Hawthorne Valley Farm

Traveling up the Hudson on an early spring day

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CSA Harvest

Joining a local CSA is a great way to have fresh, local veggies all summer. I joined Hawthorne Valley Farm‘s CSA program for the biodynamic vegetables and fruit.

By planting biodiverse fields, including animals in the fertilization, and by being sensitive to the rythms of the plants; Biodynamic farming nurtures the soil, animals, and people.

I make sure to clean and prep the veggies as soon as I pick them; this allows for easy use and gets me familiar with the vegetables coming in season.

On Egin!
-Andrés

København (part 1)

This past summer I visited Coppenhagen for the MAD ’13 conference: GUTS

I ventured to Scandinavia to have my first taste of Nordic Cuisine and here I experienced the beginnings of the New Nordic Diet.

Denmark is located in the northernmost point of the European continent, bordering Sweden and Norway by ways of the Baltic Sea, this Sea is also know for being one of the areas with most biodiversity on the planet…under water of course.

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My first taste of the local cuisine was at Aaman’s, a restaurant that offers Danish classics alongside more modern Nordic dishes… writing this I discover Aaman’s actually ventured to NYC in TriBeCa .

Two friends and I shared the different smørrebrød. I got the typical Danish The Chrisitansøs Girl’s Spiced Herring w/ potatoes dill, pickled mustard seeds, capers and red onion. The herring and pickles blend and cut through the cream sauce. I think it’s delicious. A filling dish for the cooler weather that isn’t heavy and cloying.

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Recipe: Cashew and Greens Snack Bowl

This is a great way to get your dark leafy greens in, and also a healthy snack with plenty of energy to keep you going. All you need is a few ingredients, a pan, and a spoon!

Collard Greens is scored as one of the best foods on the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI), giving you the most nutrients per calorie! Healthy oils and fats (organic butter and cheddar cheese : P) help you absorb all those minerals, nutrients, and proteins (cashew nuts). Certain herbs aid in digestion, have calming properties, and are anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. This is meant to be a synergistic recipe, satisfying your taste buds and body.

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Rouge Tomate – Upper East Side, NYC

Rouge Tomate represents everything I could ask for in a restaurant: sustainability, consciousness, and a eclectic fusion of flavours and styles. The food was extremely healthy, yet provocative and surprisingly flavourful.

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Recipe: Fusilli with Kale, Maitake, and peas

This is a healthy recipe packed full of nutrients and flavors. It’s also extremely easy to make.

Dark leafy greens are full of nutrients and antioxidants, essential for cell replication and proven help prevent cancer.The pasta provides healthy carbohydrates, a steady source of energy that doesn’t make you crash, as sugar does.

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Recipe: Breakfast Frittata

We have been told time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives us the energy to get by those first tiresome hours, but somehow we find it so difficult to make the time to have a complete meal. Here is a quick recipe full of protein and healthy fats to get your day started!

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Recipe: Curry soup with prawns and shiitake

I made this curry with what I had on hand in the kitchen. As far as I know, it is not a typical dish; but I drew inspiration from some Malaysian flavours I encountered while in Sydney. It’s an easy to make, quick dish. Every bite will be a different burst of flavours, and it will be sure to fill you up.IMG 2102

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Restaurant Review: The Hungry Duck

The Hungry Duck is located in Berry, about a two hours drive south of Sydney. It is a beautiful drive down the Shoalhaven coast, with many places to stop and check out along the way.

The head chef, David Campbell, features organic veggies and herbs from the restaurant’s own garden on his menu. This was a one of the primary reasons why I chose this establishment, and I was not let down. I even got to check out the garden after dinner where one of the friendly staffed showed me around.

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Recipe: Hamburger with Caramelized Onions and Avocado slices

Summer is the time of the year to bust out that grill and prepare delicious BBQ’s and grilled veggies. Sadly, I live in the city and don’t have one, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying summer favorites. This is a simple burger recipe that can either be done on the grill, or with a skillet. Delicious, fresh, and perfect for a hot summer day.

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