Flu Shots and Food

30 Sep

Well, today I feel like doing something different. They are doing Flu shots at work this week and I have to be careful of my diet and stress to prevent getting sick during these times in my experience. As such, I have been working on ingredients and recipes to send my husband since he has to do this week’s shopping. I thought I would share some of that process and thinking and maybe a couple total recipes. Usually, I work of a concept or culture not a specific recipe so it can adjust to what I have and my time/tools available. – this may be a bit long with the lists and recipes.

from healthnutrix.com

from healthnutrix.com

Resistance tea from sunshineandthekiltedchris.blogspot.com

Resistance tea from sunshineandthekiltedchris.blogspot.com

First, let’s look at the basic ideas I am considering:

Immune system and flavor family – that is where this started

I need foods that boost my immune system and I need cultures that fit the ingredients I have or need.

Dealing with flu, cold, and similar things the first things that come up on food lists are the following, among others.

From Healthy Living

From Healthy Living

  • Mushrooms – usually the stronger flavor dark ones like shiitake, minaki, and reichi.
  • Ginger – fresh is recommended not dried, there are pastes available also
  • Garlic – again fresh is best, dried doesn’t really work for this
  • Carrots – the finer you chop them the faster they cook – this is something my mother taught me cook food faster to keep more in it when working on immunity. Slower if in liquid you are going to eat like soup.
  • Egg yolk – I usually use the whole egg – personal preference
  • Lemongrass – useful in everything from drinks to dinner, desert to breakfast
  • Yogurt – unsweetened Greek is best
  • Chicken
  • Fish – they usually recommend salmon but most would work for this
  • Cinnamon – interesting
  • Dark greens like kale or beetOld worn and scratched cutting board. Perfect background or texture.
  • Red peppers – the hot ones
  • Red onion – sometimes I see green onion
  • Tomatoes – especially vine


Ok, so that is the basic list we start with and we have to add a few things I know I have at home or want because it is in best season at the farmer’s market. There is more but these are specifics I want to use.

  • Fresh black eyed and purple hulled peas (soooo much better than dried)
  • Winter squashes – acorn, pumpkin, and several others are in now – pretty much all interchangeable in recipes
  • Black rice
  • Curry
  • Coconut milk (can use instead of yogurt or milk in many things)
  • Frozen berries
  • Nuts
  • Spices


This leads us to what to do with them and I think Thai is my major focus first but Moroccan, Indian, and Chinese among others may have ideas.

First I modified a Thai soup recipe for a good chicken soup a roommate made me in Hawaii – she was Korean and made some great food for when you were sick. The prep is from a cooking light recipe but I modified the ingredient list to fit my preference and pantry.

My notes are here and by ingredients. I left prep alone you can modify depending on what you have. This is based on a Thai chicken soup recipe. You can add anything you want really, as long as the basic stock is there. This makes enough for a couple days, can use for lunch if you don’t want soup for dinner. Rice or pasta with it or alone all work. Squash would be good with this. A citrus based desert with little sugar recommended.

12 ounces Mushrooms quartered

also from healthy living

also from healthy living

3 lemongrass stalks, bottom two-thirds of tender inner bulbs only, thinly sliced (if not there try lemon zest or something)

4 cloves garlic, chopped (can add if not strong smelling)

1 (4 inch) piece fresh ginger root, chopped (see if we have some, it would be old so would need more)

 4 cups chicken broth (vegetable broth also works but we may have some)

 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

 2 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs cut into chunks (any chicken)

2 teaspoons red curry paste – I may not have this, I may only have the Indian yellow or green

 3 tablespoons fish sauce – if you can’t get this, juice from a can of tuna would work ok – bit different but ok

 1 lime, juiced – and another 1 lime, cut into wedges, for serving

 2 (14 ounce) cans coconut milk

 1 red onion, sliced

 1/2 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped (add more to serve fresh with it)

1 fresh jalapeno pepper, sliced into rings – can do another if desired


from Real Simple

from Real Simple


15 mins


1 hr


1 hr 15 mins Directions

Stir lemon grass, garlic, and ginger together in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Strain chicken broth and set aside. Discard lemon grass, garlic, and ginger.

Heat vegetable oil in a large soup pot over medium heat; Stir in chicken; cook and stir for 5 minutes.

Stir in mushrooms and cook for 5 more minutes.

from blog.wellwisdom.com

from blog.wellwisdom.com

Stir in red curry paste, fish sauce, and lime juice until combined. Stir in chicken broth and coconut milk; return to a simmer and cook on low for 15 to 20 minutes.

Skim off any excess oil and fat that rises to the top and discard.

Stir red onion into the chicken mixture; cook and stir until onion softens, about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and add about 1/2 the cilantro.

Serve with plates of cilantro, lime wedges, and fresh sliced jalapenos.



After that I began to make combos, this is my personal recipe method.

I make a list of ingredients or flavors I want to use and try and then I come up with various ways to combine and cook them.

The following is 2 combo lists based on the previous discussion process.

Combo 1

From Epicurius

From Epicurius


  • Fresh Peas – black eyed or purple hull
  • Carrots – cut small or thin
  • Mushrooms – dark
  • Onion – red
  • Cilantro or parsley
  • Ginger – fresh or paste
  • Garlic
  • Chicken or salmon
  • Squash – acorn or pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • Mint
  • Yogurt or coconut milk
  • Coriander
  • Mustard seed
  • Red pepper


Combo 2

  •  Mushroom
  • Rice
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Edamame
  • Carrot
  • Egg
  • Onion
  • Shrimp
  • Possible
    • Pork
    • Fresh peas



So now we have a base of ingredients and a shopping list; what do we do with it?

The nice thing about doing it this way is I can adapt to time and the form I have ingredients in.

from healthnutrix.com

from healthnutrix.com

  • I can bake it using the chicken as the main ingredient
  • I can make lettuce wraps using the greens
  • Stir fry or fried rice is easy with this combo
  • Using a grill is good with either skewers or a basket
  • Soup is easy and doesn’t have to have a main ingredient same as skewers or stir fry
  • One pan dishes are an option or I can use them in small groups in a couple dishes to serve together.
  • I can also use some of them in tea or other drinks for meals.
  • I love soups like pumpkin soups and these are good mixes for that

Spiralling into Art

26 Sep

I hope this has been a good week for all of you, it has been for meSAMSUNG.

I have several pieces to show today, a couple from this week and a couple from last week but all online for the first time today.

The first one I posted is Teardrop in the Rain, a medium length drop steel spiral on a woven copper wire with a silver and turquoise teardrop. Etsy

SAMSUNGThe second is a wire-wrapped spiral pendant in a very steampunk fashion reminiscent of a coil. Etsy

And the final listing for this morning is a long dropping spiral that curves around the neck and encloses a set of gears at the intersection of the steel spirals. EtsySAMSUNG

Steampunk Spiral Drop Necklace

20 Sep

This piece is the primary piece this week:

Steampunk Spiral Drop Pendant Necklace

Steampunk Spiral Drop Pendant Necklace

Starting with machine shop scraps, an old necklace I made years ago, and a box of beach glass and random bits:

Old Necklace

Old Necklace

Steel Shavings

Steel Shavings

Stones and glass

Stones and glass


First step was to weave the copper wire and gear into a long steel shaving:

Drop  pendant

Drop pendant

Then I moved on to create the center mount with the 3 squared stones and the polished stones

Pendant mount

Pendant mount









Then I finished the piece, mounted the clasp and tried it on.



DSCN1174Then I was ready to post it on my Etsy storeDSCN1176



12 Sep

This week has largely been a planning week as far as art projects. Nothing has been completed. We burst a main water line and had several things to take care of at home. But I have been working on some ideas for paintings, photography and writing. I do not want to start the paintings until I have a solid plan for them, I think I am ready. I really want to do an oil but have had a terrible time getting them to dry in our area. At any rate, I have a solid direction for several things and some things to work on but nothing new to show.

Chinese Influence

5 Sep

grillzebo1My favorite accomplishment this week has been out new entry to our home. I do not have a reader to transfer my pictures so I will use a corporate picture of the model we build. We found a great deal at Home Depot and built it. I love it.

Also this week, I opened my Fine Arts America site: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/bethany-jordan.html

And I am working on my AliBaba.com site

Glass and Wire

28 Aug

Life is slowly attempting a return to something resembling normal for us and time to work on art and design is returning as much as it ever was. Primary this week were 2 pieces of jewelry I made.

Copper Wrapped, Silver Framed, Amber Glass

Copper Wrapped, Silver Framed, Amber Glass

And from the other side, as you can see, this is designed to be able to move and look good from all angles.

And from the other side, as you can see, this is designed to be able to move and look good from all angles.














The other piece is a Wire wrapped coil-like piece with blue glass, scroll work, and a silvered base.

The front, in the sun

The front, in the sun

The back

The back

Publishing an Organized Book

22 Aug

This week was a bit scattered due to family tragedy but I did publish a book I had been working on. I am more pleased with this one and because of it will be releasing a second edition of the first that is expanded and possibly has illustrations. This one is based on my educational and work career as well as my life and experience and how it can help others in their homes and lives. The illustrations are drawn by me and the front image is by me of a box I made, for sell on my Etsy site (ArtsFolly).Organizing cover

Organizing Your Home

Most of my other projects have slowed or were on hold until we get through the issues. Though I did gather supplies and create some new design ideas.

My plan for my next jewelry pieces is still mini paintings but I have glass, copper and wood instead of canvas.

Well, that is my brief for this week, hope everyone here is well.

Writing and Painting

15 Aug

Book Cover

Book Cover

Writing is back in the forefront this week. As a trial, I published a Kindle Cookbook. It is simple and focuses on using storage and space in cooking for 1 or 2 people. The only illustration is a drawing I have previously posted here, I used on the cover.


I am also working on a new book that is more elaborate and contains hand drawn illustrations and maybe some of my photographs. This one is on organization and space planning in the home. I studied interior design and architecture and was assistant designer for many years at a small construction company and space planning fascinates me.



I did also work on another pendant painting. Copper wire from an old CRT monitor has been woven into a mounting for an acrylic painting of a Hawaiian Sunrise silhouetting the scene. I pulled the copper gun mounts apart and unstrung one, wove the wire together and shaped the mounting for the picture. It is pure rich color copper not the art wire I usually see, I love it.

I grouted the table but have not yet sealed it or but the glass top or trim on.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/199515276/original-painting-hawaiian-sunrise? I forgot the link at first if you wanted to see the other pictures of this one.

Painting, Tile, Jewelry, and Furniture

7 Aug

Jewelry and furniture are the major pieces in process this week. I also have a 5 painting set in a single wood frame I am working on, and a larger canvas acrylic I started. Painting and mosaic have been the major focus this week.

My first wearable art original painting pendant is now finished and posted.

Big Bend National Park sunset acrylic original painting pendant for a necklace.

Big Bend National Park sunset acrylic original painting pendant for a necklace.

Initially, I began 2 oil paintings on canvas to use for this project, but the humidity recently has prevented my first layer from drying for over a week and I cannot proceed on those yet. So, I did an acrylic. Big Bend National Park is a favorite place for my husband and I; the image I painted is a sunset there. I love the colors in the sky and desert there.

unmounted painting for pendant

unmounted painting for pendant

Mosaic work was on the wormy wood desk I started last weekend. I laid the tile, though it is not grouted yet. I also decided to cut a piece of heavy tempered glass to cover the top when complete and that will be framed in.

mosaic tile set but not grouted or covered in glass yet

mosaic tile set but not grouted or covered in glass yet

The painting series is a 5 part set sunrise to evening, each of a different tree around Texas. I have finished the sunrise and started another. I also have the frame and matting ready for the 5 postcard size paintings in acrylic.SUNRISE IN TEXAS

Wormy Wood Desks

1 Aug
I just love the shape of this piece with perfect branching.

I just love the shape of this piece with perfect branching.

Though I am still working on what day each week I will post, or if I want to specify that, I have been working on a couple of new projects that will be available in my Etsy store when I am finished. I enjoy working with raw wood and discarded wood to create furniture. I love the back-and-forth development of design and creation as you go through the wood to find the right pieces then update or redo the design to work with your primary pieces then the other parts as you find and prepare them. I began this type of work years ago, my mother had several of my pieces that I had offers for but designed for her.

These are pieces of 2 furniture pieces I am working on

These are pieces of 2 furniture pieces I am working on

Currently, I am working on a Wormy Wood Laptop Desk or end table with shelf and mosaic tile, and on another one that will either be a coffee table or another small desk, I  have not chosen all of the wood yet and am still developing that one.

I am Cleaning and prepping the wood. Currently, it is a little dark from the treatment to make sure nothing lives in it now. Wormy wood is a lot of time and work.

 I am Cleaning and prepping the wood. Currently, it is a little dark from the treatment to make sure nothing lives  in it now. Wormy wood is a lot of time and work.

The base piece of wood has perfect branching for a drink shelf and for a paper shelf.

the base for the tile is also a reclaimed piece, but from a remodel job not raw wood.


The other piece I am working on is not a pedestal style and has smaller legs as you see above. I am cleaning the wood and prepping it by hand. I use as many old, often antique, hand tools as I can because I not only enjoy them, I respect the tools and the quality of work.

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