Monthly Archives: April 2015

Standing Watch – Friday Fictioneers

@Dee Lovering

Genre: Fantasy
100 words

Standing Watch

Give me sweet sleep now in the daylight, for nothing stalks the soul come dawn; the loud tourists, and the occasional minor demons pose no threat. Continue reading

Ginger & Turmeric Cauliflower Rice

Ginger and Turmeric Cauliflower Rice

I’m taking my vegan side dish to Fiesta Friday with Angie and the gang. You can find delicious recipes all in one place here. Or if you’re looking for vegan and vegetarian recipes go here to
Many of you know that I am at home healing from a hip injury. I’m a physician but I’m not a big fan of traditional medication. Did I hear you gasp?

Sometimes, at least for me, the cure is worse than the injury. Narcotic pain medications make me nauseated, NSAIDs like Ibuprofen and aspirin eat holes in my stomach and steroids make me insane. What about marijuana? Medical cannabis is legal in Nevada now but no thanks; I haven’t used weed since college and even then I couldn’t inhale very well and I was the one in a million who hallucinates on it. (I guess I can’t run for President now after that confession.) 😉

Which leads to me my personal natural remedies for pain and inflammation. Please check with your personal physician to discuss natural remedies because some foods and supplements can effect blood clotting and interact with traditionally prescribed medications.

Glucosamine is reported to reduce pain and inflammation in joints. The best studies were done in dogs but there were a few studies in humans which showed that it does work in arthritis patients but takes longer than NSAIDS. I think it is really helping reduce my pain and I haven’t had any side effects.

Turmeric, ginger, rosemary, green tea and fish oil have anti-inflammatory properties and taste delicious so I’m adding even more of these foods to my diet.

Ice is an effective pain reliever that also reduces swelling and inflammation so I’m icing for acute pain.

Somatic movement is helping me increase my range of motion and is reducing the trauma response. Trauma response is when you injure one area, like your low back or hip, and then your brain tries to protect the injured area by contracting all the muscles around it causing lopsided posture and more pain. Read about it here.
That was a long winded introduction to this easy, anti-inflammatory packed delicious, low carb, Paleo, vegan side dish. You could make this a main dish by adding nuts, legumes and/or tofu. I served mine with Orange Marmalade Alaskan Halibut. (Recipe coming soon.)

Ginger, turmeric cauliflower rice
So many antioxidants and anti-inflammatories in one little vegan dish.

Ginger and Turmeric Cauliflower Rice

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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1/2 head of cauliflower
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 glove garlic minced
1 inch fresh ginger grated
1 tablespoon fresh grated turmeric or 1 teaspoon powder
1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Grate cauliflower by hand or through the food processor grate.
Heat oil olive in skillet. Add garlic, turmeric and ginger and sauté until fragrant.
Add raw cauliflower and sauté until combined and crisp tender.
Stir in cilantro, salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Ginger, turmeric cauliflower rice

A Frozen Section – Flash Frozen Fiction

Friday. Fictioneers

Photo by Douglas McIIRoy @

Flash Frozen Fiction for Friday Fictioneers

Genre: Historical Medical Narrative
(Yes, I did just make that up.)
100 words

A Frozen Section

“Did you study the video I forwarded to you? It’s all in the wrist,” my friend the oncologist joked, as I angled the biopsy needle into my traitorous breast.

“I know how to do a biopsy!”

“I remember you sucked at biopsies in med school. You should have had a mammogram before you left for Antarctica.”

“You know, it was on my list of things to do before I left; pack warm clothes and get a mammogram,” I fired back.

“All in the wrist,” I repeated as the needle hit the gritty mass taking away all doubt. It was cancer.

My flash frozen fiction inspiration comes from my friend Doug’s photo prompt and from Jerri Nielsen, MD who bravely biopsied and diagnosed her own breast cancer in 1998 while trapped at Amundson-Scott South Pole Station during the endless southern winter.

I suppose I could biopsy my own breast if I had to, but with today’s fiction I imagine it being much easier with my best medical school friend online to steady my hand. A frozen section is the term used by surgeons for a type of biopsy that is done quickly inter-operatively to diagnose cancer.

Be well and get your mammogram done before embarking on an extended expedition.

You can see more Flash Fiction here.

Roasted Brussels Sprout & Quinoa Salad

Brussels Spout and Quinoa Salad

Duke’s Beach House in Maui serves a side dish of Brussels sprouts and red quinoa which I found by accident. This inexpensive $6.00 dish is hidden in small print with the 5 Cheese Mac and Cheese, Creamed Maui Corn and Bok Choy almost as an after thought. But I swear it is my favorite dish on the menu. I always look for an interesting vegetable dish to add to my meal or to eat as my main meal. I always share a few bites with my man so I can mooch some protein off of his plate. $6.00 is considered almost free in Hawaii so it’s a bargain and it’s packed with vegetarian goodness. Here is my re-creation of Duke’s dish with more Brussels sprouts and fresh herbs, having no idea what they use in their dish besides quinoa and Brussels sprouts.
This is a main dish salad that’s nutrient rich with a complete protein from quinoa and a healthy dose of fiber and good fat. Change up the vegetable and herbs, add a different seed or grain, experiment with healthy nut oils – olive, walnut, pistachio, hazelnut or avocado oils. I’m taking my dish to Fiesta Friday, come join the party and find all types of wonderful recipes from around the world. Here
Recipe Or stop by for great vegetarian and vegan recipes here.
I need a recipe plug in. Any suggestions?

Brussels sprouts cleaned and quartered about 4 cups. Duke’s dish pulled the sprouts apart into individual leaves. (I’ve no patience for that but go for it if you have the time. I’ve also seen thinly sliced sprouts.)
Lemons 1-2
Red onion 1/2 cup thinly sliced
Quinoa cooked 1 cup
2 cups water or vegetarian broth
Fresh cilantro 1/2 bunch, handful chopped
Fresh basil 1/2 bunch, handful chopped
Olive oil, or nut oil 1/4 cup, divided. I used roasted walnut oil from Trader Joe’s.
For more protein toss in toasted walnuts, feta cheese, chicken or fish.

Preheat oven to 375 F.
Place Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil and bake 15-25 minutes until crisp tender and slightly charred. Allow to cool.
Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a strainer. Add to water or broth, bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes. Let cool.
Combine sprouts, quinoa, chopped herbs, and onions. Squeeze juice of 1 lemon and remaining olive oil over salad and toss to combine. Taste, adjust tartness and add salt and pepper to taste.

Brussels Spout and Quinoa  Salad

Brussels Spout and Quinoa  Salad

Brussels Spout and Quinoa  Salad


Died With His Boots On

Photo @Roger Bultot

Flash Fiction
100 words
Genre: Mental Health Narrative

Died With His Boots On
The choking acrid smoke always came first, leaving her gasping for breath a decade later. The clanging of the fire bell would startle her but it was the screams of the trapped horses that brought on the panic attack. The shrink had said, “It would help to stop the dream before the horses cry, before your Dad reaches the blazing barn, before your Mother weeps.” But the barn always burns, her Mother and the horses never stop crying and her Dad’s headstone still reads.

Here Lies A True Montana Cowboy. Died With His Boots On and Saved A Few Good Mounts.

For more Friday Fictioneer flash fiction go here.

Asparagus Chèvre Quiche

Asparagus  Chèvre Quiche

Asparagus is in season!
Nestle these lovely gems in a thyme scented chèvre custard for a slice of heaven. This isn’t a low fat recipe but it’s packed with protein and looks impressive at a brunch or on the dinner table. Serve with fresh seasonal fruit and a side of fresh snow peas or greens.
I’m taking my quiche to Fiesta Friday to share with my amazing foodie blog friends. You can find delicious recipes here every week.

Recipe? Who needs a recipe?
Buy or make a tart crust and lay in in a pie dish or tart pan.
Whiz 5-6 organic eggs with 2 ounces of goat cheese, 1/2 cup milk or cream, 2 teaspoon fresh thyme, salt and pepper in the food processor for the custard base. Sauté a thinly sliced red onion until translucent and toss in sliced asparagus but save a few tops to place on top of your quiche before baking for decoration. Shred 4 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese.
Layer onions, asparagus and cheddar cheese in tart crust and pour custard over the veggies and cheese. Decorate top with remaining asparagus tips.
Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until set.

Asparagus Spring Quiche

Asparagus Spring Quiche

Asparagus Spring Quiche

Kind Lady Doctor Lives Here


Photo prompt for Friday Fictioneers
Jennifer Pendergast

Kind Lady Doctor Lives Here

I gently touched the angry scar where his larynx used to be. He motioned for a blank piece of paper and his companion handed him a nub of chalk. Confused, I watched my patient draw a friendly cat and a cross. Puzzled, I raised a brow at his disheveled companion. Continue reading