Thursday, April 17, 2014

mothers, miracles & wood board love (oh my!).







BEAUTIES!

this conversation about food, eating, feeding other, feeding me, 
connecting to my nourishment, my food story, your food story
and my constant hunger for this entire feast began when i fell
in love. it was another medium in which to give myself to my
beloved while mixing, mending & breaking my heart open
inside a warm soup or a sweet scone. the only thing that has changed
is i have fallen in love with so many! ocean & beauty keep me
inspired, asking me questions in the kitchen, asking the whys & hows
about food & life as i keep them busy with the basics of how to feed,
nourish and heal themselves in this way.

i share this with you dearest beauties because with
mothers day approaching i am offering a new service called
wood board love sessions. this is a private session in my kitchen 
where i feed you & your son, daughter or loved one the seasonal
beauty of the market while inspiring the opportunity to talk about food,
nourishment & how it's all happening in your everyday lives.
you can read more & sign up here.

and....
mothers day miracle on may 9!
reserve your wood bowl here (it's already filling up!).
bye bye spring break!
it's time to recharge and re-inspire you, your mother,
your loved ones with the beauty & bounty of spring.
every miracle is mothers day so this is going to be off the hook!

make room for your needs, your nourishment, your hunger
with amazing women, a farm to table feast & recipes for life.

big love beauties
xxxx

Thursday, April 10, 2014

FIVE.

dearest blog, 
you are 5 today.  you have been the ground in which to sew & save the swatches of my story; no matter how strained, sieved or stressed life may be, you are my witness. i write, upload & link while you put my voice out there for all to read, feel, see & taste. i am so grateful for our journey together. here is the first post i published called hungry mother. i feel as deeply connected to the words today as i did when they ran out of my fingers five years ago. i had no idea what i was doing, i just knew i was hungry mother of a two year old boy.  sweet community of beauties, thank you for reading, sharing & holding the space for my musings on motherhood, food & fire. i am so grateful for youxxxx


i am starving for this conversation to begin....i want to ask questions, write lists, hear your stories... i want to understand, get underneath, turn it over & see the other side of this place where we are connecting to our kitchens...this daily piece of feeding other, our kin, ourselves.. it's deep inside. how we were fed and what surrounds that for each of us... and now we are the mamas, we are the wives, we are the women creating the meals... we are nurturing, providing, gathering, hunting, feeding, creating, birthing, businessing, parenting, saving the planet and on & on....we are the renaissance mamas...yearning for the basics in a world that is full to the brim with new, quick, easy & cheap. 

give me the ground... the warm, thick soil, roots to something deep...traditional, memories, recipes, stories told in the kitchen... we are the change... 

soft
body
radiant
beauty
beginning
wooden spoon
catalyst
light
fly
compass
yearn
union
belly
sanctuary

we are returning to this place in all of us that is screaming to be heard, that we may not even remember....with passion, fear & unbelievable courage....cooking meals in the kitchen that you love, sating these creative pieces in us, stirring in our shamanism, mixing with a new consciousness to bake on high and rise.  

creating tradition from scratch & beginning a movement....

Monday, April 7, 2014

black banana chocolate bread.


(note: the hand....love.)


(looks like a late night of partying/baking)



+++beauties+++

there is definitely something inside
of baking that makes the hard stuff soften 
and melt or maybe its about making
room for something warm & lovely 
inside the rough edges of life
what do you think? it's not a quick fix
but a super delicious bandaid!

i am deeply in love with notes from the larder
by nigel slater (xmas gift...thanks bestie!)
it's an annual kitchen diary where nigel jots down
his sweet musings & recipes about food & life
it's simple yet wonderful and beautiful
i am really enjoying it. this recipe does not take a lot
of time & ingredients to make it happen
(it also sates the don't waste anything part
of me with the black bananas)

here is nigel's chocolate
muscovado banana cake

gather
2 cups all-purpose or gf flour
(i used cup 4 cup)
2 tsp baking powder 
1/2 cup butter/softened 
1 cup + 1 tbs muscovado sugar
14 oz (i think it was 3) super black bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 bar (3.5 oz/100g) of dark chocolate

make it happen
butter loaf pan & line with parchment
sift flour & baking powder
cream butter & sugar
(till fluffy and pale coffee color)
mash bananas in bowl
(keep it lumpy)
stir in vanilla extract
beat eggs lightly with a fork
then beat them into creamy butter/sugar
chop chocolate into small pieces
(like fine gravel)
fold them into bananas/butter/sugar mixture
gently fold in powder & flour
scrape mixture into line loaf pan
bake for 50 minutes
test it with a skewer
if it comes out clean: awesome
if not: put foil over it and in for a few more minutes
let it settle in the pan for about 15 minutes
then take it out to cool

i wrapped the bread in foil & kept it out
it didn't last long in my house!
it's also a great gift
enjoy & let me know how you go
big love beauties
XXXX

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

goldy soup.




when all else fails: i make soup.

here is one i came up with last night
that turned out like a velvet cozy sock
or maybe it felt like a glove
well, whatever the case it tasted kind
and loving to my 'everything is in retrograde'
theme i have been swimming inside of lately
with a salty top of parsley & avocado
it nourished the chaos inside me for a moment
or possibly two...

the story starts with a half of a cauliflower
that was left in the fridge
so i chopped it up
cut up some turnips
peeled & chopped some carrots
with my regular base of 
sauteed yellow onion & green garlic
a little bit of salted butter & olive oil
mix it all around
on a medium setting
let it get a bit glassy
add all the veggies
then add about 5 cups of water
bring to a boil
back down to simmer
let it cook for 1/2 - 1 hour
(you can also wait for it to cool 
and use your blender!)
& voila.. i served it with 
a super light cheese quesadilla
& guacamole.. i have been keeping
parsley & edible flowers in ball jars
on the table so the medicinal conversation
can stay open in terms of what i feel like
adding to my dish! it's another way we can shift
the subtle tastes of our meal in a creative way

more of these beauty tips
at the spring miracle on april 11
(deadline to sign up is monday, april 7)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

spring sunday.






:::BEAUTIES:::

i am inspiring you to meet me at the market
on sundays in hollywood (more here)
spring is such a gorgeous time to gather
i wanted to share the gifts of our mama
and how lucky we are to witness this
kind of growth, abundance & beauty

how's is it going in the kitchen?
is your fire turned on? mellowing out? 
are you wood board loving it?
i want to hear you.
share in the comments on the blog
i am so grateful to all your eyes, ears, hearts & bellies
i love that we connect in this way
see you at the marketxxxx
(these photos & more beauty can be 
found at my instagram @julesbdavis)

spring miracle

Friday, March 28, 2014

beauty salad.

hey beauties!
there are a variety of salad births happening
out of my kitchen on the daily over here.
it's funny when you just get the memo
that it's time to eat a lot of salad!
we are coming into spring yet it's been colder in LA
so i am not quite sure if it's energetic or seasonal
or maybe it's just time for lots of green beauty
or my body is ready for this kind of simplicity
probably: all of the above!

in my kitchen, a salad is just something
that randomly comes together by the inspiring
beauty lingering around the area which is why
i always say buy the beauty that inspires you!
when you do this, you give yourself the opportunity
to create, express & nourish yourself in a way
you would never think to write down on a list
for the grocery store! so with that said
here are some ideas to create this
beauty in your belly!

beauty salad

1 blood orange
chopped celery stalk
chopped or cut off parsley
a bunch of wild arugula
salted & roasted pistachios
scoop of avocado
chopped up spring peas
sliced radish
avocado oil
rice vinegar
salt your greens
a squeeze of sweet
valencia orange

may you be inspired
feel supported
& nourish your
gorgeousness
todayxxxx


more beauty salads &
so much more @ the 
spring miracle



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

spring miracle.

beauties!
everything is OPENING up
 everything is flowering
so much beauty
to see feel touch taste
i could BURST! 

lets burst open together
at the spring miracle!

we will taste the season with edible flowers,
varieties of citrus, redefine the idea of a salad,
have a poetic encounter inside how we
feed ourselves & our families
delve into the shedding of winter
our emotional seasonal landscape
inspire our senses with abundant beauty
& create this feeling in our everyday lives


SPRING MIRACLE
FRIDAY APRIL 11
10am - 2pm
MY KITCHEN
YOUR WOOD BOWL
XXXX

Thursday, March 20, 2014

tender scones.





hi beauties!
since the last post.... i have been under a grey cloud or maybe
it was fluffy looking yet super heavy & huge scone
following me everywhere... everytime i would look up in the hopes
that this 'sconey cloud' (perhaps a fancier type of depression)
had made any progress moving on... it would be right there,
committed to the task, reflecting a throw back thursdays type of
emotional storm. so i had to ride it out somewhat paralyzed
in this uncomfortable place. you know what i mean? 

so what does one do in this place? 
make blackberry scones!

as i was riding out the storm, i felt this hunger
to bake. why was i so hungry to bake?
this is what surfaced:
it holds a place for my tenderness, 
my vulnerability & of course tasting batter is
a homemade prozac even if it lasts a minute or 2.
to melt the butter, to sift the flour, to whip up the sugar, to wait
for it in the freezer, to hold the cold dough, to mold a sticky body
into something that will eventually (key word) rise...
it was feeling aligned with my sadness, my
lack of trust (will this shift soon) & this surprise visitor
of heaviness that showed up on my door step. i also was happy
to hear from my sweet friend heidi rosethat there was piscean
happenings in the ether making way for aries to come in....
always good to get the emotional weather report from friends!

so here is an anti-depressant or at least a 'ride it out' recipe
for the scones that might be hanging over your head!

blackberry scones
(inspired by the big sur bakery cookbook)

1 cup blackberries or any berry you are loving
3 1/2 cups of flour (gf: cup 4 cup)
1 cup or less of sugar
1 tbs baking powder
2 tsps baking soda
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter (cubed)
2 tbs vanilla extract
3/4 - 1 cup organic buttermilk

if you can//scatter berries on a plate or sheet and place
in freezer for 2 hours or so

whisk together flour, sugar, bkg pwder, bkg soda,
salt & drop in cubed butter put bowl in freezer for 1/2 hour

adjust rack to middle of oven
preheat to 375
you could line baking sheet with parchment/silpat

use a pastry cutter, 2 knives or a whisk (see above)
work the chilled ingredients together till the butter cubes
are close to the size of peas.. make a well in the center
and pour in combo of vanilla and buttermilk
mix with wood spoon to form a shaggy, crumbly mass
let stand for 3 - 5 minutes so flour can absorb liquid
if dough is too dry, add a bit more buttermilk (1 tbs)
dough should not be too wet, fold one more time

add frozen fruit, gently mix in
shape scones into hockey pucks
leave room on sheet as they will double in size
(not so much with gf flours but still good to make room)
bake for 15 minutes
transfer to cooling rack
store for up to 3 days
hope you love these
may they help
relieve the heaviness
xxxx

Monday, March 10, 2014

daring to dream.



beauties! 
do you dream?

i am not talking about dreaming while sleeping. i feel that we would all be dreaming of more sleep of course or an on going dream could include black out shades, room service, an ocean nearby... don't get me started. do you dare to dream about your life, your journey, your path? yes, we dream, we hope, we hold the space for our kids & our families. we are on that bus together. i am talking about us. you and me.

i have come to the realization that this dreaming thing is brand new terrain. i have never been here before. last weekend, something happened. i guess you could say a dream came true and as those words come out of my mouth & onto this page i begin to feel hivey all over, my stomach knots, i see blank spots everywhere. it doesn't feel aligned with me, the words, the idea, the concept of a dream coming true... why? wait, did i ever dream? i wrote down intentions to manifest. is that dreaming? did i forget to dream?! 

38 years of no fluffy, light, innocent, prayer hands to my heart, seeing it, believing i can do it, dreaming? you can't be serious. in the last few days i have been traveling back in time, trying to remember if i ever dared to dream without doing? lets take a minute with that idea.

have you? i can tell you what i have been doing. i have been working. i have been doing. i have been doing A LOT of doing. i have been writing lists, scheduling appointments, writing blogs, healing wounds, recreating patterns, healing kitchens, healing everything... have i been living without dreaming?

what is daring to dream? is it a waste of time? does anything ever come true? you gotta keep moving forward and working hard is the voice i hear. who is that? i mean, i definitely believe in working hard at what you love. don't get me wrong. i can put ideas into action. i saw a lot of action as a kid. that is what you do, that is how you stay super busy (from dreaming?) perhaps. i have definitely been surviving. do you dream when you are surviving? dreams can float like bubbles in the air and then fall and break, do you keep blowing? these days i do because it keeps ocean & beauty laughing! 

i am reaching for this idea of dreaming. i keep slipping. i am not able to find the ladder so i am beginning to see it like my 3 year old beauty, something way up there on the counter, far away from her reach. then, she turns into my teacher, she reaches for what she can't see, it breaks all over the floor or it burns her or it makes a mess. i tell her to ask me, to let me help her. that is not her way. now, she grabs a chair, scratches the hard wood floor. she is determined & fearless. she will climb up and sate her hunger. she will see what she can't see and no one is going to take that from her. 

when did i let fear determine my seeing? my dreaming? my ability to get the chair and look far above me, to sate my curious nature. was i too scared to reach for what i couldn't see? did i try once? what happened when i tried to reach for it? i was told i wasn't funny by teachers who didn't fulfill their dreams. i was told to go a safer route then i could turn back around once i had the validation stamp. i thought my talent was a hobby. i was told to do something serious or at least get some letters after my name so i am validated in society and then i could take 'care' of myself. did those ideas sabotage the dreaming? the jury is still out.

the idea of a dream creates an unknown, a loss in my body, a stillborn perhaps, like not remembering to have the baby even though i have been pregnant this entire time. am i just scared? am i so scared to have this baby that my body creates a symphony of symptoms during any labor towards the birth about to occur?  i don't know where to breathe in and how to breathe out.  i want to capture it, understand it, hold the porcupine of my confusion in my hands, hug it out and watch its survival suit fall down to its sides and become cashmere with my love. 

last weekend, we shot a trailer for a show about my work as a kitchen healer & food blogger. i had an incredible crew and an amazing family who is hungry for the love i am cooking up. as you know, i am very passionate about inspiring & empowering our confused, exhausted, scared & hungry American culture. i know i cannot do this by myself nor do i want to. i am all about the village. you are my village. thank you! i have been yearning for a team for as long as i can remember and there i was shooting this love fest with my team!

how do we find our way to dreaming without the noise, the fear, the negative hues in which our background might have been painted? this is a part of my story. i am looking straight in its lonely eyes. i have been doing. doing. doing. when i turn left into exhaustion, i fall down to rest, steam, go to what i know inside words, a soup, maybe some strauss coffee ice cream and a movie. my survival kit to daring to dream is real & genuine. i see now why they call it a dare. are you daring to dream?

the shoot left me wondering about my dreams. how have i travelled this far without really thinking about them? hearing my voice in this way? i want so many things and i am not sure i have placed them into a dream category. maybe it's about admitting my dreams, talking about them OUT LOUD and not being afraid of them or fearing joy or happiness or truly being worth my dreams coming true. i used to freeze when anyone would ask me 'how are you?' i would answer 'everything.' i have no idea how i am as it's evolving every minute. everyone usually answers 'i'm good.' that's that. what is the point of the question? i mean, it's a personal one. i didn't want to lie, it became overwhelming for me! 

i am realizing that dreams are nourishment. if we do not dream then how will our kids know how to dream? we can say the words but if we are not truly living it, they will not have it in their bodies to know what it really feels like, to go for something even if you fall a lot of times or you lose everything or fill in the blank. we are teaching them how to get back up and keep dreaming. for me, o & b are inspiring me to dream, they are nourishing me so that i can continue to nourish themxxxx

i want to hear YOUR dreams! click to the blog & lets have this conversation.  i thought i would kick off my daring to dream-athon with being nominated for best writing blog of the year for saveur magazine! will you nominate me? here is the linkxxxx