Sunday, January 14, 2018

Masoor Seddho (Red Lentil Soup), Cashew Carrot Ginger Soup, Navratan Korma Inspired Soup, Crafts, Stress Relief, and Life Updates

It's been another roller coaster of a few weeks and that is my reason for not posting.  I really had hoped to post some more interesting and uplifting news but things didn't work out like I had hoped.  I need to be better at letting go and moving on, I suppose.

I guess now is as good as time as any to share with you some of the things I have been eating and creating.


As you can see in the first photo I recently gnawed on some Avocado and Tomato Toast.  It's topped with a Maple Mustard.  I also grabbed this smoothie you see in the 2nd photo which is Mango Squash & Veggies.  It was very tasty.  I got it from Total Evolution.  Maybe this week I will check out one of their soups or finally get their Oatmeal Bar.

I've been busy with work, League of Women Voters, and County Fair stuff.  I've also been a busybody at home.  Plus, I have been enjoying my new found joy of coin collecting more and more.  I have slowly gotten back into paper crafting which you will see more of in this post.  I'm really trying to stay busy so I don't start over-analyzing myself or move into a deeper depression. 


I'm still trying to get back into Yoga again but just when I think I will I have been battling with pain more.  Just when I think I have kicked my pain in a couple of days it comes back.

I've been tinkering with Mandalas again and it's been a nice short form of meditation of sorts.  As you can tell I'm not done with this.  Sometimes I do a bit at a time and will come back to it days later and add more.  DH and I just re-watched all of the Harry Potters which was a nice way to relax, too.  And of course there is my ongoing love of tea but I'm trying to adjust my intake on the highly caffeinated ones due to the aches and pains I have been struggling with.



I was averaging a card a day for a while there.  The cards I do only take a few minutes so it's a nice brain break.  It's a shame I let a group of people ruin my love of paper crafting for as long as I did.  I'm really trying to get back into it again.  So far - so good - in small increments.

I haven't bought any new supplies.  Everything I have been using to make the cards have been from scraps.  I intend to continue with this method.  I want to see how long I can go using old stashes and supplies.



Last weekend we gathered at a friends house for an annual party-after-new-years.  I usually bring baked beans but this time I thought I would bring something different.  DH suggested Buffalo Cauliflower Wings so I did just that.  I have two photos to share with you here.  I know I have posted my own recipe before but this time around I stuck pretty close to Jason Wrobel's recipe that he had in his Eaternity book I bought MONTHS ago!



They went pretty well.  I did 2 versions.  One was quite spicy and the other was not-so-spicy.

I ended up bringing Rootie's Blue Cheese for DH (for those of you who don't know he's not veg) and for who ever else wanted it.  I brought Daiya's Blue Cheese for me and who ever else wanted it.  It was funny but when we were cleaning up the dairy version of the blue cheese was barely touched and my vegan blue cheese bottle was nearly gone.

I'm not complaining at all - that is what it was there for - but I'm thinking that no one really looked at the bottles and just ate it regardless.  I find this interesting and am pretty thrilled!

It's been nasty weather-wise still.  This morning it was -7 degrees at 9am.  Friday Night we got a few inches of ice and then about a foot or more of snow.


So as you can imagine I have been eating a LOT of soups!  About a week ago I made a Cashew Carrot Ginger Soup.  Ingredients include...

1 C Cashews
1 Small Onion
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Knob Ginger
6 Carrots
Water & Sea Salt as needed
Garnish: Nutmeg, Smoked Paprika, Parsley





For lunch today I had this amazing Red Lentil Soup!

It's my new favorite!  I would have made more right away but I only had enough Red Lentils for 1 batch!

It was inspired by Vegan Richa's Begali Red Lentil Soup (Masoor Seddho) but instead of the Tomato I used Tomato Sauce.  It was all I had on hand.  I also used Earth Balance instead of the Mustard Oil.

This was WONDERFUL and I will be making it again as soon as I get more red lentils!  YUM!  I'm not going to lie - I ended up garnishing it with more Earth Balance!  It was so savory!



This next one might not look like much but it was pretty tasty, too!  It was inspired by Vegan Richa's Navratan Korma Recipe but I turned it into a blended soup instead.  It called for 5 cups of veggies I used a bunch of stuff that was hanging out in my freezer and frig to use it up.  Many veggies like Eggplant, Sweet Peppers, Green Beans, Carrots, Water Chestnuts, Potatoes, Peas, Zucchini, Broccoli, Cauliflower, etc.  Instead of the 4 tomatoes it called for I used some leftover Spaghetti Sauce.  There are various spices along with Cashews and Pistachios, too!

19 comments:

  1. That last one was Indian-inspired? My girl cooked some kind of cauliflower and tofu curry over the weekend with yogurt, garam masala and all. It was very nice.

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    1. Yup! It was! I would like to try and work on a vegan yogurt so I can make some more veganized dishes using it. So far I have just been using a Cashew Cream I make for a creamier base in its place.

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  2. All your soups look so appetizing ! Nice to do paper crafting using scraps !!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback on the soups and the scraps I'm trying to use as much as possible in crafting!

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  3. All your food looks great, especially the buffalo cauliflower wings; how cool that so many people used the vegan blue cheese! :)

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    1. I don't think they realized it was vegan blue cheese! LOL

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  4. All your eats look great! Sorry about the pain, I hope things get better soon. And so great about getting more into crafting.

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    1. Thanks! I don't want to be one of those people who is already saying 'getting old is hell' but....YIKES! lol

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  5. Yummy things:) And that mandala is really pretty :) Those cauliflower wings must be really good.Get well soon Jennifer.

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    1. Thanks! I really hope I can kick the pain for more than just a day or two at a time...sigh...

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  6. I bet no one guessed the Daiya was vegan, it tastes so much like regular Blue Cheese!
    All your soups look amazing! You know I love a lentil soup!
    Hope you feel better soon!

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    1. I'm totally LOVING the red lentil soup! I need to make more of that and make it often! It's so creamy if you add a blop of Earth Balance. I'm thinking Vegan Sour Cream would be just as good....or cashew cream we can make at home, too!

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  7. The Daiya blue cheese dressing is so amazing! No wonder everyone ate it up.
    I love your card, it is so pretty. I used to do a lot of scrapbooking at things like that, but not for years now. I still have so many supplies though!

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    1. I should try and repost some of my old creations since I switched blogs YEARS ago.

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  8. I've yet to try the Daiya blue cheese, but I'd definitely like to - I love a good buffalo cauliflower wing. I hope you get to make lovely things with your craft stash and things take a turn for the better soon.

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    1. I LOVE Daiya's Blue Cheese! It's great! Thanks for the encouragement! I can't wait for summer - this weather and winter - let's just say - I always DREAD it!

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  9. I'm impressed with your varied soup making! Funnily enough, I've had a lentil and carrot soup on high rotation here - it's been a hit with all of us so I expect to share the recipe soon :-) I love the look of your batches.

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    1. Thanks! Sometimes I just throw what I have in the blender! LOL - Can't wait to see yours!

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  10. The soup looks so yummy. Just nice for a day like this. My side here is raining

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