to Whenever I have poached pears, I think about Rémy Fünfrock, the pastry chef who changed my life forever. He took a just graduated girl (who was trying to figure out how to combine her passions with a job) under his wings, forbid her from applying to culinary school and jump started her career in the food industry. Rémy is also the first person to introduce me to poached pears.
Around this time ten years ago, on the Le Voyage section of the Café Boulud Palm Beach dessert menu, we featured a Frozen Hazelnut Parfait with Warm Poundcake and a Poached Pear.
Ridiculously delicious! Not to mention that all of Rémy's dessert looked like pieces of art.
with Hearty Apple Almond Crisp
You will quickly learn that I care a tremendous amount about breakfast, am a self-proclaimed breakfast-pusher and still believe it IS the most important meal of the day despite arguments and studies against the age-old saying.
This is why: breakfast jumpstarts my day and ultimately motivates me to end the day as well as it starts.
Eating breakfast is a daily reminder that I begin the day on the right foot, nourishing not just my body but also my mind.
All last month I was swamped (but very happily swamped) with work for National Nutrition Month. On top of the full-time job at the hospital, I was creating and presenting lectures to students ranging from kindergartners to high school seniors and teaching them about healthy eating habits and the importance of starting now.
I LOVE teaching! Opening minds to new ideas and getting people to really think about how ‘you are what you eat’ is very rewarding and also hopeful that the newer and current generations will start making smarter choices and rates of obesity and related health conditions will start to decline.
People who know me know that I LOVE snow and any snow sports, however, don't mistake that for loving cold weather!! It has been freezing in the East and all I could think of today when I woke up was simulating something spring and summer like. Success: Tropical Mango Coconut Smoothie. While drinking it I day dreamed I was back on the beach during our Puerto Morales, Mexico vacation...ahh, the memories...
This smoothie is fruity, creamy and naturally tasty with no added refined sugar, and best of all packed with antioxidants, numerous vitamins (A, B's, C, K) and minerals (copper, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium...and more) needed for all sorts of brain and body functions, and loads and loads of fiber to help keep you full and help prevent heart disease!
Now time to stop typing and put the mittens back on...Brrrrr!! ;)