MACROFASHION

fish fridays

Posted in dessert, macrobiotics by jill on September 18, 2010

Today’s dinner was scrumptious.

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Entree: Brown rice, fish, kale with sunflower seed sauce, tofu, squash/onion/broccoli stirfry, pickles
Soup: Mushroom
Dessert: Cashew cream vanilla cake (divine!)

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midnight snack

Posted in dessert, macrobiotics by jill on September 18, 2010

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Blame it on genetics, or something like that. I have a sweet tooth at night, especially when there are leftover desserts in the fridge.

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fall harvest

Posted in macrobiotics by jill on September 16, 2010

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Oh man, the crisp cinnamon apples and walnuts hit the spot for dessert today. I’ve been sitting in a few of the Level One macrobiotic classes and miss the feeling of being back in school again. Only, it’s a little different. Yin and Yang and Human Origin & Destiny? Yes, please.

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lakeside

Posted in macrobiotics by jill on September 14, 2010

Been very busy in the kitchen, especially with the arrival of new students this week. I’ve been lucky enough to squeeze a few classes in, which I will definitely share more of in some upcoming posts. In the meantime, here are a few more meal shots, including a hijiki salad (with carrots and shiitake) and a rice and bean dish with squash, sweet potato and brussel sprouts.

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I’ve been enjoying the idea of macrobiotic sauces, derived from seeds (the meal above uses sunflower seeds). I drizzled some over my kale that day, but on other days I put some over my grains.

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Becket Beach, a lake nearby that actually has sand.

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My roommates and I have also been borrowing a few books from the library. I’ve been reading The Order of the Universe by George Ohsawa and skimming a few other cookbooks.

The book list as of this week also includes:
Zen and the Fine Art of Cooking, by Jon Sandifer
Aveline Kushi’s Complete Guide To Macrobiotic Cooking, by Aveline Kushi
The Changing Seasons Macrobiotic Cookbook, by Aveline Kushi and Wendy Esko

The Kushi library has a lot of interesting items from the 70s and 80s. Vintage macrobiotic material is readily available, as we are able to borrow items such as cassette and VHS tapes. The other day, my roommate and I unsuccessfully borrowed a rather dull video on the Lundberg Farms and growing rice, filmed in the 80s. Perhaps we will luck out tomorrow with another video, with young Ohsawa talking about the benefits of legumes.

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typical day in the kushi kitchen

Posted in macrobiotics by jill on September 8, 2010

Welcome to Kushi Kitchen! Here’s a day in the life in making today’s lunch. As usual, I started off with assisting with the preparation of veggies, spent an hour and change scrubbing the floor…

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helping to make a pressed salad of thinly-sliced apples and scallions….

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(Just add a rock on the top of the bowl and let it sit!)

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watching the Shaun make tempura (half whole wheat and regular flour or cornmeal for those who cannot stomach the former)…

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observing how to make dashi (today we used leftover veggies and kombu)…

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helping wheelbarrow out the compost…

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(check out our cute compost pile!)

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helping to put the spread on the table….

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ringing the lunch bell…

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That’s it for today. Bye for now!

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anatomy of a dessert

Posted in macrobiotics by jill on September 8, 2010

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While on kitchen duty, I caught Katherine preparing dessert for a later meal. This macrobiotic dessert calls for kanten, which is dished into layers. The first layer is made of pears, the second, a kanten/apple juice combo spiced with vanilla, cinnamon and ginger. The third layer is topped with pears and garnished with dried apricots.

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Preparing the pears.

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Dishing out the second layer.

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Combining apple juice and kanten.

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Voila.

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chillout

Posted in macrobiotics by jill on September 8, 2010

Busier day today. Here’s a photo recap.

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Breakfast – Rice and amaranth mix with pumpkin seeds and miso.

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Lunch – Fish and tofu stirfry with brown rice and pressed salad. Apples for dessert.

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night-tour journey

Posted in macrobiotics by jill on September 7, 2010

I’ve been meaning to make an intro kitchen post, since this is where I spend most of my working hours. Here’s an informal night tour. If I have time between washing kale, I may sneak a few shots of the kitchen in action. In the meantime, here it is.

Welcome, welcome. Here’s the dining hall.

The kitchen!

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Buckets for composting. We have a little community garden outside.

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Macrobiotic drink staples. Kukicha and barley tea. I’ve successfully kicked a coffee habit.

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bright lit blue skies

Posted in macrobiotics by jill on September 7, 2010

It just so happened my day off was during one of the most beautiful days so far of summer. Naturally, it made sense to spend every single waking moment outside.

I spent the morning going on a walk and then having a breakfast of porridge, kale, miso, and barley tea.

My minor Bucket List included picking apples during the fall. In the past, there was a small, pomaceous-shaped void in my life. Today I went apple picking at Hilltop Orchards. The only other orchard I’ve been to is Atkins Farm during my collegiate years, but even then I did not have the opportunity to pick apples after foolishly convincing myself that I would go sometime during my four years. Well, this orchard was the perfect time to do so in my life because unlike Atkins Farm, it had hay rides.

Here’s a shot of our to-go macro lunch. The split-pea “curry” was especially delicious.

Al, the tractor driver.

Upon my return, I stored my wares in my room and took a nice little hike to “My Spot” since no one else has claimed to discover it. It’s located next to the railroad tracks and slightly more upstream among nice sturdy rocks. I spent a good few hours reading before heading back for dinner and yoga.

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First day at Kushi

Posted in macrobiotics by jill on September 4, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve updated, but here I am again. I’ve taken the month off to volunteer for the Kushi Institute in Massachusetts for the remaining month of the summer and will be assisting in the kitchen.

My first day was mostly travel. KI is located in Becket, near the Berkshires. The view here is incredible, and I plan to go hiking at least once during my stay here. Today, however, entailed walking around campus and then starting my first shift. The kitchen has a very specific way of organizing food, but it was interesting to see all the ingredients in the basement and preparing the food. I even wheeled compost via wheelbarrow – a first and very novel experience.

Here’s my first meal – a little fish, some kale, daikon, pickles, miso and an excellent dessert. I need to ask one of the chefs for her recipe.

This morning, after an 8am breakfast, I wandered around campus and found my new reading spot. I am very pleased about this and almost fell asleep on the soft grass.

And the view from my room, which is amazing. The evening breeze is blowing through the window accompanied by the sounds of rainwater going through the pipes in the old house. In a distance are the remains of a gorgeous sunset. The air is fragrance and crisp and I am so glad I made it here.

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