens fee and your caddies fee. In either case, if your host tries to pay, it is your duty to politely stand firm and pay.

What is typically customary? For a forecaddie (the person positioned up ahead on a golf hole whose job is to track golfers' shots as each plays his or her golf ball), about $20-$25 per player is reasonable. For a caddie toting just your bag, around $40 to $50 is customary, a little less if the caddie is carrying both bags for you and the other golfer you are playing with as the other golfer should be tipping the caddie as well. If you are still unsure and want to stay on the safe side, you can always ask the caddie master or head pro (I'd search out the head pro who will probably give you a little more objective point of view).
Also, a caddie who offers valuable reads on your shots deserves an extra $10-$20 bonus on top of a normal tip.


Loeffler Randall




Saturday, April 14, 2018

CHIC THIS WEEK Best Dressed For April 8-14, 2018

Who is your pick for best dressed this week?
Make sure you scroll down to vote!


RITA ORA
In Versace
('Harmony' sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti)
At the Echo Awards in Berlin, Germany



EMILY RATAJKOWSKI
In LPA
('Clarita' sandals by Alexandre Birman)
At the #hotelREVOLVE Festival Welcome Dinner hosted by LPA in Palm Springs, California



NAOMIE HARRIS
In Gucci
(jewellery by Cartier, 'Minny' sandals by Jimmy Choo)
At the ‘Rampage’ premiere in London, England



ASHLEY GRAHAM
In Rachel Pally
(heels by Brian Atwood)
At the International Center Of Photography's 2018 Infinity Awards in NYC, New York



POPPY DELEVINGNE
In Fendi
 At the ‘Genius: Picasso’ screening in London, England



KYLIE MINOGUE
In Maria Lucia Hohan
At the 2018 Echo Music Awards in Berlin, Germany



MICHELLE DOCKERY
In Roland Mouret
At the "The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair" screening in Cannes, France



KERRY WASHINGTON
In Delpozo
At the Lehman College 50th Anniversary Celebration & Leadership Awards Dinner in NYC, New York



Who is your choice for Best Dressed for April 8-14, 2018

Rita Ora in Versace
Emily Ratajkowski in LPA
Naomie Harris in Gucci
Ashley Graham in Rachel Pally
Poppy Delevingne in Fendi
Kylie Minogue in Maria Lucia Hohan
Michelle Dockery in Roland Mouret
Kerry Washington in Delpozo

Friday, April 13, 2018

WHAT SHE SAID Julia Child

“Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.”

(1912-2004)


CARAMELIZED ONION AND APPLE TARTS WITH GRUYERE


During Lent this year, my daughter gave up meat (as she always does) and forty days of meals without beef, chicken, pork etc. can be quite a struggle when the rest of the family "want meat". What is a mom to do but pull out the big guns and get a little craftier. The big guns were my library of cookbooks that usually just sit there gathering dust but in cases like these, I'm glad those babies are there for back-up. Some of my meatless 'creations' got a few thumbs down but this Caramelized Onion, Apple and Gruyere tarts were a big hit! The lightness of the puff pastry balances out the richness of the caramelized onion and Gruyere, they compliment each other perfectly! This recipe makes about 32 tarts and believe it or not, there are never any left when they are put on the table! 


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 lb. yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more, to taste
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 lb. tart apples, peeled and sliced 1/8 inch thick
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 oz. aged Gruyere cheese, grated
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more, to taste
1 package (1 lb.) frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
1 egg

THE PREP

In a large fry pan, warm the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and 1 teaspoon kosher salt and saute for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown.
Transfer into a large bowl and let the filling cool to room temperature.
Position 1 rack in the upper third and 1 rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In the same pan you used for the onions, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the sliced apples and sugar and stir to coat the apples. Continue stirring for about 10 minutes until the apples are just starting to caramelize and have softened. Transfer into the bowl with the onions and stir in the chives, thyme, cheese and the 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
Cut the puff pastry into 2-inch squares and place on the baking sheets, spacing the squares about 1 inch apart. In a small bowl, beat the egg and add about 2 teaspoons of water.
Brush the pastry squares with the egg mixture and place a heaping 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of each square. Season with salt and pepper.
Bake, rotating the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking, until the pastry is crisp underneath and golden brown on top, which should take about 25 minutes. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks and let the tarts cool to room temperature before serving.
Makes about 32 tarts.