Archive for February, 2012

Scenes From Around Here: Grouse in Summer

 
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So last summer when my friend E. came up from Portland for a visit, we went up to Grouse, and then up to the Eye of the Wind Turbine.
On clear days, I can see the turbine from my desk at work, and I wanted to wait till I had out-of-town guests to go up there…

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The Eye of the Wind

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The Ranges

The Views

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Colourful Lentil Salad

 
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We’re in the final stretch of winter.
The signs are there in spite of Mother Nature’s tantrums – spring is coming!
I’ll be glad to see this winter go; it hasn’t been a particularly great winter for me.
It’s not that it got too cold, on the contrary, I think this is probably the warmest winter we’ve had.
It was just an odd winter.
I went through a phase of slothfulness this winter, through a long languid phase of nothingness and stretches of procrastination. To be fair, it wasn’t all winter’s fault, it was just the space of mind I was in.
Things are starting to look up though, I feel that I’m coming out of it, and the longer days and sunshine will certainly help.

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Lentil salad on flatbread with creamy mustard sauce

What I loved about this winter however, were these wonderfully warm and satisfying salads I ate throughout.
Before this, most of the salads I’d known where light leafy fares more suited as appetizers, but oohh… these salads with their toothsome grains and legumes are also filling and comforting.
Take this colourful lentil salad for example; it’s blissfully simple and delicious, and plenty – enough for the whole week.
This salad’s got everything I love; lentils, crunchy peppers, onions and sun-dried tomatoes, and a tangy zesty dressing of lemons and pomegranate molasses.

The recipe is from the kitchn which is an amazing source for these types of salads.

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Cocoa Cashew White Chocolate Chip Cookies

 
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I had a quiet weekend, stayed home for most of it.
On Saturday the wind howled, rattling the windows, and with that, I had my excuse to stay inside.
I made breakfast; polenta porridge.
I watched tv, took a nap, read a book and then I baked…
Cocoa Cashew White Chocolate Cookies, based on these Cocoa Peanut Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Baking cookies on an ominous afternoon… very comforting

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Bespectacled

 
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I haven’t worn contacts since last September, and no, I didn’t have laser eye surgery.
I merely went back to wearing glasses.
According to my friend G; there’s never been a better time to wear glasses…

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Red Quinoa In Coconut Milk & Mango Puree

 
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Sometimes, on quiet late afternoons, when I’m alone in the kitchen working, when a cool breeze flows through, and I hear the wind whistling through the trees and the birds chirping in the distance, I get homesick.
It’s a dull nostalgic sensation, the call of a faraway place I’ve never known.
Is that possible? Can you get homesick for a place of your dreams?
Same thing happened with this breakfast, I don’t know… breakfast for me is almost sacred.
After I let myself savour the first few bites, I got this distinct urge to be someplace else; a tranquil open space, a forest, or perhaps a farm – tall trees with swaying branches, lush green fields, glistening sun and a gentle cool breeze.

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I wake up most weekends excited about breakfast, even more so when I’m trying something new.
I’ve been meaning to make this red quinoa porridge for months now; I just knew I would like it.
I love, love this porridge, it’s warming, nourishing and delicious; stir in a bit of pureed mango, some nuts and dried fruit… and it’s dessert for breakfast!
You really do have to savour this porridge; slowly, with gratitude – and if you’re lucky you might even feel like you’re some place else.

Red Quinoa
I prefer the crunchiness of red quinoa, it’s firmer and holds its shape better than white quinoa.
I like the texture and nuttiness, it’s also wonderful in salads and soups
This porridge isn’t fussy, it’s simple, cooks in less than twenty minutes and comes out wholesome.

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