Tatjana & Julie Anne Rhodes

It is that time again. Tatjana is packing to return to London as I write this with the world’s heaviest heart. You think this would get easier with years of practice, but it doesn’t. I always feel as if someone has pulled my stuffing out. You see, my daughter is my favorite person on the planet, and we have sooooooooo much fun together.

Julie Anne & Tatjana filming the Keith Haring gingerbread cookies
Reminding myself of all the good times shared helps. Making Keith Haring gingerbread cookies together, and working with Tatjana, who is now a film editor, for the first time professionally.
Julie Anne, Hunky Santa, and Tatjana
Shopping until we dropped and flirting with Hunky Santa. Screenings galore, and snuggling in front of the fireplace watching screeners together. From an amazing Christmas Eve filled with laughter, friends, music, and all the scrumptious Christmas trimmings at Amanda Eliasch’s
Christmas Eve taken by Amanda Eliasch
Yay!!!! At last…. thank you Santa!
… to receiving the jams I’ve lusted after in Lisa Borgnes Giramonti’s ‘A Bloomsbury Life’ from Fortnum & Masons, to red velvet pancakes and waffles on Christmas morning in our nighties. Walking Daisy up to Larchmont on weekends for bagels at Sam’s, and dinner parties at ours.
Christmas morning feast
Letting the Agape choir sweep us up onto our feet on Sunday morning. To being treated to a lavish dinner at Cecconi’s with dear friends Lisa I’Anson and Amos Pizzey to ring in the New Year.
Our hosts Lisa I’Anson & Amos Pizzey
Tatjana & Julie Anne at stroke of midnight 2010
Playing endless games of backgammon and spite and malice, and and mother daughter dinners with Marianne Williamson and daughter India at Sur. Yes, it has been a lovely winter visit, and I will miss you terribly Tatjana. Thank you for all the joy you bring me. I love you.
PS. Jewels from The Roving Stove is now on Facebook! http://bit.ly/8BQwdE
Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken Tenders
Tatjana requested this as her last supper at home. It is quick, easy, and hits that fried chicken craving with about 1/2 the calories.

Servings: 4


1 pound chicken tenders
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 cup panko
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
olive oil spray
salt and pepper to taste


1). Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

2). Place 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a small dish. Add crushed garlic and microwave on high for 30 seconds to take the edge off the garlic.

3). Meanwhile, mix panko, Parmesan, garlic powder, oregano, basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

4). Dip chicken tender in garlic-olive oil, then coat in the bread crumb-Parmesan mixture. Lay each piece on a foiled and olive oiled sprayed baking sheet. Spray top with olive oil spray, and bake in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until just cooked through and browned.

Serving Suggestions: Here we served it with sauteed broccolini, and angel hair pasta tossed in olive oil with Parmesan sprinkled on top, but you could easily serve it with mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower, and any green vegetable of your choice. I think kale is especially yummy with this too.

Variations: There is avegetarian version made with Gardein chick’n filets on my website now.
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  • January 8, 2010
    5:01 pm

    Hello Julie,I never seem to get to post a comment on your blog. It is probably because I have a Mac and I don't have a blog account. Anyway I just wanted to pass along a quick note.I just wanted to thank you for sharing your story of your love of food and recovery from addiction and Crones Disease. I have learned to enjoy cooking again after having such a bad experience in Culinary School years ago. I guess Johnson and Wales taught so much about the business of food I love my love for cooking. The good news was it saved me from a career I was not suited for.Now on to happier things. My husband and I love your Jasmine Turkey Burgers. We are going to try the African Sweet Potato Soup this weekend. I was too exited to see you were lucky enough to have dinner with Marianne Williamson. I have loved her work for years. I was fortunate enough to attend on of her workshops at the Omega Institute in NY years ago. She is one in a million. Thank Goddess for her. I am looking forward to your cookbook.Happy New Year!Melinda

  • January 8, 2010
    11:49 pm

    Julie, I love the photo of you and tiny Tatjana! So beautiful!

  • January 9, 2010
    12:07 am

    Thanks Sara… I KNOW you understand exactly how special she is to me, because I know what kind of mother you are. The best!Thanks again Melinda… your email made my day.

  • January 9, 2010
    2:44 am

    Julie I am thrilled to have stumbled across your blog. Of course I remember your days back as a model/actress and not to even mention my love of DD as a younger gal.I am so grateful you have shared your stories with us all here… and your recovery is inspiring. I too have a disorder that were made worse from poor habits in my youth. I suffer from internal inflammation problems effecting my eyesight as well as insulin resistance.Reading your blog has made me realize once again food can be a friend and yummy even when its super healthy.I'm looking forward to your cook book!Thank you again and keep up the fantastic foody loving health help!Laura

  • January 9, 2010
    4:09 am

    Julie, I know the feeling you have when Tatjana leaves but it's the opposite for me. Once a year, my mom comes to visit from New Jersey to visit me in North Dakota or I go visit her. It is always so hard to say goodbye. Now that I am older, I value or time together so much more..

  • January 9, 2010
    10:23 am

    Hi Julie Anne,Your loving words of time spent with Tatjana is so heartwarming. I look at my precious little toddler and cannot imagine not having her around me. I'm sure in the future as she gets older and leaves for College or travels overseas (or for that matter live overseas-omg…cannot think about that one), it will be hard not having my little girl around. Just remember that no matter how much water and distance is between you both, she is always near to your heart (and a phone call/cyberland away).Thank you for sharing your lovely blog once again. I just love coming back and reading them. It brings, tears, laughter and pure excitement every time. I must say, you have also given me inspiration in a lot of ways.Love the pic of you and Tatjana as a baby. So,so adorable and loving…and you know what…I bet you are the best mum ever too.Aussie MumP.S. I made Tatjana's dish with the zucchini/portobello mushrooms and tofu soaked in soy sauce and I really loved it. Tatjana is on a winner with this one. The soy sauce really gave the tofu flavour and there was just enough chilli too for that extra little heat. Unfortunately there were no leftovers, however because I loved it so much, I am making it again on Sunday.

  • January 10, 2010
    2:02 am

    "I am this second savoring my Fortnums Rose Biscuits and Rose and Violet Creams…my Fortnum Dreams come true! "Alison Hay

  • January 10, 2010
    3:00 am

    Hi Jewels!! I love everything you write. You lead such an interesting life. :)Hugs to you!Sass

  • January 10, 2010
    9:17 pm

    From the tiny child to the adult friend. What a journey you've travelled on and continue on with a new partner by your side.I can only hope the trip with MY daughter is as blessed.

  • January 10, 2010
    9:29 pm

    Thank you so much to all of you for the enormous support here and on the "fan" page (I wish they would just call it a business page). I can't believe the "fan" page has over 105 followers in less than 24 hours! That really warms my heart.Tin and Aussie Mum… I know your daughters will give you just as much joy (and probably a bit of the worry too… part of being a parent) as Tatjana has given me. The hardest part of being a parent is letting them grow up and fly the coup, but it is rewarding too. You will see one day… but enjoy every second until then.Thanks Sass… I miss you and hope you are well. Alison… you will be getting a plea for a care package soon if you are not careful madam.Laura… thank you, and I'm glad you stumbled across the blog too! Maybe we can support each other in the health through food journey. Here is to a very healthy 2010!Big hugs to all of you. xo

  • January 10, 2010
    11:34 pm

    Julieanne, I always enjoy what you write, and your recipes too. Question: what is panko? Where do I find it?As my girls grow older, and are in their late teens now, it's so neat to develop into that friendship. Of course, this post today is a reminder that part of that growing up is also times of separation. A few more years…

  • January 10, 2010
    11:47 pm

    Hi Kimberly… Panko is Japenese bread crumbs. You can uaually find them in the Asian section of most grocery stores these days, and they have a lighter texture than ordinary store bought bread crumbs. If you can not find them substitute any plain breadcrumb, or Italian bread crumbs (but the garlic powder, oregano and basil will already be in them so adjust the recipe accordingly). So happy you like the blog and the recipes! xo

  • January 18, 2010
    2:06 am

    Dear JA…. thank you so much I would enjoy mutually supportive healthy living… it is difficult all on your with no support, which has been my problem for many many years. So thank you for responding with kindness…namastelaura

  • March 13, 2010
    6:43 am

    Hi Jewels,So I just have to say that I hope when my daughter is your daughter's age that we are still as close as we are now. It's comforting to see that you are so close with Tatjana even though she lives far most of the time & is off doing her own thing. Micaleh is 10 yrs. and its been just the 2 of us most of that time. I am dreading the teenage years! hehe Honestly I go insane when she is gone from me more than a few days…I get anxious and weepy. I don't know how you do it. You must have a huge phone bill! 🙂 Penelope