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{D}econstruction: #AtoZChallenge 2016

Can I tell you how much of a fan I am of  ‘Chopped‘- one of the many amazing culinary contest shows on the Food Network?  The premise – four contestants  *with better than mediocre culinary skills*  compete against each other by turning ‘mystery  basket ingredients’ into a three course meal.

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 The prize?  Bragging rights and ten thousand dollars! *blink. blink*  

YEP!

I did say ‘ten thousand smackeroos!

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Of course it’s not as simple as cooking whats  in the basket.  Of course not!  That wouldn’t be fun,  right?  RIGHT!  So here’s the twist…..

the ingredients have to be presented in a ‘deconstructed’ form of their original self!  Alright then!  Since I’m new to the notion that really good food involves more than opening a package and popping it into the microwave, the whole idea of deconstruction – relating to food …. and what’s that?!

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the best that I can come up with  *and this after shamelessly watching some uncalculated number of episodes! *  my safe guess is that deconstructed meals have these three ‘Musts‘:

☆ you take foods that are normally combined in the dish

☆ change their forms – use your culinary know-how

and

☆then plate them together in a different way.

‘BOO YOW’

DECONSTRUCTION! !!!!

It’s not just about taking the dish apart, but putting its elements back together.

I know that it’ll be a minute before I can do this little trick!

What food tricks do you have?

Do tell….

Next. The Letter {E}

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{C}hermoula: #AtoZChallenge 2016

Since starting this, now love affair with all things food, I cannot stop buying herbs and spices!  I’ve gone from having salt,  pepper, old bay and garlic salt as the only spices on my spice rack to an impressively well-stocked spice closet!

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Finding meals that include these spices & herbs is very exciting. Replicating classic dishes that include many of these spices is fulfilling and satisfying. It makes me feel very ‘Top Chef -like’. *smiling coyly*.

Since today’s letter is C I went in a search for recipe that would rep my {spice} rack well.  I came up with Chermoula- a spicy North African sauce,  that can do  double duty as a marinade.

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Charmoula (you’ll also see it spelled Chermoula) is a spicy sauce and marinade made of a complex spice mixture containing- among other things- herbs, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, cumin,  paprika, coriander and in some cases,  lemon. This sauce is used on meat and fish and can even be adjusted to make a unique vinaigrette.

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It may be a little while before I mix up this tangy delight.  Mainly because I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to spicy hot flavors.  But when I do,  or will definitely be blog fodder.

What herbs and spices are your favorites?

Do tell. …

Next…. the Letter {D}

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{A}romatics: #AtoZChallenge 2016

Day One of the #AtoZChallenge!Hello Luv-lies,

Before I dive right into this challenge this year (I tried two years ago but didn’t get too far…*hanging head down in shame*) but this year I am extremely excited about the challenge.  I think that two years ago, I got stalled at the Letter ‘M’  because I just plain ol’  ran out of creative ideas.  What makes this year different?  Focus.  And my love of this year’s theme!

Over the last few years my relationship with food has completely changed. Before, I had no interest in food. I was simply a consumer of food. All I wanted to know was, when it was time to eat!   What changed?  I got bitten by the all things foodie! – magazines to food- inspired television shows.  Now, I can’t seem to get my fill *cheap pun intented* of all that is food!

So now I’m here!   Day One of the #AtoZChallenge!

Without further ado, I give you the {a}wesome:

Letter {A}.  {A} is for {A}romatics

Aromatics is said to be the combination of , mostly veggies and herbs – although at times it can include meat – that are heated in some type of *good* fat at the beginning of preparing a dish.  The result – deep flavors imparted into your favorite dish! You see, it’s the heating of the fats that helps the ingredients release their addictive aromas.

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…. and all those wonderful scents are what memories are made of. ….

What’s your favorite food scent?  Where does that scent transport you to?

Do Tell…..

Next….. THE LETTER {B}

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{April Blog Challenge}: Theme Reveal-Blogging From A to Z Challenge – April 2016

Good Morning Luv-lies,

      It’s been a little while since the last time that I’ve posted. I’m sure that the lack of posts have rendered this, otherwise vibrant and fun space, appear forgotten and abandoned. Abandoned…Temporarily -*Okay, a lot ‘temporarily’ time lapse*. Forgotten….Never that!- *Despite the way it looks…because looks can be deceiving, Luv-lies*. 

      I kinda of chalked it up to ‘blogger’s block‘. So what better way to get back into the game, than an exciting blog challenge?

                                           *drum roll please* 
                  ‘Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2016‘.

  What?
Say you is the ‘A to Z Challenge 2016‘?

   It all started in March of 2010 when  Arlee Bird, the wonderful blogger over at Tossing It All Out and creator of this inspirational quest challenged her then, 200 new blogger-friends, to an April blogging challenge – blogging everyday, except Sunday.  To up the annie,  the posts had to be thematically from A to Z.   That year 100 bloggers not only took part in the challenge, but passed the word on to other blogger friends. Who told blogger friends…. who told blogger friends… who told – *You get the picture* – to the tune of 1300 bloggers taking the challenge, one year later!

    Three years ago,  Mina Lobo, an A to Z blogger, added another twist to the challenge by introducing the notion of blogging with a theme.  And the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2016

                                  Theme Reveal was born!

AND I LUV A GOOD THEME!!!

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The #AtoZChallenge Theme Reveal 

gives the blog challenger the  ” … great opportunity… to jump start … the A to Z experience … [by linking] up with fellow bloggers, scout[ing] out and bookmarking[ing] themes… and lur[ing] in wandering participants with your awesome theme…”

Without further ado…. 
 
Hello.IamPhat’s  Theme  for the A to Z Challenge is ….
* Drum Roll #2 Please *
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……and that’s better than SEX.… {ALMOST!}
  • ….Follow me on this alphabetical roll in the hay!!!!

 The Challenge starts April 1st

See You Soon!

*the initial theme was ‘Healthy & Fit is the new Sexy’.  I changed it to ‘Cooking is the……’ because I think that I’ll have more fun blogging about food.  {WARNING!}: Not all posts are health-related or fitness worthy.  But they’re still be delectable!
 


 

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{M}iniature Garden…. #AtoZChallenge2014

Here’s to Day #14 of the #AtoZChallenge2014

…. The Letter {M}!

…. Is for {M}iniature Garden …

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… and sew it is…

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Luv-lines in a shell

 

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 {M}iniature succulence

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I want to sit here

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… a luv-lie little fairy tale… in {M}iniature

What {M}iniature delights do you covet?

Do Tell ….

Tomorrow.

The Letter ‘N’

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The {L}BD……#AtoZChallenge2014

Here’s to Day #12  of the #AtoZChallenge2014

…. The Letter  {L}!

and a Salute to THE {L}ittle Black Dress

aka The {L}BD

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Irresistable!
The {L}BD

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… with a little .Pink

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CLASSIC LBD

Growing up, it was ingrained in my psyche what every young woman needed to be prepared for that unexpected invitation – a pair of elegant heels and aThe “{L}ittle Black Dress”  or {L}BD. The The “{L}ittle Black Dress” was, and still is, considered essential to a complete wardrobe. Many women and fashion observers believe it a “rule of fashion” that every woman should own a simple, but elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Every woman I know has an {L}BD that can be worn with a jacket and pumps for daytime business wear or with more elaborate jewelry, fancy shoes and accessories for an evening affair.

... ala CASUAL

… ala CASUAL

The “{L}ittle Black Dress” is also worn as a sign of belonging and as a sign of individuality, as a way to conceal and as a way to be noticeable. It is the most trusted staple in a woman’s closet.

Sometimes theThe “{L}ittle Black Dress”  has a function other than evening elegance or the daytime boardroom. It has been known to be used by many a femme fatale for the sole purpose of seducing men. And of course, most women have at least one of those in their closets.

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{Hello} Audrey …

Now according to the urban dictionary,The “{L}ittle Black Dress”  is the dress that is just a little too short. Just a little too tight. One that hugs curves you never knew you had. One that looks as if it was made for your body; and your body only. One that makes you feel sexy the second you put it on.

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…just a {L}ittle Black Something Something

{L}BD with a {L}ittle Fringe....  Yep!.

{L}BD with a {L}ittle Fringe….
Yep!.

It has to be simple. All black, no buttons, no ornamentation. Plain black. The exhibition of this The “{L}ittle Black Dress” is only used for one reason and the woman wearing it knows its full potency by the stare of her target.

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Ohhhh LaLa

Still, every young woman should own one elegant  “{L}ittle Black Dress”.  The kind that will take you to the boardroom and not someone’s bedroom.

... That's Right!  Luv! The LBD!!!

… That’s Right! Luv! The LBD!!!

You know that you have one!

Post a pic of  you sporting your  “{L}ittle Black Dress” in the Comment Section…

Do Tell…..

'Nuf Said!!!

‘Nuf Said!!!

Tomorrow.

The Letter ‘M

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{K}eep {K}alm…. #AtoZChallenge2014

Good Morning Luv-lies,

I do Luv Saturday

Nested between the rowdy happenings of  TGIF and soothing restfulness of Sunday, Saturday is a day of trying to get it all done!

Here’s to Day #11  of the #AtoZChallenge2014

…. The Letter  {K }!

Because I’m declaring today, This Saturday, as

{K}eep {K}alm Saturday

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What’s on your Saturday ‘to do’ List?

Do Tell….

Tomorrow.  The Letter ‘L’

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Get {J}iggy with It! …. #AtoZChallenge2014

Happy Friday! Luv-lies,

Not only is it TGIF,

It’s

Day #10  of the #AtoZChallenge2014

…. and { J } is the Letter of the Day!

This week has been mentally exhausting!  Grinding! Grueling! Craziness and lunacy acted out to the Nth power (+1) !

 Nothing {J}ovial about it. Mostly.

Totally dis{J}ointed!!!

No {J}oking!!!

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The Happy just started!!!

It’s the WEEKEND!!!

en{J}oy!!

Tomorrow.  The Letter ‘K

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{I}ntensely color- {I}nfused {I}rises …. #AtoZChallenge2014

Day #9  of the #AtoZChallenge2014

The Letter ‘I’

Because of the work that I do, I spend a good deal of my day peering into the eyes of colleagues and clients.   I have found that I have yet to grow weary of the colour – this part of the eye is called the {I}ris-  of the many eyes that I am privy to gaze into.  Lots of years and even more {I}rises later, I have come to be very comfortable looking someone in the {I}rises of anyone willing to make contact.  I’ve also noted that, when I meet someone either for the first time or someone whom I recognize, the first thing that I do is to look them dead square in the {I}ris- because I’ve found that I remember people by their {I}rises.

Here is a peek into the some of the beauty that you can find when you {I} gaze.  *I’ve used pictures of ‘Little Ones’ because it is my hope that the pix have not been retouched*

 

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Tomorrow, The Letter J

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{H}ump Day {H}aPpiNesS!!!… #AtoZChallenge2014

Guess What Day it is?

Day #8  of the #AtoZChallenge2014

*Oh Yes!!!  ….. it’s {H}uuuump Daaaaay!*

THE LETTER ‘H’  

The first word that came to mind when I thought about today’s challenge letter is

The Word….

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{H}appiness is an easy enough concept to grasp, but a truly elusive state to sustain.

{H}appiness is: {H}opeful.  {H}onest.  {H}uge. {H}ealthy.

{H}eartfelt.  {H}onor.  {H}umble.  {H}ospitable. {H}ypnotic.

Personal.

 

  Remember THIS  {H}appy Song!!

 

I hope that you fill your days with {H}appy.

Because I’ve……

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Just a little {H}appy for Your Soul……

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Find Your {H}aPpY and Don’t let go!!!

Tomorrow. The Letter ‘I’

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