Friday, April 25, 2014

Mighty Miso

Nothing like a bowl of miso when you come home in the evening, nourishing, invigorating and soothing.  It's also a good source of probiotics, B12 and protein. 

While I was at Mitsuwa  some time ago, I had the honor of meeting Shintaro Asai the president of Maruya Hatcho Miso.  He was there promoting his product.  Asai-San told me he was in the U.S. for Ming Tsai's cooking show.  When I first met Asai-San, the humble gentleman struck me as someone who was more than passionate about the product he was selling.  His desire to keep the tradition to prepare the best miso along with his pride that his son will continue the family tradition of over 400 hundred years was heart touching and inspiring. 

Organic, kosher miso.  I had to ask him so many questions, about being organic, non-gmo. The polite, salt and pepper-haired gentlemen in his traditional garb answered all my questions very patiently.  One sip of the rich miso - he won me over.  I don't think I could ever go back to drinking regular miso - it's like once you have tasted the best, you only want that.  Miso, texture and taste, is like wine, each unique and with a distinct flavor.  Hatcho miso is robust and rich. You could feel the good vibrations that it was prepared with.  There is no metal in the structure where the miso is made, only wood and stone.  The miso is prepared only with salt and soy in a slow procedure that takes two and a half years.  The soy is supplied to Asai-San, by his school friend, so he knows the source.

Click here for more info on Hatcho miso




It's rare that we find people like Asai-San, who don't want to take shortcuts to mass produce in order to sell a successful product!  Instead here is someone who is proud of his family business, someone who is interested in preserving the fine quality of miso and ensuring that the tradition is passed down from generation to generation.  Arigato Asai-San to you and your family for sharing your prized miso with the world.


Shintoro Asai, President of Maruya Hatcho Miso Ltd.


Cheers,
Jyoti

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Meet Faith

Let me introduce you to Faith ~

Sorry, she’s not the tall, sweet blonde with blue eyes who lives on the other side of the floor. 

No, Faith is the beautiful belief that dwells within you.

Faith is one of those “F” words which has been pushed aside by Frustration and Fear.
In Mark 12, verse 22 ~ 24, Jesus says

“Have Faith in God…What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye shall have them.”
 
One associates Faith with God; but Faith can be belief/trust in yourself ~ you are a reflection of your Creator.

When there is Faith, there is no place for fear, the two can’t be roommates! A total no-no! Life has become a fight between Foe and Friend, Fear and Faith.

Why is it that we waste so much of our energy on FEAR? Unnecessarily, we provide it rent-free space in our minds! From where did this sudden generosity occur?

Fear, My Dear, as you might have heard, is basically:

FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL”

A little simple math:

FAITH – fear = FREEDOM

Don’t stop yourself in your tracks, Sweetie. You weren’t meant to stay comfy in your pj’s slumped on a couch with your attached ‘limb,’ the remote control or Iphone. You are here to share your gift with passion to the world. So put on your Jimmy Choo’s and start living life to the fullest!

You, My Dear, have a bigger game to play ~ Your Creator has plans for you!

Be a Faith Fairy, wave your magic wand and watch miracles perform in your life.
Earlier this month, my Guru was to give his farewell sermon in New Jersey before he departed back to India. The service was to be held at 7:30 p.m., 12 miles from my home. When I reached work, I found out that there was a hurricane alert for our area until 5 p.m. “Well by 5 it should be fine,” I keep assuring myself. At lunch time leaves were blowing everywhere in the City, it started getting dark and even sprinkled. I watched my mind playing a battle between fear and Faith. It was in vivid colors, sharper than the Ipad. Fear, like little goblins in Pac-Man, was chewing up my Faith, my poor Pac-Man!

I kept checking the weather. The forecast had changed. Oh Dear! Thunderstorms were expected up to 7 p.m.! Deep breaths. I called a friend who lived near the Center and she said it was nice and the storm must have gone away. It wasn’t even raining there. I searched on the Internet for buses to the Center as a backup, but it would take me 2+ hours to get home after the service! Fear was playing games, I remembered the last time I went to the Center, there were thunderstorms and heavy rain and my wipers weren’t working well! I was terrified driving home in the dark late at night. When we don’t have faith in ourselves, we open the door for negative thoughts and fear to fly in.

Then all of sudden, Pac-Man (Faith) swallowed up the little goblins (fear)! Yay!

I said, “Yes, I am going to do it – I am so worried about something that might not even happen. I will put on my oils, chant my mantras and drive!”

As soon as I got home, I grabbed my car key and left. I wanted to get half way to the Center before it got dark or the thundershowers started. I reached safely. Praise to the Lord! Yes! I did it!! High Five!!! FAITH! FAITH! FAITH!

When the service was over, I could see the leaves starting to rustle and didn’t bother to chat with anyone, but rushed home. The roads were perfectly clear, people were at home because of the expected inclement weather. I made it in record time ~ no crazy drivers with high beams, no thunderstorms ~ MIRACLE!

As soon as I entered my building, I noticed a few drops on my windshield and exclaimed, “Thank you, Lord!” He had protected me and brought me home safely! As soon as I got out of the car, the dark sky opened, and let the rain out with a roar of thunder! I was dancing with joy! I made it ~ Me and My Faith made it!
 
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve; the fear of failure.”
~ Paul Coelho
 
Believe and Achieve!
 
This guest blog,which I had submitted earlier last month, was published on the day I was sitting by my father's hospital bed.  http://embraceurdestiny.com/meet-faith/   It was a gentle reminder from the Universe at the time I needed it most.

Let us keep the flame of faith strong and forever kindled.



Sunday, October 6, 2013

Creamy Crunchies

Have friends coming over and want to make a quick snack?  Whether you are gluten-free, dairy-free or not, these Creamy Crunchies are a crispy, savoury treat! 

Daiya has just released into the market a line of different dairy-free cream cheeses!  Whohoo for all of us who are allergic to dairy or are vegan!  I stumbled on to these new products at the health food store in Tenafly, Healthway Natural Foods

As soon as I got home, I spread some of the Chive and Onion Cream Cheese, which I whipped a little, on a couple of gluten free Mary's Gone Crackers; but that didn't hit the spot.  So I chopped up some sun dried tomatoes which I had picked up from Trader Joe's earlier, and voila!  Instant gratification!  Yumm! X-Crunchy, creamy and yet a little "tarty" and definitely tasty.



Creamy Crunchies 

6 Mary Gone Crackers
3 TB Cream Cheese 
1TB Chopped Sun Dried Tomatoes 

Easy snack for any time and perfect for the holidays!  You can always change the topping or the flavor of the cheese with different herbs and put chopped figs or cranberries on top.

Btw, confession, I didn't wait to get home to try out the cheese.  I had a spoonful  as soon as I got into the car!

Cheers to Healthy Bites!

Jyoti





Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Best of New York City Potluck

Shauna and Daniel Ahern, of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, were our gracious hosts of the Best of New York City Potluck recently. 


What a spread by food bloggers!  All of a sudden, gluten free doesn't look so bad - as a matter of fact, pretty darn tasty!






 



 
Being gluten free requires discipline - but with food like this  - it's sweet punishment!
 
Interested in learning more about how 'sweet' gluten-free can be, contact me
 
 
Cheers to a Healthy You!
Jyoti

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Exotic, sweet yet hot....



What can it be?  Raw Mango Salad, of course!

This recipe has been adapted from  Michael Natkin's cookbook Herbivoracious














Now that mangoes are in season, this is the perfect recipe for those of us who can't wait for the mangoes to ripen!
1 Raw Mango
1/2 Red Onion
1 Lime
Fresh Dill or Mint
Sea Salt to taste
1 tsp Hot Sesame Oil or Toasted Sesame Oil
1 tsp Coconut Sugar (to your taste)
1/2 jalapeno or chili pepper - optional
2 inch ginger grated



Love using my Kyocera mandoline slicer - one of the best kitchen toys ever!  After peeling the mango, slice the mango with the mandoline or very finely with a sharp knife. Do the same with the onion. Watch those nails and knuckles!  You can play with the blade settings of the mandoline to create the visual effect you are seeking. 

Squeeze approx 1/3 cup fresh lime juice and mix well with the coconut sugar or other natural sweetener, salt, ginger and sesame oil. Adjust salt and sugar according to taste and sweetness of mango. Since I ran out of the toasted sesame oil and jalapeno, I sub'd with the hot sesame oil, which also gave it a nice kick. Pour dressing over the sliced mango and onion, mix well, garnish with chopped fresh herbs and serve. Natkin suggests chopped cilantro or mint. Salivating over the cookbook and intoxicated by the aroma of the mangoes, I couldn't wait to go to the store to get all the ingredients. Determined and drooling, I prepared the above salad with whatever ingredients I had right there and then and dug in.  Thank you Natkin for the wonderful recipe.


Michael Natkin and Yours Truly


Bon app├ętit!
Cheers to your vibrant health!
Jyoti
P.S. So off you go to pick up some mangoes and herbs and please do share how it turns out!