Friday, April 5, 2013

Broccoli Chedda Crustless Quiche

I'm back to doing the Maximized Living Advanced Plan- basically no fruits, sugar, alcohol, grains, roots, beans. I modified a few recipes into this amazing broccoli cheddar frittata and I had to share the recipe! I used a large, deep cast iron skillet.  If you have a smaller one, I've included a modified amount of ingredients at the bottom.

Broccoli Cheddar Crustless Quiche

one steam-in-bag pack of broccoli
1/2 onion, sliced or diced
2-3 T of butter
1 c cheddar cheese, shredded
8 eggs
1 1/2 c cream or half and half
1/2 c real parmesan, shredded or shaved
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350
Steam the broccoli in the microwave
While the broccoli is cooking, saute the sliced or diced onion in the butter in a cast iron skillet on medium heat.
When the onion is nicely caramalized, break up the broccoli and cover the bottom of the pan. 
Top with the cheddar cheese.
In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, parmesan and salt and pepper.
Pour the egg mixture over the broccoli and cheese.
Put the cast iron skillet directly in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

This reheated very  nicely for breakfast in the morning. If you are doing a paleo diet, you could leave out the cheese and substitute plain almond milk for the cream.

*If you are using a smaller skillet, don't use all of the broccoli, only use 5 eggs, 1c cream and 1/4 c parmesan.
*The next week, I made one using leeks instead of the broccoli.  It was lovely!  A little sauteed pancetta would have made it even better

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cirque Du Soleil TOTEM

Before last week, I had never been to a Cirque du Soleil.  I've always wanted to, but honestly...I'm a single mom on a teacher salary and have never been able to justify the cost.  Oh, how very, very wrong I was.  I can't fathom NOT going each year as the yellow and blue tents pop up in Atlantic Station. The seats I was given to review the show were, but there really wouldn't be a bad seat in the tent- it's designed so everyone sees everything. 

When the show ended, I told my friend I wasn't sure how I would even be able to review it because there are just NO WORDS.  The beauty. The acrobatics.  The romance.  The art. The costuming. The makeup.  The music.  The humor.  There are no words to describe any of it.  Any words I could use would fall short of one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.  From the crazy scientist to the Native American dancers to the lizards to the surfer all just amazed the heck out of me.  This would be a GREAT date night as the seats are built for small children, it's hard not to cuddle. 

If you're anywhere near the Atlanta area, head down to Atlantic Station and see TOTEM.  I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

John Carter review

I recently had the pleasure of being invited to the John Carter movie premiere.  Let me tell you, this movie is a must see.  The funny thing is, as soon as I left the film, I wrote on facebook "John Carter- think Star Wars crossed with Avatar crossed with StarGate" and then a week later I saw a commercial that said, "Before Star Wars and before Avatar, there was John Carter."  Imagine how much I laughed at that!  My daughter even said- you copied that commercial, didn't you mom? NO- but it is a perfect description.

The basic synopsis is that John Carter, a man living in the 1800s gets magically transported to Mars, or Basoon.  The movie chronicles his journey through this land that is inhabited by alien creatures as well as humans. 

"Considered by many to be the first space hero, John Carter was introduced to the world in American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs’ story “Under the Moons of Mars,” which was published serially in All-Story magazine before being renamed and published as the novel “A Princess of Mars” in 1917. Burroughs would go on to
write 10 more books in what came to be known as the “Barsoom” series—Barsoom being Burroughs’ name for the planet Mars. Since the book’s publication, some of the 20th century’s greatest minds in art, literature and science have credited it with inspiring and motivating their work."

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JOHN CARTER is now playing in theatres everywhere!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Real Steel movie review

When I was first offered tickets to Real Steel with Hugh Jackmand and Evangeline Lily, I was was billed as a kids movie...about boxing robots.  Not my cup of tea.  I decided to watch the trailer and it didn't look bad, so I decided to go.  I brought my friend Staci and told her nothing about the movie.  When we sat down, another blogger was talking to us about the movie and I notice that Staci has the "oh lordy, what have you gotten me into, Beck" look on her face.  Robot boxers?  Why are there so many kids here?  What kind of movie is this?  I'll tell you exactly what kind of movie- a great one!  It's rated PG-13, mostly for language, but would be appropriate for the pre-teen group as well.  Staci said it best- it's very comparable to The Karate Kid.  Instead of the scrawny boy attempting to take on the bully, it's the junkyard bot taking on the champion fighter.  It is a feel good movie, but it doesn't start out that way.  You'll just have to see it for yourself

Watch the trailer here.
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Genre: Action-Drama
Rating: PG-13
U.S. Release date: October 7, 2011

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand

Director: Shawn Levy

Producers: Don Murphy, Susan Montford, Shawn Levy

Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Jack Rapke, Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, Mary McLaglen, Josh McLaglen

Screenplay by: John Gatins

Story by: Dan Gilroy and Jeremy Leven

Based in part on the short story “Steel” by: Richard Matheson
A action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

“Real Steel” is directed by Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum” franchise and “Date Night”).

“Real Steel” is about a former boxer (Hugh Jackman) who, against all odds, gets one last shot at a comeback when he teams up with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train the perfect contender for the new high-tech sport of robot boxing.

Disclosure- I was given two free passes to see the movie.  As always, the opinions are my own.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Win free chicken!

I've already told you about Zaycon Foods and how fabulous their chicken was.  Now, I have the opportunity to give away a free box of chicken!  If you live in an area where Zaycon delivers, you can get $65 credited to your account (this equals one box of chicken) or if you're in a different area, you can get a check for $30. Right now, in Georgia, the first delivery is October 4th.  This contest ends Monday, September 19th so hurry to enter.  You can get one extra entry by tweeting the contest using my twitter handle @TheVioletFig. Leave a comment for each entry.

My winner was

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Help

A few weeks ago I would have told you that if you could see ONE movie this summer, it should be The Bridesmaids.  While I still think it's one of the funniest movies ever, I now would have a different answer. If you can only see one should be The Help.  I would go as far as to say that everyone NEEDS to see it  The movie was surprisingly funny, which was unexpected.  The acting is just superb.  Emma Stone did a great job in the hard role of Skeeter, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer NEED to win an Oscar for their roles as Aibilene & Minny. I could easily say that every role was amazing acting.  Some of the other big names are Bryce Dallas Howard, Cicely Tyson, Chris Lowell (Private Practice) and Nelson Ellis (True Blood). 

What can I even say about this movie that would do it justice?  The entire theater laughed together, cried together and laughed some more. Watch this gave me chills even now...and then go see The Help- it comes to theaters tomorrow.

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THE HELP opens in theatres everywhere on Aug 10th. 
Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon,  “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s,  who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

Disclaimer- I was given two passes to a screening of The Help in exchange for my review.  

Monday, August 8, 2011

Zaycon Foods

The other day I was asked if I wanted 40 lbs of free chicken.  Um...yes!!  I was offered this chicken so local Atlanta bloggers could introduce you to Zaycon Foods- a company that is just expanding to our region.  The premiss behind it is to eliminate the middle man while selling quality foods like meats and produce in bulk form.  After you sign up, you will be notified the next time there is a delivery going on in your area.  For example, this pickup was either in Alpharetta or Atlanta and it was for a box of fresh, boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  After all was said and done we had about 50 chicken breasts.  Because it came straight from the farm to my trunk, the chickens were literally clucking two days prior to my receiving them.  That is pure awesome! When you receive your chicken, it will look like this. 

From browsing the website, I see that they had all sorts of fresh foods like cherries, peaches, ground beef and bacon. So far, the chicken that we have eaten has been delicious and very fresh tasting. I love that it is 100% natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients.  I also love that we get wholesale costs!  I am really hoping this gains popularity in Georgia because the company sounds awesome!

So far I've made spicy honey brushed chicken, teriyaki chicken and Jamie Oliver's baked curry chicken fingers. Yum yum!

Go here to register: and when you are prompted to say who referred you, enter: beckyz77 

Disclaimer- I was given one box of chicken (40 lbs) to review the product.  The views expressed are my own.