So much fun this week at Rancho La Puerta teaching a beautiful cooking class in La Cocina Que Canta-the kitchen that sings! I had an incredible group that came down to cook with me and we had the best time. The theme was adding flavor with spices so I taught a Moroccan Spiced Salmon, an Apple Fennel Galette, Provencal Roasted Fennel, a delicious Spinach & Parsley Soup, Citrus Carrots & Parsnips, Cauliflower & Chick Pea Salad with Quinoa, a Kale & Brussels sprouts Salad, a Vegan chocolate mousse with lavender salt . All vegetables came from the organic farm right outside our door.
Salvatore, the farmer who has been working at the Ranch for over 20 years, was enthusiastic about showing us around the farm; describing the soil conditions and all the various vegetables that were being harvested. 80% of the food and vegetables served comes from this incredible productive garden. With our recent cold snap, he described how the citrus trees were heavily damaged due to the morning frost but he reassured us that they would be ok once the weather warmed up.
Look at this amazing bed of romaine lettuce-a staple at the ranch and is included in most salads during lunch and dinner. I had so much fun exploring and checking out all the vegetables including fennel, parnsips, broccoli, arugula and spinach!
I’m really looking forward to being a guest chef later this month (Feb. 24-28) at La Cocina Que Canta (“The Kitchen That Sings”) at Rancho La Puerta Resort in Tecate, Mexico. For months I’ve been working on my recipes and finessing them based on what is in season on their beautiful 7 acre organic farm. My hands on cooking class will be 3.5 hours and consist of seven healthy and delicious recipes. If you've never been to The Ranch, this would be a special way to experience it!
This past weekend I participated in the No Race at the Tassajara Mountain Retreat in Northern California. My husband and I try to make it there every year and were fortunate to be able to attend for a weekend of relaxation, wellness and a 5 mile walk/uphill run called No Race. On the second day I attended a talk held by three doctors on the their view of "health and healing." There was a pediatrician, a family practitioner and a physically challenged physician who came near death after a head on collision on the Golden Gate Bridge several years ago.
It was interesting to hear their individual perspectives on what health and healing means for them as doctors, and for the patients they treat. The focus of the discussion quickly became death and when to say it's time to "leave" the earth. But there were a few nuggets of wisdom from the family practitioner that made light bulbs go on all around me. When asked what Healthy meant to him, he plainly said "balance." When asked what healing meant to him, he said, "change."
This forced me to look at myself as a health coach and think, how do I help my clients create balance in their lives? How can I inspire them to make the necessary changes to create a sense of both well being and health. I quickly realized, its all here, on this site and in my program. I teach permanent lifestyle changes including stress management, proper exercise habits, nutrition and life purpose to help you feel like a balanced human being.
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Healthy On You Recipes and cooking tips by Samantha Binkley. Many of these recipes use Samantha's 100% Organic Spice Blends that take the guess work out of cooking.