Rachel SchmiedelDE, US
Having drawn since an early age, I am fascinated with the art of "seeing". When I walk, my eyes are always diverted up, down, and all around, which is probably why I am tend to get lost in cities...I am too busy looking at details in architecture, people's faces, flowers, and signs. This kind of "eye travel" is invigorating!
My love affair with food began sitting on the ottoman at my grandmother's feet, listening to her tell me her sage advice on how not to ruin a cake, and continues with me reading cookbooks as a hobby.
My college years were spent studying interior design, and after a masters, I married and began the joy of raising six children, whose art grace my life.
Now I am returning to my Pocket Dream of being an illustrator!
Recipes By Rachel Schmiedel
You are invited to our Edible Flowers Garden Party, held in a fern strewn clearing in the woods. In anticipation of spring, all the animal friends are making their favorite flower dishes from their garden...nasturtium salad, artichokes, floral cookies, squash blossom pizza, lollies, cheeses, crostini with scrumptious toppings, pasta, elderflower nectar, blooming tea, and violet punch, to name a few. The friends are celebrating Jax and Brea's recent engagement with a 4 layer cake.
The Dance is in full swing, as Duke and Cora bears do a jig. The rabbits are getting a little carried away and must be careful to not knock over anything! Blaire cat isn't a dancer but loves to be in the middle of things.
In our home, we love to build bean bowls served in a hand glazed pottery bowl. Start with picking a grain such as quinoa or rice and add a half-cup of cooked or canned beans of your choice, toss some leafy greens on, add sautéed onions, shredded carrot, avocado and mushrooms, then top with feta cheese and pumpkin seeds. Next add your choice of seasonings and dressing such as fresh lemon vinaigrette, balsamic vinegar, ginger miso or chipotle ranch, and dive in! Try out different toppings and combinations each time for new fun flavors. We never tire of these bowls!
-Cool Beans Contest
A few years ago when wanting to add more fiber and protein to my diet, I came across the humble bean. Packed with nutrients, they adds tons of nutrition to a meal, and are quite satisfying when well seasoned or paired with complimentary foods. When my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, we learned that complex carbohydrates in beans help stabilize blood sugar because they take longer to digest. Now we eat beans at least 3-5 times a week!
-Cool Beans contest
Quinoa is known as a protein power house super food! It cooks quickly, and pairs well with many meats, salmon, and veggies. Add a splash of balsamic for tang and richness. This recipe has become a favorite of our family and others, and it tastes great hot and cold, making it an ideal picnic food.