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Almond Oatmeal Cookies

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Photography by. Connor Langford(Left) and Bernadette Mira(Right)

Model: Zoe Hoad

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This past weekend was a weekend that I had been dreading for a while. The week before Mother’s Day was a trying one. I couldn’t keep my head together. I felt all over the place and noticed myself slipping back into past negative patterns. To forewarn any of my readers that have a past of child sexual abuse, sibling sexual abuse, etc. and are triggered by such things, please don’t read further. I want this to be a safe place to come to and I wouldn’t want to harm you in any way.

Not to be dramatic, but at times I do see my past as a very unfortunate, sad story that should be told through film. It is one of those stories that make you do a double take. At times I find it unbelievable myself and I always question if there was anything else that I could have done, but the answer is always no. None of it was my fault or responsiblity.

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The Marshman’s…

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There was this old photograph that my adoptive father took of all five of us children. I was a baby at the time and I think they just had me for maybe a few weeks or so. I was laid in the middle of my childhood blanket while the other children poked my belly and touched my face and surrounded every part of me. That picture truly describes the experience I felt living with them. Living in the Marshman household, dealing with sexual abuse from two of my siblings for four years, I felt trapped.

The moment that could have probably shifted my life entirely was when my adoptive mother saw my brother on top of me. After that moment, she knew for years that I was getting sexually abused, but said nothing. When I decided to finally come to terms with what I had been through as child, I went to her first. Her response was simply put, “I figured that was going on.”

The word ‘RUN’ should have come to me, but it didn’t. I didn’t want to be alone, so for years I tried to get my adoptive family to understand what I had been through. They still made excuses for my abusers and their actions. Such things like, “Your selfish and a bitch.” “It was a three age year difference, so it doesn’t matter that it happened.” “Come back in 20 years!” were said through the six-year course of me trying to get them to understand and be supportive.

Yes, all of them let me down, but my adoptive mother let me down the most. Being abandoned by the woman who gave birth to me, still left scars, but in a way I can disregard her, because I never knew her. Yet, having my adoptive mother abandoned me when she saw me get abused, hurts me to the core.

Not all Mothers are wonderful. Not all parents should be parents. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day shouldn’t be celebrated. We honestly should celebrate the decent parents out there every single day that we can. Acknowledging the good out there is important and it’s also important to acknowledge the bad. My adoptive parents shouldn’t have adopted five kids and brought us up in a toxic, sexually tensioned, dysfunctional environment. Unfortunately, I’m not the only case out there. Sibling sexual abuse is the most common but the least talked about. We need to talk about it. We need to share these stories to help others.

It’s important…to get myself through Mother’s Day, I was there for myself and celebrated my loving husband and my mother in law. My mother in law is the definition of what a good mother, a good parent should be. She is strong, caring and supportive. I am thankful that I have that now. I wish that for every child out there if not now for later on in their lives.

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Almond Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 24

Ingredients

1 stick of unsalted butter

1 cup of dark brown sugar

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. of almond extract

1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract

1 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. of sea salt

1/2 tsp. of baking soda

1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon 

2 1/2 cup of oats

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. With a standing mixer cream butter and sugars together at medium-high speed. Once fully mixed, add two eggs and the extracts to the sugar mixture. Mix until combine and set aside.
  3. In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk the following dry ingredients until mixed. Flour, sea salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  4. Then slowly add the dry mixture 1/2 cup at a time to the wet ingredients in the standing mixer. Set the standing mixer on medium-high speed.
  5. Once the flour is incorporated, add the 2 1/2 cups of oats and mix into dough, until fully combined.
  6. Once finished lightly coat a cookie pan with cooking spray. Place the cookies one a time with a spoon, leaving a few inches in between them.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 F. or longer as desired. Once finished baking, let the cookies cool on the pan for 3-5 minutes then with a spatula transfer to a plate.
  8. Yields 24 medium-sized cookies.

Enjoy!!!!

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Photos by. Bernadette Mira

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Styling cubes by. Garrett Hagen

Lemon Sake Quencher

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Photography by. Unknown-TOPSHOP photoshoot(Left) and Bernadette Mira(Right)

Model: Cara Delevingne

This past weekend was hectic and made me think quite a bit about what I want for my life. Relieving the past and traumatic situations can always put me into the what I like to call my ‘quiet time’ where I spend countless hours talking to myself (which maybe isn’t exactly quiet time but it certainly is therapeutic.). I find it important to take those moments of quiet where we ask ourselves “What do I really want for my life?” or “Who are the type of people I want to be surrounded by?” I have so far concluded that I want a life of growth, to be surrounded by people who care and also desire growth. I’m still spending time figuring out the rest but I have a lifetime for that.

For today’s recipe, I once again wanted to keep it simple, because sometimes the simplest things can be the best. Enjoy this Lemon Sake drink while relaxing the evening away in a bubbly bath tub.

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Lemon Sake¬†Quencher ūüćč

Serves 1

Ingredients 

1/2 tsp. of sugar

 a pinch of black cracked pepper

1/3 cup of lemon juice (from two small-medium size lemons)

5 ginger pieces chopped up into big slices

1/4 tbsp. of good sake

1 ounce of tonic water 

lemon zest to top it off

Extra:

Small or medium sauce pan

Strainer

Ice cubes 

Grater

Directions:

  1. Boil on low to medium heat lemon juice, sugar, pepper and ginger slices together with lid on for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Once the lemon mixture has finished, drain in a strainer to catch the ginger slices and pour into an empty jar. Immediately put into the freezer to freeze for 10 minutes.
  3. Then take the lemon mixture out of the freezer and pour into desired cocktail glass.
  4. Combine sake and tonic water to the lemon mixture. Grate lemon zest to top it off.
  5. Enjoy with two ice cubes. Relax and take it easy.

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Photos by. Bernadette Mira

Sugary Cinnamon Coffee

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Photography by. Nicole Heiniger (Left) and Bernadette Mira(Right)

Model: Luma Grothe

This coming week is going to be, go, Go, GO! It seems the more I become accustomed to Jersey City, the busier I am, which I am totally okay with. My social circle is growing and I am finding things during the day to keep my wheels rolling.

Before the sun was about to go down, I quickly pulled my camera equipment together, turned on some Carole King for the mood and decided to make a lovely, sugary drink.   I made it for my husband, since if I drink even a couple of sips of coffee, I go coo-koo. I got the inspiration for the drink from Nicole Heiniger’s editorial shoot of the ‘Fashion Cow-Girl. Please take the time to look at the many photos from this shoot, you won’t regret it.

Enjoy today’s recipe for breakfast or even for a quick pick me up during the day.

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Sugary Cinnamon Coffee Drink

Serves 1-2

Ingredients 

2-3 tbsp. of coffee beans Counter Culture Brand

2 tbsp. of brown sugar

1/2 tsp. of cinnamon

1/8 tsp. of nutmeg

pinch of sea salt

1/2 cup of whole milk 

Extra:

Coffee Grinder

Tea Kettle 

2 cup French Press

milk frother 

Ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Prepare cold brewed ice coffee the night before or day of. Add desired mug filled with 4-5 ice cubes into the freezer to freeze while making drink recipe.
  2. Then with your coffee grinder, grind up 2-3 tbsp. of whole coffee beans.
  3. Then move the ground coffee to the French Press and start boiling  two cups of water.
  4. While the water is boiling, in a small bowl combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt together with a fork. Then set aside.
  5. Once the water has come to a full boil, carefully pour two cups of hot water to your french press.
  6. Stir the coffee around with a fork or chopstick (I highly recommend the chopstick, because it won’t ding the side of the french press.)
  7. Once the coffee is stirred around, add a quick drip of the liquid (about 2 tbsp.) to the sugar mixture till it creates a creamy paste.
  8. Wait for 5 to 7 minutes to press down the coffee in the french press.
  9. While waiting, add the sugar mixture and combined it to a 1/2 cup of whole milk. Then pour into a small glass and set aside in the fridge to cool.
  10. By the 7th minute press down the coffee in the french press.
  11. Then add your coffee to the prepared ice mug. Add about 1/2-1 cup of coffee then add 1/3 cup of the milk/sugar mixture.
  12. Another added step to this recipe is to create a foam top. You will need a milk frother for this or some really mad beating skills–don’t take that a dirty way. Anyway, a milk frother is really handy, especially if you want to create latte art. If you have a milk frother, you may add 1/2-1 cup of coffee to your desired mug, then add 1/4 cup of some of the milk then use the rest of the milk to froth up with the milk frother. Then gently pour it on top once it is to the desired texture of your liking.

Enjoy!

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Photos by. Bernadette Mira 

Colorful Spring Rolls

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Photography by. Morelli Brothers(Left) and Bernadette Mira(Right)

Whenever I feel a lack of inspiration, I always turn to colorful fashion photos. I’m not sure why honestly. Trying to combined food along with fashion photos to create a recipe can sometimes be a nightmare when the photo is SCREAMING colors!! BUT I find it helpful. It gets me out of the box that I’m comfortable with. It’s easy to create a dish that has the colors, reds, browns, greens and yellows, because let’s be real that’s what most of the food we consume on a daily basis looks like. When I push myself out of that zone, I am able to create dishes without feeling like it needs to look EXACTLY like the photo I’m comparing it to.

So, today’s inspiration features the Morelli Brother’s photography. I was instantly drawn to the scene and the vibrant colors of this photo. Seeing the other people in the background behind the women, just adds to it. It says, “Wow, look at these two confident, colorful, fashionable ladies!” I couldn’t help but think, “Man…I REALLY want that dress!”

Without much more talk, here is today’s recipe! Enjoy!

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Colorful Spring Rolls with Spicy Garlic Sauce

Serves 3

Ingredients

1 carrot peeled and julienned

1 handful of thinly diced cilantro 

half of a small purple cabbage thinly sliced

half of cucumber julienned

Spring roll wrappers 

Cooked baby shrimp (optional)

Extra: 

Pot filled half way with warm water

Large Plate

Spicy Garlic Sauce

Ingredients

3 tbsp. of Soy Sauce

3-4 garlic cloves minced

1 tbsp. of Hoisin Sauce

1-2 tbsp. of Chili Sauce 

1 tbsp. of thinly sliced cilantro (optional)

Directions:

  1. Prepare day of or day before. Thinly slice carrot, cilantro, cabbage, and cucumber. Then set aside in an empty bowl. (If you’re adding shrimp, cook ahead of time. Follow directions on bag and set aside till ready to use.)
  2. Then prepare the spicy garlic sauce. In a small bowl add all the ingredients (including the thinly chopped garlic and cilantro) Then mix all together and set aside.
  3. Prepare a medium size pot of warm water. Be careful to only heat it to about medium heat or you might burn your hands if it’s too hot.
  4. Once the water is warm, bring the large plate onto the next burner beside the warm water. Add one spring roll wrapper at a time. Leave the wrapper in the warm water for about five seconds, then gently add it to the empty plate.
  5. From there you can add the veggies and optional shrimp. (I find it helpful to add most of the ingredients in the middle of the spring roll wrapper, then roll it from there. Try not to fill it up to much or you’ll have difficultly rolling it up.)
  6. Then repeat the process to make more spring rolls.
  7. Once finished, enjoy with friends and the added spicy garlic sauce.

 

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Photos by. Bernadette Mira

Ferrero Rocher Granola with Kendall

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Photography by. Inez and Vinoodh(Left) and Bernadette Mira(Right)

Today’s inspiration is a young woman who is almost literally on EVERY single page of EVERY fashion magazine. She is on the cover and the main hit of Vogue’s September 800 page issue. Through the well-known fame of Keeping up with the Kardashians, she has been able to make a name for herself. This young woman is none other than Kendall Jenner. To learn more fun facts about her, watch 73 questions by the Vogue Channel.

Kendall Jenner, isn’t afraid to speak her mind and she definitely commands the runway with her striking features and also having an amazing walk. I was very intrigued by the photo above taken by Inez and Vinoodh. I wanted to create something that would feature chocolate to resemble the nut-brown color from the outfit and purse that Kendall holds. So, enough with the chit-chat, here is today’s recipe…

Ferrero Rocher Granola

Ingredients

2 cups of rolled cereal oats

1/2-1 cup of whole grain rolled oats

1/2 cup of melted coconut oil

1/4 cup of raw agave syrup

1 tsp. of ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. of coriander 

1/2-1 cup of wheat germ

1/2 cup of golden raisins

1/2 cup of finely diced dried apricots

1/3 cup of Ferrero Rocher chocolate

Extra

parchment paper

baking sheet 

big bowl 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Combine all ingredients together, except for golden raisins, apricots and chocolate.
  4. Mix the granola mixture with your hands or stir with spoon.
  5. Once well combined, spread the granola mixture onto the baking sheet. Set aside until oven is ready.
  6. Finely dice apricots and chocolate and add golden raisins to a small bowl. Then set inside the fridge to chill.
  7. Add the granola mixture to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Once the timer has made it to 10 minutes left, add the apricots, chocolate and raisins.
  9. Keep on baking until golden brown.
  10. Take granola out of oven and let it cool completely.
  11. Keep granola in large zipper bag or glass container in fridge. Enjoy with milk, yogurt or even by itself! (Warning, this recipe is addictive–enjoy with caution)

 

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Photo and gif by. Bernadette Mira and Garrett Hagen

Green Super Charge Juice with Pooja Mor

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Photography by. Patrick Demarchelier(Left) and Bernadette Mira(Right)

Today’s inspiration is Pooja Mor. Now living in New York, she is one Indian model that is breaking the headlines of fashion and showing a new type of woman. She has been seen in Italian Vogue and Indian Vogue. I was very captivated by Patrick’s Photo of¬†Pooja Mor. He captured the texture and swirls that are in the green tie dyed dress so beautifully. It inspired me to create a green juice that would boost any New Yorker’s day.

Living in New York, time gets away with you and sometimes you need that extra charge to start your day. Today’s recipe will wake you up and give you a boost of energy to keep you going in the crazy fast lane that is New York. I hope you enjoy!

Super Green Juice

Makes 2 full glasses

Ingredients

4 Dinosaur Kale Leafs (including stems)

4 Celery stalks finely chopped (including stems)

2 pitted Dates finely chopped

1 green apple diced

half of a ripe mango 

1 tsp. of Matcha green powder

1 tsp. of grated fresh ginger

1 glass of cold water

splash of lime juice 

Extra-

High speed blender or Juicer

Cheese cloth folded over twice

A large bowl to gather juice 

Toppings-

Chopped dates

Directions:

  1. Add finely chopped ingredients to blender or juicer.
  2. Blend for five minutes or so.
  3. Then, set the large bowl beside the blender so it’s close to catch the juice.
  4. Then, fold over the cheese cloth twice to catch any of the pulp.
  5. Gently dump some of the juice into the folded cheese cloth.
  6. Make sure not to add too much or the pulp will get into the bowl.
  7. Gather both sides of the cheesecloth and squeeze until most of the juice comes out.
  8. Repeat this process until all of the juice is used up.
  9. Throw away the leftover pulp.
  10. Pour the juice into a glass jar and cover and chill to enjoy for later or enjoy juice with chopped dates after completing the recipe.

(If confused, watch Hot For Food, Lauren Toyota do it How to Juice)

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Photo by. Bernadette Mira

Chilled Oatmeal for the Summer

Featuring Veronique Branquinho’s ¬†Resort Collection 2017

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Photography by. Ronald Stoops(Left)Credit to Veronique’s Collection and Bernadette Mira(right)

I happened to stubble upon Veronique’s page while perusing the Vogue website late at night. I was immediately stunned by her clothing designs and her way of using vibrant patterns, while incorporating comfort. Her designs give off a sense of effortlessness, but are trendy and chic. Pairing denim designs along with hanging tassels that are enveloped with tawny colored beads are definitely hitting the street styles. Veronique is Belgium born and raised. By 1978 she was already presenting her fashion designs to the world. Her most recent Resort Collection, inspired me to create a dish that brings comfort to the senses and a hint of surprise.

So, today I present a breakfast dish that will be great for those summer days…

Chilled Oatmeal

topped with walnuts

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup of rolled oats

1 banana

2 pitted dates

2-4 cups of cold water (add more if needed)

1 tsp. of ground ginger

1 tsp. of agave

Toppings

handful of walnuts

1 sprig of mint (optional)

1 tsp. of nutmeg

Extra

raisins

cinnamon

maple syrup

(Anything that you enjoy on top of oatmeal dishes)

A high power food processor

bowl or glass pitcher covered (to store oatmeal)

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, process rolled oats and water till it forms a liquid consistency.
  2. Next, add banana, dates, ginger, and agave. Mix on high till completely blended together.
  3. Once blended, pour the mixture into a bowl or glass pitcher. Then cover with plastic wrap to store in the fridge till the next morning.
  4. Next morning, add your toppings and enjoy while sitting outside on your porch. (I like to imagine that I’m sitting on a porch somewhere, while birds chirp in the background.)

Enjoy!!!

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Photo by. Bernadette Mira