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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My Italian Soul Food: Super Simple Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo

My Italian Soul Food (3rd of 3 recipes this week): Super Simple Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo with alfredo sauce, pan - seared chicken breast strips, Italian herbs (marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano, and basil), and fresh garlic, scallions, and parsley.


Monday, January 30, 2017

My Italian Soul Food: Macaroni Minestrone

My Italian Soul Food (2nd of 3 recipes this week): Macaroni Minestrone with water, oil (olive is best, canola in a pinch), baby carrots, and 'elbow' macaroni pasta; add chopped onion, garlic, celery, and radishes soaked in lemon juice; add canned diced tomatoes with juice, drained kidney beans, and drained green beans soaked in red wine vinegar and Italian herbs (marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano, and basil); cook until vegetables are tender and add parsley once heat is off. (Note: For this particular pot I added a little bell pepper, mushrooms, and black olives leftover as uncooked excess from preparing the Exploding Cajun Calzone.) Unfortunately the Broth is barely visible in my photo, buried by the untraditional abundance of other ingredients ...


Sunday, January 29, 2017

My Italian Soul Food: Exploding Cajun Calzone

My Italian Soul Food (1 of 3 recipes this week): Exploding Cajun Calzone with pre-made crust from the store (I will improve on this in the future) spread with tomato sauce and Italian herbs (marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano, and basil), shredded Italian cheeses (mozzarella, provolone, asiago, parmesan, romano, and fontina), Cajun style Andouille sausage, garlic, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, and black olives. SUPER TASTY! I'm very proud of this one.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

American Cajun Music

The Fading Cajun Culture (Part III)

The Fading Cajun Culture (Part II)


I am very grateful that as this part goes on it becomes clear that the amount of Cajuns who are dependent on the petroleum industry because their longstanding traditions of living off the land directly had and continues to be compromised even though many would much rather return to these Nature focused means.

The Fading Cajun Culture (Part 1)



I'm glad that the geography of Poitou is corrected from eastern to Southwestern France early on. Aside from that slip, this is actually off to a good start. I deeply appreciate them even mentioning the witch burnings that contributed to the decision to leave Poitou to become the Acadians of Nova Scotia. I will post Parts 2 & 3 when I get to those!

Louisiana Cajun Music

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

My Romanian Soul Food: Serbian – Romanian Musaka / Musaca

(This is the third of three recipes I am sharing this week.)
My Romanian Soul Food: Serbian – Romanian Musaka / Musaca …
(Note: In contrast to the much more widely known Greek Moussaka, which uses layers of sliced eggplant,  Serbian – Romanian Musaka / Musaca usually uses layers of sliced potatoes instead.)
Preheat the oven to 400F and grease large baking dish with butter. Line the bottom of the baking dish with a layer of sliced russet potatoes. Sauté 1 pound of lean ground beef splashed with Worcester sauce, 1 chopped onion, 3 to 5 garlic cloves, 2 cups chopped cremini mushrooms, and 1 cup black olives. Sprinkle with chili powder, salt, and pepper to taste, then spread the sautéed meat mixture over the bottom layer of sliced potatoes in the baking dish. Line the top of the meat mixture with a layer of sliced russet potatoes. In a bowl blend 4 whole eggs, 1 cup sour cream, and 2 cups milk, then pour this cream sauce throughout the contents of the baking dish. Sprinkle the top with a crumbly goat cheese or Parmesan as Romanian cheeses are often difficult to acquire in many places around the USA. Bake at 400F for about 50 minutes. The top layer should be toasted but not burnt.

Monday, January 23, 2017

My Romanian Soul Food: Romanian Ciorba Taraneasca with Cajun Style Andouille

(This is the second of three recipes I'll be sharing this week.)
My Romanian Soul Food: Romanian Ciorba Taraneasca with Cajun Style Andouille …
(Note: I really like this soup and am particularly proud of how this turned out! :D )
In a big pot of boiling hot water, stew chopped vegetables (1 onion, 1 bell pepper, 2 cups of baby carrots, 1 stalk of celery, 1 can of tomatoes with juice, 3 to 5 cloves of garlic) and 3 bay leaves with a little salt and pepper to taste. Sauté 4 chopped Cajun Style Andouille sausages, then add to the pot. In a bowl blend tomato paste, ¼ cup of red wine vinegar, thyme, parsley, lemon juice, and sour cream to prepare the Ciorba Taraneasca Mixture. Once the vegetables in the pot have cooked long enough to be tender, turn off the heat, and thoroughly stir in the Ciorba Taraneasca Mixture. The soup should smell aromatic, lively, and notably sour. Let cool a bit before serving. (Alternate Option: For a little Sași and Szekely flare, try using sauerkraut juice instead of red wine vinegar.)


Sunday, January 22, 2017

My Romanian Soul Food: Hungarian > Romanian Paprikash / Papricaș

(This is one of three recipes I'll be sharing this week.)
My Romanian Soul Food: Hungarian > Romanian Paprikash / Papricaș …
Sauté 4 chicken breast filets in 2 Tbs of olive oil then set aside. Sauté 2 or 3 large yellow onions and 3 to 5 cloves of garlic in 2 Tbs olive oil, and add as much paprika and / or chili powder as desired. Set chicken breast filets in the spiced onions and let all the juices mingle as the chicken sears and the onions caramelize. Remove chicken breast filets again and set aside. Thoroughly stir at least 1 cup of sour cream into the spiced onions and chicken juices to create the Paprikash / Papricaș cream gravy. Serve chicken breast filets smothered in  the Paprikash / Papricaș cream gravy on a bed of mashed potatoes (country style / skins on blended with milk, butter, and a hint of salt), rice, pasta, OR dumplings with a simple vegetable side such as sautéed baby carrots with black olives.


A Bit of Medicine Bundle Working Yesterday

Naome the Cat and I enjoyed a bit of Medicine Bundle Working yesterday ...




Saturday, January 21, 2017

Regarding The Women's March Today ...

Unfortunately I will not be able to participate in this important event this afternoon. However, I am strongly encouraging EVERYONE who can get out there today and help make a difference to do so, and to do so using weather and street smarts so this can be as safe and successful as it NEEDS to be. I also encourage participants to be open-minded and open-hearted about including everyone who is genuinely trying to contribute support. It's understandable why there's so much defensiveness against "whites" and / or "men" right now, but the fact is that We Need ALL of Us to come together in this movement as a whole in order for this to succeed. Gender and Racial Civil Rights are both still about Civil Rights for ALL People and MUST be Inclusive. Please, especially during the event today, see through the Bullshit, do NOT let Trump and his cohorts blind us to the awesome folks out there who are on the side of Educated Freedom, Authentic Social Progress, and the development of a Healthy Eco-nomy, regardless of "gender" and / or "race". People have all shapes, sizes, and colors so BE PLAID!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Examples of my Business, Organization, and Event Photography (in California)

Here are Examples of my Business, Organization, and Event Photography (in California).
https://goo.gl/photos/VpCygSyoDf61dWtNA
Please contact me via e-mail irina.sofia.a.m@gmail.com if you are in the Greater New Orleans Area of Louisiana and interested in having me affordably photograph your local business, organization, or event to enhance your advertising advantage.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

My Waka Images 2017

I have decided to start presenting my new poems on images I have photographed.
This album can be found here https://goo.gl/photos/wv74W217KDVEDdfq5
Below is my first example using the poem I published earlier today...


My First Haiku of 2017

My First Haiku of 2017...
Trees stripped of their leaves,
Only the wind can be heard,
Yet the trees still dance.
~ Mihoshiryu Senninë
(my waka name)