Good good links #13

Hi there and happy Sunday!

Maybe it’s a little weird to say it now that I’ve been doing these kind of posts for weeks already. But I just have to: writing the titles of whichever post I’m sharing just the way the author did irks me at times. Why? Well, I already told you I’m a language and grammar nerd and starting every word with a capital letter looks so … wrong. I’m curious how you feel about this so let me know in the comments!

Another Photo a Day-inspired collage on a Sunday …

In my pocket - Yes! - Part of me - P is for ... [puzzles - why yes, crossword puzzles!]

In my pocketYes! [warming cup of tea and oats after running errands in the cold] – Part of meP is for … [puzzles – why yes, crossword puzzles!]

Good good [food for thought]

“Fitspiration”  – Because If You’re Not Miserable You’re Doing It Wrong via That’s What Domi Said

Great post! These pictures can be the opposite of healthy motivation and actually make you feel bad about yourself – worth second-guessing.

Pessimism via also, hello

Why we should get our hopes up: whom are we trying to convince of our strenghts if we don’t believe in them ourselves?

Good good [advice and inspiration]

50 Bloggers Making A Difference in Fitness, Health and Happiness via Greatist

Some well-known faces and many great new-to-me blogs to add to my reader.

Is Multitasking Actually a Myth? via Huffington Post

If you ever felt like everybody around you was better at multitasking than you: they might not actually be.

9 Sneaky Reasons You’re Ravenously Hungry via Huffington Post

If you can’t stop eating: here’s why that might happen.

keep calm … and rest via Running with Spoons

Learning to appreciate rest days, not feel guilty for them and see exercise in a healthy way: “we should be looking at it as a way to improve ourselves rather than punish ourselves”.

9 Self-Care Essentials To Add To Your Life via Mind Body Green

Taking care of ourselves isn’t a selfish act but the best we can do to be[come] kind persons to be around.

The Messy Person’s Guide to Staying Organized via the Daily Muse

Fingers crossed being around my well-organized parents soon will rub off on me!

 

Good good [things to make you smile]

Cereal’s Future is In Jeopardy via HuffPost Food

Keep on eating and save cereal, fellow bloggers!

Amazing Example of Food Art via Likes

Don’t play with you food – sure, but if it looks that pretty?!

Russian Subways Now Accept Squats for Payment via Mashable

Ridiculous? A great way to help people add some fitness to their day? I’m undecided. Definitely not if you’re already late to catch the subway.

10 Things Hangry People Do via HuffPost Food

Yes, every.single.one of them. Don’t get in between me and food when I’m hangry.

What Should We Call Veganism: A Vegan Life in GIFs, Part 3 via The Vegan Woman

… and even if you just enjoy it because of the Ryan pics …

What If Men and Women Switched Roles at The Gym? via Greatist

Oldie but goodie featuring some of the most ridiculous gender clichés.

 

 

Good good [food]

Butternut Squash, Kale, Chèvre and Gnocchi Casserole via Keepin’ it kind

An elegant seasonal dish featuring homemade vegan chèvre – way to impress!

Oh My Gourd! 55 Healthy Seasonal Squash Recipes via Greatist

Not like you didn’t have enough squash recipes already [guilty!] here are some more.

Creamy Vegan Scalloped Potatoes via edible perspective

This might be the best recipe for scalloped potatoes I’ve ever seen – and  not just because it includes squash.

Healthy Chocolate Fudge via Healthy Food For Living

Chocolate, cashew butter … do you need any more convincing?!

Vegan Crêpes filled with Date & Orange Compote and “supremed” oranges  topped with a creamy cinnamon ice cream via Coconut and Berries

No words for how incredibly delicious this looks but the name already says it all.

Homemade Almond Butter: Salted Vanilla Almond & Cacao Coconut via Fit Swiss Chick

I had to post this one last because I know you won’t be coming back after clicking this link. Either because you fainted or you got your food processor running right away. Not judging you. Swooooon.

 

Happiness inducing today: Being pain-free after Friday’s toothaches. Yes, that is blissful.

 

Keeping the capital letters in post titles when reposting them: yay or nay? Ambivalent?

What were some great reads you found this week? Feel free to share the links!

 

[Cauli]flowers on my plate

If you read my post on Wednesday you know that I’ve been drowning in cauliflower lately, Yes, I can only blame myself – or maybe the alluring presentation at the market …?

Anyway, since the days of steamed, just lightly seasoned cauliflower have long been over for me [thank goodness!] I got a little creative in the kitchen. Do you ever get hit with non-creativity once you have an overflow of a certain ingredient on hand while you can’t even stop recipes coming up when you don’t have it on hand? Am I the only one??

Cauliflower snack

First up was what I’d call a non-recipe because it was so simple. The inspiration came through a sample of The Vegg which Rocky, the creator of this product, had kindly offered to any blogger interested in trying it a while ago. In case you haven’t heard of this product yet The Vegg is a vegan egg yolk replacement that you simply blend with some water and can use in both savoury and sweet dishes.

Vegg

The first idea that came to my mind were breaded vegetables that usually call for egg yolks to help the coating stick. Not having breadcrumbs at hand I came up with a strange but good idea: why not use cereal? I know cornflakes aren’t such an usual coating but what would you say if I told you I used puffed amaranth?? Yes. You’ll notice I use this a lot and rightly so: it’s both a great snack and a versatile ingredient in many dishes.

The Vegg

The best part of breading the cauliflower was letting my inner child out again messing around with yolk, dipping and dripping, finger licking … you get it ;). Though maybe actually not that much finger licking. The Vegg scents eerily similar to the “real deal” which turned me off a little because I’ve never been a fan of runny yolks [yes, I notice I just offened every #yolkporn enthusiast – sorry!]. Don’t worry, though: the taste – at least in this recipe – wasn’t as close.

breaded

As I said: it’s more of a non-recipe. I prepared one teaspoon of The Vegg according to package directions. My coating consisted of a´1/4 cup puffed amaranth, 1 tbsp peanut flour, dash of cayenne pepper and nutritional yeast. All nicely dipped and baked for about 25 minutes at 350 °F. A strange but good snack.

Strange but good

Disclaimer: While I received The Vegg for free to review I wasn’t compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

oat loli

Now onto the real recipe in this post which I’ll also link up with Kierston’s Recipe Friday.

Ginger fans: This one’s for you. I’m going back and forth between liking ginger and finding it too pungent. Yet – overbuyer alert – when it was on offer I just grabbed a knob of it without any plans in mind [note: not a good idea when trying to avoid overbuying]. Back to why this is for ginger people – no matter which hair colour 😉 -, though: I got a little overzealous when adding it so the curry turned out to have quite a bite. Lesson learned: use only half the amount if you prefer a milder dish.

Curry

Originally, I’d meant to prepare a pumpkin curry. But not only did I have an overabundance of cauliflower but carrots, too. And as carrots – at least to me – are an underrated vegetable I thought I’d switch it up and let them shine in this dish. You could always go the pumpkin route – especially if you’re lucky enough to have access to the canned variety! – but it’s worth giving carrots a try.

Gingery Carrot Cauliflower Curry

  • 2 cups of  cauliflower, chopped [200 g]
  • 1/2 cup of  chickpeas
  • 225 grams carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of soy milk [use coconut milk by all means if you have it on hand]
  • 1 knob of ginger [1/2 thumb in size], minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter [might omit if using coconut milk]
Start out by preparing your carrot puree: Add carrots to a pot and cover with water. Blanch until tender and blend.
Sauté the onion until lightly browned, then add the garlic and ginger and let cook for a little longer.
Sprinkle in the spices, shortly frying them – be careful to avoid burning them.
Stir in the carrot puree. Let the curry simmer on medium heat until the cauliflower is tender.
Add chickpeas and soy milk as well as maple syrup to taste. Season with salt and pepper.
Oat flatbread
Definitely serve with a side of Khushboo’s oat lolis as a great scooping vehicle – and because they taste awesome while being super simple to prepare. I added cumin seeds to mine. Maybe it’s odd but I really enjoy the burst of flavour when biting onto those seeds.
Happy Friday!
Happiness inducing today: My mum being there for me – on the phone at least – in a very unpleasant situation [think devillish toothache].

Strange but good question [at least coming from a non-egg eater]: What are your favourite uses for egg yolks? Though I might not get to try a lot more before moving I want to make the most of my sample of The Vegg.

What are some of the strangest substitutions you’ve made to recipes before?

Are you a fan of cumin and do you like using whole seeds? I could seriously put it into [almost] every savoury dish.

Culinary confessions of an overbuyer

Hi there, fellow foodies!

First off: thank you so much for all of the encouraging and supportive comments on my last post! I appreciated every single one of them. Change still isn’t easy for me but I’m trying to just let it happen and see where life leads me.

Before we head straight into the more illustrated part of this post I feel like I need to explain its background a little. all it a confession of an overbuyer if you will … Picture this: you’re visiting the Farmers’ Market knowing that you’re well stocked in the vegetable department already. Clearly, your only intention is to get some of your favourite apples only available at a certain stall and then head home again. No other purchases or even side glances at the full array of beautiful produce allowed … Can you guess the end of the story? Yes, I somehow ended up buying the most humungous head of cauliflower you’ve seen so far for a fantastic price and a bag of awesome pears as well. Typical foodie problems?! Which leads me to today’s What I ate Wednesday.

wiaw fall into good habits buttonUsing up what’s on hand and not buying new produce anymore sounds like a good habit to fall into, don’t you think so?! Once more I’m also linking up for Vegan Wednesday so to all German readers: take a look at a collection of delicious vegan food over at Julia’s.

Finding myself with an overload of produce – more specifically: cauliflower, bell pepper and carrots as well as slightly more “normal” amounts of random others – I had to modify my Pinterest challenge. It’s almost the usual for me to overbuy produce. But with my move coming closer I need to hurry up on eating my way through the produce party. Hence challenge “Make a dent” – not to be confused with any current appointments at the dentist’s …

Cream of corn

Have you ever been lured into the “season’s almost over so I have to buy it!” syndrome? With corn season being almost or even already over I noticed I hadn’t had fresh corn at all so far. Yes, shame on me. This recipe for sounded awesome and it didn’t disappoint. While I expected it to be good it turned out even better. So good, in fact, that I could have even done without any add-ins. Why didn’t I realize any earlier just how amazing fresh corn tastes?!

[Actually, I made this months back already but forgot to mention it in previous WIAW posts. Sorry!]

Next up was a freshly pinned recipe that I mentioned in my post on Sunday: Susan’s Spaghetti Squash Pesto Lasagna. Will you believe I actually followed the recipe [almost] to a T??? Okaaay, I subbed grated zucchini for the spinach – all for the sake of using it up – and used additional and also silken tofu though Susan doesn’t recommend it [with added cornstarch to thicken it up]. But other than that I didn’t make a lot of modifications. Verdict: Delicious! Once more I was skeeved by the low lighting but you can’t change the weather.

Squash Lasagna

Carrots first found their way into my Red Lentil Kabocha Chili which you’ll probably notice I modified a little and tried to measure how much water I added. How I forgot to add almond butter on top the first time I tried it is beyond me.

My original intention had been to try a Pumpkin Cauliflower Curry. However, the [red kuri] squash stored in the basement seems less perishable than carrots. And with no canned pumpkin available I had to prepare my own puree in anyway. So why not go for carrot instead of pumpkin?

oat loli

Don’t let the look deceive you. Despite its mediocre appearance I came up with a flavourful and spicy (!) curry that hit the spot once reheated. Does anybody else find that curry – just like chili – tastes better when reheated? On the side I tried another new-to-me recipe: Khusboo’s Oat Lolis. They had been on my Pinterest board/to-make list ever since she posted them and yesterday offered a great opportunity to try them.

scoop

Super easy and fast to prepare but the best part: they’re an great scooping device. In case you’re wondering: I added cumin seeds [obsessed!] and the first loli disappeared before it could even make it into a picture. Hangry blogger at work? Maybe … I’ll share the recipe for the curry later this week for any others desperately in need of using up cauliflower ;). Or just those who enjoy a good curry.

Cauliflower snack

Okay, this one is strange but good. Remember how I mentioned the cauliflower was humungous? I wasn’t kidding and I actually still had half a head sitting in the basement that I’d somehow forgotten about. Enter cauliflower not only for lunch but as a snack, too. Not any old cauliflower, though, but vegan egg-battered amaranth-coated cauliflower. More details on that in my next post :).

Avocado-Törtchen

Ending on a sweet and [semi-]raw note once more: [frozen] Chocolate Avocado Cupcake made by my sister. She’s been asking me for healthy food ideas and started experimenting on her own for quite some time already coming up with some awesome creations. Though they haven’t been eating weird food before it’s funny to see family members jump on the health foodie bandwagon every now and then lately, too. Who knows, maybe I’ll turn them into nut butter addicts and oat bran fiends one day after all?! Wishful thinking – but then again: Sharing my nut butters? I don’t think so ;).

Happy [healthy] Wednesday!

Happiness inducing today: Mailing another surprise letter.

Help me out: What are your favourite uses/recipes for cauliflower and bell peppers? Aside from roasting [still not a fan – totally untypical foodie here, sorry!] I appreciate any suggestions.

Are you good at resisting produce offers when you know you’re well stocked already?

Did you interest in [healthy] food rub off on family members yet?

Moving back[wards] to move on

Yes, that title will make sense in a minute [or two or three], I promise.

But first off: Happy Monday! I hope you either spent the weekend in a warm place [I wish!] or well bundled up on the couch. More the latter in my case but who’d complain about an excuse to cozy up inside when it’s freezing outside. Not like I hadn’t gone on a wonderful run to warm up, though – I’d intended to go for a walk but that was just not happening with a look at the thermometer. Hard to believe that meteorological winter is still weeks away and it’s already sooo cold. Okay, enough of the cold wimp whining 😉 and onto the marvelousness of the past days. Thanks to Katie for inspiring us to overlook the cold celebrate all the blessings and good happenings in our lives every Monday!

MiMM_newIf you’ve been reading for a bit longer already you’ll know that I’ve been in what I’ve called the Waiting Game for quite a while already. Searching for jobs and internships is no fun long-time occupation so I can now finally let you know I’ve found something. It’s just temporary and nothing fancy but my December will be spent as a working girl again! Where? As I said: nothing fancy. Prior to starting my Journalism studies I’d interned at our local newspaper for about one and a half months. I’d been considering to apply there for a while already but not taken the step because I was hoping to find something closer to where I live. Long story short: I’ll be back at their editorial office and writing articles come November 25th.

Getting the news was truly marvelous after months of sending out applications, waiting and my self-confidence dropping with every denied or simply not responded to application. Happy girl alert. Only … as mentioned above it’s at the local newspaper in the area I grew up in. Which means I won’t be able to stay at my place but have to move [temporarily only for now]. Move back in with my parents again, to be more specific. And that’s something I’m ambivalent about. What can I say? I’m not calling myself Little Miss Worry-too-much for no reason.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my parents and miss them. But moving back home again after years of living in my own apartment [with a roommate but that’s basically the same, right?!] is … weird. I’m used to my independent ways, organising my life the way I want it and – admittedly – city life. Yes, I’ve gushed about the countryside in all its beauty and being a nature girl. Yet at least at my age it’s nice to be back in the hustling bustling city after a weekend stay down there. Just in case you’re a number fiend [I’m so not :)] we live in a village and the town closest by has little more than 8,000 inhabitants. True countryside.

Autumn

Working will obviously keep me busy during the week and I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t excited. Laugh at me but I’m even fond of revising other editors’ articles. Yes, grammar nerdiness at its best. Don’t you enjoy telling others how to write their texts ;)?? What? Just me …?! I may or may not force offer my revising services to family members whenever they’re working on some kind of text that’s going to be published. Yes, I like it that much. Words are my world.

Letter

What I’m worried about, however, are workouts and weekends. Weekends because all of my friends from school have moved just like I did and there’s not much to do over there. Workouts because I can’t see a way of fitting in runs during the week when working from 9 to 6 with an hour-long commute. Sorry if I sound whiney but I rely on my workouts to destress. Calm my mind. Get those awesome and addictive endorphin rushes. I’m still somehow hoping to find a way to join the local gym for a month only without paying an arm and a leg. Or better yet asking my parents to do it – oh the wonders of unpaid internships …

Shoes

But this post wouldn’t fit into the marvelous category if I didn’t see the upsides, too. Moving backwards to live at my parents and interning with an editorial staff I already know might be a door opening up for positive change and thereby moving on. I haven’t even mentioned all of it but there will be a lot of changes and challenges coming up for me. One of them being family meals. I’ve never mentioned it before but despite my visits at home these are still a struggle. Partly because of my fears, partly because of my mum’s unwillingness to plan and cook meals with me. Chelsea recently wrote a great post on the benefits of family dinners so I’m hoping to make these at least a Sunday tradition. Along with a movie night every now and then? Would be perfect.

Another marvelous part of living with my parents? Cookie baking! There’s little else I can get this excited about in terms of holiday foods. Living at my parents I’ll hopefully be able to engage in a lot more of this than past years when I had a hard time going through what I baked. My mum will probably even be happy for me to take over some of the baking duties – or so I hope.

Cookies

All of these changes will challenge me. For now I know I need to stop worrying and let things happen. Trusting in them to work out. Because they will … or so I hope. Here’s to moving back and moving on.

I hope you’re having a great start to the week! Make it marvelous!

Happiness inducing today: Some fun kitchen shenanigans.

Did you [have to] move back in with your parents after graduation? How did that work out for you?

Any advice on the workout situation?

Random: Favourite Christmas cookie recipe? I know it’s technically too early but the temperatures don’t make it feel that way.

Good good links #12

Hi there!

Today’s going to be a short intro because I have a lot on my plate for the day [both in terms of household tasks and hopefully recipe creating]. Nothing like a busy Sunday around the house to forget about freezing weather and lack of sunshine, right? And aside from that today’s the day to let others’ amazing posts shine again instead of taking over the stage myself ;). Here are some of my favourite reads from the week! I hope you find them as inspiring, thought-provoking, funny or delicious as I did. Whatever your other plans: Happy Sunday!

The first November Photo A Day Collage:

Photo

Mine [diary] – I collect [just your average nut butter fiend]- TableFruit

Good good [food for thought]

Why I Hate Being Told to Shop For My Body Type. via Better with sprinkles

Great post! Shop till you drop, ladies. But go for clothes you feel hot in – not what any magazine tells you was suitable for your “type”.

happy vs. healthy via Build Your Bliss

Finding a balance between the extremes to live an enjoyable and blissful life. Don’t let the pursuit of ‘perfect’ health keep you from being truly happy.

keep calm … and eat via Running with Spoons

Awesome post for anybody who’s having a hard time trusting their hunger signals. Making the post’s title my mantra from now on.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Improving your mood with food (and other things) via Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish

Awesome post on how to combat those days when you’re feeling a little low.

15 Healthy Practices You Already Know (But Should Go Ahead & Start Doing) via Mind Body Green

It’s easy to forget the impact little changes like getting enough rest and showing kindness can make in our daily well-being.

Ask Someone For A Favour by Jamie Mendell

When you feel overwhelmed and stressed out don’t hesitate to ask for help. Remember: “what seems like a massive favor to one person may be no big deal to another person.”

30 Things You Should Do For Yourself via Lifehack

You’re worth treating yourself kindly and making the most of the life you have.

30 Awesome Photos via Viralnova

Take a look at these and tell me you’re not touched by a single one. Not lying: the last one had me tear up.

Why Losing Weight WON’T Make You Happier via Women’s Health Mag

“Make happiness a part of your get-healthy goals, not an end result” – yet more proof that size doesn’t matter for happiness.

25 Places Beautiful In The Winter via Viralnova

Come on, winter haters: there’s some serious magic hidden in these pictures. Who’s up for a trip to any of those places?

 

Good good [things to make you smile]

The 17 Dumbest Things Vegetarians Have To Deal With via Huffington Post

I actually had an encounter similar to #14 this week. Because chicken is pretty much vegetarian, didn’t you know that?!

20 Amazing Facts That Prove You Need A Dog In Your Life via Distractify

Did I mention I want to have a dog in my life?!

16 Helpful Charts That Every Twentysomething Needs via BuzzFeed

Whew, I’ve passed the dog-allowance test [#10]!

18 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Movie “Elf” via BuzzFeed

For all my Elf-obsessed friends [don’t sue me for not having watched it yet!].

 

Good good [food]

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Muffin with a Cashew Cream Filling (vegan) via Hungry Healthy Girl

Not like Starbucks even offered them over here but I’d take Kim’s over those any day. So tempting!

Fluffy Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies via Yeah, imma eat that

A mouthful of a recipe name and I wouldn’t mind a mouthful of these cookies either. Get.in.my.belly.

Citrus Maple Glazed Carrots + Tahini Brown Rice via Healthy.Happy.Life

Simple yet so satisfying and anything caramelized is amazing.

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes via Vegan Richa

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving over here but every single one of these recipes makes me think we should. Anybody want to invite me over?!

Spaghetti Squash Pesto Lasagna via FatFree Vegan Kitchen

It’s creamy, it has spaghetti squash and pesto – any more convincing needed?!

Loaded vegetarian lentil sloppy joes via edible perspective

Hearty vegan comfort food featuring lentils and many of my favourite spices.

 

Happiness inducing today: My sister rereading and approving of a writing sample for an application.

 

What were some great reads you found this week? Feel free to share the links as always!

Have you watched “Elf” before and: do I absolutely need to watch it myself this year?

 

Red Lentil Kabocha Chili [vegan]

When it comes to seasonal cravings it’s no secret that I’m a little off at times. Ice cream in autumn? Stews in summer? Judging just from the dishes themselves I’m no good example for eating seasonally – or so it seems. Once more a blog isn’t telling the whole story :). Because what’s true is that the ingredients I use in those apparently off-season dishes are in season.

Lentil

Right now, however, is the perfect season for comfort foods like chili. Kabocha was a no-brainer when it came to which vegetables to add to the recipe. Until now I’d only thought of seasonal cravings in terms of produce. Berries in summer, squash in autumn … Not, however, in terms of staple foods that are available all year.

Kabocha Red Lentil Stew

Ever since becoming [mostly] vegan I’ve been a huge legume fiend. In fact, there’s hardly a day I go without these little nutritional powerhouses [yes, I admit I just had to include this term]. Yet – as mentioned in my post on Wednesday already – there are kinds I keep forgetting about. Namely red lentils. And that’s where it gets seasonal again: To me, lentils are much of an autumn/winter food though I’d never given more thought to this.

Reminiscing my childhood it’s no surprise: hearty lentil soups or stews were an staple dish during those colder months. They’re the stick-to-your-ribs warming kind of meal perfect for this time of the year. Needless to say this Red Lentil Chili hit the spot both the first time I had it and even more when my mum came for a visit – it was cold.

Red Lentil Kabocha Chili

  • one small red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 150 g kabocha, cubed [seasonal eating-friendly sub: carrots]
  • 1/4 cup red lentils
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds [don’t sub ground unless you absolutely have to]
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • about 1-1 1/2 cups of water or vegetable broth [depends on several factors like how old your lentils were, how long you let the chili simmer, …]
  • 2-3 tablespoons of kidney beans
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter
  1. Sauté the onion in oil until translucent. Add garlic and fry for another minute.
  2. Add the spices and fry them for a minute or so being careful not to burn them!
  3. Mix in kabocha and lentils, stirring to combine all ingredients. You might need to add some water to prevent the spices from burning.
  4. Pour in the passata and let simmer for about 25-30 minutes. I kept adding water/broth whenever the stew became too thick.
  5. Once the red lentils are tender, mix in the kidney beans and let simmer for a few more minutes to heat them up, too. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Stir in the coconut butter.

Notes:

With kabocha season being short [at least over here] I already tried the option of carrots in its place – works a charm.

The coconut butter is not optional because it adds so much to the dish. In fact, my mum and I kept crumbling more of it over our individual servings. Dare I say I might have converted my mum to become a little more of a nut butter fiend?!

And: Like just about everything this tastes amazing topped with almond butter. Coconut and almond butter in one meal? Marvelous!

Kabocha Lentil

I’ll admit I was a little anxious serving this to my mum as she’s not exactly easy to please and assured me she had a sandwich packed when coming over [sweet, isn’t she?]. But in the end we both enjoyed the meal and I can proudly present my first mum-approved recipe on the blog. Time to celebrate – and joining Kierston’s Recipe Friday seems like a great party to attend.

Happy Friday!

Happiness inducing today: Talking to a good friend.

Which  foods do you find yourself craving more during the colder months?

What are some of your favourite lentil recipes?

Are you anxious when serving recipes your created yourself to your family and friends?