Diva Tasting: Fish Tacos & Caprese Pasta..

Fish Tacos Main

Ingredients

  • 2 Limes, Zested

  • 1 Cup Packed Cilantro Leaves

  • 3 Cloves Garlic

  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin

  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt

  • 1 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

  • 2 Fluid Ounces Tequila OR Rice Wine Vinegar

  • 1.5 Pounds Tilapia Fillets

  • 2 Tablespoons Mexican Crema, Or To Taste

  • 1/2 Canned Chipotle Pepper In Adobo Sauce

  • Kosher Salt To Taste

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

  • 8 (8 Inch) Flour Tortillas, Warmed

  • 1/4 Head Shredded Lettuce

  • 2 Tomatoes, Diced

  • 2 Limes, Cut Into Wedges

Directions

  1. Place lime zest, cilantro, garlic, cumin, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and pepper in a small food processor bowl. Pulse until combined, about 20 seconds. Add tequila while mixture pulses.

  2. Place tilapia fillets in a 1-gallon resealable plastic bag. Add the garlic mixture and move fish around to coat each fillet. Let sit at room temperature, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Blend crema and chipotle pepper together in a food processor until smooth. Season with salt.

  4. Heat an electric nonstick griddle to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  5. Brush griddle with olive oil. Cook fillets until just opaque and easily flaked with a fork, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Cut fish into strips and place in tortillas with lettuce and tomatoes. Top with the chipotle crema and serve with lime wedges on the side.

Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Rotini Pasta
  • 3 Tablespoons Pesto, Or To Taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt, Or To Taste
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Cup Halved Grape Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Small Fresh Mozzarella Balls
  • 4 Leaves Fresh Basil Leaves, Finely Shredded

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain.
  2. Mix pesto, olive oil, salt, granulated garlic, and black pepper in a bowl; add rotini. Toss to coat. Fold in tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil.
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Diva Musing: When You Can Walk on Water Take the Boat….

WHEN YOU CAN WALK ON WATER TAKE THE BOAT….

Many years ago I had to do several weeks of training in Hawaii. I took lots of books but ran out. I called my crew at the training center and said send me about 5 more books. They did, one of those was the book listed below…“When You Can Walk on Water, Take the Boat”. Little did they know that that book would launch my journey into self discovery and enlightenment of my spirit. Psychologists will tell us that the human psyche seeks joy over pain 1000 to 1. The discovery of one’s true spiritual path is one of the best tools to keep the psyche tuning into the proper vibration at all times. This little book is a good read weather you are a master or student.

We must learn the path to truth, love, and forgiveness in many ways. These are the tools to help guide and keep us on track. They are the 3 most powerful tools in the human collective. They cannot be used enough. Focus on these aspects each day, meditate and hold the right vibration and ignore:

  • Anything that keeps us from our one source power.
  • Anything that keeps us from recognizing The Universe’s perfect plan in our lives.
  • Anything that keep us from being the kind, truthful, loving, forgiving spirit souls that we are.
  • Anything that keeps us from being in the constant state of good Karma and the Graces of the One Source Power.

We do not need the approval of the world, our families or even the universal collective. We need to strive to avoid too much worldly influences (many of which are such a very low vibration). We do not need to constantly seek entertainment (this often leads to sensory overload). We do not need to seek power. If our vibration is in compliance with the path the Universe has set for us we have extraordinary power already (The proper kind of power). We do not need to constantly seek wealth. For every light worker knows that wealth is even in the air we breathe if we believe. Wealth is in Nature, The entire galaxy, and at our disposal always. We do not need to seek bodily perfection. We are all perfect specimens vibrating at this moment in the sea of form created by our daily thoughts (basic physics…form follows thought). We can all do better with this one!!

It is your choice each and every day, walk the path the Universe has carefully constructed for you or fall prey to low vibrational thoughts that will guarantee your struggles in life remain a daily part of your world. If you are feeling discontentment, study your thoughts and actions. Your thoughts and low vibrations from times gone by are killing your Joy today. Focus, meditate, think in high vibrational thoughts patterns.

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

If you wish to read the book mentioned…..

“When You Can Walk on Water, Take the Boat” is a triumphant journey of self discovery that will change the very way you look at the world. Like most of us, John was an ordinary man who calmly accepted the problems of his life and career without any real hope or insight. Then a miracle happened. He met a strange, wise businessman named Gideon. It was a brief encounter, filled with mystery. But for John, it was the beginning of a soul-searching journey, a joyous awakening of self-understanding, inner truth and the power of universal love that lives within us all. It is a journey you can share too.

by John Harricharan

Is it Just Me: Megalomaniacs…

meg·a·lo·ma·ni·ac; meɡələˈmānēˌak/

noun

  1. 1. a person who is obsessed with their own power.

    adjective

  2. 1. exhibiting megalomania.

So, I’m sitting at drive through at a fast food getting some tea (a rare thing for me). Some idiot comes flying down the drive through going the wrong way and almost hits me head on.  I had no where to go!  What’s with that?  I swear I cannot even wast time pondering what kind of megalomaniac does things like this.  Not only risking others lives but their own. I am the wrong Diva to pick on any day.  I’m sure I’ll be shot for taking a stand someday, but at least I take a stand against bullying any day of the week.  

Then there was the numb nuts raging down my one way lane at the super mart parking.  I was almost to the end of the lane with cars on all sides.  He comes racing in about 4 cars in on the wrong side.  I had no where to go.  He only had to back out 3 car lengths, me a whole aisle.  He begins to blow his horn and flip me off.  I smiled, put my car in park and picked up a magazine to read.  He finally had to back up cursing all the way.  I sat there until he was out of the way.  In his all about me world it didn’t dawn on his sorry ass someone would take a stand for their inability to back up. P.S.  He was in a Teeny-Weenie Mobile…so that tells you something. 

In a world gone awry we need to be more thoughtful with each action we take.  If Karma has taught us anything …there is always a price to pay…good, bad, or indifferent for every action we Choose to take.  Think and Love…

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Chicken Kiev…

Chicken Kiev

Ingredients

Butter Mixture:

  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Rosemary
  • 4 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

Chicken:

  • 6 (8 Ounce) Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves, Pounded To 1/4-Inch Thickness
  • Salt And Pepper To Taste
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Eggs, Beaten
  • 2 Cups Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Pinches Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Cups Vegetable Oil For Frying, Or As Needed

Directions

  1. Grind garlic and a pinch of salt together in a mortar and pestle until garlic is completely smashed. Add parsley and mix until completely incorporated. Pound butter into garlic mixture with pestle until parsley and garlic are fully incorporated into the butter. Wrap the butter mixture in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, at least 15 minutes.
  2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place equal amounts of the butter mixture in the center of wider end of each chicken breast. Fold the narrower end of each chicken breast up over the butter to form a tight pocket around the butter. Gather the sides of each chicken breast to the center to form a round ball. The top of the chicken will be smooth and the bottom will be gathered. Fasten with a toothpick.
  3. Whisk flour and 2 teaspoons salt together in a shallow bowl. Whisk eggs together in another shallow bowl. Pour panko bread crumbs into another bowl.
  4. Remove chicken breast balls from plastic wrap. Gently press each chicken breast ball into flour mixture to coat and shake off any excess flour. Dip into beaten eggs, then press into bread crumbs. Place breaded chicken onto a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and return to the freezer to chill until firm, about 15 minutes.
  5. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  6. Working in batches, cook chicken, gathered-side down, in hot oil and until lightly golden on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle salt and cayenne pepper over the top.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until you can hear the butter start to sizzle on the baking sheet, 15 to 17 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  8. Serve with Garlic Bread, Mediterranean Salad with Vinaigrette, and roasted green beans.

Diva Ranting: Please Stop….

Yesterday I was having coffee at one of the watering holes.  A man came in to get  a sandwich and he was wearing a short jacket and bright yellow leggings with nothing else on .  I mean really!!! I almost threw up in my mouth. PLEASE STOP ALREADY…

He was obviously a weight lifter.  Looked like a refugee from an old Arnold Schwarzenegger Movie.  I wanted to say ….” When I want to see your battery pack I’ll ask ….”  Seriously?  Then, as to be expected, he went and got into one of my two top picks of a Penis Mobile…(a car a man buys to make up for his obvious inadequacies in all areas!).  That would be a Corvette or a Porsche (Black), usually.  He was a Vet man.  Third on the list is the jacked up pick up truck with a killer bar on the front and doolie bed. Usually these guys are so short they need a step stool to get up on the runners.  I’m old I’ve observed these behaviors over time and space.  Trust me. 

Warning from the Cronista..Divas, stay as far away from one of these as possible.  I may have to hunt you down and waterboard you for stupidity if you latch onto one of these. Don’t date them, don’t talk to them, don’t be an enabler to their megalomaniac, narcissistic tendencies.  Find a nice guy who just works out and loves to look at you, not himself all day.  END OF RANT.

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Shrimp and Pasta Salad….

Shrimp And Pasta Salad 

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 Ounce) Package Seashell Pasta

  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise

  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream

  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard

  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Dill Weed

  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

  • 2 Lb. Peeled Deveined Popcorn Shrimp

  • 1/2 Cup Diced Celery

  • 1 Cup Chopped Seeded Cucumber

  • 2 Tomatoes, Diced

  • 3 Tablespoons Minced Shallot

  • 1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic

  • Sea Salt To Taste

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water to cool.

  2. In a serving bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, mustard, dill and black pepper. Gently stir in the pasta, shrimp, celery, cucumber, tomato and shallots and garlic. Mix in salt to taste and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

  3. Serve with water table crackers and summer soup

  4. You may substitute 1 lb. Lump crab for shrimp if desired.

Diva Rambling: What the Eyes See….

What the Eyes See…

Your eyes show what you believe, NOT what you actually see…Your hard drive (brain) is programmed by your thoughts and subconscious. Your eyes let you see what you believe deep down. A simple explanation, for example, is that I’ve always said I am the worst proof reader of my own writing. I know what my mind was thinking and so I can only see what I think I wrote. I believe it is correct, therefore, I miss my mistakes. A paradox indeed.

The eyes are said to be…”the windows to the soul” but they are also physiologically the screen saver of the subconscious. You believe what the eyes see because of how you have programmed your beliefs.

Form follows thought and the thoughts are controlled by how you program your own software (subconscious). If you don’t believe me then I am not right!!! Therefore, you will continue to see things through your eyes believing they are really what reality is reflecting.

Wow! I now believe I have a headache because this thought process is so deep. OUCH!

Namaste, The Queen Cronista