Curried Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

Monday, January 18, 2016 1 0
Curried Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

SOUP. I could eat it every day for both lunch and dinner – and I often DO eat soup for lunch every day at work, but never for dinner because J doesn’t think soup constitutes enough of a meal. (I’m working on that one, trust me!)

This soup has all kinds of good-for-you veggies in it: sweet potato, carrots, and red lentils.

Wait a sec, lentils are actually part of a category called “pulses.” (I just learned about pulses the other day because Pulses are now the food trend of the year. Seriously.) Pulses are lentils, beans and chickpeas – they are high in protein and fibre and low in cost! Seriously, trade in pulses for meat a couple of nights a week for a significant slash on your grocery bill.

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Honey Ginger Glazed Carrots

Monday, October 19, 2015 0 0

When J and I first started dating, the concept that a guy would like to cook was foreign to me. Until that point, I’d never dated a guy who wanted to hang out in the kitchen with me, much less cook together. I can remember being in awe the first time we cooked a dinner together because he actually enjoyed it. These honey ginger glazed carrots were one of the first recipes we cooked together, and now they are an autumn staple in our house. In fact, we cooked them so much at one point that we got sick of them!

A little bit sweet and a little bit spicy, these carrots remain one of my favourite vegetable recipes. We’re trying to eat through the carrot haul from our garden this year and there are still so many more to go! I sense some more carrot recipes coming up on the blog (pssst – my favourite carrot cranberry muffins!) 

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Podcasts for {Food} Bloggers

A list of my favourite podcasts for food bloggers, bloggers, food lovers, and creative entrepreneurs. What are your favs? | the lovely kitchen

Podcasts are having their heyday right now – it seems like everyone and their dog is starting a podcast and I love it! I listen to podcasts in the car, instead of turning on the radio, while I’m getting ready in the morning, at the gym, and at work (when I’m not doing something that requires me to be super focused). It’s such a great way to be exposed to new ideas and learn a lot! There are so many podcasts targeted to food bloggers (and for bloggers and food lovers separately!) These are my favourites. 


Simple Roasted Beet Salad

Monday, September 7, 2015 2 0

Happy Labour Day! I am just loving this three-day weekend – if only all weekends could be this way! The weekend has been a perfect mix of errands and fun and blogging and delicious food. Last night, J and I made our first roast chicken of the season (eeek, is it Fall already?!) and with it, sipped one of our favourite local red wines (Orofino Red Bridge Red) – it was heavenly. One day I will post our roast chicken recipe, but before I get too caught up thinking about the delicious food that went into my belly last night…


Homemade No-Knead Bread

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 2 1

Let’s just first give credit to the guy who invented homemade no-knead bread: Jim Lahey, owner of Sullivan Street Bakery. GENIUS. Homemade bread is a magical, magical thing. But unfortunately, no one has the time to let it rise, and knead, and rise, and knead, and rise. At least I don’t. Unless it’s a super rainy weekend in mid-November and I have nothing else to do. (Never happens.) 

The fact that this recipe allows you to mix up your bread, set it out on the counter, DO NOTHING, and then 12-18 hours later have your own homemade bread is mind-blowing! Yes, I did say DO NOTHING. No kneading whatsoever. The smell alone of bread baking in the oven makes this recipe worthwhile. 


Fresh Corn Salsa

Sunday, August 9, 2015 0 0

My very favourite thing to grow in our veggie garden (apart from all the herbs) is cherry tomatoes. Homegrown cherry tomatoes taste so sweet and so unlike the hard flavourless tomatoes that you find in the grocery store. Every summer when our tomatoes ripen, I eat as many as I can get my hands on. This summer, because of the mild winter in the Pacific Northwest, our gardens are a full month early, and so we’ve been enjoying our tomato crop for the past few weeks – usually they ripen late August.

Another one of my favourite summer veggies is corn on the cob. Recently, J and I went on vacation to the Okanagan region (home of hot weather, orchards, and wine), and brought back bags of fresh peaches-and-cream corn. (We also brought back a case of peaches, but that’s a story for another day!) We’ve mostly been eating the corn straight up, cooked on the BBQ, as a side to our dinners. But on this night I decided to meld two of the summeriest flavours together into a Fresh Corn Salsa. 

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