Sometimes a picture truly says more than a thousand words. At other times, however, there’s more to a picture than it could possibly tell. Because I know you came for the food I’ll stop talking in riddles and get to the point: For today’s What I ate Wednesday I’ll not only show you recent meals and snacks but some more about the stories behind them. Here’s to the what I ate [the dish] and its whereabouts or little itty bits hidden in the photos [the details].
The dish: A typical workday lunch of quick vegetable chili.
The details: This one had both chickpeas and kidney beans, corn, zucchini, broccoli and my favourite spices [cumin seeds and cayenne pepper among others]. Did I ever mention I kind of liked chili? Yes, I guessed so. However, this chili didn’t quite like me back. No we’re not looking at the beans here. Rather, it’s an unsuspecting ingredient that’s making rare appearances in my diet: bell pepper. Ironically, it’s at the same time what took this chili from average to awesome for me. Because of this I’ve decided that half a pepper distributed in between two servings won’t cause me any pain. Did I mention I’m stubborn? My stomach should know better than to rebel.
The dish: Pumpkin Spinach Tortilla Lasagna.
The details: Never let its unassuming appearance fool you. Now I could probably talk about how tortillas had become the new polenta in my life. But what you actually need to know is that the vegan cheese sauce in this dish is unreal. If the lasagna itself wasn’t delicious, too, I’d probably just keep making huge batches of the sauce and eat it all day. By the spoonful.
And you will want to, too. But I feel I can’t share two tortilla bake recipe in consecutive weeks and maybe I’ll decide the next dish is worthy sharing, too. Decisions, decisions.
The dish: Pistachio Vanilla granola.
The details: not just any but my first homemade granola without following a recipe. I’ve tried other bloggers’ recipes before but never my own. Actually, what I went for was not granola but exclusively granola clusters. I don’t know about you but I’m all about the big clusters in granola. The reason why my mum threatened me she wouldn’t buy granola again when I was younger. Do you think it might have had anyhing at all to do with the fact she had to eat the leftover crumbles…??!
But I digress. Back to this granola. It’s not overly sweet, has a buttery taste from coconut oil and crunch from added crispy grains. Simple but delicious. On top of that the process of making it held a life lesson for me. Just so much: Learn from my mistakes and don’t try to simultaneously bake granola, get some laundry done and pack your bag when you need to leave for a work appointment in 35 minutes. At least I scented of freshly baked granola when I arrived there just in time…?!
Speaking of work: I’m writing this post on Tuesday night so I’d better call it quits now and get some beauty sleep in to look fresh and relaxed for Jenn’s mid-week party tomorrow/ today.
Happiness inducing today: An new magazine my boss handed me assuming it might be of interest – and it was.
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Your turn: Tell me about one dish you at this week so far and the details a picture wouldn’t tell!
Have you ever made your own granola? Let me know any favourite recipes!