Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Color Orange

021814 lentil carrot soupIn addition to doing the photography for this blog, Cee also has a photography blog and hosts four popular challenges during the week.  She thought my Curried Red Lentil and Carrot soup would be a great for her current challenge about the color orange.  So this is my official entry.

Chris Donner also writes the popular blog for introverts, 61 Musings.  Cee Neuner’s photography blog hosts four weekly challenges for bloggers.  Sobha Vadlamani is just beginning her blogging adventure.

Curried Red Lentil and Carrot Soup

021814 lentil carrot soupChris’ comments:  This soup is traditionally made with red lentils but I was out, so I substituted my dal (lentil) mix that I use for making dosa (an Indian pancake like a crepe). You can experiment with the spices to suit your palate.  I shredded my carrots since I already had the food processor out from making my Apple Daikon Slaw. Continue reading

Apple Daikon Slaw

021714 dicon and apple (2)Chris’ comments:  Daikon and apple are two great ingredients to put together.  I’m listing the basic slaw, and then giving you some ideas for alternative versions.  I made mine with dried cranberries, chopped walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette for a healthier version of the classic Waldorf salad. Continue reading

Daily Prompt: Ingredients

I have been fairly quiet on this blog, word wise, but my photos have been present. So today with WordPress’s Daily prompt being Ingredients, I thought I would say a word or two and of course have a couple of photographs.  All good cooks needs ingredients and spices because that is what makes food smell and taste so very delicious.  I took a photo of our pantry. Continue reading

Featured blog: Hero Health Room

screenshot_259Luke Jones of Hero Health Room contacted me through our Submit link.  I’ve been out wandering through his blog site and must say that I see a kindred spirit there.  His About story is inspiring.  I couldn’t have written a better post than his Whole Food Plant Based blog. His Thai Green Rice Curry recipe looks positively yummy. Continue reading

10 Easy Homemade Soups

screenshot_258I’ve been juggling a demanding work schedule the last two weeks (and was really glad to have MR’s fast Yummy Pasta recipe to fall back on).  This new week promises to be equally demanding, so I’m going to resort to some reblogging of recipes I’ve found as part of my introvert’s method of conserving energy.

I found this delightful soup chart on Reth’s Recipes.  Like us, Reth is refining her eating and switching to mostly plant based eating.  She found this recipe chart in Shape magazine, and I think it’s a nice primer for a variety of soups.  You can add spices, substitute lentils or tofu for meat and just play around with flavors and textures.  Here’s the full sized chart: Continue reading

MR’s Yummy Pasta

012914 chrisToday’s recipe was suggested by one of  my favorite bloggers, Margaret Rose (M. R.) Stringer.  Give her a read if you are ready for some pithy Aussie commentary, flavored with a liberal dash of humor.  She’s feisty, funny and fabulous.

This is a great dish to make if you’re in a hurry.   You can slap it together in only 10 minutes, but it’s still packed full of fresh ingredients.  I made it yesterday for dinner and liked it so much that I made it again tonight.  It’s beyond yummy.

This is a dish that can easily be vegan, vegetarian or part of a meat dish, so it should suit all kinds of diets. Continue reading

Green and Black Cardamon Tea

 

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Total Time:  35 min.
Prep Time:     5 min.
Cook Time:  30 min.

  • 3 cardamom black pods
  • 3 cardamon green pods
  • 4 white peppercorns or black peppercorns
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 slices fresh ginger, quarter slices

Note:  If you don’t have both kinds of cardamon available, you can use either color.

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Chang’s Mongolian Grill, Beaverton, Oregon

Lunches being made.

Lunches being made.

When we get up to north Beaverton, Chris and I always stop at Chang’s Mongolian Grill for lunch.   This is a place where you fill your bowls with fresh protein and have the choice of beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, pork, tofu, fish.  They have a couple different types of noodles you can select from.  You also can chose from a variety of fresh vegetables, scallion, onions, green, pepper, bean sprouts, cabbage, celery, carrots, tomatoes and more.  I can’t remember everything on the food bar. Continue reading