Joan Colbert is a former restaurant/night club reviewer who is now a creative and technical writer and holistic health coach. Five years ago she moved from Maryland and is now living in a small SW Indiana town with her husband. She finds relaxation in gardening or sharing a pot of tea with close friend.
"I absorbed English culture for four years growing up, while savoring trailer camping with my mother and dad and learning varied cultures in Europe," says Joan.
Do you grow your own food?
I grow a selection of herbs and various vegetables in with backyard flower beds or in pots on a covered patio: onions, garlic, jalapenos, peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, blackberries, figs, beets. I can get limited organic herbs and vegetable seeds locally, but no organic plants. Some are non-GMO. Not the best for Holistic Health Coach purposes.
I was thrilled when a friend of mine was traveling to a city 1.5 hours away and asked me if I wanted anything. She was able to get me traditional block feta cheese and organic summer squash. It felt like Christmas when she brought them back!
I had a book club here, and brought special foods for people to try at the meetings. There is a big taste difference between regular and organic strawberries; they were surprised.
Being educated as a Holistic Health Coach, I'm continuing to learn more all the time.
Do you have any favorite food books/cookbooks or kitchen products you love?
Yes. An old Encyclopedic cookbook from my mother-in-law. It’s huge, with practical info and cool recipes. My mixer and food processor are faves.
Do you have any favorite chefs, restaurants, etc.?
I receive regular honest and refreshing emails from Kevin in New York State about growing food, recipes, his gardens, and maintaining his large home. There is a great German restaurant (very authentic) in Lexington, Virginia. I also love Panera Bread, Olive Garden, and Maggiano's.
Where do you turn for great food or food inspiration?
The Internet and good restaurants, when traveling.
Do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share?
I’ve enjoyed Pasta and eggs for breakfast both frequently and infrequently over the last 30 years, made it for appreciative friends and relatives, and it has always felt special. In fact, if I have to work hard physically for four or five hours, this is my go-to meal.
Pasta with Eggs
recipe courtesy Joan Colbert
1 ½ Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
4 oz. dry pasta, your favorite shape and dietary preference
Condiments of your choice
Parmesan or Romano grated cheese to taste
Boil, drain, and refrigerate pasta (any shape you like) the night before. Add extra virgin olive oil to a skillet. Add pasta and heat well. Crack two eggs and stir them into the pasta until cooked through. Divide the contents on two plates and add your choice of condiments and grated cheese.