Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk, Denmark
I don’t recall who it was I got this idea from, but a few years ago I started a tradition of spending my birthday someplace I’ve never been before.
I’ve never been big on celebrating my birthday the traditional way, but I love travelling, so going somewhere new seemed like the perfect way to do my birthday my way.
Here is yet another recipe inspired by a meal I ate at some restaurant.
Two years ago, I had a vegetarian bolognese at Jamie’s Italian at the Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush (London). A recommendation from our waiter, this meatless Bolognese was a memorable saucy melange of lentils, mushrooms and pasta topped with crispy breadcrumbs.
I deliberated making a wholly plant-based bolognese for months afterwards, and whether I could even call it a bolognese pasta without the classic meat-based ragù.
In the end, after playing around with a few ingredients and recipes, this mushroom bolognese with chickpea crumble was born, and I use the word bolognese very loosely here.
Fall may not be my favourite season but I do appreciate how life slows down organically with the changing season. I like to think of it as a moment for rest and restoration before the earth moves into the darkest time of the year (and I mean Christmas season!). I’m learning to be purposefully unhurried with my time lately, like whole Sundays dedicated to making bread.
This past Sunday I tried a new recipe, a sweet potato loaf made with real mashed sweet potatoes and a touch of maple syrup, I’m devouring a thick slice slathered in peanut butter as write this. It’s soft and tender, and slightly sweet.
I feel like I’m an old hand at this sweet molasses brown bread, I’ve made twice in the last month, and too many times to count this year. It’s a little sweeter, with subtle yet deep warm accents of molasses and cocoa powder. I’m very much in love with this bread.
A friend’s son was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, turning their world upside down. Listening to their diagnosis story and the familiar fear and anxiety of navigating the unknown world of Type 1 diabetes made me think of my sister.
Today (November 14th) is World Diabetes Day, a day set aside to raise global awareness for people living with diabetes.
My sister Pearlsa has lived with Type 1 diabetes for several years now and frankly (as far as I’m concerned), is a badass at diabetes management (and she said, “noooo, don’t put that in there”).
In honour of World Diabetes Day, here’s an interview with Pearlsa on what it’s really like to live with diabetes and some advice for anyone newly diagnosed.
Around this time of the year, when sweet potatoes are abundant at the market, this roasted sweet potato, black bean and kale salad is one of the meals we make regularly. We’v been through a few modifications, but it’s loosely based on a recipe we found years ago on the New York Time’s Cooking website (it’s behind a paywall now).
Anyway, it’s one of those warm hearty salads that’s satisfyingly flavourful and also comforting for the season. As a matter of fact, we’ve been making some iteration of salad with roasted sweet potatoes now for the past three weekends.