Middle Eastern Feast

Eating healthy with vegetarian middle eastern dishes is easy. Sunday supper with the bounty of our family garden and and a few extras.  Fattoush salad with garden tomatoes, parsley and mint tossed with mixed greens, toasted pita and tahini dressing.  Kasseri cheese and oil cured olives.GF My mom’s favorite cucumber salad.GF Recipe to follow…. Homemade falafel and green beans with onions and shatta round out the feast.GF Vegetarian is so refreshing on a hot summer night! Helen’s Cucumber Salad 2 cups thinly sliced cucumbers 1 tsp. Salt 1/2 red (or yellow)sweet onion, sliced thin 1/2 cup greek yogurt or labne … Continue reading Middle Eastern Feast

Local sources

Great finds today @portcityproduce2 and @seaviewcrabcompany just up the road from me in little old Wilmington, N.C..  Burgundy okra roasted in bacon fat was crispy and fun to eat. Black sea bass from my favorite fish monger, broiled with a lightly browned butter sauce was flaky and moist.  Tri-color quinoa with spring onions rounded out the meal. Local is ALWAYS best! Continue reading Local sources

Traveling for good

This past week we took a short trip to Fayetteville, NC to help with the rebuilding of homes destroyed by the flooding from Hurricane Matthew and its after-effects. Our team came from all over the US.  We were brought together by the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities), a organization that does charitable work all around the globe. The IOCC partners with NCCUMC (North Carolina Council of United Methodist Churches) to bring volunteers to the most needy sites after a tragedy strikes.  After seeing some of the devastation that occurred in Fayetteville and Lumberton, NC, we all gained a new appreciation … Continue reading Traveling for good

Zip..zip..zip, Kapalua

Ok. Here’s my disclaimer…I AM DEATHLY AFRAID OF HEIGHTS…..But, I am on a once in a lifetime vacation with my husband of 30 years and it is time to conquer my fears!  So, we picked the big Kahuna of zip lining tours….7 lines, over 2 miles and quite the hike up. First thing we do after a ride halfway up the hill in a really nice van is cross over the bridge you see in the second picture below.  That bridge crossing almost ended the tour for me. Winds were close to 37mph today, so it was dicey….to say the … Continue reading Zip..zip..zip, Kapalua