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Cooking sweet potato love and sharing fashion for less!

Written by Nazarina on July 25th, 2009

Greetings!

Entertaining guests

I  have been busy  entertaining house guests on and off  for the past three and a half months. I have had visitors from oversees and from other states within the U. S. and I am expecting more during August. I do this job really well because I am a  people person but sooner than later one’s up-beat energy level begins to wane and manifests into unwelcome bouts of exhaustion and stress which then brings to mind the saying….Are guests really like fish? … do they really begin to smell after three days? LOL! To my family and friends……..just kidding!

There are many antidotes to stress and anxiety, for me it is jogging and cooking. This physical form of meditation  engages the body to “move” with the sights and sounds all around you, encourages clarity and ultimately restores harmony once more. It actually quiets all my worries and gives me a sense of grounding, ready  for my next load of house guests. This same philosophy goes for my cooking as well! Many have told me to just open up my B & B already, ( Believe me,  here in Colorado are many quaint little spots and I have entertained this idea),  now  my answer to that is ” Why mess with a good life!”

Alpine adulation!

This is my little neighborhood.  We’ve  had lots of rain this summer hence the dark green hue of  the pines  and other  vegetation. I love it here!  BTW, this is where I  picked up my pine cones and needles to decorate my dish below!

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These  tall majestic trees can  withstand extreme weather conditions, including high winds and severe snowstorms,  but let me not talk about winter just yet for  I  am far  too busy enjoying the sunshine even though it feels like  the temps. are in triple digits!

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These are new and exciting recipes featured below in my upcoming book ( The book is  hard work and  the progress is steady but  very productive!) I test all these new recipes thoroughly making sure that they would work for you as it does for me! This exciting book features recipes with a chic ” no holds barred ingredient list  approach” and will truly be my labor of foodie love!!!!

Mash potato recipe ( perfect for those cool Alpine nights)

This  is a creamy mash potato crumble with a topping that is to die for! The  yellow  mustard seeds  in the topping   gave this dish a delectable crispy twang! and  some of the  other exciting ingredients  imparted a depth of flavor  that will tantalize  even the most distinguished palate !

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I took it a step further and made a tasty brown mushroom gravy with this dish. The gravy which had a hint of spice was the icing on the cake and the mash potato simply melted as it hit the smooth, warm gravy! Absolutely scrumptious!

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Cooking sweet potato ( figure friendly food)

It is like culinary magic when one roasts these chillies and seeds. A little spicy but extremely flavorful indeed! This was part of my ingredient list for the cooking of the sweet potato crumble below!

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This sauteed veggies form the basis of both dishes.

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Can you believe this was the unbaked version of my sweet potato crumble?

These are lightly baked  sweet potato rings with the chili  tepin garnishing the dish and covered layers of sweet potato mash  etc…….

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This is the baked version of the sweet potato crumble and let me just say that the sweet smell of ginger, garlic and toasted panko were  sweet smells  of success! Can you hear that crunch?

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Clothes to pose in ( figure friendly fashion for less )

Now that I have shared my figure friendly food, let me introduce you to my figure friendly fashion!  My sweetie says that everything I touch, I turn it into “sexy.” ha! ha!

The black bodice is made from spandex and the floral  skirt is extremely flowing. This dress makes the silhouette  appear  slender and  tall with a cute black  sandal of course. I wore a little black tights to further accentuate the legs.

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The spandex in both these bodices is  form-fitting but not constricting.  The fabrics used are playful and light weight  and give  the figure a sense of flattery that attracted many a watchful eye! ( flattery is not the food of a fool  when wearing this frock, you will  only be showered with  second, third, fourth glances etc ..!

Front of frock ( I wore a white shorts with this top)

I used a rinky dink little sewing machine, ( bought from one of those infomercials),  to put the hem in this dress and the lace was sewn on  by hand!  I really need to invest in a better sewing machine!

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Back of frock

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I wore  this  little white cork sandal  with this top.  The leather laces are tied “criss cross”  up the leg and shows off one’s  beautiful tan!

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this post!

Lots of love,

Nazarina.

My old home www.giddygastronome.blogspot.com

See new sweet potato recipes here**

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31 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ahmad BeggNo Gravatar says:

    My god sis you are just doing it.I’m amazed at the stuff you come up with.You should take it a step further and approach you local t.v station,with youre talent you most likely to get a spot.

  2. ochikeronNo Gravatar says:

    Hi! I’m glad to hear that your book is going well!!!

    Tasty brown mushroom gravy sounds yummy!!!
    I like the idea “sweet potato rings”, not simply slicing! Looks gorgeous in that way 😉

    I love your dresses!!! They are cute but sexy 🙂 How nicely taken!

    Waiting for your post again soon 😉

  3. elraNo Gravatar says:

    Love the dresses that you display here Naz, they are adorable. wedge sandal look very cute too. Perfect for summer.

  4. those sweet potato rings for a topping rock!!! Sounds so yummy!

    Every one of those dresses are beautiful!

  5. SomaNo Gravatar says:

    u r one very very talented lady! with mushroom gravy the potato sounds just perfect.

    I just am in love with that white & brown, would have bought it anywhere i found it!! perfect white sandals!

  6. ReenicNo Gravatar says:

    I am convinced that there is nothing in this world you can’t do – and always with grace and extreme talent!

    I am glad to hear your book is coming along – what delicious dishes you have teased us with!

    And what beautiful clothes you’ve created!! I bet you looked like a dream wearing them.

    I’ve missed you – hope all is going well with your family visiting. We will have to play catch up soon.

  7. Jo A. T.B.No Gravatar says:

    Oh Nazarina,

    I see you’ve been quite busy with all your wonderful creations. You never fail to surprise me with your talents. Not ony are you a gifted cook, but you’re also a fashion Diva!

    You know what I’m going to say next ~ sell those beautiful fashions too!

    Hey maybe I could be your agent! Just kidding! I love the sexy tops, and I could use something body flattering pieces!

    I’m so glad the book is coming along! Loved the photos of your neck of the woods, stunning pines! From what I could see you’ve alittle bit of both, country and city! Email you soon!

    Big Hugs ~

  8. Cute dresses! The sweet potato crumble looks delicious!

  9. I love all your sweet potato dishes! And of course the outfits and shoes! 🙂

  10. Lubna KarimNo Gravatar says:

    Oh wow….awesome alpines…i really like the cone shaped ones…..delectable recipes….and those gorgeous dresses perfect to the sexy lady…..love those high heels….very cool…

  11. Fabulous news, darling Nazarina! You are the winner of a custom pair of StockinGirl Vintage Roses tights!! Email me at carriecalligraphy@gmail.com for details!

    Congrats!

    xoxox,
    CC

  12. VegetationNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, those pines are just gorgeous!!

    And I definitely want some of that sweet potato dish!

    Your clothes are beautiful! I love them!

  13. yasmeenNo Gravatar says:

    Oh baby those dresses look totally sensuous.I’m excited for your book,wish you success 😀

  14. arunaNo Gravatar says:

    wow everything is just so gorgeous……amazing clicks n awesome presentation!!!!

  15. How exciting about your book! And LOL at guests being like fish and smelling after 3 days. I hope not as we’re staying with my parents during our renovations 😛

  16. SherNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! You run a B & B! That is rewarding and hard work. Love those “frocks” you made!

  17. SophiaNo Gravatar says:

    oh my god, oh my god, oh mygod!!! I\\\’m sorry, but that is all my mind can process right now…too much delicious food, cute goodies, and great news!
    I can\\\’t WAIT for your upcoming book, and those dresses are cuter than cute, and holy shit I wanna live in your kitchen!
    And LOL abt stinking guests!

  18. graceNo Gravatar says:

    this is quite a packed post! i have little time for clothes and things when food is also involved, so let me compliment you on two very unique and very appetizing tater dishes!

  19. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, what fancy spuds you have there, Naz! The recipes sound like a great combination of spice and veggies.
    And you make your own clothes! What can’t you do?
    You are one talented lady and I look forward to seeing your new book.

  20. anncooNo Gravatar says:

    Just gone thru your blog. WOW! what an interesting and beautiful blog with all those beautiful pictures and recipes. I am also very keen on your soap making. Will definitely come again and add to your following site.

  21. I know what you mean, we always throw parties at home. It’s a lot of work but still so much fun.

    What a lovely puree printaniere! I love the blend of colors and what a great way to get the kids to eat their vegetables.

  22. VetTechNo Gravatar says:

    You are amazing yummy food, adorable fashion…I am so glad you share it all with us.

  23. TeresaNo Gravatar says:

    Hello my multi-talented friend. You fascinate me. I am so anxious for your book to come out. It’s going to be a hit. Love the poem written on the banner.

  24. KarineNo Gravatar says:

    I love your sweet potatoes crumble! It seems to be packed with flavors! 🙂

  25. vangeNo Gravatar says:

    That dress is pretty cute! I can\’t even sew a button so I\’m super impressed!

  26. SaganNo Gravatar says:

    That all looks lovely! The trees, the food, the clothes. Wow.

  27. n33maNo Gravatar says:

    oh my…….you are a fashion designer too……..too many talents in one person!not fair!

  28. JulianaNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, everything look so yummie! Like the hearty mash potato…the dresses are very cute 🙂

  29. hitraNo Gravatar says:

    wowow, scrumptious dishes and xellent , beautiful dresses…sandals loooks perfect for that dress..U r simply awesome !!

  30. FarinaNo Gravatar says:

    Nazarina, just want to wish you a blessed Ramadhan Mubarak!

  31. Lubna KarimNo Gravatar says:

    Iam again hosting Joy From Fasting To Feasting (Season-II)….come and participate….Iam missing u there….

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