News Reality

How I Found A Delicious Way To Relive My Favorite Memories

by www.huffingtonpost.com
For many of us, food has become an afterthought, a chore, something we take as little time as possible to think about. Talk about a missed opportunity! I've discovered that by using smaller amounts of high quality ingredients and connecting with the social, cultural and sentimental value of my food, Iím left feeling more fulfilled -- both physically and emotionally. This week, my food experience began with a trip to a local farmers market, which can be so much more than just the task of picking up groceries. I like to think of it as an educational outing full of delicious aromas, interesting sights, and engaging discussions with vendors and fellow shoppers. I started this particular trip with the plan to pick up a few ingredients for one of my favorite make-ahead breakfast treats: yogurt parfaits. Iíve adored yogurt parfaits ever since I visited Europe last year. This simple, portable snack -- perfect for busy mornings -- was sold by vendors in nearly every train station, airport and market I visited. Now I make them at home. I like to layer the ingredients in a mason jar, because they're easy to grab and go, and the chilled glass helps to keep the ingredients cold. The key to a good parfait is including a variety of fresh flavors, colors and textures; so on trips to the farmers market, like the one I took this week, I typically have parfait -- and the layers of great memories I made while traveling through Europe -- on the brain. Hereís what I layered up: A creamy, luscious yogurt: I've been a yogurt lover my whole life, but I didn't really know good yogurt until I landed in Germany. Theirs was fresh, incredibly creamy and had a flavor all its own. When I spotted fresh yogurt from a local creamery at the farmers market at home, I knew it would be of the same caliber. If you can't find a locally produced, fresh yogurt for your parfaits, aim for a full fat or Scandinavian-style yogurt in its place. Hearty, nutritious oats: I like to include a small amount of rustic, thick-cut rolled oats in my parfait for texture and to soak up the excess moisture from the fruit and yogurt. While I didn't score any oats at the farmers market this week, I had some stocked in my pantry, and they complemented the creamy yogurt perfectly. The thicker the oats, the better! Fresh and delicate figs: Until a few years ago, the only figs I had eaten were in the jammy layer of a fig pastry. When a friend in Baton Rouge, La., gifted me a few figs from the tree in his yard, I was absolutely blown away. The figs were soft, delicate, subtly sweet and absolutely stunning. Figs are in season from late summer through early fall, so if you can find these gems, grab them while they're around. To use the figs in the parfaits, cut them into quarters to display their intricate interior and make their size more spoon-friendly. Flavor-packed walnuts: Nuts provide a wonderful crunch in the parfait and a deep, earthy flavor that balances the sweetness of the figs. I discovered the amazing flavor of fresh nuts in Prague. I remember browsing the some 30 varieties of fresh nuts with help from a friendly vendor. While there weren't as many nut varieties at the market here at home, the walnuts I purchased were just as fresh and flavorful. A decadent honey: The final element of my breakfast parfait experience is a small drizzle of local honey. Honey rivals fine cheeses for its unique and evocative flavor notes; it's a great way to experience the ďtasteĒ of the land, wherever you are. When a good friend told me that she and her husband were going to keep bees and harvest honey, I reacted a little like a kid on Christmas morning. With the rising popularity of beekeeping, you're sure to find freshly harvested honey at any farmers market. The subtle sweetness of this parfait is perfect if you use the sweet ingredients in moderation -- allowing you to enjoy this morning snack guilt-free. Back home, as I layered my parfait ingredients in jars in preparation for the week ahead, I reminisced about my travels to Germany and Prague, my friend in Baton Rouge with the fig tree, and the other with the budding apiary. Although this food experience wasn't spent building memories with loved ones, it did allow me to relive and enjoy memories of the past. From gathering the ingredients, to eating the tasty layers each morning, my parfaits will provide me with both nourishment and a connection to the people and places that make up my world. The best experiences pack a punch of flavor into your everyday life, just like in Odwalla smoothies, protein shakes and bars, where you can enjoy great-tasting nutrition through a wide variety of the seasonís most delicious bounty!

-- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.


Read Full Article On www.huffingtonpost.com
Latest
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has outlined measures he would take to untangle his ties to the pharmaceutical industry if co
Grey's Anatomy star sheds light on rare condition that affects her daughter.
Kansas legislators have postponed a vote on overriding Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill that would have expanded the state's Medicaid program
Dr Hannah Ryan has been suspended for a month after misleading health experts over an Ebola nurse's temperature.
Surgeons say they tried to warn of dangerous delays to emergency surgery at a children's hospital.
A recent study suggests requiring emergency medical services personnel to ask about a patient's use of blood thinners could be vital to life-saving treatment.
People with hepatitis B or hepatitis C were more likely to have Parkinsonís disease.
The first step in shaping the brain is that the neural plate, a sheet-like cell layer, curves to form the neural tube. Scientists have now shown that during the process of neural tube formation a tran
Older women with gum disease or tooth loss are at increased risk of dying early, researchers report.
NAIROBI (Reuters) - One of Kenya's most prominent conservationists said on Thursday she was repeatedly shot at when she ran to her baby as armed men set fire to a lodge near her home in the drought-st
Kansas' conservative governor has vetoed a bill that would have extended the state's health coverage for the poor under former President Barack Obama's signature health care law
Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee is criticizing the House speaker for saying the president shouldn't work with Democrats on health care
Lack of support for mental health combined with a common fear of stigma means many do not get the treatment they need to live healthy, productive liv
ROME (Reuters) - The Vatican urged U.S. President Donald Trump to listen to "dissenting voices" and reconsider his position on climate change on Thursday, saying the United States risked losing its en
Researchers hope the technology could stop the emergence of bacteria that are resistant to the drugs.
LONDON (Reuters) - Eleven biotech companies and research teams in Britain and the United States were awarded up to $48 million in funding on Thursday to speed development of new antibiotics powerful e
(Reuters) - Fast food giant McDonald's Corp said on Thursday it would make its Quarter Pounder burgers with fresh beef, prepared when ordered, by mid-2018 in most of its restaurants.
A cold is never fun, but new research at Rice University suggests people who feel lonely are more miserable when they get sick.
(Reuters Health) - Just the initial hospitalizations for firearm-related injuries in the United States cost an average $735 million per year, with the government picking up a large portion of the tab,
Prevention and early detection should not be bonuses available only to those who can pay for expensive medical coverage.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed a bill that would have extended the state's health coverage for the poor under former President Barack Obama's signature health care law
Elderly residents, including two who are over 100 years old, recently evicted from the Terraces on 7th in Vancouver should be allowed to continue living there for life and all contracts with reti
When it comes to safe sex, a new study suggests middle-aged Canadians have something to learn from the younger generation.
A House Freedom Caucus member is defending the group's opposition to the failed GOP health care bill
Scientists have discovered a new relative of T. rex that is the geologically youngest species of the lineage called Daspletosaurus, the 'frightful lizards'. The new species of dinosaur, Daspletosaurus
ROME (Reuters) - The Vatican urged U.S. President Donald Trump to listen to "dissenting voices" and reconsider his position on climate change on Thursday, saying the United States risked being supplan
Researchers at the University of Michigan found dopamine levels drop and fluctuate during a migraine headache, a discovery that could lead to better treatment.
At a forum in Birmingham, anxious parents get some peace of mind from experts about their athletic kids             
Blind tadpoles were able to process visual information from eyes grafted onto their tails after being treated with a small molecule neurotransmitter drug that augmented innervation, integration, and f
Despite the study in one of the worldís most prestigious scientific journals, and the high-profile media coverage of it: no, cancer is absolutely NOT mostly random and a product of ďbad luck.Ē†It w
The current administration is pro-job, so the loss of 50,000 jobs will be big news if funding for community health centers isnít addressed very quickly. Congress needs to act by September 17, 2017, pr
Iíve spent much of my life in hospitals as a physician and surgeon. Recently I suffered an injury that taught me much about what itís like to be a patient. It wasn't that I did not understand the prob
Concern about their appearance isn't the only reason women want to undergo labiaplasty, in which a surgeon reshapes their labia, the fleshy folds that enclose and protect the external genitalia.
No matter what industry you work in, there are ups and downs based on circumstances outside your control. Right now, many Americans are feeling uneasy about their health care. What can you do, as a le

Recent News

Capital One May Be Able To Acquire Cabela's Card Portfolio After All

Capital One is likely to complete the acquisition of outdoor retail giant Cabelaís credit card portfolio without running into any regulatory issues this time around thanks to the involvement of Synovu
Read Full Article

Destiny 2 release date slated for September, and it's coming to PC

After dropping a teaser yesterday, Destiny 2's full reveal has details on its preorders, release date, and platforms.
Read Full Article

How Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi became one of the most coveted minds in baseball

(Robert Carter / For The Times) THE ARCHITECT How Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi became one of the most coveted minds in baseball By Andy McCullough March 30, 2016 (Robert Carter / For The Times) A gener
Read Full Article

Brad Gushue ready to lead Canada at world men's curling championship

Brad Gushue and his teammates have plenty of experience wearing the Maple Leaf even though they're set to make their first appearance at the world me
Read Full Article

Kemi Olunloyo, Walson regain freedom

Journalist and blogger, Kemi Olunloyo, and Port Harcourt-based publisher, Samuel Walson have been granted bail. Magistrate Alatuwo Fubara of the Magistratesí Court in Port Harcourt in his ruling on Th
Read Full Article

Buhariíll return to his London doctors Ė Presidency

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari has not changed his plan to return to his doctors in London, United Kingdom for follow-ups. The Senior Special Assist
Read Full Article

EFCC arraigns directors, firm over N735m subsidy scam

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday arraigned one Mr. Adegbite Adetoye and Ponnle Abiodun along with Origin Oil and Gas Limited before Justice Silvanus Orj
Read Full Article

Senateís summons on Sagay unconstitutional Ė SAN

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Sebastine Hon, said on Thursday that the summons issued on the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse S
Read Full Article

Islamic terrorists execute baby as jihadi father tries to flee

A baby has been executed by Islamic terrorists after its jihadi father tried to flee from the group. The infant, whose gender has not been confirmed, is believed to have been killed in revenge after t
Read Full Article

Popular Finance

 

The Salary Chronicles: A Failed Negotiation Led Me To A Job That Paid $37K More

After a disappointing negotiation conversation, this woman ended up with an even better opportunity.
Read Full Article
 

5 Easy Steps To Help Avoid Fraud And Identity Theft

No one is immune from identity theft. However, there are some simple steps to help you stay protected. This article explore five simple ways to protect your wallet and your time.
Read Full Article
 

The Surprising Way Working On No Sleep Is Affecting Your Career

And what it means for your job performance.
Read Full Article

Armenia approves bill to set up new FTZ near Iranís border

Moscow, March 30, IRNA Ė Armenian government on Thursday adopted a bill for setting up Meghri Free Trade Zone in the vicinity of Iranís border.
Read Full Article

New coalition pushes for one enrollment system in L.A. Unified

Essential Education: Former Education secretary weighs in on local school board races March 30, 2017, 9:18 a.m. Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond
Read Full Article

What would single-payer healthcare look like in California? Lawmakers release new details

California politics updates: ICE director's appearance at Sacramento immigration forum draws protestors March 30, 2017, 10:06 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California politica
Read Full Article

Death of three desert tortoises prompts warning at Joshua Tree National Park

People driving in Joshua Tree National Park are being asked to watch out for wildlife after the deaths of three desert tortoises in the past week. Two of the tortoises were killed in a campground.
Read Full Article

Pence casts tie-breaking vote to advance bill that would let states withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood

Trump attacks House Freedom Caucus as Republican in-fighting intensifies March 30, 2017, 10:25 a.m. Here's our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington: Trump threatens to fight
Read Full Article

Trump levels extraordinary threat against GOP conservatives; Ryan says he understands president's frustration

Trump attacks House Freedom Caucus as Republican in-fighting intensifies March 30, 2017, 10:25 a.m. Here's our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington: Trump threatens to fight
Read Full Article