Friday, July 1, 2016

Cherie Bender's Glitter Book Of Magical Cooking: Fairies & Elves & Gnomes!


Esm'e: pencil & glitter by Cherie Bender
I love drawing and painting my Magical Creatures! I view the cooking and enjoyment of eating delicious and healthy, good for you food as a kind of magical and transforming experience.
My magical folk I draw and paint to illustrate my Magical Cookbook are very real to me. They are inspired by my favorite fantasy artists and authors.
All I have done is open my eyes and ears and believe in what happens next! I hear tinkling, silvery laughter often in my herbal garden and I sometimes catch the soft flutter of fairy wings within the corner of my eye. I have a firm belief in Gnome helpers and Elves coaxing my flowers and herbs to grow.
In order to keep everything healthy, I do not allow harsh pesticides in my home or garden. I want to keep the eco system flowing so I try to only work with natural oils such as peppermint to keep unwanted visitors away!
 My new cookbook that I am writing now, this Summer of 2016, incorporates these principles, and is so much fun to create!
 My Magical Cookbook is percolating and simmering, blending all of the wonderful ingredients!   My recipes include using natural ingredients such as herbs and flowers of the garden, combined for us to stay beautiful, young and healthy!
 I am also creating organic, essential oil blends; Love, Cash Flow, Power, and Drive Calm (Protection) are some of my latest. I will be sharing some of these and my magical art for all who desire these qualities in their own lives.
Just like in all good cooking, savoring the delicious aromas and training the palette for delicate flavors rather than quick easy fixes takes time. I will be sharing another recipe tidbit from my Magical Cookbook very soon! Keep posted. I'm percolating!
In Good Health,
Many Blessings
Cherie

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cherie Bender's Glitter Book Of Magical Cooking: Steam Ovens


Dining Poolside
In the summer who wants to slave over a hot stove? I surely do not!
In my new Cappuccino Kitchen, I have installed the greatest thing! A steam oven which is a quick and healthy way to cook with steam and convection. Mine is a Jen-Aire which I am in love with. Why am I in love with a steam oven you may ask?
Its simple: no more harmful micro waves in my kitchen ever again! Everything cooks up quickly, crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. After a long days work in the studio and/or writing new recipes for Cherie Bender's Glitter Book of Magical Cooking, all I have to do is place a frozen, wild caught piece of fish, or organic chicken, or even frozen pasta,  drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, surrounded with organic veggies, place in an oven proof ceramic dish, and seasoned with fresh dill from my garden, ground pepper, sea salt, organic lemon zest and juice from one lemon and then I place the container with filtered water back in the lil' ole' steam oven, Voila! Within 20 minutes (time enough to walk my Japanese Chin puppies Dalai and Angel)  I arrive back home to a delicious, healthy dinner cooked with no harm to me, my family, or my environment, and its virtually hands free!
 I have been experimenting with my steam oven for the last few months and have found it to be a delightful, easy peasy nice n' breezy way to cook fresh and healthy, quickly.
There is very little danger of overcooking as the steam oven walks you through the whole process, giving you options to stop cooking or continue on for a  few more minutes. Opening the oven door poses no danger whatsoever, just a little steam escaping, unlike the outdated microwave. Plus, you can adjust the seasonings to taste or add more time on as you please.
I will be writing some new recipes in the near future geared to this awesome way for busy people to prepare healthy meals, saving them time and money!
The Summer is for enjoying the good weather, outdoor pleasures and taking it easy, no? Using the steam oven is a fabulous new faster and health conscious cooking idea who's time has come. I can't wait to have my book published and ready with these newer recipes included. I envision a very near future of steam ovens in every kitchen, affordably. Just imagine coming home from working all day, to such an easy way of preparing healthy and nutritious dinners! You could languish in the tub or take a shower for 20 minutes knowing that all your cooking is being done safely. That is the most important part. My new steam oven recipes will be geared with all of this in mind, and of course I will also include my recipes for the gas convection oven as well.


Azulene: Pastel & Swarovsky crystal drawing: 
 Cherie Bender's Glitter Book Of Magical Cooking will be Illustrated with my drawings, paintings and photographs.
In good health,
Many Blessings!
Cherie

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cherie Bender's Glitter Book Of Magical Cooking: an unusual cookbook

Delicious Food Served Deliciously
My Cappuccino Kitchen is finally up and running and it has been a very long time in the making!
I've had Many trials and tribulations with over 36 workers coming  in and out of my doors for the past 6 months! Not all of them knew what they were doing, I am sorry to say! The truth was in the pudding as my Mummy used to tell me.... but now....
I was on a mission as I have started and almost completed my cookbook illustrated with my art and photos and I am almost finished with the detailing and final touches of both the kitchen and my book a la Cherie!
My kitchen is very delightful and will be a perfect backdrop for fun! cooking parties and I cannot wait to start cooking up a storm so..
Please keep posted to my blog because now I have the time to post!
I promise: videos of cooking parties are forthcoming  as well as snippets of my latest recipes for gourmet food focusing on Health, Beauty and Longevity.
Many Blessings
Cherie

Friday, March 18, 2016

Nysa Poland: a family photo




I'm overjoyed to share the good news that my Cappuccino kitchen I'm building is almost: aaaalmost ready!
Nine months ago, in July of 2015, I conceived my idea of creating a Magical Cookbook that would transform peoples lives with my art and my joy of cooking because I felt strongly, that when you are fed with love, many blessings follow. 
I wanted to have cooking parties, to be video'd with my friends, and with guest chefs, in a beautiful kitchen, overlooking my herb garden and roses. I wanted to take videos of how I relax before a party, including taking herbal baths with rose petals by candle light. I wanted to take videos of me picking herbs and choosing organic, free-range ingredients at select grocery stores. And, I wanted everyone to have fun at my cooking parties!
As a background history I include in this blog entry one of  my family photographs of Nysa, Poland, wherein I show my roots. Because, although I grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, my Daddy was from Poland.
 We had a Polish chef in Scotland and we would speak Polish together while he would make special Polish treats for me that were so delicious! I will be including some of these evocative Eastern European recipes in my Magical Cookbook to be, illustrating with my paintings, drawings, and photographs. I have already illustrated one of my grandpa's favorite recipes of blue-berry soup with my sketch of one of my favorite Gnomes, found on my website:
http://www.cheriebender.com/port.asp?filter=key&keywords=cookbook
So you can see, my childhood memories of a kitchen are about the comfort and warmth to be found with just a cuppa and maybe a scone drenched in jam. For, as a child, I loved the snow and ice as long as I was inside in front of a nice, cozy fire where I felt safe, snug and warm, eating a special treat and not worried about a single thing. This is part of my Magical Cookbook's essence.

I will be including in this, my Magical Cookbook, tried and true personal recipes from my stash, from my friends and neighbors, from family members and recipes from people who inspire me such as  Julia Childs, a fabulous American chef and food pioneer who also lived in France and had so much fun cooking on TV, and Nora Ephron, the director who wrote Heartburn, including her favorite recipes in a personal life story, plus the cookbook author Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa, to name a few.
My aim for my Magical Cookbook is to please both the eye and the palette, humbly capturing the warmth and comfort of delicious good food, with healthy recipes focusing on Beauty, Good Health, and Long Life, illustrated with my paintings drawings and photos.

I now Fast forward to the present moment: adding to this magic would be a lovely meal served with grace, on beautiful china with linen napkins  and exquisite silverware: In my Cappuccino Kitchen! But, I must add, a simple free-range Shepherds pie loaded with organic vegetables in a ram-kin would more than suffice: Freshly Baked from the oven and Piping Hot. Satisfyingly delicious.

 I am working on my Magical Cookbook now, as my Cappuccino kitchen is being born. I am researching recipes from my stash of great cook-books written by my mentors and planning on recipes that include essential oil cocktails, flower power drinks, awesome healthy meals, and All are made with a lot of fun and with excellent good health in mind. I also plan on having cooking parties and doing videos, as I had mentioned, in my Cappuccino Kitchen.
So look for news about my ideas for cooking parties, as they will be included here.
I had thought of writing my Magical Cookbook a few years ago, very inspired by Julia Child and her amazing cooking journey.
So now, my dream is finally happening! I am awesomely grateful for the opportunity to share my love of art and my love of cooking.
 I hope that Cherie's Magical Cookbook will inspire, nurture, enthrall and capture you as I have been while creating this for you.
What is life without good food? Friendship? Ambiance? and Color?
Love of cooking and love of art: for me they go together: Cherie Bender's Glitter Book Of Magical Cooking: an unusual cookbook.
Many Blessings!
Cherie

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Summer Of The Goddess: Part 2

 

 

A Magical Self Portrait:

"There are only two kinds of women, goddesses & doormats"

..Picasso is infamous for his wicked sense of humor in art & in life. I adore the man, he amuses me. His art inspires & stimulates my imagination. Ive read everything I can get my hands on about him. I even ordered a huge picture-book from Amazon which weighs a ton, but has tipped in gorgeous prints of Picasso's delicious work. 

So, granted, now Ive claimed the man & artist to be very important to me, I must confess this self-portrait I did one beautiful Sunday, in the late afternoon, was inspired by the quote above. Plus, I love the idea of fairies. I would love to be one. Right now, I'm just an artist highlighting the most sparkles everywhere. Enjoy!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cherie Bender's Glitter Book Of Magical Cooking: Healing the Natural Way

Featured: Pastel With Swarovski Crystals:
              Guava Goddess, by Cherie Bender

Having found myself in quite a lot of pain from one of my fingers, the fingernail of the index finger on my right hand (not the best place to have a sudden vicious reaction to laundry detergent and dish-washing soap) especially not for an artist on a deadline. I investigated on the internet for a natural homeopathic solution.
As my finger was swelling and all work on my latest art project stopped, I was happy to discover four of my kitchen ingredients to be the perfect healing solution: apple cider vinegar and fresh garlic; then Honey and cinnamon
First, I soaked the poor hurting finger in a solution of 1 part apple cider vinegar to 2 parts lukewarm water for 15 minutes. Letting the vinegar dry naturally, I then broke open a garlic clove, slicing it in half and gently rubbed around the entire nail bed and under.
Within literally minutes, my finger started to be soothed, and stopped viciously throbbing.
I then mixed equal parts honey and cinnamon and applied with a small bandage. I Left this on for a few hours, drawing out any remaining sting and resultant infection.
Happily, my right hand and its index finger are on the road to recovery via ingredients in my kitchen!
I always knew I could survive in the jungle with just a few natural ingredients and a little homeopathic know-how!  I'm a Goddess who loves healing with nature. Its always best with the body, Ive found, to treat it with gentleness, and be kind. Throwing a lot of antibiotics at a physical hurt mostly results in the body being thrown out of balance. Then work must be done to bring back the balance. Treating in the natural way causes no harm and is just as effective, while costing very little. A much safer and healthier way to go in all aspects.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Love Thoughts for Valentines Day 2015

Pre Valentine's 2015 Thoughts
I'm watching the birds this morning, feeding from the bird feeder in front of the kitchen window.
I especially love the red cardinals, who mate for life. The male watches over the female as she feeds, safe in his hideaway, a ficus hedge. He patiently and willingly lets her feed for a long time before he claims his own. I love that! How wonderful, I thought, to experience this kind of unselfishness generous and patient love. I desire to have that in my own life! Loyalty is everything.

I am sharing this story with you, because there are also less unselfish and actually very greedy birds that I feed. Such as the morning doves, who also mate for life. They fight over their territory and only allow certain birds to share in their stash. Sometimes they get so rowdy, they smash into things by accident (no casualties as of yet)

Viva La Difference! We humans can willingly change our behavior through our decisions. It is not ever too late to experience unselfish and unconditional love. It starts with us. I truly believe we can rise above our baser instincts and transcend into freedom.

Valentine's day is the day set aside for love, "a perfect day to go within and glance back with affection and understanding at your real life journey so far...... we'll need courage to retrace our steps. But 'courage is the price that Life extracts for granting peace', the pilot Amelia Earhart reminds us... 

Today is the day for being. Be with those you love, be kind to yourself. Be quiet and call forth the dreams buried long ago. Those embers are still glowing in your soul. "See them in your mind, hold them tenderly in your heart" advises Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy. www.simpleabundance.com

Today is the day to just be in the moment, within the perfection of now! The only Now we have. 

Be with the ones you love with gratitude.
Many Blessings to all.