…where have you been?
Oh how I have missed you!
It has been far too long. I’ve been occupying myself with lots of crafts these last few days (weeks really). My baby’s birthday is coming up and I’ve been designing and making (slaving really) over invitations, decor, food ideas…just about everything. Phew…it’s hard work when you want to do it all yourself, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It gives me a lot of satisfaction doing these things so I’m always happy to do them.
I’ve also been thinking about lots of new ideas for food-both savory and sweet. I haven’t done any ‘sweet’ posts since I started thehiddencook back in January so I’m thinking one is just about due.
I am very honored to mention as well, that some folks have written asking me about new posts! I’m so happy that my posts seem to be reaching people and that people appreciate the effort that goes into each and every post 🙂 So, thanks for keeping me on track and for checking in on me!
It’s been far too long.
Over the past week I’ve been a bit under the weather. I’m sick & voiceless. Losing my voice is better than having to put others through the croaky voice that I had a couple days ago- but it’s also really annoying since I can’t vocalize to my little baby 😦
Anyway, I’ve been busy thinking about, well, really, obsessing about what stuff I’m going to do next on the blog and I’m very excited. Have a few ideas of recipes I’d like to try out and share so be sure to check back in.
I just need to clear this yucky feeling and get myself back up and running and then all will be well 🙂
Wishing you all a wonderful week a head!
Made this baked salmon this week- it was delicious! I used portugal juice to steam the mustard encrusted salmon and complemented it with sauteed spinach and mushrooms. The brightly coloured garlic roasted sweet peppers and capers were both fabulous additions to this simple meal.
I feel like it’s been quite sometime since I’ve been able to post here on thehiddencook and boy did I miss it!
I had a wonderful vacation with my family and returned to a great reception- birthday celebrations and all! One of my siblings shares a birthday in the same month as me and decided to return home from school to surprise us all! It was wonderful and continues to be exciting. I anticipate that since ALMOST everyone is at home now- still missing another sibling and family- we will be venturing into some other areas of Trinidad. I am really looking forward to seeing some old, familiar places but some new ones too.
I also got my new camera! This was probably the most exciting part of the trip abroad for me. I’ve been eyeing new gear for quite some time now, but promised myself 8 years ago that I’d learn my first camera thoroughly before trying out a new one. So said, so done. Now that I’ve put my trusty old friend to ‘nap’ I have invested in a new friend whom I am sure will serve me well! I am learning new things every single day about photography and hope that one day I’d be able to take beautiful photos and touch on mastering some of the tricks and techniques I so desire to.
Anyway, with that little intro into what’s been going on on my end, I’m just going to use this post to put up some of the photos I’ve taken so far. I hope you all enjoy them!
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This week has been tough. I would be lying if I said I stuck to all of the rules during this 2nd week, because I honestly didn’t. It’s rough when you’re trying to eat healthy and you get thrown into tempting situations. This last week has been one of those weeks.
We had to get out of our home for a couple of days and ended up staying at a really nice hotel in POS. It was really tough resisting all of the foods there, so I did have a couple of snacks that aren’t approved and a couple of sweet treats
These are the things that I’ve noticed about healthy eating and I’d really love it if you anyone reading could enlighten me as to some of your observations.
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- once you fall off the wagon it’s pretty easy to stay off- I don’t know if any of you have ever seen a documentary called ‘supersize vs superskinny’? well, one on the things that I’ve noticed (which isn’t at all addressed) is that the super skinny people usually start off hating the food that the supersized people eat but once they really get a ‘taste’ for all of this toxic junk, they get really into it. Of course most of the time it’s sugary stuff that the body just keeps calling for. It goes to show that these foods are really made just for us to become addicted. Don’t you think?
- the second week is ALWAYS the hardest- the first week is a breeze once you’re motivated- foods can be placed in front of you and somehow the willpower within just seems to beckon and you answer. During the second week however, things change. You are weaker, you’re getting bored and you’re just plain fed up. this leads to…
- needing to have a rest day. When I had been successful at losing weight in the past I remember having a rest day- a day when I could have a cheat meal. This worked. Why did I think that this time I wouldn’t need one? hmmm…dumb move
- once you start exercising really hard, you love it! Your body just craves it. I’ve been working out so hard these last couple weeks and I must say, it really feels great!
So these are the little things I’ve observed. Falling off the wagon isn’t going to make me quit. I simply couldn’t see myself doing that. The saga must continue.
On to week 3…
it’s been a couple weeks since I last came on to post about my progress, so here goes…
I completed the 4 week salad challenge. I have to be honest and say that I didn’t get in all the rules exactly like I had planned, but I did manage to stick to eating salads for the 4 week period and I am still continuing. I eat a lot more vegetables and fruits now that I’ve completed this challenge. It showed me a lot of new and creative ways of making salads. As a bonus my bowels are a lot happier;)
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Anyway, I haven’t been able to post lately because during the weeks I’ve been gone I had been doing some serious prep for my baby’s birthday party:) I’m happy to say that it all went really smoothly and perhaps the greatest joy of all was seeing all of the little ones really having a great time! The menu included home made mini pizzas, ice lollies, cookies and cake pops, to name a few. The adults section included everything from home made crispy roast pork to hot dogs on a retro hot dog stand. Everyone seemed to have a great time and most importantly, the little ones had a blast.
Since then I’ve been working very hard in my kitchen trying to bake all sorts of treats. Stay tuned to my next post for photos….
nice seeing you all again
I’m back on thehiddencook and will be a lot more diligent from now on;)
I’ve been very busy occupying myself with lots of different things lately so it’s been a bit tough to stay on top of things. Organization is key and sometimes I feel like I need an organizer to swoop in and just kind of put things in perspective for me!
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Thanks to all of you wonderful people out here in ‘blogoland’ who keep me on track and who make sure I stick with everything- the blog, the healthy eating, the photos, everything!
latest updates-salads, soups and the such
Anyway, it’s been a few weeks since I completed the 4 week salad challenge. Let me tell you, doing a salad challenge for 4 weeks is tough! PHEEEEWWWW! When you’re surrounded with delicious food and you have to dine out and special occasions arise, it’s really tough to stay on track! I managed to stick with it FOR THE MOST PART, but I have to confess, I wasn’t able to be as stringent as I’d have hoped Someone commented about the salads I had done, if they were specific or if I just sort of used anything. I used any and everything. I find that making my own salad dressing is really the only way to go about this so just whip something tasty up using balsamic vinegar (I also got a raspberry flavored one from HiLo), olive oil, a little honey and salt and pepper. That’s the basic one (really basic is using plain lemon juice over a Greek style type salad), but you can really get creative using feta cheese, parmesan cheese, different herbs and spices. It’s really about getting creative and doing what you like! I tried many different things over the 4 week period and what I really learned was that you can make vegetables as tasty and as exciting as you’d like to! I also learned that I don’t always need to have meat on my plate- this is a big one since I’m a self professed meat lover! I didn’t always miss the meat especially if I had beans in my salad- channa (chick peas) are the best! Soups are and will always be my best friend! I have made tons of soups during the 4 week challenge and still continue to make them. What’s really helpful is that I really load them full of vegetables since I had made that one of the rules of challenge and that only makes soup that more delicious!
Many photos just didn’t make it into the blog in the last few weeks because I had been preparing for e big day- our little one turned 2! Since I decided to prepare many different dishes at home I had honestly been so caught up with that that I didn’t have the time to photograph every single meal we had made during the weeks leading up the the big birthday. As I said, I am back on track now, so stay posted for much more here at thehiddencook!
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ok, as promised in my last post, I have the answer to the best tasting green juice ever to exist!
My husband and I came up with this one and I have to say it’s one of our favourites! We love it, our child loves it and everyone else-from the old to the young, the healthy to unhealthy- all LOVE it!
What I love about juicing is not only how hard it is to mess it up, but how easy the whole process is! I’ve done some really lame juices, but the one thing to be remembered is that if you have lame, stale, old ingredients you will get lame, stale juices. Don’t forget that golden rule- always choose the freshest, crunchiest fruits and vegetables and you really can never go wrong!
This juice is specifically for those of you reading the blog from Trinidad-or the rest of the Caribbean where portugals are abundant. If you can’t get hold of portugals (sorry guys) then choose clementines or tangerines. I am not putting in the quantities because it all depends on how much juice you want to make. I think it’s pretty easy to sort of gauge how many of each fruit you’d need based on what you see coming out of you juicer.
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I don’t use a blender. I have a Black amp; Decker juice extractor, which I love. I mean, I wish the feeding tube were larger and the cup a bit bigger, but I make do. I don’t believe that you have to have any specific model or brand to get the best tasting juice- but hey, I’m no connoisseur! I don’t think anyone has to go out there and purchase the biggest, most expensive junk to get the best tasting stuff (but then again, I make cakes, breads and everything else with my hands). That being said, you can blend the ingredients, you’d just have to add in some water. I’ve done a few juices by blending and by juicing and I can say I prefer some juiced and others blended (for instance, I do a minty watermelon juice that is fine when blended, but I’ve done others containing ‘harder’ fruits and just can’t get into the chunky bits). It’s all about your personal preference.