Here I am whining that another weekend flew by too fast again – sheesh. But it was a great weekend and I’m feeling charged for the week and thankful to be over the cold. We went out with some friends last night to see Ironman 2 and I liked it, story was not as tight as the first one, but still a fun ride.
My sister called me today looking for blender advice, her mother-in-law wants a Vita-Mix, but doesn’t want to pay $400 for one and saw the Montel Williams infomercial for the HealthMaster and liked the $200 price tag better. So I decided to research it a bit to see if it even began to compare to a Vita-Mix and, well, not at all. Some of the complaints in the Amazon reviews are horrible – rusting containers after a few uses, leeching chemical recalls, motor burning out quickly, warranty not covering parts, not stable enough to run attended – yikes! I feel sorry for anyone that purchased one of these! But it’s reaffirms that Vita-Mixes are worth they’re hefty price tag, I use mine at least twice a day between smoothies, sauces, soups, nut-pates, nut cheeses, grinding nuts and seeds, coffee grinding … the list goes on and on.
Anyway, I’ve got a few goals for this week:
- Run 10 miles
- Try at least 3 new raw recipes
- Get further along on my paperwork organizing/minimizing project
- Completely overhaul music on my iPod
For dinner tonight, I decided to “free hand” a raw pizza using a portobello mushroom I needed to eat pronto, filled with hemp seed raw sundried tomato “ricotta cheeze” (I modified a cashew nut-based recipe with hemp seeds instead) and topped with chopped Roma tomato and fresh basil.
It was good, but the center of the mushroom was a little dry and flavorless. Using hemp seeds as a base for the ricotta instead of cashews worked out okay, it still had great flavor and was thick and creamy, it didn’t run all over the place. Next time I will try marinating the mushroom first.