I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Friday, February 8, 2013

My Instruments of Peace are Food and Fatshion

A picture from my "Color Me Calm" coloring book:
It says, " Instruments of Peace." I really like how this picture turned out.  I think what the picture is illustrating is that you can have peace by mindfully doing the things you love.  This man is fully in tune (haha) with playing his saxophone and his beautiful music is helping to bring peace to the world.  He is at peace and bringing peace-at least, that's what I'm imagining.

The other day I learned to be at peace with pie crust.  That may sound funny, but I used to be one of those annoying people who refused to eat the pie crust, because I was afraid it would make me fat.  Well, I now have three points to make: One, I am now already fat!  Two, not all pie crusts are fattening.  And three, pie crust tastes good, so now I eat it.  Not only do I eat it, but I cook it!  I made an asparagus and ham quiche the other day.  Isn't it pretty?
 This quiche is different than any I've ever made before, because it uses coconut milk instead of regular.  I got the recipe from the blog, "Milk Allergy Companion."  No, I am not allergic to milk-I found the blog on Pinterest.  I wanted a recipe that used coconut milk and asparagus, because I already had those ingredients and that is what Pinterest camp up with.  I am so glad it did too-it turned out great!  The quiche was slightly sweet and the asparagus cooked perfectly.  I used a pillsbury pie crust.

Ingredients:
1 pillsbury pie crust 
6 eggs
3/4 c coconut milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 dash nutmeg (optional)
3 T all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 small onion, chopped
1 T olive oil

1 bunch of asparagus

Directions:
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Follow pie crust recipe and pre-bake for 10 minutes.  While baking, whisk together eggs, rice milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg (optional), flour, and baking powder.  Set aside.  In a frying pan, sauté onions and other desired fillings (that need sautéing)  in 1 T olive oil.  When pie crust is ready, take out from oven and place sautéed vegetables (asparagus) and desired meats into pie dish.  Pour egg mixture on top, shaking lightly to allow mixture to settle in-between ingredients.  Place in oven and cook for 40 minutes 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted  comes out clean.  Quiche will rise while baking, but should settle back down once you remove it from the oven. 
 Yum!  The quiche is good hot or cold.

I am also learning to be at peace with my body.  I do this by taking pictures of myself and by saying, "Self, you are beautiful!"  I know it sounds cheesy, but it works most of the time.
And I can honestly say that I like this picture! (pink flower shirt - Cato's, purple leggings - Dillards, I think)  When I was younger, I wore a lot of tight fitting shirts and now I wear a lot of loose fitting shirts and tight leggings.  Isn't it funny how times change! Big, loose shirts are comfortable and I feel less self conscious, because I am not so focused on showing off my body.  Tonight, I am feeling peaceful as I mindfully blog.  Writing is another instrument of peace for me.  What are your instruments of peace?

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