Miley Cyrus – The Backyard Sessions – “Lilac Wine”

Today Miley relaunched her website and with that relaunch she also gave us a sneak peak into her “Backyard Sessions.” If you are a fan of hers you would have seen her posting pictures during the beginning of the summer of her band, a backyard, you would have also been reading tweets about her working on some music, etc. So today she finally gave us a a video of her singing Lilac Wine originally sung and written by Jeff Buckley. This song proves that our girl Miley has finally found her voice. She is truly an “old soul.” I love how she just sang this song with all that she had and made it so soulful. This song proves that she has grown vocally, physically and also she has finally become comfortable with herself. I love how she totally just captures ever single emotion of this song while singing it not many artist can do that. She has proven that she can sing hear and I really hope that she does some original songs like this.

My Creamy Black Bean Recipe

chopped-chives2Black Beans are one of my favorite things to cook. It is not the healthiest thing to eat but it is so yummy and can be eaten with so many different things. This particular Black Bean recipe is the way I make it because I just love combining all these things together to make a tasty dish.

So here is what you will need:

  • Goya Black Beans (the large can)
  • Grace Coconut Milk or any coconut milk of your choice
  • Two Large Tomatoes
  • One Onion
  • Ground Black Pepper, Ground Ginger, Ground, Paprika and Ground Ginger
  • Adobo Seasoning
  • Chive
  • Chandon Beni or Recao (can be found in at a Caribbean/Spanish Grocery store)
  • Olive Oil
  • Bay Leaf (dried or fresh)
  • Salted Meat ( I prefer to use pig tails) but you can use salted turkey or don’t use it at all.

Here comes the cooking part

I first wash and squeeze fresh lime on the pig tails. I then take out a small pot and boil the pig tails until it is cooked. I then change the water about 3 times to just get out most of the salt. After I open the can of black beans and then pour out the liquid it comes in only leaving a little bit you can wash it out actually completely if you want. I then place the black beans in a bowl. Second I move on to going to my moms garden and cutting fresh Chive and Basil. I cut a little bit of basil because it gives the black bean a distinct flavor which I love. I cut a lot of chives from the garden because it gives it an amazing flavor and also smell.  I also use Shado Beni which is amazing for this dish it also gives it an amazing flavor. I then get the Chadon Beni out from the fridge and chop it up. Don’t forget to wash your greens. The clash of the flavors from all the green plants are a good combination so there is nothing to worry about. After I collect all these greens I get to my chopping board and I chop them up. I also use  2 large tomatoes and one large onion. After I’m done I get out my favorite black pot I use to make pasta sauce or any type of gravy. I pour a little bit of olive oil ( I don’t like using much grease when cooking). I let the olive oil get really hot in the pot then throw in all my chopped ingredients and I sprinkle some adobo, ground black pepper, ground garlic and ginger and paprika just to boost the flavor I then begin to stir the ingredients together. I cover the pot and let it sizzle for a while. After about 2 mins I pour in the entire can of coconut milk and the pig tails. I cover the pot again and let the coconut milk, pig tails and chopped ingredients sizzle some more together. After the milk has come to a boil I throw in the black beans and stir the pot and just let the beans cook. After about 10-15 mins have passed I turn the pot off and poof you have my creamy black beans cooked and ready to serve. This can be serves with burritos, white rice, a Caribbean style macaroni pie or what ever you like to cook black beans with. Hope you enjoy 🙂 How do you prepare your black beans or any other type of beans? Please do leave feedback.

Guest Recipe of the Day: Quinoa, Avocado, and Corn Salad

Guest Recipe of the Day: Quinoa, Avocado, and Corn Salad

– Raw kernels of 2 ears of corn, shaved right from cob
– 2 avocados, sliced and cut into 1” pieces
– 1 1/2 cups dry quinoa
– 3 Tbs. red onion, finely chopped
– 1 Tbs. lemon juice
– 1 Tbs. olive oil
– 2 Tbs. low-sodium tamari
– 1 Tbs. brown rice vinegar

Pre-prep: Be sure to soak the quinoa overnight in water and rinse well before using.

1. In a saucepan place 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add the quinoa to the hot water, and simmer until the water is absorbed and the grains become translucent soft (about 10-15 minutes). Pour through a strainer and set to the side in a bowl.

2. Blend all the dressing ingredients together until smooth in a blender, or simply add them to a bowl and whisk well with a fork.

3. Shave the kernels of raw corn right off the cob with a large knife, and add to the quinoa along with the avocadoes and chopped onion. Mix well.

4. Pour the dressing on top of the mixture and mix well again. Enjoy this yummy dish with relish!

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Happy Cooking!!!!:)

Current Music Obsession!!!

ImageI so love writing this type of blog post because music is what drives me. Music is what motivates me and it’s my escape into my own little world. So for the past few months I have been playing this little six song “EP” that has been just a little bundle of joy in my life. Ahh i have never experienced music that has just captivated me and just been my latest love and obsession. I have been listening to “Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly.” This “EP” is just amazing. Everything about it is just so perfect. I am literally in love with every song and whenever I get some time to pop in my headphones I switch to “Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly” I play the hell out of those six songs. Tori Kelly’s voice is new and funky. She has her own little style and personality and her music just echoes who she really is plus her voice is flawless. “Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly” is like a little chill little mix of songs you can just pop in some headphones and bump it anywhere. It is what I would say feel good music. Listening to her “EP” the songs give me so much hope. I feel like I can do anything because Tori Kelly knew that this is what she wanted to do and she believed and had enough faith to know that anything is possible in life. She isn’t backed by a major label or any big marketing team and her biggest supporters are her fans, friends and family and with that support she succeeded and she produced a kick ass “EP”. I find it so cool that one’s person journey can be so inspiring to me and hopefully others. My favorite song on the EP has to be “Eyelashes”. This song is so my life and probably so many other girls life lol. I’m sure everyone has gone through this situation. Another one of my favs is “Confetti”. This song man this song is just the truth. We all dream of bigger things that we want now and never want to just let life and the great things we have ahead come to us in due time. Basically this song is telling people to slow down and enjoy life and be happy. I can see Tori Kelly doing some amazing things when she finally puts out her debut album. I would love everyone to just click this link “Handmade Songs by Tori Kelly” and please support her and buy her “EP” on iTunes 🙂 You won’t be disappointed!!! xoxo<3


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