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Happy Summer


Summer is here, finally… yay!  The Pacific Ocean, however, is not hip to this fact – it’s still freezing!
Over the last 5 or 6 days, we boxed up and sent off all of the Kickstarter rewards, and got the pre-sales up on iTunes.  It feels so good to have written, financed, recorded and now released this album, Rookie!!  (Well, July 10th is the official release date, but you can pre-order now, if you don’t already have it waiting in your mailbox.)  The physical CD sales are set for August 7th in The U.K. and Europe, but you can always find them on my website.  There will be a link to CD Baby or Amazon-the pre-sales are ready on iTunes now!
I’m heading to London this week to do promo (Weekend Wogan, Elms, and many, many more radio shows, as well as lots of magazines and newspapers… and some T.V.)  Should I bring close-toed shoes?  That’s the big question…
Here’s the mung bean/quinoa salad recipe!!
1/4 cup mung beans
1/2 cup quinoa
1/4 cup diced red onions
1 cup of chopped, fresh, flat leaf parsley
1 cup of chopped, fresh mint
1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
Lemon to taste (maybe a whole lemon)
1/4 cup olive oil (some people may want a bit more)
Salt and Pepper
Boil water and cook mung beans for 10 minutes.  Then add the quinoa and cook for about another 10 minutes.  Drain and cool.  Add all of the other ingredients.  That’s it!
You can serve this with some hummus and a Greek salad, pita bread, some olives and maybe some homemade baba ganoush… which I have yet to learn how to make.
I had the most amazing Tahini in Israel when I was there recently.  Everyone poured it over their salads, and it was wonderful!
Books:  I just read a great book by Anita Brookner, titled Falling Slowly.  Now I’m reading her most acclaimed book, Hotel Du Lac, which I very much like, as well.
Well, gotta go pack – go shopping in my closet.  I’ve been wearing that black beaded dress for about 5 years now – maybe time for an upgrade?  Ha!
Have a wonderful summer!  Drop those kids off at camp and read some books… and make some mung beans!  My son really likes talking about mung beans… he dreamt about a giant mung bean taking over L.A.

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  • Barbara on

    Hello Vonda,
    First things first, I’m a great fan! Would you do me the honour of an interview for the People section of my business blog? Please do let me know if you can find the time and I’ll send a couple of questions to you. Thank you so much for years of good music.
    Barbara Lewis

  • PICARD on


    It was a very special moment to listen your voice and your music in Paris on March!!!

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