1) Let’s assume that I don’t know you. In a few sentences, please share with my readers why the world can use more of you?
I try to bring happiness, compassion and empathy to the world through my music and my interactions. I agree whole heartedly with Pablo Picasso when he said, “the meaning of life is to find you gift, the purpose of life is to give it away”. I truly believe that I have found my gift and I’m trying to share it in the best way I can. My musical ambitions stem from a deeply held desire to share and help those around me.
2) What is one food you love and could not live without?
I most certainly could not live without Sushi. For me it’s the absolute winner. It can be a staple and a treat, it’s healthy and indulgent, clean eating, simple and it makes me feel special when I eat it.
3) What is the one meal that reminds you most of your childhood/family?
When I was small my mother used to make an amazing Tuna Macaroni Salad. It’s one of my all time favorite comfort foods.
4) What is your least favorite food that you wish would disappear from the face of the earth, and why?
Being a life long (fish eating) vegetarian (I stopped eating meat before I started school) I would love to banish meat based food products. I don’t want to contravene anyone’s rights but that would make me very happy! I heard they started making meat in a petri dish… that would also make me feel better!
5) What is one thing you wish you had time to do but currently doesn’t fit into your busy schedule?
My schedule is generally running at the level of “impossible”. Everyday seems to involve more “to do’s” than there will ever be time for so the thing I don’t have time to do is sleep or relax. (Note to self, must make new category in schedule called “massages”).
6) What is the weirdest things you have ever eaten and where were you?
I once ate Jelly Fish in a small Chinese restaurant in downtown New York. It was surprisingly good and I would recommend it!
7) Breakfast, lunch, & dinner: What would be your perfect 3-square meal?
I feel best when eating healthily so it might sound a little boring but …
Egg white omelet for breakfast, white bean comfort soup with tomato and basil salad for lunch and JES’s special healthy brown rice crab cakes with a beet and feta salad for dinner.
8) What would be the last meal you would want to eat/make if you only had 1 more day to live?
Beer Battered Fried Shrimp with Tartar Sauce is completely off of my healthy eating diet these days. So it would definitely be that.
9) What is the hardest dish that you have ever had to make?/ is there a dish that you have still never successfully completed?
I would love to be able to make a faultless cheese soufflé but somehow they never quite live up to my expectations.
10) Of course you want 2014 to be a good one. If all else fails, what would you want your one and biggest success to be?
To maintain my personal balance and health. Whenever things are not going quite as I want them to physical and mental health can quickly suffer. It means a lot to me to be able to keep those areas of my life consistent, even when other areas may be experiencing some turbulence.
11) What is your most prized possession?
Undoubtedly my voice, and my health.
Some recipes I love!
Protein Fried Brown Rice with Maple Squash Rings
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 egg white
I julienned/shredded large carrot
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 cups brown rice
3 tbsp. Low sodium Soy sauce or Bragg amino’s
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1/4 tsp. salt and pepper
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
Over medium heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a frying pan. Add the chopped shallot, ginger and carrots. When softened add in peas and rice, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and sauté. Whip the eggs in a bowl. Make a space in the center of the sautéed vegetables and rice and pour in the eggs. When the eggs have cooked lightly, then fold them more into the rice. Continue to cook for a couple of minutes on a light heat and add salt and pepper to taste.
Maple Squash Rings
5 delicate squash or 2 acorn squash
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 teaspoon soy sauce
Cut the ends off the squash and scoop out the seeds. Wash the squash then cut into rings about inch thick. Combine the soy, maple syrup and olive oil in a bowl and then toss the squash rings in the mixture. Place the rings on a foil covered baking tray. Put aside any excess glaze for later. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 425 degrees, brushing the squash with the remaining glaze at regular intervals. Remove the baking tray from the oven and allow to cool.
Shaved Fennel Salad with Apple and Parmesan
( A simple but very gratifying gourmet healthy alternative)
1 Fennel Bulb shaved thin with a mandoline
1 Green apple shaved thin with a mandoline
1/4 cup toasted almonds chopped
½ cup Parmesan shavings
4 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons light olive oil
1 pinch salt and pepper
Cut the bottom off of the fennel bulb and slice it thinly using a mandolin. Core the apple and slice finely. Toss the apple and fennel in a bowl with the toasted almonds and olive oil and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste and the Parmesan shavings and toss again before serving.