mind/body connection: Change

Photo: This is an amazing shot of New York today with the Frankenstorm bearing down. Nature is so powerful, yet so beautiful.
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ― Albert Einstein
Stop trying to change others and focus on yourself. What  you believe you create; so make sure your thoughts are good ones.
From A Cosmic View. Photo of Hurricane Sandy.

Go To: For the Best Gelato and Cambodian Sandwiches in NYC

I love going to the Union Square Farmer’s Market in NYC (look for my FM post coming soon) and strolling through the isles at The Strand Bookstore. Inspiration abounds for me on days like this, and while I am feeling sooooo inspired…I start to feel a little hungry. Soooo I go to my new favorite Cambodian Sandwich Shop at 12th st and University Place calledNum Pang Sandwich Shop (there is one open in midtown now) and then I have to go for the best gelato at Amorino’s because I’m near by.  If you are going to indulge in gelato Amorino’s  is the place to do it.  It is located in the village on university and 10th  just a short walk from Num Pang.  On the way to Amorino’s,  stop at the new Agata and Valentina on University for some serious viewing of  Food Porn.  Buy their Crema Balsamic Glaze, you will love me for this.  My daughter Sabrina has been using this without oil on salad….., she’s addicted…., that’s how good it is and it makes everything look prettier too!  Enjoy!

Look how beautiful this gelato  from Amorino’s is.  Tastes even better.

The Five Spice Pork Belly sandwich from Num Pang is delicious.  It is always so hard to make a decision which sandwich to choose  from on the menu.

Num Pang

Balsamic Glaze over green salad with Burrata.

green salad, burrata with balsamic glaze

I LOVE Balsamic Glaze!

What’s Stirring in my pot? The best wild rice and roasted pepper salad with a lemon vinagarette

wild rice salad with roasted peppers and lemon vinaigrette

It’s been one of those crazy weeks and the thought of getting out the recipe books, researching the web, looking thru old publications does not sound appealing at all.  I need something simple, delicious and easy.  Well, it does not get … Continue reading

mind/body connection: Best of the Inspirational Quote websites

I look forward to getting my inspirational quote from A Cosmic View By Linda Joyce every morning. She always has a positive quote from someone great such as Eleanor Roosevelt to Gandhi. I happened upon this quote the other day and Loved the message. Just wanted to share this with you and if you are looking for some inspiration sign up for Coffee Thoughts at www.acosmicview.blogspot.com .
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ― Nora Ephron
When you see yourself as the heroine of your life, then you don’t get upset with your struggles or your mistakes, that’s what makes your movie interesting. When you’re the heroine you don’t give up.

What’s Stirring in my Pot? Curried Shrimp with Coconut Milk

Curried Shrimp and Coconut Milk

photo: madame b. what’s stirring in my pot? Curried Shrimp with Coconut Milk

Curried Shrimp with Coconut Milk is a family favorite and so easy to make for such an impressive dish.  What makes this dish so unique  is Chayote (christophine) Squash which has its roots in Mexico. You can find these in the tropical fruit and vegetable section at the grocer. The colors of the vegetable and the smell of the curry make this dish the ultimate sensory experience. This recipe is from the Food Network www.foodnetwork.com.  Enjoy!


  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 1/2 lbs.  large raw shrimp (I used extra-large tiger prawn)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • tsp. pepper
  • tbsp. madras curry powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or puree
  • 3 inch piece of ginger, grated 2 tablespoon
  • 1 red pepper, cut into Julienne
  • 1 chayote squash, diced
  • 1-13 oz. coconut milk. (I use the light version)
  • 1 bunch scallions, cut into 1 inch lengths
  • 1.2 bunch cilantro, leaves only
  • Juice of 1/2 lime, freshly squeezed


  1. Heat large skillet over medium heat,then add 1 tbsp. butter
  2. When foam subsides, add shrimp and cook until just pink. Remove from pan and reserve.
  3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. When it melts, add the onions until softened. Sprinkle 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, curry powder, garlic and ginger over the onions, reduce heat to low, and cook gently about 5 minutes until softened and translucent.
  4. Add red pepper and chayote and cook 5 minutes.
  5. Add about 2/3 of the coconut milk and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes to bring flavor together.
  6. Add Shrimp back to the skillet along with the scallions, cilantro leaves and lime juice. Taste and adjust seasoning adding more pepper if necessary, adding more coconut milk for a soupier consistency.
  7. Serve over rice.  I prefer Jasmine.