“We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day,” – Linda Evangelista.

That infamous remark about herself and the lovely Christy Turlington has often been misquoted as “I don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000.00 a day.” The Peter Beard shot in my last post got me thinking, I’ve spent a great deal of my career in bed. My motto? Why get out of bed at all for work, if you don’t have to?

Come to think of it…

Get your minds out of the gutter people, it has all been perfectly legal! I was just looking through old modeling and acting photos, and realized how many of my shoots I actually managed to do in a reclined 

Why get out of bed at all, when you can work in one?

position. Some of you may see think “wow, Jewels must be a super cool “chilled out babe,” but I’m actually that lazy. Okay, so maybe not all of it was in bed, but I certainly had a way of making sure I was comfortable.

I managed to lounge my way through photo shoots even without the bed

I recently went mattress shopping, and I was informed we spend approximately 1/3 of our lives in bed, (therefore we should opt for the priciest mattress we can afford or – so they would like us to think). Well if the average person spends 1/3 of their life in bed – I probably spend at least half in mine.

Can the princess feel the pea?

Creativity, for me, is born from dreams, so it follows naturally that my favorite room in the house is actually my bedroom, not the kitchen. I’m not alone in this theory.

Family business – Nick, Julie Anne, and Tatjana Rhodes for Hello Magazine

My ex kept a note pad and pen by the bed, and would often wake in the middle of the night to jot his dreams down for future projects. Old habits die hard, albeit sans le maquillage, hair, fashion photographer and

Recovering from surgery and a broken ankle doesn’t hinder work when you know how to do it from bed

husband these days, I still spend as much of my work day in bed as out (at least I did last year). I haven’t quite figured out how to cook from bed, but most my recipes are dreamt up here before the first test run in the kitchen. Here’s one such recipe…

Turkey Tenders

with

Pears, Sweet Potatoes, & Maple–Cider Reduction

Not only did this recipe quickly become a client favorite, it is perfect for smaller Thanksgiving celebrations this time of year. It also happens to offer a lighter, healthier alternative to the Thanksgiving classics with fewer pans to clean-up, and can easily be made a day or two in advance.

SERVINGS: 4

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups water
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup apple juice
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 Bartlett pears, peeled and cut into 1/2” chunks
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons dried thyme, divided
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 pounds of turkey tenders
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1). Bring water to boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add sweet potato chunks, cook until just fork tender but not mushy, about 12 – 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2). Meanwhile bring cider vinegar and apple juice to boil in a medium size saucepan over medium heat. Reduce by half, boiling for about 15 – 20 minutes. Add syrup and mustard and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, whisk continually for 5 minutes. Add pear chunks, stir for two minutes, and reduce heat to low.

3). While cider vinegar and apple juice are reducing, mix flour, 1 teaspoon of the thyme, and granulated garlic. Dredge the tenders, shaking off any excess flour. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4). Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add turkey tenders and brown 4-5 minutes per side. Add sweet potatoes and cider vinegar mixture with pears to the pan, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until turkey tenders are just cooked through, an additional 8-10 minutes depending on thickness of the tenders. Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees F. Serve hot with sweet potatoes and sauce spooned over the top.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve with a green vegetable such as sautéed spinach.

Variation:

I often make this recipe with pork chops instead of turkey, and the recipe gets many client repeat requests this way too.

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  • November 7, 2011
    11:21 am

    I checked this recipe out in the library yesterday and I’m raring to make it with apples….

    It looks HEAVENLY!

    If I could work all day from bed…sigh…I think I’ll start a line of jewelry desgined from my bedroom….

    • November 7, 2011
      12:00 pm

      I haven’t figured out a remote control to work the kitchen from bed yet, and truth be told, I love being in the kitchen too – the creative process just starts while my mind wanders aimlessly at night.

  • November 7, 2011
    11:30 am

    I almost fainted when I read the line “I don’t get out of bed for less than $10 000″ because in a rant to a friend this morning, I quoted the same thing (although I thought it was Linda Evangelista and it was “don’t wake up for less than…”. You’re in my head! As a parent, I’m sure you have spent many sleepless nights and as a former rocker wife you must have had your share of sleepless nights on the road AND as a model and actress… a LOT of early calls so I can certainly understand your motto. Trying to settle on a favourite picture in the blog has proven to be impossible but I’d narrow it down to the one with the black and white with perfect wake up hair, the print sofa pic or the Audrey Heburn-ish hair and make up.

    This recipe is going to go into rotation at our house too…I love the look of a John Turner painting the dish takes on. Thank you again!

  • November 7, 2011
    10:45 am

    Was it Churchill who said, Why stand when you can sit, or was it Gabor who said, Why sit when you can lie down … either way … running a business from one’s boudoir sounds heavenly ;)

  • November 7, 2011
    12:04 pm

    I like to live by motto better than LE’s, but then I’d rather have her bank account. I do miss le maquillage astist – as you can see, I’m lazy about that too!

    • November 7, 2011
      12:46 pm

      ahhh she said a few years later she wished she had never said it. Yours is a keeper!

  • November 7, 2011
    1:28 pm

    Anything that has turkey and sweet potatoes is a winner in my book. *yum* As for bed, I’m a lark, my husband’s an owl. That means I wake up at 7am every morning whether I’ve gotten enough sleep or not. And if I don’t wake up fast enough, a cat will do it for me.

    • November 7, 2011
      4:02 pm

      Hahaha – Daisy thinks she is being quiet by not jumping up on the bed first thing in the morning, but she is normally such a happy girl that I wake to the sound of her tail thumping as she wags it. Gotta smile at that one even if it is through bleary eyes.

  • November 8, 2011
    12:00 pm

    First, you look so pretty sans le maquillage. No one would ever guess you were recovering from anything in that photo.

    I remember when that quote was made (because it made it into my Model scrapbook, LE having been one of my top 10 faves–such a fashion nerd) and I was delighted by it. Why get out of bed if you don’t have to? Of course, I have to get out of bed so that I don’t start resembling a wadded up comforter. Sad metabolism is sad.

    I’d still rather take a nap than do just about anything else.

  • November 8, 2011
    5:51 pm

    Thank God for Daisy walking me every day, clients paying me to come cook for them, and a good movie and/or meal to peel me away from the house every now and again.

  • November 9, 2011
    1:47 pm

    I cooked this dish on the weekend. It was great!

    • November 9, 2011
      1:51 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it, I like it a lot too. I also use the same ingredients with pork chops or tenderloin, and my clients love it (I get repeat requests often).

  • November 12, 2011
    4:00 pm

    Love the recipe and I’m hoping that there’s a nice tray of pork chops to be had when I get my butt in gear and go shopping. Sweet potatoes are such a treat and I’ve been known to just cook them along with a salad for my main meal of the day. LOL Good thing I never married, I’d drive the other half right around the bend. :)

  • November 12, 2011
    4:02 pm

    By the way, I won’t get out of bed unless I know there’s a decent cup of coffee to be had and almond milk to put into it. I’m such a diva.

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