Sunday, June 30, 2013

My recent cooking adventures

Wagwaan (Translation = Wadup) my people!

For my Jamaicans: How har hunnu?    
For all my people: How you be?

I hope life is lovely and you are enjoying more and more bangin' bird food everyday.  I've been doing a lot in my free time since school's been out.  Exercising my brain has been one of them:


(That face is so intense and this is leisure reading.  Imagine my med school face.)

(I'm really comfy now)
And I've also been cooking up some good stuff lately and I've been bad for not sharing these aromatic and delicious masterpieces.  They are all new recipes!!!  Alright, alright.  Ya girl is not playing around.   I get these ideas, start playing around with them and before you know it, I've got something bangin'.  Some were birthed a couple weeks ago while others are my full-proof comfort food recipes (that I make all the time) and others are my version of a recipe I found surfing the web.  I just love how colorful the food is.....and BRIGHT.  The color intensity of my veggies need to remind me of crayons.  That's a good sign that they are not overcooked.  Alright, I've got the goods for you.

It all started when my mom bought me a waffle maker and this lady KNOWS I love appliances.   So of course....... the morning, I was making waffles....

And more waffles.............
(Blueberry waffles with kiwi, scrambled tofu and some Tofurky sausage)
I could have tried to have other things for breakfast, right?   Nahhh  :)

Ahhhhhhhh!  Look at all those colors!!


I call it Veggie Heaven

This was a chickpea and eggplant casserole with spinach salad and whole grain pasta.
I LOVE chickpeas and I LOVE eggplant.
It's based off of a recipe I found in the NYTimes.

Trying my hand at a chocolate mousse.

It wasn't me alone. I promise
No, my fingers aren't crossed behind me.  :)

I'm really into edamame right now.
It's sooooooo good!

I am also now using a new formula with pasta.......

......I'm keeping it 20% pasta and 80% fresh veggies.
It's working out nicely.

Then I came back to an oldie but goodie.

Panera Bread inspired Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This picture is looking hurt because I was eager.   This was after about 5 bites.
The poor soup had no chance.

This was an original open face sandwich.  Sauteed spinach, edamame,  sweet red peppers, garlic, onions, scallion (green onion) and avocado drizzled with cheezy sauce.   I ate is all yesterday.  I wish I could have shared.

Last but not least.........................
My attempt at veganizing/plantifying/plant-basing (I just love these verbs) ackee and saltfish.  It sounds kinda of crazy but I added a little seaweed to recreate the fish flavor.  It worked :)
That was breakfast this VERY morning.
So maybe Dios is telling me something.  I keep coming up with some seriously bangin' bird food (not trying to toot my own horn here but it really is though), my efforts are rewarded with clean plates and mmm mmm mmm's, this blog is growing, phrases I hear these days include, "MGD, you would be so proud of me today.  I had a salad.......(or some high quantity of plant-life)" and then I find THIS:

When I was back in ATL, I was thrifting with my Ma and she happened to find this just looking around the bookshelves.

Brand Spanking New!

So now I have a space specially designated for jotting down and storing these ideas that come to my mind.  I can't wait until the whole thing is full.  You never know...........maybe I'll end up turning it into a cookbook. :)

Thank you for reading!  My people, I appreciate you all so much.  Be happy and healthy.  Ciao!


  1. Everything looks so delicious. I feel you on having a space to record your ideas and recipes. They can come on at the spur of the moment. I haven't even cooked some of the recipe ideas I've had yet. But soon come.

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    2. Yes. I took it as a sign from the Creator to stop letting my ideas vanish. I've had some great epiphanies in the past so I can make sure to capture them now :)

  2. Those all look fantastic, and you're right about the eye-popping colors! If you do write a cookbook, Marsha-Gail, I can't wait to read it!

    1. Thank you Andrew! That would be like my second project. My first is to actually get some YouTube videos going. Do you think I could rock that? :)

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    1. Thank you! I definitely just checked out your blog and will be adding it to my blog feed. You recipes look so delicious!

  4. Chocolate mousse, you say? *raises eyebrows*

    1. Yesssssss! Avocado based. It's BOMB and so easy!